Toastmasters Meeting – Thursday, July 19th at 5:15pm

Hello fellow Toastmasters,

We just wanted to remind you that our next meeting will be held this Thursday, July 19th, 2018.  It will be at 5:15pm at 105 E. 17th St – Rm 191.

We still have some open roles for this meeting.  They are as follows: Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, Evaluator 1, Speaker 2, Evaluator 2, Meeting Evaluator, Timer, and Ah-counter/ Grammarian.  Please feel free to sign up for a role and bring your Competent Leadership book to get credit.

If you’d like to sign up for a future role, you can do so on our sign-in sheet or email Mary Lou Atkinson and let her know when and which position you would like to fill.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, July 19th at 5:15 pm!


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Summer book recommendations from our noon meeting on June 12th, 2018

Many thanks to those of you who came to the NYU Toastmasters meeting last week.  It was fun! Maria gave a great speech as part of the new Pathways program and we also talked about books– either our favorites or what we’re reading now. Below is the list in case you want inspiration for your summer reading.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting next Thursday, June 21st, at 5:15pm at 105 E. 17th Street at 5:15pm.
Alicia Kubes
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District 46 Spring Conference: First Place goes to…

NYU Toastmasters. A special Thank You and Congratulations to our Own Ajay Chitharajan, who came in first place for the Speech Evaluation portion of the Contest. Ajay who was 5th to speak out of a total of eight contestants, met every portion of the judging criteria which included talking points such as analytical quality of a speech presenters strengths and weaknesses with clarity and logic. Ajay hit the mark on his performance improvement recommendations for the speech presenter,Raphael Victor, paying attention to his own technique and inspirational thoughts. The last portion, his summation of the entire speech was pivotal in the judges decision.

Our club President, Yolanda Rayside and VP Membership, Queen Walker, believe that his conclusion put him on the fast tract to first place. Ajay has compassion that can’t be ignored. We are proud to be witnesses and accountability partners in his Toastmasters Journey.

We’ve included a few photos from the conference including the winning moment.

By Queen Walker

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Open House: Toastmasters Meeting – Thursday, January 18th at 5:15pm

Hello Fellow Toastmasters and Esteemed Guests,

We just wanted to remind you that we have our next Open House meeting this Thursday, January 18th.  It will be held at 5:15pm located in 105 East 17th Street, Room 191.

We still have some roles open, Table Topics Master, Evaluator 1, Meeting Evaluator, Timer, Ah-counter/ Grammarian.  If you will be at the meeting, please feel free to sign up for a role and bring your Competent Leadership book to get credit!  Kattia Tan will be Toastmaster for this event and would love to know if you are interested in taking on a role with us.   We will be reaching out to all members separately and individually to see if you might be interested in volunteering for this event.

The theme for this Open House Meeting is: Optimism – Learned or Lived.

If you’d like to sign up for a role at another meeting soon, you can do so on our sign in sheet or email Mary Lou Atkinson and let her know when and which position you’d like to fill.

Please let us know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

Open House Flyer

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For your reading pleasure….

A fun and insightful read, “Giving a speech can be terrifying.  These dogs are hear to help” by Monika Akhtar, Karin Brulliard/ The Washington Post (May 17, 2017)

A big thank you to David Huggins for forwarding on this article to share!

Giving a speech can be terrifying. These dogs are here to help.


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Fellow Toastmaster Feature: Queen Walker

A big congratulation to Queen Walker, VP of Membership and Area Director, Area 61 for writing “From Group to Team” in New York Univerity College of Dentistry Global Health Nexus Magazine.  The article is in the Fall 2017 (Volume 19, No 1) edition and can be found on page 97.   A link has been added for your reading pleasure.

From Group to Team: Queen Walker (Full Article)


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Toastmaster for a day: Alicia Kubes

When you attend an NYU Toastmasters’ meeting, you are not only learning speaking and leadership skills, you also get to learn about the world through speeches and meeting themes. In a recent meeting, Toastmaster Alicia Kubes’s theme was Preserving New York City. She highlighted two recent stories that involve NYU faculty Lynn Saville and Renee Vara. You can check out Saville’s atmospheric photos of Grand Central Station in the station’s lower level and you can follow art adviser Renee Vara on instagram here

Grand Central Terminal Dining Concourse West


Grand Central Revealed: Photographs of the west façade

In a new series of eight photographs commissioned by MTA Arts & Design for the Lightbox program, fine-art photographer and NYU SPS Instructor Lynn Saville captures a unique moment at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in New York’s ever-changing architectural landscape. For the first time in nearly a century, the western façade of Grand Central Terminal has been revealed to uninterrupted, sweeping view. Five buildings spanning an acre-size city block were demolished to prepare for the construction of One Vanderbilt, a 1,401 foot office tower due to be completed in 2020. The new building makes several concessions to Grand Central Station, including setting back its foundation by a few feet to allow a better view of the station, and mimicking some of its materials and patterns in its construction.

