New Bern Toastmasters to host Area Speech Contest

New Bern Toastmasters Speech Contest

2015-2016 New Bern Toastmasters Officers, (beginning top left), Robert Norris (Sergeant at Arms), Sheila Meadows (VP, Education), Latish Bell (VP, Public Relations), Heather Noto (President), Margaret Thies (VP, Membership). Missing from the photo: Andre Pallapies, New Bern Toastmasters Club Treasurer and Karen Monroe, Secretary.

New Bern Toastmasters hosts the Area Humorous Speech and Evaluations contest this Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Monarch’s Health Services Building, 1320 Health Drive, in New Bern. Guests are welcome to attend.

Toastmasters from Jacksonville, Cherry Point, Morehead City and New Bern will be competing in the Area Humorous Speech and Evaluations contest. Winners from this contest will go on to compete in the Division contest on Oct. 10, 2015 in Richlands, NC.

New Bern Toastmasters embodies the Toastmasters, Intl. tagline, Where Leaders are Made. The New Bern club earned the highest club designation awarded by Toastmasters, Intl for the 2014-2015 term. New Bern was one of only two clubs in Division J (sixteen clubs) to complete the required goals necessary to attain President’s Distinguished. Accolades go to Club leaders, outgoing President, Susan Namowicz, and VP of Education, Sheila Meadows, who mentored members to complete the necessary requirements to meet these goals. In addition, the club’s Competent Communicator, Toastmaster Daimon King, took second place in the Division J  International Speech & Tabletopics Contest held in Wilmington in May of this year.

New Bern VP of Education, Sheila Meadows, was appointed Toastmasters Area Governor for the 2015-2016 term. “It is an honor and pleasure to be chosen to serve as Area 92 Director for the clubs in Jacksonville, Morehead City, Crystal Coast, Cherry Pt, and New Bern. Joining Toastmasters in 2009 was one of the best life changing decisions I have ever made. The club environment is a safe, supportive place for people from all walks of life to practice speaking through prepared speeches and impromptu speaking opportunities. I would recommend Toastmasters to anyone who is searching for a solid program to improve their confidence as a speaker and strengthen their leadership skills.”

New Bern Toastmasters elected their new slate of club officers to serve for the 2015-2016 term. Those elected are President, Heather Noto; VP of Education, Sheila Meadows; VP of Membership, Margaret Theis; VP of Public Relations, Latisha Bell; Secretary, Karen Monroe; Treasurer, Andre Pallapies; and Sergeant at Arms, Robert Norris.

People join Toastmasters for various reasons. Becoming a member provides a great opportunity to hone speaking skills, overcome fear of public speaking, prepare for job interviews, and develop leadership skills in a supportive and self-paced environment. Toastmasters provides the more seasoned speaker with opportunities to develop special capabilities, to compete on the regional, state and national level, and to participate in the speaker’s bureau.

New Bern Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Monarch’s Health Services Building, 1320 Health Drive.  Guests are always welcome!

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About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500-plus clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters International on Twitter.

Submitted by: Heather Noto, New Bern Toastmasters, President

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