PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- District 7 Toastmasters has awarded the coveted title of Toastmaster of the Year to Phyllis Harmon of Tigard during its annual Celebration of Communication and Leadership.
Each year District 7 awards Toastmaster of the Year to an individual who exemplifies all that is Toastmasters. Harmon contributed to District success as creator, editor and publisher of the District magazine, Voices!, and served as District Nominating Committee Chair, Conference Education Coordinator, and Event Marketing Coordinator. As a past District Governor, Harmon is known as the "go to" person for information about Toastmasters. She is an active member of seven clubs and serves as an officer in five. She is also a new club sponsor for Great White North Online Toastmasters Club. This year she is serving as District Public Relations Manager.
"My mission in life is to help others be successful," Harmon said. "I find it very rewarding to help people realize how unique and special they are, and then inspire them to move toward whatever they want to accomplish."
When asked about her future plans, Harmon said, "I want to share the lessons I've learned during my nine years in District leadership with the community through podcasts, workshops, and public appearances."
Other awardees of the year included:
- Division Director of the Year: Kathleen Tully, Lake Oswego. Her patience, calm demeanor and caring support led her division to Select Distinguished status. She continues to serve as a role model for leaders across the District.
- Area Director of the Year: Lisa Hutton, Milwaukie. Under Hutton's guidance, her clubs met their goals, contributing to District success.
- Herbert C. Stude Award for Educational Excellence: James Wantz, Tigard. His poise, knowledge and ability to communicate ideas helped others improve their presentations using stagecraft.
- Lou Webb Award: Scott Stevenson, West Linn; and Alexis Mason, Vancouver, Washington. This award is for long-time service to the District. Individuals are experienced advisors to District Officers, not for the glory but simply out of dedication to serving.
- Rookie of the Year: Emilie Taylor, Portland. This is awarded to individuals in their first year of service at the District level who demonstrate contagious enthusiasm and energy. Taylor provided close support to all her clubs and promoted Toastmasters to new audiences, resulting in new club starts and prison club recognition by Toastmasters International.
About District 7 Toastmasters
District 7 represents 172 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 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
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SOURCE District 7 Toastmasters