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  Our club has a lot going for it! We think you'll prefer Addison Singles Toastmasters Club over other clubs because:
  1. This is a SAFE place to practice your speaking skills. Our nurturing environment helps you lose your fear of public speaking and allows you to progress at your own pace through a program that's helped millions of people like you.
  2. Addison Singles Toastmasters is a PRESIDENT'S DISTINGUISHED club, the highest rating given to a club. This means we meet or beat 9 of the 10 club goals set by Toastmasters International, including membership recruiting, officer training, and individual members' achievements.
  3. We're a SOCIAL group, and do we know how to have fun! Not only are the meetings a lot of fun, we socialize every week after the meeting and hold lots of parties, dances, dinners, and events throughout the year.

    "Toastmasters has allowed me to practice organizing meetings and giving speeches. And it was this practice that gave me the confidence to teach a course on cycling to girl scouts at a local community college."
    "The feedback I received at meetings made me aware that I needed to speak more loudly and motivated me to practice speaking with more volume."
    "Through the District 50 competitions for Evaluation and International Speech, I gained the experience of talking to groups of over 100 people."
    "The club has organized social events that I enjoyed. The Oscar watching party at Larry's and the White Elephant Gift Exchange Christmas party at Glenda's for example were both a lot of fun. And just recently we went to Shakespeare in the Park in Addison and the Back Door Comedy Club in East Dallas."
    "I enjoy the Toastmaster meetings and leave feeling energized. I would recommend joining the organization and especially our club." -- C.J.

If you are interested in finding out more, the first step is to come to our 7:00PM Wednesday meeting at La Madeleine, 5290 Beltline Road at Montfort, Addison, TX. You can also download the following information for guests:

Welcome letter for visitors to Addison Singles Toastmasters Club

Membership Application

All About Toastmasters, Toastmasters International brochure

Yes, You Need Toastmasters, Toastmasters International brochure

Membership FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What do I get when I join?  You will immediately receive a manual from Toastmasters International that will help you get acquainted with the various meeting duties and the program of speeches. You'll be listed on our membership roster and invited to our social events. The Education officer will find out from you how you would like to begin participating in the meetings. Usually, you will start out performing easy, minor duties for a meeting, then work your way into giving your first speech, the icebreaker, within a few months of joining (or sooner if you're ready).
  2. What do you get out of Toastmasters? For me the biggest boost was the courage to speak my thoughts and opinions and courage to ask questions to gain better understanding. Before I joined Toastmasters the role I usually played in team meetings was to accept assignments and to pretty much read status that I had written down. I would hardly ever question a decision or be brave enough to give my opinion on how a situation should be handled. Toastmasters has definitely taught me to think on my feet and to have a better command of the language and has given a great setting to practice speaking in public. The bonds that you build with your fellow toastmasters definitely give you the support and encouragement to keep pushing yourself to break the barriers of fear of public speaking. -- T.S.

  3. What does it cost?  The annual dues for both international and local clubs is $60.00. It's payable twice a year ($30.00 each time) in March and October. That works out to $1.15 per meeting! For new members, there is a one-time initiation fee. See the dues schedule for full details.
  4. What do I get for my dues investment?   You will receive a New Member kit from Toastmasters International that includes a membership certificate, speaking tips and tool lists, and the Communication and Leadership Manual. This manual contains a description of 10 speeches that you'll give at your own pace and that will earn you the recognition of becoming a CTM (Competent Toastmaster). The manual also describes the various major and minor duties held during a meeting.
  5. Do I have to live or work in Addison to join?   No. Some clubs have restrictions or are associated with a particular corporation. We have no such affiliation or restrictions. As a matter of fact, we have members who come from Sherman, Canton, and Lewisville, to name a few faraway places!
  6. The training I've received from my TOASTMASTERS' experience has enhanced my performance in my position as an Instructional Specialist. Each duty I've performed at our weekly meetings has a direct correlation to a responsibility I have on my job. Whether I'm leading a meeting, facilitating a problem-solving session, or presenting a new instructional strategy, being active in our TOASTMASTERS' club has enabled me to handle my responsibilities with confidence and success! -- P.P.

  7. If I come to a meeting, do I have to make up my mind about joining that night?   No. The first meeting can be overwhelming for some people. We recommend you come back a few times so you can get to know our group. You might even want to visit other clubs in the area and find the one that fits you best.
  8. If I join, do I have to attend every week?   We know you can set your own schedule and priorities in life, and there is no requirement to attend every meeting.
  9. How long does it take to get on the agenda if I want to give a speech?   Our 90 minute format allows for three speakers per week, so there's seldom any wait to get on the agenda. Just contact the VP of Education who manages the duty roster.
  10. What if I have a question that's not covered here?   Email us at addison-toastmasters@mailcity.com or call us at 972-390-0693. We'll get you an answer!
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