Komen Toastmasters—Southwest’s friendly neighborhood toastmasters’ club—elected new officers for the 2016/17 toastmasters year, which runs from July 1 2016 to June 30 2017.

Distinguished Toastmaster Vann-Di Galloway is serving as club president. Mr. Galloway has served in various leadership roles both in Toastmasters District 27, which covers Southeast and Southwest DC, parts of Prince George’s County Maryland, and Northern Virginia and District 36, which covers Northeast and Northwest DC and Montgomery County Maryland. Galloway has served as club coach, division governor, area governor, district chief judge, and instructor at the biennial Toastmasters Leadership Institute. Marlene Fultz, Komen’s immediate past president and neighborhood resident, continues to advise the club.

Regina Curry, Komen’s new vice president of education (VPE), will be expanding our education program to include a series of talks about public speaking and leadership. “As VPE, I am committed to helping Komen members improve their speaking and leadership abilities by taking advantage of the speaking and leadership opportunities available to them as members of Toastmasters,” she said. In addition to her role with Komen, Ms. Curry currently serves as a division director for Toastmasters District 27, and oversees about 20 clubs.

Berkeley Hirsch, another neighborhood resident, is now serving as vice president of membership. He previously served as vice president of education. Mr. Hirsch will greet you if you visit Komen, with Karen Becks, the new sergeant-at-arms.

Josh Ghaffari, newly elected vice president of public relations, plans to expand the club’s presence on the web and social media, including Facebook and Meetup. Mr. Ghaffari also resides in Southwest.

Komen Toastmasters meets on the first and third Saturday of the month in the basement conference room of the Southwest Neighborhood Library. Meetings run from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Visitors are always welcome. At the next meeting on Aug. 6, Berkeley Hirsch will be speaking on “Ten Ways to Overcome Your Fear.”

By: Christina Scheltema

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