Maintain Your Better Life

“Just think about how much better your lives are.”  Paul Simon performed in Grand Prairie on October 28, 2011.  Photo by Dean Lampman Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon offered those comforting words to his Grand Prairie audience as the Texas Rangers lost to the Cardinals in World Series Game 7. Simon married a Dallas-area woman; he knows our weather, and quality of life, is nicer than that in St. Louis. We should follow Simon’s advice. Because of Toastmasters, our lives are better. We’re more confident speakers and accomplished leaders. We regularly meet, work and have fun with Toastmasters friends, for less...

Welcome, UTA Toastmasters!

District 25’s newest club, UTA Toastmasters # 2082160, received their charter on September 29, 2011. Club officers are: Deepak Silwal, President Timothy Baker, VP Education Shalaka Sanil, VP Membership Tyler Peschka, VP Public Relations Powers Bilodeau, Secretary Kofolo Yeo, Treasurer   Sumiya Choudhury, Sergeant at Arms The club meets at 3 pm on Tuesdays in Room 101 of the UTA Campus Honors College Bldg, 600 S. West St, Arlington. For membership eligibility criteria and other information, email the club at utatoastmasters@gmail.com.

Polish Your Potential at Winter TLI

I think I need some training . . . At District 25 we let it shine by offering great educational and leadership sessions along with outstanding officer training! WHO? ALL District 25 Toastmasters are invited! Whether novice or veteran, there is a workshop with YOU in mind! Club officers will attend training classes for DCP credit! WHAT? There’s something for everyone! Officer training to meet requirements of the Distinguished Club Plan goals! 4 officers trained twice a year = one DCP goal! 7 officers trained = Super Seven ribbon! Alternate leadership class available for experienced officers! Terrific leadership sessions on...

Good Food Plus Fun & Games Add Up to a Great Time at the Fighter Enterprise/Area 15 Picnic!

It has become a tradition at Fighter Enterprise Toastmasters Club to have a summer picnic at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area. On Oct 1, members dedicated time to spend with fellow Toastmasters and their families. The aspiration was to play volleyball, try various food dishes and have some fun. Longtime member Jack Esparza was in charge of creating the teams and organizing the volleyball game. Our main food organizer was Lidia Barboza, VP Education. Instead of the traditional barbeque, this time it was decided to have a potluck – an excellent idea because we had the chance to taste the...

Awards for Weatherholt, Fighter Enterprise Club

Larry Weatherholt, Systems Engineer on the F-22 program at Lockheed Martin, recently completed his Advanced Communicator Silver award. This achievement was recognized by his management through a SPOT award. Spot awards reward exemplary performance, and Larry received a cash reward. An accomplished speaker, Larry is a member of the Fighter Enterprise Toastmasters Club, one of three clubs at Lockheed Martin Fort Worth. Photo taken by Angela DelCueto of Lockheed Martin.  From left to right are: Pat Alva-Green, Ozzie Ramirez, George DeVille, Lee Tiwari, Bob Goode, Jack Esparza, Randy Johnson, Lidia Barboza, Sergio Delgadillo, Karen Hagar, Larry Weatherholt, Josiah Davis, Will...

November Anniversaries

Birthday congratulations are in order for: 2971 Reveille Club November 1, 1966 2008 Quicksilver Express Club November 1, 1981 629 Six Twenty Nine Club November 1, 1984 5496 Cowtown Toastmasters November 1, 1987 4355 Fighter Enterprise Club November 1, 1987 5555 TCU Toastmasters Club November 1, 1999 420 North TX  Club November 7, 2002 710987 Cleburne Toastmasters Club November 12, 2004 1578495 ToastCrafters November 23, 2010

DCP Lessons from the Texas Rangers

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Texas Rangers clinched the American League (AL) Championship series and they are headed back to the World Series for the second consecutive year. What do the Texas Rangers and the Toastmasters clubs in District 25 have in common? Plenty! Five lessons from the Texas Rangers can help clubs succeed in the Distinguished Club Plan (DCP). Have a Burning Desire to Succeed The desire to succeed did not begin with the start of the championship series. It began a year ago. Nearly hitless on the November night last year when they lost to the Giants,...

Toastmaster Tim Tyran Is Flying High

Tim as Contest Master Nothing seems to be impossible for this former commuter airline pilot who now works as a Senior Safety Analyst at American Airlines. Timothy Tyran is also a DJ, a musician, an ice-hockey fan and a member of the Flagship Speakers Toastmasters Club since January, 2011. He joined the club because he wanted to improve his confidence and learn the skills he needed to effectively communicate to others. He has definitely succeeded. “I have gained a great deal of confidence in my speaking abilities,” says Tim. He is not only able to captivate the Toastmaster audience now...

Area Contests Bring a New Outlook

A great team and a great contest! I hope that you have attended at least one Area Contest this season. The Area Governors and their teams put a tremendous amount of effort into each contest, and the contestants have been excellent. We have heard wonderful test speakers, great evaluations, and have laughed hilariously at the Humorous Speeches. “And now the moment we have all been waiting for . . .” There is still plenty of time left in the contest season for you to attend at least one contest. It could be the beginning of a whole new outlook for...

You Too Can Be a Star!

How would you like a Starring Role in District 25? You can become part of our All Star Cast by committing to District 25 service and earning one of our new D25 Star Awards. It’s all part of our “Let It Shine!” commitment. Here’s how the stars came out: We took a hard look at our popular District 25 Elite recognition.  A member had to qualify by completing three criteria in each of three areas: Marketing, Education, and Leadership. We asked ourselves, “What if someone wants to specialize in one of the three categories?” And A Star Was Born!! You can...