Soaring Eagles, a Toastmasters International club is working to help community members gain confidence and improve their public speaking skills.
The organization is hosting a free open house from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10 at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 4442 Bonnetsville Road, Clinton. The scheduled guest speaker is Phyllis G. Williams, also known as “The Progress Promoter.” Williams is a Marine veteran, educator and author of the national best seller, “Thee Art of Me: 30 Strategies for Discovering Your Self-Worth!” She’s been greatly influenced by Toastmasters and completed many speeches through the organization.
Dr. Jacqueline Howard was instrumental in starting the Soaring Eagles Club. The club is now in its second year and she is pleased with the success and is looking forward to the event.
“It’s an open community event and it’s an open club,” said Howard, organizer for Soaring Eagles. “I think sometimes since it’s housed in the church, people think it’s church affiliated, but it’s open to the community.”
Formed in 1924 and incorporated in 1932, the membership now includes more than 352,000 members and 16,400 clubs in 142 countries. The nonprofit group teaches public speaking and leadership skills through the network. The process involves peer evaluations after members make speeches. Another mission of Soaring Eagles Toastmasters is to provide support and learning experiences.
“Toastmasters does a great job of preparing people to become better communicators,” Howard said. “They can use that in all facets of life.”
She emphasized that the club helps people speak professionally and some the examples she mentioned included sermons, business presentations, job interviews and speaking in schools. Howard added that it benefits members involved in committees and organizations.
“You still have to speak and communicate your thoughts,” she said.
Soaring Eagles is open to community members over 18. The club meets the second and fourth Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Missionary Church. Local contests are held in the spring and the fall. Local winners advance to a regional contest and have the opportunity to reach district and division levels.
“At some point, it would be awesome to have a representative from Clinton to be an international speaker and win that contest,” Howard said about reaching the highest level. “But getting from Clinton to the division, it stills shows your growth as a speaker.”
For more information about the event, contact Howard at 910-214-0763. Registration is available online at www.goo.gl/x4SzrU
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