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Toastmasters: The Ultimate Personal Challenge

Huntsville - Madison - Decatur - Florence Toastmasters Clubs

By Janice Bijvoet, MS, CC - Redstone Toastmasters Club

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What more might you accomplish professionally and personally if you conquer your fear of public speaking-and improve your listening, leadership and logical thinking skills in the process? If you learn to present your views more persuasively and give (and take) constructive criticism more graciously, might you become a better manager or mom? Local Toastmasters challenge you to find out.

A nonprofit, educational organization, "Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through our member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change." Check out toastmasters.org for information, inspiration and local club listings.

Local Clubs Welcome Guests

With thirteen local clubs to choose from, why not begin realizing your dreams? Visitors are welcome at regular meetings and special events. (And don't worry, guests are never asked to speak!) Drop by or call a club representative for more information.

Huntsville Meetings

  • Club:
  • Hi-Noon Club
    When: Tuesday (weekly) at Noon
    Where: First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive, Room 342.
    Contact Info: Pam Tejes: 655-8571 or pam.tejes@comcast.net

  • Club:
  • Harry Jaffe Club
    When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
    Where: Islamic Mosque, 1645 Sparkman Dr NW.
    Contact Info: Susie Douglass: 964-4054 or susi.douglass@dynetics.com

  • Club:
  • Mason-Dixon Club
    When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Eleanor Murphy Library, 7910 Charlotte Drive.
    Contact Info:

  • Club:
  • Research Park Club
    When: Wednesday (weekly), 11:30 a.m.
    Where: US Army Engineers & Support Center, 4820 University Square.
    Contact Info: Pam Fuqua: 895-1284 or pamela.m.fuqua@hnd01.usace.army.mil

  • Club:
  • Speakeasy Club
    When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Meteor Restaurant, Hwy. 72 East.
    Contact Info: Susie Douglass: 964-4054 or susi.douglass@dynetics.com

  • Club:
  • TBE Nooners Club
    When: Thursday (weekly), 11:45 a.m.
    Where: Teledyne Brown Engineering Bldg. 1.
    Contact Info: Bob Palik: bob.palik@tbe.com

    Madison Meetings

  • Club:
  • Intergraph Club
    When: 1st Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.
    Where: Intergraph Corporation Bldg. 20, Rm. 301.
    Contact Info: Peter Wang: 730-8942 or peter.wang@intergraph.com

  • Club:
  • Redstone Club
    When: Tuesday (weekly), 6 p.m.
    Where: Radisson Inn, 8721 Madison Blvd.
    Contact Info: Janice Bijvoet: 774-2982 or RedstoneTM@aol.com

  • Club:
  • Tennessee Valley Club
    When: 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
    Where: Radisson Inn - 8721 Madison Blvd.
    Contact Info: Noel Donlin: 859-0034 or nandolin@mindspring.com

    Redstone Arsenal Meetings

  • Club:
  • NASA Lunar Nooners Club
    When: Tuesday (weekly), 11:30 a.m.
    Where: MSFC Bldg. 4610 Cafeteria.
    Contact Info: Ellen Jones: 544-6616 or ellen.jones@nasa.gov

  • Club:
  • Strategic Speakers Club
    When: Tuesday (weekly), 11:30 a.m.
    Where: Werner Von Braun Complex, Bldg 5220.
    Contact Info: Claudinette Purifoy: 955-8452 or Claudinette.Purifoy@redstone.army.mil

    Other Area Meetings

  • Club:
  • Speaking Easy Club
    When: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 5:45 p.m.
    Where: Java Jay's Café, 1713 6th Ave. SE, Decatur.
    Contact Info: Dean Crafton: 233-1880 or dcrafton@charter.net

  • Club:
  • Florence Club
    When: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6 p.m.
    Where: Florence-Lauderdale Public Library - 350 N. Wood Ave., Florence.
    Contact Info: Adam Dickerson: 383-1468 or Doctoradam@peoplePC.com
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