El Paso Community College’s Toastmaster Club has been awarded the “President’s Distinguished.” The award was given
by Toastmasters International.
Brandon O'Donnell / EPCC Toastmasters
(L-R) William Steele, Tiffany Ruiz , Darrell Henderson, Kellie Starr Price, Ruth Garcia, Justin Miller, Claudia Ornelas, Judy Frost, Dr. Linda Brown and Sarai Davila.
“Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending clubs across the world –just like the one found at EPCC,” said Darrell
Henderson, who has been the EPCC Toastmasters Club President for the last three years.
The criteria for the award was that members of EPCC’s Toastmaster Club had to achieve nine out of 10 goals that
Toastmaster’s International recognize. Goals had to be achieved by June 30.
“We are soon to be awarded a ribbon for our banner after the year-end reports are final at Toastmasters International,” said Henderson.
Toastmasters International is a network of clubs across the span of 135 countries –with over 300,000 memberships.
Members meet with each other in clubs to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills.
The motto of Toastmasters is “Where Leaders Are Made.”
“These leaders must not only accomplish goals, they must communicate by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere.
Leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program,” said Henderson. The EPCC Toastmasters Club was established in 2005.
It was formerly located at the Administrative Services Center building on Viscount Boulevard and was only open to faculty, which ended in June 2014.
Since April 2015, the club has changed its leadership, and is now located at EPCC’s Transmountain campus.
The club is open to students, faculty and the general public.The Toastmasters Club currently has 17 members, including seven officers that help run the club.
Henderson helped rebuild and relocate the club to its current location at 9570 Gateway North Blvd in room 1307.
Meetings are at 5:30 p.m., on every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
The current dues are $36 for a 6-month period and prorated monthly depending on what month guest join.
f the guests are either students or faculty –the school will reimburse half the dues.