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Toastmasters to hold regular meeting Saturday

Hot Springs Toastmasters will hold its regular weekly club meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at National Park Medical Center, 1910 Malvern Ave.

Both representatives of the club won or placed last week in the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests for Area A-3. They're both eligible for the Division Showcase contest to be held in Little Rock on Nov. 9, now the highest level of competition in these categories in District 43. The club will also hold a regular meeting that day.

Toastmasters is a supportive, inexpensive way to learn speaking and leadership skills. Training resources for speechmaking are part of Toastmaster support available to members. Toastmasters International's materials and programs also offer leadership development. New members are offered mentoring, either assigned or a chosen match. Meeting roles rotate from one week to the next.

All former Toastmasters, as well as interested guests, are welcome. There is no charge to come see what the club is about. Meetings normally are one hour long. Visit for contact information.

Seventh-day Adventist to hold service, meal for Steckers

Hot Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church, 401 Weston Road, will hold a worship service and open fellowship meal for Drs. Elton and Rheta Stecker beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in recognition of their "outstanding service to church and community," a news release said.

Friends and admirers are welcome to attend.

"Drs. Elton and Rheta Stecker came to Hot Springs in 1978 fresh from years of medical mission service in Malawi, Africa, intent on sharing healing and peace as opportunity provided. Both graduates of Loma Linda University Medical School, an institution committed to the highest standards of Christian service, they initially operated a clinic for the Seventh-day Adventist church, which in time became privatized as West Shores Medical Clinic. While their practice was characterized by the latest in preventive health education and counseling, as well as medicine, Dr. Rheta became especially well known for her public lectures on preventing and managing disease through lifestyle modification," the release said.

"Her involvement with the community-oriented Hot Springs Vegetarian Supper Club was particularly effective. Her subject matter covered a wide range, including dealing with flu epidemics and nutrition. While they have many friends and supporters in the Hot Springs community, time has come for them to move close to children that can look after them as their years advance. They will be relocating within the next few weeks to Siloam Springs."

Society on 11/01/2019

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