Merrimack Motivators becomes newest chartered Toastmasters Club

The newest Toastmasters Club in New Hampshire was chartered in a ceremony held Thursday, May 14, in Merrimack and presided over by a delegation of high-ranking officers from the International Toastmasters organization.

Mike Storkey, of Australia, first vice president of Toastmasters International, and Patricia MacNevin, of Canada, District 45 governor, presented the club charter certificate to Merrimack Motivators Presiding President Laurie Heidel and conferred Toastmasters Club 4680273 to the group.

The newly chartered club is part of District 45 of the Toastmasters International Organization.

Individual certificates were also presented to each of the 20 charter members of the club.

“My advice to you as a new club is to be careful not to become too club-centric,” Storkey said.

“Now that you are chartered, you should visit other area and district clubs and take advantage of all the programs made available to you by the international program.

“You will get out of this experience what you put into it.”

Now that the Merrimack Motivators has been chartered, Heidel says the next order of business will be to elect officers.

“I’m excited about the future of this dynamic group,” she said. “We’re all passionate about the professional skills being honed and perfected here, and want to pass the torch on to others to share in the light and ignite their futures.”

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters meets for an hour at 7 a.m. Thursdays in the Matthew Thornton Room at Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road. The public is always welcome to attend as a guest.

For more information about Merrimack Motivators and how to join the group, visit www.merrimack

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

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