November Anniversaries

Birthday congratulations are in order for: 2971 Reveille Club November 1, 1966 2008 Quicksilver Express Club November 1, 1981 629 Six Twenty Nine Club November 1, 1984 5496 Cowtown Toastmasters November 1, 1987 4355 Fighter Enterprise Club November 1, 1987 5555 TCU Toastmasters Club November 1, 1999 420 North TX  Club November 7, 2002 710987 Cleburne Toastmasters Club November 12, 2004 1578495 ToastCrafters November 23, 2010

DCP Lessons from the Texas Rangers

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Texas Rangers clinched the American League (AL) Championship series and they are headed back to the World Series for the second consecutive year. What do the Texas Rangers and the Toastmasters clubs in District 25 have in common? Plenty! Five lessons from the Texas Rangers can help clubs succeed in the Distinguished Club Plan (DCP). Have a Burning Desire to Succeed The desire to succeed did not begin with the start of the championship series. It began a year ago. Nearly hitless on the November night last year when they lost to the Giants,...

Toastmaster Tim Tyran Is Flying High

Tim as Contest Master Nothing seems to be impossible for this former commuter airline pilot who now works as a Senior Safety Analyst at American Airlines. Timothy Tyran is also a DJ, a musician, an ice-hockey fan and a member of the Flagship Speakers Toastmasters Club since January, 2011. He joined the club because he wanted to improve his confidence and learn the skills he needed to effectively communicate to others. He has definitely succeeded. “I have gained a great deal of confidence in my speaking abilities,” says Tim. He is not only able to captivate the Toastmaster audience now...

Area Contests Bring a New Outlook

A great team and a great contest! I hope that you have attended at least one Area Contest this season. The Area Governors and their teams put a tremendous amount of effort into each contest, and the contestants have been excellent. We have heard wonderful test speakers, great evaluations, and have laughed hilariously at the Humorous Speeches. “And now the moment we have all been waiting for . . .” There is still plenty of time left in the contest season for you to attend at least one contest. It could be the beginning of a whole new outlook for...

You Too Can Be a Star!

How would you like a Starring Role in District 25? You can become part of our All Star Cast by committing to District 25 service and earning one of our new D25 Star Awards. It’s all part of our “Let It Shine!” commitment. Here’s how the stars came out: We took a hard look at our popular District 25 Elite recognition.  A member had to qualify by completing three criteria in each of three areas: Marketing, Education, and Leadership. We asked ourselves, “What if someone wants to specialize in one of the three categories?” And A Star Was Born!! You can...

Achieving the Vision

  It’s up to all of us to support the vision behind the Toastmasters International rebranding campaign and accompanying tagline: “Where Leaders are Made.” If you and your club want to get started, here are three ways to support rebranding:  Update your Website. As several D25 clubs have done already, just follow the instructions on how to implement FreeToastHost (FTH) Version 2.0. If your club uses a platform other than FTH, have your Webmaster visit TI’s virtual brand portal. If (s)he needs further help, contact me, Chuck Mencke, or Jodie Sanders. 2. Replace obsolete collateral. Start with your club’s guest packet,...

Sharing Your Light

“A candle loses nothing by sharing its light with another.” One of the most important ways we nourish our testimonies is by sharing them with others. Sharing our testimonies not only builds others but brings greater “light” and further blessings into our own lives. —Spencer W. Kimball Want to be inspired? Check out the stories that members of our District have told about their Toastmasters experience. Want to inspire others? Tell your Toastmaster story. Denni Cravins and Jodie Sanders have taken stories submitted by our members and presented them in a format that can be used at a special club...

Cooke County Area Toasters Celebrate Charter

Cooke County Area Toasters celebrated their official Charter Celebration on September 26, 2011 at the Gainesville Civic Center with distinguished speakers, members and guests. The speeches for the evening were “What’s in It for You?” by Diana Patton, District 25 Governor, and “How Leaders are Made” by David Martin, Past District 25 Governor. Patton and Martin presented the Charter Certificate and the club’s new banner to President Orland Woodard. We were the second club in the District to receive the new banner since the rebranding. The club also received a lectern. Orland Woodard and Julie Phillips, with assistance from former...

Did You Know You’re Missing Out?

  Judges work hard . . . As I was sitting at the Area 33 Contest tonight getting ready to judge, I was thinking to myself how much fun all of you were missing! There’s a core group of judges that have been judging a lot together lately. Why? Because there just aren’t enough judges available to cover the area and division contests.       . . . but they don’t go hungry. Judging and attending all the different area and division contests is so much fun. I look forward to each and every contest that I’m able to...

Pay It Forward

Cindy Hinckley, DTM Savvy Sayers Fort Worth, Texas Toastmasters enhanced my communication skills by teaching me how to organize my thoughts on a moment’s notice, think on my feet, and have confidence in myself to get my point across to others effectively. Door opener: It has opened doors for me at work. I have gotten opportunities I would never have had. Also, I would never have believed in myself enough to take on certain work roles without Toastmasters. “I feel a whole new world opened up for me when I stepped outside my local club and competed in my first...