Share With Us

Howdy, all! It’s Samia Reed here from Texas.  I just want to encourage all of you to share your ideas, successes, contests, events, etc.  We all want to know what’s going on at your Gavel Club or Youth Leadership Program.  What’s worked for you, and what have you learned from?

List your Gavel Club so people can find you

Hello Gavel Club Counselors,

I am updating this website to include Gavel Clubs all over God’s creation so that folks may find a gavel club near them easily.

One of the most common questions I get is “Where can I find a gavel club?”

If you would like to have your chartered gavel club included on this Toastmasters Youth Programs website, please email the following information to Samia Reed, DTM:

  1. Name of Gavel Club and Number (you get your club # when you charter…sorry, I will only list chartered gavel clubs who are current)
  2. Location (address, with city, state and zip).  Include name of bldg. too
  3. Meeting day and time
  4. Frequency of meetings
  5. Age range for group
  6. Your TM District number
  7. Counselor name(s), TM designation, and Email address
  8. Optional: your gavel club’s webpage

If you know others who run gavel clubs, please direct them here.

Let’s not keep Gavel Clubs a secret!!


Samia Reed, DTM

P.S.  Be sure to also ask your District webmaster to list your gavel club on your District website as well.

2013 Toastmasters Youth Leadership Conference (District 2)

“You are a Champion!”

Saturday, October 19, 2013

9:30 am – 5:30 pm


Microsoft Conference Center

16070 N.E. 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

(Free Parking)


Opening Keynote: “The Champion Within”


Lee Amatangelo, DTM

1999 District 2 International Speech & Evaluation Champion

We all have special talents and gifts that come natural to us. We all have a Champion that lies within. However, most people let that Champion lie dormant for most, if not, all their lives. The trick, listen to your dreams to find out what makes you the happiest, then pursue those dreams. On your journey, you will surely see a Champion unleashed from within.

Lee Amatangelo has been with Toastmasters for 22 years and holds the level of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). In that time, he has been a member of more than 20 clubs, has held every club office numerous times, as well as the District level positions of Area Governor, Division Governor, Speechcraft Chair, Youth Leadership Chair, Club Rescue Chair, and Club Fitness Chair. He is proud to say he has actively helped form over 20 new clubs and has helped rescue numerous. He is the 1995 District 1 Evaluation Champion, the 2009 District 2 Evaluation Champion, and the 2009 District 2 International Speech Champion. He is the first District 2 Toastmaster to win both Contests at the same Conference.



Afternoon Keynote: “Get in the Ring”


David Reed, DTM

2013 World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinalist

David became a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in just 18 months in Toastmasters. He is the 2013 District 2 International Speech Campion and a 2013 World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinalist. David has placed at the division level in several evaluation and humorous speech contests. David has taught storytelling fundamentals to the Central Marketing Group at Microsoft, Toastmasters clubs, and youth audiences in District 2.


Fun, Educational Workshops

“Realize Your Full Potential: Who Are You?”

Corina Stretch, DTM

The complex challenge facing many young adults today is gaining confidence and realizing your full potential. Values, beliefs and attitudes are significantly influenced by what is happening in the world around you.
In this workshop we’ll identify the key steps that are necessary to communicate with confidence. We’ll find out how to just “get along” by learning tips & techniques of creating harmony and learning your communication style as well as others.
Benefits of attending:
• Identify your communication style
• Learn how to “create harmony”
• Learn your strengths and determine areas for growth
• Learn tips and etiquette techniques
Corina Stretch is the Founder and President of Simply Customer Service®. She has been involved with customer service and public communication for more than 25 years.  Corina has conducted numerous engaging workshops and presentations on Leadership, Customer Service, Diversity, and Personal Development. She has been a Toastmaster since 2004. She is an accomplished and nationally recognized Distinguished Toastmaster.
You’ll leave this exhilarating session armed with the tools and techniques required to improve your communication skills and find out just who you really are.


