Trio Holiday Post

Trio Holiday Post

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Happy Holidays!  This year has certainly been different than years past.  I’m grateful for the positive things that have happened and choose to focus on those instead.  I am also grateful for all of the members who have chosen to run their marathon by taking that important first step.  The clubs in our district continue to pivot and have adapted new ways to grow their membership and their club members while embracing the new virtual world.  Toastmasters International has evolved by allowing virtual club officer training and our district even held a Virtual Summit...

The Inaugural Club Membership Fair

The Inaugural Club Membership Fair

by Kelley Pelkey, DTM Who knew that 300+ folks in District 25 had reached out to Toastmasters International for membership information, but never joined a club? Are you surprised that upon learning that little tidbit, one of our members had an “Aha moment”? Once again, the District 25 Creativity Queen “B”, Joyce Trimble, had an idea! Why not create an event that would bring potential Toastmasters and District Clubs together? And if it works, it could be the first of many! This was the inception of the Inaugural Toastmaster Club Membership Fair. I received an email asking if I would be a participant and without...

Best Practices to Move Members Forward on their Path!

Best Practices to Move Members Forward on their Path!

by Greg Pick, DTM – Pathways Coordinator Do you have new or existing members who are slowly progressing through their Path?  Perhaps they have not even started.  The key question you are trying to answer is how to get them engaged. Best Practice #1 shows a great way to get anyone committed to their progress is to provide individual attention.  This step confirms one key thing the member must believe – we care!  Individualized attention demonstrates three key factors: we take progress toward their goals very seriously, are committed to helping them achieve their goals, and are a trusted partner in their...

Area Council – My Perspective

Area Council – My Perspective

by Kelsey Dean VPE First Command I am just beginning to venture outside my first Toastmasters club, so I wasn’t sure what to expect for an Area Council meeting, especially since it was happening virtually. We were given an agenda and immediately sent to our area breakout rooms. I was surprised to see that there were only two other people from my area in attendance. While I would like to see more participation, it actually worked out that it was a smaller group. This small group breakout introduced an avenue for networking and getting to know a few people a...

You mean you want me on a “Leadership Panel?”

You mean you want me on a “Leadership Panel?”

by Jesse Ford DL3 Public Relations Manager This last weekend I was asked by our IPDD Jamie Pickering to be part of a discussion session at the Summit where I would be 1 of 4 on a “Leadership Panel.” She first asked me a few weeks ago and frankly, it caught me off guard. I have held roles in my corporate club and last year I was the District Logistics Manager, but I did not see myself exceedingly high on the 5 levels of Leadership I learned about at TLI. Now looking back I am proud of my experiences and...

Area Council – My Perspective

Area Council – My Perspective

by Jessica M. Forsman Over the past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to join in the D25 Area Council Meeting. I currently serve as the Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA) for Mr. Cooper Speaks so it was special that I was able to attend since an SAA typically doesn’t attend this meeting. The overall theme for the meeting was “2 Steps Forward” and we got to hear a speech from Jamie Pickering titled “Little L Leadership.” We were broken up into our respective area groups for a learning session on how to take the first step to help the future of our...

Plot Twist

Plot Twist

by Marian R. Hicks Area 22 Director I love movies. I love the moment an unexpected change occurs that causes your jaw to drop open. This moment, known as a plot twist, changes the trajectory of the movie. As I reflected on Toastmasters this year, we encountered a plot twist none of us could have foreseen. A plot twist challenges the characters in the story to consider a different perspective, try a different approach or learn a new skill. It causes them to pivot. Throughout this year, we’ve changed our perspective on conducting effective, sustainable virtual meetings. We’ve learned how to...

Outstanding Member – November

Outstanding Member – November

by Chris Ranei, DTM District Director This month’s outstanding member deserves a mic drop!  This person spent countless hours designing how audio and video would be delivered at the Summit, including working closely with the onsite staff. They were also instrumental when a new plan was needed for on-the-fly adjustments. They are always the first person to arrive and the last person to leave, never shying away from rolling up their sleeves and digging in. It is my pleasure to announce that Charlie Bowles has earned the Outstanding Member award for November. Please join me in congratulating him for a...

Pathways – Your Opportunity to Lead!

Pathways – Your Opportunity to Lead!

by Steven Timmons, DTM Are you ready to lead? I mean, are you REALLY ready to lead? Many people believe that a great leader is always successful. Really? Who do you know that is always successful? I contend that leadership is about overcoming challenges, not just being successful.  Great leaders are people like you and me. However, they demonstrate one key difference that few people ever see. They know how to create opportunities from their challenges – lemonade from lemons.  While many of us will share our challenges with others, leadership is born from the solutions we employ. Moreover, how...

A Message from TI’s President Richard Peck plus a “Gift!”

A Message from TI’s President Richard Peck plus a “Gift!”

October 22, 2020 Dear Toastmasters, During this calendar year, we have faced challenges none of us could have seen coming. People and businesses from all parts of the world have felt the effects of this global pandemic. Our members are no exception, and as many of you continue to experience the impact of the coronavirus, I want you to know that my thoughts are with you. It should be no surprise that the pandemic has also impacted our organization. Throughout this past year, Toastmasters International has continually assessed cost-saving options that would protect the organization from further financial strain. Some...