Summit Toastmasters Celebrating 25th Anniverasy

Jim Shaw, Pat Moore & Tom Hobbs

Co-Presidents Jim Shaw & Pat Moore receiving 25th anniversary recognition from incoming District 26 District Governor Tom Hobbs, DTM

Summit Toastmasters is celebrating its 25th anniversary this July serving members across Summit County.

2013-06 Yvonne Bryant & Alan Swartz

Alan Swartz, DTM receiving the Club Toastmaster of the Year award from Yvonne Bryant during the 25th Anniversary celebration

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.

Thank you to Jessica Smith of the Summit Daily news for the amazing article.  You can reach Jessica at jsmith@summitdaily.com

Read the full article at: http://www.summitdaily.com/news/6994022-113/summit-toastmasters-club-speaking

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