New Board Takes Over Helm of Toastmasters Of Westfield

WESTFIELD—Toastmasters of Westfield, the area’s premier public speaking club, is pleased to announce a new slate of officers for the club’s 2009-2010 year, as well as their special “Kids Night” meeting Aug. 6.

The new officers are:
President: Ed Cruikshank, Westfield
VP Education: Robin Patric, Whitehouse Station
VP Membership: Lori Sandler, Springfield
VP Public Relations: Allison Inserro, Metuchen
Treasurer: Tony Surace, Scotch Plains
Secretary: Anne Baker, Westfield, and Marie Morrison, Cranford
Saergent at Arms: Patti Phillips, Berkeley Heights and Jerry Nezaria, Kenilworth
Past President: Alison Strack, Bloomfield


Cruikshank, the new president, has been a member of the club for 10 years and was previously treasurer of the club for the past two years.

In addition, the club is hosting its annual Storytelling/Kids Night on Aug. 6. The evening is chaired by Westfield resident Anne Baker and starts at 7:30 p.m. (a departure from the usual time). The night will feature fun, lighthearted stories and speeches designed with children in mind.

“We cater the storytelling event to appeal to all ages and have every family come and learn what Toastmasters has to offer,” said Baker, whose 11-year-old son, Matthew, is a frequent guest and speaker at Toastmaster meetings.

Toastmasters of Westfield welcomes prospective members at any time and guests are welcome to visit a meeting before joining.  The club meets every first, second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. at Sunrise of Westfield, 240 Springfield Avenue.  For further information, visit or call Allison Inserro at 732-516-985

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