Toastmaster Tribute

Toastmaster Tribute

In memory of International Director William Snader, DTM

In August, at age 57, newly-elected Region 8 International Director William Richard Snader died unexpectedly. A longtime Toastmaster who served as District 66 Governor in 2004-2005, Snader received many honors and recognitions for his dedicated leadership and service to Toastmasters International. His home club was Franklin County Club 3822 in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

Snader’s volunteer service didn’t stop at Toastmasters. He also was active in his community, church and chamber of commerce, and held memberships and leadership positions in Rotary International and the United Way. He was a member and lector of Christ Episcopal Church and a U.S. Army veteran with service in the Vietnam War. He also was a volunteer for services involving the visually impaired.

Professionally, he was the Vice President of Operations and a member of the corporate board of directors for Ronile, Inc., in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Snader earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and in 1995 he graduated from the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School at Harvard University.

Snader will be missed by friends in Toastmasters the world over, but especially by his partner, Kenneth Ours, their three daughters and a son, a twin brother and members of his extended family.

As an International Director candidate, Snader’s motto was “Make Your Mark.” On his Web site, he wrote in his vision statement: “Every day we Make a Mark. Empowered by our core values, we ensure that this mark improves the quality of life and the human spirit... I encourage each of you to join with me in Making a Mark for a better world.”

This motto is a fitting description of a man who made his mark on the Toastmasters organization as well as on all those who met and knew him. Says International President Chris Ford: “The name says it all. When I think of Will, I think of will – his unrelenting will and passion to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. The world of Toastmasters is in better shape for having had Will Snader as one of us!”

Johnny Uy, Immediate Past International President, says: “Integrity, Service, Respect and Excellence. These are Toastmasters International's core values. These are also the four words that come to mind as I think of Will. The Board of Directors will miss his wisdom, and the world of Toastmasters will miss a great leader and mentor.”

Here are some sample tributes to Snader on a Web site in his honor at

“Will was a mentor, leader and role model for all of us in Toastmasters. Countless goals were met, improvements made, new skills learned and work completed because of this one energetic person. He was not only a great Toastmaster; he was a great friend, and I will miss him dearly.” 
                    – Laura Francis, DTM • Valley Easy Speakers 

“Will’s legacy lives on in the GE Salem Toastmasters club. He had the unique ability to see our innate potential and pushed us to realize this. He taught us by example, and we saw how fulfilling life is when we always strive to live up to our full potential… We are eternally grateful to Will, who helped us be all that we can be.” 
                    – Jerry Keast, ACB, CL • Spear and Gear Toastmasters

“Will was one of the most positive, encouraging people I’ve ever met, and I believe that’s why he was such an inspiration. That inspiration will live on through the many lives he’s touched, including mine. The world is a better place because of Will.” 
                    – Leslie Coty ATS • Highland Toastmasters