Less than 1 percent of 4 million past and present Toastmaster members have received the Distinguished Toastmaster award, which is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills and have used those skills to help others in their self-development.
Earning the recognition typically requires five to eight years of service to the organization, but Hanchey has been a Toastmasters member for only three years.
She earned the award by giving more than 40 public speeches, performing more than 27 leadership projects and taking various leadership roles within her local Toastmasters club in Johns Creek as well as in the state’s District 14.
She currently serves as the district’s parliamentarian.
“Michelle’s Distinguished Toastmaster designation is indicative of what she brings to every project,” District 14 Gov. Dwight Jones said in a news release.
“She communicates clearly in small group meetings, when she’s giving presentations at our leadership conferences and during training workshops. She sets a wonderful example for all who want to be clear and concise and enhance their ability to listen and evaluate objectively.”
Hanchey will receive a recognition medal at a special awards ceremony during the District 14 Spring Conference Luncheon on April 27 in Stone Mountain.