Randie Ellington of ARPB Toastmasters Club 8933 has been installed as the newest governor of Area D30 in Toastmasters District 57 for 2012 – 2013.
Ellington, who is originally from Oakland, is an East Bay Commercial Real Estate broker. He has been a member for over 30 years of Toastmasters, the world’s largest organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development.
The area governor supports the growth and success of the clubs and members in their area. Responsibilities include visiting each club at least twice a year and chairing the area council.
Randie Ellington, Area Governor and Test Speaker Esther Chambers from East Bay Toastmasters.
“Even though I had an MBA in business, good communication and listening skills were not part of the curriculum, Toastmasters (TM) provided me with that extra edge to be competitive,” said Ellington.
“In the early 80s, I was an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in Southern California. Although I had to give management briefings, as part of my work, my presentation skills were underdeveloped,” he said.
“When I attended my first TM meeting, I found the whole experience to be warm and supportive. That was in 1982, and I have been a member ever since.”
Ellington credits TM for his increased confidence. He also says that it has helped him to seek leadership roles in several professional and service organizations, including the Association for Computer Machinery where he was elected chapter president. He also volunteered to participate in the Youth Motivational Taskforce program to speak to Los Angeles area high school students.
The Area D30 Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contests will be held on Thursday Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at EBMUD, 375 11th St. in Oakland. The public is invited, and admission is free.
ARPB Toastmasters Club 8933 meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Oakland. For information visit www.arpbtoastmasters.org.