The Silver Tongued Toastmasters of Mesquite, Nev., are delighted to announce that Morgan resident, Vern Kilbourn took first place at the Spring 2014 Toastmasters Division E Speech Contest that was held April 26 in Draper, Utah.
Kilbourn has been a toastmaster for over 33 years and has served in every office from president to sergeant at arms. Kilbourn spends his winters in Mesquite and has been a member of the Silver Tongued Toastmasters there since 2006. He is presently serving as the club’s sergeant at arms.
Kilbourn will be representing Mesquite Silver Tongued Toastmasters at the District 15 contest. He also brought the club the famed “traveling gavel.”
Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters helps nearly 280,000 people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others.
The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued, from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving and giving such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.