Toastmasters Visit MtAiry Squadron


The Mount Airy Squadron was privileged to have 3 Toastmasters visit the squadron to instruct cadets and seniors in public speaking. One of the main objectives was to prepare the cadets to Civil Air Patrols’ speak off competition in February.

Rob Hill, Mervin Bierman and Lana Ray provided instruction to the cadets on the following topics: How to structure, write and eloquently deliver a speech.  Lana Ray explained how the clock works and the importance of adhering to the competition rules. The toastmaster’s not only taught throughout the evening they had cadets and senior members give impromptu speeches on random topics.

During Q/A period C/CMSgt Weinhold asked Mr. Bierman “How did you get involved in Toastmasters?” Mr. Bierman explained how in school he wanted to differentiate himself from other students. To help accomplish this this he took a public speaking class which led him to Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 292,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations

The Civil Air patrols speak off competition is for cadets of all ages and skill levels. Categories include prepared speech and impromptu for both beginner and advanced candidates. Participants are encouraged to invite their family to watch the competition.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. The Mount Airy Squadron meets every Thursday from 7-9 at the Mount Airy Senior Center. Please contact 1st Lt Sherrie Weinhold at 301 829 3603 or

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