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Latest news/events 

ACB award designation: Max Silin!

Happy to announce that Max Silin is right on track, ACB achievement unlocked! All the best and keep it up!

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PRESIDENT Distinguished Club 2015-2016!

The sensationally important piece of news - for the first time in the history of Toastbusters club we managed to achieve 8 goals out of 10 in the Distinguished Club Program/Club Success Plan!

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ALS award designation: Max Silin!

For this year Max set a goal: to reach his final point in the Toastmasters‬ Leadership track - and this June he successfully did it, officially getting his ALS award! :)

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Toastbusters Elections 2016

Our meeting 106, on June 15, turned out to be soooo remarkable, soooo historical and soooo memorable! WHY? Because we have held the elections! Interested in the results? :)

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CC award designation: Max Luchinin!

Moscow Toastbusters Club is happy to announce that Max Luchinin has achieved the Competent Communicator designation! In addition to CL, by the way :)

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Two charming ACSs in Toastbusters!

Valeria Kholodkova and Nina Tsygankova were awarded with the Advanced Communicator Silver awards under a round of applause and warm smiles of our guests at the previous meeting ot Toastbusters! :)

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Toastbusters by-laws 

Main Provisions

Moscow Toastbusters club is part of a non-profit public speaking organization Toastmasters International headquartered in the USA. Visiting the club meetings, members learn communication and leadership skills by practising public speaking and working with others in a warm and friendly environment.

The mission of Toastbusters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

Moscow Toastbusters club conducts its meeting fortnightly, on Wednesday (even weeks), from 7:30 P.M. to 9:15 P.M. at Gorny Institute, located at Leninsky prospect, 6 (5 minutes to go from Oktyabrskaya metro station), 473 room (4-th floor). A meeting fee is RUB 100 (as of February 2016). It is to be paid in cash for each meeting separately.


Becoming a club member

Starting from the first visit, a person receives the status of a guest. In order to become a club member, s/he is to deliver the first project from from the Competent Communicator (CC) manual called The Ice Breaker. To be allowed to present the ice-breaking speech, the guest should demonstrate good command of the English language and accomplish any two tasks of the following four (each at different meeting):

  • Joke Master,
  • Grammarian,
  • Timer,
  • Ah-Counter.

Also, the guest should be over 18 years old to become a member.

Upon meeting the above-written requirements, the guest who wishes to become a member of the club should approach the Executive Committee (EC) to join the club. The club Vice President Education finds a free speech slot for the guest to present the first speech. The VPE does his/her best to let the guest present the Ice Breaker in two months after the request is accepted. If the guest cancels his/her Ice Breaker twice, s/he has to repeat any two tasks of the following four (each at different meeting): 

  • Joke Master,
  • Grammarian,
  • Timer,
  • Ah-Counter.

By presenting the first speech a person becomes a member of Toastbusters club. The Executive Committee creates a new member’s profile on the club’s web site members page, registers him/her in Toastmasters International and orders a New Member Kit. A new member should pay a $20 registration fee (an equivalent sum in RUB according to the actual currency rate), this fee includes the payment for the manuals. In addition to it, s/he is to pay membership fee ($4.5/month; an equivalent sum in RUB according to the actual currency rate). The fee is to be paid for the number of months left before the end of membership period (October-March, April-September). A new member should provide his home/office post address in order to receive the manuals.

The club Vice President Education (VPE) offers a new member to take part in mentorship programme and, if needed, assigns a mentor from experienced members. The mentor helps the new member to prepare projects No. 1-3 from Competent Communicator (CC) manual and orients him/her in the club.


Maintaining membership

Toastmaster membership fee is $4.50 per month. This money is paid to the Toastmasters headquarters in the USA. The fee is paid twice a year: in March (for April-September period) and in September (for October-March period). A semi-annual fee is $27 (a member pays an equivalent sum in RUB according to the actual currency rate). The club Vice President Membership (VPM) is responsible for collecting membership dues.

Toastbusters club is a place free from discussions on any themes which are likely to result in polemics or disputation among the club members and guests during the meeting. That is why a member who presents any public speech in the club (manual project, Toastmaster performance, Table Topics session, general or personal evaluation, etc.) should abstain from a theme related to:

  • politics or any critical political issue at the moment;
  • religion or any critical religious issue at the moment;
  • gender discrimination;
  • racial conflicts;
  • LGBT movements and issues.


