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DAVENPORT — A Quad Cities-area Toastmasters club is starting a new chapter in Eldridge and will host an open house to give people an opportunity to learn more about how the organization can help hone communication and leadership skills.
Quad Cities Advanced Toastmasters is sponsoring the event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Scott County Library. The event will feature all the components of a typical Toastmasters meeting, including 5-7 minute speeches, evaluations, and exercises in extemporaneous speaking, known in most Toastmasters clubs as Table Topics.
“Whether you have a big presentation to give, have taken on a leadership role you don’t feel prepared for, or just want to get more comfortable talking to people in groups or one-on-one, Toastmasters can help you,” said Betty Long, president of the club and one of the organizers of the open house.
“Toastmasters clubs provide a safe place to help people develop skills that can have a positive impact in many facets of their lives,” club vice president Jim Schneider said. “It’s an incredibly supportive and empowering organization, and we manage to have lots of fun, too.”
The not-for-profit Toastmasters International conducts annual speech contests at different levels for different categories of speeches. The open house meeting will feature two speakers, including a veteran Toastmasters contestant, Kory May of Iowa City, who has won eleven contests at the state level. May, a past president of Quad Cities Advanced Toastmasters, will represent Iowa for the fourth time at the international competition August 23-25. “QCAT’s evaluation panel provides robust feedback, I look forward to speaking there and tweaking my finals speech to winning form,” said May, a past president of the club.
Refreshments and a networking session will follow the open house meeting. Guests may participate or simply observe.
If you go:
What: Toastmasters open house meeting
When: Saturday, Aug. 18. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.; networking session and refreshments start at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Scott County Library, 200 N. 6th St. Eldridge, IA
Who: Open to the public
Cost: Both the meeting and the networking session are free