Outstanding Member – April

Outstanding Member – April

by Chris Raneri DTM District Director Some people have musical talents and some people have athletic talents. This month’s outstanding member has the ability to see into the future and with confidence, can say that the 2021 Annual Conference is one for the records. Once she finished co-hosting the Awards Banquet, she started planning using her superpowers of leadership and organization!  As the Conference Chair this year, she continues to meet with her team of volunteers almost daily to be sure that the conference is worthy of getting out of the house and building on your own superpowers! If you...

A Long Road to a Dream

A Long Road to a Dream

by Ankur Bora Highway to Excellence (HTE), the club I joined in 2019 is an advanced Toastmasters club. Most of the members are accomplished speakers. My first speech at HTE was an original story entitled Same Boat Brother. The story was about growing up in my hometown in India – the sweet childhood memories of walking to school together with my best friend. But then an uprising engulfed my home state causing strife among communities, and I described an incident when I unintentionally became part of a mob which threatened my friend and his family. The climax of the story...

Getting the Best Evaluation

Getting the Best Evaluation

by Greg Pick DTM, Pathways Coordinator Do you want to maximize your growth as a speaker and presenter?  You can maximize your growth by ensuring the evaluations you receive are effective.  The following steps will help you gain the most from your evaluations:  inform your evaluator about the project, discuss specific areas you want to improve with your evaluator, and factor the relevance of feedback provided considering how well you prepared. I send my evaluator a pdf of the project that I am working on 2-3 days before the meeting so that they can read the goal of the project.  You...

I SEE YOU AND YOUR POWER WITHIN

I SEE YOU AND YOUR POWER WITHIN

by Jill Morrison and Susan Hastings Are you ready to regenerate enthusiasm using your superpowers? Do you want to learn new ways to control and focus those superpowers? District 25 SEES YOU. May 14th and 15th is our very first hybrid conference. We are going to have some merrymaking with our superpowers whether you attend in-person or virtually via Zoom. Friday night kicks off with an invigorating education session given by our International Director, TK O’Geary, with Saddle Up Your Dreams – Your Superpower at Work. But wait there’s more… more excitement with the First Timer’s Reception, a Banner Parade...

Speaker to Trainer Workshop

Speaker to Trainer Workshop

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM – Program Quality Director Do you volunteer as a trainer for D25 Leadership Training? Do you want to join the TLI training team? Are you interested in presenting at a D25 Summit or Annual Conference?  Have you been picked to develop or present training for your business? This training is for YOU!  Join us for the “From Speaker to Trainer” session to help with that transition. What is this training? I am glad you asked! This is Toastmasters International’s training module to help you go from a speaker to a trainer. With lessons on adult learning...

2021 Virtual/Hybrid District Council Meetings, Campaigns, and Election Guidelines

2021 Virtual/Hybrid District Council Meetings, Campaigns, and Election Guidelines

By Chris Raneri, DTM, District Director Except from the email the District Leadership Team received March 1, 2021: Dear District Leaders, Attached you will find some resources to assist with the upcoming Annual District Council meeting and elections. Please share the information with the appropriate teams in the District. The Board of Directors has provided clarification for proxies at the District Council Meeting. Please see the link below for the document. A guide is attached to assist with the District Council meeting Hybrid (In-person with online participation) District Council meetings 2021. This communication was sent to all District Directors, Program Quality...

2021 “Super Powers” Annual Conference – May 14-15, 2021

2021 “Super Powers” Annual Conference – May 14-15, 2021

by Jill Morrison, DTM Annual Conference Chair & Joyce Trimble, DTM Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Court of D25 Toastmasters and Table of Super Powers See You and the Power Within and proclaim May 14 – 15, 2021 Days of Special Commemoration! The Court and Table of Super Powers extend a special invitation to all to attend the Annual District Conference. As a member of the court, you will have the opportunity to expand your super powers with exciting new education topics, show off your capes with Friday Night Fun, see which contestant in our Table Topics and International Contests...

Everyone has a story to tell – Peggy Carswell

Everyone has a story to tell – Peggy Carswell

by Ankur Bora In the many years since I joined Toastmasters, I have connected with many remarkable men and women – they have broken barriers and triumphed over adversities. In January 2021, I had the privilege of organizing two events. The first one was a panel discussion with Dave Bora, an organ donor, and the second one was with Peggy Carswell, an environmental activist. The second event was a workshop for Highway to Excellence Toastmasters in honor of Peggy Carswell. Ms. Carswell has been working with farmers and tea growers in India showing them organic farming methods. Marylee Mims, past...

2021 Virtual Contest Season

2021 Virtual Contest Season

by Kelley Kukreja, VC2 Contest Coordinator The virtual contest season started off in roaring fashion in February. While we had to take a pause for the winter storm in the middle of February, we got back in the swing of things the following week. I know most of us miss the in-person contests, but the ability to attend quality contests in the comfort of our homes has helped make social-distancing a little more bearable; at least for me. Holding contests virtually is no easy task but D25 is up for the challenge! We have been able to help develop additional...

Outstanding Member – March

Outstanding Member – March

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director NY Yankees player Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again!”. The Outstanding Member for March fits this description because they could be awarded this honor every month without question.  To start, they serve in two key district leader roles, as well as multiple club officer roles. Their generosity with their time combined with their exponential Toastmasters knowledge punctuates their value to the members of our district. Why is this month different than any other? Here is the simple explanation. Over the past two months, Greg Pick has gone far above his...