was this week's speaker. He talked about the similarities of Toastmasters with Rotary International. The 83 year old organization is the worlds largest non-profit educational organization. Its members meet weekly to practice their public speaking and leadership skills. It is composed of community, organization, university and institiutional clubs.
Randy told about his own history in Toastmasters. An engineer who had a great dislike for public speaking, he realized that this was a roadblock to advancement in his professional career. After joining Toastmasters and working hard to develop his speaking skills he has been able to represent his company internationally.
He has served as a District Governor in Toastmasters and is now working to organize a new club in a Beaumont-based company. He advised any of our membes to look into Toastmasters if they wish to advance our public speaking skills. Our own Tom Fontenot has been involved in Toastmasters.