Simply Speaking Toastmasters Club History
The Simply Speaking name was selected by members of the new Aurora club since the clubs goal was not for people to become polished speakers overnight, but to simply be able to speak before an audience and to grow with confidence and poise. To provide a significant benefit to its members the club decided to meet weekly on Thursday evening in an effort to provide unlimited opportunities for members to exercise and polish their communication skills. In 2010, the club adopted their branding slogan "Simply Your Best Speaking Begins Here" created by member David Bounds.
Founded in August 2004 by Dana Morgan and 21 other members, Simply Speaking Toastmasters club was chartered on September 1st, 2004. Since that historic date, Simply Speaking has helped hundreds of Colorado citizens find their authentic voice and to grow as effective leaders
The Colorado Community Church in Aurora Colorado opened its doors to Simply Speaking Toastmasters free of charge as part of an ongoing commitment to assist the Aurora community. While the Simply Speaking Toastmasters Club is not affiliated with the Colorado Community Church, the Toastmasters organization has been of great benefit in the communication and leadership development of church members and non-church members in the community who are associated with the club.
Over the course of time, Simply Speaking Toastmasters has evolved into a diverse club with members from many nations around the world. The members are also diverse in serving in a variety of occupations to include executives, public and private sector professionals, self employed and students. Through their Toastmasters experience and training, many have gone on to become full and part time public speakers, consultants and mentors.
From 2008 to the present, Simply Speaking carries on a proud tradition and a legacy of excellence that continues to inspire veteran and new members alike in achieving their personal best and showcases some of the finest speaking talent not only within the club, but throughout the Toastmasters District. Simply Speaking members have won more speech championships at the Area, Division and District levels than any other club in District 26. This includes the honor of being one of the few clubs in the district to have a member to compete as a finalist in the 2010 World Championship of Public Speaking. These accomplishments earned the Simply Speaking Toastmasters Club the distinction of being called "The Club of Champions".
We aren't just great Speakers at Simply Speaking Toastmasters, we are Leaders as well. Since our start in 2008 we have had members serve as Leaders in Area, Division and District levels including three District Governors (Renamed District Directors).
We also have over 6 members who have achieved the highest status within Toastmasters, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). This is no easy feat and is an impressive accomplishment indeed.
Presidential Line Up
2019-2020: Meredith Myers
2018-2019: Will Robinson
2017-2018: Jim Roth
2016-2017: Maura Thompson
2015-2016: David Jenkins
2014-2015: Sherry Londo-Thomas
2013-2014: Will Osagiede
2012-2013: Cybele Antenow
2011-2012: Tom Marrs
2010-2011: Marcy Brack
2009-2010: Gigi De Gala
2008-2009: Darryle Brown (founding member)
2007-2008: Pam Hertzog
2006-2007: Michelle Bires
2005-2006: Scott Adams
2004-2005: David Ortiz (founding member)