PowerPoint Power Coming to Santa Clarita – Hosted by Daybreak Santa Clarita

Power Point Power workshop for business, entrepreneurs, speakers wanting practice with Visual Aides.

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10 AM to Noon.

Limited Seating. RSVP a must. RSVP@santaclaritatoastmasters.com

What Does Toastmasters Offer for Public Speaking?


Two Toastmasters earned a competent communication certification in January 2017. Leslie Carr and Michael Carland.

What’s in it for you? Did you know that Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation? Whether you are a professional student, stay at home parent or retiree. Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills, leadership qualities, and meeting procedures. Nothing to lose come along and see for yourself.

Recently two Daybreak Toastmasters members completed their Competent Communication Manual. This consisted of giving 10 speeches in the club group. Clubs are safe, friendly, and encouraging atmospheres for overcoming any fear of Public speaking. We have members that started out shaking so hard they could hardly speak, who now are leading the conversation in their work and social life.

Do you want to feel better when you have to give a presentation or attend a networking event? Do you want the words you speak to be meaningful and comfortable? Do you want a promotion, a new job, a better job, more business for your company? Toastmasters builds confidence in the areas of communication and leadership. Find a club that suits your needs right in Santa Clarita.

Daybreak Toastmasters 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM on 2nd and 4th Thursday morning NEXT February 23, 2017 Club Calendar Link

SCV Chamber Speaks 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 PM NEXT February  21, 2017 Club Calendar Link

Quest Toastmasters Every other Tuesday, 5:30 pm NEXT February 14, 2017 Club Calendar Link

Valencia Toastmasters 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 pm Club Calendar Link

Outliers Toastmasters Club 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursday, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM Club Calendar Link

BarneStorming Toastmasters Group 1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:45 PM  NEXT: February 15, 2017 Events Calendar at Barnes and Noble

Visit a club this month, the love month. Love yourself and find your voice.

SCV Toastmaster Clubs Holiday Party

The SCV Toastmaster Clubs Holiday Party has been an annual celebration for nearly two decades.   It used to be there were only three clubs in SCV –  now there are SEVEN with #8 about to charter.

The December 5th, 2016 party sported over 54 Toastmasters and guests that cheered the speakers  from the representatives of the eight clubs.

Here is a compilation video of the splendid event.



They are all members of Toastmasters International

Toastmaster Richard Lee “Dick” Churchill Celebration of Life

Toastmaster Richard Lee “Dick” Churchill passed on December 18th, 2016

A celebration of life service was held January 15th at 2:00 PM

At the Friendly Valley Community Church

19246 Avenue of the Oaks Newhall (Santa Clarita) CA.

Light Reception followed at the church social hall.


Santa Clarita Toastmasters to Present at Valencia Library

Quest Toastmasters Club of Valencia is sponsoring an event, it is OK to be different at the Valencia Library.

Here is the news story:

Quest Toastmasters of Santa Clarita is presenting a seminar called “It’s Okay to be Different!” at the Valencia Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Speakers will discuss their physical, emotional, and mental differences, and how they have succeeded in their lives, with a panel discussion following their presentations.

If you’re different in any way, you might feel like you don’t fit. The Quest Toastmaster’s afternoon of engaging talks at the Valencia Public Library will teach why being different is not just okay, it can actually be surprisingly powerful.

The featured speakers are: Marc Stewart Richards, “Walking is Overrated”; Alan David Blake, “I’m Shy But That’s No Reason to Hide”; Tom Iland, “Growing Up With Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way

The event will be hosted by Quest Toastmasters. For more info, visit: http://www.questtoastmasters.com/ or visit the event on Facebook [here].

Feb. 23: Quest Toastmasters Present ‘It’s Okay to be Different’

Don’t miss the 2016 SCV Toastmaster Clubs Holiday Party!

The SCV Valley Toastmaster Clubs Holiday Party has been an annual celebration for nearly two decades.   It used to be there were only three clubs in SCV –  now there are SEVEN with #8 about to charter.

