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Pledge and Thought

Leading the pledge for your club

All1.jpgThe 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 is sometimes combined with the invocation 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.

Before the Meeting
Treat the pledge as you would any other speech - memorize it if necessary and practice delivering it before the meeting.

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.

Thought of the Day

The thought, an inspiring quotation that sets the tone for the day's meeting, is a welcome option in many clubs. It is usually delivered by a designated club member at the beginning or the end of the meeting, and is sometimes used as a replacement for or in combination with an invocation or pledge of allegiance.

If you are new to Toastmasters and are nervous about the thought of speaking in front of people, you can use this small but valuable role to build your confidence.

Before the Meeting

Find a meaningful quotation, preferably one that relates to the day's theme, and prepare a brief introduction to the quote. Send it to the Vice President Education and the Toastmaster for the week. Treat it as you would any other speech - craft it carefully and practice delivering it before the meeting.
You must provide your thought of the day to the Toastmaster and Vice President Education at least a day before the meeting so that it can be printed on the agenda.   You can choose one from this website if you are stuck.

During the Meeting

If you agree to deliver the thought for a club meeting, arrive a little bit early to let the presiding officer know that the role will be covered for the meeting.
When called on by the Toastmaster, stand up and deliver your thought of the day to the group.