Proclamations celebrate Toastmaster efforts

Grand Junction clubs that help people become more effective communicators and leaders and in turn improve their professional and personal lives have earned recognition for their efforts.

Grand Junction Mayor Barbara Traylor Smith and the Mesa County Board of Commissioners both proclaimed June as Toastmasters month. The proclamations celebrate Toastmasters International and its 94-year history of helping members learn to feel comfortable speaking in front of people.

In addition, officers of the Toastmaster clubs in District 26 attended a training session featuring Lance Miller,a member of Toastmasters, trainer and world champion of public speaking who has lead presentations around the world.

Miller has held officer positions at the club and district levels and helped build his home club into the fourth-ranked club in Toastmasters International. Miller operates a training and coaching business and has delivered a total of more than 5,000 seminars in 55 countries. He’s also led presentations at Toastmasters conferences around the world.

Since its founding in 1924, Toastmasters International has grown to 16,400 clubs in 141 countries with a total of more than 352,000 members. The organization recently launched Pathways, the first complete redesign of its educational program. The program builds on the speaking and leadership skills members develop at club meetings that offer practice, evaluation and mentoring.

For more information about the three Toastmasters clubs in Grand Junction, contact Nancy Adams at 314-5328.