Do You Have a Returning Member?

Do You Have a Returning Member?

by Greg Pick Have you experienced the feeling when a song plays and your mind hearkens back to fond memories and good times? [Insert Trisha Yearwood’s sultry voice singing The Song Remembers When.] Pathways can work similarly. We have two types of returning members: members who started but didn’t complete the traditional program members who began their path but didn’t complete it Here are some tips to help returning members better engage with Pathways, including a few navigation tips to complete both a project and a level. Traditional Program Members Members who started but didn’t complete the traditional program return...

Outstanding Member – July

Outstanding Member – July

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director Donna Young officially served as the Recognition Chair for 2020-2021. In May, she was elected Division A Director by the members of D25. This month she’s pulling double duty as she tallies the final numbers for the 20-21 year of incentives and education awards leading up to and planning the Awards Banquet while supporting her Area Directors as they begin a new journey in leadership. She goes above and beyond to help other members achieve their Toastmaster goals and has fun in the process. She doesn’t just take on a role during a club...

Bill Gates, Toastmasters, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Bill Gates, Toastmasters, and the Pursuit of Happiness

by Ankur Bora Imagine a world where possibilities are limitless. All that you need to pursue your dreams and follow your inner callings is available. Many years ago, I found such a place. What a privilege to work where I had all the freedom and liberty to pursue my dream. It was an organization founded by my teenage hero Bill Gates! When I enrolled in Computer Science and Engineering, I dreamed of working for Bill Gates. My dream was fulfilled in 2008 when I joined Microsoft at the Las Colinas campus in Dallas. My primary responsibility was software. But I...

Are You Tracking Member Progress as A Base Camp Manager?

Are You Tracking Member Progress as A Base Camp Manager?

by Greg Pick DTM Pathways Coordinator You have begun your term as Vice-President Education, which means you are one of the Base Camp Managers for your club. Base Camp Managers facilitate member progress by encouraging them to work their path and educating them on the Pathways Program. This is best done by demonstrating how to navigate the websites, verifying member education achievements (i.e., approving level completion requests), and tracking member progress. This article focuses on the necessary task of tracking and verifying member progress and provides a few recommendations. We will review using Base Camp to identify how your members have...

Empower yourself to SOAR at the 2021 Summit!

Empower yourself to SOAR at the 2021 Summit!

By Michelle Bayes, DTM, Summit Manager District 25 is preparing for the annual Summit held on Saturday, November 13th. The Summit is a one-of-a-kind experience – an event designed FOR the members BY the members. This year’s theme is Empowered to Soar. Are you interested in sharing your knowledge, skills, or ideas with your fellow members?  It isn’t too late to submit a speaker application on the D25 Toastmasters website under Call for Speakers. Are you interested in volunteering on the team?  Summit Manager, Michelle Bayes, would LOVE to put you to work. Contact her at michellebayes@d25toastmasters.org. See you in...

WHAT’S HOT TOPICS?

WHAT’S HOT TOPICS?

By Joyce Trimble, DTM, District 25 News Editor   Hot Topics? What’s that? Who told you that? Where’d you read that? Fellow Toastmasters, these are examples of questions heard throughout the district. Hot Topics is one source of the district’s events and is delivered straight to your Inbox. No longer is it necessary to search for information about the Awards Banquet to be held in August. Or the Summit that is scheduled in November. The information is available in one document sent to you on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. As the 2021-22 Hot Topics editor, my goal is...

Prepare to Cast Your Vote-Toastmasters International

Prepare to Cast Your Vote-Toastmasters International

The following information was included in the July 2021 Toastmasters International Club Leader Letter. Learn how to assign a proxy and be ready to vote on important Toastmasters business. Every year, members and clubs have the opportunity to vote on important business matters that help shape the future of Toastmasters International. Though there are no proposals up for vote this year, new International Directors from the odd-numbered regions will be elected to the Board of Directors. To help lead your club(s) through the voting process, read this guide and get prepared to cast your vote on August 26 during the Annual Business...

Celebrating At the Finish Line

Celebrating At the Finish Line

by Donna Young, DTM, Recognition Chair 2020-2021, Awards Banquet Co-Chair How’d you run your marathon? Exploring the limits of online shopping or deep diving into rigorous house cleaning? Did you try your hand at glamping or take a stay-cation? Discover how to cook? Shop your closet? Grow your hair longer than ever before or learn to appreciate a stroll around your neighborhood? Toastmaster Clubs everywhere crossed their finish line on June 30. We encouraged, coached, and supported one another in wonderful and innovative ways, making memories to herald for years to come. On August 14, we’ll be Celebrating at the...

Finish Strong, Start Inspired

Finish Strong, Start Inspired

By Chris Raneri, District Director 2020-2021 & Ninfa Flewitt, District Director Elect 2021-2022 The finish line to your year-long marathon is in sight and is attainable. In the beginning of the year, you were asked to define your long-term goals and then to break each one down into smaller, shorter goals – the ole “eat the elephant bite by bite” theory. These goals may have been finishing a level, a path, a year of district service or even serving in a club role or officer role you have never done before. You did all of this and more. I’m immensely proud of your...

Outstanding Member – June

Outstanding Member – June

by Chris Raneri DTM District Director “Timekeepers, please time one minute of silence now.”  This phrase was used by the June Outstanding Member many times during this past contest season. Let’s do the opposite of that now and give a HUGE round of applause for our Outstanding Member, Warren Ehn! Warren answered the call to serve as Contest Toastmaster for multiple contests, with the most notable being the District contest.  He masterfully worked his way through the contest script each time, making sure to include his own personality and style.  I imagined our contestants being on a talk show as...