Contest Meeting

All dressed up.

Everybody fancies a super cool background.

The zoom master is fully concentrated.

Tt must be the spring speech contest!

and it was – what a contest. Words can not describe it.

So let me go straight to the results and have contestants and audience comment.

Fun ? Meeting on 02.02.2022

The date already is showing it, that it was a meeting with lots of fun. We saw many familiar faces as well as quite a few guests tonight.

3 screens full of participants

Our program was full with three speeches. and we had an interesting variation of table topics. Instead of the table topics master asking questions and to participants thinking about the answer we turned it around. One speaker – Morag in this case – had to answer “augmented” questions from the audience.

You may wonder about the term “augmented“. That was our word of the day. If you wanted to ask a question you had to use this word in your question.

As a result we at the end gave ribbons not only for best beach and best evaluator, but also for “best augmented question”.

Best evaluator
best augmented question

It was really a lot of fun! Thanks to everybody participating

15 Years Erlangen Toastmasters

On January 27th we, Erlangen Toastmasters, celebrate our 15th anniversary. We are proud to be a vibrant and fun club dedicated to improving communication and developing as leaders. As a result, after chartering in 2006 we earned Toastmasters International’s highest club recognition, the President’s Distinguished Club Award, every single year thereafter. Over the years, many members participated in our program only to advance in careers and life ambitions. We’ve culminated countless friendships and produced multitudes of international speech competition winners.

While the past 15 years were remarkably successful, we see another 15 years of accomplishments ahead. We intend to honor our successes and present continued success for the future on the 27th. That is why we’ve secured the best possible keynote speaker, Past International President Pat Johnson, to join us for our Anniversary Meeting.

Pat Johnson joined Toastmasters in 1983 and has been a member ever since. In 2004 she was elected and served as International Director of Toastmasters International until 2006. In 2010/11, she served as their International President and Chairman of the Board. During this time, Pat earned her reputation for inclusive, fair, and honest leadership at the global level.

Come and visit our anniversary meeting. Listen to Pat and, of course – become a Toastmaster yourself. Only by doing so, do we learn. Here you can see the agenda and you will also find the Zoom login information 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 844 3375 3057

Please feel free to download the flyer and post it in your favorite social media channels:

Yet an other great meeting

Alexander as first time toastmaster of the evening

On December 12. we had a great meeting. Alexander had his premier as toastmaster of the evening. He did a fantastic job by combining his musical skills with facilitating the evening. He played the guitar, the piano, the saxophone and the drums to guide us through the various part of the evening.

20 people present

Three beautiful and fun speeches

Our speakers tonight were

  1. Jonas Ritzer, Why are we here?
  2. Mayank Patwari, The Quest for Charisma
  3. Matthias Senn, Digital beyond the scanner

And the awards

go to ….

  • Best Speaker Award Jonas Ritzer
  • Best Table Topics Award Jake Tuschinski
  • Best Evaluator Award Christian Riegel
  • Most Improved Award Jonas Ritzer

Morag Mathieson, DTM: Elected Second Vice President

Our Member Morag Mathieson got elected as Second Vice President.

As Second Vice President she is now an International Officer and on her way to become International President 2023-2024. This makes her the first member of District 95 and the first woman from Europe in this position.
She is a Toastmaster since 2006, lives in Bavaria, Germany, and is a member of the following clubs in District 95: Fraenkly Speaking Toastmasters, and of course: Erlangen Toastmasters.

She chose to name our club as her home club. We are delighted and honored to have you as our member.

When asked about her home club she stated:

Erlangen Toastmasters – where leaders are made.

On August 30th she posted on her facebook page:

Thankful to be elected Second Vice President of Toastmasters International! Thank you to everyone who put their trust in me. I look forward to serving with sincerity, courage and compassion. Thank You to my campaign team for all your support and encouragement and for the beautiful roses you gave me yesterday (one from each of you).
Thanks also to
Don Bittick and
Radhi Spear
for running this race with me. We each ran in our own way and I’m glad we ran together. Wishing you success for whatever lies ahead.
Grateful for all the new and returning board members I will serve with: President
Richard Peck
President Elect
Margaret Page
First VP
Matt Kinsey
Deepak Menon
Region 1
Naomi Takeuchi
Region 2
Karen Marie

Region 3
TK O’Geary
Region 4
Harold Osmundson
Region 5
Mohamad A. Qayoom
Region 6
Melissa Davis McGavick
Region 7
Salah A. Asad
Region 8
Roy Ganga
Region 9
Stefano McGhee
Region 10
Elizabeth Nostedt
Region 11
Aletta Brune Rochat
Region 12
Lesley Storkey
Region 13
Sudha Balajee
Region 14
Dorothy Isa Du
Thank you to all the other candidates who ran for election this time:
Tod Henry,
Rob Christeson,
Linda Rhea,
Avis Brodie,
Shirley Daley,
Rebecca McGilton,
Patricia O’Reilly,
Pedro Casillas,
Jan Vecchi, Liva Wan.


Vacation reading

On vacations I enjoy reading books. This year I choose to book “together” from Vivek Murthy, A former surgeon general of the United States.

To my delight he described on page 71 a member of the city council of Anaheim who overcame his stage fright with friends he made in Toastmasters.

A perfect example of what Toastmaster’s should be about. Glad to read that this happens obviously quite often.

That’s what our club stands for as well.