Sometimes we are blessed in life by unusual circumstances. Or, to put it another way, we get lemonade when life hands us lemons. Such is my current reaffiliation with the Southlake Toastmasters of Southlake, Texas. According to its website, Toastmasters boasts 364,000 members from 145 countries around the world. Participating in Toastmasters helps develop and hone our organizational, leadership, and communication skills. I have been involved with the organization off and on since taking my first speech class in college many moons ago.
Southlake is a northern suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. Under normal conditions, they meet at 7:00 Monday mornings at the Southlake Town Hall. (Yes, I am very much a morning person!) When I relocated from Keller to Houston in early 2016 I had to discontinue my membership for about 285 logistical reasons. Now, due to gathering restrictions courtesy of COVID-19, Toastmaster clubs around the world have pivoted to virtual meeting formats. Not only does this allow me to rejoin the Southlake group I have missed so much, but it also facilitates visiting Clubs from all over the world! See? Lemonade!
Several years ago, I added a page called “Toastmaster Speeches” to this website. I was happy to log on this morning and update that page with the Icebreaker speech I offered this morning. Although COVID has forced much of normal life to be placed on hold, I am thankful for the technology that allows us all to remain connected to some extent. To be sure, virtual meetings have their limitations, but in these trying times the technology is a Godsend.
What are you doing to maintain normalcy as we fight this pandemic? Life is short. And we’ve got to keep living it.
Soli DEO Gloria!
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