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88-Year-Old Achieves Toastmasters Award

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BANGOR, Maine –¬†¬† Mary E. Hunter, of Bangor Toastmasters, has achieved the Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award. To be eligible for this award, she completed ten speeches in the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator manual, and ten projects in the Advanced Communicator manuals, including projects on presentations, speaking to inform, speaking on television, communications with news media and others. In addition, the ACB requirement includes serving a minimum of six months as a club officer, participation in the creation of a club success plan while in office, and attending officer training.

Ms. Hunter represented the club at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute in Portland this year as the Sergeant-at-Arms for Bangor Club 897. She has attended two Toastmasters District 45 conferences, one in Rockland, Maine, and the other in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She has served in various Toastmasters meeting roles in the Bangor club, including Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, Grammarian, General Evaluator, and others. She also helped organize a recent Toastmasters Area 5 Humorous Speech Contest.

Ms. Hunter joined the Bangor Toastmasters on November 1, 2002 at the age of 79. She has been a member for over nine years. It took Mary five years to build up the nerve to give that first icebreaker speech. She said that she was very shy and petrified when she delivered her first speech, but with the help of her mentor, she made it through. Her mentor sat with her weeks on end helping her to build confidence, and to get passed her fear of public speaking.

Ms. Hunter was the first African-American to join the Bangor Toastmasters Club and initially was afraid that she might be judged on more than just her speech. She was delighted to find that the membership of Bangor Toastmasters was very helpful, and the Club members truly wanted her to succeed.

Ms. Hunter did not have an opportunity to do the things that many people take for granted, such as attending college, joining organizations or taking music lessons (which she always wanted to do). She spent much of her life in a sheltered world taking care of her family. Living on a farm in the Winterport area, she didn’t have time to read, study, or learn how to play the trumpet.

After her husband’s death, she decided to do something that she did not have the opportunity to do previously, and she joined the Bangor Toastmasters at the age of 79.

Toastmasters International is a worldwide, nonprofit organization teaching skills in public speaking and leadership.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Mary Hunter

Telephone Number: (207)942-9757

Website: http://bangor.freetoasthost.org

Email: mary@maryhunter.org