The Power of Your Light

Image: think4photop / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Our District theme this year has been “Let It Shine!” What a great time of year to reflect on light and how to let that light shine. During this holiday season many countries and cultures celebrate with lights. Lights from stars, candles, lamps, and lanterns have symbols and history with many different meanings. All remind us of the importance of light. Here is a quote from Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us....

Allow Me to Introduce…Soapbox Heroes!

In August 2010, a brave young woman brought Toastmasters to a small sales office in Arlington, Texas. Her ambition and tenacity inspired many to join the group as full-time members. Within a month, our primitive group became known as Anixter Talks-A-Lot. We quickly voted in officers who were dedicated to building a successful team. Our mission was to enhance our communication skills personally, professionally, and to have fun doing it. The Toga Theme meeting! By offering Toastmaster meetings twice a month, our group has grown slowly but surely. Our first year included themed meetings, fall festival and Cinco de Mayo...

The Importance of Retaining Members

 Part one of a three-part series:  Putting First Things First: Formulating & Applying a Member Retention Strategy “It’s easier to keep a member than find a new one.” It’s a cliché … because it’s true. For your Toastmasters club, area, division and district to grow, a steady stream of new members is needed, but so is a plan — applied continuously and successfully — to retain existing members. This article is intended to help you, as a District 25 Toastmasters leader, work with your club(s) to boost member retention. Member retention is a key performance indicator of how well we’re meeting...

UNT club gets written up!

Here is a nice article about our club and Toastmasters in general. Tracee Robertson orchestrated this. She is a current member and our past VP of Education. Good stuff! Russ Stukel North TX Club   by Jodie Sanders

Getting a New FTH 2.0 Website

The old FreeToastHost website platform, which is now being called FTH 1.0, is being phased out. The FTH staff have stopped supporting it, and the host servers where the current sites are located will be shut down in February. If your club currently uses FTH, you must do something by then, or you won’t have a website at all. The new, rebranded, FreeToastHost look! To continue using FTH, you must sign up for a new FTH 2.0 site. Because the two are so different internally, it is not possible to simply upgrade your current site. You must start over. It is not possible...

How I Select a Speech Topic

Gary Lee Webb As of the Fall 2011 Conference, I have now done 96 original speeches, 24 since 1 July 2011. The question was recently asked: How do I come up with so many topics? The answer is simple – Everything is a potential topic. Even boring things can be turned into a great speech with a little creativity. I once did a speech on the difference between “who” and “whom” and when to use them. A friend just did a speech on making soup: you would think that to be incredibly boring, but he did it from the perspective of one...

The First Time Is a Special Time

Beaming first timers take the stage! (Click on the photo for a larger version.) There is a first time for everything. That is what my mother used to tell me. It rang true for the District 25 Fall Conference. I’ll be honest. I tremble at the thought of being in the midst of strangers. My palms sweat, and my stomach feels as if boy scouts are practicing their knots in it. But in District 25, first timers are treated as special guests. They have their own hob-nob reception, get a really nice goodies bag, and are made to feel quite...

District Contests Sparkle and Shine!

The District 25 Speech Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests were held at the Fall Conference and were absolutely fantastic. Each and every contestant should be very proud of their shining performance. Thank you to the following for their participation.  Speech Evaluation First Place: Harry Schneider, United Communicators Second Place: Rucha Jani, BNSF Expressed Third Place: Michael Sheridan, Lakeside Also competing in alphabetical order:  Brenda Daniels, Afterburners; Jody Helton, Top Notch Toastmasters- TNT; Derek Newman, Speak With Success Humorous Speech First Place: Tunia White, Kimbo Toastmasters Second Place: Phillip Folkertsma, Pro A.M. Third Place: Larry Harmon, Connection Communicators Also competing in...

A Wonderful, Enlightening Experience!

Marylee helps Rebecca Moore and Felicia Christian of USB Texas Toast show off their banner! District 25 really knows how to “LET IT SHINE!” If you did not attend the Conference, you missed an enlightening weekend. There were a variety of events, including contests, educational presentations and awards. For me, the conference was a weekend of learning, sharing, and inspiration. At this conference, the majority of educational presenters, keynote speakers, panelists, and singers were members of District 25. That statistic is amazing; we have so much talent within this District. Thank you to all those who helped make the weekend...

Meet D25’s Outstanding Officers

Diana Patton and David Martin presented the Outstanding Officers. l-r: Morrison, Kensing, Midgley, Price, Timmons, Lehr, and accepting for Peggy Gottwald, Carla Gibbs of Baylor Orators. CONGRATULATIONS to the Outstanding Officers recognized on Nov 19 at the Fall Conference: President – Jill Morrison, Connection Communicators VP Education – Cheryl Kensing, Speak with Success VP Membership – Lauren Midgley, Southlake Club VP Public Relations – Sandra Price, Top of Texas Secretary – Steven Timmons, Afterburners Treasurer – Marshall Lehr, Top of Texas Sergeant at Arms – Peggy Gottwald, Baylor Orators Thanks to our many members who submitted nominations and recommendations for...