Gilbertsville Toastmasters Club Installs Officers

GILBERTSVILLE PA – Members of the Koinonia Speakers Toastmasters Club, which meets twice monthly at the in New Hanover United Methodist Church North Campus at 2211 Swamp Pike, recently installed its new slate of officers for 2022-2023, the club reported Thursday (July 28, 2022).

The club provides low-cost professional development in a fun and friendly environment with a group of like-minded individuals, who share the desire to improve public speaking and leadership skills through mutual assistance. In Gilbertsville, its members have achieved “Distinguished Club” status six times, including three times as “President’s Distinguished.”

Selected as officers (at top) were Scott Cass, DTM, president and treasurer; Art Royce, DTM, vice president – education; Theresa Hayden, IP4, vice president – membership; Shirley Solano, ACB, vice president – public relations; David Lurio, CC, CL, secretary; and Joe Arahill, PM3, sergeant-at-arms and webmaster.

Club goals, and the “collective challenge” for its officers during the coming year, according to Cass, “is to make this club strong; dedicated to helping people from all walks of life to speak and lead in a compassionate, effective manner; listen and provide feedback with sensitivity; and think creatively.”

To those ends, he added, the club intends to “enable its members to achieve their educational goals, grow in member strength, member development, member satisfaction, and maintain the goodwill of its members and the community it serves.”

The club meets monthly on first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. in the North Campus building, and is open to any community resident interested in participating, regardless of business or religious affiliation. Speaking experiences range from beginners and novices to Distinguished Toastmasters. The club is a unit of Toastmasters International, a world-wide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Photo provided by Koinonia Speakers Toastmasters Club of Gilbertsville