Prison Clubs

Prison Club Management Team

Sherri Raftery, DTM, PDG – District 31 Prison Club Liaison

Allen Supynuk – District 31 Prison Club Coordinator

George Manoogian, DTM – District 31 Prison Club Advisor

Prison Club Locations

Bob Rosenberg
Bay State Correctional Facility – 500 Colony Road Gardener Mass, MA

Free Spirits Toastmasters Club
MCI Shirley Medium Prison – Shirley, MA

New Beginnings
Old Colony Correctional Institution – 1 Administration Rd Bridgewater, MA

Sisters Mastering Correct Communication
South Middlesex Correctional Center – 135 Western Avenue Framingham, MA

Voices of Victory Toastmasters Club
MCI Concord – 965 Elm St Concord, MA

Phoenix Toastmasters Club MCI
Norfolk Prison – 2 Clark St Norfolk, MA

DOC Volunteer Handbook


Prison Club Volunteer Training

Would you like to become a Prison Club Volunteer?

All volunteers must be current Toastmaster Members in Good Standing

There are only two requirements to be eligible to volunteer in a prison

  • Complete District 31 Prison Club Training
  • Complete Massachusetts Corrections Volunteer Training

If you would like to learn more about District 31 Prison Clubs,  volunteer or donate please contact:

Sherri Raftery, DTM, PDG

Sherri Headshot
District 31 Prison Club Liaison

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Sherri Raftery, M. Ed., DTM, PD31G earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Theatre & Communications from Emerson College and a Master’s in Education from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Sherri and has been a member of the Rumney Marsh Toastmasters Club # 8431 2005 and was the 2009-10 District Director (District Governor) serving Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island where she earned several leadership and public speaking awards including the Excellence in Marketing, Excellence in Education & Training, Excellence in Leadership and Distinguished District Governor and three (3) Distinguished Awards . In addition, Sherri received the North Shore Community College “2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award” and the East Boston Times “2014 Woman of the Year”.

Sherri hosts and produces “Helping YOU Take Center Stage” – Public Speaking and Leadership Tips at Revere T.V. which airs in surrounding communities, is the Drama Club Coordinator at Northeast Regional Metro Technical High School, where he daughter Sabrina will complete senior year (Class of 2016!) and is on the Board of the Theatre Company of Saugus as the Corresponding Secretary.

Sherri was honored by the Home for Little Wanderers, is a Board Ambassador and speaks out as a former “little wanderer” as live testimonial raising funds and awareness for the Home. Sherri is currently writing a children’s book called “Almost Adopted“.

George Manoogian, DTM

George Minoogian DTM
District 31 Prison Club Advisor

In the beginning for me anyway here’s the rest of the story. In 1988 a new prison in Bridgewater, MA opened and some inmates from other prisons that had Toastmasters clubs transferred there. They asked the staff about starting a club there. After the staff or inmates contacted District 31 officials, I was asked to help with the club seeing I live close by.

That started my 27 year journey of helping prison clubs. First by starting them and getting the materials they needed. Then year’s later helping with fund raising and getting their dues paid to International. It was a challenge to find out who was in what club and where they were transferred to.
Now, they years have changed the system of helping the inmates. Whereas Toastmasters is a very powerful and self-running program in most of the prisons. Normally, if no volunteer is present, no meeting. Toastmasters is one of the very few exceptions.

Now, I’m down to visiting four prison clubs, two I visit weekly, some less often. The goal is the same: If I can help just one person from returning to prison then my goal has been met.

All the best,
George Manoogian, DTM

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