For the first time ever, we’ve had five speakers, and this was not a contest!

  1. Igor Pavlov’s second CC manual project, “The Power of Politeness”
  2. Olga Makarova’s fourth CC manual project, “Contact with foreign countries in a global world”
  3. Irina Chernyaga’s second Storytelling project, “Ioga”
  4. Natalia Lapitskaya’s final (fifth) Entertaining Speaker project, “Lesson wasted”
  5. Alla Oganova’s final (fifth) Storytelling project, “Two female mathematicians”

 
Alla has won Best Table Topics!

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The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Olga Kovtyukh 4.7
General Evaluator Bogdan Mikhailov 4.3
Speaker 1 Igor Pavlov 4.2
Speaker 2 Olga Makarova 4.2
Speaker 3 Irina Chernyaga, CC 3.6
Speaker 4 Natalia Lapitskaya, ATMB 4.3
Speaker 5 Alla Oganova, ACB 4.6
Invocation Natalia Medvedeva 4.1
Word of the Day Nick Sapozhnikov, ACB 3.4
Joke of the Day Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.4
Evaluator 1 Ermek Toktogulov 3.7
Evaluator 2 Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.5
Evaluator 3 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.6
Evaluator 4 Henry Norman, ACG 4.7
Evaluator 5 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.8

Founded on the eve of Perestroika by an American in 1988, the Moscow Free Speakers Club is the oldest Toastmasters Club in Russia and numbers about 75 members. It is English speaking.

So when Daniil Maslyuk, Vice President of Public Relations of this club invited me to be General Evaluator of meeting no. 602 in Moscow, I leaped at the chance. “We definitely would love to experience the Canadian style :-)” he had emailed in perfect English.

Having loved visiting Toastmasters in Paris and New York, Russia was not to be missed.

The meeting was scheduled for 7 pm on October 16th the day of my arrival in Moscow. I wasn’t sure to make it. Luckily I had just spent two weeks in Paris, my birthplace, so jetlag was not a problem and neither was my carry-on luggage. And with two extra hours to my day, (Moscow is two hours behind Paris) I felt the night was young.

But soon it was dark, cold and windy. The rain seemed to fall horizontally as we made our way by taxi to the Famous Gorny Institute of Mining where the Moscow Free Speakers Club gathers bi-weekly. With neither signs nor streetlights, the venue was difficult to find. Eventually, thanks to her flawless Russian, my long time friend Marie Stock found the correct classroom. She and her husband Bob had also agreed to experience Toastmasters in Moscow.

The room was packed. Heads turned. Toastmaster Mikhail Petrov CC greeted us warmly. A great Icebreaker for guests, we were asked to line up in the front, face the audience and speak! No was not an option. Names, occupation and what brought us there. An attentive Grammarian named Natalya Lapitskaya announced she would be listening for sentence structure and correct grammar. This it turned out she did to a tee and was more exacting than most native English speakers. The Table Topics led by Ilya ensued at a humorous clip, followed by two speeches. Given they were delivered in a foreign language (English) and with no notes, these were impressive as were the evaluations.

The meeting was high energy, positive, and well organized. Without exception, members were friendly and welcoming. In addition, Moscow Free Speakers Club has a superb website in flawless and fluid English. A top Toastmasters Experience to be sure, participating in this meeting was a highlight of 2014.

Marie Betteley CC CL President
St Catharines Toastmasters


From District 86 Toastmasters

At meeting #612, we welcomed three newcomers:

Again, we’ve had four speakers!

  1. Kate Mikhailova’s fourth project from CC manual, “Dissection and Action
  2. Alexander Kanunnikov’s second project from CC manual, “The Store Wars, Ep.1
  3. Thomas Hulbert’s fourth project from CC manual, “Going the Extra Mile with Steve
  4. Valeria Kholodkova’s third project from Technical Presentations manual, “Moverio

 
One of newcomers, Dmitry, has won Best Table Topics!

