I gave an “Ice Breaker” talk at Bose Speakers Toastmasters last week. I entitled my talk “A Christmas Carol” because I used the theme of spirits of past, present and future to describe who I was and where I hoped to go. It was like acting out photos from my past including 1972 on stage with the Boston Ballet performing “The Nutcracker Suite,” 1974 sitting in my junior high art class, 1985 graduating from Northeastern University with a BSME, 1997 going to my first quilt show, 2007 when my grandmother told me to share my quilting with the world before she died. The spirit of Christmas present found me as Program Chair for Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild, President of the Board of Directors of Holliston Cable Access Television, creator and producer of “A Quilter’s Touch”, teaching quilting at various shops and guilds. What does the future hold? I hope to write and give a humorous and educational talk to be enjoyed by quilters and non-quilters alike. I hope to see my children and husband in the audience some day so they can see me lift the spirits of those in the room with my talk.
I’ve learned a lot through my Toastmasters experience. I continue to work on vocal variety.