Imagine driving from Cleveland Heights to Medina every week for several years to attend a Toastmasters meeting!
Nate and Marguerite Parries were sponsors & charter members who did just that. Medina Toastmaster Club #941 honored the couple at its 35th club anniversary dinner April 24th.
The Parries were honored for their involvement & assistance with Medina 941. Unofficial district historians, the Parries transported photo albums to district events, setting up the display for all to see where we have been and where we’re going as a district. Always arriving on time if not early as great examples of dedicated Toastmasters.
Their dedication to the vision of Toastmasters International and their guidance and attentive mentoring of Medina 941 have resulted in improved skills and life experiences for hundreds of Medina Toastmasters members through the past 35 years.
Other charter members present were Judi Gleason and George Rogers. The current Medina Club is going strong and vibrant with the leadership of many longtime members as well as new members following their lead.
District 10 Governor Moore presented the club with a proclamation from the District, and District 10’s Tony Green presented the City of Medina’s proclamation of recognition and declaration of May as “Medina Toastmasters Month”.
Club President Ann Yuzwa and DPRO Donna Komidar assisted in presenting the Parries with a certificate of appreciation as well as beautiful glasses inscribed with their names and message of appreciation.
Nate was quite eloquent in addressing the assembled group belying his 90 years of age. Earlier in the program, Marguerite was just as well-spoken when she talked about their early days in leadership and when Nate ran for and won an International leadership position with TI.
This dinner had a raffle that raised $150, which they’re using to buy a timing device and some other support materials for the gavel club in Marion (Nation of Voices) based on advice from Area Gov. 30 Deb Stark about what they needed.
Overall it was a great way to honor the 35 years this club has been building better communicators and leaders, i.e., by helping another club with limited resources do the same.
A hui hou/until I see you again
Donna Komidar, DTM
District #10 PRO