PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- District 7 Toastmasters serving Western Oregon and Southwest Washington, along with District 9 serving Northeastern Oregon, Eastern Washington and Idaho, have been recognized by Oregon Governor Kate Brown for their dedication to helping people develop essential communication and leadership skills.
"We are honored to be recognized for the role Toastmasters plays in shaping effective communicators and community leaders," says Leanna Lindquist, District 7 Director. "We appreciate the support and encouragement from Governor Brown's proclamation of March 2017 as Toastmasters Month in Oregon."
Lindquist states, "The Governor's proclamation supports the mission of District 7, which is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. We are pleased to see an uptick in membership growth and new club starts this year. People ages 21 to 35 who want to propel their careers forward are joining our organization. Over the next couple of months, we anticipate chartering another 9 clubs to better serve more people in our communities. We anticipate a 5–8% increase in membership this fiscal year."
Part of District 7's success this year is due to its focus on members. District leaders created a series of online "how-to" webinars, in-person educational workshops and conferences staffed with top-notch keynote speakers and breakout session presenters to enhance the value of membership. Each month, outstanding members are recognized for their accomplishments in the District's best-of-class online magazine, Voices! A monthly recognition program rewards members who exemplify the mission of District 7 Toastmasters.
Lindquist joined Toastmasters International in 2009 and has earned the title of Distinguished Toastmaster, the group's highest educational award. She was elected as District Director for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2016. As District Director, she is responsible for administering and overseeing the district's day-to-day operations, finances and human resources.
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 worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
SOURCE District 7 Toastmasters