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New Meetup: Special Toastmasters Meeting - District Governor to Speak

From: Penelope B.
Sent on: Sunday, June 7, 2009 7:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Toastmasters!

What: Special Toastmasters Meeting - District Governor to Speak

When: June 10,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The District Governor-Elect, Mary Neff, will speak at Lexington Toastmasters this Wednesday! Come and hear the top leader in our District, and participate in a full meeting as well.

Here's a taste of Mary...

In addition to being a leader, Mary has also had a career as a Toastmasters speech contestant, landing on the District 46 stage eight times, three in International Speech, and five in Evaluation, with a third place evaluation trophy.

Mary Neff joined Toastmasters in Austin, Texas, in late 1979 when she already had too much to do: she was working full time as a software engineer at IBM's development lab in Austin, and at the same time she was completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin. She was recruited for Tejas Toastmasters club #966, the oldest club in Austin, by a married couple pair of friends who knew more than she did what she needed to gain self confidence and grow. Toastmasters was a life changing experience! Not only did she experience a growth spurt, she also learned that busy people can always make time for one more good thing.

After complaining with her friends about how the same people were being scheduled for the same meeting assignments over and over, she wrote the first ever Toastmasters meeting scheduling program on her friends' Apple II computer and ended up becoming Vice President Education and newsletter editor (example of the squeaky wheel). This was the beginning of two (of several) Toastmaster careers: one as club Vice President Education (held many times in many clubs) and one as volunteer software engineer for clubs and for District. After being transferred to New York in 1983 and joining Westchester Toastmasters, she wrote a data base application on her IBM PC/AT for generating district directories from data bases and ran it for six years, culminating in a District 46 Toastmaster of the Year award in 1991. Dedication or masochism, she wasn't sure which.

Outside of Toastmasters, Mary is a competition photographer, intrepid world traveler, foreign language sponge, family genealogist, and webmaster for the Neff Family Historical Society. She grew up in Arizona, went to graduate school in Austin, and looks forward to returning to the Southwest. Whatever the future holds, and wherever, she expects to always make time for one more good thing. And Toastmasters is the best!

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