OUR FEBRUARY MEETING
Our February Speaker ...
Actually we have no speaker at our next meeting. Who needs a speaker when you can have a storyteller! Mary Lou Williams, one of our own members, will treat us to an hour of that traditional, almost lost, art of storytelling, which is enjoying a renaissance in Southwest Florida. Mary Lou doesn't just tell her stories; she dramatizes them, painting vivid word pictures with her voice.
After earning a Master's of Education degree from Columbia University, Mary Lou taught high school English and math for 35 years, and even sponsored drama clubs, but wasn't really familiar with storytelling until introduced to it at an elderhostel in 1993. When Mary Lou joined Toastmasters a few years ago, it didn't take long for her to gravitate toward the manual for storytelling. Perhaps her epiphany moment was when, at a "mystery party," she took so naturally to acting out her part in the mystery that she was encouraged by one of the other participants to make storytelling a second career.
Wearing her storytelling garb of a patchwork quilt skirt and peasant blouse, and armed with simple props for each tale, Mary Lou has presented her stories to many local groups. For our program, she promises to add a feminist fairytale to her varied repertoire of stories. Please join us on February 9 at Myerlee Manor and become part of the storytelling revival.