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Columbus, OH 43218-3990

 

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AGOISSI stands for A Group Of Individuals Seeking Self Improvement. Membership is open to all associates authorized access to the DSCC installation. We are part of Area 25, Eastern Division of the International Organization headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Come visit one... two... three... of our meetings. Guests are always most welcome to attend any of our meetings--no need for reservations--just show up! Our group meets here at Defense Supply Center Columbus on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th or 5th Wednesday of every month (depending on how many Wednesdays there are in the month) from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Toastmasters is a Command-Sponsored Activity where one hour is absorbed time (an excused absence in accordance with DLAR 5500.4--use of leave or flexitime is not required.) Check the Message of the Day for meeting location. The Toastmasters program will help you to develop your communication skills and open doors in your personal and professional life. Instead of laboring in an academic setting, or spending up to thousands of dollars on costly seminars, you learn in a self-paced atmosphere of understanding and helpful fellowship.

Check out our official AGOISSI Toastmasters Club webpage, a part of District 40.

Events & Activities

View all events and activities on the official DLA Land and Maritime calendar.

News

AGOISSI 3500 club presents Toastmasters with awards
Former DLA Toastmasters AGOISSI Club President Christopher Hancock presents current Club President Anita Jones with the 2017 Frank Chi Award of Excellence. Jones received the award Oct. 25 for demonstrating exemplary leadership within the Toastmasters International Organization and the central Ohio community.
Oct. 30, 2017 - Toastmasters recognizes two distinguished members during meeting.

Culture Council Election
Aug. 22, 2017 - The Land & Maritime Culture Council will be holding elections in September for the Chair and Scribe

Toastmasters club #3500 AGOISSI celebrates 55 years of public speaking!
Members of AGOISSI Toastmasters celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the club.
June 22, 2017 - Recently, AGOISSI celebrated their 55-year anniversary at Defense Supply Center Columbus.

About Toastmasters

MISSION

Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind. It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.

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VISION

Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through our member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.

VALUES

Toastmasters International’s core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make. Our core values provide us with a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning and our vision for the future.

CLUB MISSION

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

Distinguished Club Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Earn two Competent Communicators (CCs)
  • Goal 2: Earn an additional two CCs
  • Goal 3: Earn one Advanced Communicator (AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold)
  • Goal 4: Earn one additional AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold
  • Goal 5: Earn one CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver or DTM
  • Goal 6: Earn one additional CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver or DTM
  • Goal 7: Add four new members
  • Goal 8: Add four additional new members
  • Goal 9: Club Officer Training: (1) Train four or more officers in June - August and (both required) (2) train four or more officers in December - February.
  • Goal 10: Submit on-time: (1) Club Officer List and (both required) (2) the October or April Club Semi-annual per capita report (dues).
Distinguished Club Program Goal Recognition

Toastmaster Clubs with at least 20 members or with a net growth of at least five new members at June 30 which also do the following are eligible for TI recognition at year end.

  • Distinguished Club - Achieve any five of ten goals
  • Select Distinguished Club - Achieve any seven of ten goals
  • President's Distinguished Club - Achieve any nine of ten goals

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General Toastmaster Information

What is Toastmasters? l Why is it called Toastmasters? l What is the mission of a Toastmasters club?

What is Toastmasters? Toastmasters International is a non-profit worldwide educational organization. Its mission is to improve the communication and leadership skills of its members. The organization has over 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries, offering a proven and enjoyable way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills. Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of approximately 20 people who meet 2 to 3 times a month for an hour. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Why is it called Toastmasters? The name "Toastmasters" reflects the origins of the organization in the early 1920s - a time when after dinner speaking was one of the most common forms of public speaking. Today, Toastmasters has taken on the more modern requirements of public speaking: sales calls, training seminars, business presentations, school presentations, etc. Toastmasters is a public speaking practice session among friends and co-workers.

What is the mission of a Toastmasters club? "The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a supportive learning environment for its members to develop public speaking and leadership skills, which foster self-confidence and personal growth."

Club Information

What is AGOISSI and what does it stand for? l How many members do you have? l When will the next meeting be held? l What happens at a meeting? l Do I have to come to every meeting? l How often do I have to give a speech?

What is AGOISSI and what does it stand for? AGOISSI stands for A Group Of Individuals Seeking Self Improvement. We are part of Area 25, District 40 (Eastern Division of the International Organization headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

How many members do you have? We have at any given time approximately 40 members with 15 - 20 individuals attending each week. For a complete membership roster, check out our membership roster.

When will the next meeting be held? Meetings are held the 1st, 3rd and 4th or 5th Wednesdays (depending on how many Wednesdays there are in the month) of each month from 11:30 – 12:30. Toastmaster’s is a command sponsored activity and one hour of absorbed time is authorized for DSCC associates. For other base tenants, please check your local policy. Meeting locations vary and are always posted to Message of the Day (MOTD). Check the upcoming events for the latest information on special events for the next two months.

What happens at a meeting? The first half of the meeting is devoted to scheduled speeches by members. A typical meeting has three speakers each giving a 5 to 7 minute speech. This is followed by 1 to 3 minute evaluations. The second half of the meeting is devoted to Table Topics in which members and guests volunteer to give a 1 to 2 minute extemporaneous talk on a topic provided to them. The meeting concludes with awards being given out to the Best Speaker, Best Evaluator and Best Table Topics. Each winner will receive a rotating trophy which is to be returned to the next regularly scheduled meeting.

