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Mont-Co Toastmasters earn Distinguished. Austin earns 6th CC Award
The Mont-Co Toastmasters met in Litchfield on 7-5-18. Club President Elect Kathy Brennan presented Dr. Todd W. Austin of Virden with his 6th CC or Competent Communicator award certificate.
Then Club Coach Viola Lanum, a former Area 10 Director, installed the new slate of club officers for Toastmasters fiscal year 2018/2019 which runs from July 1 through June 30. New club President Kathy Brennan then delivered her acceptance speech.
Brennan was also the lone prepared speaker of the meeting. She delivered a humorous speech which was an "Interpretive Reading" project. It was a reading from a book by actress / comedian / author Tina Fey. Austin evaluated Kathy's speech.
The new slate of club officers are (from left): Sergeant at Arms Bernie Hand, Treasurer Trent Schuckenbrock, VP of PR Todd Austin, VP of Membership Brenda Masters-Stout and President Kathy Brennan.
Not pictured are Secretary Alan Saeger and VP of Education Tahney Fletcher.
Bernie Hand led the TableTopics (or Impromptu Speaking) portion of the evening. Les Apps from Girard, one of the clubs newest members, was awarded Best TableTopics Speaker. He'll get to keep the Best Topic Speaker traveling trophy for the next month.
President Brennan also recognized the clubs newest members who all joined in June. 3 of the 4 were in attendance: Les Apps, Tim Stout & Vi Lanum. New member Eugena Austin was not present. Kathy went on to announce that Montgomery County earned Distinguished Club status for TM FY 2017/2018 which ended June 30th. She also announced that Vi Lanum, who had been helping the club out for 18 months, was officially recognized by Toastmasters International as "Club Coach" last month too.
The Mont-Co Toastmasters will next week on Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at 7 PM at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield on the Lower Level in the Cafeteria. Guests are always welcome to attend. Toastmasters is a program which teaches both communication and leadership skills. The club can be contacted by calling Dr. Austin at 217-965-3100 or through their website: https://1252478.toastmastersclubs.org/