Toastmasters International’s Smedley Fund

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Smedley Fund

A resident of Juneau, Alaska, Bruce Weyhrauch provides advice and representation to clients on legal issues relating to fisheries, construction, labor relations, marine pilotage, and natural resources development. Beyond his work, Bruce Weyhrauch is active with Toastmasters International, a nonprofit leadership and communication development organization that operates the Smedley Fund.

Named after Ralph C. Smedley, who founded the organization, the Smedley Fund was established in 1965 with the aim of advancing the Toastmasters mission by researching, creating, and delivering key materials and programs dedicated to leadership and communication issues.

The fund creates opportunities, primarily through the development of the educational resources used by its members. The fund also allows Toastmasters to invest in expansion into new regions and support youth initiatives, such as its Youth Leadership Program.

Further, contributions to the Smedley Fund are often used to help those experiencing hardship, including domestic abuse and homelessness, in addition to providing emergency relief to those who have experienced natural disasters or extreme hardship.


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A respected lawyer, Bruce Weyhrauch has practiced law though his own law office in Juneau, Alaska, for nearly three decades. His regulatory and government affairs-focused practice handles a wide variety of matters, including labor relations and natural resources. Bruce Weyhrauch has held positions with the Juneau Port Authority, the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the City and Borough of Juneau Board of Equalization. An Eagle Scout, Bruce Weyhrauch has served as a Cubmaster, Den Leader, Troop Committee Chair, Scout Unit Charter Representative, and on the Southeast Alaska Council Executive Board. After receiving his BS in natural resource planning and engineering from Humboldt State University, Mr. Weyhrauch matriculated at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Environmental Law. His publications during this period include “Operation Exodus: The United States Government’s Program to Intercept Illegal Export of High Technology” (Computer Law Journal, 1986). Maintaining an active presence in his community, Mr. Weyhrauch serves on the Board of the Foundation for End-of-Life Care, Inc. He has also served as an officer or director on the Board of Directors of the Foundation For End of Life Care, Inc.,Chapel-by-the-Lake, Inc., Rotary International, Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc, Juneau Economic Development Council, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, and the AWARE Women’s Shelter.

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