I have a busy work schedule. Do I have to come to every meeting? No, you can attend as many or as few as you would like. Club members are encouraged to attend regularly. Frequent practice is important to foster improvement in speaking ability.

How often do I have to give a speech?

The average person gives a speech every four to six weeks. We schedule two to three speeches each meeting and there are times when a member cannot fulfill their role due to a work commitment. The Toastmaster or VP of Education will inform members if there is a speech opening. It is good practice to have a couple speeches started in case an opportunity opens up.

How long does it take to complete the Competent Communication Manual?

It takes the typical member about a year to complete.

Membership Information

How much does it cost to join? l How do I pay? l What do I get for my membership? l When will I get my membership kit? l If I join, will you make me speak right away? l What if I have no experience at public speaking or making presentations? l Do I get to choose the topics of my speeches? l How will I know how well I’m doing? l Are there any leadership opportunities? l Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Leadership Development Hours for participating in Toastmaster activities?

How much does it cost to join? The Toastmasters membership fee is currently $45 due semiannually in April and October. For members who join the club during other months the dues are pro-rated at $7.50 per month. The following shows the pro-rated amount due by new members depending on which month they join. This is in addition to the New Member Fee of $20 (if not a dual or reinstated member, to cover new member materials) and $5.00 club dues:

  • October/April - $45.00
  • November/May - $37.50
  • December/June - $30.00
  • January/July - $22.50
  • February/August - $15.00
  • March/September - $7.50*

*Note: a new Toastmaster in March/September may want to pay dues of $42.00 (plus new member fee and clue dues) to cover March/September dues as well as subsequent six months renewal of dues to avoid back-to-back payments.

How do I pay? Make your check payable to "AGOISSI." Checks can be brought to a meeting and given to the current Treasurer or one of the other club officers.

What do I get for my membership? You get a packet of materials to help guide you through your first ten speeches, a subscription to "Toastmaster" magazine, and a welcome package of materials from the club to get you started. Here are some of the other benefits of joining:

  • Cheaper than a speech class
  • Safe and supportive speaking environment
  • Command sponsored
  • Club Champion Sponsor
  • Guests welcome to attend multiple meetings without pressure to join
  • Guests may participate in the Extemporaneous portion of the meeting
  • Speak about your favorite topic without being interrupted!
  • Everyone who speaks in front of a group is a winner!
  • Members are not pressured to give a prepared speech
  • Prepares members to speak by assigning meeting roles such as Toastmaster of the Day, Grammarian, Timer and General Evaluator
  • Three type of speaking venues: Prepared Speeches, Evaluations, and Extemporaneous
  • Speaking manuals - Basics; Technical Presentations; Speaking to Inform; Speeches by Management; Humorous; Story Telling, and more
  • Club Officer Roles - President, Education, Membership, Public Relations, Treasurer, Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms • Receive speaking level certificates after completion of manuals
  • Camaraderie

When will I get my membership kit? It usually takes about 7 to 10 days for the materials to arrive from the date that you submit your membership form and check.

Do I have to join right away? You are welcome to attend as a guest for as long as you like. There is no pressure to join, but there are lots of benefits!

If I join, will you make me speak right away? No. You will not be asked to speak unless you're ready to, although you will probably find that the supportive atmosphere helps to melt away those first speech butterflies. Our club attempts to arrange the meeting schedules in such a way that most members are involved in some capacity at each meeting, so just let one of the officers know what your comfort level is.

What if I have no experience at public speaking or making presentations? We all had to start somewhere. AGOISSI has a wide range of abilities within its membership. During any given meeting, there will be some very experienced speakers as well as new members with very limited experience. Perhaps the biggest fear many people have is speaking before a group. One of the objectives of Toastmasters is to help members to understand this and to provide them with the "laboratory" to bring this fear under control.

Do I get to choose the topics of my speeches? Yes, you can speak on any subject. But to help guide your development, there is a ten speech program designed to develop particular speaking skills. You begin by talking about yourself and then progress to more difficult speeches.

Speech # - Title / Duration in Minutes /   Objective of Speech

  1. Ice Breaker / 4-6 / Introduce yourself to the club
  2. Organize Your Speech / 5-7 / Organization/construction
  3. Get to the Point / 5-7 / General and Specific purposes
  4. How to Say it / 5-7 / Select the right words, use rhetorical devices
  5. Your Body Speaks / 5-7 / Stance, movement gestures, facial expression
  6. Vocal Variety / 5-7 / Voice, volume, pitch, rate, pauses
  7. Research Your Topic / 5-7 / Use numerous sources, facts, illustrations
  8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids / 5-7 / Props and visual aids 
  9. Persuade with Power / 5-7 / Persuasion 
  10. Inspire Your Audience / 8-10 / Inspiration

How will I know how well I’m doing? After each speech you will be evaluated by a fellow member. Our evaluations are constructive and supportive, seeking to encourage you along your journey of self development. A good evaluation will give you one or two tips to keep in mind for enhancing your next speech.

Are there any leadership opportunities? Yes, Toastmasters has a rigorous program for helping members develop leadership skills. Members have many opportunities to take on different roles at every meeting and help it to be successful. More experienced members can take on officer roles, both at the club level and at Area and District levels.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Leadership Development Hours for participating in Toastmaster activities? Yes, although your supervisor is the ultimate authority for approving credit for your activities, participation in AGOISSI could meet several categories for both programs. For the DAU CEUs and Leadership Development Hours, there is a tailored credit request form for Toastmaster Activities. If you have any questions, please contact the President or Vice President of Education.