Toastmasters gather

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Since 1953, lovers of oration have been gathering together under the banner of the Prince Albert Toastmasters, to tell tales true and false.

Prince Albert Toastmasters attended their AGM at Elk Lodge on Monday night. Above, small cups contain each member’s vote for the night's winners for Best Speaker, Best Toastmaster, Best Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator.

On Monday evening the group held their AGM at Elk Lodge, ushering in another year of speeches to be spoken and stories to be heard.

PA Toastmasters also celebrated last year’s stars with awards given out for Rookie of the Year (Jackie Diemert) as well the Area 21 Public Relations award, which was handed to Lorna Boryski.

Boryski, who has been a part of Toastmasters for three years, is also this year’s president of the Prince Albert branch.

“It is a self confidence builder, through learning communication and leadership skills, through mentoring and positive feedback.”

Things have changed in the ranks of PA toastmasters over the last 59 years.

“It started out as men only,” Boryski says and smiles. Now it is mostly women, with 20 members, only six of which are men.

“It is a self confidence builder, through learning communication and leadership skills, through mentoring and positive feedback.” Lorna Boryski, president

The format and structure however continues to use the same elements as in years past.

Themes are drawn for each meeting allowing speakers a jumping off point from which to create their speeches. The themes are tied into a word of the night, so that each meeting has a focus and direction.

Also used are manuals that are provided to all members, which contain step-by-step guidelines for finding and researching for and writing speeches.  

If anyone is interested and finding out more about the group and how it works, Boryski says there is plenty of information on their website at toastmasters.org, where a link to the two Toastmasters groups in Prince Albert can be found.

Organizations: Prince Albert

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