Cottonwood Toastmaster Cindi Freshour Captures Area Prize

From left to right: Minda Fernish, Division C Governor; Cindi Freshour, Toastmaster; Russ Steele, District 39 Governor

Cindi Freshour of Cottonwood took first place at the Toastmasters Division C Competition in Willows October 1, 2011. With one year of Toastmasters experience Cindi has taken top honors at the club, area, and division level; competing against 13 other clubs to win first place on October 1, 2011 and now advances to compete at the District Conference later this month in Redding.

A member of Redding’s newest Toastmasters Club, Toast At Noon (TAN) Cindi is the first toastmaster from TAN to reach this level of competition. The Toastmasters District 39 Fall Conference on October 28- 29th is to be held at the Holiday Inn, Redding, CA. 100s of Toastmasters will gather for educational workshops, training and speaking contests. At this level, Cindi will be competing with contestants from Nevada and the bay area. The format for Table Topics is speaking extemporaneously – a topic is assigned when the contestant enters the room.

At a recent club meeting, Cindi mentioned that she “I am just a little speechless… but am very pleased to be representing TAN at the next competition.” She is a Self-Advocacy Coordinator for We Care A Lot Foundation supporting people with disabilities to run their own community based organization called People First. She has 6 beautiful children, several extended family children, and 16 grandchildren. She and her husband currently live on 11 acre ranchette in Cottonwood with a wide array of 2 and 4 legged family members with fur and feathers.

Her home club is Redding’s TAN Club was founded in 2006 and meets every Wednesday at 11:30-12:30 at the Cal Trans Building. For past 4 years, TAN has been awarded President’s Distinguished Club – the highest honor a club can receive. Club members from all walks of life, ranging in age from 20’s to 70’s all share a passion to gain confidence and skill in speaking in any situation. Members have used skills acquired by the Toastmasters process in business situations, job interviews, negotiating, and personal development.

-from press release
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