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By San Clemente Times
A San Clemente man has been honored for earning the highest achievement in Toastmasters International, the worldwide public speaking and leadership organization.
Marshall Northcott, of Forster Ranch, was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster designation recently for his exceptional achievements in the Toastmasters communication and leadership program.
The award is given by the worldwide headquarters in Rancho Santa Margarita to Toastmasters who have accomplished all the rigorous speaking and leadership requirements to qualify for the prestigious designation.
Northcott is a member of South County Toastmasters, an evening speaking club in Dana Point that he helped start in 2014. He is also a founding member of Toastmasters of Laguna Beach, a club he helped charter last year.
To qualify for the award, Northcott gave more than 45 speeches from various Toastmasters speech manuals, served as a club and district officer, sponsored and mentored new clubs and organized a public service leadership project in the community.