Online Presenters Meeting

Monday May 1, 2023

Club Mission: We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.


Graham Cairns, DTM

VP of Education
Evie Hartman

VP Membership
Kim Leaming

VP Public Relations
Andriy Smolenko

Andrew Bern, DTM

Sarra Idehen, DTM

Sgt. at Arms
Joni-Renee Laidlaw

Immediate Past President
Andrew Bern, DTM

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here:

7:45 to 7:47 PM

Sergeant at Arms opens the meeting, sets the protocols and hands over to the President/Presiding Officer

7:47 to 7:49 PM

Presiding Officer gives a brief orientation and overview of the club mission. Introduces the Toastmaster of the Day

Meeting Theme

Mother, May I? – when to ask for permission. When to ask for forgiveness.

Word of the Day

Initiative (noun) readiness to take action.

Member Inductions Ceremony

Kirthikka Devi Venkataram

7:49 to 7:51 PM
Toastmaster of the Day Carolina Ramírez
7:51 to 7:56 PM
Tip of the Day Kirthikka Devi Venkataram
Timer Andriy Smolenko

For the purpose of voting, please see Timer’s Notes below on expected duration of the different speeches

Ah Counter Sunny Fridge, DTM
Grammarian Andrew Bern, DTM
Watcher Jim Barber
Chat Monitor
Vote Counter Carolina Ramírez
7:56 to 8:23 PM
Speaker Graham Cairns, DTM
Persuasive Influence Level 3 Increasing Knowledge – Researching and Presenting
5 – 7 minutes
Wedding Traditions That Work For You!

Graham Cairns is a member of multiple Toastmasters clubs – and one of them is a club for DJs and Masters of Ceremonies – disk jockeys, trivia hosts, wedding celebrants and more.

Obviously, wedding preparation is an important issue for members of that club – and today, Graham will present the results of some research he’s been doing on the origin of wedding traditions, with a speech entitled “Wedding Traditions That Work For You!”

Speaker 2 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
Presentation Mastery Level 4 Building Skills – Managing a Difficult Audience
10 – 15 minutes
Busy Work

DTM Joni Laidlaw will be explaining the use of Artificial Intellence to reduce unnessary or in some cases otherwise unnessary tasks which have become just an acceptable part of the work experience.

Speaker 3
Backup Speaker

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

8:23 to 8:26 PM

Prospective Member Speeches

8:26 to 8:38 PM
Topics Master David F. Carr, DTM

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

8:38 to 8:43 PM

The Vice President of Membership leads this part of the meeting, which includes time for introducing new members and for speeches by prospective members. A prospective member who does not meet our default requirement for Toastmasters experience (more than 6 Toastmasters speeches) has the option of making a 3-5 minute speech about why that requirement should be waived.

8:43 to 8:48 PM
General Evaluator Marianne Grady
8:48 to 8:57 PM
Evaluator Sunny Fridge, DTM
Evaluator 2 Kim Leaming
Evaluator 3

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

8:57 to 8:59 PM

President/Presiding Officer closing remarks. Be sure to wrap up meeting by 9 pm

8:59 to 9:00 PM

Meeting officially ends. Visitors Feedback

Timer’s Notes

  • Only Prepared Speeches with duration of more than four (4) minutes 30 seconds or less than seven (7) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.
  • Only Table Topics speeches with duration of more than one (1) minute or less than two (2) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.
  • Only Evaluation Speeches of more than one (1) minute 30 seconds or less than three (3) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.
  • Timing will begin with the contestant’s first definite verbal or nonverbal communication with the audience. This usually will be the first word uttered by the contestant, but would include any other communication such as sound effects, a staged act by another person, etc.

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