Toast­mas­ters wel­come new mem­bers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Toast­mas­ters have wel­comed eight new mem­bers to their club.

Over the last cou­ple of months, the Whit­sud­nay Toast­mas­ters has gone from six mem­bers to a to­tal of 18.

With some mem­bers be­ing a part of the club for up to 22 years, the re­cent ex­pan­sion has the com­mit­tee ex­cited for the fu­ture of toast­mas­ters in the re­gion.

Whit­sun­day Toast­mas­ters pres­i­dent Greg Ham­mon hopes the growth goes from strength to strength.

“Ev­ery­one in the world should be a mem­ber of toast­mas­ters. The things we do [and] the con­fi­dence we built is in­cred­i­ble and you also score some free pizza,” he laughed.

The Whit­sun­days Toast­mas­ters club are a com­mu­nity group who meet twice a month to as­sist, men­tor, coach and pro­vide a sup­port­ive and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple want­ing to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship skills.

A Toast­mas­ters meet­ing is a learn-by-do­ing work­shop in which par­tic­i­pants hone their speak­ing and lead­er­ship skills in a no-pres­sure at­mos­phere.

They are cur­rently con­duct­ing an com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship work­shop called ‘Speech Craft’ ev­ery Tues­day night.

Th­ese work­shops run over seven weeks and al­low ex­ist­ing mem­bers to fur­ther im­prove their per­sonal de­vel­op­ment as well as mo­ti­vate new par­tic­i­pants in the art of pub­lic speak­ing.

Tues­day’s meet­ing fea­tured long-time toast­mas­ters Dave and Les­ley Pratch­ett, who have been part of the toast­mas­ters club in Calen for 16 years.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to con­tact the Whit­sun­day Toast­mas­ters Club see www.face­book.com/Whit­sun­dayToast­mas­ters / www.whit­sun­daytoast­mas­ters.org

EX­PAND­ING: Toast­mas­ters Whit­sun­day mem­bers Trevor Rees, Julie Rees, Greg Ham­mon, Les­ley Pratch­ett, Dave Pratch­ett, Sue Shaw, Mark Beale, Stephanie Ba­con, Ste­fan Sch­midt and Colin Giles at Tues­day’s speech craft ses­sion.

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