And You think I can be Taught? One member’s Insights into Pathways ‘Intro to Mentoring’

And You think I can be Taught?  One member’s Insights into Pathways ‘Intro to Mentoring’

By Donna Young, DTM, Recognition Chair Why did you join Toastmasters?  Admit the truth! Did you need an excuse to get out of the house and widen your social circle?  Or did you want to improve your skills to advance your job performance?    Well, I fell in neither of those categories. I didn’t join Toastmasters to meet people or to learn anything.    I was SENT BY MY BOSS. I’m probably like a lot of you. I started out as an individual contributor or worker bee with one or two skills. I added more tools to my tool kit and had...

D25 Speakers Bureau-What’s It All About?

D25 Speakers Bureau-What’s It All About?

By Calvin Dorsey, DTM, Speakers Bureau Chair Intro Calvin Dorsey is Chair of the District 25 Toastmasters Speakers Bureau for the 2020-2021 Club Year. He is a DTM who recently served as an Area Director. Calvin is a former College Professor with 28 years of experience as a professional speaker. In addition to Toastmasters, he is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Association for Talent Development, and the Registry of CPE Sponsors for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA). By the time you read this article,...

Curtis Bauter – In Remembrance

Curtis Bauter – In Remembrance

by Greg Pick, friend If we stay in one place long enough, the time will come to say goodbye to someone we’ve come to know. This week, I’ve done just that. Curtis Bauter, DTM recently passed but will forever be remembered as a patriot, dedicated Area Director, and friend. I first met Curtis in 2013 when he and I, together with his daughter Susan Gardner, worked to resuscitate a struggling club.  From that first meeting, our paths continued to be intertwined.  Curtis’s no‑nonsense, practical approach to life uplifted everyone around him.  No matter the activity – conducting a meeting, staging...

Building a Successful Club in the New Normal

Building a Successful Club in the New Normal

by Karen Coleman, DTM I just returned from a wonderful Toastmasters Club Success Workshop. It was sponsored by our Club Growth Director, Marcheta Gardner and directed by Branon Gilbert, a member of WBC Toastmasters since 2012. This event took place on Saturday July 11, 2020 at 12:45 and was presented in the comfort of our own home via the Zoom online app. More than sixty members attended this online meeting. Branon shared some tips and best practices on how to attract new members to our club and how to retain the members we have in this new normal of virtual...

We Have A Winner!

We Have A Winner!

by Robi Ley, DTM, News Editor Imagine it; you wrote a speech, delivered a speech, rewrote, redelivered, rinse, repeat. And again. You get an email and the subject line reads: Congratulations! You’re a Region Quarterfinal Winner! No need to imagine. Hear from our very own Fursey Gotuaco and he can tell you first-hand just how that feels. Fursey told me “I was overwhelmed!  I was humbled and overjoyed at the same time.  It happened as I was preparing for our Afterburners 34 Charterversary and it completely derailed my thought process.” Fursey did indeed win at the Region 3 Quarterfinals and...

It’s About Community

It’s About Community

by Fursey Gotuaco, EH3 D25 had a workshop about membership…. but it was really about community… Branon led the workshop like a champ!  But he worked it like a community. The PowerPoint was our guide but it was open for all contributions…. like a community…. The chat to the side allowed all to contribute – answers, questions, and compliments…. a community. From miles away we joined from screen to screen…. A unifying vision and goal…. the epitome of a community… When you have the perfect mix of those who know, those who want to learn, those with answers, those who want...

CALLING ALL SPEAKERS!

CALLING ALL SPEAKERS!

by Dennis Regan, DTM – Summit Education Chair District 25 is preparing for the annual Summit which will be held November 7th at White’s Chapel in Southlake. The Summit is a unique event which is designed FOR the members and BY the members. The theme this year is Two Steps Forward. This is an opportunity for you, the District 25 toastmaster member to share your knowledge, your skills, even your ideas with other members of the District. The Summit Committee is looking for several individuals who are willing to take those Two Steps Forward to share their knowledge and insight...

New Connections Through Isolation

New Connections Through Isolation

by Jamie Reeg, Club Secretary, Alliance Networks Toastmasters Since the onset of the changes in the world, we have experienced many new things, the biggest one in Toastmasters being virtual meetings. Aside from figuring out how to best conduct a meeting on Zoom instead of in person, we have been able to have guests from around the country. While some of them are our own members who have found a way to travel and still join our meetings, the other guests are from a club that is over 600 miles away from ours. In April of this year, our club...

Are you ready to celebrate 70 years strong one more time at the Awards Banquet?

Are you ready to celebrate 70 years strong one more time at the Awards Banquet?

by Jill Morrison, DTM, Recognition Chair 2019-2020, Awards Banquet Co-Chair Do you feel the sand on your toes and the sun on your shoulders? The water is clear and the turtles are still celebrating 70 years strong. I know we have found all sorts of unique ways of celebrating this year but aren’t done with the festivities yet. On August 29, we will host our now Immediate Past District Director Jamie Pickering for the 2020 Awards Banquet. Come join us! There will be friends, food and fun for all and of course a little bit of social distancing.  New this year, we are pleased to inform you for the first time ever there will be a raffle with 3...

Outstanding Member July 2020

Outstanding Member July 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM, District Director Have a tall mountain to climb?  Have the odds stacked against you?  Look no further than the July Outstanding Member, Godfred Ahuma, to lead the charge up the mountain. In February 2020, Godfred became the President of Las Colinas Professionals with one goal in mind – build a strong base of members to achieve club Distinguished status THIS year.  Using his strong leadership and networking skills, Godfred helped the club gain 14 new members and achieve 6 DCP goals while integrating and exciting the new members to volunteer for club officer roles.  He did...