WARSAW — Excitement is brewing for local Toastmasters and Grace College GOAL representatives as they make preparations for their free open house on the Ivy Tech campus Thursday, April 11.
Have you thought about transferring your credits to complete your Bachelor’s degree, but are looking for a program that works with busy adult life? If you have considered improving your public speaking and leadership skills or wondered what happens at a Toastmasters meeting, then please join the club members at this open house.
Pizza, desserts and soda will be available, as well as a chance to win some great gifts, like a $20 gift card. To ensure there are enough refreshments, guests should register on Eventbrite by visiting https://bit.ly/2VlEtn2.
After a brief meet and greet period starting at 5:15 p.m., members and guests will be inspired by Keynote Speaker Serena Case, a GOAL alumni and current Toastmasters district 11 public relations manager, as she explains how the GOAL program is a great option for adults, and how this program transformed her career path. She will also share how involvement in Toastmasters has developed her into a confident speaker and leader.
Kent Brown, Club International Speech Contest winner, will set the theme of “transformation” with his inspiring speech. Afterward, guests will observe (or participate in, if interested), the impromptu portion of the meeting called “Table Topics.” Following this, Toastmasters’ members will offer feedback to speakers in a friendly, helpful manner.
A networking session will follow where guests can learn more about the GOAL program from Grace College staff, and even schedule a follow-up visit about GOAL. Toastmasters club members will also be available to share their experiences of how Toastmasters is helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.
Richard “Doc” Brungardt, who has been a passionate Toastmasters member since 1991, shares his experience of Toastmasters.
“When I first joined Toastmasters, it was the supportive environment and accomplishment recognition that I really liked – and needed,” said Brungardt. “That encouraged me to stay a member, make new friends, join more clubs and repeat all of the above many times. As my skills and confidence improved, my career as a veterinarian flourished. Now, I really like helping others find and develop their potential and achieve their goals. This Toastmasters program continues to be very rewarding to me.”
“Toastmasters is more than a social club,” said Peter Liao, a long-time member of both Warsaw Noon and Lake City Toastmasters. “I feel that, if I knew about Toastmasters long ago, I would have been more confident in presenting myself. What I love about our clubs is that we have a diverse group of novice and aspiring speakers. We have a variety of levels and we mentor each other to succeed and give feedback for improvement. Toastmasters is also a great way for networking and learning about leadership possibilities and I know it’s helped me. And, it could help others too with motivation, confidence and communication skills.”
Please feel free to bring a friend and come out to Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw at 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw. Follow the signs to the room or ask security.
For more information, or to indicate your intention to attend, please forward an e-mail to contact [email protected]
Lake City Toastmasters encourages the community to attend regular club meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Meetings are held on the Grace College campus in the William Male Center, Room 126. To learn more about the Lake City Toastmasters Club, go to http://7566.toastmastersclubs.org/.