Speaking Frankly Toastmasters Club Has Open House May 26

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Speaking Frankly Toastmasters Club invites residents of Collegedale and Ooltewah to its open house to meet members and experience a meeting firsthand on Monday, May 26, from 6-7 p.m. Current members will give speeches and share their experience with guests. 

“Speaking Frankly Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Geovanny Ragsdale, club vice president of education for Toastmasters.“ 

Members and guests will enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics (impromptu speeches) and evaluations. 

Club Mentor Christopher Chaney, who has served in various club positions, will be the Table Topics master. “Table Topics are one of my favorite parts of the meeting,” says Mr.Chaney. “This is where guests and members are randomly selected to speak for one to two minutes. It helps you think and speak clearly on your feet.”

Other speakers include Michael Looby, Patrick Wu, and Johnnie Ragsdale. 

The open house will be at the Hulsey Wellness Center on the campus of Southern Adventist University.  For more information, email Geovanny Ragsdale at gragsdale@ymail.com 

Speaking Frankly Toastmasters Club meets each second and fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Hulsey Wellness Center. For more information about this event and the club, please visit http://4376.toastmastersclubs.org/  or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Speaking-Frankly-Toastmasters-Club/125979887493909.

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