A First-Timer’s View

Ernestina Piñones, Amelinda Salas, and Cindy Hinckley Attending this past Toastmasters International Convention was a great experience as a first-timer and new Area Governor. My favorite part of the Convention was in applauding the members and Districts that had achieved their goals and seeing them being recognized for all their hard work. It was so wonderful to see our top District 25 leaders recognized and being part of a huge crowd cheering them on. Throughout the Convention I could see more clearly how important each member is in every club. Whether members ever participate in Toastmaster activities beyond their clubs,...

District 25 Shines!

I would like to share some of my memories of the 2011 Toastmasters International Convention with you the members of District 25. Several members of our District were able to attend the convention and share in some proud moments for District 25. Bonne Stroman, Dean Lampman, Earl Hill and I began our trip to Las Vegas ahead of the convention crowd on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Our training on Monday and Tuesday was action packed with lots of long days filled with incredible sessions shared with other District leadership teams from 116 countries around the world. We received our new...

Grand Prairie Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The “World  Renowned” Grand Prairie Club #6332 celebrated its 25th year of existence recently with a special meeting at Outlaw’s restaurant, a local favorite, on a Saturday morning. Jim Monahan, DTM was presented a plaque by District Governor David Martin and Diana Patton, the District Governor-elect. Jim is still an active member of the Club and an original charter member. The plaque commemorated his personal 25th anniversary. Jim was the keynote speaker. Bascom Warden, DTM reprised his District-winning Tall Tale “Oh my gosh.” Another Tall Tale by Sara Boepple, ACB/AL,  “From BABBLE-lonians to World-Renowned” was focused on our achieving World...

Why Is the Distinguished Club Important?

Sarfaraz Nazir Ask club members why they joined and most of them will tell you they joined to become better speakers and leaders. Your Toastmasters club’s purpose is to provide the environment in which they learn these skills. The Distinguished Club Program helps your club accomplish its purpose. The program is much more than just the club earning an award each year. What is the DCP? The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program, running from July 1 through June 30. The program consists of 10 goals your club should strive to achieve during this time period. These goals are:...

How Pictures Can Speak for Your Club

  Brendon Payne Community newspapers are always looking for content. Forget the big guys — they will likely ignore your submission. Look for small, local papers who NEED content that covers your area. It’s true; pictures say a thousand words. Send the paper a decent quality picture of your officers’ installation, winners of a club speaking contest, or just simply a picture of your members networking. Here’s the trick — you have to do their work for them. Make sure you send the photo with a “cutline” — that’s newspaper jargon for the BRIEF photo description. Identify everyone in the photos...

Club anniversaries in July & August

These clubs are celebrating a birthday! 1327    Daybreakers Club July 1, 1953 1061347    Public Health Speakers July 3, 2007 1336005    Conservative Toastmasters July 7, 2009 643446    AAFCU Flying Toasters Club July 15, 2004 4354    AllianceTexas Toastmasters July 26, 2001 4987    Southlake Club August 1, 1996 6017    Talk Blue Toastmasters Club August 1, 1999 808279    ATG Toastmasters August 2, 2005 1365936    Toast of Texas August 4, 2009 823161    Toast of the Town Club August 10, 2005 1528214    C&C Communicators August 24, 2010  591399    Excellence in the Speaking Arts TM...

Just the Facts, Ma’am!

Very Important Facts: Of the clubs that dissolved last year, 100% were missing DCP Goal #9 “Officers Trained.” Of the clubs eligible for a club coach due to low membership, 49% were missing Goal #9 “Officers Trained.”   Officer training is essential to club success! Are you . . . A new club officer? Not sure what is expected of you? Wondering what TLI or DCP stands for? An experienced club officer wondering WHY TLI? WHY ME? Then read our helpful Officer Training FAQs: 1. As a new club officer, how am I supposed to know what to do? All...

Let YOUR Light Shine!

Diana Patton Finding our own strengths or “light” is one of the best ways to maximize what we have to offer as an effective leader, spouse, worker and even Toastmaster.  Perhaps you have read some of the books on this subject and even taken the StrengthsFinder Assessment to help you identify your strengths or “light.” Here is a recap from author J. D. Meier regarding identifying that “light” that needs to shine brightly: Identify your signature strengths. Don’t just know what you’re good at. Identify what you are great at. Knowing your strengths makes all the difference in the world....

Gung Ho in D25!

Gung ho is an Americanism, derived from China, which conveys the concept of working together; it’s also the name of a 1986 movie starring Michael Keaton and 1997 book by Ken Blanchard. The 1986 movie The 1997 book When we’re Gung ho in Toastmasters, rewards inevitably follow. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing that occur in D25, where our collaborations led to us being a Distinguished District this past year, after being a President’s Distinguished district the prior year. Those are nice achievements, but we cannot rest on our laurels. Here are three actions you can take now, to help us...

Toastmasters by the Numbers: So Who’s Counting?

Bonne Stroman Toastmasters International focuses on communications and leadership skills.  What do these essentials have to do with numbers? Well, members count the number of speeches completed towards CC and AC goals or the number of assignments completed in the CL manual. Clubs count the number of goals met for the Distinguished Club Plan, or DCP. Area and Division Governors count the number of goals reached on their way to becoming Distinguished. And District officers count the “critical success factors,” the numbers of CCs, ACs, members, and clubs the district has gained during the Toastmasters year. Why are all of...