Toastmasters District 64 Governor Scott Winning (left) presents Gerald Allen, of Brandon’s Sky-Hy club, with the George Craigie Memorial Award for his commitment at the local level. (SUBMITTED)
Brandon resident Gerald Allen has received an "unsung hero" award for his commitment to the Toastmasters movement.
A dedicated member of the Sky-Hy club, one of three Toastmasters clubs in Brandon, Allen was one of four annual honorees chosen for their dedication through immense volunteer commitment and service.
Nominated by the 1,500 members of District 64 (the 109 clubs of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario), recipients receive these awards at the annual Harvest Your Potential spring convention.
At this year’s event in early May, District Governor Scott Winning presented Allen with the George Craigie Memorial Award.
This award recognizes members who don’t normally enjoy recognition, but whose contributions have focused on their home club, through the encouragement of membership growth and retention, while continuing to contribute to the District wherever possible — an unsung hero award.
Allen has served in leadership positions both on his own club executive and beyond the club as an Area Governor. For the past 10 years, he has encouraged all members to keep the club vibrant and active by inviting guests to attend and find out what Toastmasters can do for them.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2012