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Looking Back . . . Looking Forward!

 What a great start we have had for the 2012-2013 Toastmasters year! January 1st marks the halfway point through our District officer terms. Let’s have some fireworks to celebrate the successes we have met along the way and to light the way to future successes! Our year began with our Toastmasters Leadership Institute season, with...

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Larry Just Wants to Be Involved in Contests

Larry Harmon, Chief Contest Clown! As I approached this contest season, I was feeling a little sad. I was sad that I was not going to be able to compete and sad that I was not going to be involved. I knew last year that if I took on the role of Area Governor that...

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Lau Presents Corporate Recognition Awards at GM Financial and Michaels Stores

Toastmasters International enjoys recognizing organizations that consistently support Toastmasters clubs within their organization. Receiving this award is an honor. The company receives a beautiful crystal trophy suitable for display. Each year, a District can recognize two such organizations within their district. After much consideration, District 25 chose GM Financial and Michaels Stores as this year’s...

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Conference Brings Shared Ideas and Insights

Pauline enjoyed the FridayNight Fun, too. What else could anyone expect from a Toastmasters event? Fall Conference brimmed with friendship, fun, and an altogether helpful atmosphere. From the first timer reception to the final banquet, everything was thoroughly planned and well-executed. Highlights for me were hearing Merrie Spaeth’s insights about effective communication, learning Robi Ley’s...

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First Timer Makes Treasured Memories at Conference

First Timers take the stage! District 25 Fall Conference – The Greatest Show on Earth was the theme and never having been to a Toastmaster conference before I really didn’t know what to expect. When I think of conferences I think of boring meetings, lousy food and a lot of unfriendly faces. But back in...

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Mark Rachels Has a “Defining Moment”

Defining moments in your Toastmasters journey happen rarely, and you should never let them pass you by. I had one such moment last week. As Area 64 Governor, I kept promoting the value of effective communications and the District Conference every chance that I got. Then last week I received an email from the Fall...

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New Distinguished Toastmasters Are Honored in Special Ceremony

Fourteen District 25 Toastmasters recently received the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM), the highest certification level in Toastmasters. The awards were conferred in a special ceremony Saturday night, November 17, 2012, at the D25 Fall Conference. The awards were presented by District Governor Bonne Stroman, assisted by Toastmasters International President, Dr. John Lau, who personally congratulated...

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District’s Outstanding Officers Are Announced at Fall Conference

The Outstanding Officers, flanked by International President John Lau, Bonne Stroman and Diana Patton. L-R: Barnes, Templeton, Timmons, Tyran, Shukayr, and Martin. Not shown: Bradley. The awards were presented at the Awards Luncheon at the Fall Conference for the members who showed outstanding service for Toastmasters as an officer for their club for the period...