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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Queen City chapter of Toastmasters, long dormant, reorganizes Thursday

The Queen City Toastmasters club will meet this evening (June 29) to install officers and receive its charter as a club of Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters, as it is known, is an educational and leadership training organization focused on helping members develop a variety of communications skills as well as learning leadership skills applicable to other organizations to which members may belong (clubs, civic, religious and political organizations).

Founded in 1924 in California as a men-only organization, it has grown into an international organizition open to all and working in many different languages and cultures.

The new club is a revival of a lively Toastmasters club that existed in Plainfield for many years, but has been dormant for at least 40 years.

I happened to stumble on a club meeting last week (see my post here), as they were putting the final touches on tonight's activities. Club members were excited at the idea that other Plainfielders might be interested in the organization and are eager to welcome visitors to tonight's meeting.

The group has been meeting twice a month at the City Hall Library with Marissa Bloedoorn facilitating. After a year's preparation, they are eager to celebrate their official recognition as a club with the granting of a charter.

The event starts at 7:00 PM sharp in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue. Light refreshments and an opportunity to socialize will make this a fun evening.

Plainfield City Hall is at the corner of Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking and access to the building are in the rear.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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