Rotary hosts Toastmasters speaker

TROY — Being a confident, public speaker is no easy task. Just ask Olive Wagar of Miami County Toastmasters. Wagar provided an update of the local branch to Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Toastmasters International started in 1924 to provide “ordinary” individuals with the confidence to speak publicly and communicate more effectively. The local organization was established in April, 2016, and teaches listening, body language, and speaking skills. During their semimonthly meetings, members may practice public speaking and learn ways to hone skills for personal and professional reasons. This process encourages the orators to organize speeches to be as effective as possible. Wagar has won several speech contests since joining Toastmasters.

The organization meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, 301 West Main Street in Troy. Members are expected to present both prepared and impromptu speeches. The audience at each meeting provides constructive feedback and support to help each speaker improve her/his skills. Fees to join the local organization are $45 semiannually.

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Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum.

In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio-economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow the club’s activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.

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