Today I was guest speaker at the Oatlands Combined Probus Club. I was this club’s inaugural speaker back on 25th October 1999. Seems hard to believe that that was fourteen years ago. Certainly some of the members remembered me, for I later joined that very same Probus Club and remained a member for a year or so. Peter Iceley, of Rotary South Pacific was the fellow who booked me to attend on that instance.
Like with so many other Probus Clubs, I’ve been invited along as guest speaker several times. I was there in 2001, 2005, 2006 and again, today, six visits in all. And when I was leaving today they were asking if I’d come back again. Well, of course I will.
Fortunately I keep good records of all my outside of Toastmasters speaking engagements so can not only look up the dates but also which story or stories I told so as not to repeat myself. However, with one particular Probus Club: Eastwood, I have not only presented all my material but had to start repeating myself. My next engagement with them is my final one for this year and I’d have then appeared before them thirteen times.
Which all goes to prove one thing: storytelling is popular.