Essex Toastmasters Celebrates 60th Anniversary..Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia kicked off the festivities with a short speech

Friday, January 12, 2018

Essex Toastmasters Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Bloomfield Mayor joins current and former Essex Toastmasters Presidents at the celebration


BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Thursday evening, the Essex Toastmasters, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, celebrated its 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Bloomfield Civic Center. Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia kicked off the festivities with a short speech. In addition to Mayor Venezia's opening remarks, former club presidents and members recognized the club’s past awards, reputation within the District, challenges faced, and growth along the way, while toasting to the future of the next 60 years.

Toastmasters International is a public speaking, communication and leadership organization that formed officially in 1925. There are over 500 local chapters of Toastmasters and Toastmasters-affiliated public speaking clubs in the Tri-State area.

“As an elected official, I understand the importance of being confident in one’s public speaking skills. Like many other skills, public speaking is honed throughout the course of one’s life, and I commend Toastmasters for providing adults of all ages materials and strong teaching resources with which to improve their public speaking skills,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “Essex County and surrounding area residents have clearly demonstrated their interest in utilizing the resources that Toastmasters International provides, and the Township of Bloomfield is proud to host Toastmasters meetings.”

Toastmasters meetings are aimed at helping people of all ages and vocations to work on overcoming fear of public speaking while strengthening listening, team-playing and leadership skills that aid their professional and personal success. “Our club truly fosters a positive and encouraging atmosphere where individuals are provided with the opportunity to develop skills and become part of a supportive and diverse membership group,” said Essex Toastmasters President Oscar Marin.

The Essex Toastmasters club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center. Guests and new members are always welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit

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