Raoul Yacinthe

From the District Director,
Raoul Yacinthe, DTM

“On behalf of the entire District Leadership Team, please accept our best wishes for the upcoming holidays.”

Dear Fellow Toastmasters Members,

On behalf of the entire District Leadership Team, please accept our best wishes for the upcoming holidays. I wish you the best for yourselves and your families. I hope the New Year brings you success, focus and renewed aspirations. While I do want to keep this message brief there’s a lot of ground to cover so please bear with me.

Calling All Future District Leaders

The District will be preparing for many changes, beginning with the Leadership Conference on January 12, 2019. If you are a current club or District officer and wish to learn how you can advance your Toastmasters career by serving in a larger capacity, you are invited to attend. You will already have received your invitation in an email from the Leadership Conference team.

We are also actively seeking those leaders who already know they want to help lead the District in the 2019-2020 Toastmasters Year. If you are ready to take on a larger leadership role, or if you know a fellow member with a similar vision, please download, complete and submit a nomination form for yourself, or to nominate another member. View the Call for Nominations on the District 46 website for more information.

District 46 will Split in Two!

Did you know that the District will be splitting into two separate Districts in 2020? Yes, there will be a District 119 resulting from the split of District 46. To learn why a split is necessary, and to see where your club will be placed, view the District 46 Reformation page of our website. There will be more opportunities for all of you to grow further and make a difference by contributing to the success of the District.

Where We Stand with Pathways

We have made significant strides since the launch of Pathways in May 2018, but we still have a long road ahead. Congratulations to all the club officers who have embraced the new program with a 75.25% adoption rate, thereby placing District 46 first out of the seven Region 9 districts. Unfortunately, non-officer members aren’t doing as well with Pathways adoption, as our newest members are participating at just 52.2%, while pre-Pathways members are at 57.5%. This ranks us at fourth and third, respectively, among other districts in Region 9. If you are still in the traditional, manual-based program, please keep working towards your goals; you have until June 2020 to complete any manual or project.

Incentives Expiring Soon

There are several incentives that your club still has time to achieve before they expire on December 31. The requirements for these, and all the awards, can be viewed at Club Incentive Awards.

We’re Only Halfway There

If you joined us at the Holiday Celebration at Antun’s on December 1, you’ll recall how attendees acknowledged all that’s been accomplished since July. I invite everyone to do the same now as we quickly approach the halfway mark of the 2018-2019 Toastmasters Year. But, please, don’t pause for long; there’s much to do in the remaining six months. The District will be adjusting its strategies, and we suggest you do the same. Take this time to plan on how you will reach the goals you set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year, or to set new goals for your Toastmasters career.

Once again, on behalf of the District leadership team, I wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and coming New Year. I sincerely wish you and yours the very best!

Regards and Happy Holidays!

Raoul Yacinthe, DTM
District Director

P.S. Thanks to all who attended the Holiday Celebration at Antun’s, and my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by the last-minute changes to the ticket sales deadlines.