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Here is WAMU 88.5 AM’s Eve Harder with her radio report on Liberty Toastmasters:

Aaron Fitzgerald is president of the Liberty Toastmasters club.

Aaron Fitzgerald is president of the Liberty Toastmasters club.

After most staffers have left the Russell Senate building for the day, one group of people hangs around to work on matters a little less legislative: counting ums.

The Liberty Toastmasters club meets two Mondays a month to improve their public speaking skills, and they’re just one of more than 120,000 14,000 [sic] Toastmasters International clubs around the world. Ralph Smedly founded the first club in California in the 1920s, and the organization now has branches in more than 115 countries.

Aaron Fitzgerald, president of the Liberty Toastmasters club, says that its members are from all different professions and mindsets, but most of them do have one thing in common: they’re libertarians.

And just like any other Toastmasters club, Liberty Toastmasters follows the same basic structure.

The designated toastmaster of the evening calls the meeting to order, and evaluators, grammarians, and um counters all offer to play critic.

This is all standard procedure for any Toastmasters International chapter. But at Liberty Toastmasters, members have a platform to advocate for libertarian efforts and libertarian ideals.

Libertarians need effective public speakers

Romina Boccia works at a D.C. think tank that requires her to articulate why social security forms are needed. But she also believes she can use toastmasters to push the libertarian movement forward. Continue reading