The Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Toastmasters are having a big birthday party on Saturday, and why wouldn’t they? They turned 40, after all.
Technically 42, since they started in 1970, but COVID-19 has hampered previous celebrations.
Toastmasters exist around the world to promote communication and public speaking, to foster confidence and leadership skills.
The organization’s vice president of public relations, Julie Wacker, said the Toastmasters had a “tremendous impact” in the community and couldn’t wait for the day.
“We will have authors giving speeches or presentations about what brought them to Toastmasters and how Toastmasters helped them publish their books or pitch their books,” Ms. Wacker said.
Even the winner of the 2021 International Speech Contest, Verity Price, will travel from South Africa to join the festivities on May 28.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunbury Senior Citizens Center, and they want the whole community to feel welcome.
Ms Wacker said that since Toastmasters began in Sunbury and the once-separate Macedon Ranges, many people have come through its doors to learn the ropes of conversation.
“They often stay for social interactions with their new found friends and all the other activities that go on in Toastmasters,” Ms. Wacker said.