MONROE, CT — Elizabeth Reed, of Monroe, was recently named Toastmaster of The Year for 2020-2021 for Toastmaster District 53, an award recognizing her work training club officers and promotion and assistance with speech contests, as well as mentoring and recruiting efforts for the entire district.
This is not the first time Reed has been honored by the organization. Last year, she received the District 53 Spirit of Service Award for Outstanding Service. Reed is also a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Within Toastmasters International, District 53 includes Connecticut, Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts and has members in over 135 Toastmasters Clubs throughout the region.
Reed has been a Toastmaster since 2008 and is a currently a dual member in Monroe-Trumbull Toastmasters and Shelton Toastmasters clubs. She has and still does serve in various club officer roles in both clubs and served as past Area Director in 2016-17 and Division Director in 2017-18.
In these latter roles she was recognized for her contributions in growing the district through new club building and mentoring fellow Toastmasters in completing requirements to earn their Distinguished Toastmasters Awards. This is the highest educational award that can be earned and bestowed upon a Toastmaster from Toastmasters International.
Each local Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive learning experience where members develop communication and leadership skills resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. The Monroe-Trumbull Toastmasters club has been helping members overcome fear of public speaking and become better leaders since 2003.