Assisting Members Progression down a Printed Path and Submitting an Education Award

Assisting Members Progression down a Printed Path and Submitting an Education Award

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator Did you know that only 0.1 percent of members worldwide have elected printed material for their path?  Recently, I responded to my first request related to moving along their path when working from printed material. Members who elect to travel down a path using printed material never have to log onto a computer.  However, after notifying their Base Camp manager of project completion, the Base Camp manager will need to approve each project upon completion in Base Camp for the member to advance.  Similarly, the Base Camp manager will need to...

Earning Educational Goals on my Journey to Personal Improvement

Earning Educational Goals on my Journey to Personal Improvement

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director What can you get from participating in Toastmasters? As I continued my Toastmasters journey this year, I wondered where to put my focus. I have a DTM. I’ve given dozens of speeches. I’ve served in many leadership roles. What is left for me to talk about? I did a skill check and chose three advanced manuals from the Traditional Program that addressed the areas I felt were my weak points: Storytelling, Humorous, and Public Relations. Completing these speech projects stretched my abilities. I also continued to work and refresh fundamental speaking skills by...

My Favorite Role

My Favorite Role

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director, Area 33 Director   This year I am honored to once again serve as an Area Director. Working with Area 33, I have found this second tour more rewarding than the first time. One reason is because I know a whole lot more about the job this time than I did the first time. But the main reason is because of the relationships I have developed. I am supporting the clubs in Area 33 by communicating information related to: (1) upcoming events and deadlines, (2) incentives being offered by the district, and (3) resources available to assist them...

Update on Speakathons from Toastmasters

Update on Speakathons from Toastmasters

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following information was sent from Toastmasters International. April 21, 2020 Dear Club President and Vice President Education, We know that due to the evolving impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), some members are having difficulties finding opportunities to present speeches in the club setting. Because of this, Toastmasters International has made the following allowances regarding special meetings devoted solely for prepared speeches, also known as Speakathons, to increase speaking opportunities for many members. The current rules that apply to conducting a Speakathon: Speakathons are held at the club level. An Area, Division, or District cannot...

Something’s Missing

Something’s Missing

By Robi Ley, DTM, , Immediate Past District Director, District Leadership Committee Chair   By now, you have probably noticed there is something missing from the recent report from your District Leadership Committee. No, we did not forget. It’s not a mistake or an oversight. There is no candidate for Club Growth Director listed on the report, and there will be no candidate listed on the ballot. How does this happen, you ask? Simple. The protocol that governs our District Election process, Protocol 9.0, clearly states that the committee is to nominate 2 or more candidates for this position. There...

Virtual District Council Meetings, Campaigns, and Election Guidelines

Virtual District Council Meetings, Campaigns, and Election Guidelines

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director   District Leadership Team received this email April 12, 2020: Dear District Leaders, With the recent exceptions made by the Board of Directors, communicated on April 6, we’ve complied guidelines on how to conduct the upcoming District council meetings, candidate campaigns/showcase, and elections. This message has been sent to all District Directors, Program Quality Directors, Club Growth Directors, Administration Managers, and Immediate Past District Directors. Please also share with your District Leadership Committee, Credentials team, and candidates. More information regarding the DLC process, elections, and FAQs may be found on the Elections Toolkit. Jonathan...

Outstanding Member April 2020

Outstanding Member April 2020

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director If you know our Outstanding Member of the Month you may recognize the following: …what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a savior for people like you. If you log into my zoom now, I can help and support you. I will show you virtual backgrounds, I will show you admin-ing participants. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will provide you documentation. You guessed it!  Chuck Mencke!  He’s...

Leadership is all its quacked up to be and more!

Leadership is all its quacked up to be and more!

By Jamie, DTM, District Director The biggest question asked this contest season isn’t “can you hear me ok” or even “what’s Zoom”, no it’s “what’s the deal with the duck?!?” Well, I’ll tell you what’s the deal with the duck! The ‘Tell it to the Duck’ concept started in IT.  Often code developers work alone or odd hours and find themselves searching for someone to bounce ideas off of.  Maybe they ran into a problem they can’t fix, or they want to know if their solution is a good idea and there is no soul around to help. Enter the...

Let the Contest Begin!

Let the Contest Begin!

By Diana Pittman, DTM (Note:  Not Diana Patton – difference Pitter/Patter)   Remember the early cautionary suggestion to Social Distant from others?  Imagine that moment was our last in-person Toastmasters club meeting. The last time to see our weekly club members, no more anticipation of our monthly dinners, no more hugging our good friends, and an end to our physical closeness.  This day would be our club contest. Note: No shaking hands took place in the making of this contest.  Members and guests strategically seated away from each other.  We had a full house with twenty-one attendees!  Excitement was in...

District Council Process Updates

District Council Process Updates

By Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director   April 6, 2020 Dear District Leaders, On March 15, the Board of Directors announced that no District, Division, or Area events can be held in person, on or prior to June 1, 2020. This decision has impacted District processes and activities that are customarily conducted at in-person events. Therefore, the Board has made exceptions to several sections of the Toastmasters International governing documents. These exceptions are intended to reduce the complexity of normal annual District Council meeting processes that now need to be conducted online and allow all candidates greater opportunities to communicate...