Pioneer Toastmasters

Pioneer Toastmasters


Here is our on-line meeting link for Wednesday at 6pm:

Zoom Meeting
Pioneer Toastmasters Club Protocols. Thanks to Ken Jenkins!
Pioneer toastmasters enjoying another successful holiday party!
My participation in Pioneer Toastmasters definitely helped me out last week!

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Our humorous and evaluation speech contest is coming up on August 21st!
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February 21-22, 2019 Grant Writing Class
Hosted by Nampa Police Department
February 21-22, 2019 Grant Writing Class
Hosted by Nampa Police Department
I'm think about joining the Pioneer Toastmasters! Is there a meeting next week?

Everyone is welcome to attend our 6-7:30pm meeting. We provide a supportive and positive learning ex Come visit us!!!

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience. Our network of clubs and their learn-by-doing program are sure to help you become a better speaker and leader. Why pay thousands of dollars for a seminar when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun in the process? Toastmasters will give you th

Operating as usual

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 12/17/2022

This past Wednesday was our club’s annual holiday party. Thanks to Kathy and Marie for hosting! Paul did a fantastic job as Toastmaster to include running the left-right gift exchange. Darby came up with some creative timing indicators. Sameer presented a wonderful speech about learning American style English, and Ken gave a very nice evaluation of Sameer’s speech! A shout out to Marie for the fun table topics questions, and thanks to Candi for picking up the pizza!


Congratulations to Michael on completing his Icebreaker speech!

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 10/06/2022

Another adventurous meeting at Pioneer Toastmasters!
Josh won best speaker for a fantastic speech on sharing land management responsibilities. Chris was our Table Topics champion regaling us with a tale of a party from his younger days, and Mackenzie won best evaluator as the General Evaluator with an excellent meeting review! Congratulations to our winners!


A most enjoyable first meeting of Autumn! Our Toastmaster, Darby, entertained us with interesting information about Octoberfest. Deborah, challenged the group with some great Table Topics questions, and Paul delivered an informative and fun speech complete with a pop quiz!


Another great meeting at Pioneer Toastmasters! Candi and Sameer both gave excellent speeches to help propel themselves along in their Toastmaster’s careers!

Come join us every Wednesday at 6:00 pm at Café Olé in Boise!


There was no tsuris at this week’s meeting!

Darby gave a fantastic speech on enhancing your morning routine, and Marie did a great job as a first time Table Topics Master!

Thanks to Richard for providing such a unique and challenging word of the day!


This week’s meeting was maybe a skosh better than normal! Congratulations to Ken on achieving Level 4 of the Presentation Mastery Pathway!


Had a wonderful meeting last week. Our guest Shadi, first time to toastmasters won first prize as a table topics speaker.
Congratulations, Shadi! We would like to see you in next meetings.

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 02/20/2022

Last Wednesday, We had international and district level toastmaster speech contest.
Great speeches! Everyone have enjoyed it.
Thanks you participants, role players who helped major roles in the contest and all toastmasters who joined the meeting to listen to awesome speeches

Congratulations To Winners
1. Mike Towers ( First place international speech contest)
2. Chris Frye ( Second Place international speech contest)

1. Scott Croswell ( First place Humorous speech contest)
2. Josh Newman ( Second Place Humorous speech contest)
3. Ian Riley ( Third Place Humorous speech contest)

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 12/28/2021

Glimpse of Toastmaster Christmas Party.
Meeting started with wonderful story telling speech from Ken Jenkins . We had super fun with innovative Table topics from Scott Croswell.
Members roll the cubes like dice and made up a story using whichever images they roll. And ofcourse gift exchange (White Elephant). Fun, fun and fun :) Happy New Year !!!

Melissa Gates Towers , Candi Fitch , Maya Rutherford

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 11/07/2021

Fun, fun and more fun...….Great meeting again!!!
Loved energy, positivity!!!

