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Toastmasters present top awards

  • From left are Carolyn Waterstradt, Kelly Berendsen, Noreen Savage, Tricia McDonald and Martha Moore. All have earned Distinguished Toastmaster status.

Posted on March 04, 2013

Five people who are members of the Toastmasters Allendale Club were recognized for achieving the organization's highest honor.

The Distinguished Toastmasters are Kelly Berendsen, executive assistant, President’s Office; Martha Moore, senior accountant; Noreen Savage, administrative assistant, Brooks College Dean’s Office; and community members Tricia McDonald and Carolyn Waterstradt.

Berendsen serves as Michigan’s West Division governor for Toastmasters; Moore is a past area governor. Savage said joining Toastmasters and learning to be an effective public speaker opened new job opportunities for her.

Grand Valley has two Toastmaster clubs: one meets Wednesdays at noon in the Kirkhof Center, the downtown club meets Thursday mornings in the DeVos Center. For more information, visit

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