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:

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Service

  • Excellence

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.