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The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Mikhail Petrov, CC 3.7
General Evaluator Alla Oganova, ACB 4.6
Speaker 1 Alexander Kanunnikov 3.3
Speaker 2 Ekaterina Mikhailova 3.8
Speaker 3 Thomas Hulbert 4.4
Speaker 4 Valeria Kholodkova, ACB, ALS 4.9
Invocation Yuriy Kochetkov 3.7
Word of the Day Julia Lubyanaya 4.2
Joke of the Day Evgenya Kakzanova 4.4
Evaluator 1 Natalia Sherstneva, ACB 4.3
Evaluator 2 Bogdan Mikhailov 4.2
Evaluator 3 Daniil Maslyuk 4.4
Evaluator 4 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.6
Table Topics Master Helen Dyakonova 4.3

We’ve welcomed eight newcomers at meeting #611:

For the third time this year, we’ve had four speakers, two of which were Ice Breakers!

  1. Jane Kakzanova’s Ice Breaker, “What we eat? What we drink? What we wear?
  2. Igor Pavlov’s Ice Breaker, “One side of me”
  3. Ermer Toktogulov’s sixth project from CC manual, “Perseverance
  4. Natalya Sherstneva’s second project from Storytelling manual, “An Unexpected New Year

 
The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Bogdan Mikhailov 4.8
General Evaluator Mikhail Petrov, CC 4.0
Speaker 1 Evgenya Kakzanova 4.1
Speaker 2 Igor Pavlov 4.4
Speaker 3 Ermek Toktogulov 4.2
Speaker 4 Natalya Sherstneva, ACB 4.6
Invocation Inessa Goldovskaya, CC 4.1
Word of the Day Tasya Filippova 4.2
Joke of the Day Thomas Hubert 4.75
Evaluator 1 Alla Oganova, ACB 4.4
Evaluator 2 Ilya Nefedov 4.2
Evaluator 3 Vladimir Chirkov, ACB 4.1
Evaluator 4 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.6
Table Topics Master Natalya Lapitskaya, ACB 4.0

Meeting #610 was the third meeting of the year. There were eight newcomers:

For the second time this year, we’ve had four speakers!

  1. Yuri Maksimov’s third project form CC manual, “How to have fun when the odds are against you on a holiday”
  2. Natalia Zakharova’s third project form CC manual, “The joke of old days”
  3. Bogdan Mikhailov’s fourth project form CC manual, “How to save your backbone”
  4. Viktor Babichev’s first project from Public relations manual, “In the realm of the Word Power”

 
Despite that, we finished on time, as per report of Area Governor, Larisa Zorina.

Nick Sapozhnikov has won Best Table Topics ribbon:

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The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Mikhail Petrov, CC 3.8
General Evaluator Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.3
Speaker 1 Yuriy Maksimov 4.0
Speaker 2 Natalya Zakharova 4.1
Speaker 3 Bogdan Mikhailov 5.0
Speaker 4 Viktor Babichev, CC 4.0
Invocation Irina Shkundina 4.4
Word of the Day Vasilisa Govorova 4.7
Joke of the Day Hanna Androsova 4.3
Evaluator 1 Natalya Sherstneva, ACB 4.3
Evaluator 2 Ilya Nefedov 4.6
Evaluator 3 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.8
Evaluator 4 Natalya Lapitskaya, ACB 4.8

The second meeting of 2015 was a lot like the first: we’ve had nine newcomers and more people than seats, and the meeting lasted over two hours too!

Ann Sema delivered her Ice Breaker titled “My favorite labor”.

There were two other speakers:

  1. Ilya Nefedov’s repetition of sixth project from Competent Communication manual, “The history of time
  2. Denis Shevchuk’s repetition of second project from Speaking to inform manual, “A closer look at ourselves and what we do

 
The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Thomas Hulbert 4.6
General Evaluator Bogdan Mikhailov 4.8
Speaker 1 Ann Sema 3.4
Speaker 2 Ilya Nefedov 4.3
Speaker 3 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.3
Invocation Olga Dakhina 4.2
Word of the Day Natalia Medvedeva 4.2
Joke of the Day Igor Pavlov 4.4
Evaluator 1 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.8
Evaluator 2 Daniil Maslyuk 4.6
Evaluator 3 Yana Litvinova 4.4
Table Topics Master Natalya Zakharova 4.3
Meeting as a whole Everyone! 4.5

At the first meeting of 2015, we’ve had nine newcomers! The room was packed: at one point there were more people than seats available! Not only that, but we also had one of the longest meetings: almost two and a half hours, and four speakers!

