The Future of Pathways (aka My Leadership Journey)

The Future of Pathways (aka My Leadership Journey)

by Steven Timmons, DTM, Panther City Toastmasters When I attended college, I don’t know that I had ever actually seen a personal computer.  My mother worked as a programmer for Vought and my father brought home a dumb terminal once to connect by phone (long distance) to Dallas where we played football (Dot Matrix style) briefly (hey, it was long-distance). In 1983, I interned with Southland Royalty Company in the Audit department. One day, the Budget department right next door got a shiny new IBM Personal Computer with two 512 K floppy drives and no memory. It was GREAT!!! The...

New District Recognition Awards

New District Recognition Awards

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following email was send from Toastmasters International to District Leaders regarding new District recognition awards for Areas, Divisions, District.   May 28, 2020 Dear District Leader, There is cause for celebration. As Toastmasters clubs and Districts around the world adapt to the effects the coronavirus crisis is having on meetings and District activities, Toastmasters International is taking note of the overwhelming positive energy and support. With year-end approaching, many of you have risen to the challenge of encouraging and influencing clubs to achieve membership and education goals, despite what is going on globally,...

New Club Recognition Awards

New Club Recognition Awards

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following email was send from Toastmasters International to all Club Officers. May 28, 2020 Dear Club Officer, There is cause for celebration. As Toastmasters clubs around the world adapt to the effects the coronavirus crisis is having on in-person events and meetings, Toastmasters International is taking note of the overwhelming positive energy and resiliency. With year-end approaching, many of you have risen to the very difficult challenge of continuing to achieve membership and education goals, despite what is going on around you, and for this, you and your clubs are an inspiration and...

Ice Breakers – The Zoom Experience

Ice Breakers – The Zoom Experience

by Joyce Trimble, DTM Mr. Cooper Speaks President, Andres Aguilar, recently contacted new and season speakers to share their experiences with ice breakers and virtual meetings.   Enjoy the insight of 3 Mr. Cooper Speak members. Mani Jonnalagadda and her Ice Breaker experience:  “I joined Toast Masters to learn and grow my speaking abilities and my goal is to deliver speeches that really harness my passion to inspire the audience by delivering auditory input to paint a vision ( that draw up in my experiences and learning from all those who inspire and have taught me something)  Once I committed to it, I knew...

What It Means to Me to Get My CL & ALB

What It Means to Me to Get My CL & ALB

by LaDonna Thompson, CC, ALB – FAA Toastmasters Club It feels like an Oxymoron to get an award from Toastmasters because being a member of the FAA Toastmasters Club is an award all by itself. When I was asked what getting my last two Toastmasters awards means to me, I immediately thought of the people who were behind me getting those awards. Not once did I look at the award criteria and say, “I think I’ll work to accomplish this next award”. No, the VP of Education at that time or another amazing club member reached out to me and...

D25 District Council Annual Business Meeting

D25 District Council Annual Business Meeting

By Kelsey Dean, SR2, Vice President Education First Command Armed with a printed copy of the agenda, a glass of water, and not much else, I logged on to the business meeting about 30 minutes early. You know, to check my equipment and give myself plenty of time to work out any bugs before the meeting started. You can’t be too careful in 2020. I was able to get right in to the Zoom meeting, so I got to hear the prep work that would normally be going on behind the scenes. District Director, Jamie Pickering was going down the...

How I found myself at my first District Council Meeting

How I found myself at my first District Council Meeting

By Lorne DuFour, President, Freddie Mac Voices   It was a rainy Saturday morning.  How did I find myself at my first District Election meeting; one of a quorum?  I began my Toastmasters Journey in November of 2018.  At the time, I didn’t even know what Toastmasters was.  One of my colleagues approached me and asked if I would be interested in getting involved.  The mystique of “Toastmasters” was there and piqued my interest.  He wanted someone to help him create our corporate club and get it off and running.  I thought I was a pretty good speaker.  I had...

We’re Still Standing

We’re Still Standing

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director   Don’t you know we’re still standing better than we ever did Looking like a true Toastmaster, feeling like a better me We’re still standing after quarantine Celebrate the pieces of our life with 70 on our mind We’re still standing six feet away We’re still standing wash germs away Fellow Toastmasters, we are still standing.  It may be separately, in our own homes, or with correct social distancing – but we’re still here.  Celebrate!  We all quickly pivoted to online meetings to keep learning, growing, and becoming better versions of ourselves. Celebrate! It’s...

PIVOT–PIVOT-PIVOT! – A Tale of Virtual Contests!

PIVOT–PIVOT-PIVOT! – A Tale of Virtual Contests!

By Joyce Trimble, DTM, Contest Coordinator May 16 and District 25’s Contest Season is over. As this year’s Contest Coordinator, it seemed it would never start. . . and then came that blink of the eye moment! The word pivot has been trending most of the season.  What is a pivot?  In the military, during a march, a pivot involves rising on the balls of both feet, turning 180 degrees to the right, and then stepping forward with left foot in the new direction.   Working in Excel, you use a Pivot Table to extract the significant portions of a large...

Outstanding Member May 2020

Outstanding Member May 2020

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director Ever heard of Johnny on the spot?  D25 has a Jesse on the spot!  Jesse Ford that is.  He also responds to names like ‘someone’ as in “can someone do…” and ‘anyone’, “Anyone able to…”  No matter the ask, the time involved, or even if he knows how to complete the task, Jesse always looks at every opportunity to learn something, anything. Let’s not forget my favorite name ‘Proactive Man’! He simply refuses to sit idle.  He continually looks for how he can help next. Never does the thought cross his mind if the...