I was born in Nome, Alaska in 1940, have spent 10 years in the Navy in Southern California, and have owned and operated a commercial office cleaning business in Seattle for over 30 years.
April Fools Day 1998 was the best April Fools joke of my life! I joined Ballard Speakeasy Toastmasters! Since then, I have completed the Distinguished Toastmaster Communication and Leadership Program four times, and am halfway through my fifth time. I founded four clubs in Ballard and Fremont, including this club, The Ballard Sunset Club, and Ballard Weekenders. Over the course of the 20 years I’ve been a member of Toastmasters, I’ve developed many close bonds in my Toastmaster Family. I love being able to keep up with the great friendships I’ve made. I have served six terms as an Area Director/Governor, held other club leadership positions and sponsored and chartered several clubs.
In addition to keeping up with the people I’ve met along the way, I participate in Toastmasters to keep my memory skills active. I have been diagnosed with the early stages of cognitive memory impairment, Alzheimers, and so struggle with short-term memory issues. I’ve found that being an active member of Toastmasters, specifically participating in “Table Topics”, where we need to think spontaneously and off-the-cuff, has helped my memory tremendously. I do the best I can, and I don’t let myself get overly frustrated. I want to be able to stay up to speed as long as I can. When life gives me a setback, I find ways to cope with it. Toastmasters is one of those ways!