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Fall 2016 Schedule

Toastmasters will meet

on Mondays

Sept. 19 - Nov. 14

(No meeting on Oct. 31)

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

First Assembly of God
800 E. Vernon
Normal, IL 61761

(Graduation location - TBD)

Toastmasters is an international organization which offers a proven way to improve your communication skills. By participating in a fun and supportive group, you'll become a better speaker and leader and gain confidence to succeed in whatever path you've chosen in life.

Many businesses hold Toastmasters classes to help improve communication on the job. We are privileged to have trained youth leaders who offer their time and efforts to our homeschool students. Their teaching is taken to a level where kids can learn these important skills in an enjoyable setting.

Toastmasters is an 8-week program that helps students learn:

how to battle the fear of being in front of people
what to do with your hands while you speak
how to start a speech and what's a good way to end one
what it means to debate
how to positively critique others
how to present yourself while speaking publicly
how to "think on your feet"

Cost: This is a free service put on by wonderful volunteers.

The class is available to homeschool students between the ages of 9 and 18. Children will be placed in classes based on age.

If you are interested in enrolling your home schooled children, please email Martina at with the following information:

  • Family name
  • Child's name
  • Child's age
  • Food allergies
  • How many years on Toastmasters
  • Parent or guardian cell phone number where you can be texted in case of cancellation or emergency

Please note: Class size is limited, so registering early is a good idea. You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.

We will have a break midway through each evening's class. During that time a simple snack (cookies, lemonade) will be served. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up to take a turn providing the snack.

On one night toward the end of the eight weeks, parents are asked to come and join the students for parent/student debates. Debating is a skill the students work on, so this gives them a chance to try it out. It is an enjoyable time filled with laughter.

The last night of class is a graduation ceremony. All parents/families are invited to attend. Parents will be asked to help provide refreshments for the reception following the graduation ceremony.