Dana Point Resident Earns Highest Education Award In Toastmasters International
(Dana Point, CA) A Dana Point resident has been honored for the achieving the highest education level in Toastmasters International, a public speaking and leadership organization.
Gwen Earle was awarded Distinguished Toastmaster at a ceremony held on February 5, 2015 at the Coastmasters Toastmasters Club in Dana Point where she has been a member since 2008. Gwen is the 2012 recipient of the Terry McCann Award for exemplary leadership in the community. The award is named after Terry McCann, a gold medal Greco Roman Olympic wrestler who was a member of the Coastmasters Club for many years and was the Executive Director of Toastmasters International.
At the Coastmasters Club, Gwen has served as President, Vice President of Membership and Secretary. In South Orange County, she recently achieved both the Area and Division Governor of the Year by leading over 25 local clubs to exceptional results in the Toastmasters educational program. Currently she is serving as Secretary for Founder’s District which manages over 200 Toastmasters clubs and about 3500 members in Southern California.
The Distinguished Toastmaster award is extremely difficult to achieve, according to local members. Candidates must give over 40 speeches from various Toastmaster manuals, serve as an officer both in the Club and Founder’s District, sponsor and/or mentor new clubs and organize a public service leadership project in the local community. It typically takes 8.5 years to achieve.
“Gwen is a remarkable lady and a talented leader,” said Charles Gruening, current president of the Coastmasters Club. “She is an inspiration to all of us in the club and we are extremely proud of her. Becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster is a rare achievement.”
Gwen administers the dispute resolution program for the Better Business Bureau in Orange County. At the Orange County Bar Association, she is an associate member of the alternative dispute resolution section. She and her husband have been Dana Point residents for 15 years.
To learn more about Toastmasters or find a local club, visit Toastmasters International. The Coastmasters club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. in the O.C. Sailing and Events Center in Dana Point. Visit Coastmasters to learn more.