Posted October 2, 2021
Member Spotlights

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!

Posted September 22, 2021
Member Spotlights

Elaine T. Jackson, BS, PMP, GPM-b

One of the few good things from Covid was that online meetings brought the opportunity to include remote members to Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters.  One of our remote gems is Elaine Jackson, who joined HGPMT from Massachusetts. Elaine is our current VPM and is helping us accelerate our club growth.

Elaine is an accomplished speaker with more than 17 years leadership experience with Toastmasters.  She specializes in Project Management and Sustainability training through her own training organization, HolisticPMC. Among her accomplishments have been workshops for PMI and training for PMP Certification.

Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters welcomes Elaine’s remote contributions.

Posted August 22, 2021
Member Spotlights

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 and Area Contest for both speeches. It was an exciting moment!

In 2007, I received The John Radcliff award at the bottom right. It is awarded to a dedicated Toastmaster every year. I love to speak. My favorite manuals were Humorously Speaking, The Entertaining Speaker and Storytelling. I had received 49 shiny gold cups. All the hard work paid off, and in 2014 I received the DTM.

Posted August 15, 2021
Member Spotlights

District 56 member, Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, successfully coordinated and completed the first two digital Speechcraft programs. The first club she successfully coordinated a Speechcraft program is VNS Voices Toastmasters Club where she is President. A few weeks later, Elizabeth went on to successfully coordinate a second digital Speechcraft program with League City Toastmasters where she is Vice President Education. She signed up ten new members from the Speechcraft programs and earned four official awards signed by Dan Rex: two certified Speechcrafter certificates and two as a Coordinator for newly-certified Speechcrafters!

Posted July 2, 2021
Member Spotlights

District 56 member Samantha Smith is one of two winners in the Region 5 Quarterfinals and will advance to the International Speech Contest Semifinals! The speech contest semifinals will take place during the Toastmasters International 2021 Virtual Convention, August 23-28. Semifinals winners automatically receive a complementary registration to the Toastmasters International Convention!

Learn more about Samantha and her journey to the Semifinals in the interview below, conducted by Sweet Talkers’ President Courtni Hatton:




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Find out about our latest District 56 news and events.



In District 56, special annual awards are presented to Toastmasters in various roles for their contributions throughout the year.