WATERMEISTERS TOASTMASTERS CLUB #8951 Est. 1992

Duties for Pledge & Inspiration

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(From TM Intl.)

Leading the pledge for your club

The pledge of allegiance, or other recognition of the club’s host country, is an optional part of club meetings. It is usually delivered by a designated club member at the beginning of the meeting, and combined with the inspiration and/or the thought of the day. If you are new to Toastmasters and you are nervous about the thought of speaking in front of people, you can use this role to build confidence while serving a small but important function for the club. During the Meeting Arrive a little early to let the presiding officer know that the function will be covered for the meeting. When called on by the Toastmaster, stand up, face the flag and invite the club to join you in the pledge.

Delivering the inspiration

Because Toastmasters is a worldwide organization that includes people from many different religious groups, a non-sectarian approach is required, and the speaker should be sensitive to the diversity of cultures and religions in the audience.

If you are new to Toastmasters and you are nervous about the thought of speaking in front of people, you can use this role to build confidence while serving a small but important function for the club.

Before the Meeting
Prepare a brief invocation, no more than one minute in length. In your invocation, do not refer to a particular religious philosophy; make your reference universal. Treat it as you would any other speech – craft it carefully, memorize it and practice delivering it before the meeting.

During the Meeting
Arrive a little early to let the presiding officer know that the role will be covered for the meeting.

When called upon by the Toastmaster, stand up and deliver your inspiration or thought of the day to the group. Depending on the customs of your club, you may need to step to the front of the room.

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