Welcome to ...
Your Tuesday evening choice for Toastmasters in Kelowna.
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Rotary Centre for the Arts @ 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna.
Our promise to you:
You will always have a seat at the table, not against a wall.
You will be able to speak and participate in the program at each and every meeting.
You will have lots of fun!
You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.
Find the right words, and your audience will find you!
Toastmasters can help!
- Develop better speaking & presentation skills.
- Learn to think quickly and clearly on your feet.
Is lack of leadership skills holding you back in your career?
Toastmasters can help!
Build strong leadership abilities.
The Toastmasters program will improve your communication skills and open doors in your personal and professional life. Instead of labouring in an academic setting or spending money on costly seminars, you'll learn in a self-paced atmosphere of fun and fellowship.
Flying Solo ... but not alone!
Originating as the Kelowna Mission Toastmasters Club in 1995, Flying Solo Toastmasters hit high gear when it relocated to the Pheasant & Quail Neighborhood Pub in 1996. Flying Solo Toastmasters was the vision of our Founder and first club President, Dorothy Hamilton. And yes ... we did start out as a "singles" club, that hasn't been a membership criteria for quite a while though. There have been several husband & wife couples in the club over the years. Affectionately known as the "club in the pub", the ever-growing and changing membership has forced the club to relocate several times over the past few years to its current location at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
You can take the "club out of the pub" but you "can't take the pub out of the club!" Flying Solo Toastmasters is the place to spend your Tuesday evenings if you want to learn new skills; challenge yourself; meet interesting people; make new friends and have a lot of good laughs. Where else but at Flying Solo Toastmasters would you find as interesting a collection of recognition awards such as the highly coveted Bart Simpson Award? The "Bart" is presented weekly for the best humorist of the week.
Bart is accompanied by the almost as equally coveted "Bull Throwers" Award, presented to the best Table Topics speaker [impromptu speaking] of the evening. Who says that you have to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! Well, in a court of law you would have to, perjury could get rather expensive, but not in a Table Topics Session. As Doug Thomson, former President of the club was asked ... "Boxers or briefs?" Doug is also recognized as the contributor of the "Doug Thomson Eyeball Award." The "eyeball" is an eyeball [not a real one!] mounted on a stand. It is presented weekly to the member that has best displayed the skill of maintaining eye contact consistently throughout the meeting.
Former club member, Peter Cook, is remembered for his contribution to the club in the form of the "Peter the Great" Award. Peter was relentless in challenging members to rid the word "great" from their vocabulary. His farewell speech provided members with eighteen or so alternative words for the word, ... great. The "Peter the Great" award is a cheese grater attached to a plaque and is presented weekly to the member that has best displayed their linguistic and grammatical skills.
Here's what our members have to say about Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters...
If you’re wondering what it’s like to attend a typical Toastmasters meeting, then you can pay a "virtual visit" to the Bright and Early Toastmasters club. This video will help you to better understand what happens during a meeting and how the experience can benefit you.
Every club follows the same communication & leadership skill development educational program but likely do it in different ways. Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters, your choice for Toastmasters in Kelowna, runs their meetings differently as well.
Come on out and see a meeting for yourself. Visit http://flyingsolotoastmasters.ca or call 250-451-6564 for more info.
Rae Stonehouse DTM (member)
"I have been a Toastmaster member for over twenty two years, seventeen of them with Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmsters. I would whole-heartedly say that the money that I have spent on my membership dues is the best money I have ever spent on myself for personal development. Toastmasters has not only improved my self-esteem, communication & leadership skills but has opened up many opportunities for me in my professional, business & personal life. It has often been said "If you get everything out of Toastmasters that you can get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters!" I'm a Toastmaster for life. Why don't you join me at Flying Solo Toastmasters and start your own personal journey of self-improvement?"
I joined toastmasters to work on my speaking and listening skills, and to get out of my comfort zone. I noticed that I had difficulty talking to people in everyday situations and that I didn't always have the confidence in myself to talk in front of people. Being a member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters has really helped me improve my confidence and speaking skills while speaking in front of others. I really enjoy attending the meetings.
"My decision to join the Toastmasters organization has, by far, been one of the smartest moves I've ever made. My wish to propel myself into a world of self discovery would not have come about without the experience and confidence I acquired through Toastmasters. Over the past few years, Toastmasters has taken me from a very shy, nervous individual, afraid of my own shadow, to becoming very self-assured and confident. The atmosphere of the Flying Solo Toastmasters Club has been a shining example of how the Toastmasters organization can change people's lives."
Judi (past member)
I joined Flying Solo Toastmasters in the Fall of 2010. I am currently the VP of Education. Each meeting we hand out awards. My favourite is the award for humour - each meeting we share some laughter, which is good for the soul!
Theresa (past member)
I have been a member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters for the past 4 years. This is a fun, supportive atmosphere to practice your communication skills, by taking on various leadership roles. Originally I joined to feel more comfortable speaking in public, and have found that I have learned so much more! Toastmasters is a self directed program, where you will get out as much as you are willing to put in.
Mark (past member)
"By being associated with Toastmasters I have improved my oral communication skills, my ability to listen effecetively and my ability to organize, set goals and work to plan. This has helped me to succed in the club and in my personal and professional life."
- Better entertainment than Cheap Tuesday night movies.
- More fun than a barrel of monkeys. (actually a lot more fun than playing a Barrel of Monkeys!)
- Provides you with an alibi should you need one as to where you were on Tuesday evening.
- It is the best place in town to develop your communication skills, including public speaking.
- It is the best place in town to develop & hone your presentation and leadership skills. (Industry is desperately looking for leaders that can communicate well. You can be one!)
- Where else can you have a panic attack while public speaking, get support from people that have been there themselves and want to get back up and do it again? (yes, it does happen!)
- Have you ever been presented with the Bart Simpson Award for being the best Humourist of the evening? (Well you could be … but only at Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters!)
- Do you struggle with thinking of ideas to fit into conversation? (You will walk away from every Flying Solo meeting with something to talk about.)
- Do you like to tell a good story? Flying Solo Toastmasters can help take your story-telling skill to the next level.
- You get to hear regular updates from that amazing world of Rae Stonehouse [or not!] (Flying Solo Toastmasters is a club that we choose to belong to. As a member you will make new friends & colleagues, some that will last you a lifetime.)
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to stay up-to-date with what is happening @ Flying Solo Toastmasters and to discover on-line resources to fast-track your communication & leadership skill development. Just click on one of the icons for quick access.
Visit our Flying Solo Toastmasters YouTube Channel for videos from our club members as well as instructional videos to improve your speaking skills. Interested in seeing videos of the World Champions of Public Speaking? We've got them!
We meet Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM at the Rotary Centre for the Arts @ 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Z1. Click here for directions.
Free on-street parking is available on local streets. Paid parking is available at the back of the Interior Health Public Health building.
Parking meter for payment is directly in front of the building when you drive in and is currently $3.00 for three hours. The price increases and the availability of parking spots decreases if there is an event being held near by.