District 7 Contest Winners
Congratulations to our District 7 Fall Contest Winners. First place in the Humorous Speech Contest was Yoshiko Okamura and Kathleen Sykora took the honors in the Table Topics Contest.
Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.
Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills.
Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
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Member Spotlight – Libra Forde
Q: What brought you to Toastmasters?
A: I was a Toastmaster in my mind for over ten years. My responsibilities never seemed to open up time for a factual meeting. Then in 2013 I decided that I would commit to one hour per week at Toastmasters after finding a lunch time club. That was the beginning of my membership. I am so happy I made that commitment.
Q: How has it helped your career? –
A: Toastmasters has opened up several doors in my career. I have received offers from them to speak at workshops and regional summits. In addition, I now qualify for new leadership positions based on my shown improved communication.Read More
Toastmasters taught me that leaders don’t have to lead, follow, or get out of the way. Leaders first have to follow, to learn the ropes and gain confidence. Later leaders lead, showing followers the ropes and helping them to gain confidence. Once the followers are ready, the leader gets out of the way. This is not an either/or proposition. Follow, lead, and then get out of the way.Syrena Glade, DTM
The personal and professional growth I’ve experienced since joining Toastmasters has been … extraordinary.Eric Winger
Being a powerful speaker is the result of my participation in Toastmasters.Victoria Trabosh
In 2005, I joined Toastmasters because I wanted my presentations to generate a greater impact on my audiences. A couple of years ago, I earned the highest award, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). If you want to improve your speaking, leadership and evaluation skills, you couldn’t find a better place to grow. This year is Toastmasters’ 90th birthday. Happy Birthday, Toastmasters!Mike Goss
Toastmasters has inspired me to encourage others to join and grow their skills and become leaders or better leaders.Cleon Cox