Coming Soon: Membership Mondays

Beginning in March, District 25 will start presenting Membership Monday conference calls to help enhance the performance of your clubs. The calls will cover a wide variety of topics. Our first four topics will be: Mar 5: Effective Membership Campaigns — moderated by Susan Gardner Mar 19: Making the Best Use of FreeToastHost 2.0 — moderated by Jodie Sanders Apr 2: Club Basics and the DCP Apr 16: Presenting Moments of Truth The format will be a conference call where you will be able to dial in, listen to a presentation, and then participate in a Q&A session after the presentation. This is...

Completely and Totally “Off the Cuff”

Are you a self-proclaimed wordsmith? Are you quick on your feet with comebacks? Do you love to challenge yourself and create stories for the world to hear? Do you love to become more than you already are? Do you love to Socialize? If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, we have what you are looking for. District 25 is revamping an existing Toastmasters club into an Improv club, where you create your speech at the meeting based on the theme and information given to you. This club will be set up like a rotating dinner...

Showing How It’s Done (and Having Fun!) at Bank of America

We had a very successful demo/pre-charter meeting on Feb 2 with Bank of America, 5401 N. Beach St., Fort Worth. There were 28 prospective new Toastmasters present. Ary Putera, who works at this facility and is a member of the Lakeside Club, was instrumental in making this happen.  Members of the demo team were:  Jesse Torres, Michael Sheridan, David Martin, Ary Putera, Dean Lampman, and Diana Patton.   By Jodie Sanders

Weatherford Club Celebrates 25 Years

  The Weatherford Toastmasters club celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 31st. There was a good turnout of visitors and club members, who met at 6pm for a social gathering with food and  drinks, and the meeting at 7:00pm. The theme of the evening was “Toastmaster Membership.” Harry Clay and John Payne, two of the original members who started the club 25 years ago, attended and spoke about how the club got its start in Weatherford. Other members in the club spoke about how Toastmasters has changed their lives by building confidence, improving speaking and writing skills, and improving leadership...

DCP Progress as of January

District 25 clubs that have completed 4 or more goals, ranked by number of goals completed, as of the end of January. Area Club Number Club Name Goals T/Date Members T/Date DCP Status 12 6191 Afterburners Club 9 35 23 7274 Unique Toastmasters At Vista Ridge 7 23 31 7514 Arlington Nooners Club 7 21 32 1415 Thumbs Up Toastmasters 7 22 42 3546 Waco – Early Birds Club 7 13 64 114 Southlake Summit Toastmasters 7 11 64 746 Sabre Classic 7 20 64 989 Southlake Reach for Success 7 22 64 4236 Southlake Evening Toastmasters 7 12 14...

Confidence Booster

    With promotion, my manager recommended Toastmasters. Nervousness was an issue for me. I’ve learned to prepare and organize my thoughts, to consider the background of my audience and their needs, and to speak with more confidence and volume. Quick thinking: Toastmasters has helped me tremendously with thinking on my feet. Recently won my first ribbon for Best Table Topics speaker, a big accomplishment for me. “ What I enjoy most about Toastmasters is the ability for each member to tailor the experience to their needs and schedule.”         By Jodie Sanders

Confidence. Conviction. Courage.

    Toastmasters has given me more confidence; more conviction; more courage. Enough courage to start writing a novel or two! In my job as a customer service rep, my average talk time decreased by 35 seconds (more than 12%) in first eight months after joining Toastmasters. Destiny defining: Described my role as area governor to my boss. He developed a whole new respect for me. Told him it was “like being a manager of a 100-person department with six different branches.” Resulted in more responsibilities and a more fulfilling job for me. “Friendships both at the club level and throughout...

Pivot Points & Pivotal People

    I hit a personal low early in pursuing my CC.  Recently, a fellow club member told me he wasn’t a “natural” speaker like me. Toastmasters works. Definitely making progress toward being a better speaker, communicator and role model for my fellow Toastmasters. Priceless “peeps”: Made significant friends and relationships through Toastmasters. I believe the quote is very true, “It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” “For me, leadership is all about “Pivot Points,” which basically means people form quick and lasting impressions about you based on your actions. Toastmasters has made me aware...

Commitment & Community

  Listening and attending other club meetings and hearing other Toastmasters presentations over the years helped me become a better communicator. By leading, my understanding of others grew and I learned how to set attainable goals for myself and others. Self-driven service: As a volunteer organization, Toastmasters allows people to develop at a comfortable pace. “Toastmasters helped me to develop a sense of commitment to myself and other Toastmasters within and outside my club.”       By Jodie Sanders