Excelsior Advanced Club No. 3247 was chartered in 2000 by 20 Toastmasters members who had achieved ‘Competent Toastmaster’ status;
i.e., their first speaking manual. The club focused on improving skills in advanced manuals and offered round robin evaluations in addition
to an oral evaluation for each speaker. Initially, the club was thriving, with a membership around 20; however, membership waxed and waned
over the years,
making Excelsior coach-eligible (12 or fewer members) in 2009. In their 10th year, Excelsior, under the successful coaching arrangement with
Mary Mirable (new DTM!) and for a time co-coach Win Suseno, gained 5 new members and achieved Distinguished Club status. See the related
article under the “Coaching Corner”.
This club deserved to celebrate! What makes this club special? At least 7 members are Distinguished Toastmasters (Judy Lloyd, Nancy Swartz,
Joyce Feustel, Alan Swartz, Laura Rayle, Gordon Savage, and Mary Mirable)…several Excelsior members have achieved multiple DTMs! These folks
Toastmasters dedicated to a lifetime of learning. Four members have previously served District 26 as District Governors (Nancy Swartz, Judy
Lloyd, Joyce Feustel, and Alan Swartz).
The 10th anniversary party was hosted by Judy Lloyd, Tom Lloyd, and Nancy Swartz.