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News about Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmasters

Winners of 2012 Speech Club Contest

Congratulations to Asheville’s Blue Ridge Toastmaster Jeannie who won 1st place for Table Topics (Improptu Speaking) 0n Monday March 19, 2012 Speech Club Contest.

Congratulations to Asheville’s Blue Ridge Toastmaster Lara who won 1st place for International Speech – Speech Title, “A Cartwheel of Achievement.”

On Saturday March 24, 2012 Area 13 Speech Contest, Jeannie won 2nd place for Table Topics (Improptu Speaking) and Lara won 1st place for International Speech

On Saturday April 21, 2012 Division A Speech Contest, Jeannie won 2nd place for Table Topics (Improptu Speaking) and Lara won 2nd place for International Speech.



For Immediate Release

Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmasters is presenting a four-week “No Fear” Public Speaking Workshop.

This program is open to the public and will enhance participant’s ability to present their ideas with confidence, speak with authority, respond with poise and impact, relate to their audience, and improve their interpersonal skills.

Asheville  Blue Ridge Toastmasters club meets at noon on Monday of every week at Sigma Alpha Iota Building at 1 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28801 (Park in the back of the building and use the side entrance.)

Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmasters will conduct their 4 one-hour workshops on April 23, 30, and May 7, 14. All meetings will begin exactly at 8:30 AM and will be finished promptly at 9:30 AM .

National research has shown that the fear of speaking in front of a group of people is a greater fear than the fear of dying.

Toastmasters International has been providing a positive and encouraging environment for people to develop their speaking skills since 1924. Recent changes in the Toastmasters International program now emphasize the leadership aspects as well as continuing the focus on communication skills.

Those professionals whose jobs require conducting meetings, presenting business reports and/or making marketing/sales presentations can benefit greatly by participation in the $20 workshop.

Mark your calendar to take advantage of this rare opportunity to improve your speaking skills. Learn how to speak up and be heard. Let us help you lose your fear of speaking.

The number of participants will be limited on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required prior to April 18, 2012. Call Rick Fornoff at 828-298-0739 or e-mail:

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2012-2013 Officers

Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmasters congratulates our officers for the 2012-2013 Toastmasters Year!

President: Ken LaDeroute

VP Education: Lara Gillease

VP Membership: Rick Fornhoff

VP Public Relations: John Erwin

Secretary: Eileen Newmark

Sergeant at Arms: Rosey Bily & Seay Stephens

Treasurer: Julie Lawhorn




Division A Speech Contest, 2011

Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmaster member Dennis has won the Division A International Speech Contest. The contest was held in Hickory, North Carolina on May 25. There were four other contestants from other Areas within the Division. Dennis advances to the District Competition to be held on May 14th in Cary, North Carolina. Other members of Ashville Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club who were in attendance included Chuck, Jeannie, and Michael.


Club Members meet at Kathmandu Cafe

The First Presbyterian Church was closed for the Easter holiday, so members of Asheville Blue Ridge Toastmaster Club met for lunch at Kathmandu Cafe. Kathmandu Cafe is a restaurant specializing in Nepalese style cooking. In attendance were: Sandra Brooks, Rick Fornoff, Lara Gillease, Seay Stephens, Dennis Ruane, Chuck Blethen, Jeannie Blethen, and Michelle Pattison.