“How to Write a Good Speech Fast…with Mind Mapping”

Kyle Hall

Kyle Hall, ATMS, CL

How long does it take you to prepare your talk…hours…days…weeks? Do you struggle when writing talks? Did you know you could a speech quickly, easily…in mere minutes?
Kyle Hall is a master of writing good speeches fast. He is also a professional speaker, a presentation coach and the 3rd place winner in the 2003 World Championship of Public Speaking. Kyle will teach us about How to Write a Good Speech Fast…with Mind Mapping.
Those who attend this session will leave with an understanding of:
• The basics of mind mapping
• How to apply mind mapping to writing a speech


“Let’s Play Speech!”

Emiko Hori, DTM

Do you want to learn innovative ways to prepare, deliver, and engage the audience?
Emiko Hori, DTM, author of “Let’s Play Speech!”, speaker, pianist, and a graduate of renowned Indiana university Jacobs School of Music, discovered that there are similarities between musical performance and public speaking. This presentation can help you to prepare with the healthy mindset and deliver an outstanding presentation.
At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:
• Prepare for speeches with performer’s mindset
• Perform on stage in ways that wows the audience
• Communicate and engage People while on stage
Attend this session and learn a completely new way to look at your next presentation!
Using her experience as a musician, Emiko Hori gives presentations about the relationship between music performances and public speaking. Emiko has recently published her first book in her second language (English) titled Let’s Play Speech! How to Give a Better Speech using the Principles of Musical Performance which is now available on Her influential teachers while writing her first book have been pianists Marek Jablonski, Shigeo Neriki, and Georgy Sebok, the author of The Comedy Bible, Judy Carter.


“What I Want to be When I Grow Up”

Omar Rivas, DTM

No matter what profession our youth today want to take on, the most valuable asset is their ability to communicate properly. I will give tips on how to become better communicators in the business world.
Omar Rivas is the 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist.


“Adding Fun to Your Presentations”


Marcelo Guerra Hahn, ACS, ALB

Making your presentations fun is key to keeping the audience engaged and getting your message across . In this session we’ll go through some ideas that will make your presentations fun and engaging. Including: turning your Powerpoint presentations into games, using media (pictures and videos), creating activities for the audience and using some improv games.
Marcelo Guerra Hahn is the Division E Governor for Toastmasters, District 2.  On the professional side Marcelo is a Senior Test Lead working in the C++ team. While not at Microsoft, Marcelo spends time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, where he runs multiple activities including the National Youth Leadership Training.


“SELFish Leaders Float to the Top”

Jackie Bailey, DTM

Life is like a bowl of goldfish. We get stuck in an environment we didn’t choose, and our only action is to sink or swim. Navigating your fishbowl is about learning to paddle with a purpose in any environment, and float to the top as a leader. S.E.L.F. is an acronym for four characteristics of leadership. Jump in, think outside your bowl, and learn how to be SELF-fish!
Jackie Bailey, Distinguished Toastmaster, is the Immediate Past District 2 Governor. Leadership is an odyssey of SELF. Leading others cannot happen until you learn to lead yourself. Navigating your fishbowl is about learning to paddle with a purpose in any environment, and float to the top as a leader.


“Vocal Mastery”

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Alexis O’Donahue

Vocal mastery is a training to develop and enhance your vocal skills. Whether you give presentations at school, give a speech for an assembly or Toastmasters meeting, you will benefit by having a vocal sound system that assures that you are heard, and that you as well as your listeners enjoy the experience. Come prepared to play full out to get the most out of our time together. You will increase your vocal flexibility, understand how this system of breathing can give you vocal power and confidence, and learn to speak clearly and distinctly. Time permitting, we will cover these subjects with everything from science, to exercises, to laughter!
Alexis O’Donahue’s background in professional voice production encompasses a broad spectrum of experience, ranging from studio voice work, light opera, musical theater, Shakespeare, Wedding Master of ceremonies, DJ, and VIP guide at Universal Studios Hollywood. She is a featured narrator for Open Book Audio, recording a variety of books, including ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ , ‘O, Pioneers’ and the hit Sci-fi novel,’ Fallacy’.


