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Welcome to 2017! The new year is such an exciting time - it always feels like the perfect time to renew commitments to ourselves and others, to take on new challenges to meet our goals for the year and to reflect on what worked and didn’t work in the past 365 days.

At Lincoln Road Toastmasters, we’ve had a great year. Our club changed locations in June, which was a bit of an undertaking. But we are now nicely settled into our new home at 170 Erb Street West in Waterloo, ON, and very happy with our location. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and would love for you to visit if you are in town.

Through the fall season, we had a number of our members away from the club for extended periods of time for work projects. Our club president, Kelley McIntyre, who was working over several months in New Brunswick, joined our meeting every week via skype! This was a challenging undertaking for us, leading to much experimentation with the available technology. Plus this was quite a commitment for her, as the time difference meant she was up later than us every Tuesday night.

The technology was a bit iffy at times but by the end of her time away, we had it all worked out and it was an interesting project for our group. We are now ready to go if we ever have members that need to be away for extended time periods but want to keep on attending our weekly meetings.

That said, we are very glad Kelley and the other members are all back on Waterloo soil (for now) and are able to attend meetings in person. It is definitely more enjoyable for them to attend in person.

To start out the new year on a high note, our club is hosting a Speechcraft program from January 24 - February 28th. We hope to bring a taste of Toastmasters to some new members in our community and potentially entice them to join us for the rest of the year, once they have completed their first 3 speeches in the program.

If someone you know is looking for a Speechcraft program in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, be sure to send them our way. Here is the link to sign up!

We are looking forward to a great year at Lincoln Road Toastmasters and we wish the same for you and your club in 2017!

Julie Tauro

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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