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We had 100% attendance for our April 12 meeting, and even welcomed one new member and one guest speaker!

Liana gave a humorous speech, followed by Brenda, who provided us with a comprehensive discussion and training on Easy Speak. Following this helpful demonstration, we listened to an educational speech entitled “Evaluate to Motivate” from guest speaker Syrena Glade. She gave us some inspirational guidance regarding how to improve our speech evaluations.

Our group is growing and we would like to invite anyone interested in learning about other cultures, making new friends, or improving their speaking and listening skills. Come sit in on a meeting! There is never any pressure for guests to speak. Just come to get a feel for the club.

Of course, we also have the upcoming Open House on May 3rd at 10:30. We are very excited about this event and are currently busy planning and spreading the word. I’m most looking forward to the food. We will all be bringing dishes that remind us of our cultural background. It should be a comforting, homey feast. We’ll also have fun decorations that are sure to be conversation starters.

In other news, today (April 16th) is National Stress Awareness Day. It’s the day after our taxes are due here in the US, so today should be a relief for many of us. We’ve crunched the numbers and are hopefully anticipating a large return! Stress Awareness Day was started by the Health Resource Network in 1992 to increase public awareness of the causes and cures of stress.

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So how do you mitigate stress? Exercise? Talking about your struggles with a trusted friend? Listening to music? Taking a bath? Chocolate? On Saturday, our meeting theme will be Mindfulness. Many believe that by focusing on the present and approaching life mindfully, we can reduce the stress in our lives because we let worries about the past and future go. Come join us at our meeting to be a part of the discussion!

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