During the 2015-2016 Toastmasters year, District 77 was named a Distinguished District.
In order to be distinguished, the District must have:
3% net increase in clubs
3% net increase in membership payments
40% of clubs named Distinguished Clubs (or higher)
Congratulations to our leadership team and all of our members who made this possible.
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.
In 1905, while working at the YMCA in Bloomington, Illinois Ralph Smedley developed a social skills club that would later become Toastmasters International. Smedley wanted to teach the young men he worked with how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs, and work on committees.
Today, Toastmasters across the world continue Smedley’s vision when we help friends, neighbors, and community members discover Toastmasters. In celebration of Smedley’s birthday, your club can earn the Smedley Award this fall.
When your club adds five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30, the club will be awarded the “Smedley Award,” a ribbon that can be proudly displayed on your club’s banner and also receive a 10% discount off their next club order from the Toastmasters International store.
Check out Toastmasters International’s website for more information, and check back soon to see the list of winning clubs.