By Senators Horn and Fraser


     WHEREAS, It is the policy of the Washington State Legislature to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals and organizations that reflect standards of excellence that enhance the well‑being and quality of life of the citizens of the state of Washington; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International is a leading movement in making effective oral communication a national and international reality for all persons; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International, through its member Toastmaster Clubs, helps men and women of all ages learn the art of speaking, listening, and thinking, vital skills that promote self‑actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of all mankind; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International, through its member Toastmaster Clubs, provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop the communication and leadership skills which foster self‑confidence and personal growth; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International member Toastmaster Clubs usually meet each week for one to two hours and usually contain three main elements:  Prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and evaluations of speeches which provide feedback on the positive aspects of the speeches and friendly suggestions for improvement; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International, through its member Toastmaster Clubs, benefits individuals, companies, communities, and countries by providing potential leaders in all walks of life the skills, discipline, and confidence needed to succeed; and

     WHEREAS, Toastmasters International currently has over 8,500 member Toastmaster Clubs worldwide made up of approximately 178,000 members with over 3,500 members in the state of Washington, and is growing by approximately two-hundred and  fifty  new members worldwide each day;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate honor the Toastmasters International, and its member Toastmaster Clubs, for the contributions they have provided the citizens of this state; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all persons be encouraged to participate in the beneficial programs Toastmasters International provides through its member Toastmaster Clubs during Toastmaster Week, February 3 through February 9, 2002; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Karen Evons, DTM, Past District Governor, Toastmasters International, Washington State Toastmasters Club, District 2.


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8723,

adopted by the Senate February 6, 2002.





Secretary of the Senate