By Gina Lovick
Some people might reminisce about 1956 as the year Elvis Presley released his first hit “Heartbreak Hotel”, but members of the Sarasota Toastmasters Club celebrate 1956 as the year their club was chartered by Toastmasters International.
Congratulations on your Diamond Jubilee – now 60+ years of forwarding the mission of Toastmasters into your community!
The Toastmasters International Mission Statements and Core Values exemplify its unwavering welcome and dedication to assisting each member in their pursuit for personal growth.
Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Toastmasters International Core Values
- Toastmasters International Envisioned Future
- To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
There is a well-known, philosophical anecdote entitled the Story of the Three Stonecutters:
A man came across three stonecutters and asked them what they were doing. The first replied, “I am making a living.” The second kept on hammering while he said, “I am doing the best job of stonecutting in the entire county.” The third looked up with a visionary gleam in his eye and said, “I am building a cathedral.”
It could be said that people join Toastmasters to make their visionary dreams come true. Such stories come to life in the Toastmasters International #MyWhy series.
The Sarasota Toastmasters Club 1958 Diamond Jubilee + is an exciting milestone which celebrates their members and their accomplishments. Recently, May Ghali, immediate past president, spoke about her Toastmasters journey, her #MyWhy story:
“… many people joined (Sarasota Toastmasters Club 1958) for one reason or another. Each one had a story to tell. I joined two and a half years ago for one reason and that is to write my personal stories and share them with the members.”
May’s stories are her rich experiences in the warm-hearted welcome she found and personal growth within the Toastmasters experience. In her own words, she developed new competencies from the educational program, “critical thinking” and Table Topics inspired her to have “courage to speak spontaneously.”
“The skills I learned in the Toastmasters spilled over to other parts of my life.”
May’s journey has been truly life changing. Along the way came, she became a proficient communicator, replete with confidence and the abilities to reach her audiences in this digital age.
Soon enough May was discovering the magic of her Toastmasters experience. When she was enjoined by the CEO of her company to express her vision for corporate operations, May spoke out.
In her community, May kept speaking out as others continued to recognize her abilities and seek her guidance; friends, relatives, neighbors, local artisans…
This is the magic of communication and in May’s own words,
“Why did I join Toastmasters? I only joined to write my personal stories and share them with the members.”
However, as it happened, “I learned how to speak in public, deliver a speech and answer random questions.”
May’s final thought, about her #MyWhy tale, made the eloquent point that her abilities to Communicate and Lead have their foundation in her development of “the art of listening.”
Thank you May for your inspiring story and be assured that District 48 joins you in celebrating the Sarasota Toastmasters Club 1958’s Diamond Jubilee +.