Pathways Mentoring Program

Pathways Mentoring Program

By Diana Wilson, SR4   Mentoring has always been a vital part of education in Toastmasters. Each club approaches mentoring in a different way. There are the casual mentors that take new members under their wing and help them learn the ins and outs of club membership. This kind of mentor is an integral part of any club. They are the ones that keep new members coming back. This is a role that can be taken on by any seasoned member of a club. But there is a more advanced type of mentorship that is directly connected to Pathways. As...

Base Camp Manager Duties

Base Camp Manager Duties

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator The Vice President Education is the Base Camp Manager.  Your duties include approving Level Completion requests and monitoring their progress.  Outside of Pathways you ensure they meet their goals by giving them speaking opportunities.  The President and Secretary provide back‑up to and have access to Base Camp. Approving a Pending Level Request In Base Camp, you approve a pending level request by accessing the “Pending Requests” panel on the Base Camp Manager page when you log in as a Base Camp Manager. The pending level request will look as follows when...

It’s Time!

It’s Time!

By Robi Ley, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, District Leadership Chair You’re ready. I know you are. Ready for what? Ready for your next step. That step up and out to District Leadership. Wait. What? Me? District leadership? Yes, you. It’s time. Even though it’s only October, now is the time to begin planning for your next step in your personal and professional development. There are two upcoming opportunities for you to learn more about the leadership areas available to you. The first is during our 2nd Annual Summit. We will have a Leadership Panel made up of current and...

Outstanding Member October 2019

Outstanding Member October 2019

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director   Heroes walk among us! Our October Outstanding Member is a true hero. He’s tirelessly served our district, giving all he had and more to our members. But his journey of service, it seems, is not done. He has stepped up once more to serve in the needed role of Area Director. Life circumstances happen, and the previously appointed AD had to step away from the role. Those clubs needed someone to step up and continue the good work that had been started and without skipping a beat our hero and true servant leader...

Three simple things: or how to deliver an elevator pitch

Three simple things: or how to deliver an elevator pitch

By Thad Mantaro, District 25 Public Relations Manager As Toastmasters, it’s helpful to have a plan for how to share the value we find in membership. You never know when you’ll get the chance to share your enthusiasm for TI, and never know when you’ll bump into someone who can help carry the message forward. An elevator pitch can make all the difference if you’re prepared in the moment! An elevator pitch is a brief description of an idea, a concept, or something that you hope to use to influence another person, designed to capture their attention in the span...

Beyond the club – A “Poof!” Moment

Beyond the club – A “Poof!” Moment

By Tammy Kasterke, DTM Like most of you, I’ll never forget attending my first Toastmasters meeting.  I was nervous, but curious enough to step into the unknown.  That first meeting I accepted a Table Topic question with a meek “okay” and clenched hands.  After leaving the meeting, I knew I wanted to be in Toastmasters. That was almost 10 years ago.  My first 8 years of Toastmasters were focused at the club level, serving in several leadership roles. The only time I was stretched beyond the club was to attend officer training and a contest, if my club was being...

Corporate Membership Sponsorship

Corporate Membership Sponsorship

By Alberto Pineda, TC2 I’m member of an open club, the “World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters.” We are bold, we are proud, we are “World Renowned.” As an open club we don’t have a company sponsor that helps with the cost of an individual membership. What many people don’t realize is, just because your company does not host a toastmaster club that doesn’t mean they won’t help you with your educational goals. For the last three years my company has paid my toastmaster’s educational expenses (club dues, and any event with an educational agenda). You may find that your company...

Big Change to the Pathways Learning Experience

Big Change to the Pathways Learning Experience

September 12, 2019 Dear Leaders, You asked for it, and we are excited to announce a big change to the Pathways learning experience. Over the next few days, we will be opening access to projects in all levels in your paths! Currently, members can only see the projects associated with the level they are on in their path. This change will allow members to view all projects in their current path. Please note that while you will be able to view all projects, the projects themselves have not changed and still build in complexity. While we are starting with English,...

Countdown to Summit-November 9

Countdown to Summit-November 9

By Godfred Ahuma, ACB/ALB, Summit Manager   2019 Summit Sneak Peek The countdown is on to November 9, 2019 when we have our long awaited 2019 Summit. I am so excited. Together with the Platinum Team planning this event, we are looking forward to creating wonderful memories and learning new things in our Toastmasters journey. Area Council Meeting One unique thing about this year’s summit is the Area Council meeting. The Area council manages Area activities and supports each club in the Area in fulfilling the club mission. At Area council meetings, the Area director discusses each club’s plans and...