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Alexandria Toastmasters to host open house

The new Alexandria Toastmasters will host an open house on Friday, September 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria. Everyone interested in seeing what Toastmaster's is all about is welcome to attend.

Toastmasters members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up its global network of meeting locations.

With membership at $36 every six months (club dues may vary), Toastmasters membership is a cost-effective skill-building tool.

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. It meets once a week for an hour.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another's presentations.

Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.

Members learn communication skills by working a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.

A group of 10 professionals is looking to start a local chapter in Alexandria, and it needs 20 or more people from Alexandria and the surrounding area to start a chapter.

If interested or for more information, call Sheila at (320) 808-6233.