Thank you - Toastmaster Paul Durham

Ken Jenkins Scott Croswell Candi Fitch Melissa Gates Towers
Mackenzie Taylor Bhakti Gogate Maya Rutherford

Ice Breaker 11/07/2021

Ice Breaker

Do you have any questions on Ice breaker speech? Candi Fitch our former presiding officer, district area director has answered your questions. Please do watch our new video given below.

Please share if you like it :)

Thanks- Ken Jenkins Scott Croswell

Ice Breaker What is Ice breaker speech?


What a fun meeting we had last week!
Our toastmaster Scott Croswell kept the theme "Scary Movies" :)
We had great speeches from Melissa Gates Towers and Maya Rutherford followed by funny, interesting questions from Mackenzie Taylor

Maya, is a new youngest member of our club, shared his Ice breaker speech. He got best speaker award.
He is originally from Japan and moved to USA few years before.
He joined Peace Corps to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need.

Congratulations, Maya!! Keep it up!!!

Thank You Scott Croswell, Mackenzie Taylor .Melissa Gates Towers , Candi Fitch,Bhakti Gogate, Mike Towers, Kathy Crotty, Chris Frye, Paul Durham

Pioneer Club - Table Topics 09/25/2021

Pioneer Club - Table Topics

How do we cope with our fear of public speaking when we don’t have time? In Toastmasters, we have Table Topics.
Kathy Crotty has shared important tips in below video.
Please check out. Please hit the like button if you like it :) Also subscribe our channel to get notification on new videos

Pioneer Club - Table Topics

Club Officers 09/19/2021

Club Officers

Sameer Deshmukh has explained Toastmaster Club Officers roles. Please do visit our YouTube channel. Please share and subscribe. We meet every Wednesday at 6 pm at Cafe Ole if you would like to join 🙂

YouTube Link -

Club Officers Pioneer Club - Sameer explained club officer's roles in toastmasters


Last Week, We had super energetic meeting which started on "Pendleton Roundup" Theme by toastmaster Melissa Gates Towers
Keep every one engaged. Followed by wonderful speech "Fun Facts about author A.A Milne" - Enjoyed "Winne-the-pooh" stories.
Club President Kathy got first place for her hilarious answer to the Rodeo experience question.
Great Job!! Thank You, Melissa, Colleen, Kathy!

Interested in learning more about Toastmasters? Visit our meeting at 6pm - Cafe Ole or Online.


Congratulations to the winners of the Toastmasters speech contest held at our club on 25th August 2021.

All the best for next level speeches 👍

Tall Tale Contest:
Chris Frye

Table Topics Contest
Melissa Gates Towers
Mackenzie Taylor


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We meet every Wednesday at 6pm - Cafe Ole. Everyone is welcome to join. You will have a great experience about speaking, making new friends and lot more. Hope to see you in next meeting :)

Please join Pioneer Toastmaster club hybrid meeting.

6:00 pm - Pioneer Toastmasters club meeting.

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Passcode: 2308

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Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 07/18/2021

Club Officers Installation Cafe Ole - We had a fun filled annual Party. Also we inducted our new officers. Our officers for past year have done an outstanding job.



Fellow Pioneer Toastmasters,

Last night's pilot hybrid meeting was a success! Big thank you go out to Paul and Chris for their technical expertise and extra effort that went into making our first hybrid meeting run so smoothly. It was great to see Larry again and finally meet Colleen in person.

Next Wednesday we will be running another pilot hybrid meeting. The physical location will be Smoky Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter. Again, our in-person numbers will be limited to ten, so please get on Easyspeak to save your spot and mark your attendance.

Looking forward to seeing more of our members returning and participating in person!

Kathy Crotty


BYE BYE 2020 !!

In today's meeting, we bid adieu to 2020 and cherished the opportunity to express gratitude to each other. We thanked the Pioneer TM club members for the support and care they showed in uplifting each other even in this unprecedented time.

Today, Mike Towers won the award for Best Speaker and Scott Crosswell for Best Evaluator. We had four table topics winners.