The December 5th, 2016 party sported over 54 Toastmasters and guests that cheered the speakers  from the representatives of the eight clubs.

Here is a compilation video of the splendid event.


Quest Toastmaster Club Member Wins Best Evaluator

michelle_tandoc_pichereauQuest Toastmasters has a new celebrity in its membership ranks.

“Our first place winner in the Evaluation Contest is … Michelle Tandoc,” announced Circe Denyer, Distinguished Toastmaster and Contest Chair for the Fall Conference held at Sportsman’s Lodge Events Center Friday evening, November 4, 2016.

Michelle told the almost 200 person audience in her interview taken before the winners were announced, that she has only been a Toastmaster for a little over a year. She also expressed that she was inspired to evaluate when she visited another club in Santa Clarita, SCV Chamber speaks, and listened to a training talk on evaluations. She said she understood she was supposed “to make it motivating and give the speaker something meaty that they can take away and really learn from.”

The Fall Conference is one of two Toastmasters conferences held each year. Only a portion of the program is dedicated to speaking and evaluating competitions. The evaluation contest is only held in the Fall. The six competitors had already won in their respective, club, area and division during the months prior to Friday evening. Michelle is in Division F, competing against clubs form the San Fernando Valley area.

Michelle Tandoc is an example of how members of the Santa Clarita Toastmasters clubs can excel in a short period of time because of the opportunities for learning. Santa Clarita is rich with clubs, open to all members of the community and all of them teach through a self-paced program of communication and leadership.

The next local Toastmasters conference will be in May of 2017. The competition will be for the coveted title of World Champion of Public Speaking. The winner of the District International Speech contest will represent District 52 in Vancouver, Canada at the International competition.

New Rulebook Changes for Contests

There are new Rulebook changes for contests. Contestants, Contest Chairs and Judges are affected by the changes.

Judging_ContestThis Monday August 15th, I will be conducting an in person training session, open to everyone in Santa Clarita.

Cannot Attend? Click here to see other training dates.

Here is the event link for registering:

Event URL: Click Here

 What do you get for attending?

Up to the minute information and details on how to be a contest judge OR chief Judge.

Did you know?

The eligibility for Chief Judge is identical as it is for Judge?
The benefits of leadership advancement and experience is exceptional.

2016 Toastmasters Contest Rulebook Page General  Rules Eligibility 2.B.

To be a chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge at a Toastmasters speech contest, you must meet all eligibility requirements identified below.
At a club contest, be a paid member.
At an area, division, or district contest:
Be a paid member for a minimum of six months.
Have completed a minimum of six speech projects in Competent Communication.
Be physically present at the contest for which you are serving.
At the International Speech Contest Semifinals and the World Championship of Public Speaking:
Be a paid member for a minimum of six months.
Be at least an Advanced Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Communicator Bronze.
Have previously judged a Toastmasters speech contest at the area, division, district, or semifinal level.

So, I invited you to attend one of the upcoming trainings. You will be glad you did.

SCV Chamber Speaks Success Story

Bill GuthrieToday, I ran into a business peer in the community and we were talking shop.  The Chamber of Commerce came up, SCV Chamber Speaks came up and a testimonial came up about how this business professional witnessed one of our very own members blossom into an accomplished speaker.  What a delight to hear.  With every meeting and every speech in Toastmasters, we are advancing our skills and talents in ways we may not even realize – until we hear it from another party.  WOW – it really comes alive, at that point.


It works if ya work it.  Sign up for a speech, sign up for some roles – and sign up for advancing your life!


By the way, our success story is about our very own, Cheryl Ramirez.  A Chamber of Commerce member shared how she witnessed Cheryl go from being a bit nervous, to speaking with confidence and a new clarity that was very noticeable. Awesome!!  How does this happen…Toastmasters!



Very Grateful for Our Club and YOU!

Bill Guthrie

President, SCV Chamber Speaks