My Fellow Toastmasters,
Nobel Peace prizewinner, Ralph Bunch, once said, “To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.” This means persistence is the path to success. Members come to Toastmasters searching for answers to the problem of the fear of public speaking. Speech anxiety is the leading reason why members join Toastmasters. The Toastmasters program can assist members to build confidence and become proficient speakers who can write and give presentations. The program builds leadership skills, such as listening and critical thinking through participation in meetings. Ralph Bunch’s quote leads me to say to members, if you do not know your path, then create one. Work hard on that path until you achieve your goals.
We have almost completed our first half of the 2017-2018 year. We are committed to opening our member’s eyes to the greatness of Toastmasters. Our goals are to make members comfortable with Toastmasters resources and tools while strengthening and building clubs. These resources and tools are available at your fingertips. Even though we are all in different places in our communication and leadership journey, every member is valued. I urge you to use all the tools available and share what you’ve learned with others to optimize your learning experiences.
We are approaching a transitional period in Toastmasters where personal development and technology will meet. Pathways is coming to our District in May 2018. Each members’ success will depend on their active participation. Toastmasters’ current and new educational programs have so many benefits to the members. Get involved! Members, you have the option to join advance and/or language specialty clubs as a dual member in Toastmasters. Become engaged in your personal development by having fun while you are learning at your club’s meetings. Align your club dues payment schedules with the Toastmasters International policies and procedures. Remember that it is through participation and with a firm resolve that you will improve. Our District 46 leaders are here to guide you. Challenge yourself to stretch and step outside of our comfort zone. Think about what you could do to make your Toastmasters club a better place than when you started. Mentor a new member by sharing your evaluation techniques. The District leaders are here to serve you. Each of you can be a servant leader in your clubs by assisting another member. Yes, each one must teach one. Thank you.
District 46 “Together We Rock.“
Nancy Garlick, DTM
District 46 Director