Thanks to Brian Davidson and Marcia Barney for providing the information on this page.
Northwestern Toastmasters was formed as a company club at Western Electric in 1959.
During the 1960's the Club was the Top Club in District 37 (North Carolina) for three consecutive years. The seventies yielded the first DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) for the Club and the first District Governor as well as the first member to be elected to the International Board of Directors. Females began joining the club near the end of this decade.
The eighties were speech contest years. One of our members was first runner-up in the semifinals of the "World Championship of Public Speaking." Our members were instrumental in getting a Tall Tales Contest started in North Carolina. A member of Northwestern Toastmasters, as Division Governor, initiated the Area and Division Evaluation Contests and another Northwestern member went "all the way" in these first contestants.
The marriage in 1980 of a Northwestern member to a toastmaster from another new District resulted in a proliferation of new clubs in and around Winston-Salem. Another Member of Northwesternwas chosen Outstanding Toastmaster for the District.
In the 1990s we continued to proliferate and were continuous leaders in the District, even flirting with International Recognition. Two of our members served as District Governor. Several others served as Area and Division Governors. We twice hosted the most successful conferences in our district's history.
As we begin the new millennium our members continue to achieve in both communications and leadership skills as our club maintains the NWTM standard of excellence. This is shown by the awards our Members and Club continue to receive.
Just as an example, one of our members, in the spring of 2003, won the International Speech Contest at the Club, Area, Division and District levels and went on to compete at the Regional, the semi-fianals of Toastmasters International's International Speech Contest.
Some of the awards we have received include: --
(Please note, this list was taken from our Club Banner and is incomplete)
|Home Club of the Area Governor *|
|Home Club of the Division Governor *|
|Home Club of the District Governor *|
|Foundation Award Patch (five)|
|Toastmasters International Phoenix Award patch|
|Annual Club Membership Award (three)|
|Governor's 20 Club|
|1980||Get Into Action Top Club|
|1980||Getting Into Action 1980|
|1980||Governor's Select Club|
|1981||Governor's Distinguished Club|
|1982||Governor's Select Club|
|1983||President's Distinguished Club|
|1984||Governor's Distinguished Club|
|1985||President's Distinguished Club|
|1986||President's Distinguished Club|
|1987||Governor's Select Club|
|1988||President's Distinguished Club|
|1988||District 37 Distinguished Area|
|1988||Anniversary Month Award|
|1988||Getting Into Action|
|1988||District 37 Are You Listening Membership Award|
|1989||President's Distinguished Club|
|1989||Anniversary Month Award|
|1990||Select Distinguished Club|
|1991||Distinguished Club Program - Merit Award|
|1992||Select Distinguished Club|
|1993||Select Distinguished Club|
|1998||Select Distinguished Club|
|1999||Select Distinguished Club|
|2001||President's Distinguished Club|
|2002||President's Distinguished Club|
|2003||President's Distinguished Club|
|2004||President's Distinguished Club|
|2005||President's Distinguished Club|
|2006||President's Distinguished Club|
|2007||President's Distinguished Club|
|2008||President's Distinguished Club|
|2009||President's Distinguished Club|
|2010||President's Distinguished Club|
|2011||President's Distinguished Club|
|* Only one of each is dispayed on our Club Banner|
Note: In 2012 we decided to discontinue this list even though we continue to receive awards - mostly the annual "President's Distinguished Club" plus frequent "Home of the . . ." (Area and Division Governor.)
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