Outstanding Member – January

Outstanding Member – January

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Hey roadblock, it’s me, the outstanding member for January.  I wanted to let you know that you can’t beat me.  You can keep trying, but I will find a solution to get past you.  I’ll even do it while smiling and having fun!  What do you think about that? This is exactly how this month’s outstanding member supports the district. It would have been easy for the Summit Manager to have given up when our venue could no longer commit.  It would have been easy to have made excuses when everything needed to be...

5 Important Signs That You May Have Gotten off Your Path

5 Important Signs That You May Have Gotten off Your Path

by Steven Timmons, DTM Have you ever taken a hike or walked a trail? Most of us have. You are usually following a path that was blazed by someone before you and it is easier than walking there for the first time. However, even a well laid out trail has its pitfalls, and you can easily find that you have lost your way, even in today’s advanced technology. Here are five signs you might be straying off the beaten path. You have not taken time to set your objective Every journey should begin with one simple question. What is my...

Open House Training

Open House Training

By Gary Lee Web, DTM   On December 12, District 25 hosted a Club Success Workshop focused on improving our Open House events during these difficult times. For me, the timing was wonderful, since my Tuesday night chapter scheduled an Open House on January 5, 2021. Approximately 40 toastmasters participated in the 90-minute training, resulting in some excellent suggestions. At 12:45 we began with a meeting of the Terrible Toasties, demonstrating how not to run a meeting. No surprise, but Bob Beideck did not tarry after the mock event to join the chapter. Tongue-in-cheek, but a good reminder that we...

Contest Quality, Judges and Chief Judges Training

Contest Quality, Judges and Chief Judges Training

By Greg Pick, DTM, District Chief Judge, Past District Director & Kelley Kukreja, Contest Coordinator   Want to know how to run a club contest – we have the answers! On Saturday, January 23, 2021, attend our Contest Quality Training!! Did you wonder how to judge a speech contest – we will provide Judges training after the speech contest training! The 3rd portion of the training provides the information needed to run a fair contest – the Chief Judge. Please sign up for the session you desire here. (registration available soon!) Training Start Contest Chair 12:00 PM Judge 1:45 PM...

Leadership Open House

Leadership Open House

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, Past District Director Calling all Toastmasters!  Have I got an offer for you!  Did you know that except for about 100 people in Denver at the TI Home Office, the entire organization runs on volunteers!?!?! That’s right – everyone is a volunteer, our Area Directors, our webmaster, our Quality Chair, everyone including our Trio!  And every single leader of our district started right where you are, as a member in a club. Ok, Ok, maybe you don’t have aspirations of being in the trio – but we have all levels of time commitment and expertise needed. ...

Lend A Hand

Lend A Hand

By Nicole Gray Do you want to help other clubs be successful? Do you have ideas and knowledge about Toastmasters you want to share with other members? Do you want to be more involved with the district, but don’t know where to start? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Helping Hands is the place for you. The Club Growth Team is looking for individuals who are willing to attend other club meetings to help with Club Quality and membership growth. You will be asked to commit to a set number of visits that fits your availability....

Outstanding Member – December

Outstanding Member – December

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director The Romans popularized a phrase used by Horace – carpe diem; loosely translated as seize the day.  This month’s outstanding member has certainly done that. Not only have they served as an Area Director this year, but they served as a speaker and key promoter for the recent Summit. Our Facebook page was continuously lit up with eye catching advertisements which contributed to the overall success of the event. Their passion for Toastmasters runs deep and it shows with every endeavor taken on. I would be remiss if I did not mention that they...

Trio Holiday Post

Trio Holiday Post

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Happy Holidays!  This year has certainly been different than years past.  I’m grateful for the positive things that have happened and choose to focus on those instead.  I am also grateful for all of the members who have chosen to run their marathon by taking that important first step.  The clubs in our district continue to pivot and have adapted new ways to grow their membership and their club members while embracing the new virtual world.  Toastmasters International has evolved by allowing virtual club officer training and our district even held a Virtual Summit...

The Inaugural Club Membership Fair

The Inaugural Club Membership Fair

by Kelley Pelkey, DTM Who knew that 300+ folks in District 25 had reached out to Toastmasters International for membership information, but never joined a club? Are you surprised that upon learning that little tidbit, one of our members had an “Aha moment”? Once again, the District 25 Creativity Queen “B”, Joyce Trimble, had an idea! Why not create an event that would bring potential Toastmasters and District Clubs together? And if it works, it could be the first of many! This was the inception of the Inaugural Toastmaster Club Membership Fair. I received an email asking if I would be a participant and without...

Best Practices to Move Members Forward on their Path!

Best Practices to Move Members Forward on their Path!

by Greg Pick, DTM – Pathways Coordinator Do you have new or existing members who are slowly progressing through their Path?  Perhaps they have not even started.  The key question you are trying to answer is how to get them engaged. Best Practice #1 shows a great way to get anyone committed to their progress is to provide individual attention.  This step confirms one key thing the member must believe – we care!  Individualized attention demonstrates three key factors: we take progress toward their goals very seriously, are committed to helping them achieve their goals, and are a trusted partner in their...