Army Materiel Command’s top leader, Gen. Ed Daly, recognized the AMC Toastmasters Club for receiving the Corporate Recognition Award from Toastmasters International. (From left to right: Daly, AMC Toastmasters Club President Jesse Barber and Secretary Rontario Hicks) (U.S. Army photo by Doug Brewster)
Army Materiel Command’s top leader, Gen. Ed Daly, recognized the AMC Toastmasters Club for receiving the Corporate Recognition Award from Toastmasters International. (From left to right: Daly, AMC Toastmasters Club President Jesse Barber and Secretary Rontario Hicks) (U.S. Army photo by Doug Brewster) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Army Materiel Command’s top leader Gen. Ed Daly recognized the AMC Toastmasters Club for receiving a corporate-level award May 21.

The club received the Toastmasters’ Corporate Recognition Award. Only about 14 of these awards are given each year, according to Jesse Barber, the club’s president.

Toastmasters is a network of clubs that offer opportunities to practice public speaking, improve communication and build leadership skills. The worldwide organization has 364,000 members in more than 16,200 clubs, found in 145 countries.

“This is about an effort for people to introspectively look at how they can become better,” Daly said.

According to Barber, the Corporate Recognition Award program provides an opportunity to recognize long-standing and dedicated corporate sponsors in the district.

“Toastmasters International has examined AMC's Toastmasters Club and found some unique characteristics not found in other clubs with respect to club management, member development, and support to the district,” Barber said.

The AMC Toastmasters Club chartered in 2016. Barber said the club has won Toastmasters International highest club honor, President's Distinguished, every year since then. It has also placed in the top three every year in the district’s speech contest.

AMC’s club is focused on areas including self-development, building collaborative teams and productivity, Barber said.

To learn more about Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org.