My name was Ruth Lundberg when I joined Business & Professional Toastmasters, Club 2207, in January 1984. I had just moved back to San Antonio after living for ten years on a very small undeveloped Caribbean island. Finding a job and some friends was high on my list of priorities and I had been told that Toastmasters offered great networking opportunities, just what I needed! On February 24, 1984, I gave my Icebreaker speech and completed the Competent Communicator Award near the end of 1985. I accepted an officer role at the first opportunity, and was elected Club President in 1987. During that term as President, I received "Outstanding Club President " awards for Area, Division, and District.
On March 10, 1996, I married Bob Miller, and started using my middle name, Elaine, since Bob wasn't fond of the name "Ruth." For the next twenty years I was known as either Elaine Miller or Lanie (as Bob called me). I continued to enjoy the Toastmaster experiences and especially my home club, B&P. I lead many Youth Leadership and Speechcraft workshops, and held officer positions, including a second term as Club President and a couple terms as Area Governor. I finally "got busy" and earned my Distinguished Toastmaster award in April 2003. When my husband died of a heart attack at the end of 2007, my Toastmaster family was very supportive.
Once again my identity changed when I married Wayne Smith in 2015. Now I am Ruth Elaine Smith. Toastmasters remains a very important part of my life and I am excited about serving in my new role as District Speechcraft Director.