Provo mayor speaks to Toast­mas­ters club

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Norene Jensen

Utah Val­ley Toast­mas­ters wel­comed Provo Mayor John Cur­tis in De­cem­ber. The event cel­e­brated the Utah Val­ley Toast­mas­ters Club’s achieve­ment of ob­tain­ing Pres­i­dent’s Dis­tin­guished sta­tus from Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional.

Cur­tis spoke to the group about “The Magic of Provo.” He shared sev­eral in­stances of mag­i­cal devel­op­ments in Provo, in­clud­ing the Provo Taber­na­cle and its con­ver­sion to the new Provo City Cen­ter Tem­ple and the up­com­ing open house. He also men­tioned ad­di­tional magic in­clud­ing Provo Cen­ter Street de­vel­op­ment, the rooftop con­cert se­ries, unique Provo restau­rants, the Provo Rec Cen­ter, trails and parks, the pur­chase of Rock Canyon and Google Fiber.

He in­tro­duced ways that Provo is work­ing to re­tain its magic with de­vel­op­ment on the road north of the Provo Tem­ple, Bull­dog Av­enue and 300 South. He men­tioned how the west side con­nec­tor to the Provo Air­port will open a cor­ri­dor and will in­clude a trail.

The Utah County Clean Air Chal­lenge is one of the best ways res­i­dents can par­tic­i­pate in re­tain­ing the magic, he said: park and walk in­side at drive-throughs to re­duce en­gine idling, clear side­walks to al­low neigh­bor­hood walk­ing, use care and min­i­mize use of wood-burn­ing stoves, and share rides and elim­i­nate un­nec­es­sary trips and driv­ing. Cur­tis handed out cards pro­vid­ing rec­om­mended clean air be­hav­iors.

In a fol­low-up ques­tion-and-an­swer pe­riod, the mayor noted that de­vel­op­ment had pre­vi­ously been cen­tered on the down­town. How­ever, now it is mov­ing to other parts of the city such as the south. Ex­am­ples in­clude the an­nounced sale of the Provo Town Cen­tre Mall and sur­round­ing de­vel­op­ment. He noted the in­cen­tive costs of re­tail de­vel­op­ment to the com­mu­nity and men­tioned pro­jected con­struc­tion of a big box store in the South Bay area.

Di­vi­sion E Di­rec­tor and pub­lic speak­ing coach Mark Her­som, DTM, Span­ish Fork, spoke about the value of be­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of Toast­mas­ters. As a for­mer ra­dio an­nouncer for KLO Ra­dio, Her­som con­tin­ues to ex­pand his lead­er­ship and pub­lic speak­ing hori­zons through the op­por­tu­ni­ties Toast­mas­ters af­fords its mem­bers.

The meet­ing con­cluded with a crazy sock con­test and a good num­ber of sock do­na­tions to the Utah County Food and Shel­ter Coali­tion. Win­ners were Monte Knep­per of Span­ish Fork and Dianne Hoff­mann and Shel­ley and Zoe McCarthur of Provo.

Dis­trict 15 Toast­mas­ters Lead­er­ship awarded Utah Val­ley Toast­mas­ters the ad­di­tional pizza party for hav­ing achieved the high­est recog­ni­tion as Pres­i­dent’s Dis­tin­guished Club.

Toast­mas­ters is a world­wide or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to de­vel­op­ing pub­lic speak­ing and lead­er­ship skills. The Utah Val­ley Club is one of five within Utah County. Mem­bers meet weekly at the U.S. Bureau of Recla­ma­tion build­ing, 302 E. 1860 South, Provo, UT 84606.

Provo Mayor John Cur­tis presents awards to the win­ners of the Silly Sock Con­test held dur­ing the De­cem­ber meet­ing of the Utah Val­ley Toast­mas­ters. Cur­tis also spoke to the group.

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