Make Your Club’s Vote Count! Proxy Information

Make Your Club’s Vote Count! Proxy Information

Second email was sent to all club presidents and secretaries regarding club proxy for Toastmasters International Annual Business meeting. The second email which was sent July 9, 2019 gives details on how to handle proxy.   July 9, 2019 Dear Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary, Your club has important votes to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention. Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors as well as Proposals A through L to amend the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution. Please plan to attend...

Corporate Recognition Award Presented to Texas Farm Bureau

Corporate Recognition Award Presented to Texas Farm Bureau

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director 2018-2019 June 21, 2019 was a red-letter day for District 25. We were honored by the presence of our Region 3 International Director, Tracy Thomason, and we as a district were able to recognize one of our honored corporate supporters. Texas Farm Bureau, home to Fish Pond Club in Waco, has been a staunch supporter of Toastmasters ever since the club was chartered. They have encouraged their employees to take full advantage of the Toastmasters program to further their careers and their professional development. They have also supported the district by hosting officer training...

Resistance Is NOT! Futile (How to Accept Changes)

Resistance Is NOT! Futile (How to Accept Changes)

By Steven Timmons, DTM   In what is still ranked as one of the Greatest TV Cliffhangers (see #3) ever, Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise was abducted by the Borg only to be assimilated.  He spoke these now famous words, “Resistance Is Futile,” as he prepared to assimilate the remainder of the Federation over to the Borg. It seems to me that many Toastmasters feel that they are being “assimilated” by Pathways in much the same way. Well, rest assured that this is simply not true and merely a perception based on being faced with “unwanted” change....

Outstanding Member June 2019

Outstanding Member June 2019

By Robi, DTM, District Director 2018-2019 Our district has amazing members. All year, we’ve made a point of recognizing some of those who go above and beyond, simply because they believe in this organization and the people involved. Our final Outstanding Member for the 2018-19 year is no exception. This person has unselfishly given his time, his knowledge, and his passion for the benefit of the membership. He provided Pathways training in many, many of the TLI sessions, both summer and winter. He serves as an officer in his club. He worked with the trio and his team to create...

DTM Dreams

DTM Dreams

By Andra Beatty, Area 42 Director 2018-2019  I remember the moment I heard the exciting news about the Toastmasters Pathways program. We were all excited, a little apprehensive because the words changed, and modernization was involved. After all Toastmasters had not made a major education change since 1924. What would we do; how would we learn without a book in our hand and how would this affect individual Toastmaster members? I quickly found out the answer to question # 3. July 2020 is the deadline date with no extensions. Many of us were now facing a  challenging education completion deadline. In 2015...

How to help another club!

How to help another club!

By Susan Carson, DTM, Club Retention Chair   Have you become a better leader and communicator because of Toastmasters? Would you like to become even better? Would you like to give back to the organization to help others grow just like you did?  If you answered yes – then join Helping Hands or volunteer to serve as a Club Coach and help a struggling Toastmasters club. Helping Hands is a great program in District 25.  It gives you the chance to bring your toastmaster skills and experience to assist a club in distress. The program only requires that you attend...

Let’s Cross the Finish Line Together

Let’s Cross the Finish Line Together

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director It’s that time of year. The Toastmaster year is almost over. Transitions are happening all over the district. Current role holders are breathing a sigh of relief as they realize they can hand off their duties to the incoming leaders. WAIT! NOT YET! The key word is “almost”. There are still a couple weeks left to accomplish whatever it was you started out to accomplish. Now is not the time to slow down, or heaven forbid, to stop. As we approach June 30, look around and see if there is one more thing you...

Emily’s Education Journey

Emily’s Education Journey

By Emily Murray, DTM   I have been in Toastmasters now on and off for over 15 years. I started my journey in Taiwan, and was also a member in New Zealand and Oregon before moving to Texas. I have also visited clubs all over the world- literally. As part of the DTM process you have to lead training’s- I discovered I really enjoy doing this and have since focused my efforts on learning to be an effective trainer and learning as much as I can so I can share that with others. I LOVE both learning and sharing what...

Toastmasters By The Numbers!

Toastmasters By The Numbers!

By Terry Mencke, ACS-ALB, Area 44 Director   I am an accountant.  Not only is it my job to compile numbers, but I play with numbers just for fun! My husband, Chuck, suggested I use my love of numbers to compile some statistics for District 25. My eyes lit up at that suggestion! I hope you find these statistics as interesting as I did! As you are aware, the Pathways program will be replacing the Traditional program next year but for now, many members are working both programs. Briefly, this is how Pathways works. There are 11 different paths, or...

Are You Funny, Do You Want to Be?

Are You Funny, Do You Want to Be?

By Steven Timmons, DTM, Public Relations Manager     Early in February, Toastmasters added their newest (eleventh) path – Engaging Humor.  This path might be right up your alley.  Pathways now includes the Engaging Humor path.  Let’s explore this new path together.           First, I would like to point out that this path is not available in a printed form.  Do not despair though, we have discussed a solution for you in our own “Do You Struggle with Pathways Online?  Well, Stop the Presses” article. During my journey, I have personally worked through and struggled with...