Big Change to the Pathways Learning Experience

Big Change to the Pathways Learning Experience

September 12, 2019 Dear Leaders, You asked for it, and we are excited to announce a big change to the Pathways learning experience. Over the next few days, we will be opening access to projects in all levels in your paths! Currently, members can only see the projects associated with the level they are on in their path. This change will allow members to view all projects in their current path. Please note that while you will be able to view all projects, the projects themselves have not changed and still build in complexity. While we are starting with English,...

Countdown to Summit-November 9

Countdown to Summit-November 9

By Godfred Ahuma, ACB/ALB, Summit Manager   2019 Summit Sneak Peek The countdown is on to November 9, 2019 when we have our long awaited 2019 Summit. I am so excited. Together with the Platinum Team planning this event, we are looking forward to creating wonderful memories and learning new things in our Toastmasters journey. Area Council Meeting One unique thing about this year’s summit is the Area Council meeting. The Area council manages Area activities and supports each club in the Area in fulfilling the club mission. At Area council meetings, the Area director discusses each club’s plans and...

Final Stretch for Sponsor, Mentor, and Coach Credit in Traditional Program

Final Stretch for Sponsor, Mentor, and Coach Credit in Traditional Program

By Bobby Madera, DTM, Club Growth Director Are you looking to complete your DTM in the traditional education program before June 30, 2020?  Are you still needing credit as a club sponsor, mentor, or coach? Deadlines to complete credit in the traditional program: Club Mentor – December 31, 2019 is the last day to be assigned to complete the minimum of 6 months necessary to receive credit. Club Sponsor – June 30, 2020 is the last day a club can officially charter for the sponsors to receive credit. Club Coach – successfully helping a club achieve distinguished by June 30,...

Outstanding Member September 2019

Outstanding Member September 2019

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Program Quality Director How do you replace a rock star?  You find TWO rock stars!  If you have attended a TLI this year, you have probably witnessed firsthand the yummy spread of food and the care that the September Outstanding Members have provided to our members and trainers.  Marcheta Gardner and Renata Finch stepped in late in the game, picked up the ball and ran with it.  They worked through trainer and location changes while wearing smiles from ear-to-ear.  They may have had big shoes to step into, but they filled them together with heart and...

143 Countries Just Like Me

143 Countries Just Like Me

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director   The Denver International convention was my third convention to attend, but I’d been hearing about them for years.  I remember watching our past trios prepare for being gone a week, assigning tasks and setting out of office email notices.  These past three years, attending myself has been an experience I’ll carry for a lifetime. International calls on the trios to help fulfill roles at the convention.  As the Club Growth Director or the Program Quality Director we are judges, ballot counters, or maybe even a timer.  As the District Director I am asked...

Convention Review

Convention Review

By Sushma Kanugo, EC4   As a Toastmaster I always wondered of “What is the Ultimate Goal that can be achieved in Toastmasters?” I started to google and started doing some research. I found so many videos about the World Championship of Public Speaking and Toastmasters Conventions. I was amazed and fascinated to listen to all these amazing speakers. That’s when I started to look for Convention dates for 2019 and I was hoping I had not missed out on this amazing opportunity. Voila!!! I was so excited to see the events page on Toastmasters.org about the convention in Denver,...

Call to Action – DTM

Call to Action – DTM

By Ninfa Flewitt, DTM, Summit DTM Chair   Have you recently completed your DTM and would like to participate in the upcoming D25 DTM Ceremony? Will you complete your DTM by October 18, 2019 and would like to participate in the upcoming D25 DTM Ceremony?? We need you!! The next DTM Ceremony will be November 9, 2019 in conjunction with the D25 Summit. You must RSVP to participate. IF this is you, PLEASE contact Ninfa Flewitt to participate in this special event that Celebrates YOU and your achievements in Toastmasters! Let District 25 celebrate this prodigious achievement with you! Contact Ninfa at ninfaflewitt@d25toastmasters.org for more details! 

My Journey as a Coach for Amon Carter Orators

My Journey as a Coach for Amon Carter Orators

By Celeste Castro, DTM When I became a contest chair for Area 65 Division F in 2012-2013, I meet with Amon Carter Orators. Then I became Area Governor (which is now called Area Director) in 2014-2015, I started going to the club as a Helping Hand. It was a long journey to make them understand the Toastmasters program and how it works. It’s not only the club itself, its being and doing things for the District so the club can stay active. Also, it was hard for them to understand what a Club Officer’s responsibilities were and how to conduct...

Pathways: An Interview with Calvin

Pathways: An Interview with Calvin

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator   Calvin Dorsey had progressed through Pathways rapidly – he has completed three paths in the last 18 months.  Consequently, we wanted to know how he motivated himself and overcame his fear of speaking. Questions and Answers When you started speaking how did you overcome any fear that you felt? Confidence and preparation helped me to overcome any fear that I felt. As an optimist who begins with the end in mind, I visualized the audience accepting my message favorably. In addition, abdominal breathing put my body at ease and released...