Understanding the Acronyms

What do all those initials mean on everyone’s name tags? Here are the answers: TM = Toastmaster Communication Track CC – Competent Communicator ACB – Advanced Communicator Bronze ACS – Advanced Communicator Silver ACG – Advanced Communicator Gold Leadership Track CL – Competent Leader ALB – Advanced Leader Bronze ALS – Advanced Leader Silver DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster

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A Symphony of Tulips

On Saturday, April 20, four Brasov Toastmasters’ members went to Pitesti for a symphonic event centered around tulips. Valentin Ogner, Roxana, William, and I made the trip in Valentin’s car. We were excited not only to see the city, but to see the flowers, hear the music, and experience a trip together. It was a gorgeous day, and the two hour drive flew by! When we arrived early afternoon, the center of the city was full of people. There were a lot of flowers and many flower arrangements.

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A Mentoring Moment

Do you have a mentor? Why not? When you read the article on mentoring in the May TM magazine, you will find these key points explained in more detail: For new Toastmasters, mentors help demystify the many aspects of club membership such as club roles, norms, protocols and processes. Experienced members help you work through your communication and leadership manuals. It’s important to find the right mentor, someone who will give you structured feedback and someone you can bounce ideas off of. For existing members, sometimes you

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The Winner’s Words

This was the second time I delivered a speech in Romanian, and both times were in a speech contest. I enjoyed the experience, but this time I felt more confident than the first time. The fact that I knew the language better gave me a comfortable feeling, and I was able to focus more on acting and smiling. Still, nervousness found its way into my presentation. When reviewing the video of my speech, I could see the changes of my face color, abnormal hand positions, or an

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Spring Club Speech Contest

On April 16, I chaired our annual spring club speech contest. Camelia Codarcea, a new member who recently transferred from another Toastmasters club in Germany, was the Chief Judge. Whereas her role was to manage all the issues regarding the evaluation team, mine was to take care of everything concerning the speakers. We constantly kept in touch with each other, and our club president, Cristian Nechifor, helped us with advice and organization. Five speakers competed for the prize: Cristi Musa, Cristian Nechifor, Roxana Cârceag, Ramona Bot, and Valentin

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Chisinau Toastmasters International Conference

Last month, five Brasov Toastmasters members attended their first Toastmasters International Conference in Chisinau, The Republic of Moldova. There were members from three other Romanian clubs and two clubs from Chisinau. The special guest was Thomas Skipwith, a DTM from Switzerland, who shared some of his amazing experience in Toastmasters. The Brasov team of Anca Gânsca, Cristian Musa, Ion Ursu, Valentin Dumitran, and I spent four days in trainings and workshops, participated in two contests for the members, attended networking sessions, and visited a few highlights in the city. As

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Monthly Movie Night

Our “Movie Night” has turned into a monthly get-together! After each one, I’m always asked … when we are going to have the next one? Here’s the answer: The next “Movie Night” is May 19. The movie will be Citizen Kane, one of the greatest movies ever made. While I enjoy the movies we watch and eating the snacks everyone brings, the thing I enjoy the most is our time after the movie, talking and getting to know each other better. It’s a nice way to end the weekend on Sunday with friends.

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Summer Plans

Winter is gone. The club contests are over. Summer is here! Even though you might be planning some vacation time in the next four months, Brasov Toastmasters never stops. You will have many opportunities to play and compete with your colleagues in fun activities. If you want more of a conversational atmosphere, don’t miss the socials after the Tuesday meetings. The Timisoara National Conference on May 24-25 is the place to go if you want to meet other Toastmasters around the country and find out about their club

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