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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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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Thursday, October 26th (noon meeting) has been canceled

Please note that our Toastmasters meeting held on Thursday, October 26th from 12:15 to 1:00 pm has been cancelled.  A separate email will be sent to all members as a quick reminder.    

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Meeting Times and Rooms for Fall 2017

This fall,  NYU staff, faculty, students, and alumni are welcome to join us for a Toastmasters meeting.  The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month;  5:15 pm to 6:15 pm/Location: 105 East 17th Street Room 191
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 12:00pm to 1:15pm/Location: 44 West 4thStreet, room 3-130

*We do not have meetings on the 5th Thursday of the month

Please note that all 12:00pm meetings will be held at the Kauffman Management Center at 44 West 4th Street, room 3-130. All 5:15pm meetings will be held at 105 East 17th Street, room 191.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at We look forward to meeting you soon!


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Toastmasters Election: New Officers for 2017-2018

Thank you for voting!  We are pleased to announce a quorum of members elected the following 2017-2018 NYU Toastmasters Officers:

Yolanda Rayside, President
Alicia Kubes, Secretary
Kyle Wright, Treasurer
Queen Walker, VP of Membership
Kattia Tan, VP of Public Relations
MaryLou Atkinson, VP of Education
Brenda Mitchell, Sergeant of Arms

Please join me in congratulating the new officers who will begin their term on July 1, 2017.

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NYU Toastmasters announces candidate slate for 2017-2018 Officers

Dear NYU Toastmasters:
The nominating committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for 2017-2018.

Yolanda Rayside, President
Alicia Kubes, Secretary
Kyle Wright, Treasurer
Queen Walker, VP of Membership
Kattia Tan, VP of Public Relations
MaryLou Atkinson, VP of Education
Brenda Mitchell, Seargant of Arms

Ballots will be sent to all members on Friday May 19, 2017.  Please be sure to complete your ballot as we need a quorum of voting members to elect the new board.

Thank you to all our nominees!

Toastmasters Nominating Committee

Brenda Mitchell
Yolanda Rayside
Kattia Tan
Queen Walker
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Become an NYU Toastmasters Officer 2017-2018

What are the benefits of being an officer for NYU Toastmasters?

  • It’s an opportunity to display and develop your leadership skills (and fast-tracks your earning a Toastmasters International Competent Leader designation)

  • You’ll play a significant role in shaping our club’s culture and identity

  • You can grow your professional network beyond NYU by participating in Toastmasters International events and trainings for officers

  • NYU pays your membership dues for half a year


What’s involved?

  • Officers serve for a one-year term beginning on July 1st, 2017  and ending on June 30th, 2018

  • Officers meet 3-4 times per year, depending on what’s happening and what needs doing

  • Officers are required to attend one formal training (Winter and Summer) put on by Toastmasters International, usually held on an evening or weekend

  • Other responsibilities depend on your role and are outlined below


More detailed information about all Toastmasters roles can be found at


  • President – Calls and presides over officer meetings, makes announcements at meetings, is a liaison with other local clubs, Toastmasters International, etc. (1-4 hours per week)

  • VP Education – Ensures meeting roles are filled and ensures members are making their way through their ten prepared speeches, may help newer members find mentors within the club (2-3 hours per week)

  • VP Membership – Processes membership applications at renewal time and throughout the year (about 3 hours per week at membership renewal times (twice a year); otherwise commitment varies from 0-2 hours per week)

  • VP Public Relations – Promotes the club within the NYU community to administrators, staff and faculty (number of hours per week depends on what you want to do to promote the club)

  • Secretary – Keeps minutes at officer meetings, keeps files containing meeting agendas and other archival information (0-1 hour per week)

  • Treasurer – Keeps track of how much money we’ve submitted to Toastmasters International, how much credit our club has, and any other money matters (NOTE: Currently our club does not have a budget as we charge only what is due to Toastmasters International) (0-1 hour per week)

What’s the election process?

Any active member, including current officers and including brand new members who have just submitted an application, may self-nominate for the roles listed above.  Get in touch with any nominating committee member (names below) by Thursday, May 4th to let us know which role(s) interest you and a sentence or two about why you are interested.  The nominating committee will be soliciting nominations between now and May 4th.

  • The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates at the May 11th and May 18th meetings.

  • A ballot will be emailed to members on Friday, May 19th.

  • Ballots will be due back by 5pm on Friday, May 26th.

  • New officers will be announced on Tuesday, May 30th.

What do I need to do?

If you’d be interested in talking about becoming an NYU Toastmasters officer, please get in touch with any member of the nominating committee by Thursday, May 4th:, Queen Walker at or

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Area Contest 51, 54, and 55: “Rise and Reach” held on March 16th, 2017

Thank you to all who joined us at NYU’s School of Dentistry for Area 51, 54, and 55 Speech and Evaluation Contest held on March 16th, 2017.

Our Contest Chairs for Area 51, 54, and 55 – “Rise and Reach” were:

  • Mary Lou Atkinson (NYU Toastmasters)
  • Karon Greene
  • Tania Molina

A big congratulations to Queen Walker for being one of our winners!!

A big thank you to Yolanda Rayside and Mary Lou Atkinson for organizing the event and Daniel Hernandez for the wonderful photographs.


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NYU Toastmasters is proud to announce the winners of our first contest, held on March 2, 2017

NYU Toastmasters is proud to announce the winners of our first contest, held on March 2, 2017.

Speech Contest
First Place: Queen Walker

Second Place: David Huggins

Evaluation Contest
First Place: Alicia Kubes

Second Place: MaryLou Atkinson

Please join us in congratulating our winners who will go on to represent our club in the upcoming Area Contest to be held on March 16, 2017 from 5:45pm – 9:00pm at:

NYU College of Dentistry
345 E 24TH Street
Room: 300W
New York, NY 10010
 Come cheer them on!  RSVP or just show up to contest.   We hope to see you there.
A big thank you to everyone who help make our first contest a success!  We couldn’t have done it without you and we appreciate your effort.
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