International Toastmaster President George Yen will be the honored guest at the Key Peninsula meeting on Friday. The meeting will take place 8 a.m. at the Key Center branch of the Pierce County Library System, 8905 Key Peninsula Highway in Lakebay.
Yen, of Taipei, Taiwan, is chairman of the board of Great Sequoia Corporation, an international management and trading company based in Taipei. He also serves as the CEO of four international joint ventures. He speaks four languages and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
This will be his first stop as he makes the rounds of Toastmaster clubs in District 32. There will be a fall conference at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, when he will be the honored guest to speak and teach to more than 200 Toastmaster members.
“My Toastmasters training gave me the confidence to stretch my comfort zone,” he said. “It has sharpened my clarity and power in thinking, speaking and writing.”
As international president, Yen is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide the organization to fulfill its mission.
There are four Toastmasters clubs in the area — two in Gig Harbor, one in Key Center and the other at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.
“It’s like having the Pope come to your meeting,” Lt. Gov. William Paul said.
For more information, call Paul at 253-884-1498.