Richard was a member of three clubs and the Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms of two of them in District 55: Equipping Voices and Two Rivers Communicators. He was also a member of the Universal City Toastmasters. He had been a member of New Braunfels Toastmasters Club and Talk of the Tower Toastmasters Club as well. Not only will the members of those clubs miss him, personally, but also miss his contribution as “The resident Jokester” and default Timer. Many Toastmasters throughout District 55 were touched by Richard’s selfless contributions to our members. He attended all the conferences with Linda since 2007-2008. Since 2012 he also helped the facilities’ chairs at district conferences.
Richard’s tireless efforts didn’t go unnoticed in his contributions with our District’s club building efforts. One would almost always see him at ‘Demonstration’ meetings and Club Officer Training sessions where he worked tirelessly behind the scenes always making sure people had what they needed to do their presentations. He faithfully checked the district orders for almost 2 years. He was an example of a “Servant Leader” never expecting anything in return; although, he loved the candy in those appreciation gift bags at contests. At the District 55 2015-2016 Hall of Fame, he was awarded an Appreciation Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service and received a standing ovation, which brought him to tears. That was his last conference.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and their family. Richard embodied the Toastmasters values and our Toastmasters Promise. He generously gave his time and resources to the success of the members of our District. Let us always remember our friend with fond happy memories.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the District 55 Spring Conference. Richard loved Toastmasters. This is the first conference Richard will have missed since 2008. You could also consider the Youth Leadership Program.
Please send donations to:
District Director Amy Espinoza
626 Barrow Peak
San Antonio, TX 78251
Stipulate Conference or YLP on the check.