Train The Trainer

Train The Trainer

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Club Growth Director I remember the first time I got the opportunity to train our club officers. I thought I was well prepared and I knew exactly what it took to make sure I provided stellar training.  In reality, I just read through the material provided by TI and made sure everyone had the handout.  It took several more attempts at being a trainer before I felt I had delivered the subject appropriately. Should I have put myself through that?  Better yet, should I have put the club officers through that?  If only there was a...

Celebrate-Awards Banquet

Celebrate-Awards Banquet

By Robi Ley DTM, District Director   Do you remember post-vacation home movies? Picking up all those pictures you had to take somewhere to get developed? Finding a place to display all the souvenirs you bought? Sorting through those memories was almost as much fun as the vacation itself. Here’s your chance to have that same experience. August 10 at Ridglea Country Club, we will sort through the snapshots and souvenirs we’ve collected this past year; as individuals, clubs, and as a district. We’ll hand out new awards and remember those already given. We’ll laugh, cry, and make a new...

Pathways as A Sales Tool

Pathways as A Sales Tool

By Steven Timmons, DTM, Public Relations Manager Are you using the Pathways Learning Experience as a sales tool to get guests to join your club?  I recommend that you really should.  Pathways provides great value, fulfills a need, and is fun and educational. As a member of a Toastmasters club, one of the toughest duties that you will perform relates to getting guests to attend and join your club.  Although you may not be a salesperson, you have a responsibility to invite guest and to convert them to members.  Why do I say this?  As many learn, a lack of...

Club Resources-Going Digital!

Club Resources-Going Digital!

By Diana Patton, DTM Webmaster   Club officers should have received the following email from Toastmasters International May 14, 2019 regarding going digital on various documents.  Link to these documents and web pages can be found on D25 club resource and contest resource pages.   Dear Club Officers, In the March Leader Letter, we shared that the components of the Club Officer Kit will no longer be printed. This includes the Club Leadership Handbook,Speech Contest Rulebook, and the Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan manual. In the past, we have sent these materials to the club president for distribution to the newly elected club...

Conference-Letter to My Club

Conference-Letter to My Club

By Frosty Hardison Here is a letter from Frosty Hardison who is member of Top Flight Toastmasters Club to his fellow club members following District 25 2019 annual conference which was held May 3-4.  Top Flight Toastmasters was one of 22 clubs that benefited from the new Club Pass option for registering at the conference.  Ten members from any one club could attend all events for to total of $130 – meals sold separately. Hello Top Flight Toastmasters Team, Did you make it to the District 25 Conference? If not, we missed you and you missed a lot of fun...

Outstanding Member April 2019

Outstanding Member April 2019

By Robi Ley,DTM, District Director If you’ve been to any of the awards events in D25, you’ve seen the results of this person’s hours and hours of work. Every statistic, every update, all the data collection that goes on to provide you with information is all compiled by one person. Our April Outstanding Member is our very own Webmaster, DTM Diana Patton. In the weeks, and sometimes days just before an event, Diana is diligently checking dashboards and spreadsheets to ensure that all our members and clubs are recognized for their efforts throughout the year. Thank you Diana, from everyone...

First Timers Experience

First Timers Experience

By Rahmana Warren, FirstTimer   Hi, I’m Rahmana Warren, member of the Ft PMI chapter, I want to share my first timers experience with you! It was exciting to see all of the clubs members that attended from the D25 area and meet so many wonderful people, educational sessions with awesome mentors and  the rewarding experience to see the wealth of talent in our clubs.  Not to mention the fabulous meals, the display of banners, and the chance to win one of the awesome baskets for auction. BEST OF ALL TO MEET ALL THE OTHER FIRST TIMERS!  

2019 Table Topics and International Speech Contest Results

2019 Table Topics and International Speech Contest Results

By Elizabeth Gray, District Chief Judge We had two amazing contests this past weekend at the District 25 Annual Conference. On Friday night, Table Topics contestants were asked about the most common misconceptions about the place they were born. We heard about places ranging from India to Portland (Indiana, that is), and of course Texas was in the mix as well.  Matt Bunke took first place by teaching the audience how to correctly pronounce Olathe (oh-lay-the), Kansas.  Hannah Rogers came in second place by letting us know that even though she was un-apologetically from Pennsylvania, she is not Amish.  Third...

From the Conference Chair…

From the Conference Chair…

By Ninfa Flewitt, DTM, Conference Chair It is from the bottom of my heart that I want to thank you all for attending our conference. It has been my pleasure to be your Conference Chair.  We did it!  We dared to dream that you would be here, you showed up in mass! We dared to dream that you would find value in our conference. I hope you did. We dared to dream that you would impact each other with your presence.  You impacted me. I want to recognize the Dream Team.  Without them, none of this would have happened.  Judy...

The Tale of Two Pathways

The Tale of Two Pathways

By Steven Timmons, DTM, Public Relations Manager Do you expect everything to be easy and laid out for you?  Of course not, you likely expect that you are going to have to work to add value to your life.  Today, I will share with you the story of two different pathways participants. Two club members of a corporate club had the opportunity to participate in Pathways.  Both members took the assessment and liked the paths recommended when they submitted their results.  One member decided that he would think about it and select his path later.  The Pathway’s path was included...