What an interesting organization!
I recently joined the Grand Pioneer Toastmasters organization http://grandpioneer.freetoasthost.us/ to become a better public speaker. What a great group of folks! Toastmasters is a nonprofit organization of nearly 220,000 members in 11,300 clubs in 90 countries, offering "a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills." Locally, Grand Pioneer is one of the oldest clubs in the area, promoting growth and learning of members through bi-weekly meetings focused on public speaking.
I will be giving my first official speech next Monday and I can't wait to get started down the path to Distinguished Toastmaster! The members of this club are kind, supporting, enthusiastic and encouraging. What a great atmosphere to learn how to be a better public speaker!