Take the Next Step

Take the Next Step

By Sheba Panicker, FAA Toastmasters Secretary Toastmasters is a self-paced program, where members decide to take the next step out of personal motivation. In February, Jeri Bird and Janet Mayfield were recognized as outstanding members of the FAA Toastmasters club. FAA Toastmasters is one of several clubs that belong to District 25, which covers the area of Wichita Falls to Waco and Abilene to Irving. Michelle Johnson, our personal District representative this year, gave out Challenge Coins to members who demonstrate Toastmaster’s core values of integrity, respect, service and excellence. Janet received a challenge coin for her excellence in her role...

Matt Kinsey’s District 25 Visit

Matt Kinsey’s District 25 Visit

By Bobby Madera, DTM, Club Growth Director At the end of January, District 25 welcomed Toastmasters International 2nd Vice President, Matt Kinsey, for an incredible three-day visit.  Matt was such an inspiration to our District leaders, teams, and members, and provided invaluable support to help us grow District 25. We planned several events for his visit, much of it captured on D25 FB, including lunch and dinner with leadership teams, a club visit with Southlake Club, a Town Hall, a Corporate Award presentation to First Command, a Launch meeting for prospective new club with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, and...

Pop Quiz: What does the D25 Trio, a Sextant, and Dallas all have in common?

Pop Quiz: What does the D25 Trio, a Sextant, and Dallas all have in common?

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director Pop Quiz: What does the D25 Trio, a Sextant, and Dallas all have in common? Answer: Toastmasters International Mid-Year Training! The Club Growth, Program Quality, and District Director attend training from TI twice a year. Once preceding the International Convention and then again in January.  This January we were whisked off to lands unknown – Dallas.  For two days we listened, we collaborated, and we walked away with an upgraded toolkit full of ideas to bring back to D25. Of course, we had a blast – this is us we’re talking about!  During an...

Outstanding Member February 2020

Outstanding Member February 2020

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The right person for the job. District 25’s member of the month – Thad Mantaro.  Thad currently holds the title of District 25 Public Relations Manager, but that title doesn’t begin to describe what he does.  This year Thad has taken District 25 into the 21st century by constantly thinking outside the box.  Did you know that Google provides free advertising for nonprofits?  Thad did.  He worked with Google and we now have advertising on the Goggle search engine!  Did you know there are ways to schedule campaigns across all your social media at...

Game On

Game On

By Thad Mantaro, Public Relations Manager   It’s that time of year again. The weather is turning warmer, birdsongs fill the air, the days are growing longer, and once again–it’s time for the D25 Website Contest! Each May, a review of D25 club websites occurs, and to the winner go the spoils! Information about the contest can be found on the district website. All clubs will be considered but in order to be reviewed your website must be listed on the D25 and International Find a Club pages. Deadline for consideration is 30 days before the opening of the District...

Navigating a Pathways Path

Navigating a Pathways Path

By Greg Pick, DTM, Pathways Coordinator We will describe actions for locating and navigating a Pathways path.  We will be discussing the following: Accessing your curriculum Accessing educational content on your curriculum Launching a project Navigation tips Assessing your skills – before How to access your project and evaluation for printing Assessing your skills – after Since Pathways was designed to provide feedback and assessment of adult learners, we will need to assess our skills before and after reading the material and delivering a speech. Accessing your curriculum Login to Toastmasters International (TI) to access your profile (www.toastmasters.org/login). Once logged...

Membership Renewals Now Being Accepted!

Membership Renewals Now Being Accepted!

Club Officers should have received this email from Toastmasters International Monday, February 3, 2020 regarding dues renewals.   February 3, 2020 Dear Club Officer, Membership dues payments for the next renewal period are now being accepted! To keep your club in good standing, please submit all payments on or before April 1. To pay online through Club Central: Log in and select the Submit Payment option. Select the members you wish to pay for by adding them to your cart. Enter your credit card or debit card information. Follow the prompts to process your payment. Not paying online? You may also...

Submit your Advanced Leadership Awards (ALB, ALS) early!

Submit your Advanced Leadership  Awards (ALB, ALS) early!

Awards that depend on completing an in-progress club or district officer role may be submitted early, starting on June 1 (as long as other requirements for that award have been met). For Club Coaches, preliminary DCP results will be available on June 1 on the Performance Reports. The appointment will be treated as successful when the club is showing Distinguished status or higher any time between June 1 and June 30. Note that these “early” ALB and ALS awards must be submitted by fax or email. Read the full details below if you will be earning such an award or...

Celebrating the Corporate Recognition Award with First Command Financial Services

Celebrating the Corporate Recognition Award with First Command Financial Services

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Program Quality Director   It was my honor to be amongst the guests attending the Corporate Recognition Award at First Command Financial Services on January 28th.  CEO of First Command, Mark Steffe received the award from Toastmasters International 2nd Vice President, Matt Kinsey with the club’s members gathered around him. First Command was being recognized for supporting District 25 by graciously providing a location for numerous Leadership Training events, Division and Area Contests, and District Executive Committee meetings over the last several years. They also host the local club called First Command, which celebrates its 20th...

Attention Club Growth Enthusiasts

Attention Club Growth Enthusiasts

By Bobby Madera, DTM, Club Growth Director Do you have a new club lead? Do you want to pursue the lead and help start a new club as a Club Sponsor and achieve credit towards your Traditional program by 6/30/20? Are you looking to help a new club build a strong foundation as Club Mentor and attain credit towards your Pathways program? Are you looking to help a struggling club rebuild to Distinguished status as a Club Coach? Have a goal of achieving the Coach credit for your Traditional program and simultaneously achieving 1 Year of District Service by 6/30/20?...