Noblesville Toastmasters group forms

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For several years, Westfield and Fishers have had vibrant community clubs dedicated to helping people become better communicators and leaders. Now, Noblesville is following suit with the formation of the Noblesville Toastmasters Club.

Tricia Fox, a Noblesville resident and member of the Westfield Toastmasters Club, is serving as the all-volunteer group’s area director until it becomes chartered as a new club.

“There used to be a club (in Noblesville), and I’m not sure of the history, but it closed because of a lack of enthusiasm and commitment,” Fox said. “So, we want to revive it. Westfield’s club is very vibrant and kind of busting at the seams, and so is the Fishers club. We figured that since Fishers and Westfield are so active, there’s probably a need or want.”

Founded in 1924, Toastmasters International is a nonprofit with the goal of empowering individuals to be more effective communicators and leaders. Worldwide, there are more than 16,600 clubs, 8,800 of which are in the U.S.

“We have to get 20 members to charter the new club. Once we get 20 members, we’ll run an election and have a president, vice president of education, vice president of marketing, a treasurer, sergeant of arms and a secretary,” Fox said. “It will probably become my home club since I live in Noblesville.”

The group meets weekly at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Hamilton East Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, Noblesville. Each meeting has a variety of exercises, including speeches and impromptu speaking,

Fox said some of the benefits are clear communication, improved leadership skills and giving and receiving feedback.

“It works as an incubator for growth, so learning how to give people constructive feedback is really important as a leader, and also being able to receive constructive feedback with the intention of growing,” Fox said.

At each meeting, members take on different roles, serving as timers, evaluators, table topics masters and more.

On Sept. 19, the group will hold a public open house at 7 p.m. at the library. Tommy Richardson, a distinguished Toastmaster, will speak. Food and raffles will be available for guests.

Those interested in the club can become a member by attending a meeting. A six-month membership is $51. Learn more at facebook.com/toastmastersnoblesville.

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