Profiles in Leadership: Uplifting Action

By Brenda Smull, DTM There’s plenty of talk about leadership and coaching these days. There’s a plethora of speeches, seminars and training sessions about how to be an effective leader but nothing beats seeing it in action, week after week by a dedicated member of your local Toastmaster club! Words are one thing but tireless action... Continue Reading →

Profiles in Leadership: Author and Road Scholar, Katrina Shawver

By Brenda Smull The Ahwatukee Toastmasters club is fortunate to have a number of accomplished authors in its ranks and is proud to announce that one of its members is now a Road Scholar.   Katrina Shawver, author of the book “Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America” has recently been... Continue Reading →

Toastmasters in the Community: Capturing the Moment

By Brenda Smull Sharing the emotion and meaning of the moment in unique and creative ways, Steve Smull has been behind the scenes with his camera and flash at countless Toastmasters, veteran and community events chronicling important occasions, messages and achievements.   He considers himself an Image Documentarian who enjoys recording milestones and experiences with... Continue Reading →

Be BOLD, Go Big

By Gary Yamaguchi What’s the boldest step you’ve ever undertaken? Fair question… But first let us define what a really bold step would be. It’s doing something audacious, something so far out of your comfort zone, that you don’t have any idea how you’ll react when you get there. I’ve taken many such bold steps... Continue Reading →


By Don W. Griffith, DTM After a Toastmasters meeting last summer, I was talking to my friend, who many years ago had volunteered as “Big Brother” to a boy in need of guidance and a steady influence in his life. That young man is now an adult who unfortunately has had serious run-ins with the... Continue Reading →

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