Toastmasters International Recognizes (Canton) GlenOak’s Nick Bollas

Submitted for OHIOspeaks by Vicky Nann, Toastmasters International District 10 Public Relations Manager

On Saturday, April 16, Toastmasters International District 10 (Northeastern Ohio) will present Canton-area resident Nick Bollas with the Communication and Leadership Award 2015-2016.  The Communication and Leadership award is presented by the District to a person in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader.

Toastmasters International District 10 is recognizing Mr. Bollas’s decades-long outstanding achievements in promoting public speaking and leadership.

Nick Bollas

The award will be presented at the Toastmasters District 10 spring conference at noon at the Johnson Center, Malone University, in Canton.  The address is 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton.

A graduate of Mount Union University and Kent State University, Mr. Bollas has been a high school speech coach since 1974.  Since then, he has coached thousands of students, including 254 students who qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) tournaments, and hundreds who went on to compete in the Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) state tournaments, where seven of them won in their event competitions.

Mr. Bollas has received the Diamond Award, the NSDA’s award for coaching success, three times.  He has earned the NSDA’s bronze, silver, and gold District Chair citations.

Mr. Bollas served on the board of the OHSSL for 15 years, and was elected chairman of the board for three years.  He was inducted into the OHSSL Hall of Fame by his peers in 2006 after decades of successful coaching and mentoring other speech coaches.

About Toastmasters District 10: District 10 comprises more than 100 corporate and community Toastmasters clubs in Northeastern Ohio and is one of 96 districts world-wide.  To learn more about District 10, please visit:

About Toastmasters International: Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.  Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries.  Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

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