Forrest Tuff Named Toastmaster of the Year
Thursday, Feb 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Forrest Tuff, has been named the Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year by the Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters (GTTM) Club. The award recognizes one member whose educational accomplishments, club service, dedication and enthusiasm are exceptional.
"I feel so fortunate to have received this amazing award," says Tuff. When I first joined Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters in 2017, I wasn't aware of this recognition. My goal was to grow my professional speaking career. However, after only two years, I am honored to be named Toastmaster of the Year."
Forrest was also the Division A (DeKalb & Gwinnett) Humorous Speech Champion, and producer of his club's Wow!Factor contest video. The Toastmasters International Wow!Factor contest encouraged individuals and clubs to showcase "why" they are Toastmasters. GTTM was selected as a winner and highlighted during the Toastmasters International Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.
If a Toastmaster is good, they can morph between roles and run a conference, awards ceremony, charity function, trade show or any other kind of event that requires people facilitation. A toastmaster can be a master of ceremonies, but a master of ceremonies can only pretend to be a toastmaster.
Forrest Tuff pictured with the current GTTM club president, Cindy Smallwood
"Being a Toastmaster is something I chose", says Tuff and even today I am blown away by the success and pleasure I get from it." Forrest says his goals in the near future are to become a Distinguished Toastmaster (highest education level) and an Accredited Speaker (paid professional). Only 1% of Toastmasters become DTMs and there are only 80 Toastmasters globally that have achieved the Accredited Speaker credential since the program started in 1981.
Throughout its history, Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 364,000 members in 145 countries, through its 16,200 member clubs.