SPEAK UP: Carolyn Becker is the new president of the Lockyer Valley Toastmasters.
SPEAK UP: Carolyn Becker is the new president of the Lockyer Valley Toastmasters. Tom Threadingham

Carolyn speaks up as leading Toastmaster

ENCOURAGING more women to speak up will be a key focus for newly inducted Lockyer Valley Toastmasters president Carolyn Becker.

Mrs Becker was inducted as the new president last Thursday, and takes over from club veteran Robert ‘Wylie’ Stevens.

Toastmasters western division The acting area 29 director Liz Hudson was on hand to conduct the changeover on the night with other members and invited guests in attendance.

Joining the club five years ago, Mrs Becker said she had enjoyed her time with the club and looked forward to her new role.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with club members and seeing the club grow again,” Mrs Becker said.

“One of my goals is to get more ladies involved and I want to continue the mayor speech contest too.

“Also, to try and have money in the club available so if somebody comes to us who is financially disadvantaged and wants to join, we can pay club fees to join.”

Mrs Becker said Toastmasters was more than just a club, but an avenue through which participants could grow personally.

“It’s not just about speaking in public but being able to deliver a message as succinctly as you can while being convincing at the same time,” she said.

She said Toastmasters could help people grow and achieve more in life through members building the courage to speak up.

“It’s not just a social club; its an educational investment,” she said.

“It changes the way of getting ahead in the community through gaining job interview skills.

“The key to the business world, particularly in government, is selling yourself to the employer.”

Through the layout of meetings, Mrs Becker said Toastmasters had also brought great insight into other people’s lives and situations.

Lockyer Valley Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Multicultural Community Centre in Railway St, Gatton.


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