Bill Truitt, DTM
On the radio as a successful Disc Jockey for WIST pop music radio in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill Truitt was told by his boss, “You need to join Toastmasters”.
Bill noted that there is a big difference between sitting alone in a studio in front of a microphone and public speaking. “I needed to become a more confident public speaker,” added Bill.
He joined his first Toastmasters club fifty years ago (October, 1967). Work had him move to five different states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Illinois and Georgia, where he would promptly join a local Toastmasters club and subsequently become a club officer.
Receiving his Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM) in the 1980’s Bill noted that he had seen many changes through the years in the Toastmasters education program and is curious to try the new Pathways learning system.
Reflecting on the changes through the decades Bill said, “In the 70’s Toastmasters had 15 projects in the Communications track and no manual for leadership. In 1973 women were allowed to join and it wasn’t until 1986 that the first woman became the International President. I’ve seen many changes but the club meetings are still the same. You get up to speak and are evaluated.”
When Bill’s work took him around the country or overseas he would make it a point to visit a Toastmasters club. “I’ve been to clubs in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy and Germany,” he pointed out.
Bill is a member of the Executive Club that meets Tuesday nights 7:15 pm at Turner Chapel in Marietta. “It is the people and how friendly they are that keeps me coming back each week and through the year,” concluded Bill.