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story.lead_photo.caption Criterion Club of Hot Springs met recently at Special Touch Catering. Our program was presented by Stacey Pierce, right, executive director of Our Promise, which has provided assistance to cancer patients in Garland County for 10 years. With Pierce is Vice President Mary Nan Carter. - Submitted photo

Hot Springs Toastmasters to meet Saturday

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

Winners from the club's fall club contests for Table Topics and Humorous Speech plan to participate in the area contest this Saturday in Little Rock.

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 the club website, which has contact options, at

CDXVIIC to conduct

workshop on Heraldry- Coats of Arms

The Arkansas State Society Colonial Dames 17th Century will conduct a workshop on Heraldry-Coats of Arms on Tuesday at Hot Springs Country Club.

A salad buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the workshop beginning at 1:30 p.m. The inclusive price for the luncheon and workshop is $23. Checks should be payable to ASCDXVIIC and mailed to Judy Robbins, 34 Badajoz Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909-2901. No walk-ins will be accepted. The public is welcome.

The guest speaker will be Maureen L. McGowan-Singer, past National Heraldry-Coats of Arms chairman for CDXVIIC. She has conducted Heraldry Workshops throughout the United States using her Heraldry-Coats of Arms Workbook which is now in its fifth edition. She will be bringing her personal library for attendees to peruse, a news release said.

"One of the first questions many Americans ask when they first become interested in heraldry is, 'What is my coat of arms?', the answer is, 'You probably don't have one.' Although probably millions of different coats of arms have been created over the centuries, these still account for only a small proportion of the people who have lived in Europe and European-influenced areas of the Americas and other continents during that period," the release said.

"To determine whether one has a right to an existing coat of arms, one must start with solid, objective genealogical research. One must work backward, proving and documenting descent from father to son. In almost all heraldic traditions arms descend only in the legitimate male line unless some specific legal action is taken to the contrary. Only when one can prove from a specific individual who can be shown to have borne arms can one honestly lay claim to those arms," it said.

Email Robbins at [email protected] for more information.

Society on 10/18/2019

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