Bunbury Toastmasters holding regular meetings via Zoom

The Bunbury Toastmasters recently held their first meeting via Zoom in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis.
The Bunbury Toastmasters recently held their first meeting via Zoom in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis.

The Bunbury Toastmasters Club was hosting its regular meetings at the Hudson Road Family Centre when the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia.

With their meeting place closing its doors to the public, the members decided to take the club into a new frontier by moving the meetings to Zoom.

"Some of our members had never chatted via video before but we have all quickly become experts at it," Bunbury Toastmasters president Alicia Hitchcock said.

The Bunbury Toastmasters has been around for over 17 years enabling local people the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Regular meetings are usually attended by up to 20 people and their first online meeting saw 10 members willing to take on the new challenge of virtual meetings.

Being able to continue with the learning journey has provided a sense of normalcy in these unprecedented times.

Many members participate in the club purely for social reasons and with self-isolation they may find themselves feeling lonely.

Moving to online meetings has enabled the club to continue to provide an avenue for learning and social connections.

"Bunbury Toastmasters provides an encouraging and engaging environment for people to overcome their fear of public speaking, sharpen their presentation skills and learn effective listening techniques," Ms Hitchcock said.

"Being able to continue to meet via Zoom has enabled us to keep our club going in a time when many social clubs are disbanding."

The online meetings are held fortnightly on a Tuesday.

More information can be found on the club website bunbury.toastmastersclubs.org/ and Facebook page facebook.com/bunburytoastmasters.