Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club Member Keith Rabey recently achieved a big Toastmasters milestone - his Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
What is a Distinguished Toastmaster?
The Distinguished Toastmaster is the highest award Toastmasters bestows. The DTM recognizes a high level of achievement in both the communication and leadership tracks in the Toastmasters education program. To be eligible for the award, you must have completed / earned the following (links take you to details at Toastmasters International):
Keith joined Toastmasters in 2009, and over the last 6 years completed over 75 speeches at Glen Abbey, at other clubs, and at District 86 events. In addition, he held roles as the Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club VP PR, Club President, and Area Director.
Thoughts On Toastmasters
I joined Toastmasters with the goal to improve my public speaking and particularly my interviewing skills. Table Topics was instrumental in helping me achieve that goal. Over time I have become much more confident and able to stand up and deliver speeches in many situations in my personal and professional life.
One of the surprises I found with Toastmasters was the leadership component of the program. I took on leadership roles on the executive of GATM and went on to become an Area Director serving and leading 5 clubs in Mississauga.
Many individuals have helped me along the way. I would like to say Thank You to all, who have applauded when I spoke, who have provided verbal or written evaluations. Thank you to all who have encouraged me with “good job Keith!” or a friendly pat on the back. This is what Toastmasters is all about, as safe supportive environment to learn and develop.
I actively promote Toastmasters when the opportunity presents itself and encourage everyone to sign up and take advantage of this fantastic program!
A fun halloween-themed meeting was held at the GATM on November 1st, 2017. Our members were dressed up in great Halloween costumes and shared ghoulsidh stories and spook-tacular evaluations. What a fun night!
We cheered for Glen Abbey Toastmasters Humorous and Table Topics Club Contest winners, Zehra Raza and Srini Kesavan, as they represented our club at the Area 83 contest. After an exciting round of speeches, we are proud to announce that Zehra Raza was a 1st Place Winner in the Area Table Topics Contest and will be moving on to the Division level on October 18, 2017.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Humorous Speech & Table Topics Speech Contests.
Humorous Speech Contest Winners
First Place: Zehra Raza
Second Place: Srini Kesavan
Third Place: Keith Rabey
Table Topics Contest Winners
First Place: Srini Kesavan
Second Place: Frederique Herel
Third Place: Zehra Raza
Glen Abbey Toastmasters is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary – 1992-2017
Join us for a celebration dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Tavolo Restaurant in Oakville.
Dinner will include:
Antipasti - Mixed Greens Salad OR Caesar Salad OR Soup
Entrée – Chicken Supreme OR Tagliatelle Bolognese OR Margherita Pizza
Coffee OR Tea
Tickets are available at all Glen Abbey Toastmasters meetings or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To current and past members - we’d love to have you join us to commemorate 25 years of learning, speaking, leadership, and great friendships.