Meet Mercedes (Mercy) Balli

  According to Lark Doley, 2018-2019 Past International President, Mercedes Balli, DTM, was the matriarch of District 55 when Lark first joined Toastmasters in 1990. Mercedes was a leader in District 56. She was known for her care of everything Toastmasters. She helped to charter 45 new Toastmasters clubs, and […]

Terrie Green, DTM-President Biden’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

On, July 7, 2023, Terrie Green, DTM, member of Determined to Master Speaking and Dining Out Toastmasters will be the recipient of the President Biden Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her service to the community.  The correspondence, dated April 17, 2023, states… “I congratulate you on taking it upon yourself […]

Congratulations, Elly Hard!

Elly was awarded with the annual SERVANT LEADER APRON AWARD… “For service, excellence, commitment to others, serving as a mentor to her fellow members and for motivating others to give their best while demonstrating the values of the Dining Out Toastmasters Club” SERVANT LEADER APRON AWARD.

Toastmaster Kim Stengel Performs in Sister Act

Toastmaster Kim Stengel joined Toastmasters in February 2017.  She is currently the Club President of Kingwood Toastmasters. Did you know Kim also enjoys a career spanning 48 years on Broadway and stages across 50+ countries and 4 continents?  Notably, Kim is the longest-running Diva in the history of The Phantom […]

Michele Cuellar with Ramona Smith

In July of 2019 Michele Cuellar, Area Director, was installing officers for the Young Professional’s Toastmasters.  Ramona Smith, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, was giving a speech in that meeting. What a delight to see the “Ladybug Speaker” deliver a speech!

My Awards by Division L Area Director, Marie Goradia

Top Left: My Ice breaker was a big hit, and the club gave me the “Best Ice Breaker” trophy. It was followed by “The most informed and balanced speech” and the “Best Humorous Speech.” I was excited about speaking and entered the Tall Tales and International Speech Contest. I won First Place in the Club […]


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