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Newly elected officers include (front row, L-R) Cindy Stringer, treasurer/secretary; Barbara Cook, VP of public relations; Nancy Porter, president; Judy Step, VP of education; (back row); John Becker, Sergeant at Arms and Mike Kesselring, VP of membership.The Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club held annual elections at the June 14 meeting to determine officers for July 2011 to June 2012. Newly elected officers include Cindy Stringer, treasurer/secretary, Barbara Cook, VP of public relations; Nancy Porter, president; Judy Step, VP of education; John Becker, Sergeant at Arms and Mike Kesselring, VP of membership.

As the 2010-2011 Toastmaster’s year comes to an end, Gem City Forum reflects on the dedication of its members who helped to make it one of the most successful years in club history. Jim Alvord, former Area 11 Governor, was instrumental in the club’s achievement over the past year.

“Franklin’s Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club has achieved the highest distinction from Toastmasters International, ‘President’s Distinguished Club.’ Being a small town club, the achievement is even more notable, as it places Gem City Forum in the select smallest top percentile of Toastmasters’ Clubs worldwide,” said Alvord.

Alvord said that he would “like to personally congratulate the officers and members of Gem City Forum for their hard work in winning this award. With the experience and enthusiasm of the newly elected officers, I believe we will be looking at a repeat of this prestigious accomplishment in the coming year as well.”

Looking to the future, newly elected club president Nancy Porter, “expects great things for the upcoming year for Gem City Forum.” As president, Nancy will continue to focus on the growth of the club and, most importantly, the growth of the individual member. “Our meetings will continue to provide a safe environment for the inexperienced to well-seasoned speaker. The overall goal of the club will be for members to help each other in areas they wish to improve,” Porter said.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization with more than 250,000 members in 106 countries. Every club meeting is a “learn-by-doing” workshop that facilitates communication and leadership skills. Besides public speaking activities, Toastmasters develops skills in listening, giving feedback, decision-making, delegating and mentoring.

Gem City Forum welcomes all visitors who would like to learn more about Toastmasters. Toastmasters meetings take place every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Fun Factory. Meetings last about 60-80 minutes.

For more information, visit the Toastmasters International website at www.Toastmasters.org, or visit the Gem City Forum blog at www.GemCityForum.org.


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