“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”— Bob Hope
Indeed. Loving others is what Christmas is all about — at least when we get it right. The same applies to Toastmasters, where we show love for others whenever we:
- Invite guests to meetings or ask them to become members
- Provide a standing ovation for a new member’s icebreaker speech
- Offer a thoughtful, encouraging speech or meeting evaluation
- Give a well-prepared speech
- Participate in meetings as a Toastmaster or in any other role
- Attend meetings, even without an assigned role
- Mentor or motivate members
- Support speech contests, conferences or club officer trainings
- Serve as a club officer
- Volunteer for area, division or district leadership
- Share stories of how we’ve benefited from Toastmasters (see D25 examples)
- Help form a new Toastmasters club.
That’s a dozen gifts — most reflecting the Toastmaster’s Promise — that show our love of others through Toastmasters. We don’t wait for Christmas to offer them; we’re always looking forward and giving back. So, the next time you hear the old English carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, remember that you are a true love to others, bearing the 12 gifts of Toastmasters — each priceless and offered freely.
Sometime during this hectic holiday season, please consider doing two things: 1) Think about who you can benefit during the remainder of this Toastmasters year by sharing the gifts of Toastmasters, and 2) Take a moment to express your appreciation to someone who has “given back” to you in Toastmasters.
Your District 25 leaders — Dean Lampman, Marylee Mims, and Cindy Hinckley — extend their sincere thanks to you for your service in Toastmasters.