Raise a glass to Nowra Toastmasters - the club just celebrated its fortieth anniversary.
Vice President Kim Taylor said the club was about more than just public speaking.
It focuses on personal growth and supporting people to reach their public speaking and leadership goals.
Nowra Toastmasters recently held their 40th Anniversary celebration, attended by Mayor Amanda Findley, Southern Division Director Louise Burns and Area 30 Director Kylie Rayner.
Nowra Toastmasters was begun by local dairy farmer Max Cochrane on April 21, 1980 at the Parkhaven Conference Centre.
Dairy farming was undergoing great change at the time and this enabled dairy farmers to have a voice.
Throughout the years Nowra Toastmasters has supported various programs such as youth leadership development, school career days, YWCA development days, Relay for Life and provided speechcraft courses for beginning speakers.
Mayor Findley says of Toastmasters International that apart from creating wonderful community connections and establishing friendships, that when we can speak well "the voice is powerful, our words are powerful and if we use our words powerfully, then we can make a difference in our lives and in the lives of other people".
Nowra Toastmasters looks forward to continuing its service to the community by offering regular club meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
The club is excited to announce its new location at UOW Shoalhaven Campus, West Nowra.
The club is keen to welcome new members and will be meeting both face to face and online dependent on numbers, and observing social distancing.
The club will be offering Speech Craft courses during September and October 2020, short courses run over six weeks for new speakers to begin their journey in public speaking. For more information visit www.nowratoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org or call Kim Taylor - Vice President Public Relations on 0418401424.