Chardon Toastmasters Gain Members, Win Contests, And Volunteer Their Services

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The Chardon Toastmasters Club has been busier than ever adding new members, winning contests, and offering their services to various organizations in the Greater Cleveland community. This list of accomplishments began with the club being awarded the “President’s Distinguished Award” by Toastmasters International, an achievement that fewer than 10% of clubs achieve and that the Chardon club has earned for several years.

With this standard of excellence, it is no surprise that those striving to improve their speaking and leadership skills walk through the doors of Chardon Toastmasters. Joining the club this month was, Peter R. Lindsay, Terri Hanslik, Hannah Brown, and Heather Martello. Each one begins their Toastmaster journey with the Competent Communicator manual. It is the basic manual which leads new members through a series of 10 speeches, each one building on the previous one while focusing on a different skill to improve the art of public speaking and leadership.

April was also the month for the District 10 International Speech Contest and, after winning at the club, area, and division levels, club member Jonathan Cooney represented Chardon with his award winning speech, “Happiness is a Warm Puppy’. Cooney entertained the audience with a personal story about meeting his wife, Linda, and the true definition of happiness.

Long time members, Nancy Temple, DTM, and Juel Leonard, DTM, served as judges for the Speech Competition portion of the Ohio Decathlon competition held at John Carroll University. Temple and Leonard were impressed by the high school students who participated in the all-day competition.

Leonard was also the featured speaker at the Friends of Women Safe fund-raiser, “Purses & Pastries” held at the Munson Township Hall. Speaking on the “History of Handbags”, Leonard entertained the audience with an informative and humorous presentation on the many changes in the style and purpose of the handbag down through the decades.

Chardon Toastmasters was founded in 2002 and has helped many improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are held at 6:30 every Thursday at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy office at 102-C East Park on Chardon Square. The club is a diverse membership with members from Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, and Portage County.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 134 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The Toastmasters mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in personal growth.

For more information email gdhedrick46@aol.com or visit the club website chardon.toastmastersclub.org

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