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William StrunkOn Friday, November 3, 2017, we, along with his family, celebrated the life of our club founder, and recently departed, William Strunk. There were two afternoon memorial services. The first was full military honors performed by the U.S. Air Force where his ashes were burried in Ft. Logan Cemetery. The second was a Celebration of Life service at the Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Aurora.

More than 100 were in attendance, including William’s wife Peg, son, daughter, and many relatives and friends.

Our former members Jennifer and Tim Bailey were the celebrants and led us through a partial Toastmasters… Read Full Post »

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Toastmasters contest flyer 2017 humorous speech and evaluation contest.

Our fall 2017 humorous speech and evaluation contest is a great opportunity for guests to come see what Toastmasters can offer at a competitive level. It will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at our normal location at Colorado Technical University (TCU Aurora). Visitors get to just watch the show and you will not be called on for the duration of the event. Here’s how it works.

We will begin the contest with the Evaluation contest. A speaker from another Toastmasters club is given the opportunity… Read Full Post »

I can tackle anything photo

I joined Toastmasters because I was faced with presenting at a conference on compassion fatigue and depression in veterinary medicine. I was asked to tell my own story, and I feared that I would not be able to do so without excessive, distracting emotional outbursts.

Toastmasters gave me the courage to stand up and speak my own truth, to celebrate my individuality in a public forum, and to own emotion as a way to connect with my audience. I learned that audiences want to see the emotion and understand what I’ve been through. Hiding that wasn’t necessary.

This practice in… Read Full Post »

Why should you practice your public speaking and presentation skills at least once per week?

Stress and anxiety image related to public speaking

The short answer to this question is because speaking and presentation skills are developed over time. You can’t just read a book or take a 3-session speech class and expect much of your skills to improve or last. Speaking skills must be practiced ongoing or your skills will start to fade.

For ongoing speaking practice and improvement in a supportive environment, Toastmasters clubs are still one of the only options. Many people have thought about visiting a Toastmasters club but just haven’t taken that next… Read Full Post »

Our new officers for the July through December 2017 were inducted at last week’s meeting.

George Sutton Toastmasters Officers


From left to right: Daley Krom (Secretary), Dana Cicotello (VP Education), Tim Lenz (Sergeant-at-Arms), David Johnson (VP Public Relations), Marty Dickinson (President), Teresa Seggerman (VP Membership), Hazel Ramsbotham (VP Finance).