Toastmasters offers a lot of opportunities and I like to say that I have taken advantage of all of them. I have enjoyed both the communication and the leadership track. I have competed in all the contests in which a member can compete and I have filled all the officer positions in a club. I have also served as a district leader as area director and as division director in two different opportunities. I have been conference chair and co-chair and I have presented at the district conferences. And I have been to the international conference which allowed me to see the true reach of toastmasters and its impact in the world.
The reason I do all these things is because I learn so much when I do them. Every opportunity to participate and serve in Toastmasters has a direct positive impact in my personal and professional life. And I truly believe that this is a great opportunity to do something positive for others. I joined the district team this year because I feel that there is a lot of potential untapped in our district. There is a lot of people out there who could benefit so much from what toastmasters can provide. We just have to bring toastmasters to them.
I also know that we have a lot of talent already in our district. There are so many experienced Toastmasters from which I have learned much during the years that are full of ideas to move our district forward. My plan is to build a strong team to bring toastmasters to those who need it the most. I want to ask you to help me in this task. If you ever wanted a chance to do something great for the benefit of those around you, your community and your world, Toastmasters can be a perfect vehicle to do that. Imagine what would happen if those with ideas had the resources and the confidence to express them and make them a reality. Imagine showing people that they can overcome their fears and aspire to be the best version of themselves they can imagine. This is what we can achieve through Toastmasters by offering to others the opportunity to explore and develop their leadership and communication skills.
I WOULD like to thank all those who voted for me at district's spring conference in May to allow me to serve as the Program Quality Director. It is a real privilege and pleasure to be able to represent your particular interests in such a remarkable post.
I joined Toastmasters in April 2013, and within eight months I was elected as the club president for Montgomery Toastmasters, and my leadership roles were by volunteering to assist Agnes Oberkor to be the timer for Division C Speech Contest. By that time, I have not completed Six (6) speeches to conduct other roles in the contest, not knowing my timing position would lead to District 77 (2016-2017) Program Quality Director.
It is time to celebrate our Distinguished District status for (2015-2016), your efforts and dedications to achieving the club's mission were impactful. You accepted to “The Compass for Success” theme and the compass led us to a great limelight. As one year ends, we are starting a new year to focus on “every member matters” We know what success looks like, and we can continue the path to becoming a President’s Distinguished District.
We, the new District Officers are setting goals by diving forward to achieving excellence, and relying on the Toastmasters’ core values: Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence to guide our actions.
Our District 77 members are the most valuable asset. This year, the Program Quality Committee will focus on Education and Training activities that will help members become “UNSTOPPABLE” in their quest to becoming successful in every aspect of their lives by willing to accept failures and successes as a healthy part of growth. My desire is to find ways to keep our members actively engaged.
Once again, thank you for your vote of confidence to serve as your Program Quality Director for (2016-2017). Looking forward to your full support in our engagements this year.
It may be hot outside, but it’s time to start making plans for the fall. I’m excited for cookouts with family and friends, football, and of course, the District 77 Fall Conference.
In keeping with our 2016-2017 theme “Every Member Matters,” we’re turning the spotlight on you, our fellow Toastmasters, for the fall conference.
We’re spotlighting your speaking.
We’re spotlighting your leadership.
We’re spotlighting your health.
We’re spotlighting your achievements.
We’re spotlighting you.
Make plans to join us October 14-16, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn EastChase in Montgomery, Alabama.
Register online for the fall conference here.
Or download the registration to mail in here.
I am honored you selected me as your 2016-17 District Director. My slogan is Every Member Matters. I believe that every member can contribute to Toastmasters at the club and district level. Every member is critical to the short term and long term success of our district. I would like to let you know who I am and also how I plan to help our district.
I am a systems analyst at Protective Life Insurance and have been married to my beautiful wife, Melissa for almost 18 years. I joined Toastmasters in 2002 at the Carpe Diem Club (now Jubilee Toastmasters) in Mobile, AL in 2002 and was a member until 2004. I rejoined Toastmasters in 2006 a few months after moving to Birmingham, AL. I served as club President, VPE, VPM, VPPR. I also served as area director, division director, club growth director, and club extension chair.
Every club member, club leader, and district leader is invaluable. Every person can use his/her talents to the benefit of the club, which also benefits the area, division, and district. All of this starts with the district and club leadership. I challenge our district and club leaders to show that we care about the members in our clubs. The best way the district leadership can show concern is by exhibiting the core values of Toastmasters below:
It is important for each member to participate in the success of their club(s) starting now. In order for members to participate, they must feel they can succeed. One way to do this is to encourage all club leaders to read the Club Leadership manuals and to participate in the Club Success Plan. Also, all district leaders are encouraged to read the District Leadership manual and to participate in their appropriate success plan (Area, Division, and District). I want us to do this so well over 50% of our clubs will be Distinguished by June 30, 2017. Additionally, I challenge our district to have over 25% of our clubs to be Distinguished by April 30, 2017. These manuals have the information to help you succeed!
Finally, seek help from past district leadership. They have the experience from their positions. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. For example, we did trio training before the new Toastmasters year began, and we plan to continue this as a tradition to help us succeed. The outgoing district leaders decided to be part of the district training June 18 in Montgomery to meet with the incoming district leaders. We will also continue a tradition of including outgoing district officers to attend the district officer training to help with the transitioning of district leaders. Let’s start this year and every year in better shape by using the resources we have (i.e. manuals, people). Your success will result in the district succeeding.
Page 1 of 2