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...

Tales of a Highly Organized Person

Margaret Dolsen “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” Julie Andrews I enjoy having an organized workspace. From the kitchen to the office, I like things in their place. But, do not confuse organized with tidy. No, I’m a stacker. A pile-maker. My chaos is uniquely mine, and I know it intimately. But, as a newly elected Toastmasters officer, it’s a priority to organize all the tips, strategies and hand-me-downs I’ve already accumulated. I need a Barney Book! At work, we have a lot of new...

Be a Model Marketer: Exhibit the Two Ps of Good Toastmasters

Dean Lampman In Toastmasters, more than many organizations, marketing is everyone’s responsibility. Our district will continue to prosper only if we each make the required effort; this article offers insight on what that entails and how to do your part. To propel the growth of District 25, you need NOT be fully versed on the four Ps that compose the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion). Instead, simply focus on the two Ps characteristic of good Toastmasters: be a good planner and a proponent of what we do. ·      Planners prevent poor performance. They have what it takes to...

Happy New Year! — “Let It Shine!”

Diana Patton July 1, 2011, marked the beginning of a new Toastmaster year. I’m happy to have been elected as your District Governor for 2011-2012. This year is going to be amazing! I want each member, club officer, and district leader to imagine next June 30, 2012. Where do you want to be on your Toastmaster journey? Where does your club want to be? Each of us has a part to play in making our clubs a success. First we make ourselves successful by finding that light within that is our strength. We develop and share that strength with our...

To All Members of District 25

Thank you for an outstanding year. Because of your hard work and dedication to the Toastmasters Promise, I am proud to announce that we have achieved Distinguished District status for 2010-2011. Thanks also to the District officers and staff for their outstanding leadership. I was proud to serve alongside all of you. It has been an honor and privilege to serve such an amazing group of individuals as District Governor. I wish you continued success in your Toastmasters journey! David Martin Immediate Past District Governor