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        Stark Raving (March)


      Donna Stark, DTM—District Director

       March Madness – a trademarked term also  plenty of other reasons to celebrate the month
       known as the NCAA basketball tournament.  of March. My daughters have March birthdays.

       I’m normally a fan, but the only thing I’m mad It’s time to say goodbye to winter and hello to
       about this year is that my 28-win team was  spring. And in Oregon, Governor Brown has
       snubbed for the big dance! Fortunately, there are proclaimed March 2018 to be Toastmasters
                                                                             Month! The proclamation cites

                                                                             several good reasons why March
                                                                             is Toastmasters month, including
                                                                             that Toastmasters is a leader in
                                                                             communication and leadership

                                                                             development, the importance of
                                                                             effective communication, and
                                                                             the growth and achievement
                                                                             of the organization. One of the

                                                                             citations in particular resonated
                                                                             with me—“By helping people
                                                                             develop essential communication
                                                                             skills, Toastmasters International

                                                                             performs a valuable service for its
                                                                             members and those who hear the
                                                                             message of opportunity, initiative,
                                                                             and good fellowship.”z

                                                                                 Opportunity—a situation
                                                                             or condition favorable for
                                                                             attainmentof a goal. Every
                                                                             meeting role is an opportunity

                                                                             to practice andimprove a
                                                                             specific skill. Speaking skills,
                                                                             listening skills, feedbackskills
                                                                             . . . leadership skills. Club,area,

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