Cascade Toastmasters of Yakima has a member who's being called one of the most distinguished Toastmasters in the Pacific Northwest. According to a news release Debra Kroon is the recipient of h the “Select Distinguished Excellence in Growth and Membership Award” at the International Toastmasters Convention held in Denver, Colorado in August. (Only 8 of the 119 districts throughout the world received this prestigious award.) The news release says "Kroon served as the District #9 Club Growth Director for 2018-2019.  Her duties were to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Six new Toastmasters Clubs were chartered between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 in the district. Most recently added was the Yakama Dream Talkers club, sponsored by the Yakama Nation at Toppenish.
Kroon has been a Toastmaster since 2002 and continues as a district leader, this year serving as the Program Quality Director.  She is a member of Cascade Toastmasters Club, in Yakima, as well as a member in both Advanced Clubs in District 9: Audible Experience and The Faculty Club."