Lindy MacLaine, pictured here with her third place trophy from the 2020 Virtual World Championship of Public Speaking, invites the community to the next Skwim Toastmasters virtual meeting set for Tuesday.

Lindy MacLaine, pictured here with her third place trophy from the 2020 Virtual World Championship of Public Speaking, invites the community to the next Skwim Toastmasters virtual meeting set for Tuesday.

Sequim Toastmasters to kick off 2021 with stories, humor

SEQUIM — Though the group will continue to meet virtually for now — a carryover from 2020 — the Skwim Toastmasters looks to make a fresh start in 2021 with stories and laughs at their next meeting.

The group hosts the “What Was I Thinking??!!”-themed get-together from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Zoom. Pre-register for the free meeting at Buried Story2.eventbrite.com.

Distinguished Toastmaster Lindy MacLaine, who placed third in the world in the 2020 Virtual Word Championship of Public Speaking with her speech “Your Buried Story,” invites the community to join the fun.

“We’re taking a light-hearted approach in our first meeting of the New Year,” MacLaine said. “We’ll share our ‘What Was I Thinking??!!’ stories — effectively ‘clearing out the old’ to make room for the new.”

There will be two scheduled speakers: Distinguished Toastmaster Kyle Hall, who placed third in the 2003 World Championship of Public Speaking, and Skwim Toastmaster Judy Stein.

Each will receive a speech evaluation — the Toastmasters’ method of skill building. Also scheduled is 30 minutes during which the audience can share their own “What Was I Thinking??!!” story in 1 to 2 minutes.

MacLaine said the strength of the club’s connection to each other with its continued meeting via Zoom has been powerful.

She said that, after she told her award-winning speech many times, she gave it a new ending.

“My winning speech recounts my experience of telling the story of something I would have preferred to have kept hidden,” she said.

Skwim Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

In “normal” times, the Sequim club meets each Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place in Sunland, 135 Fairway Drive.

Learn more about the club at 907529.toastmastersclubs.org.

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