Fossickers Way Toastmasters Club has rung in the new year with a celebration of their successes in their first year as a fully chartered club, and a change of meeting day.
On Saturday July 9, a number of club members, as well as many of their friends, celebrated their first year with a lunch at the Imperial Hotel in Bingara.
Terry Austin, outgoing President, recalled being asked at the beginning of the year if he could take on the role of President, and, although fearful he might make mistakes along the way, was pleased to have the full support and assistance of the members.
He was pleased with the successes that the club has had, including holding a Speechcraft course in Barraba in conjunction with the community college. Other successes included one member achieving the highest award available to members of Toastmasters – the Distinguished Toastmaster Award – and others nearly completing their own award.
The club will now meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:15pm, with the venue to change each meeting to ensure that members of both the Barraba and Bingara communities can attend.
The meetings on the first Thursdays will be held at the Barraba Community College, and on the third Thursday the club meets at the Bingara Community College. Members also carpool to attend the other venue.
Toastmasters improve their communication skills by performing roles at club meetings, which are then evaluated by other members.
Members progress through the program at their own pace, and are given access to practical resources, which guide them through the learning of new skills or to help them perform meeting roles effectively.
Members also have access to the monthly Toastmasters magazine which offers practical tips and tricks from members across the world.
For further details on Toastmasters, the new club, or to RSVP for the demonstration meeting, you can call Alison on 0417 282 773