Also, One of our distinguished TM introduced his Timer app to us. I would like every TM club to check it out. This Toastmasters timer will meet your club’s timer needs. Whether your club is meeting in person, online, or a hybrid of both. The timer has seven preset speech times as well as the ability to define custom times. It also tracks meeting breaks.

TM Chris's Timer app:


An invitation from our club President, Paul Durham:

Dear Members,

It’s been a long nine and a half months. It’s been a challenging six months, and it’s been a learning experience second to none. It’s the last Boise Pioneer Toastmasters Club meeting of the year and I personally invite you to join us.

We’ve learned to Zoom into club meetings, leadership training, and contests, and entertained guests from both coasts and points in between, including Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Ireland. And will continue to do so. We have tried numerous formats, entertained several ideas, and presented many opportunities. And there’s more to come.

We have frustrated over the lack of face to face meetings, and we’ve rejoiced at the opportunities to speak, collaborate, and move our club forward. And we are moving forward.

Now I invite you to join us this Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM on Zoom, to participate in Pioneer Toastmasters' last meeting of 2020. Please take the time to attend, participate, and join in the discussion about the future of Pioneer Toastmasters


Hello fellow Pioneer Toastmasters!

Kathy has a couple of announcements:

1) At next week's meeting on Wed, 12/16, Ken will be giving a speech about a project he has been working on. If you have not been joining our zoom meetings, this topic may interest you in particular. His speech is titled "First Steps-A Hybrid Meeting Model for Pioneer." None of us know when we will be able to go back to meeting in person. It is possible that holding hybrid meetings with some members coming in person and others participating via zoom may be the new norm. You'll be interested in hearing Ken's vision for this new model.

2) At the last club meeting members voted to cancel the Dec23rd meeting due to the proximity to Christmas. We will, however, be meeting the following week, Dec30th.

Happy Holidays to you all!

A Message From International President Richard E. Peck 12/07/2020

A Message From International President Richard E. Peck

Fellow Pioneer Toastmasters members,

Good news! Toastmasters is offering a Free Pathway to continuing members during the Pandemic. This offer is good to all continuing members that have paid up to and including their Oct 1st dues and are in good standing through March31st 2021, the end date for selecting your free Path.

Here is a link to Free Path FAQ: that answers the common questions. Here are District 53's website post and another from District 25 with the video of A Message From International President Richard E. Peck posted in it.

It couldn't hurt to have an extra Pathway waiting for you whenever you are ready to move on to the new challenge!

A Message From International President Richard E. Peck Listen to Toastmasters International President Richard E. Peck share updates on the organization amidst the coronavirus global pandemic.


Candi Fitch has been a member of Pioneer Toastmasters Club since May of 2016. She joined Toastmasters as a way to improve her communication skills both personally and professionally. She feels that Toastmasters has given her that and so much more.

During the course of the past 4 years, Candi has completed 4 of the
Toastmaster’s speech and leadership goals and have served in three different offices in the Pioneer Toastmaster Club, last year she served as President of the club. This year she is serving as an Area Director.

Candi feels that being a part of Toastmasters has helped her gain confidence and helped her with leadership skills. With weekly meetings the other club members are supportive and you learn from what they have to offer. Candi feels that there is something in Toastmasters for everyone and people who become a part of the club will each has their own induvial journey.


If you have not attended Pioneer Club in a while, and you want to hear where the club would like to go in 2021, then please join us via ZOOM on WED, December 16. Ken Jenkins, a long-time Pioneer member, will be speaking on a potential hybrid model for the club. A hybrid model allows a limited number of members to gather safely in a live meeting, while other members participate remotely over ZOOM. Please join us online at 6:00 pm on 12/16 to hear this proposal.



Fellow Pioneer Toastmasters!

This Wednesday we will be opening breakout rooms on Zoom for some premeeting socialization! We miss those of you who have not been attending since the pandemic shut down our in-person meetings. Perhaps as this new norm continues you have been thinking about rejoining and giving Zoom a try. This will be a fun way to visit with friends and fellow toastmasters that you may not have seen in a while.

