January 2019: Club of the Month
The Masters Toastmasters Group
Club Spotlight – Each month we recognize a club for outstanding accomplishments in helping it’s members achieve their goals, in marketing the club, in member growth and sustainability.
At the beginning of the 2016-2017 programming year for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Augusta Chapter, LaDonna Walker was approached by her Chapter President Dr. Audrey Alleyne to chair the Communication and Leadership module for their chapter teens.
The Program Director, Alexcia Delley, recommended that she reach out to one of the local Toastmasters Clubs to assist the children in this module.
LaDonna was able to get in contact with Toastmaster Karmen McClain of Club #326. She contacted others members of Club #326 to assist in preparing children for the 2017 Ann Owen Gordon Oratorical Competition. The club members mentored the children, building confidence, self esteem, and enhancing their effective communication skills.
Witnessing the collaborative efforts between the members of Toastmasters Club #326 and the mothers of the Augusta Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc., a seed was planted between Karmen McClain and Ladonna Walker, to blend their talents and develop a new club Toastmasters Club at Augusta University Medical Center for the continued professional growth and development of the staff.
Almost two years later, with the assistance of Julie Moretz, VP of Patient Experience and many others, their dream became a reality. The Masters Toastmasters Club # 7145219 is now officially chartered and here to inspire and lead others in effective communication, leadership, and professional development. The Masters Toastmasters Club # 7145219 was officially chartered October 1, 2018.
The Masters Toastmasters club meets weekly on Thursdays at 5:15pm at Augusta University Medical Center.