Toastmasters Clubs are Alive and Well in Seattle and Spokane

By Julie Brannon, Support Services Manager, Employee and Community Services INL Toastmasters 2013

Toastmasters is an international, non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through its worldwide network of clubs. The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. has accomplished Toastmasters at Seattle Lighthouse and Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL).

Seattle Lighthouse King Tappers

At Seattle Lighthouse, a Toastmaster club existed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was revived in 2009 into a new and thriving club called the King Tappers which currently has approximately 23 members. 

Members hold offices and carry out club duties. The Lighthouse pays the annual dues for each member, recognizing the club’s workplace benefits, like confidence-building, leadership, public speaking, and teamwork.

Since the club’s re-inception, two members have been selected for each Toastmasters regional competition, called Area Contests. The fall contest speeches are “humorous” and “table” topics. The spring competitions focus on “inspiration” and “evaluation” topics. John Simms won second place in “humor” and Ryan Barrett won second place in ”inspiration”.

INL Toastmasters 2013 SessionInland Northwest Lighthouse Vision Speakers

The INL club called the Vision Speakers started in February 2010, with 17 members on average who meet weekly. As in Seattle, the Lighthouse pays members’ dues.

This club has excelled in many areas. In Summer 2012, Vision Speakers received the distinguished club award for meeting five out of ten club goals. In Fall 2012, Will Kennedy won first place for his table topic speeches at both the area and division contests; and he came in third place in the final competition!  Gene Daley also won first place for his “humorous” speech at both the area and division contests.

We congratulate all our Toastmasters Club participants and event winners for their dedication and accomplishments.


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