- Dr. Ernestine (Tina) Balderrama Kubicek, DTM
- TravTalk Toastmasters of Austin
Dr. Ernestine (Tina) Balderrama Kubicek was a Distinguished Toastmaster long before the designation was established within Toastmasters International. Forty-five years ago, Ernestine Balderrama Porter became a member of the GTE Toastmasters Club in Brownwood, Texas but she could not get a membership certificate because she was a woman. How strange that sounds today. After nine months of numerous letters between GTE and Toastmasters International, Tina received her membership certificate in January 1973. and became the first Toastmaster under a woman’s name.
“I am a creative visionary who sees everything as an opportunity to learn, grow and accomplish,” said Tina, TravTalk Toastmaster's Vice President of Public Relations. “The Public Relations Award was an opportunity for our club to have a rebirth by updating its branding.”
“As VPPR, the first thing I do at the beginning of the Toastmaster year is look at the Promotions page on the District 55 website. I click on every promotion and always make a quick to the point format with steps to accomplish each promotion by its deadline. When members get involved it becomes a win-win for all.”
Dr. Kubicek is the founder of Tina B. Kubicek & Associates, LLC, a coaching and branding firm that helps Executives, professionals, and political office candidates master their skills in speaking and fielding questions. She has been a consultant to major corporations and government groups. Her book, “The Art of Toastmastering: 7 Steps to Becoming a Successful Speaker” is planned for a December 2017 launch.
The core of TravTalk is its members. At a recent meeting, Darcy Rendon, who has been a member for almost a year, said it beautifully, “We have built trust in our Toastmasters group. We feel safe sharing personal life stories affecting us and our loved ones such as surrogacy, heart surgery, death, and grief. We have past officers, present officers, and each member to thank for creating and contributing to a culture of trust. We support each other in our public speaking goals while accepting each other authentically as holistic individuals.”
A Ralph Smedley Award winner and President’s Distinguished Elite Club, TravTalk Toastmasters was chartered as Club #4418 on June 1, 1997.
This outstanding club won $25 in District 55 Buck$.
Entry for the 2nd Quarter Public Relations Award is December 31. Find Eligibility Requirements under the Promotions Tab.