Toastmasters to present inspirational speeches in Rockport

Mar 08, 2013

Rockport — Frank Carr, Patricia Powers, Bob Ferland, and Tom Dowd, members of the Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, will present a collection of short inspirational speeches Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in A Night of Inspiration and Transformation.

The event, co-sponsored by Rockport Public Library and Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching, is free and will be held at the Rockport Opera House located at 6 Central St.

The hour-long program will feature motivational messages from a group of people looking to hone their public-speaking skills while sharing their extraordinary stories with the local community.

Toastmasters International is a supportive learning environment with more than 270,000 members worldwide aiming to improve communication and leadership skills. The uplifting night will warm hearts with motivational messages titled Rising Above Perceptions, Looking in the Mirror, and Living to Die, Dying to Live, along with stories about Special Olympic experiences, such as, Better, Stronger, Braver, Everybody Has a Dream, and The History of Special Olympics from past and present Maine Special Olympic athletes and volunteers.

Award-winning speaker and author, Thomas Dowd, will have a book signing immediately following the event for his recently published books The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (2012 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention) and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics of Maine.

For more information about the event, please contact Ann Filley at the Rockport Public Library or Tom Dowd at

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