North Coast Toastmasters club celebrates 30th anniversary

North Coast Toastmasters, a communication and leadership club that meets at St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar, will celebrate its 30th year on March 31.

The group welcomes guest speaker Eileen Hope, the 2005-06 district governor for all clubs in the southwest region.

The celebration happens March 31 at St. Peters Church, 334 14th St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The event is free to the general public.

“There are people in our community who have been affected by the changes in our economy, resulting in a loss of confidence; Toastmasters is a great place to keep your edge, while improving speaking and leadership skills,” said Suzanne Halpin, club president. “Our club is known for having a warm and friendly atmosphere that is conducive to personal growth.”

North Coast Toastmasters was cofounded by Mary-Ellen Drummond, a nationally renowned motivational speaker dubbed the “2001-2002 Speaker of the Year” by Meeting Professionals International-San Diego. Every week the club provides members with opportunities to hone their skills through prepared speeches, evaluations and impromptu speaking. Club membership currently comprises of more than 30 working professionals from a variety of industries.

When asked about her 14-year involvement with the club, Dorothy Mann states: “Toastmasters has helped me tremendously with learning to be more diplomatic in my personal life and helped me gain self confidence when speaking in front of a group. It is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. I am always amazed at how clever and innovative some speakers are. I always feel I get so much more than I am able to give. I also wonder how it might have made a difference in my life, had I started early in my career.”

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