Members of the Golden Toastmasters gathered at the College of the Rockies on March 8 to receive their charters from Area Governor Richard Chlopecki.

The Toastmaster of Golden have received their charter

The Golden Toastmasters, after commencing in October, has received its official charter status.

The Golden Toastmasters, after commencing in October, has received its official charter status.

“Toastmasters is where leaders are made,” said Area Governor Richard Chlopecki, who drove up from Creston to present the Golden members with their charter.

“Being here tonight is a gift, and I’m very honoured,” he said in front of more than 20 members.

“Toastmasters has helped me find my voice. When I first came to Toastmasters three years ago I could barely speak to anyone in a normal conversation let alone get in front of a room of such advanced speakers.”

Toastmasters, and international not-for-profit, membership-driven organization that helps people become more confident speakers and leaders.

Since 1924, more than four million people have benefited from the program that operates through learn-by-doing workshops. Participants work on their public speaking skills in a friendly no-pressure atmosphere, and members evaluate each others presentations.

“Toastmasters is where leaders are made,” said Chlopecki. “I used to think leaders were born, but the truth is we can all learn the skills that are required, and become leaders.”

The Golden Toastmasters club meets at the College of the Rockies every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m