It’s time for a toast at College of the Rockies

Toastmasters is set to come to the College of the Rockies in Golden.

College of the Rockies (COTR), Golden Campus will be the site for a Toastmasters Presentation on September 29 from 7 – 9 p.m.

COTR Campus Manager, Karen Cathcart said the decision to hold the meeting was made after being approached by a number of people who were looking at doing something new in the community.

“One of the mandates of the COTR is that we want to meet the demand of the community residents,” Cathcart said.

She went on to explain that the organization has been around a long time and there is a great deal of work that must be put in to create a chapter in the community.

“What I am looking at is creating a community club for Golden. COTR would help organize things and pay the charter fee to help get this program up and running. The call to action in the newspaper is to reach out to the community to say you have asked for this and here it is,” Cathcart said.

For nearly a century, Toastmasters International has been helping women and men of every background, education level and economic standing develop the competency they need to become effective communicators and inspired leaders.

The tradition continues to this day, bolstered by a reaffirmation of purpose and a new aesthetic vibrancy that includes their logo, colours, fonts and educational materials. Toastmasters International now comprises more than 13,000 clubs in 116 countries around the world, from Myanmar to Mexico, China to the Netherlands.

Toastmasters aims to help people with their ability to communicate, persuade and lead. On the group’s website it says “The skill to tell one’s story, shape better tomorrows and point others in the same direction. These are the attributes of leaders, and not all leaders are born with talent. They learn it, and so can you.

“This is an exciting time in Toastmasters history; more than ever we are prepared to equip a new generation of success-oriented people with the practical communication and leadership skills necessary to improve their confidence and achieve their goals.

“Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, small business owner or CEO, we invite you to join Toastmasters International—where leaders are made.”

Topics will include: but are not limited to building confidence, elevating communication and inspiration.

As for the importance of feeling confident while speaking in front of a group Cathcart explained that working with this group could help people conquer this issue.

“I think people do understand. I think  a number of people do not want to go there (have to do public speaking). It is understandable. I hope this will give the opportunity for the college to work in the expanding leadership.”

The hope is that 30 or more people will be attending the opening event at the college on September 29.

Anyone interested in learning more about Toastmasters can call 250-344-5901 or check out to get more information.