Darla Peek has been a Toastmaster for 10 years and says, “I am very close to achieving my DTM designation, my personal goal is to complete it soon. I am a former Area Director (H44) and have held every officer position at my home club, Broadway Toastmasters, except President. I am a triple Toastmaster member – active member of Broadway Toastmasters, Beyond Basics and Sunday Speakers. Each club is different and offers something special. It’s very rewarding to watch new Toastmasters become confident individuals as they develop their speaking and leadership skills.”
Darla’s sister joined a Toastmasters club in San Antonio and encouraged her to do the same; fortunately she was able to join the corporate club where she worked – Broadway Toastmasters. After one meeting she was hooked – she has only missed one meeting in ten years and that was because she was out of town. The meetings are fun and interesting, you get to see the creative side of colleagues; she makes attending them a priority.
During her year of service as an Area Director in addition to visiting her area clubs, Darla participated in several Toastmasters events: Toastmasters Leadership Institutes (TLI), Club Contests, Christmas Storytelling II, Demonstration Meetings to present Toastmasters to prospective members and met some wonderful people. The theme for her Area Contest was “Why I Love Toastmasters.” (Does that tell you something?) According to Darla, “These are exciting times with Toastmasters as we adopt Pathways and watch new members grow and develop. Our goal is to bring new clubs on board in Central & South Texas so they can experience Toastmasters, too.”
“On a personal level, I have been a Broadway banker for 27 years working in several different areas of the bank. I am currently a Relationship Associate III in the Wealth Management Division where I assist a Wealth Advisor with his clients. I’m a young grandmother, my granddaughter is only 2 ½ years old and she is so much fun!”
Darla graduated cum laude from Our Lady of the Lake University with a BBA in Marketing.