Milestone: Sequim Toastmasters dress the part

When it comes to spooky things, surveys show that public speaking consistently ranks near the top of people’s fears, often higher than death. The Skwim Toastmasters club held its annual spooky Halloween Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4. Pictured, from left, are Terry Barrett, Victoria Kelley, Lindy MacLaine, Craig Barron, Dick Abell, Beverly Morris, Bill Cohill and Don Woelfle.

Through self-paced educational programs, Toastmasters shed their fear of public speaking, while gaining leadership skills that help them progress in their professional and personal lives. Cost for members is less than that of a latte per week. The Skwim Toastmasters club has been helping local residents overcome their fear of public speaking, and become better leaders, for the past decade.

At the Halloween meeting, many members came in costume and speeches were Halloween-themed.

“The evening was ‘spirited and spooktacular’ … I won a prize for Best Costume,” new member Lindy MacLaine said. “But the most fun of all is what members enjoy every week: being a part of growing our speaking and leadership skills in a safe, supportive environment.”

The Skwim Toastmasters club meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at 7 p.m. in the dining room at Sinclair Place, 680 W. Prairie St. Guest always are welcome.

For more information, visit the Skwim Toastmasters website at

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