Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Catholic Toastmasters to start in Spokane area

the Inland Register

(From the April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

With the permission of her community, Sister Patricia Proctor of the Poor Clares community in Spokane is starting a Catholic Toastmasters group from the monastery on 4419 N Hawthorne St.

Although Toastmasters is perhaps most famous for helping individuals from all walks of life improve communication and leadership skills, particularly through public speaking, the new group will have a specifically Catholic focus.

Toastmasters, founded in 1924, says it teaches new skills and improves present abilities for speaking, but also listening and leadership.

Typical Toastmaster clubs consist of 20-30 people who meet weekly to learn and practice these skills.

To help organize the new Catholic branch in Spokane, Brenda Pangborn, Toastmasters District Governor, and several other experienced members will present a free demonstration meeting on Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poor Clare Monastery. The meeting is open to anyone 18 years or older who is interested in building greater confidence in speaking and leadership skills is encouraged to attend.

New members to Toastmasters pay a onetime startup fee of $20, which gives them the New Members kit. This kit includes a Competent Communications manual, a Competent Leadership manual and other information. New members will also need to pay their membership fee for a half year, which is $27 (less than $5/month).

For more information, contact Sister Patricia at (509) 327-4479 or by email at srpat@

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