Division Contest Winners!

Division Contest Winners!

By Diana Patton, DTM, District Webmaster It’s been an exciting contest season. Club winners moved to Area contests then winners from 35 Area Table Topics and International Contests completed at the seven Division level contest. Our Division contest winners will compete during the Annual District Conference. Friday night May 3, is the Table Topics contest. Saturday afternoon, May 4, will be International speech contest. Here are pictures of First, Second and Third Place Winners in Division contests. For all 2018-2019 events check out photo albums here.

Reflection on “Rules of the Road” Workshop

Reflection on “Rules of the Road” Workshop

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Program Quality Director I have enjoyed all of the Club Success Workshop presentations this year and last weeks was no exception.  Each workshop has taught our clubs something useful and something that could assist their clubs or the district. During this session, Distinguished Toastmasters Jodie Sanders and Cindy Hinckley skillfully weaved our group through a very complicated subject – Parliamentary procedure.  They taught us the “Rules of the Road” on how to improve the quality of our clubs.  After providing some history on why our founder chose Robert’s Rules as a foundation, they walked us through...

Celebrating 50 Years in Waco

Celebrating 50 Years in Waco

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director On April 3, 2019, the Waco Early Birds celebrated 50 years as a Toastmasters chapter.  It was a great meeting with every current member showing up, plus five visitors, some traveling from as far as Arizona.  The level of Toastmasters experience ranged from Don Ferris (a charter member) and to our newest member David Haskovec.  In addition to our out-of-state visitors, we had Toastmasters present from a majority of Waco chapters, as well as our Area 45 and District 25 Directors who came down from the metroplex. Through anecdotes of charter member Don Ferris,...

Are You a New Base Camp Manager?

Are You a New Base Camp Manager?

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator You have now become the Vice President Education.  As the individual who is also the base camp manager some of your duties include helping members achieve their goals by giving them speaking opportunities and by tracking their progress.  Although the President and Secretary back up you in your role as base camp manager, you remain the responsible individual. Approving a Pending Level Request In Base Camp, your main task will be to approve pending Level Completion requests.  This can be accessed by selecting the “Pending Requests” panel on the Base...

Looking For Something New To Do This Saturday Afternoon?

Looking For Something New To Do This Saturday Afternoon?

By Joyce Trimble, DTM   Do you look ahead at the weekends and wish for something new to do?  Something even child friendly?  I wasn’t looking for something new to do several weeks ago but I had been invited to attend a local gavel club as the General Evaluator.  Friends, we are missing an opportunity to impact the lives of our future Toastmaster leaders. I walked into the Lewisville Library for the weekly meeting of Blue Bonnet Toastmasters.  The room was saturated with energy; only the energy that a room of teenagers can produce!  Their leaders dashing around the table...

My Service Journey

My Service Journey

By Andra Beatty, ACS-ALB, Area Director   Have you ever been given a deadline that pushed you toward achieving your goals at warp speed? I have or at least that is how  this last year has felt to me. So many things to do. So many things accomplished and just a few more to do and my journey will be finished. Club officer, club member mentor, Area Director and TLI Toastmasters Leadership Institute Sessions Chair. It has been a whirlwind of meetings, reports and watching our clubs progress and grow. One at a time. Greeting and Meeting many new friends...

D25 Annual Conference 2019: Dare to Dream

D25 Annual Conference 2019: Dare to Dream

By Ninfa Flewitt, ACS-ALS, Conference Chair The Annual Conference is just around the corner.  Plans are underway for you to have an amazing weekend of education, contests, keynotes, and fun! Friday night, there is something for everyone from an education session by Scott Sherwin, a special First Timer’s Reception, and the Banner Parade, to a Keynote speech by Alise Cortez who will share her thoughts on purpose, the Table Topics Speech Contest, and Friday Night Fun for all as we Dare to Discover our hidden talents! Saturday will hold a full day of education and fun as we Dare to...

Outstanding Member March 2019

Outstanding Member March 2019

By Robi, Ley, DTM, District Director “Here she comes to save the day!” Our March Outstanding Member is no underdog, but she is a true hero. During work hours, she’s a quiet, dedicated, busy CPA. But when called upon, she threw on her superhero cape and stepped up to serve out the last few months of the year as Area 44 Director. Life circumstances happen, and the previously appointed AD had to step away from the role. But, with four months still left, those clubs needed someone to step up and continue the good work that had been started. Terry...

Oops – I Went Too Fast and Marked the Project Complete

Oops – I Went Too Fast and Marked the Project Complete

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator   When we perform new, unfamiliar tasks we make errors.  The Pathways learning experience is designed to be performed in sequence – one project and one level at a time. Tracking Completion What can we do when we mark items as complete when we had not performed all aspects of the projects on that level, such as failing to complete the speech?  For example, I completed the IceBreaker project, completed the after assessment and moved on the “Evaluations and Feedback” project without giving my Icebreaker speech.  Pathways will let us...

Staff Spotlight – Sean Graf

Staff Spotlight – Sean Graf

By Sean Graf, District Audit Chair I grew up in Binghamton, New York.  I joined Toastmasters back in 2007 originally but never attended at that club and finally came back in 2010 and joined the Roanoke Texas Toastmasters club. I am a CPA with FedEx and have been with the company for over 12 years. This is my first time in serving the district, but I was both a Pathways Ambassador and Guide.  I have served as VP of Public Relation in 2016 -2017 and club President in 2017 -2018 for the Roanoke Club.  My wife, Maria, is currently the...