Cyril Farrell introduced our guest speaker, Gary McDoanld has an extensive background in broadcasting, and covered the Ocean Ranger Disaster and the Aero Air Crash in Gander. Gary’s topic was Toastmasters of which he has been a member for a number of years. The Toastmasters Club has been in Grand Falls Windsor for nearly 50 years and has 33 members. It is an international group that was established in 1924, is in 116 countries, has over 13,000 clubs and a membership of over 280,000. There are two other clubs in Newfoundland located in St. John’s and Corner Brook.
Toastmasters is a public speaking organization which help each other improve communication and leadership skills.
How does Toastmasters work?
Leading by doing Guide prepared or impromptu speeches
Filling meeting roles Volunteer for leadership roles
Toastmasters Advantages
Practical presentations experience
A safe place to make mistakes and learn
Mentorship opportunities
 A self paced program
 Bi weekly interactive meeting
 Impromptu speaking opportunities
 Peer evaluation
 Participation in leadership through meeting roles
 Personal attention in small group setting
 Affordable dues
 Opportunities to lead meetings
 Develop critical thinking
 Build listening skills
 Give and receive constructive feedback
 Become more confident in a group
 Learn time management skills
 Benefit from a supportive environment
 Develop leadership skills
Individual Value
 Unlimited personal growth
 Clear communication skills
 Self confidence
 Positive mentoring relationship
 Improve leadership skills
 Relationship building
Toastmasters also has an advanced program in competent communication and leadership
The toastmasters club in Grand Falls Windsor has a membership of 20 people. They meet every second Monday at the Mount Peyton hotel. For more information regarding Toastmasters please visit their website
Kiwanian Elmo thanked Gary and presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Kiwanian calendar.