Bill Bevard ACB, CL
Member Since: July 2011
Bill Bevard joined the club with the ultimate goal of becoming more comfortable in both the public and interpersonal speaking arenas. Although he works in finance he has a passion for art and his dream job would be to make stained glass works.
Bill led the club as President to it’s fifth straight President’s Distinguished Status award from Toastmaster’s International in 2014-15.
- If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Spaghetti
- If you could visit any place in the world where would you choose and why? Germany, since I served there in the military
- In three words: Motivated, Enthusiastic, Honest
- If Hollywood made a movie about your life who should play you? Jeremy Renner
Valerie Chapman Cassano CC
Member Since: January 2014
I work as Performance Analyst at the Colorado Department of Human Services. I joined Parker Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills and to become comfortable speaking in front of groups.
- Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, caring, genuine
- What are your favorite hobbies? Spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, and hiking.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I love to travel and have a great time anywhere I go as long as I’m with family and friends.
Eric Dunham DTM
Member Since: August 2010
Eric Dunham has been an active member of Parker Toastmasters since 2010. As VP of Education (2011/2012), he set the vision for the Parker Toastmaster’s Speaker Bureau which launched the Summer of 2012, introduced debate night and created several opportunities for members to grow their speaking and leadership skills. His enthusiasm for life spills into his membership with the club. He has served as club President, VP of Education, Area Governor/Director (2013/2014), Denver Division Governor/Director (2014/2015) and is the founding Sponsor and past President (2013/2014, 2014/2015) of Rock The Dialogue (RTD) Toastmasters program at the Regional Transportation District.
Eric joined Parker Toastmasters to improve his confidence in delivering speeches and presentations. In 2014, Eric achieved Toastmasters’ highest award of, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). He credits Parker Toastmasters for much of his success; “The support of my friends at Parker Toastmasters made the journey an experience I will never forget.”
His passion is about building people up and realizing their true potential; inspiring them to climb from rut to walking the strut in life and professionally. He speaks on leadership and is a workshop facilitator.
- What thought or message would you want to put in a fortune cookie? “Success doesn’t come from a cookie…go out and earn it”
- In three words: Spontaneous, Adventurous, Determined
- What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? Hiking, backpacking and climbing fourteeners. Colorado is the greatest state in the Country!
Member Since: May 2011
Although Bruce Ekin’s day job is that of a Software Representative his interests reach beyond the computer industry: music & concerts, humanitarianism, hiking & camping, bike riding and golf round out his list hobbies. An active Toastmaster in the 90′s, he rejoined the club to relearn old skills and have some fun. He joined the Parker club in May 2011 in order to polish what he’d already learned in years past and improve upon his speaking and leadership skills. With a cache of speaking and specifically Toastmasters speaking experience under his belt, he has been called upon to manage duties often assigned to longer-standing members. Ekins takes full advantage of the wonderful Colorado climate by golfing in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter, and walking his two Cairn Terriers all year long. He has been a resident of Parker since 1994.
- If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Indian Food
- What thought or message would you want to put in a fortune cookie: “Life is like an iceberg–most of it is hidden.”
- If a movie were made about your life who would play you? Johnny Depp
Joanna Knott, DTM
Joanna Knott joined Parker Toastmasters in September of 2009 and served as the VP of Education, President, Club Treasurer, and the District 26 Treasurer.
She has received the Distinguished Toastmasters Award in February of 2014.
“Public speaking and leadership skills are necessary and critical for someone who strives to become successful business professional and leader,” says Knott. When her manager suggested Toastmasters International, she wasted no time.
Knott moved from Poland to the U.S. in 1999 after graduating with an MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Krakow. English is her second language and joining Parker Toastmasters has helped tremendously in overcoming her fear of speaking in the business environment. “I could not ask for a better group of people who have helped me grow in my public speaking, and have become a source of inspiration” she says. “Each member of the club provides feedback, encouragement, and constructive criticism in a friendly manner.”
Knott lives in Parker with her husband and their daughter, and enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, biking and spending time with family and friends.
- In three words: Caring, Competitive, Curious
- Dream job: Teacher
- What thought or message would you want to put in a fortune cookie? “Dream Big because Dreams Do Come True.”
Member Since: June 2014
Tom Ludlow is a Realtor who joined the club to improve speaking skills, become more relaxed around new people and make new friends.
Tom served as President of Parker Toastmasters in 2015-16, and led the club to it’s sixth straight President’s Distinguished Status.
- What are your favorite hobbies? I like working with my hands, building things and fixing things. I enjoy music and like to buy art. Plus I have a sports car that’s kind of a hobby too, I guess.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? New York City. It’s the most alive, energized, exciting environment I’ve ever experienced
Bill Morgan, DTM
Member Since: 2008
Bill Morgan is proud of his contributions towards the club’s success as a member and as a an officer. Bill has served as VP of Membership, VP of Education, Treasurer and he served as President in 2010-11, when the club earned President’s Distinguished Status.
Bill was the Area Governor of Metro 6 in District 26 in 2012-13 where 3 out of the 5 clubs earned President’s Distinguished Status, including Parker Toastmasters.
Bill had his article ‘The Gracious Guest’ (http://magazines.toastmasters.org/publication/?i=126162&p=26) published in the October 2012 edition of Toastmasters Magazine, inspired by his visits to Toastmasters clubs in Ireland.
Bill earned Distinguished Toastmaster in October 2014.
Todd Williams CC
Member Since: February 2013
I work as Sales Solutions Engineer for Interactive Intelligence. I joined Parker Toastmasters to become more comfortable with getting up and presenting in front of others. I was having to do this more and more at work.
- Describe yourself in 3 words: Easy going, honest, and fun
- What are your favorite hobbies? I do a little golf; otherwise it is Toastmasters or work.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would like to visit Hawaii. We have been to the Bahamas and loved the climate and the fact there is no taxes if we were to live there.
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