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Clarence Toastmasters – Clarence Chamber of Commerce – 2018 Organization of the Year

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

COC Award 3-1-2018

March 1st, 2018 – Clarence, NY

Congratulations to the Clarence Toastmasters, Club No. 1495286, as they received the 2018 Clarence Chamber of Commerce – Organization of the Year Award at their 46th Annual Awards Dinner at Samuel’s Grande Manor.

This year’s theme was “Clarence: Back to the Future” and each of the 5 honorees was selected based on their contribution to helping local businesses and others in their community.

There were over 300 guests in attendance at this formal Awards Dinner where they were treated to a great meal and a wonderful video presentation spotlighting all the honorees.

This video presentation was prepared and presented by our own Noel Dill, DTM. Noel is a past President of Clarence Toastmasters and a former Area Director in District 65.

Receiving the Award on behalf of the Clarence Toastmasters was their current club president, Melany Arrison, ACB, CL, along with many of her fellow officers and club members.

Melany and COC Award 3-1-2018

It was a fun event and a great social gathering that helped bring the spotlight onto the many great opportunities that our Toastmasters program provides within the business community and social circles everywhere.

  • Other Honorees Included:
  • Citizen of the Year – E. Peter Forrestel II
  • Large Business of the Year – Picone Construction Corp. – Anthony J. Picone
  • Small Business of the Year – Monkey See, Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore – Kim Krug
  • Lifetime Achiever Award – Robert Lenz – owner of the ASA Ransom House

Club Spotlight

The club in the spotlight is Generally Speaking!

For the past several weeks, Francisca Banahene Past Vice President Public Relations and members of Generally Speaking in Rochester have designed and tweaked an infographic and has ultimately gained approval by Toastmasters International.

Here is a picture of the final product. 

This is a link to the PDF

Francisca will modify the infographic upon request by sending an email to