Members first! So says the incoming executive of the Antigua Toastmasters Club.
The 7 member Executive team took office on July 1st and acknowledged that they have big shoes to fill since the previous executive was able to achieve 22 educational awards to become 1st in District 81 and tied 24th internationally.
Incoming President, Cassandra P Simon, says while she realizes that it is important to have the Club, and by extension the District and Toastmasters International achieve their goals and awards, she believes that allowing members to achieve their personal goals goes hand in hand with that objective. After all, Toastmasters is a learning experience and as she is fond of saying, “Life is a school which never ends.”
Other Executive Members are Elka Price, Vice President of Education (VPE); Mark Young, Vice President Membership (VPM); Jason Edmund, Vice President Public Relations (VPPR); Farida Isaac-Carr, Secretary, Julie Young, Treasurer; and Tamera Valerie, Sergeant at Arms.
Cassandra P. Simon – President (2017-18)
2017 – 2018 Antigua Toastmasters Club Executive
(Seated) Tamera Valerie, Sergeant at Arms; Elka Price, Vice President of Education, (VPE); Julie Young, Treasurer; and Farida Isaac-Carr, Secretary.
(Standing) Jason Edmund, Vice President Public Relations (VPPR); André Sharpe, Immediate Past President and current Area 33 Director; Mark Young, Vice President Membership (VPM); Cassandra P. Simon, President.
The Antigua Toastmaster Club is a community speaking club, being formed on November 14th 2012. It is the only community club of the four clubs within Antigua and Barbuda. The other three are corporate clubs. All clubs allow members to develop their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly supportive environment with constructive evaluation.
Since the program started in Antigua, many persons have achieved the designation of Competent Communicator (CC) and Competent Leader (CL). We have represented Antigua at the Area and District Levels in International Speaking, Table Topics, Evaluation, and Humorous Speaking Contests, in St. Lucia, Curacao, Jamaica, and Internationally in Malaysia.
We have participated in the Antigua State College, Optimist, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Rotaract and Antigua Red Cross missions to expose their members to Public Speaking principles.
Plans for the new executive include Speechcraft®, a 6-8 week intensive course in public speaking. There are also plans for Youth Leadership®, a program geared towards teenagers.
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 more information the Antigua Toastmasters Club, kindly visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/antiguatoastmasters, our twitter @anutoastmasters, or on Instagram at antiguatoastmasters. You are welcome to attend any of our weekly Thursday meetings that start at 6pm at the ECAB conference room on Redcliffe Street, St John’s, Antigua. •