Outstanding Member June 2019

Outstanding Member June 2019

By Robi, DTM, District Director 2018-2019 Our district has amazing members. All year, we’ve made a point of recognizing some of those who go above and beyond, simply because they believe in this organization and the people involved. Our final Outstanding Member for the 2018-19 year is no exception. This person has unselfishly given his time, his knowledge, and his passion for the benefit of the membership. He provided Pathways training in many, many of the TLI sessions, both summer and winter. He serves as an officer in his club. He worked with the trio and his team to create...

DTM Dreams

DTM Dreams

By Andra Beatty, Area 42 Director 2018-2019  I remember the moment I heard the exciting news about the Toastmasters Pathways program. We were all excited, a little apprehensive because the words changed, and modernization was involved. After all Toastmasters had not made a major education change since 1924. What would we do; how would we learn without a book in our hand and how would this affect individual Toastmaster members? I quickly found out the answer to question # 3. July 2020 is the deadline date with no extensions. Many of us were now facing a  challenging education completion deadline. In 2015...

How to help another club!

How to help another club!

By Susan Carson, DTM, Club Retention Chair   Have you become a better leader and communicator because of Toastmasters? Would you like to become even better? Would you like to give back to the organization to help others grow just like you did?  If you answered yes – then join Helping Hands or volunteer to serve as a Club Coach and help a struggling Toastmasters club. Helping Hands is a great program in District 25.  It gives you the chance to bring your toastmaster skills and experience to assist a club in distress. The program only requires that you attend...

Let’s Cross the Finish Line Together

Let’s Cross the Finish Line Together

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director It’s that time of year. The Toastmaster year is almost over. Transitions are happening all over the district. Current role holders are breathing a sigh of relief as they realize they can hand off their duties to the incoming leaders. WAIT! NOT YET! The key word is “almost”. There are still a couple weeks left to accomplish whatever it was you started out to accomplish. Now is not the time to slow down, or heaven forbid, to stop. As we approach June 30, look around and see if there is one more thing you...

Emily’s Education Journey

Emily’s Education Journey

By Emily Murray, DTM   I have been in Toastmasters now on and off for over 15 years. I started my journey in Taiwan, and was also a member in New Zealand and Oregon before moving to Texas. I have also visited clubs all over the world- literally. As part of the DTM process you have to lead training’s- I discovered I really enjoy doing this and have since focused my efforts on learning to be an effective trainer and learning as much as I can so I can share that with others. I LOVE both learning and sharing what...

Toastmasters By The Numbers!

Toastmasters By The Numbers!

By Terry Mencke, ACS-ALB, Area 44 Director   I am an accountant.  Not only is it my job to compile numbers, but I play with numbers just for fun! My husband, Chuck, suggested I use my love of numbers to compile some statistics for District 25. My eyes lit up at that suggestion! I hope you find these statistics as interesting as I did! As you are aware, the Pathways program will be replacing the Traditional program next year but for now, many members are working both programs. Briefly, this is how Pathways works. There are 11 different paths, or...

Are You Funny, Do You Want to Be?

Are You Funny, Do You Want to Be?

By Steven Timmons, DTM, Public Relations Manager     Early in February, Toastmasters added their newest (eleventh) path – Engaging Humor.  This path might be right up your alley.  Pathways now includes the Engaging Humor path.  Let’s explore this new path together.           First, I would like to point out that this path is not available in a printed form.  Do not despair though, we have discussed a solution for you in our own “Do You Struggle with Pathways Online?  Well, Stop the Presses” article. During my journey, I have personally worked through and struggled with...

Outstanding Member May 2019

Outstanding Member May 2019

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director One of the qualities we as a trio look for in our Outstanding Members is perseverance. That single-mindedness to get something done, in spite of challenges, roadblocks, and life in general. Our choice for May’s Outstanding Member has shown us just that quality. Bob Beideck serves the district this year as the Division E Director. Along with his district duties, he has a full-time job, and works with students in another volunteer organization. All this can lead to grid-lock when it comes to getting tasks accomplished. Bob has demonstrated perseverance. He has kept on...

Train The Trainer

Train The Trainer

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Club Growth Director I remember the first time I got the opportunity to train our club officers. I thought I was well prepared and I knew exactly what it took to make sure I provided stellar training.  In reality, I just read through the material provided by TI and made sure everyone had the handout.  It took several more attempts at being a trainer before I felt I had delivered the subject appropriately. Should I have put myself through that?  Better yet, should I have put the club officers through that?  If only there was a...

Celebrate-Awards Banquet

Celebrate-Awards Banquet

By Robi Ley DTM, District Director   Do you remember post-vacation home movies? Picking up all those pictures you had to take somewhere to get developed? Finding a place to display all the souvenirs you bought? Sorting through those memories was almost as much fun as the vacation itself. Here’s your chance to have that same experience. August 10 at Ridglea Country Club, we will sort through the snapshots and souvenirs we’ve collected this past year; as individuals, clubs, and as a district. We’ll hand out new awards and remember those already given. We’ll laugh, cry, and make a new...