Special Spark Added to Spook-A-Thon Meeting!

Special Spark Added to Spook-A-Thon Meeting!

By Jesse Ford, District Logistics Manager   I am a member of and count myself blessed to be the Vice President Education for the corporate club Mr. Cooper Speaks. We meet every Wednesday at noon in one of our conference rooms but that is not what I wanted to share. On October 30, we had a theme meeting around Halloween.  We  decided theme would be “Spook-a-thon” as a play on our traditional “Speech-a-thon”.   We had five members give speeches. For this meeting we kept our traditional format but made some changes to attract other guests and for the enjoyment all...

Second D25 Summit a Great Success

Second D25 Summit a Great Success

By Ninfa Flewitt, DTM, Division A Director The second District 25 Leadership Summit was a huge success! If you missed it, you missed a day of education, networking, fun, and a real opportunity for club and personal growth. The first district-wide Area Council meetings were a huge success! Thank you to all the clubs who were represented!  After the large group photo, we were ready to get our education started. Education sessions in areas such as mentoring, evaluations, team success, club goals, corporate and organizational club issues, leadership, and parliamentary procedure were available! In many instances, there was standing room...

Social Media – A Beginner’s Guide

Social Media – A Beginner’s Guide

By Thad Mantaro, Public Relations Manager Social media can seem daunting at first, particularly if you are new to tools like Facebook or Twitter. If your club doesn’t have any social media accounts you are losing an opportunity in the form of internal communications with your club members, and an opportunity to communicate with potential new members. Start by thinking about which platforms you are familiar with. My 10-year-old spends the better part of every waking day on TikTok, but when you consider the demographics of your current and potential new member, typical social media platforms would be Facebook, Twitter,...

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 This post originally created October 9, 2019.  Updated November 12, 2019. 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....

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...