By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Gloria Golike, Senior Public Information Assistant for Mojave Water Agency, was recently presented with the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, in recognition of her achievements in communication and leadership. The DTM is the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.
“Toastmasters has helped me in so many ways. It has given me so much confidence, not just in speaking, but in several areas of my life,” said Golike.
The DTM requires the completion of multiple levels of speaking and leadership competency following the educational program outlined by Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.
Golike joined Toastmasters in October 2007, and her achievements include serving as Toastmaster District 12 Area Governor twice, and mentoring a new club in Barstow.
“I had a huge fear of speaking in front of an audience and someone recommended Toastmasters, but I was too afraid! But when my former supervisor set it as a goal, then I basically didn’t have a choice if I wanted to excel in my job,” said Golike.
“Gloria pursued the Distinguished Toastmaster designation with great purpose and determination. This achievement exceeds the Toastmaster organization, in that it has given her the skills and confidence in her public information role with the Mojave Water Agency, as well as other endeavors in the High Desert community. I am very proud of her,” said Yvonne Hester, Community Liaison Officer with Mojave Water Agency, and Golike’s current supervisor.
Golike is a member of the Butterfly Tamers Toastmasters Club which meets Mondays at 7:00 a.m. at the Apple Valley Conference Center. Other clubs in the area include the Yak Pak which meets alternate Tuesday evenings at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as evening clubs in the Phelan/Pinon Hills area and Barstow.
“Now that I have achieved my DTM, I look forward to mentoring other Toastmasters to achieve their DTM as well,” said Golike. “It gives me so much pleasure to watch a beginning Toastmaster grow in confidence as they develop their communication and leadership skills.”
For more information visit http://9501.toastmastersclubs.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.