We are approaching the end of the Toastmasters year, and in the past 11 months we truly have gone
Above and Beyond
. Collectively, we completed over 900 educational awards, over 55 clubs have already been recognized as Distinguished, clubs have added new members and 12 new clubs have chartered. I want to acknowledge everyone’s efforts in these achievements, to you as individual members, as well as our Area and Division Directors, the Club Growth team as well as the Program Quality contributors.
During our Annual Conference that took place on May 18 & 19 at the Biltmore hotel in Santa Clara, we had a chance to see some of our newest DTMs (Distinguished Toastmasters) walk on the stage and celebrate by hugging each of our current DTMs. What a sight to see! I wish for you to join the fun as a newly minted DTM for a similar celebration in future years. We also crowned our
in the Evaluation contest that Elaine Lung won, and Janet Hebert will be representing District 101 during the Regional quarterfinals this month for the International Speech contest. If she wins this step, she will be heading to the
in Denver in August to compete in the semi-finals.
As a District, we are on track to earn the coveted Distinguished District recognition. We are just in need of a few more members to add to each club. As such, I am asking each of you to invite a friend or two (or more!) to attend a club meeting and see if they are interested in joining Toastmasters. With those new members, your club will be poised to enjoy a
, as added diversity makes a club thrive even further. Each club will earn a Toastmasters International Gift Certificate for each new member joining the club between May 1 and June 30.
If you have been an officer for some time, have you considered stepping on the other side of the table? You can lead a
Club Officer Training
session AND earn credit if you are currently in this role. One of the requirements is to actively participate in a
Train the Trainer
session. Our next offering is on June 27 in Santa Clara.
If you are an officer for the upcoming term, check out the various
that will be added over the next couple of months, and take advantage of the
Early Bird COT
on June 26 in San Jose.
Over the past several months, I have seen countless members going
Above and Beyond
from the Area Contest Chair who extended herself to engage everyone in attendance, to the club member who discovered the diversity of the Pathways program and vowed to complete "just" another level before the end of the month. The benefits enjoyed during these times will be forever added to the list of skills we each have honed.
I hope you have embraced the progress you have made this year and spread the word to others who will soon be joining a club. Let's keep the momentum going into our next year starting on July 1.