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Here’s to 25 years of speaking at Cook Strait Toastmasters

Aug 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


FIFTEEN original members of the Cook Strait Toastmasters club will attend its 25th anniversary celebration this week.

One of those founding members, Mr George Wilkinson, is still with the club.

He says the club has come a long way.

“I was one of the founding members and I haven’t left yet,” he said.

A celebration dinner will be held at the Spruce Goose restaurant in Lyall Bay on Friday.

The evening will include short speeches and entertainment.

The celebration has been organised by club members George Wilkinson and Sarah Glasgow.

“If you have been involved with the club at some point or know someone who has been involved, we really do encourage them to come forward and celebrate with us,” Mr Wilkinson says.

Current member and vice president public relations Owen Winter (above) says toastmasters much more than just public speaking, it is also about creating confident communicators.

One of Mr Winter’s key roles for this year is to launch a new website for the club to create an online presence.

Mr Winter says through learning the skills for public speaking, so many areas of life are improved, from talking on the phone, to being able to clearly deliver a message, as well as the path to being an effective leader, through the work club members do.

“We are a friendly bunch and always welcome guests to join our meetings and learn all about what we do,” he says.

Meetings are regularly attended by a diverse group of up to 20 members of all ages.

The club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Anchorage building next to St Giles Church in Kilbirnie.

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