Westlake resident wins 2 speech awards

Monica Reusser

Westlake resident Monica Reusser won not one, but two Toastmasters Area 40 speech contests in February. Representing Westlake-based Westside Advanced Toastmasters, she competed Feb. 13 against four other Area 40 clubs.

Reusser won the International Speech Contest with her speech, “A Reckoning,” the story of a mother finding and reuniting with her adopted child after 38 years. She also won the Tall Tales Contest with “A Dream Come True,” the fanciful tale of three wishes from a genie – one of which was to advocate for individuals with ADHD.

She will compete against clubs in Toastmasters Western Division in April. Meanwhile, when she’s not winning speech contests, Reusser is usually working as an economic editor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, sewing or practicing her violin.

Westside Advanced Toastmasters is an affiliate of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit www.toastmasters.org.

Marilyn Mongeon Quill

Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR, is a seasoned marketing and public relations consultant with Goldberg, Quill & Associates, LLC.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.02.2021