HEMET: Toastmasters president is volunteer of the year - Brian W. Jones

HEMET: Toastmasters president is volunteer of the year

Linda Berry, president of Millennium Toastmasters Club 414 holds the trophy she received as the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. Linda Berry, president of Millennium...

oastmasters Club 414, was named the Ares Volunteer of the Year by the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce.

Berry received a trophy and certificates of appreciation and recognition from Hemet Mayor Robert Yousseff, San Jacinto Mayor Mark Bartel, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, California Assemblymen Brian Jones and Brian Nestande, state Sen. Bill Emerson and Congressman Raul Ruiz.

The Ares award is given each year to a chamber member who has contributed to the well-being and improvement of the community. The chamber held its 10th annual Olympus Awards on Friday, June 14,at the Community Christian Church in Hemet, where the award was presented.

Berry, of Hemet, volunteered time not only to promote the Toastmasters but at chamber meetings and functions and community events and projects throughout the year.

Berry is an entrepreneur specializing in business marketing. She has been a Toastmasters International member since 2010 and has served as club president and vice president for education, membership and marketing. She is currently the area governor for Area C6 and assistant Division C governor of marketing.

Berry led her club to win the Chuck Weck Award for 2012-13 for best public relations and publicity at the District 12 Conference in Temecula in May 2013. The club took first place among more than 120 clubs in the district to win the “Promotion Excellence” award and traveling trophy.

On Sept. 1, the Millennium Toastmasters club celebrates 35 years of service to the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley. The club has been nominated two years in a row for the “Hestia” Non-Profit of the Year award with the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Olympus Awards.

Toastmasters International includes more than 199,000 men and women in more than 9,300 clubs in more than 70 countries. The Millennium Club meets at 6:29 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Valley View Recreation, 901 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto.