Members of the Oklahoma Toastmasters District 16 have joined Toastmasters from around the world at the 79th Annual Toastmasters International Convention taking place at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, in Palm Desert, California.
District 16 Toastmasters are members of some 80 clubs across the state. Representing those members are the "top three" Bob Campbell, District Governor; Matt Branstetter, Lt. Gov. Education and Training; and Edward Engelke, Lt. Gov. Marketing.
Joining them at the conference are members from across Oklahoma including Maurice and Delores Myles, Frank Slane, Denny and Terry Sauders, Hobart and Sharon Richardson, Mike and Kathy Leviant, Paula Gabrish, Bob Campbell, Matt Branstetter, Edward and Janice Engelke, Mahesh Pujari, Dan Murtha, Kris Glenn, and Ben Cox.
Kris Glenn, of Noble, Okla., is member of Distinguished Toastmasters Club and is District 16's representative for the International Speech Contest semi-finals. Glenn competed in his club, and then advanced through the area, division, and district level competitions to have the opportunity to participate on the international level. His speech is inspirational and addresses life's lessons he learned from his dad. He will compete Thursday afternoon against eight other speakers from around teh world for the opportunity to compete at the finals on Saturday.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization currently has more than 250,000 members in 12,500-plus clubs in 106 countries. Since it's founding in October 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million men and women lead and communicate with poise and confidence. To learn more, visit www.toastmasters.org.
A portion of those from District 16 in Oklahoma gather for a photo. Included in this photo are (left to right) (back row) Sharon and Hobart Richardson, Bob Campbell, Matt Branstetter, and Kris Glenn (middle row) Edward Engelke and Kris Glenn's wife, (next row forward) Frank Slane and Janice Engelke, (front row) Delores and Maurice Myles, and Paula Gabrish.