Valley Toastmasters is meeting in person again after gathering online earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, which had been holding its meetings once a week through Zoom for the health and safety of members, meets from 6:15 to 7:30 a.m. Thursdays. The club, which has about 17 members, had previously been meeting at the Church of the Beatitudes on west Glendale Avenue but the rent on the space increased so it was seeking another venue, as of press time.

As long as there is interest, Valley Toastmasters will keep providing a hybrid-style meeting where some members meet in-person and others communicate through Zoom, said Aly Perkins, vice president of public relations for Valley Toastmasters. A benefit of the virtual model is Toastmasters members from other states and countries have been able to participate in the meetings.

There is a $20, one-time membership fee to join Valley Toastmasters, with the funds going to Toastmasters International. After joining, it costs Valley Toastmasters members $69 twice a year or $139 per year, with $90 per year of that membership cost going to Toastmasters International. The dues were reduced earlier in the pandemic since the club did not have to pay a rental charge to use the church room.

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