“Inside Out Leadership”


Maureen O’Shaughnessy, CC, CL

Media and peers push and pull us so many directions! Get clear on your own internal compass and lead from this “true north” that will never fail you. Ethical leadership begins with principles guiding decisions. What principles align with your true north? We will explore seven aspects of Inside-Out leadership. Participants will engage in personal reflection on their leadership style and goals. Participants will role-play these seven aspects and practice skills to eloquently share their leadership discoveries with others. Stephen/Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens material will be woven in.
Biographical Summary: 29 years as educator and administrator in public, private and international schools. Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle U. World traveler to over 55 countries, living in eight other countries. Published author. Grant recipient. Active volunteer. Passionate about educational innovations and empowering youth!


“Talking to Yourself”


David Reed, DTM

Have you ever noticed your audience nodding off during a story that you KNOW should be keeping their interest? Have you ever struggled to reduce the word count and time of your presentations? Have you ever wanted to find ways to really bring your characters to life in your speeches?
One of the most frequently overlooked aspects of storytelling in any kind of speech is dialogue between characters. David Reed will discuss the fundamentals of turning your snooze-inducing monologue into a truly engaging dialogue between characters with just a few simple techniques.
Members of the audience will do simple conversational drills and some will be invited to the stage to demonstrate each of the techniques.


District 2 Fall YOUTH Contest


1. Humorous Speech Contest (5 – 7 min ea)

2. Table Topics Contest (1 – 2 min ea)

Contestants will be winners from Youth Leadership Programs and Gavel Clubs in District 2.


Make a Difference. Volunteer at the Conference.

As a chaperone, you get to enjoy all we have to offer! So have fun! Learn lots!! I look forward to growing with you, professionally, as a result of these excellent workshops & keynotes presented by highly qualified & renowned presenters.

To Purchase Tickets: Please scroll up.

Event Chair: Samia Reed

2013 Inspirational & Evaluation Contest

It’s Contest Time!

When? June 8, 2013
Time? 10:30am – 1:30pm

Where? Redmond Library
Address? 15990 Ne 85th St Redmond, WA 98052

Contest is open to current members of Voice Masters Gavel Club.

To Compete, or Volunteer, please contact

Voice Masters Gavel Club is a Toastmastes club for kids ages 12 – 17.
We meet every Friday from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Bellevue City Hall, located at 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98033

Guests are always welcome!

2012 Toastmasters Fall Youth Conference

Welcome to the Future!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Registration at 9:30 am)

Microsoft Conference Center (Redmond, WA)

  • Come meet with other cool kids who are developing their leadership and speaking skills, just like you!
  • Come enjoy both of the exciting contests! Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests will be held between all of the District 2 Toastmasters Youth Programs.
  • Come expand your expertise and learn from professional presenters in a wide variety of subjects.
  • Keynote by 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking Finalist, Omar Rivas at 10:00am.

For Details or to Purchase Tickets:

Event Chair: Samia Reed

Fall Contests for Junior Toastmasters (Gaveliers)

image   Table Topics Contest (Impromptu Speaking)

Each contestant will have 1 – 2 minutes to respond.


Friday, October 5, 2012


6:00pm – 7:30pm  (Registration at 5:45pm)


Bellevue City Hall, Room 108

450 – 110th Ave N.E.

Bellevue, WA 98004



                               Humorous Speech Contest

Contestants will have 5 – 7 minutes to deliver their prepared speech.


  Saturday, October 7, 2012


  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Registration at 2:30pm)


Redmond Library (Room 2)

15990 N.E. 85th

Redmond, WA 98052

To be a judge or to volunteer at the contest, email Contest Chair, Samia Reed.

Your Body Speaks

Secrets of expressive performance from actors, clowns and improvisatorsimage_thumb

Fun, Interactive Workshop with Anna Margolina ACS, CL
July 20, 2012 – Bellevue City Hall – 6:00pm

Topics discussed:

  • Painting pictures for the audience – if you can see it, they will too.
  • Becoming a different person – change is good.
  • Being spontaneous – get in the flow, stay in the moment.

