Summit Toastmasters is celebrating its 25th anniversary this July serving members across Summit County.
excerpt from the Summit Daily News article posted June 19, 2013:
Alan Swartz has been a member of Toastmasters since 1980. While living in Fairplay during the ‘80s, Swartz decided to found a Summit County chapter of the organization. At least 20 members are required to start a club, and the Summit group numbered 21.
Swartz continued with the group, even after moving to Buena Vista and, now, Denver. He comes down to as many meetings as he can. Though he also visits other Toastmasters groups in Denver, he enjoys his time in Summit County.
“It’s the club I started. I’m still attached,” he said.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Summit Toastmasters. Membership must stay at a minimum of six members at all times, and with the transient nature of some Summit County residents, this was occasionally difficult. Swartz remembered one year where the club had one fewer member than required, so they paid the dues for the extra member in order to stay together.
Despite the occasional obstacle, the Summit Toastmasters kept on going and eventually their numbers evened out. Most Toastmaster organizations maintain between 20 and 30 members and currently Summit County hosts 18.
Swartz has seen many lives changed by Toastmasters over the years. One woman, he recalled, drove every month from Crested Butte to be part of the club. Another, he said, “was about 28, kind of drifting through life, she didn’t know what she wanted to do. After she joined our club, she went back, got a college degree, found a relationship, got married — it just changed her life, she just got her focus.”
Swartz was on hand at Tuesday’s anniversary celebration, where he was named Toastmaster of the Year for the Summit club.
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