TACOMA, WA – Mike Marion of Puyallup is the new Program Quality Director for District 32 Toastmasters. Marion is responsible for all aspects of education and training within the district.
Toastmasters District 32 encompasses Alaska and Western Washington from Federal Way to Chehalis as well as the Kitsap, Key and Olympic Peninsulas. The district started the club year on July 1 with more than 1,600 members in 94 clubs, with more clubs being added.
Through self-paced educational programs, Toastmasters shed their fear of public speaking, while gaining organizational and leadership skills that help them progress in their professional and personal lives. Cost for members is less than that of a latte per week.
Marion joined the Good News Toastmasters Group, which meets at World Vision, in February 2011 to improve his listening skills. He earned the highest leadership and communications award, the Distinguished Toastmaster, in 2015. He has served in district offices since 2014. This past year he was president of the Good News Group, and also is a member of two advanced clubs, Pursuing Perfection and Sound Advice.
Toastmasters helped Marion achieve his initial goal of becoming a better listener and more confident speaker. He added, “Toastmasters also helped me network within my own organization, building beneficial relationships with coworkers. More recently, it allowed me to get back to my first love: teaching. There is nothing like helping others achieve their goals. That is my definition of leadership and success.”
Marion works in the Internet Business Unit at World Vision. Before joining World Vision in 2007, Marion taught computer classes. He attended Santa Monica College, UCLA and City University. He and his wife Shelley have one daughter and two grandchildren
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