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Sunnyside Toastmasters to re-launch Feb. 18

Sunnyside Toastmasters began to see its membership dwindle in 2007, and sent out a plea for new members.

Unfortunately, those efforts weren't as successful as the group would have liked, but a small number of individuals have kept the club alive.

As time has passed, the membership has revamped its efforts and scheduled a re-launch of the club for next Wednesday, Feb. 18.

President Sue Jetter said there are approximately 10 individuals from the community who have committed to join Toastmasters at that meeting.

She said the club serves individuals seeking to improve public speaking skills.

"Public speaking skills are important," said Vice President of Membership Dan Huff, explaining the current job market often favors those who have such skills.

"If a company is seeking to reduce its job force, individuals with good public speaking abilities may have an advantage," he noted.

Toastmasters is an inexpensive way to obtain feedback and techniques for effective public speaking. Toastmasters International has been helping individuals for more than 80 years and offers proven methods and practice for the skills of communicating in a public forum.

The group is recognized as the world's leader in helping its members get past barriers that lead to nervousness and being tongue-tied in front of an audience.

Members are provided a monthly Toastmasters International magazine and a speech manual containing 10 speaking assignments. The assignments give the individual pointers on effective public speaking, with focus on specific techniques like body language. The speaker chooses his or her own topic and puts to use the skill provided in the assignment.

Fellow Toastmaster members provide immediate feedback after the speaker has delivered the speech. In addition, leadership skills are obtained as a result of the practice provided through each speech.

Membership is $30 for six months, which includes $3 utilized for supplies. There is also a one-time joining fee of $20.

Meetings are scheduled each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Sunnyside Community Hospital's conference room and visitors are welcome.

Jetter said the club is not a community service group, so much as an organization that helps the individual become more successful.

She can be contacted at 837-4345 or via email at suejconsulting@earthlink.net. The club also can be found on the internet at http://lowervalley.freetoasthost.us.

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