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Bridge Builders Inducts New Officers

During the July 2, 2019 Bridge Builders meeting, Immediate Past Division E Director Elaine Sommer (second from right) inducted the new officers who will serve the Bridge Builders Club for the 2019-2020 Toastmasters Year.  Pictured from left are:  Larry Avtzis - Sgt at Arms; Christina Kapinus - Secretary; Sharon Catania - VP Public Relations; Shivani Soni - VP Membership; Megan Vining - VP Education and Dick Poirier - President.  Absent from the picture was Jeff Garrison - Treasurer.  Thank you to these officers for stepping up to lead!  

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Seven Years in a Row of Excellence for Bridge Builders Toastmasters!

A Toastmasters Club quality is measured by its level of achievement of goals as set forth by Toastmasters International.  For the seventh year in a row, in 2018-2019, Bridge Builders Toastmasters reached the highest level of President's Distinguished status by attaining 9 of the prescribed 10 goals.  The goals relate to individual member achievement in communication and leadership as well as the number of new members joining the club. Bridge Builders gained 8 new members this past year.  Several goals also relate to officers attending training and to administrative goals.  In recognition of this President's Distinguished accomplishment, the club will receive a special ribbon from Toastmasters International for displaying on the club banner.


Club Officers for 2019-20 Program Year

President:  Dick Poirier

Vice President Education: Megan Vining

Vice President Membership: Shivani Soni

Vice President Public Relations: Sharon Catania

Secretary: Christina Kapinus

Treasurer: Jeff Garrison

Sergeant at Arms: Larry Avtzis

Officers serve a term that starts July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020. 

New Members

Four New Members Welcomed

President Megan Vining (center top photo and left bottom photo) recently inducted four new members to the Bridge Builders Toastmasters Club.  Welcome Christina, Shivani, Simha and Bob!


New members Christina Kapinus (left) and Shivani Soni (right)


New members Narasimha (Simha) Himakuntala (center) and Bob Bannon (right)

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We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.


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