  1. Alexander Kanunnikov’s repetition of his Ice Breaker, “Two stories”
  2. Ilya Nefedov’s sixth project from Competent Communication manual, “The mirror of yourself”
  3. Anna Ponomareva’s repetition of ninth project from CC manual, “Shadows of the past”
  4. Natalya Lapitskaya’s third project from Storytelling manual, “Believe it or not”

 
As usual, the tea break was quite lively:
Lively tea break
 
After the tea break, Alla Oganova and Daniil Maslyuk both won Best Table Topics:
Best Table Topics winners
 
The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Olga Makarova 4.0
General Evaluator Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.45
Speaker 1 Alex Kanunnikov 3.4
Speaker 2 Ilya Nefedov 4.5
Speaker 3 Anna Ponomareva 4.25
Speaker 4 Natalia Lapitskaya, ACB 3.9
Invocation Ann Sema 3.73
Word of the Day Natalya Zakharova 4.3
Joke of the Day Marina Svirina 4.5
Evaluator 1 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.6
Evaluator 2 Daniil Maslyuk 4.5
Evaluator 3 Sergey Saprykin 4.5
Evaluator 4 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.5
Table Topics Master Margarita Ryndina, ACS, ALB 4.5

Meeting #607 was the final meeting of the year.

Everyone being busy during the tea break

It was an unusual meeting (see agenda) with following performances:

  • Natalya Lapitskaya’s poetry reading, “If all around you”
  • Mikhail Petrov’s singing, “Love is everywhere!”
  • Margarita Ryndina’s theatrical performance, “Finita la Comedia”

 
First part of the meeting with the above mentioned performances:

Second part of the meeting with Olga Kovtyukh as Table Topics Master:

 

MFSC wishes you
Happy New Year &
Merry Christmas!

Usually we have three speeches every meeting, but on 4 December 2014, we’ve had FOUR!

  1. Olga Makarova’s third project from Competent Communication manual, “Where HAS Rurik come from”
  2. Anna Ponomareva’s eighth project from Competent Communication manual, “How to make your life bright”
  3. Denis Shevchuk’s second project from Speaking to Inform manual, “A reason why I failed to achieve more”
  4. Natalya Sherstneva’s second project from Storytelling manual, “Wind and Twig”

 
There also were TEN newcomers!

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The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Nick Sapozhnikov, ACB 3.3
General Evaluator Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.9
Speaker 1 Olga Makarova 4.3
Speaker 2 Anna Ponomareva 4.2
Speaker 3 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 3.5
Speaker 4 Natalya Sherstneva, ACB 4.5
Thought of the Day Nick Sapozhnikov, ACB 4.5
Word of the Day Inessa Goldovskaya, CC 4.0
Joke of the Day Jane Kakzanova 4.5
Evaluator 1 Sergey Saprykin 4.5
Evaluator 2 Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.5
Evaluator 3 Olga Kovtyukh 4.7
Evaluator 4 Ermek Toktogulov 3.5
Table Topics Natalya Lapitskaya, ACB 4.5

On 20 November 2014, there were three speeches:

  1. Ermek Toktogulov’s project 6 from CC manual
  2. Irina Chernyaga’s Speech to Inform
  3. Andrey Kosilov’s project 2 from Professional speaker manual

 
Both Natalia Zakharova and Alexander Kanunnikov received the Ice Breaker ribbons to commemorate their joining our club!


Denis Shevchuk, ACB, ALB received “Best Table Topics” ribbon!

The points for the meeting can be found below:

Toastmaster Natalya Lapitskaya, ACB 3.4
General Evaluator Margarita Ryndina, ACS, CL 3.4
Speaker 1 Ermek Toktogulov 3.6
Speaker 2 Irina Chernyaga, CC 3.3
Speaker 3 Andrey Kosilov, CC 4.8
Thought of the Day Alla Oganova, ACB 4.5
Word of the Day Jane Kakzanova 3.8
Joke of the Day Natalya Zakharova 4.0
Evaluator 1 Mikhail Petrov, CC 4.2
Evaluator 2 Denis Schevchuk, ACB, ALB 4.5
Table Topics Inessa Goldovskaya, CC 4.3