Reflections on my year as District Governor

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This has been a year that I will always remember!  The members and clubs of District 25 amazed me throughout the year with their dedication to the Toastmasters program and to the personal development of members.
As a district, we set our goals at the beginning of the year and worked our plan to achieve them.  This year’s leadership team was the best I have had the privilege to work with.  Thanks to my Lt. Governors, Division Governors, Area Governors, and  appointed district staff. They took their responsibilities seriously and worked diligently all year.
Due to the district TEAM working with the club TEAMS, District 25 was able to achieve many successes over the year and was officially a Distinguished District by June 24.  We grew our clubs stronger and chartered new clubs.  Clubs continued to achieve educational goals in record numbers.
I will fondly remember the many officer training classes, speech contests, and district conferences.  Each event provided an opportunity to interact with our membership as we learned new things together.  
Visiting 85 different club’s meetings proved to be another enjoyable way to connect with the membership of District 25.  I loved experiencing what was really happening in the clubs I visited.  It gave me the opportunity to talk to members and officers, to celebrate their accomplishments and to listen to their concerns.  Whether a speaker didn’t show up or the room was changed at the last minute, the members adjusted and the meeting went forward.  That is “real life” Toastmasters!   Hopefully a Past District Governor would  be welcomed as a visitor as there are still many clubs I didn’t have time to visit before my District Governor year concluded.
I hope each of you enjoyed the 2014-2015 Toastmasters year. I certainly did!  My role as District Governor demanded intense planning and coordination to insure smooth operations of an outstanding district. My success and the district’s success are a reflection of the many individual accomplishments and club successes achieved this year.
Thank you, for trusting me with the leadership of District 25. I will remember this year’s joys, accomplishments, laughter, and friendships for the rest of my life.
Yours in service and friendship,
Marylee Mims, DTM

Immediate Past District 25 Governor