Chuck’s Excellent Experience of Excellence!

Dana LaMon and Chuck Mencke I had the honor of attending my first Toastmasters International Convention August 18 – 21, 2011. The experience left me speechless, and that’s pretty tough for a Toastmaster. The convention was overwhelming and at the same time extremely fulfilling. It was tough to unwind at night and get to sleep because I had so much raging through my brain. I got to meet and interact with Toastmasters from all over the world and “rub elbows” with many of the former “World Champions of Speaking.” I also got to meet the board of directors and staff...

A Lifetime of Service Rewarded

At the 2011 International Convention in Las Vegas, Toastmasters International President Pat Johnson, DTM, presented a Presidential Citation to me saying “Celebrating nearly 60 years in Toastmasters, Rex has served the organization in countless noteworthy positions. He has given a lifetime of service to this organization and is one of the few remaining Toastmasters who have met and worked with our founder, Dr. Ralph Smedley.” I was deeply honored to receive this recognition and a standing ovation.  I am proud to be a member of North Texas Toastmasters Club here in D25 and look forward to many more years of...

Using My Voice

As leaders we never stop growing. I learned more about myself in this past year as a candidate than I ever expected. It is a privilege and honor to serve as your International Director. Many asked why I wanted to serve as an International Director.  Simply put, Toastmasters helped me find my voice not only as a leader, but as a person.  As a result, I want to use my voice to help shape the future of the organization and serve our world.  I am humbled by the thousands of members who supported me during the journey.  I am proud...

September Anniversaries

Wish these clubs a Happy Anniversary! 3006    Oration Plus Toastmasters Club September 1, 1983 5981    Carrollton Club September 1, 1985 1184    Expressionaires Club September 1, 1986 5718    Alliance Networks September 1, 1997 1082726    Medtronic Toasters September 7, 2007 1082792    Savvy Sayers September 7, 2007 1535257    Truckin’ Toastmasters September 8, 2010 1082229    Texas Toasters September 11, 2007 1386263    Toasting for Excellence September 16, 2009 594840    Toast the Blues Toastmasters Club September 17, 2003 9646    Aegonizers September 23, 2002 1540842    Speakers of the House September 23, 2010 959155    A-Team...

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...