7 were in attendance: Charley, Aisha, Lee, Maryann, Stan, Chang, and SarahMarie. This included 5 PWS, 1 SLP and 2 graduate students. After Stan read the Welcoming Words, everyone introduced the person to their right. Good News followed… SarahMarie passed the Praxis Exam and Maryann may be asked to lead a march for her graduate program (you GO girls!). Lee will be going to Atlanta to work with the Special Olympics! Charley was excited that his son Noah is already a whiz on his brand new bike. Stan has been reading “Self-Therapy for the Stutterer” by Malcolm Fraser. He is working to adhere to the first 2 Ground Rules: 1) Speak slowly and deliberately, and 2) Stutter easily. He has had some success with these, and will continue to work at it.
Because Amit was unable to join us, Charley was tasked with sharing HIS good news; Amit is ENGAGED! He returned from a trip home to India just before New Year’s, where he met his fiance, Rinsi (spelling – help me, Amit!). Everyone was very excited to hear this news, especially since they had not met before Amit went home. We can hardly wait to congratulate him in person, and to meet his fiance! A wedding is planned for early Summer, though Amit promises that he will not miss the NSA/Parsippany gig…
This news lead to a lengthy discussion of dating, and blind dates in particular. 3 in attendance had been on blind dates, none of which amounted to much!
Chang, who was at his second meeting, told us about his personal experience with stuttering. Before coming to this group, he had never met anyone else who stutters. Chang often hides his stuttering from classmates, by either not speaking or changing words. Chang works with a year-long service project, which occasionally requires him to speak to groups of school kids. Everyone applauded Chang’s decision to participate in this project, and recognized his courage in speaking to groups.
Next, Charley called everyone’s attention to the rare convergence of 3 phenomena next month: Charley’s final class meeting (Stuttering), the chapter’s monthly meeting, and Valentine’s Day. After much discussion, it was decided that the chapter meeting would be held at the class on stuttering. Some chapter members have in the past spoken to Charley’s class, and this seemed like a great opportunity to unite the 2 groups. Students learn so much from people who stutter, and speaking to students is a great chance for PWS to reaffirm, empower and educate.
Charley read the closing words, and the meeting was adjourned around 8:45.
Thanks for listening,