Ernest Clark, Jr. Wins Top Toastmaster Award

Ernest Clark, Jr.

Ernest Clark, Jr., a member of the local ARPB Toastmasters Club 8933, is the winner of the Distinguished Toastmaster award.
The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest honor Toastmasters International bestows to recognizes superior communication and leadership skills. To achieve that status, a member must present a minimum of 50 prepared and evaluated speeches, inside or outside of the club.
In addition, the member must serve in leadership roles at the club or district officer level. In recognition of the award, Toastmasters presents a commemorative plaque and a letter of achievement.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization, founded in 1924, has more than 260,000 members in approximately12,500 clubs in 113 countries.
Clark currently serves as the local club’s secretary and previously as club president. A well-known real estate professional in the Bay Area and Texas, he is a charter member of ARPB Toastmasters in Oakland, joining the club 20 years ago when it was originally sponsored by the Association of Real Property Brokers.
According to Clark, achieving the award has been his goal for 20 years. “It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to finally reach this pinnacle in public speaking,” he said.
“Less than 2 percent  (of Toastmaster members) ever complete the requirements for the award.” said ARPB Toastmasters Club President Helen Mayfield.
RPB Toastmasters Club 8933 meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center at 200 Grand Ave.  For information visit