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Rejuvenated Toastmasters club named Presidential Distinguished Club

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Two years ago, the FirsTier Toastmasters club was in danger of being suspended due to a low member count. Since then, it has become an illustration of what a club can do when a goal is set and worked towards.

FirsTier Toastmasters is a community club that meets weekly in Downtown Lincoln and works as a team to help each member become not only a better speaker but also a better leader and individual. The club was founded in 1985 as a corporate club for the FirsTier Bank but has since then become a community club welcoming anyone who wants to join.

Throughout the years, membership has maintained steady until a few years ago when there was a staggering drop and the club was reduced to only 7 members. There was concern that the club was no longer sustainable. In the past two years that has all changed and the club is at 20 members strong and still growing.

In 2014 the leadership team sought to get the club back to a good standing. A few membership events brought membership back above the minimum, but the club wanted more. Toastmasters International provides educational milestones for individuals and clubs to present different types of speeches and fulfill leadership roles.

In May 2015, new members took office and brought forth a new set of ideas and energy. The team created some new tools and motivators to encourage members to renew efforts towards their educational and personal goals that they had set within Toastmasters. The club has now achieved more goals than anticipated and will be recognized as a Presidential Distinguished club - a first in club history.

The recognition provides even more motivation to the members and shows other area Lincoln Toastmaster clubs what can be achieved with an ambitious mindset. For more info. about FirsTier Toastmasters, visit http://5949.toastmastersclubs.org or attend a meeting. We meet every Friday at noon at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M St., on the second floor in room 220.

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