A Three-Year Path to DTM

Sarfaraz Nazir I joined District 25 in July 1993 as a member of the (now defunct) Lunch Bunch Toastmasters. Three years later, I had completed all the requirements to earn the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation and award, except one. The one requirement that kept me from getting my DTM was “must have been a member of Toastmasters for at least four years.” I had to wait another year before getting my first DTM in July 1997. Under the existing Communication and Leadership requirements, there is no membership requirement except that the Toastmaster must be a member in good standing of...

December Anniversaries

These clubs are celebrating a birthday in December: 1247787 ICE Breakers December 1, 2008 3055 Denton Toastmasters Club December 1, 1983 5213 Ryan Plaza Club December 1, 1994 760 T-Toasters Club December 1, 1995 593906 Skymasters Club December 5, 2003 1587802 PDX RxOrators December 13, 2010 1425175 C3 – Corning Communicator’s Club December 14, 2009 621025 Keller Communicators Club December 16, 2003 1425208 Burnt Toast December 16, 2009 1267200 Siemens DFW Toastmasters December 19, 2008 3692 Lakeside Club December 26, 2002 by Jodie Sanders

Welcome to the Improv!

I’ve had the pleasure recently of attending an advanced club in Dallas called “Improv Masters.” In this club, the attendees are assigned a subject and have 5 minutes to prepare a speech from the Competent Communication manual. It’s like Table Topics on steroids. They still do regular Table Topics for those not giving a speech, and there are a few other entertaining items during the meeting. This format is great for improving your impromptu speaking. This club meets once a month at the homes of its members with a pot luck dinner preceding the meeting. I would like to find...

A Principled Path

Larry Vance, DTM Waco Wordsmiths Waco, Texas Toastmasters taught me that we are all friends here to help each other. Through leadership roles, I realized that leadership is more about influence than about authority. Everyone can have an influence for good in others. Missing link: I never aspired to be a leader, but assumed the role of leader when there was a void in the leadership of a group. Through the DTM process, I realized the missing elements to my service. “I am impressed with Toastmasters principles… Toastmasters can benefit anybody and everybody. Maybe not everybody will opt for joining Toastmasters,...

Real Résumé Reviver

Mary Feltman, DTM Heart of Texas Bridge Gappers Hewitt, Texas Toastmasters became a major addition to my CV. When I had to answer the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities questionnaire, I had something about Toastmasters for each of the 16 questions. When people ask me how I learned to conduct meetings, I easily say “Toastmasters taught me leadership.” Relocation assistance: I have lived in a few different states and have always been able to meet new and different people and be welcomed into a new club when I relocated. “It is great to have Toastmaster friends everywhere!”

Getting to the Point

Peggy Corino, CC, CL MidCities Achievers Bedford, Texas I have a very outgoing personality and communication is my passion. My friend, a member, urged me to go. I went to a meeting. I’ve been addicted to Toastmasters ever since. Because Toastmasters helps me organize my thoughts better, I’m more confident that my messages are fully understood. “Too much gab,” now fab: I have a strong ability to lead others; however, I used to get long-winded which tended to confuse the people I led. Now, I know how to say the key elements quickly so people do not get confused. “Members live...

A Personal Invitation to Conference

We have an incredible opportunity for members of District 25 to learn, grow, celebrate our member and club successes, visit with Toastmaster friends, build new friendships and have lots of fun! That opportunity is the District 25 Fall Conference – November 18-19, Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, Irving. Our theme:  “Let It Shine!” The events are sure to ignite a spark  in each of those attending. The conference committee has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone has a memorable weekend. Never attended a District 25 Conference? This is THE conference to call your first. Make sure you attend the first timer reception...

Maintain Your Better Life

“Just think about how much better your lives are.”  Paul Simon performed in Grand Prairie on October 28, 2011.  Photo by Dean Lampman Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon offered those comforting words to his Grand Prairie audience as the Texas Rangers lost to the Cardinals in World Series Game 7. Simon married a Dallas-area woman; he knows our weather, and quality of life, is nicer than that in St. Louis. We should follow Simon’s advice. Because of Toastmasters, our lives are better. We’re more confident speakers and accomplished leaders. We regularly meet, work and have fun with Toastmasters friends, for less...

Welcome, UTA Toastmasters!

District 25’s newest club, UTA Toastmasters # 2082160, received their charter on September 29, 2011. Club officers are: Deepak Silwal, President Timothy Baker, VP Education Shalaka Sanil, VP Membership Tyler Peschka, VP Public Relations Powers Bilodeau, Secretary Kofolo Yeo, Treasurer   Sumiya Choudhury, Sergeant at Arms The club meets at 3 pm on Tuesdays in Room 101 of the UTA Campus Honors College Bldg, 600 S. West St, Arlington. For membership eligibility criteria and other information, email the club at utatoastmasters@gmail.com.

Polish Your Potential at Winter TLI

I think I need some training . . . At District 25 we let it shine by offering great educational and leadership sessions along with outstanding officer training! WHO? ALL District 25 Toastmasters are invited! Whether novice or veteran, there is a workshop with YOU in mind! Club officers will attend training classes for DCP credit! WHAT? There’s something for everyone! Officer training to meet requirements of the Distinguished Club Plan goals! 4 officers trained twice a year = one DCP goal! 7 officers trained = Super Seven ribbon! Alternate leadership class available for experienced officers! Terrific leadership sessions on...