Mentorship programme

Mentorship programme has two basic goals. First, it helps in orienting new members in the club. Second, it helps existing members improve their leadership skills they already have and discover new ones. Mentors who take part in the programme can have a respecting credit in Competent Leadership (CL) manual. Also, an actual mentor receives a status of Member in good standing. A Toastbusters club member can be a mentor for another Toastmasters club member.

Mentorship programme for a new member

A mentor helps a new member with preparing projects No. 1-3 from CC manual. Also, a mentor can provide the member with information about the club and the Toastmasters system for the latter to better understand the club’s potential and room for personal development. The club VPE offers a new member to take part in mentorship programme and, if needed, assigns a mentor from experienced members. It is recommended for a mentor to complete at least five projects more than the mentee. S/he keeps this status until the mentee gets credit for the 3rd CC manual project. The mentorship can be prolonged, if both parties are willing to do so. Thus the mentor keeps his/her status.

Mentorship programme for an existing member

A mentor helps an existing member with preparing three speech projects. In order to become a mentee a club member should apply to VPE or ask any club member directly. If needed, VPE assigns a mentor from experienced members. It is recommended for a mentor to complete at least five projects more than the mentee. The mentor keeps this status until the mentee gets credit for the 3rd speech project presented. The mentorship can be prolonged, if both parties are willing to do so. Thus the mentor keeps his/her status.


Club contests

Toastbusters club conducts various contests apart from regular meetings throughout the year. The rules for such contest are stated below.

Club inner speech contest

Conducting an inner speech contest is decided by the club EC depending on current situation with the speakers’ queue. Depending on the contest type, the EC sets criteria for taking part in it. The EC should inform the club members on the contest date, rules and participation criteria in advance. The contest is conducted on the basis of Speech Contest Rulebook (issued by Toastmasters International).

Club area qualification contest

Conducting an area qualification contest is decided by the EC together with the Area Executive Committee. The latter sets the date of area conference which includes area contests. The former chooses the date for the qualification contest.

There are following criteria to participate in the qualification contest:

  • A member has completed 6 project from CC manual by the date of the contest (if not stipulated otherwise in the contest rules);
  • A member has paid membership dues in time;
  • A member has the status of member in good standing.

There are four ways to acquire the status of member in good standing:

  • A member performs at least one role in Toastbusters club during three months before the month when the contest takes place. It shall be one of these roles: Toastmaster of the day, General Evaluator, Table Topics Master, Personal Evaluator.
  • OR a member performs any role at a special club meeting during three months before the month when the contest takes place (apart from Joke Master, Grammarian, Timer, Ah-Counter).
  • OR a member performs the roles of Contest Chair or Chief Judge at the club contests during three months before the month when the contest takes place.
  • OR a member is an actual mentor by the date of the contest OR performed mentorship within 3 previous months.

The contest is conducted in accordance with Speech Contest Rulebook (issued by Toastmasters International).

Three winners of the club qualification contest take part in the area contest. If a member is not able to attend the area conference, the club EC can offer other contestants to represent the club at the area level.


Executive Committee

Executive committee shall have charge of all business and administrative affairs of this club and shall consider all matters concerning the welfare of this club. Decisions by the EC are not subject to public discussion (i.e., in speeches, Table Topics Discussions, etc).

Toastbusters Executive Committee (EC) consists of five officers with the club president serving as the chair:

  • President
  • Vice President Education
  • Vice President Public Relations
  • Vice President Membership/Treasurer
  • Secretary

Additional officer position of Sergeant-at-Arms can be added.

Each officer post apart from the President is open for application by any Toastbusters club member. A member who has ever served as a Toastbusters officer can apply for the post of President.

The mandate term of the EC is one year, lasting from July 1-st to June 30-th of the next year. EC is elected by equal, direct, secret vote. Only the members of Toastbusters club can elect its EC and be elected as EC officers. The day of election is decided by the EC and announced in advance. There is no minimum number of voters’ attendance at the election. Each EC officer is elected by majority vote. In case of a split of votes, the current EC defines the winner itself.


Concluding Provisions

The Toastbusters By-law comes into force from February 1-st, 2016.

In case of non-compliance of any provision in the By-law with the Constitution of Toastmasters International (TI) or any other official document by TI, the provisions by TI are applicable.

Toastbusters By-law can be amended by the club EC. An amended issue comes into force next day after its announcement (i.e. posting on the club’s web site, mass mailing, etc). The EC should inform its members on coming changes in the By-law in advance.