For the Reporter
Auburn Morning Toastmasters has been named a President’s Distinguished Club, recognizing the club’s membership growth and educational achievements of its members during the club year that ended June 30.
Through self-paced educational programs, toastmasters shed their fear of public speaking while gaining organizational and leadership skills that help them progress in their professional and personal lives. Cost for members is less than that of a latte per week.
“Auburn Morning is an example of Toastmasters at its best,” said Mike Marion, immediate past Director of District 32, which includes more than 100 clubs in Western Washington and Alaska. “Members are growing in their speaking and leadership skills. The 11 new members have seen what Toastmasters can do, and are starting the journey to meet their own goals.”
Club members Janet Streifel and Sheri Weberg earned their Competent Communicator awards for completing the first 10 speeches in the Toastmaster program. Sheryl Watkins and Raeanne Mitchell each completed two advanced manuals to earn Advanced Communicator Bronze Awards. Toastmasters also builds leadership skills through participating in meetings, mentoring new members and planning club activities. Competent Leader awards were earned by Ann Piraino and Raeanne Mitchell.
Auburn Morning Toastmasters meets at 6:30 Thursday mornings at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce building at 420 E. Main St. The public is welcome to visit meetings to see what Toastmasters can do for them. Parking is available on the street and behind the building. Initial membership fee is $35, and dues are $10 a month, payable in September and March.
Auburn Morning Toastmasters has been building leaders in the community since 1959. It is a part of Toastmasters District 32, which encompasses Western Washington from Federal Way to Chehalis; the Kitsap, Key and Olympic Peninsulas; and clubs throughout Alaska. For more info on District 32, visit d32toastmasters.org.