Annandale Campus Starts NOVA’s First Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters Club
From left to right: Shaunda Durham, Amy Brener, Fran Gedra Greene, Paul White, Karen Bontrager and Eugene Yu.

On September 12, the Oral Communication Center at the Annandale Campus held a Toastmasters International Demonstration Meeting. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization focused on developing leadership and public speaking skills. More than 30 people attended, including three members of the local Northern Virginia Toastmasters community: President of George Mason University Toastmasters Club Amy Brener, Area 29 Toastmasters Governor Fran Gedra Greene, and Distinguished Toastmaster Paul White. The demonstration meeting was a simulated Toastmasters meeting and gave attendees the opportunity to practice leadership and public speaking skills.

Doroth Raskind
Dorothy Raskind giving an impromptu speech.

If you are interested in improving your oral and interpersonal communication skills, please come to the next meeting on October 17 in CM368 or email NOVA Toastmasters President Shaunda Durham at

NOVA Annandale is the first campus to start a Toastmasters club on campus. NOVA Toastmasters is open to students, faculty and staff.



Amy Brener
Amy Brener giving an overview of Toastmasters International.

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