Shreveport Toastmasters Club 718

Shreveport Toastmasters Club 718


A new feature for the 2019 Fall Conclave is the Authors' Corner. Our Toastmasters' family consists of all occupations, including authors. This is your opportunity to showcase and sale your books while sharing your talents and abilities with the attendees at this year's Conclave. John Maxwell said, “Success is … knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” Sign-up to participate in our first District 50 Toastmasters Authors' Corner!
"At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do." Catherine Pulsifer

Don't forget to sign up for a role for the next few meetings! That will help you to be accountable to yourself and make progress toward your Pathways goal. Look for the email to come out from Ken (likely tomorrow)

I'm looking forward to hearing from Karen and Adam! It looks like we have an opportunity for evaluator.
I have created a speech timing app. It is designed for tablet-sized devices that are running the Android operating system. It is free and it does not contain malware or any bad stuff. I created it because the official Toastmasters app doesn't work very well on tablet-sized devices. If you have an Android tablet, please download it and give it a try.

Toastmasters Helping Toastmasters - Pathways Session scheduled for 8/23/18 is CANCELLED; our instructor Michelle Spry is unable to attend due to health concerns. To be rescheduled for a future date.
All Toastmasters Clubs are welcomed to attend! THT Session II - Pathways. 8/23/2018 VA Medical Center - 2nd Floor Education Wing, 510 E Stoner Ave, Shreveport LA 71101 from 6 - 7:30pm.
It’s great to see this club thrive!

The Shreveport Toastmasters Club meets every Monday from 12-1pm on the third floor Board Room of Beaird Tower, located at 330 Marshall Street.

The Shreveport Toastmasters Club are a part of International Toastmasters. We are a group of individuals who share a common goal. That goal is to become better communicators and improve our speaking abilities. Learn more by going to

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Reminder about our Zoom meeting tomorrow (Monday June 8):

The meeting will start around 11:50am, if you'd like to come a little
early to chat. Below is the meeting information. Hope to see you there!

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That's quite the strategy! 😏 Find better strategies at your local Toastmasters meeting. We meet every Monday 12-1pm!


Meeting Clip, May 18 2020

Here's one of our Table Topics responses this week, from Ken Wimer. The question, from Lee Hearn, was about what he has enjoyed / learned from being in quarantine. For TT, you must speak at least 1 minute (and no more than 2.5) in order to qualify for the vote.


Happy Wednesday!


Congratulations to Sherwood Jones who won 1st Place this weekend in the district speech contest!


I think this is true for anyone, not just leaders!


Happy Wednesday. Here are some O words to try using. Have you ever used the word odoriferous? I'm not sure I've ever heard it and definitely have not used it!

For what it's worth, to find these words, I look at a list of SAT words online!


Important Update!
This coming Monday, March 18, Shreveport Toastmasters Club 718 will host our 12-1pm meeting in two places: 330 Marshall Street (as we had been before the stay-at-home order) as well as on Zoom (as we have been during the order).

If you would like to come to the in-person meeting, please go to 330 Marshall Street in downtown Shreveport, to the 3rd floor board room.

If you would rather continue to attend virtually, we will still host the meeting on Zoom. Stay tuned for the Meeting ID (or message me here, or email [email protected] to be put on the list)!

Hope to see you soon, one way or another!

[05/12/20]   Giving a speech should not be a drag.
With a plan, you've got it in the bag!
So don't fret, don't fear.
The solution is clear.
Visit Toastmasters, do not lollygag!

In the form AABBA, this is considered a limerick. Did you know today is Limerick Day?

[05/10/20]   Meeting reminder! Tomorrow (Monday May 11) we will meet on ZOOM once again, from 12-1pm. Our meeting ID this week is 832 7691 3539. All are welcome; you don't need to be in the Shreveport area! We start around 11:50am, if anyone wants to stop by early to chat. See you then!


If you've always been curious about Toastmasters, we'd love to have you as a guest. We meet every Monday from 12-1pm. Currently on Zoom, and starting soon, back in person in downtown Shreveport! If speaking in front of people makes you nervous, anxious, or downright scared, we can help!


This week's meeting was another success! Many of our members went with a Star Wars theme because the meeting fell on May 4 (May the Fourth be with you!).

Our Best Speaker was Paige Redfield (top right), who spoke about being a protégé.
Our Best Evaluator was Ken Wimer (bottom).
Our Best Table Topics response was from Lee Hearn (3rd row, 1st face), who responded to the Yoda quote "Do or do not; there is no try."

I hope you'll join us next Monday from 12-1pm on Zoom!

On a related note: Monday May 18, we plan to move to a hybrid style of meeting. Some members will continue to attend via Zoom, and others will meet at the Beaird Foundation at 330 Marshall Street in downtown Shreveport, in our previous location. More information as that date gets closer!

[05/03/20]   You're invited! Tomorrow (Monday) 12-1pm Central, we'll be meeting on Zoom. Feel free to sit back, relax, and observe, or jump in and participate. We'd love to have you!

Our meeting ID this week is 832-7691-3539. I usually open us up around 11:50, in case anyone wants to come early to chat. Hope to see a few new faces!

