Toastmasters International Increases Presence in Fayette County

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 10:13am
By: The Citizen

Fayetteville, GA, June 25, 2009—Piedmont Fayette WLA Toastmasters became Fayette’s fourth Toastmasters club on March 24, 2009. Toastmasters International is the world’s largest educational organization specializing in communication and leadership training. Using this self-help program, members of Toastmasters clubs improve oral communication skills and effective leadership strategies with a hands on approach. Confidence in self and improvement in leadership abilities are advantages of becoming a Toastmaster. Members learn skills by watching others and improve abilities by practicing. A former member of High Noon Toastmasters, Carleton Williams, once stated ,”A Toastmaster stands up to be seen, speaks out to be heard, and sits down to be appreciated.”

     July 1, 2009 each Toastmaster club in Fayette begins a new year. High Noon Toastmasters, Peachtree City Toastmasters, and Westpark Toastmasters offer communication and leadership training to the community at large. Piedmont Fayette WLA presents communication and leadership training to employees of Piedmont Fayette Hospital who are members of their WLA. Anyone age eighteen and over is eligible to join a Toastmasters club. Westpark Toastmasters is a corporate sponsored club, chartered by CIBER, Inc. which is open to the community.

     Each Fayette Toastmasters club recently selected officers for the 2009-2010 year.  Incoming officers for High Noon Toastmaster are President, J.D. Dirkchneider; Vice President of Education, Charles Clarke; Vice President of Membership, Debra Woodard; Vice President of Publicity, Amy George; Secretary, Ava Vanheyningen; Treasurer, Valarie Boone; and Sergeant at Arms, Dale Hutchins. Peachtree City Toastmasters incoming officers are; President, Gary Gorcoran; Vice President of Education, Bop Jensen; Vice President Publicity, Harry Vanderkrabben; Vice President Membership, Irene Cheyne; Treasurer, Mar Palomares  and Sergeant at Arms, Emma Montgomery. Leadership for Westpark Toastmasters is President

Carol A. Lunsford; Vice President of Education, Eric C.Smith; Vice President Membership, Reid Spearman, Vice President Publicity, CaRhonda Holmes; Secretary, Marilyn Weigle; Treasurer, Juarndai Gagnon and Sergeant at Arms, Tom Lunsford. Piedmont Fayette WLA Toastmasters being newly chartered retains the officers currently in place; President, Alice Fritz; Vice President of Education, Jose Montez; Vice President Membership, Lynette Washington; Vice President Publicity, Alice Muetzel, Secretary

 Sandra K. Simkins; Treasurer, Barbie Peace and Sergeant at Arms, Felicia Johnson-Nwaiji.

     Information about Toastmasters in Georgia may be found at Visit the following websites for more information about the Toastmasters Clubs in Fayette County:,, and

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