Carlos V

We are ending the 2016-2017 program year for Crystal City Evening Toastmasters with many accomplishments.  This includes earning the President’s Distinguished Award for the third time in four years.  The club has been a distinguished club for four years in a row.  Before this level of success Crystal City Evening Toastmasters had not received the President’s Distinguished Award since 2006.

We are also proud of the fact that our club received the Golden Toaster Award for having all seven of our officers trained for the winter of 2017.  Our website took second place for the District 27 website contest.  We also received the Beat the Clock Membership Drive Award for recruiting five new members.

Our club has been able to produce some highly competent speakers as growth in speaking skills has been a hallmark of our group for many years.  We also have some very competitive speakers as we have produced some speech champions over the course of the last few years as demonstrated by Dan Roth being named Evaluation Speech Contest Champion two years in a row.  David Dante won the Table Topics championship last fall and Carlos Velázquez was awarded the Humorous Speech Championship for 2016 and he placed third in the Evaluation Contest for spring of 2017.  Krasimir Kashinov competed in the Spring Evaluation Contest in the finals which was his first time ever as a contestant. His growth as a speaker has been remarkable and under his leadership our club has thrived. Several of the members earned their CC including Kristin Allen and Haley Traeger.  Carlos Velázquez earned his DTM and his third triple crown. The move from our original meeting space had an impact on our membership but we were relentless in promoting the club and our migration back to Aurora Hills Community Center is a welcome homecoming. We look forward to our members advancing their skills through the newly launched Pathways program.  About 35% of our members have enrolled into the program and Chris McAllister, Haley Traeger and David Pelgrim were early adopters.  Carlos Velázquez served as a Pathways Guide for the District. 

This coming year will mark our 25th anniversary.  We are making plans for a special event in May.  Our anniversary marks a significant step in our history within Toastmasters.  The incoming officers will provide the type of leadership that will guarantee that we recognize our anniversary with honor and that we end 2018 with additional achievements.

All the members of Crystal City Evening Toastmasters will support that goal!