Texins Toastmasters was chartered in 1979: over forty years ago. What exciting stories and advice they must have to share. Consider a visit with them for your education and amusement.
David Kago, the current club President, has been in the club for five years. He wants to be a member because of the “To practice and apply formal communication skills in a friendly place” Lisa Alt, the current Vice President of Education, has been a member for four years. She joined “To regularly practice formal speaking skills in a supportive environment.”
Imelda Freddy, Vice President of Membership, has been a member for three years and wants “To improve public speaking skills.” Martin “Marty” Leister, Treasurer and Secretary, has been with them for fourteen years and has held all of the officer roles at one time or another. He continues “To improve my communication skills.”
They attribute their longevity to “dedicated members who keep joining the meeting weekly, the fact that they originated at Texas Instruments and it was well advertised within the company, and, of course, luck.” They have an annual Christmas dinner with gift exchange and occasional meeting snacks.
Their club is special because its members are from diverse backgrounds and they have motivated members who are supportive of each other’s goals and successes. Although COVID impacted their membership, they continue to meet weekly (with few exceptions). They are survivors.
They conduct regular club meetings at The Drawing Board at 1900 Jay Ell Drive in Richardson on Monday nights at 6:00 pm. You may also join them via Zoom as their meetings are in the hybrid form. If you are interested, you may connect with them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is texins.toastmastersclubs.org. You can also check them out via Toastmasters International’s Find a Club site.