Riga Toastmasters

PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE FOR 18MAY2016 MEETING: Riga Business School, Skolas Str. 11 (Basement Room 2), Riga LV-1010
Members - please note that annual club officer elections will take place at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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RISE&SHINE Divison K Spring conference took place in Riga 09-10APRIL2016
From the opening remarks by US Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit to the keynote speech by Bill Monsour from Amsterdam....from the International Speech contest and the Evaluation contest to excellent workshops...it was a fabulous and fun conference. Thank you, everyone!

Special thanks to the Riga Tourism Information Centre that supported our conference with information materials about Riga.

Photos from the conference: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AM%5FQG3kgMRM40%5FE&id=EDFBF1B912E...

And best of luck to International speech Division contest winner Pekka Kanerva (Stadi Talkers, Finland) and Evaluation contest Division winner Greta Šiaučiūnaitė (First Toastmasters of Lithuania) in representing Division K at the District Conference in Timisiora, Romania in May!
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Want to become an effective communicator? Come to Toastmasters!

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing meeting in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a supportive atmosphere. There are no instructors at Toastmasters meetings. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations and offer suggestions for improvement. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.

The next Riga Toastmasters meetings will take place on 20APR, 04MAY and 18MAY. Basically - the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of every month!

Please join us for an evening of prepared speeches, evaluations of those speeches and impromptu talks in a supportive and friendly environment.
Join
18:30 Zaļā iela 1, 4th floor, Microsoft Latvia office
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Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
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Save the date(s)!!!
International Speech and Evaluation Contests
03FEB Club level - in Riga, hosted by Riga Toastmasters
19MAR Area level - in Vilnius, hosted by First Toastmasters of Lithuania
09&10APR Division level - in Riga, hosted by Riga Toastmasters (and attended by TMs from Division K: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia & Finland)
13&14MAY District level - in Timisiora, Romania http://d95conf.org/
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The mission of the club

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

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Riga Toastmasters club story

It started in the heads of two Latvians, one had been a Toastmaster member in India and the other, in the Czech Republic…When they came back to Latvia in 2009 and 2010 respectively, they wanted to join a local Toastmasters club in Riga (back then there were over 13,000 Toastmaster clubs in 116 countries all around the world!). For both it seemed obvious that there should be clubs in their own country. But much to their surprise...they discovered that there was not a single club in Latvia! In fact, the only association for local people about “Toastmasters” was that it's a community practicing their skills in “eating toast”...

Often, when you make a decision in your head, the dots connect at the right time and place and things start to materialize. The first event was a meeting at “Costa Coffee” on Aspazijas
bulvaris near the Monument of Freedom - 2 hours of discussion and then a common decision to act! That was followed by preparational work and a demonstration meeting on November 5, 2011. http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/forums/?doc=57067&ins_print It exceeded all expectations of three founders of the club (by then “Amoplant” Communication Director - Igors Graurs, who became the first club President, joined the team). The meeting was attended by guests from Latvia as well as experienced Toastmasters’ members from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In total: 58 guests!

According to Toastmasters International (TMI) rules, in order to register an official club, there have to be at least 20 members. It took five months, work and a lot of positive energy and support from members, who believed in the idea and joined us, to officially register the club on April 1, 2012. Since then we have been growing and developing and are looking forward to the establishment of 4-5 Toastmasters clubs in Latvia!