Toastmasters changed my life, and I now call it the 12-step program for shy people. Because of this, it has been a passion of mine since 1989. Here’s a summary of my story: I started a business with a friend, needed to promote it, couldn’t stand up and give a 30-second commercial, went to Toastmasters, and within six months my friend and I were giving seminars at the chamber of commerce!

When I retired and started photography, another passion developed. So, I decided to combine my passions and started a specialty club that focused on photography. We are All About Photography, and everything we do pertains to photography. Little did I know that our District would ask us to be the official District 39 photographers. I soon learned how to use my flash and shoot events!

This past weekend, we were at the District 39 Spring Conference in Anderson, California, and I was amazed at how much at ease I was shooting the event. What a big difference from the first event!

Yes, Toastmasters has helped me in many ways and continues to enrich my life.

Now for Jepsen Prairie Preserve. Do you remember me lamenting about coming here and sneezing my way through the prairie? Well, here are the images from that visit. Looking back on the May 16 visit, I’m pretty sure it was allergy. While it did put a damper on the visit, I did get some nice photos. On the way home, Laura took me to shoot the Burrowing Owls in Davis, CA.

Have a look at the images, and if you want information on Toastmasters, a worldwide organization, contact me.

4 thoughts on “Toastmasters teaches in many ways: Jepsen Prairie Preserve, Solano County, CA

  1. I remember you telling me about toastmasters. It seems, so I have found out recently, that I am okay with public speaking, well when I’m talking about my photography. I’ve been asked to talk to some groups and have had no trouble with it at all. I’m glad you have enjoyed them as well.
    Wonderful photos.


  2. Leanne, for me Toastmasters was a must. I’ve stayed in it so I can help others the way I was. When I started the photography club, I truly didn’t think I’d be learning this much. We meet in a photography studio, and our host is a professional, doing portrait and weddings.
    Thanks for saying my photos were wonderful. That is truly a compliment coming from you. Take care.


  3. Beautiful burrowing owls! I also loved the tiny water animal pictures. In reality, I like looking at all of your pictures.


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