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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monashee Toastmasters

Why You Should Join Toastmasters?
by Sonja Peters

"It isn't just about giving better speeches anymore–the group is helping advance careers and train tomorrow's leaders."       Anne Fisher


Twelve years ago my boss suggested that I teach workshops.  I looked at him with fear and simply said no.   You see, I was afraid of speaking in front of a small group, let alone a big group of people.  Back then I was shy and wouldn't say a word to anyone and when I did my heart would begin beating quickly, my face would turn bright red and I would freeze.

Can you relate to this?  Perhaps you are afraid to talk in front of people (audiences or co-workers) or perhaps you would just like to hone your speaking skills.  Speaking during interviews, strata meetings, club meetings, workshops or weddings can make anyone nervous.

Twelve years ago a friend suggested that I attend a Toastmasters meeting.  I bravely attended a few meetings as a guest and I found a friendly, supportive, educational and safe environment.  I joined my local club and over the years I have attended many meetings, practicing my speaking (communication), listening and leadership skills.  Now I teach adult education workshops and compete in Humorous speech contests.  I can speak to people with confidence and my face doesn't turn cherry red anymore (well at least not as often).   I have also gained many life-long friends by attending Toastmasters meetings.

Toastmasters provides me with the opportunity to attend conferences where I pick up tips that help me in my personal and professional life.  Conferences also give us an opportunity to see Toastmasters from around the world compete in speech contests.

Join us!
It would be our pleasure for you to be our guest at our meeting.  
We promise you a fun and supportive atmosphere to help you thrive!

Meeting Information: Monashee Toastmasters
Meeting time:             every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
Our next meets are:     December 13 and January 10|
Location:                     White Valley Community Center (Lumby, BC)

For more information visit

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Better at Home program

Are you a senior 60+ who lives independently at home but needs some modest help with a few tasks? The North Okanagan Better at Home Program offers transportation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, minor home repair and light yard work. An exciting new service offering friendly visiting has recently been introduced. Volunteer positions are also available!

Cost is based on what is affordable for the senior.  The program is funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Please contact Lisa or Penny at NexusBC: 250-545-0585. Website:

Supplies to Guatemala

Local Lavington residents, Denis & Eileen Nogue would like to thank everyone who has made a donation, we have raised over $12,000.00. towards the shipping of a 40 foot container with over 1 million servings of donated Gleaners food and medical supplies to Guatemala. The Nogue's will be working with Mision Hispana  and will be implementing a much needed feeding program at a public school as well as feeding the most vulnerable and poor. If you would still like to make a financial contribution, 100% of the proceeds will be used towards the project.  Tax receiptable donations can be made to Lavington Fellowship Baptist Church, (marked Container Project)  9681 School Rd., Coldstream, B.C. V1B 3G4. 
For more information contact Denis or Eileen at 250-545-1672 or email