Beam me up!

Our club was very excited to congratulate our member, James Michael Pendergrass. James (in the center, in the red Star Trek shirt) won First Prize in the Area A3 “Humorous” contest recently.

He will move on to the Division A competition being held on October 14, 2017.

Here’s proof that Toastmasters truly helps you “live long and prosper” in your professional and personal communication and leadership roles.

(District 15 Director Donna Oswald is on the left; Area A3 Director Melanie Palmer is on the right.)

Enhance your abilities

Sherry Briscoe receives ACBSherry Briscoe (on the left) is here presented with her Advanced Communicator Bronze award by VP of Education Pamela Bostic. Congratulations!

Sherry is a great storyteller and published author. Toastmasters has helped her enhance her abilities. She can present her stories more effectively and conduct training for other writers with skill — so that everyone in her audience comes away with the Point of the Story.

What skills would  you like to take to the next level?

Learning and Growing!

Melanie receives ACB and ALB awardsRiver Speakers member and past president, Melanie Palmer, is here presented with her Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leadership Bronze awards by VP of Education Pamela Bostic.

Toastmasters believes that by doing — by stretching your boundaries — you can achieve what you may not have thought possible.

If you visit us, say “hi” and “congratulations” to Melanie when you see her!


Celebrating growth and effort

Robin (left) and Sherry

One of the most exciting benchmarks a club can experience is recognizing a member’s achievement. At our June 22, 2017 meeting, we were proudly of one mind in congratulating Robin O’Neill as she received her Advanced Communicator Silver certificate.

As Sherry Briscoe, our VP of Education noted, this means that Robin has presented a minimum of 30 speeches. Thank you, Robin, for all you’ve contributed in sharing and growing with us.


River Speakers member honored with Area A3 Director role!

Melanie Palmer CC CL

It’s just been announced that our current President, Melanie Palmer CC CL, has been appointed Area A3 Director for 2017-2018 by incoming Division A Director, Patty Johnson!

Melanie will be responsible for supporting and guiding these four clubs (which constitute Area A3):

Congratulations to Melanie! And what a great opportunity for our club to learn more about other clubs through her work.


And on to Division…!!!

Hearty congratulations to our River Speakers members who won last Saturday’s Area Contest!

Next step: the DIVISION level contest!

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 (9 AM [speakers should arrive early])
  • Foothills Christian Church (West Atrium Room), 9655 W. State St., Garden City ID

Hope to see you there!

Area-level Speakers Contest!

Congratulations to our first and second place contest winners — Sherry, Pam, Slay, and Andrew! 

They — as well as winners from other A3 clubs (plus A2 clubs) — will be competing at the next level. If you can, attend and support your fellow Toastmasters!

You can track it on this page on the District 15 website.

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 (9 AM [speakers should arrive early])
  • Foothills Christian Church (West Atrium Room), 9655 W. State St., Garden City ID

Location change: Jan. 26th!

Our Jan. 26, 2017 meeting will take place in a different location. (Our gracious hosts at NNU need the room for other purposes during this time period.)

LAST UPDATE: We need to meet in 5CR4. For those of our members, and any guests, who don’t work in Plaza IV (800 E Park Blvd.) of the complex, Sherry will be at the 1st floor security desk to escort you up!

  • If you’re inside the complex: go east (away from Broadway) all the way down the hall to the last security desk in Plaza IV and keep going to the conference room (1CR5) at the end of that hall.
  • If you’re outside the complex: 800 E Park Blvd. is the last building in the complex — the 7-story one at the east end. Enter and sign in at the security desk. Ask the guard to direct you to 1CR5, down the hall behind his station.

See you there!

Free snacks, great line-up: it’s OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, Nov. 10, is an OPEN HOUSE meeting. This is a great chance:

  • to see what’s available for you in Toastmasters (if you’ve not ever visited)
  • to invite friends and colleagues (if you’re a member)

Take this opportunity to be our guests. We promise you’ll feel welcome, and we hope you’ll find that River Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great environment in which to grow. You’ll surprise yourself!

Here’s the event on Facebook.

NOTE: We’re not meeting at our usual spot. Instead, within Washington Group Plaza, go to the east end (Plaza IV) and the conference room at the very end. (Signs will be posted.) Contact us if you have questions.