Shirley Doyle, a St. Paul’s Manor Independent Living San Diego Resident, is an advocate for Toastmasters with Manor Residents and with the Community at large. She recently spoke to the Uptown Rotary Group in Hillcrest about the importance of public speaking.
Toastmasters opening pledge of allegiance to the ending slogan is “Speak well. People are listening.” Toastmasters was the brainchild of a Mid-westerner named Ralph C. Smedley. In 1903, after graduating from Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, Smedley took a job as director of education for the local YMCA. Realizing that the older boys who visited the YMCA needed training in communication, he began a public speaking club.
Specialized clubs meet at military bases, colleges and universities, churches and prisons. There are Toastmasters clubs for independent living senior citizens, professional groups, bilingual groups singles and the visually impaired. The age range at Toastmasters runs a gamut from young adults to senior citizens. With a motto of “Listen, Speak, Think, Act” what better venue than in a community of senior citizens enjoying each other’s company in an independent living environment.
Shirley Doyle shows off her Distinguished Toastmaster Award at a recent Career Builders #5223 meeting which are held on Monday nights at St. Paul’s Community Care Center Café.