The Glen Abbey Spirit

We pride ourselves in providing all Glen Abbey Toastmasters:

  • a great professional program and a supportive learning environment, and
  • a fun-loving, social environment – fostering camaraderie and good will among our members.

We follow the educational guidelines as set out by Toastmasters International, and we also participate in club and area contests, district conferences, and fun social events where members can get to know each other better. 

What you participate in is up to you.  Some events are for everyone, some are better for new Toastmasters, and some for more experienced Toastmasters.

In addition to our weekly meetings, here are some of the key events throughout the year both in our in-person meetings and online Zoom sessions:

Halloween Party - October

At GATM, we have our own special way of celebrating Halloween by wearing spooky costumes and telling spooky stories in a fun session.

Mastering the Interview - October

— New for 2023/2024

We’re planning a three part series on mastering the interview. Over three sessions, we will discuss planning for the interview, practicing for the interview, and going through an interview and answering tough questions.

International Speech Club Contest - November 29

The International Speech Contest is an annual Toastmasters contest that runs through all levels of the organization.  Starting with club-level contests, contestants proceed through higher levels until reaching the finals at the Toastmasters annual conference.Competitors from Toastmasters clubs from all over the world enter this contest, and winners of this contest are awarded the title World Champion of Public Speaking.

Holiday Party - December

A very popular event for members just before the holidays.  We have a festive meeting with lots of toasts, good food, and good cheer. Many members take this opportunity to display their musical and other talents.

Evaluation Club Contest - February

The Evaluation Contest encourages the development of evaluation skills in Toastmasters.

Contestants watch and listen to a test speaker, and then are taken out of the room to develop their evaluations. One by one, the are brought back in to present their evaluations.  This is a great contest to further develop listening and evaluating skills.

Delivering Your Pitch - March

— New for 2023/2024

We’re planning a three part series on delivering your pitch, including planning, preparing your presetnation, and delivering your pitch with confidence.

Tall Tales Contest - May

This is a great contest to practice those Tall Tales:  fictional stories that are told in the form of personal narrative or anecdotes, challenging the listener’s credulity with comic outlandishness, but could be true or not!

Hosting A Celebration Event

— New for 2023/2024

We’re planning a meeting focused on celebrations. Plans are still in the works – it may be a retirement or a wedding. We’ll keep you posted.

End Of Year Party - June

And to finish off the year, we celebrate with an end of year potluck party, and celebrate member achievements throughout the year.