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Toastmasters celebrate 10 years

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Toastmasters that participated in the club's 10-year anniversary were, left to right: Hugh Jones, Camillia Kleindenst, Tea Ward, Charlie Williams, Kristi Coleman, Randall Harmon and Sylvia Pinson.
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Toastmasters of Bedford County was formed 10 years ago by CalsonicKansei North America employees, and although none of the group's current members were in attendance that day in May of 2002, the current participants have helped to keep it going strong.

For the group's 10-year anniversary, the Toastmasters International Lt. Gov. of Marketing and Distinguished Toastmaster, Kristi Coleman presented the club with a certificate and commended them on their exceptional efforts.

"I applaud you all for continuing to have well-run meetings," said Coleman as she awarded the club its 10-year designation.

Sylvia Pinson references Gene Pearce's book, Only Eaglettes Understand in her keynote speech.
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The Toastmasters of Bedford County is one of the 13,000 clubs that make up the organization's global network. They meet each first and third Wednesday of the month at People's Bank of Bedford County at noon, and members hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.

Each is moving through a series of achievement levels established by the organization indicating growing proficiency in public speaking.

Toastmasters supporters say it is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way to gain great communication skills. Members can gain the skill and confidence to express themselves in any situation.

For Wednesday's meeting, Sylvia Pinson presented a 15-minute speech titled, "Leaving Your Legacy." Pinson -- who is working towards the Toastmaster status of Advanced Communicator Gold -- delivered a keynote speech that centered around lessons at the heart of Pat Summitt's book, Reach for the Summitt.

Camilla Kleindenst was Toastmaster for the afternoon, Randall Harmon delivered the joke and saying for the day, Hugh Jones introduced the table topics, club Presdient Charlie Williams provided the speech evaluation and Tea Ward served as Grammarian.

Each meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop, and every member is given the opportunity to speak extemporaneously to a receptive and friendly audience.

For nearly a century, Toastmasters International has been helping leaders from all walks of life develop the skills they need to become effective and inspired leaders.

For more information about joining the club and sharpening communication skills for the professional world, contact Williams at (615) 406-4308.