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Toastmasters celebrate 20th anniversary

Bermuda Toastmasters — an organisation aimed at making people better speakers and leaders — will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.

“We want to reach out to all current and former members of Bermuda Toastmaster and commemorate our presence in the community for 20 years. In addition, we want to remember the history and club achievements that have helped us have the local presence and recognise the impact we make,” said Corville Hylton, president of the group.

Members of the public will be invited to an awards banquet on Saturday, June 25 at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel.

“This year we have had an overwhelming response with an increase in our membership, as individuals with a personal desire to better themselves have enrolled in our club and the Toastmasters' Education Programme,” added Mr Hylton.

“Further, our members have assisted in establishing three other toastmasters clubs and two gavel clubs locally, which speaks to the need that this organisation meets.”

Since 1996, the club has been dedicated to helping people become better speakers and leaders.

“Bermuda Toastmasters (BTM) provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen their presentation skills,” added Mr Hylton. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one's confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener and network with like-minded individuals.”

The ceremony will honour the club's founding and charter members while celebrating current member achievements. Additionally, the combined awards ceremony will recognise any club or member achievements for the 4 charted clubs in Bermuda.

Also honoured will be Chief Justice Dr Ian Kawaley who will be presented with the Communication Achievement Award for his outstanding work in the community.

The four local clubs include Bermuda Toastmasters, Toast Marshters, XL/Catlin Toastmasters and the newly chartered club at the BUEI, On the Rock.

Ginny Ferson, the Deputy Governor of Bermuda and fellow Toastmaster, will be the keynote speaker.

“I have derived many benefits from my involvement with Toastmasters around the world and have seen what a difference it can make to individuals' self-confidence and speaking skills” said Mrs Ferson.

Proceeds will contribute to further club initiatives and other community projects. These will include such projects like establishing Gavel Clubs in the Middle and High schools, teaching public speaking and leadership skills at the Community Education School and various other speaking engagements that Toastmasters put on.

General tickets are $100 and patron tickets are $15. Tickets can be bought by e-mailing Bermudatm@gmail.com.

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Published June 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm (Updated June 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm)

Toastmasters celebrate 20th anniversary

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