Lynn Saville specializes in photographing “the boundary times between night and day” such as early morning or in the evening. The images in this series show dappled light refracted from nearby glass skyscrapers, creating patterns of light on stone and pedestrians passing by. The train terminal juxtaposed with the Chrysler building creates iconic imagery of historic Beaux Arts and Art Deco monuments, underlined by the One Vanderbilt foundation site, the architecture of the future. Visiting multiple times at dawn, midday, and dusk, from different heights in nearby buildings and on the ground, Saville skillfully captures the changing light across the western face of the terminal, and the humans that that activate the space during classic New York City rush hour, as well as at quiet moments of everyday life. Saville’s photographs are published in three monographs, and her newest book, Dark City: Urban America at Night, was published in 2015.

Dates of Public Art Exhibition: June 2017 – June 2020

Whatever happened to 5Pointz in Queens? A Surprise Decision in a Landmark Case

New Yorkers may remember the industrial complex called 5Pointz in Long Island City that was covered in over 50 colorful spray-painted murals. The graffiti attracted tourists and local residents alike, helping to transform the neighborhood into a cultural destination. The murals were suddenly whitewashed before being torn down in 2014 to make way for new luxury apartments. In November, a Brooklyn jury decided that real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff broke the law  by violating the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects public art of “recognized stature” on someone’s property. The suit was filed by the 21 artists who painted at 5pointz and who claimed the developer failed to give them a 90-day notice and thus took away any opportunity to salvage the artwork. They made the case that the work street artists create has the right to be appreciated and treated like any other art.  Art adviser and SPS instructor Renee Vara, who was an expert witness in the case, said “This is a win for artists’ rights all across the country. This is a win for the visual artists and their protection under VARA… This is a clear message by the people that the whitewash was a cruel willful act and Jerry Wolkoff was held accountable.” The jury’s decision addresses an important debate about whether graffiti should be protected by federal law and has important  implications for other murals,  street art, and development projects. 

Resources for Historic Preservation-Related News

Historic Districts Council:

New York Preservation Archive Project:

New York Landmarks Conservancy:

Washington Square Blog:

Art Deco Society of New York: 


Written by Alicia Kubes

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No Toastmasters Meeting – November 23, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving!

As a quick reminder, we will not be having a Toastmasters meeting on Thursday, November 23rd as it falls on Thanksgiving Day.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th and will be held at 5:15 pm at 105 E. 17th Street, Room 191.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving overflowing with peace, love, and laughter!


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NYU College Of Dentistry’s Mentors Program

Toastmasters leadership had an opportunity to meet with prospected members of the NYU College of Dentistry’s Mentors program regarding the opportunity to join Toastmasters International. The meeting gave guests the opportunity to learn about NYU Toastmasters’ approach to leadership and communication skills necessary for professional and personal growth. In addition to learning about building better communication, guests were walked through a demo meeting and given the opportunity to participate in Table Topics discussions while learning about polishing their communication skills.

After the meeting, guests were given the chance to discuss the benefits of being a Toastmaster which included help and practical advice on mentorship and its effect on pushing members to flourish as individuals while trust building and collaborating in a creative space based on employee growth and development.

– Article: Queen Walker, Vice President Membership, NYU and  Director, Area 61, Toastmasters International


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-Photos: Kattia Tan, Vice President Public Relations
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Thursday, November 9th (noon meeting) will be held at NYU’s College of Dentistry

Hellow fellow Toastmasters,

We will be hosting a Toastmasters noon (12 pm) meeting on November 9th at NYU’s College of Dentistry, this will be a location change from our standard Kauffman Management Center, 44 West 4th Street location.  

November 9th Meeting (noon):
Location: NYU College of Dentistry
                  433 First Avenue, NY NY 10010
                  Executive Conference Room (11th Floor) 

This is the first time our group will have a noon meeting at the Kips Bay location and would love it if you could join us!

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