Learn to butter groups up with Toastmaster

By Jacob Getty - Staff Reporter

Kent Evening Toastmasters wants to make you a better pub- lic speaker.

"The main goal of Kent Eve- ning Toastmasters is to help people improve their commu- nication and leadership skills," said Lisa Lewis, vice president of public relations for Kent Eve- ning Toastmasters.

People who are a part of Toastmasters Internation- al joined because they have problems shared by many: They are afraid of speaking in public.

"Fear is probably the number one obstacle members endeavor to overcome. There have been surveys conducted in recent years where the fear of public speaking has beaten out the fear of death," Lewis said.

But do not fear, because Toastmasters International is here to help.

"A Toastmasters meeting is a learning lab environment where club members can prac- tice their skills safely, receive peer evaluations on what is working and challenges for im- provement and even practice impromptu speaking skills," Lewis said.

Kent Evening Toastmasters has received some awards.

"Last Toastmasters year we earned President's Dis- tinguished status, which in the Toastmasters organiza- tion means our club members moved forward in their educa- tion program goals. We gained new members and our club leaders participated in train- ing," Lewis said.

Chapter members have also had success.

"We have members who achieved a variety of things due to their participation in Toast- masters. One member received an amazing work promotion that he correlates to his skill building in Toastmasters," Lew- is said.

If you are interested in join- ing Kent Evening Toastmasters, here are the logistics:

"Each meeting has three parts to it: prepared speech- es, table topics (an impromptu speaking exercise), and evalua- tions," Lewis said.

Members pay $45 every six months. There is a new member fee of $20.

The chapter meets weekly on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Centennial Center in downtown Kent, located at 400 W. Gowe St., Kent.

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Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

Women's Programs giving tree brings gifts to children

The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

Academic Success Centers open house

The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.