Sooke Toastmasters will host an open house on Oct. 24

Toastmasters to hold open house

If speaking in public scares you, Toastmasters may help

It’s been said that people fear public speaking more than they fear death. This would appear to mean people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy!  Whether your fear of public speaking is that great or you simply want to improve your communication skills, meet new people and have a fun evening, Toastmasters may be for you.

Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club received their charter with Toastmasters International on April 1, 2010.  They are the second Toastmasters Club to be formed in Sooke, the first received their charter in 1986 with many familiar local names on the membership list.  This club lasted for just over two years before being dissolved.

“When we received our charter,” says club founder Dory Montague, “the original founding member, Phyllis Wood presented the lectern and gavel from the original club. We hadn’t known about the first club and were very excited to have a bit of Sooke’s history returned!”

While following the structure and guidelines from Toastmasters International, each club creates its own dynamics.

“A new position we  have created for our club is Laugh Counter.’’ indicates current club President, Jackie Eastgaard, “We have so much fun while we are learning. We thought it was a great way to involve our guests without challenging them too much too soon.  Our record to date is 92 laughs in an hour and a half meeting! And we still get our work done!”

The Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club is having an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The first hour will be a shortened version of their meetings with the remaining half hour for socializing and answering questions.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information check out the calendar listing on:  http://www.sookeregionresources.com” www.sookeregionresources.com or contact Marlene Barry, VP of Public Relations, at 250-884-9955.

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