Let’s Cook!

There is something about sharing food that brings people to-gether and gets them talking. On a chilly Saturday evening on March 2, Mihaela and Iulian Dudita hosted eight of us in their home so we could prepare a three course meal of soup, a main course, and dessert. We chopped, diced, and combined a large amount of fresh ingredients and turned them into an AMAZING meal! When making the dessert, we debated which chocolate was better. Of course, that meant

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Monthly Movie Mania!

Our newest tradition is movie night at William’s place! On Sunday, March 24, eight of us watched the The Kite Runner, a movie about childhood, friendship, and responsibility in Afghanistan. During the movie, we enjoyed snacks everybody brought – drinks, cookies, and other goodies. After the movie, the conversation let us discover interesting things about each other. It was a relaxing Sunday afternoon with wonderful people who share a passion for speaking. by Ion Ursu

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Being Awarded for a Dream

On March 23, I was invited to participate in a Toastmasters Gala/Conference entitled “Fema, nu doarvorbe” (“The Woman, More Than Words”) dedicated to successful women in general and, in particular, to the most distinguished female members of Toastmasters Romania. The event, organized by Toastmasters Cluj, was also attended by members from Toastmasters Timișoara, Oradea, Cluj, and, of course, Brașov, proudly represented by me. In the first part of the event, we listened to five speeches delivered by five wonderful ladies

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Learn & Play Teambuilding

Learning can be a fun thing if heads don’t roll when you make a mistake! Our heads rolled all right, but with laughter, learning, creativity, and fun. The club’s first Learn & Play training workshop met at Ceai et Caetera on Saturday, March 9. Hosted by Angelica Anghelache, it began with introductions and setting expectations. Ten of us were then divided into two teams and asked to draw What does Toastmasters mean to you? The objective was to stretch our

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First Impression – Valentin Dumitran

I found out about Toastmasters from a newsletter just like the one you’re reading now, and I decided to see what it’s all about. I checked out everything I could find online about the club. At first, I wasn’t impressed but decided to come as a guest to one of the meetings. That changed everything! I met a lot of interesting people who not only practice their public speaking skills, but also improve their time management skills, develop ways to

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First Impression – Valentin Ogner

I first heard about Toastmasters back in 2009. I was attending a Train the Trainers conference led by Andrei Popescu, Master Trainer at Dale Carnegie. Andrei told me, “Imagine giving a speech in front of a room of people who know a thing or two about public speaking. They have different roles, and some of them even interrupt you while you are giving the speech whenever you make a mistake.” I replied, “That would be annoying!” However, I came to

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First Impression – Claudia Nedelcu

My Toastmasters experi-ence started on a hot summer June day in 2010 in a conference room at the Aro Palace Hotel. I knew our club founder, Rinda, was up to something, but I had no idea I would find such warm and special people. I was hooked and joined for the journey. Toastmasters has been an important part of my activities since then. I’ve had the opportunity to see myself through other people’s eyes and to improve my speaking skills.

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First Impression – Andreea Fanita

The Toastmasters concept was not new for me. I’ve been around long enough to see how the ‘wheels’ turn. Even though I have always hated speaking in public, it was one of the things I pushed myself to get better at. I draw attention to myself a lot, and I know the basics to improve. However, this time I decided that I didn’t need to do it all alone. That is why I joined Toastmasters: to improve, be inspired, and

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Chisinau, Here We Come!

There are only a few days left until the Toastmasters International Conference in Chisinau on April 6 & 7 takes place. So far, eight of us are going. Our contestants need a competitive spirit for the Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest, but we’re ready for the other exciting experiences we will have. Together with the educational workshops and meeting members from Ukraine, Switzerland, and Moldova, it’s guaranteed that we will return to Brasov wiser than when we left. We

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AC Fever

At the beginning of March, I received my first Advanced Communicator manuals. I had had a difficult time deciding which two of the fifteen manuals I should begin with. I chose to start with one slightly challenging (Speaking to Inform) and another that would be difficult for me (Storytelling). Have you ever looked at another member’s AC manual? The books are really good! Each project sends you on a new journey to find a subject you’ll love speaking about and

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