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Freethought Toastmasters Meeting

You’re invited to attend Freethought Toastmasters, a club of Toastmasters International and a place where you’ll find familiar faces you know from Minnesota Atheists.

Come, listen to toastmaster members speak, and consider joining.


The Format for this meeting is the traditional Toastmasters format:

We will have four speeches followed by Table Topics (impromtu speaking) and individual evaluations of each speech. Edible prizes will be awarded to the best speaker and Table Topic participant.


Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. While in many other Toastmaster Clubs the culture deters any mention of religion, so atheists feel guarded and often stay "in the closet," this club provides not only training in public speaking, but also continuous education in topics of interest to atheists.

This club offers the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics. We welcome people of all worldviews, but of course our members tend to be non-religious. We take current events seriously, but our politics range from capitalist to socialist, from liberal to conservative. Our ages run from the 20s to the 60s (and beyond).

If you decide to join, you can learn to be a better, more confident speaker. No matter what our worldviews, we are committed to mutual respect, tolerance, honesty, encouragement and constructive criticism. If you become a member, you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver speeches regularly, and receive constructive evaluations of your speeches. It’s a great place to become comfortable as a speaker. With the help of other members, we learn to prepare and present effective speeches on a wide range of topics from humorous to serious. We also learn to think fast during our "Table Topics" sessions (impromptu speeches). We never know quite what to expect from our speakers, but we can always count on an interesting evening together.

Per Andy Flamm's request, here are the roles.

These are the roles for October 21

Andy F          ev 1                      

Bharade G       ev 2                    

Mark Evan M   ev 3                

Chris P    ev 4

Ron L     sp 1                    

George F. K   Joker              

Doug J    dns                 

Lee S     sp 4                  

Laurel Rose H  dns        

Norman E  dns

Robert S    table topics     

Brian K. P      dns                  

Jeff D. S       timer                

Lee B           hot seat                

Heather H       Toastmaster   

Alyssa E        ah counter       

Sabrina S       sp 2               

Laura H         dns                  

Tim B          Grammarian      

Phil C         sp 3              

Eric J          cl Evaluator      

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  • Brian

    Hello all. Mark Meyer is a speaker and Brian and Laurel are speech evaluators.

    October 20, 2013

    • Heather H

      Thank You, I'm incorporating this into the agenda.

      October 20, 2013

    • Heather H

      ...we don't have a General Evaluator or the Officer of the Day scheduled, do we?
      I asked Lee B to be the General Evaluator, and I'm figuring we can go without the Officer of the Day, it shouldn't be a problem for me to incorporate that position into what the toastmaster does.

      October 20, 2013

  • Chris P.

    It turns out I have a rehearsal that night that I can't miss.

    October 17, 2013

  • Andy F

    Would it make sense to post the roles for each meeting on the meetup site so we can see them when we Rsvp? I know we already get emails with the roles listed.

    October 16, 2013

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