Toastmasters to Stampede Calgary

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Toastmasters International, the world's largest educational organization
devoted to teaching public speaking skills, will hold its 77th annual
convention Aug. 13-16 at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta,

    Nearly 1,500 silver-tongued members from around the world are expected to
attend and do what Toastmasters do best: talk, joke, orate, educate and
motivate each other. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13,
with a keynote address by Canmore resident Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian
to climb Mt. Everest. Canadian media personality and diplomat Pamela Wallin
will receive Toastmasters' most prestigious award, the Golden Gavel, for her
contributions as a communicator and leader. She will speak at a luncheon in
her honor on Thursday, Aug. 14, at noon.

    The four-day event, hosted by Toastmasters from clubs throughout Alberta,
will culminate with The World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday
morning, Aug. 16. In this contest, 10 speakers representing regions throughout
the world will be judged on content, speech organization, voice quality,
gestures and style. There are no topic restrictions on the five- to
seven-minute speeches.

    Throughout the week, various experts on communication and leadership will
share their secrets to personal and professional success. Formerly tongue-tied
Toastmasters, who by their very example demonstrate the potential of the
Toastmasters program, will lead most seminars.

    Toastmasters International has helped four million people develop their
public speaking skills since the organization's humble beginning in Santa Ana,
Calif., in 1924. This year, Toastmasters International celebrates its 84th
anniversary with more than 230,000 members in 92 countries, including 68 clubs
in Calgary alone.

    For information about Toastmasters or clubs in the Calgary area, visit
the meeting locator at


For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Frey of Toastmasters International,

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