Marsha Bergeron, Area Director for Toastmasters International presented the history and the benefits of belonging to the organization.  Toastmasters was started in 1924 and has grown worldwide to today's 16,300 clubs in 143 countries with nearly 17,000 members.  In the London area there are 17 clubs.  Marsha joined Toastmasters in 2009 with a goal of becoming a more proficient speaker and with a long term goal of being a motivational speaker.  She has serve the organization in various capacities and competed in speaking competitions internationally.
 
Marsha described the befits of being a Toastmaster including personal development, fellowship and skill development.
 
She gave a table topic demonstration with three of our members giving a one minute talk on random topics with only a few seconds of preparation.
 
She encouraged us to be a guest at one of the local club's meeting and give Toastmasters a try.
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