Toastmasters Club president Patti Hansen presents Rob Tuttle an award.
DUNEDIN – The Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club 2166 will mark its 40th anniversary this year.
In honor of the occasion, a dinner party will be held on April 26, 6 p.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, a proclamation by the mayor of Dunedin, and several local speakers.
The Dunedin Toastmasters Club was chartered in April 1974 with help from Clearwater Club 3087 and Carl Keltner. In 1990, the club was renamed the Donoghue-
Dunedin Toastmasters Club for Beatrice and Flip Donoghue, who were largely responsible for its continued success.
Although Toastmasters International changed its by-laws to include women, the Donoghue-Dunedin Club was the first in Florida to accept women members.
“Since its beginning, the club has been dedicated to helping people become better speakers and leaders. Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen presentation skills,” said Patti Hansen, club president, in a news release. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one’s confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener,” said Hansen.
Some of the club’s notable achievements over the last 40 years include earning the president’s Distinguished Award 17 times; the highest award available for a Toastmasters club. In 2011, club member Terry Babb won the Toastmasters District Humorous Speech Contest, and in 2012 member Kate Chamberlin placed first in the 2012 District Speech Evaluation Contest.
George Nigro, a longtime member of Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters, earned the accredited speaker; one of 65 in the world and three in Florida.
Chartered with 11 members in 1974, Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club 2166 is located in District 48. The club is a local chapter of Toastmasters International, which has more than 280,000 members in more than 13,500 clubs in 116 countries. Club 2166 members and guests meet every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unity Community Church, 1315 Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin.