Today is a wonderful day. The sun is shining, and I am reflecting back on the positive energy that was in the room last night as we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Lord Selkirk Toastmasters club.
Attendance at the event was great, and it was terrific to acknowledge the achievements of our members and of our club. I was fortunate enough to have won the Lord Selkirk “Member of the Year” award. First time the club was giving out the award and it was an incredible honour to receive it. (The award was an acknowledgement for attendance at and participation in both local meetings and meetings and activities outside the club, educational achievements, holding an executive position, mentoring members, encouraging guests to join, etc.) In other words … being fully engaged in the Toastmasters spirit.
I can’t be anything but positive about TM. I have seen how it has changed the life of others. How it has helped me. And how, in its own way, it has and continues to make the world a better place.
It has been quite the month for me. Earlier in June I was awarded the “Volunteer of the Year” award by the Professional Writers Association of Canada for the Prairies & North region. That was an amazing honour as well. (See: www.pwac.ca for more about PWAC.)
Everyone who knows me (or who has been reading this blog for awhile) knows how I feel about volunteerism. It is in my blood. (See the March 8/09 and March 17/09 posts for more on that.)
And anyone who was at the PWAC banquet in Toronto on June 4th knows how that passion can turn to tears and make me blather. But I’m working on becoming a bit more reserved — and professional — in such situations. And at least I didn’t cry last night. (A good dose of herbal supplements for women helped.)
Was it coincidence or not? I was wearing the same dress on both evenings I rec’d the awards. From hereon in, it is designated my “lucky dress.” Who knows what will happen the next time I wear it?
The photo above was taken at the PWAC event. I am pictured with my wonderful friends and nominators, Marie Powell from SK on my left and Rusti Lehay from AB on my right.