It is the second Tuesday in the month so there was a Toastmasters meeting at lunchtime. It is the first meeting after handing over the leadership to Sunil.
I just got back from the dentist half an hour before the meeting started and did not rush to be there too early. The meeting began before I realized that nobody had got the club banner. I just managed to set up the video camera and tripod as Sunil was ready to begin the meeting.
After the first prepared speeches, instead of TableTopics, Sunil had people come up to say nice things about me as immediate past president. What a treat! I stood behind the camera, recording it, when he asked me to receive some flowers.
So I set it to view the whole front of the room and went up. What wonderful members! Our new VP-PR came up and told us how I welcomed her when she was feeling intimidated. Ana said this must really be some great meeting if she can manage to subdue her craving for lunch. Thom extolled my virtues of warmth. Then Vojna explained how I had shared my philosophy of dealing with my mother by becoming her mother. Vicky said I was tough and I remembered the time she had a blackout at TableTopics and wanted me to edit her bit out of the video. I agreed to do it, but pointed out that we are all learning by doing. Then she became the Area Director! Brigitte invented a word for me: EDIFOCCRIM. Watch the video to see what it means. So moving. I am so proud of my club. Hilde said she is the ToastMother. I really felt like that too.
Why I nearly cried today