Members of the Toastmasters Club at Royal Roads University are joined by a former member through an online feed.

Toastmasters meetings now online, around the world

New format for Royal Roads club allows faraway former members to stay involved

The Toastmasters Club at Royal Roads University has launched a new innovation aimed at enabling members to attend meetings from anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

Brian Dodd, who founded the RRU Toastmasters Club four years ago, said the new approach was made possible because of the Colwood university’s superior communications abilities.

The idea came to fruition because Dodd wanted to help students who joined the club while completing their studies at RRU, but were unable to remain with the club once they returned home.

“We had students from Ecuador who joined and couldn’t continue when they got back home,” explained Dodd, who moved to the West Shore a year ago. “They didn’t get to speak much English once they were back in Ecuador, but now they can continue to sharpen their language skills online.”

Dodd, an entrepreneur with 46 years of experience in computer and accounting programs, describes himself as a software architect always on the lookout for novel ideas.

The RRU Toastmasters Club is also adding meetings on Mondays at noon, to accommodate people who can’t attend the regular Thursday evening sessions.

“Both meetings are now in person and online,” Dodd said.

For more information on RRU Toastmasters, check out royalroads.toastmastersclubs.org.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

 

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