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Well, it’s mid-April and Easter and Passover are just around the corner. Here in the Portland area, we’re finally getting into short-sleeve temperatures, the sun is shining brightly in the clear, blue sky, and the flowers are in colorful bloom. We’re all starting to get our groceries at the farmer’s markets again, rather than hitting the closest Fred Meyer. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn is in full swing, which means there are acres of gorgeous varieties of tulips just a short drive away. (It’s the perfect background for that new selfie!) And at this moment, I’m staring out my window to take a look at the planter on my balcony. The flowers that I was sure had frozen to death in our uncharacteristic winter have grown back with purple and yellow gusto.

What does this have to do with Toastmasters? Well, it’ll take a couple of steps, but I’ll get you there. What I described in the prior paragraph are events symptomatic of many folks’ favorite season: Spring. Everyone starts thinking about cleaning and organizing, children get a well-deserved week off from school to refresh, people begin thawing out and revisiting nature. It is metaphorically and literally a time of rebirth.

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We at Embracing Cultures are simultaneously going through a “rebirth” of sorts. A new Toastmasters term began on April 1st. Our membership and Officer assignments have shifted slightly. The website has been updated to include our current meeting time and location: Saturdays at 10:30 in the white house to the left of the parking lot at 4115 SW 160th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97007.

In addition, we came together last Saturday and recommitted ourselves to the group. We began a Membership Drive in an effort to get some new guests and potentially new members. The Drive will culminate on May 3rd, when we will be holding our Spring Open House! We are very excited for this event, which promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll have some entertaining and informative prepared speeches, as well as a dynamic round of Table Topics. We’ll also be listening to a couple of member testimonials. Here, we’ll learn first-hand what our members have gained through their participation in the club. It should be an impactful and engaging morning. Be sure to arrive hungry, because we will all be bringing dishes representative of our cultural backgrounds. It will be an exotic feast, so bring those adventurous appetites!

We hope to see you in a meeting soon. Feel free to show up any Saturday, or if you have further questions, just shoot us a message.

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