[05/01/20]   Happy Birthday to our Shreveport Toastmasters Club!
We are 71 years old today!


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Who says you can't grow your club during quarantine? WELCOME to our 2 new members: Lauren Pennywell (3rd row, middle) and Ashlie Gonzales (3rd row, 3rd column)! Fun fact: Today is Ashlie's birthday.

[04/26/20]   Join us tomorrow: Monday, 12-1pm! We're on Zoom, which means you can just pop in from the comfort of wherever you are. No obligation to join or even participate; just watch and learn!

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Try saying that first word 5 times fast!
It's Wednesday again, which means it's time for some new words. Can you include one of these in a sentence? 04/21/2020

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[04/19/20]   Don't forget! Every Monday for the time being, we will host our Toastmasters meetings on Zoom. Join us from 12-1pm tomorrow!

Message me or email me ([email protected]) for our meeting ID!

[04/18/20]   Thank you to all of the essential workers in our community! We truly appreciate you!


Meeting Clip April 13 2020

Here's a clip from this week's meeting. Cathy McLelland was our Table Topics Master, and her theme was love. She cleverly used a Paris background, taking advantage of the Zoom virtual background option! The questions were all about love: what is your love story?, what is a crazy wedding story?, and what sort of spouse do you want for your children?

As you can see, we have a lot of fun! Join us next Monday, 12-1pm!


I hit the pause button several weeks ago, but I want to pick back up the words of the week! Here are your L words to try using today. 04/14/2020

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Cheese! Today was another great Zoom meeting.

Bethany King, top middle, won for her speech titled Tell Me More. It was about leadership styles, particularly her style of democratic/participative. "Who are you leading?"

Lauren Pennywell, top right, was our Table Topics winner, telling us a love story.

And Sherwood Jones, third row middle, was our best evaluator for his evaluation of Ginny Fouts' speech. He gave us all some pointers on how to best use the Zoom platform: camera angle is important!

All in all a great meeting! Thanks to Adam Traylor's mom for joining us (not pictured because her camera was not working)!

[04/12/20]   Reminder!
Shreveport Toastmasters is meeting tomorrow at 12:00 noon, on ZOOM! If you'd like to join in, you are more than welcome. Just drop me a message or email me at [email protected] to get the meeting ID. Thanks!


This week's meeting included 3 new faces! Jing and Laurina were visiting from Sweden, while Lauren lives right here in Shreveport.

Our Best Speaker this week was Sherwood Jones (bottom left) who spoke on the virtualization of America. Music, books, and movies can be shared and bought digitally now, rather than individually, and he spoke on the pros and cons of this.

Our Best Evaluator was Lee Hearn!

Finally, one of our visitors, Lauren Pennywell, won Best Table Topics, for her answer to the question "Which month has the best aroma?" What would *your* answer be? Lauren picked October!

Next week, same meeting time -- 12n to 1pm -- and still on Zoom. Hope you'll get a chance to join us!


Yesterday we had another successful Zoom meeting!

Best Speaker was Adam Traylor (1st row, 1st column), who talked about the HEAR method of journaling the Bible. (Highlight, Explain, Apply, Respond)

Bethany King (1st row, 2nd column) was our winning evaluator, for evaluating Adam's speech.

And our Table Topics winner was Ashlie Gonzales (2nd row, 2nd column), who spoke about beauty (inside and out) during quarantine!

Cathy McClelland (2nd row, 1st column) gave a speech as well, teaching us some tips for how to get the most out of Zoom.

We had a guest, all the way from California. Thanks for joining us, Linda!

I hope you'll join us next week!


Join us today at noon! Go to (or the app on your phone) and put in the following meeting ID:



Our first Zoom! This was a lot of fun. If you missed it, no worries; you've got many weeks to try it out.

Winners today:
Best Speaker: Bethany King, for her speech on pointillism and artist Georges Seurat
Best Evaluator: Lee Hearn, for his evaluation of Paige Redfield's speech on the various styles of leadership
Best Table Topics: Sherwood Jones, for his response to the prompt "Tell us something about yourself most people don't know." He enjoys singing karaoke!


The new normal, for at least 7 more weeks. If you've been wanting to check out a meeting but haven't had the chance to visit in person, this is a good opportunity to see what TM is all about. If you're interested, please send me a message here on FB for more info. Take care! ~Bethany

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Meeting Clip, May 18 2020
Meeting Clip April 13 2020
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Shreveport, LA

General information

The Shreveport Toastmasters Club is a group of individuals who all share a common goal. That goal is to become better in our communication and speaking abilities. We create a positive learning environment each week where members are encouraged to participate in various roles during the meeting. Members may sign up for prepared speeches, or conduct other parts of the meeting. Guests are encouraged to come and check us out and observe or jump right into participating.Toastmasters Club can also help you prepare for a presentation, a job interview, and so much more! We meet each Monday from 12 noon to 1 PM. Our meetings stay on schedule to respect your valuable time. You can find us in the 3rd floor conference room of The Beaird Tower in downtown Shreveport. You can download the Park Mobile app on your iPhone or Android to help with parking. Shreveport Toastmasters club is a fantastic way to gain that confidence that you've been looking for. Come check us out this coming Monday!

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