Mayor honors public speaking group with special proclamation
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough proclaimed Aug. 1 as Toastmasters International Day in the city, recognizing the role the public speaking and leadership group plays in the community.
As part of making the proclamation, Clough participated on that day in a meeting of one of three Toastmasters clubs that take place regularly at Westlake Porter Public Library. In attendance were members of each of the three clubs along with Toastmasters Northeast Ohio District Governor Deonna Moore and myself.
During the impromptu speaking practice session of the meeting, Clough was asked to elaborate on which Westlake event makes him most proud of the city. While acknowledging the numerous events that are made successful through the cooperation of city staff and volunteer citizens, the mayor said that Westlake in Bloom makes him swell with pride as it requires tremendous organization and commitment.
Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Founded in 1924, it has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience and currently benefits more than 280,000 members worldwide. Each meeting typically includes the opportunity for members to give prepared and impromptu speeches, practice giving constructive feedback and develop leadership skills.
Three Toastmasters clubs meet at Porter Library in the Dover Room. Meetings include: Westlake Toastmasters every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.; Word Warriors on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:45 p.m.; and an Advanced Club on the first Saturday of each month at 9:15 a.m. for members who have presented at least six speeches. Visitors are welcome at all meetings, which last about an hour.
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Rick Winrod is Division Governor of Toastmasters Northeast Ohio.