Cultivated Toastmasters Is Reactivating

The Cultivated Toastmasters Club suspended meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic but has reactivated, starting October 14, 2021. Meetings will generally be held every other Thursday, noon-1:00.

For information about the next meeting date, to request a meeting invitation or to ask questions, please contact either:


The club had its contest a few weeks ago and Nancy and Dwight were selected as the Cultivated Toastmaster’s Club representatives to move forward to the Area Contest.

Nancy revived her family tale of Canoeing at Night, a humorous story of her smart, professor – husband’s unwise choice of a canoe trip down the rocky canyon of the Kinnickinnic River – at sunset – in mid-November. Don’t worry, he survived the river’s rage… but was less lucky with Nancy.

At the Area Contest, Nancy placed third.

Congratulations to Nancy.

Nancy receiving third place certificate.
Dwight receiving second, or rather last place, in evaluations.

Dwight represented the club in the Evaluation Contest. He did place second – did I mention there were only two contestants at the Area level.

Pathways Overview and Process

Are you confused? Have you lost your Path? The changes to the Toastmaster Educational Program, called Pathways, can be confusing, especially for those that have been involved in the old printed manual process. However, rest assured, the goals, objectives, and skills learned through Toastmasters remains the same, albeit through the new web-based technologies.

When you have time, everyone should review this OVERVIEW:

It provides a thorough walk through of the structure of the Pathways Educational Program, then on the final pages, it gives links for more details on every Path and every project so you can see the path ahead for the Pathway you have chosen.

Some things I learned from this overview:

  • There are 10 paths to choose from, each designed to improve communication skills from a different perspective:
  • The first level for all paths is the same: a short icebreaker and how to receive, give, and use evaluations. After that, a path may have two or three additional levels of more advanced skills.
  • To complete a Path, you need to practice and demonstrate skills in your chosen path. This will include 15 speeches as well as a mix of other planning, organizational or leadership skills. To see a list of projects for any selected Path, click on the Path of interest listed here:
  • At this time, 59 different skills have been developed for Toastmasters, and each Path is a different mix of those 59 skills:

I hope you have the time to review this summary of the Pathways educational program. (It took me about 10 minutes to read through every page and visit some of the additional links I was interested in.)

Dwight Wilcox

Capitol Tour

On July 24, 2018 the Cultivated Toastmasters club had a special walking tour of the monuments on the State Capitol grounds.  Club members Ben, Michelle, Dwight, Michael, and John gave 5-7 minutes speeches at four monuments.  We had a great turn out, with many guests joining us for this fun special event. We plan to conduct a similar walking tour meeting of the interior of the State Capitol this winter.  Keep checking the Cultivated Toastmasters website for more details!