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Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs Supports Special ‘Toastmasters’ Program to Help Build Communications Skills and Confidence for Veterans

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A special chapter of the worldwide Toastmasters organization is being formed in Montgomery County to help improve speaking skills and build confidence for veterans. The organizational meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Stephen A. Cohen Family Clinic Conference Room at 1420 Spring Street in Silver Spring. Montgomery County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs strongly supports the program as an opportunity to help veterans.

The special chapter is inviting veterans, wounded warriors, transitioning military personnel and caregivers to experience the Toastmasters program that works to build skills in public speaking, job interview situations and experiencing group settings. The program seeks to build self-confidence and maximize potential.

“Veterans sometimes leave military service with issues of various kinds—some obvious to others and some not so obvious,” said Dan Bullis, chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs. “Often not noticeable is the lack of self-confidence that comes in moving to the non-military world. Toastmasters is one opportunity veterans can take advantage of to build the skills and confidence needed to succeed in their next steps in life.”

The Aug. 10 meeting will serve as a demonstration of how a Toastmasters meeting normally runs.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that was established in 1924 and teaches public speaking and leadership skills. It currently has more than 357,000 members in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit

More information about the chapter being organized for veterans can be obtained by emailing

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Release ID: 19-275
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-777-6532