Everett Ritson Mentorship Award – “Lie Like a Sidewalk”

By Veronica Schroder, CC, ALB & Marilyn Flegel, CC, ALB

Civil Speakers Toastmasters, Regina, SK


It is with great pleasure that the executive of Civil Speakers Toastmasters Club in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada announces the creation of The Everett Ritson Mentorship Award.

Mr. Ritson has been involved in Toastmasters since 1964, where he first joined Forest City Toastmasters in London, Ontario.  He has been an active member of Wascana Toastmasters since 1974, Weekend Wordmasters since 2014 and helped charter Civil Speakers Toastmasters in 2014, of which he is a lifetime member.

Everett Ritson, DTM, with the new award created in his honor

Over the years, Mr. Ritson has achieved the following:  in 1981 he served as Division B Governor (District 42); 1982-1983 as District 42 Governor (that year the District placed 9th in world standings); and he achieved his DTM award in April of 1983. Over the years, Everett has completed his Competent Communicator (CC) manual at least eight additional times and has participated in countless High Performance Leadership (HPL) projects, Speechcrafts and Youth Leadership Programs.

It is evident to all new and experienced Toastmasters that Mr. Ritson’s fifty-plus years of experience in this organization is invaluable.  His encouraging personality is appreciated by new members and demonstrates effective leadership to all.  Everett is a dynamic speaker who is known for his dramatic talks, entertaining stories, fearless Table Topics and colorful jokes. Beside his exceptional speaking abilities, Mr. Ritson is truly at his best when developing and mentoring new Toastmasters.

Mr. Ritson embodies all that Toastmasters International requests from its members:  Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.  His guidance and expertise was instrumental to the successful chartering of Civil Speakers Toastmasters.   The creation of The Everett Ritson Mentorship Award is reminder to practice and pass on the knowledge that Mr. Ritson continues to share with us – a legacy we are proud to honour.

Remember Everett’s tip for success in Table Topics: “Lie Like a Sidewalk”



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