SHERIDAN — Cloud Peak Toastmasters will mark its 16th anniversary Oct., just two days after Toastmasters International celebrates its 95th anniversary.

In honor of the occasion, an open house will take place at The Hub on Smith from 6:45-7:45 a.m. Oct. 24. Members of the public are invited to attend the event to learn more about Toastmasters and join in a friendly competition. A light breakfast will be available.

“Our objective is to give members the tools and resources to become successful speakers and leaders,” said Nate Liable, Cloud Peak Toastmasters president. “One area of focus is impacting individuals who are just beginning their careers. We provide a fun, supportive environment along with mentorship to help hone their leadership and public speaking skills.”

Loren Ruttinger, vice president of public relations for the club said in less than three years of membership in Toastmasters, he has seen an improvement in his communication skills.

“One of the greatest improvements has been the decrease in my anxiety,” Ruttinger said. “Now, I have no problem giving technical presentations for professional societies, participating in interviews and answering difficult questions, or talking on the phone with a client. These skills have expanded to other areas including my church where I have been asked to give sermons. Once you join Toastmasters, you’ll be amazed at all the places in your life that it’ll help you out.”

Chartered with 20 members in 2003, Toastmasters’ northernmost District 26 club continues to meet each Thursday at 6:45 a.m. at The Hub on Smith in Sheridan. For more information about the club, see