Stonewall’s Lyle Appleyard received the Eric Stuhlmueller award on May 5. From left: David Woodcock (Club Growth Director), Thecla Athayde (Program Quality Director), Sheryl Poirier (District Director) and Appleyard, with his award. (Submitted photo)
A Stonewall man has been honoured for his dedication and leadership as a member of Toastmasters International.
Lyle Appleyard received the Eric Stuhlmueller Memorial Award on May 5 at the Toastmasters District 64 Convention in Winnipeg. “I felt very humbled and honoured to receive the award. I looked at the list of names of some of the people that had won the award before and there were some very distinguished leaders that I had great respect for. It was a real honour to now have my name included amongst them,” Appleyard said, recalling the event.
Stuhlmeuller served as a past president for District 64 before he died. Appleyard explained Stuhlmeuller left a lasting legacy. “I was always told he was a very inspiration leader. So, they created this award to recognize people who have shown leadership inside and outside their club,” Appleyard said.
Appleyard has been a member of the district for more than 30 years and is also a Charter member of Talking Books Club, and Parliamentary Club (now named Winnipeg Achievers Club) and a long-serving member of Quarry Toastmasters.
His journey with the latter club started in the fall of 1987 as a way to help him get over his shy demeanour. “I was always an introverted shy person and getting up to speak in front of a group was a major challenge to me,” Appleyard explained. “When I came (to Quarry Toastmasters), it was something I needed to do for my professional development at the time. It’s something I always needed to work on.”
He decided to stay as a member and soon had a bigger part to play in the club. “As I continued on with the club, I saw other people come in and I saw them grow and I was able to help them grow as speakers and leaders,” he said.
Appleyard noted his experience with Toastmasters has been invaluable. The Stonewall man is still a member of Quarry Toastmasters. The group meets Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m., at the Chicken Chef Restaurant in Stonewall.
For more information on the club drop in or visit 5209.toastmastersclubs.org.Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders, a press release stated.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders, the release added.