Campbelltown Toastmasters prepare for special 1000th meeting celebrations

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE: Campbelltown Toastmasters members Wayne Hooper, Christine Best, Zoe Norris, Danielle Halliwell and Bob Norris are prepared to celebrate the club's 1000th meeting. Picture: Simon Bennett

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE: Campbelltown Toastmasters members Wayne Hooper, Christine Best, Zoe Norris, Danielle Halliwell and Bob Norris are prepared to celebrate the club's 1000th meeting. Picture: Simon Bennett

A group of Campbelltown residents are ready to toast a significant milestone.

The Campbelltown Toastmasters Club will hold its 1000th meeting on Wednesday, February 20.

The club was formed in 1977 and has helped countless Macarthur residents improve their speech skills over the past four decades.

Club member and Kearns resident Wayne Hooper said it was “very special” to reach 1000 meetings.

“There are very few Toastmasters clubs in Australia still around after 40 years,” he said.

“Hundreds of people have been through the club and have improved their communication skills.”

Mr Hooper said the Toastmasters’ mission was to provide mutually supportive and positive learning in which every member had the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills.

He said in turn, these skills fostered self-confidence and personal growth.

Mr Hooper said the club wasn’t just about speaking more fluently – it also focused on developing leadership skills.

“The Toastmasters are a community club,” he said.

“Some people stay with the club for a year to get experience, while some are stalwart members who want to help others coming through.”

Mr Hooper joined the Campbelltown group about four-and-a-half years ago.

His friend had recently died and Mr Hooper needed to conduct the eulogy – a role he didn’t felt confident about.

“I had heard about the Toastmasters and decided to look around,” Mr Hooper said.

“The hardest thing is to get people through the door and to overcome their fear of speaking.”

The Campbelltown Toastmasters meet every second Wednesday night at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

Mr Hooper invited all Macarthur residents to come along to the 1000th meeting on February 20 from 7pm.

Highlights will include a dinner and live entertainment.