Anna Margolina moved to the U.S. from Russia in 2001. She joined Toastmasters in November 2009. I just 2 ½ years she gave over 50 speeches, competed in 4 speech competitions (winning some of them), and served as an officer in her home club. In order to improve her stage presence, she took a year of clown classes, 10 weeks of acting and 6 months of improvisation classes. Currently she is a member of 3 Toastmasters clubs and attends two improvisation classes – an improvisation class at the Unexpected Production Theater and another at the Bellevue College.

Bellevue City Hall, Room 108

450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009

RSVP Required. Thank you!

It’s Contest Season!


trophyVoice Masters Inspirational Speech Contest:

Day: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm (Registration at 1:30pm)

Location: Redmond Library

15990 NE 85th

Redmond, 98052

boy handVoice Masters Evaluation Contest

Day: Friday, March 2, 2012

Time: 6:15 – 7:30pm (Registration at 5:45pm)

Location: Merrill Gardens Retirement Center

201 Kirkland Ave

Kirkland, WA 98033

Room: 1st floor, just past the receptionist desk. (be sure to sign in and out)

Parking: We recommend parking at the Kirkland library. Then walk about a block toward downtown Kirkland, and turn left at the 2 banks.

To be a judge or to volunteer at the contest, email Contest Chair, Samia Reed.

Contest Registration Form

Types of Contests

Starting a Gavel Club

A Gavel Club is a Toastmasters club for youth under 18.

10 Steps to Starting a Gavel Club

Step 1:

Get a club sponsor (an organization, school, church, or toastmaster club, etc).  Talk to the officers at your club regarding this, and, if possible, give a speech to your club on this.  The sponsoring club can be as involved as it wants or is needed.  It should help the gavel club be successful.  The Club Counselor is the “person in charge” of the YLP.  Get some assistants!

Step 2:

Choose a day and time that will work for you, as well as the age range for the Gaveliers.

Step 3:

Find a venue for regular ongoing meetings (typically weekly). Set a start date.

Step 4:

Inform your District Youth Program Coordinator of your start date, location & time, and the names of the coordinator(s) and assistants. This information should be listed on your district website.

Step 5:

Advertise.  District website & newsletter, Email home school groups, Flyers at libraries, schools, church groups, 4-H groups, etc.

Step 6:

Prepare. Get supplies, applications, meeting forms, member binders, etc ready for the meeting. Order CCs. Decide on membership dues, if any. Set-up EasySpeak

Remember, only reasonable dues to cover operating expenses. No individual may profit or draw salary from Gavel Club activities or donations.

Step 7:

Start meetings and treat it like a new Toastmasters club, teaching members a little at a time.

Step 8:

Club votes on club name and officers. Select Parent Steering Committee (group of parent volunteers who will help make decisions and help out club).

Step 9:

Fill out and file gavel club paperwork to charter. Email for paperwork.

(Steps 8 & 9 can also be done during a YLP)

Step 10:

Obtain an Employer ID # (EIN is free), and open a bank account in gavel club’s name.  Or share with the sponsoring Toastmasters club.

Optional: If you wish to accept corporate donations:

  1. Get an EIN #.
  2. Become incorporated.
  3. Become 501c3.

For more information, email

Supplies – New Gavel Club

Below is a list of things you may want to get for your new gavel club.

1. Timing lights or timing cards (personally, I prefer timing cards)

2. Squeaky toy or a clicker (from the Pet Store) for the Ah Counter

3. Stop watch for the Timer

4. Forms for all role holders

5. Role explanations

6. Feedback forms for speakers (filled out by audience)

7. Sign for the door

8. Guestbook

9. Sign-in sheet (for members)

10. Membership Book

11. Applications – Blank

12. Name tags (for members and guests)

13. Member Binder for each member (containing intro, role explanations, CC, CL, etc)

14. Extra CCs and CLs (to have on hand for new members)

15. Ribbons for awards: ice breaker, table topics, best speaker & coach

16. Gavel: comes with kit

17. Tape, scissors, marker, paper, pens

18. Agendas – can be generated from EasySpeak

19. Clipboards (if room has no tables)

20. Sign up sheet for future roles

21. EasySpeak