Zoom with Westside Advanced Toastmasters

The officers of Westside Advanced Toastmasters invite you to visit the club on Zoom, where you can learn techniques to improve your speaking, leadership skills and confidence ... and, it’s an opportunity to expand your social network during these challenging times.

“There’s a genuine camaraderie among members to support each other's endeavor to become a better speaker and more authentic leader,” says VP of Membership Anna Ho, a North Olmsted resident.

Rocky River resident and VP of Education Linda Harvey concurs. “A friendly face, an encouraging word, and guidance to improve my speaking and leadership skills – that's what this club means to me.”

“Member goals can vary with the individual,” says President Bob Churilla, a Bedford resident. "Westside Advanced Toastmasters has provided me with a supportive environment to hone my professional speaking career as well as helpful feedback on how to improve," says Churilla.

“When I first joined, I came to meet new Toastmasters and gain insight into new skills with advanced techniques to be a better storyteller,” says Secretary Louise DeBell of Rocky River.

Treasurer Monica Reusser, a Westlake resident, has been a Toastmaster since 2010. “I was a little intimated before joining, thinking I wasn't ‘good enough.’ But I took the plunge and discovered it wasn't about me being good, it was about improvement and growth," says Reusser. “It’s a great club! The members are goal-oriented and responsible.”

Our normal gathering place is the beautiful Westlake Porter Public Library. Meeting on Zoom during the pandemic has added a new dimension and offers the opportunity to polish online speaking skills.

The club welcomes all visitors, even “newbies” who have never been to a Toastmasters meeting. "As an advanced club, you need to give at least six speeches in another Toastmasters club before you can officially join. That sometimes intimidates people," says Reusser, “but it’s all about improvement and growth. There is a lot of leadership, speaking and evaluation experience in this club, and we all benefit and support each other.”

Sergeant-at-Arms Rosita Turner is a Downtown Cleveland Quadrangle resident. “If you like challenge, Westside Advanced Club is for you!” says Turner. “Here, you will be with veteran Toastmasters who will bring out the best in you, make you quiver sometimes, but at the same time be your friend as long as you want! I did it – it's your turn!”

Affiliated with Toastmasters International, you can reach Westside Advanced Toastmasters at westsideadvanced.toastmastersclubs.org or email VP of Membership Anna Ho at vpm-7262@toastmastersclubs.org.

Marilyn Mongeon Quill

Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR, is a seasoned marketing and public relations consultant with Goldberg, Quill & Associates, LLC.

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