PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- District 7 Toastmasters serving Oregon and Southwest Washington has appointed John Rodke as Club Growth Director for the remainder of the one-year term that began July 1.
"Opportunity knocked and I answered," Rodke said. "I am excited to serve and provide our members with a tenfold return on their effort. As a District, we have succeeded in creating a positive member experience by achieving our goals. My plan is to bolster that effort by infusing creative and supportive energy to keep people engaged and growing. You get the most out of this program when you step out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone. As Club Growth Director my mission is to keep current clubs vibrant and build new clubs. We can only do this if people step forward and get involved."
Rodke, an entrepreneur and principal at Cre8 Daily LLC in Eugene, holds the title of Distinguished Toastmaster, the organization's highest educational award. He joined Toastmasters in 2010 in New Mexico shortly after graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He credits Toastmasters with transforming him from a shy, nervous, hand-wringer with a terrible stutter and overuse of "likes" when talking with women or bosses to a confident manager, teacher, storyteller and leader.
"I am amazed that I can now not just talk to, but entertain, learn from and teach anyone I have the opportunity to interact with," Rodke said. "Toastmasters, coupled with guts, has opened many doors. It's taken me from an entry-level engineer, to managing the daily workflow for 400-plus employees within two years as a project manager, to an entrepreneur and business owner. This organization has given me the opportunity to learn from, mentor and constructively influence the lives of thousands of people."
About District 7 Toastmasters
District 7 represents 175 Toastmasters clubs in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Northern California. For more information, please visit www.d7toastmasters.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
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