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...

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