Looking forward to seeing you in Pioneer Club's meet and greet breakout rooms this Wednesday (tomorrow). TM Chris usually opens the Zoom at 5:30. Join us!


TM Bea Gogate presented a 5-7 min speech on "Drawing is Fun".

Drawing is fun. Everyone is an artist, anyone can draw.
When people say I can't draw, it's more to do with beliefs than talent and ability. That's just an illusion.

Would drawing make you happy? Do you enjoy it? If yes, then go for it. Paul Klee -a renowned artist said - A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.

Art is about messing up. Mistakes are new learnings. Erase it if you don’t like it. Try again. The Best thing is to draw your favorite things. Whatever you most enjoy looking at, draw it. Keep drawing and have fun

Photos from Pioneer Toastmasters's post 10/28/2020

Toastmaster Mansi presented his second speech from the Strategic relationships workbook on her travel experiences. She believes that traveling is the best way to learn about yourself and the world. In her speech, she talked about two places: Jaipur and Rajasthan, India, and took us on a wonderful pictorial trip.


Ken Jenkins, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), is a twenty-five-year Toastmaster and a proud member of the Pioneer Club. He first joined Ada Toastmasters in January 1996. Thereafter Ken helped start three new clubs (Idaho, Miranda, and Les Bois), then returned to Ada Club before joining Pioneer in January 2011. Ken is a seasoned TM member who here shares with us, the benefits of joining the Pioneer Toastmaster club, Boise.

Ken: "I have been blessed in many ways, but perhaps no blessing has been greater for my career than active participation in Toastmasters. I joined the old Ada TM club in January 1996, almost 25 years ago, and I have remained an active member ever since. I helped start or re-start four clubs, served as Area Governor twice, and provided presentations to TLI’s, District Conferences, and more.

Being a Toastmaster has helped me immensely, both professionally and personally. On the professional front, it has helped me in at least six ways:

1. The mere membership in Toastmasters, along with personal references from fellow Ada Club members, helped me get my first Training Coordinator job with Boise Police back in 1996
2. My career field – adult education and training – was reinforced by the public speaking, meeting management, leadership, and communication skills I learned as a Toastmaster; even today, I am enhancing my webinar and online meeting skills with our weekly gatherings
3. Preparing for Toastmaster speeches (and receiving vital evaluative feedback) greatly assisted me in preparing for major training events and presentations at the Boise PD and later Ada County Juvenile Court Services
4. Years of Table Topics practice prepped me for the adrenaline-filled event of being interviewed on radio and TV numerous times
5. Conducting speech and general evaluations honed my own speaking skills, and it carried over into providing cogent and tailored feedback to fellow employees seeking feedback for their own training presentations
6. Finally, working in a time-constrained Club environment allowed me to become a preferred presenter and trainer, if only for the fact that I always stay within the time allotted me by the hosting organization.

Serving in Toastmasters has made me a better person outside the workplace as well. There are at least three areas that have been improved thanks to TM membership:
7. Personal conversations and communication. I have become a better listener – to my wife, my daughter, and others – thanks to the Toastmaster's focus on active listening and reflection.
8. Volunteer work. My contributions to key volunteer organizations in my life, from church to the Veteran’s Foot Locker Drive to the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, have been enhanced by my public speaking, organizational, and time management skills.
9. Lastly, friendship. I have made close and dear friends over the years in Ada, Idaho, Miranda, Club Fed, and Pioneer Clubs. From my late mentor Ed Hedges at Ada to the legendary Fred Riggers and beloved Mike Glenn, to my current fellow Toastmasters in Pioneer, I have truly benefitted from the support, coaching, and camaraderie of Toastmasters.

Why join and remain in Toastmasters? I just shared nine personal reasons. I can add a solid tenth reason: because it is fun, and informative, every time you attend. Fellow Toastmasters!

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