April District 10 Member Spotlight: Lenroy Jones, ACG, ALB
Lenroy began his Toastmasters journey by helping charter Big Blue Toastmasters at the University of Kentucky in fall 2014. He became an official member on January 1, 2015 when the club officially chartered.
He is a charter member of Thursday Night Toastmasters in Green and calls it his home club.
Lenroy is also currently a Club Coach and a member of the Mount Vernon Club.
Highlights and Accomplishments:
Lenroy was an Education Presenter at the District 10 Spring Conference in May 2018. His session, “Millennials in Charge? The New Voice of Toastmasters in the 21st Century,” emphasized engagement of the younger member, the power of Pathways, and club growth by engaging the millennial generation.
He is currently serving a second term as the District 10 Southern Division Director.
Lenroy is working to achieve Distinguished Toastmaster in the traditional Toastmasters program, thanks to inspiration, education and encouragement from Lisa Newberger, DTM and Lenard Taylor, DTM.
In addition to achieving ACG, ALB, he has completed Visionary Communication Level 4 (VC4)
Working with Toastmasters in Higher Education:
As the Executive Director of Career Services at Ashland University, Lenroy is working toward chartering club 44805 at the University.
Lenroy strongly believes that Toastmasters gives college students a Competitive Advantage and that Pathways was built for an academic environment. As college graduates go into their careers, Toastmasters develops competencies that many companies look for including:
- Leadership skills
- Ability to run meetings
- Socializing and networking
- Event planning and
Service as a Leader:
Lenroy’s famous line when there is a need for volunteers is “I’ll do it!” He rolls up his sleeves and learns as much as he can working on projects. He enjoys getting to know people along the way! He’s volunteered time working registration and during Toastmasters Leadership Institutes since becoming active in District 10.
When District 10 switched to a virtual platform and called for Zoom trainers and volunteers, Lenroy raised his hand and said “I’ll do it!” He has a passion for training and helping others.
He takes the crawl-walk-run approach to encourage others to keep moving forward, to not give up and that someone will help them along the way. He attributes his approach to volunteering his time and talent to Toastmasters to his mentor, Steve Lanham, DTM (Lexington, KY). Lenroy said, “Steve is an encouraging leader who has always made himself available to answer questions and give insight on any topic.” Steve was an Area Governor and a two-term Governor for Bluegrass Division E Toastmasters, District 40. Lenroy appears to have followed in his mentor’s footsteps as a Division Director today.