I was recently asked to be a guest speaker at the Alliston Christian Women's Club meeting. This is a denominational Christian women's club that is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. In their monthly meetings they have two quest speakers, one that provides information on a special topic (like picture framing, health issues, investment counselling..) and one that brings a spiritual message. I was the special topic guest for the February meeting.
Public speaking has never come to me naturally and I was so nervous that I barely slept the night before, believe me; laying in bed, wide awake, staring at the alarm clock at quarter to 4... I was sure that the morning was never going to come!
And all my worries were for nothing!
At the Knox Hall on King Street I met a group of very friendly, welcoming women who were WAITING TO HEAR what I had to tell them. There were familiar faces and some good, old customers. After a cup of coffee and a fortifying muffin (thanks to Rosalba) I didn't feel nearly as scared anymore.
I was up on the stage! I was talking to a microphone! Thirty minutes flew by!
Ha, -I don't remember much of it but I feel that it went well. I GIVE ALL THE CREDIT TO MY AUDIENCE that was kind and keen and genuinely interested.
The ladies surrounded me with questions and I got to talk a lot longer. Once I warmed up I could have talked all day! There was some real compassion and fellowship in the room.
The other speaker for the day was Mrs. Fran Ford , a real estate agent from Barrie.
In a very generous, warm manner she shared her whole life with us ( her real life story, no real estate talk) and I could not but admire how comfortably she was handling such a personal subject. And what an interesting life she had had!
Her speech was a good example of what this group is about: women sharing and supporting one other. A refreshing social outlet. A resourceful group of ladies that make things happen.
I think this would be a good group to join if you were new in town and looking to make some friends. These ladies get together once a month on a weekday morning so it is not a huge time commitment either. They even provide day care during the meeting which makes it possible for young mothers to participate.
If you are interested in joining the Alliston Group you can call Carolyn @ 435-1785 or Janie 434-4752. Thank you Angelica for inviting me, I really enjoyed my morning, and thank you ALL for the beautiful vase I received as a gift, -I am humbled.
Thanks also to my good friend Ruth Lowe who came along to hold my hand and took the pictures posted on this blog.
I think I would do it again.
I know a lot about my work and I am glad to share it. So, -if you have a group that might be interested and would benefit from some "FRAME TALK", please give me a call.
I'D BE GLAD TO DO IT!
Now, I got to get back to my regular FRAME OF MIND,
Outi, The Frame Dame