We have added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of March 29th – Southside Speakers!
Steve Lockwood PDG/DTM and Erica Lockwood DTM, a wonderful couple who met in Toastmasters 10 years ago at the Speaking of Liberty club in North Austin moved to South Austin a year ago and noticed there were no clubs in the Slaughter/I-35 area. They put together a demo meeting on 1/22 and by 3/26 (meeting #10) had the 25 members they needed to charter.
Their membership consists of 7 dual members, 6 reinstated members, 1 transfer, and 11 new members. Getting 10 signed up at the demo meeting and 15 over the next 9 weeks was a rapid pace but almost every guest has joined.
The club will meet Tuesday evenings at DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex at Slaughter & Manchaca. Social time is 6-6:30 pm and the meetings run 6:30-7:45 pm.
Due to the club’s close proximity to Kyle and San Marcos, the club is aligned to H41, to hard working Area Director Alan Shinn, who is also one of the club mentors. The other club mentor is Jen Soto, a former Area Director and member of Austin Toastmasters. Club sponsors are Erica Lockwood and District Administration Manager DJ Cardamone. Next year the club will be realigned into I54 with other clubs in south/southeast Austin.
The charter party will be held Tuesday, April 23rd at DK Maria’s. All are welcome!
Congrats to the Southside Speakers team, and welcome to District 55!