Prepare to Cast Your Vote-Toastmasters International

Prepare to Cast Your Vote-Toastmasters International

Chris Raneri, DTM, District Director’s summary of information provided by Toastmasters International – Club Voting (1) Voting at the Annual Business Meeting Clubs in good standing may cast two (2) votes at the Annual Business Meeting for International Officer and Director elections, as well as Proposals A and B to amend the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. (2)  Designating a Proxyholder All clubs must designate a proxy to vote before Aug 22. For proxies to be assigned, each Club President or Secretary must log in to the Toastmasters International website to specify how the club will cast its votes.  Clubs must...

Service Isn’t Always Natural

Service Isn’t Always Natural

by Les Condit, DTM Service is not something that came naturally to me. When I was young, “my life” seemed to be what was most important. I was in Boy Scouts and I liked getting badges and positive feedback from my parents, but as I worked toward my Eagle Scout Award more of my time was spent doing service projects. We cleared trails and build check dams to prevent erosion. We did things to help out the Church that sponsored us and we did other things in the community like cleaning the trash off of miles of roadways. I did...

A message from Club Quality and Member Support Teams at World Headquarters

A message from Club Quality and Member Support Teams at World Headquarters

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director Information below sent to members from Toastmasters International.   June 26, 2020 Dear Toastmasters, World Headquarters is receiving a high volume of requests about the end of the Toastmasters year, and the end of the traditional education program. At this time, we are prioritizing the education award applications that we are receiving above almost everything else. Rest assured, your email is important to us and will be answered as quickly as possible. Our auto-reply email indicates that we have received your email and confirms a date stamped submission. Below are some current frequently asked...

Treasurer Plus Mentor Times Two Equals A Triple Threat

Treasurer Plus Mentor Times Two Equals A Triple Threat

by Helena Studmire, SR3 – Treasurer, NCTCOG Toastmasters The 2019-2020 Toastmaster year has been quite interesting, to say the least. I was elected as Treasurer for my club, NCTCOG Toastmasters, in June 2019. On a Friday in late summer 2019, I began the process of mentoring a new Toastmaster member, Evan. The next day, on Saturday, I began mentoring young people to help them with their goal of giving their “big talks” in November! On top of that, I completed three Pathways levels and competed in the Area 63 International Speech Contest in April 2020! Picture this: I was working...

How to Support Incarcerated Members in Adopting Pathways

How to Support Incarcerated Members in Adopting Pathways

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following was emailed to District Leaders, June 11, 2020   Dear District Leaders, Over the past several months, there have been questions about Prison clubs continuing with Pathways or converting to Gavel clubs due to the end of the traditional education program. Therefore, a group of Prison club experts and board members formed a working group to identify best practices that could be shared across Districts, to offer support and decrease the need to convert to a Gavel club by June 30. We are pleased to present a set of webinars that will...

Help Them Achieve Their Goals

Help Them Achieve Their Goals

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following was emailed to club members June 8, 2020.   June 8, 2020 Dear Toastmasters, The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted the world as we once knew it. Millions have lost their jobs and are left wondering what’s next. With your help, a brighter future awaits! If someone you know has lost their job due to the coronavirus, share the Interview Success webinar series with them so that they can land that next job opening. Then, use the Online Prospect Flier to invite them, your friends, family, and members of your community to attend your club’s next...

Celebrating You! – Under the Sea

Celebrating You! – Under the Sea

by Jesse Ford, DL2, Logistics Manager   What could possibly be better than a whole Toastmasters year spent “Celebrating You”? I know…One more night of it! On August 29th “while we devotin, full time to floatin UNDER THE SEA!” Obviously I’ve spent too much time with Jamie and her famous “musical tourettes.”  The important part is that August 29th is our Annual Awards Banquet with the theme, you guessed it…” Celebrating You, Under The Sea.” If you thought we celebrated throughout the year just wait and see…”Darling it’s better, down where its wetter, take it from me…” As always we...

Outstanding Member June 2020

Outstanding Member June 2020

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director I move that District 25’s Outstanding Member of the month is our District Parliamentarian, Michael Kinser.  Because he has worked behind the screens to make sure that both our virtual Business Meetings this year have run correctly according to Robert’s Rules and Toastmasters International policies.  He worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the events to educate and help guide the leadership in crafting a script as well as being on the spot with help during the meetings where the pressure was on. There is no second needed as the motion is from...

The Future of Pathways (aka My Leadership Journey)

The Future of Pathways (aka My Leadership Journey)

by Steven Timmons, DTM, Panther City Toastmasters When I attended college, I don’t know that I had ever actually seen a personal computer.  My mother worked as a programmer for Vought and my father brought home a dumb terminal once to connect by phone (long distance) to Dallas where we played football (Dot Matrix style) briefly (hey, it was long-distance). In 1983, I interned with Southland Royalty Company in the Audit department. One day, the Budget department right next door got a shiny new IBM Personal Computer with two 512 K floppy drives and no memory. It was GREAT!!! The...

New District Recognition Awards

New District Recognition Awards

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following email was send from Toastmasters International to District Leaders regarding new District recognition awards for Areas, Divisions, District.   May 28, 2020 Dear District Leader, There is cause for celebration. As Toastmasters clubs and Districts around the world adapt to the effects the coronavirus crisis is having on meetings and District activities, Toastmasters International is taking note of the overwhelming positive energy and support. With year-end approaching, many of you have risen to the challenge of encouraging and influencing clubs to achieve membership and education goals, despite what is going on globally,...