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New Toastmasters Club forming in North County 

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The Life Community Toastmasters Club meets Wednesday evenings at 3770 Ruth Way, Templeton.

Toastmasters helps people become more effective communicators and leaders.

–A new Toastmasters International group is looking for members. The group meets Wednesday evenings in Templeton. Toastmaster Jolly Roger Holman, who organized the new club, said the club needs at least eight more members to get its charter. “We have twelve members now. Our membership represents everyone from new speakers starting out to people who have been with Toastmasters for a long time.” Toastmasters International, with clubs around the world, helps people become more effective communicators and leaders.

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Life Community Toastmasters Club, members introduced themselves by giving a short two to three minute speech about why they joined Toastmasters. Heidi McLenithan said her goal is to learn the daily language differences between American English, Oxford English and German. “In Germany we learn Oxford English but its not as interchangeable with American English as you think. I’ve been here for twelve years now, raising two kids and very involved in their schools and volunteer work and I still hear words that are new to me.” McLenithan said her confidence with her language skills is already improving from attending the Toastmasters meetings. “It’s a supportive place to learn.”

The Toastmasters International lists six clubs in San Luis Obispo County, not including the Lite Community Toastmasters Club, three are in North County and three are in San Luis Obispo. “Our club is officially registered as Toastmaster club 5101362. We will be chartered as soon as we enroll our twentieth member,” said Holman.

The new club meets every Wednesday evening 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Life Community Church, 3770 Ruth Way, Templeton. For more information call Jolly Roger Holman at (805) 712-0671.

Other Toastmasters clubs nearby:

  • Estero Bay Advanced Toastmasters, telephone: (805) 238-0524
  • Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, telephone: (805) 235-8567
  • Cambria Toastmasters, telephone: (805) 203-5072


Toastmaster International has more than 332,000 members worldwide in 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by completing speaking projects, which include constructively evaluating other speakers.


About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.