When I joined Toastmasters I never imagined entering Leadership at any level and now I find myself serving as your District Director.
These past years have taught me a lot. Mostly that I have a lot more to learn. I am truly thankful to have been given this chance to learn alongside my fellow members of District 84.
It’s my pleasure to serve this District and I had dedicated myself and my efforts to this District and its Mission. I am looking forward to serving alongside your Program Quality Director, Mike McLean DTM and your Club Growth Director, Beth Ramsay DTM. Together we will work hard as the members of District 84 step up to the line and “Race to the Finish” as we finish this coming year as Presidents Distinguished.
Go District 84!
As your Program Quality Director, I realize I have an enormous obligation to you, to every officer, and to every member of District 84. You see, I know that the Toastmasters can change people’s lives. I, personally, have watched tentative introverts grow to become confident speakers. I have watched people develop the confidence to trust in their voice and become leaders. To every member, with every individual and personal goal, I commit to helping District 84, our officers, and our clubs deliver the highest possible program to YOU!
Maybe as you read this, you have “earning my Competent Communicator” as your goal. Maybe you want to finish those last steps to earning your Distinguished Toastmaster award. And you maybe somewhere in between, with some specific goals for your situation. You may have even “not yet” started the program and simply want to learn what we can offer. The entire leadership team and I will serve you and help you reach your goals. District 84 will, together, Race To The Finish as we all meet our goals.
Please feel free to contact me with any question you may have as you learn and grow.
For those who may not know my story, I’ve been speaking professionally for over 15 years. Many of my fellow speakers would mention Toastmasters here and there and their comments went in one ear and out the other, until one of my speaker friends mentioned Toastmasters again. I stopped her and asked, “WHY are you in Toastmasters? You’re a professional speaker! Aren’t Toastmasters clubs for those who are learning?”
She proceeded to tell me about how she tries out new material at her club, gains valuable feedback and how great the people are. She added, “There are many really awesome speakers there, too!” After thinking about that for a while, I ventured in to a couple different clubs as a guest and found my HOME!
That was April 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.
Although I love leadership, the interactions and the challenges … what I have truly come to love and appreciate are all of you: our Toastmasters family. I have truly found great friends.
My heart is touched by those who celebrate a major victory by just standing before an audience, I celebrate with you. For those who work so hard to get through the contest “gauntlet,” know that I am cheering you on. And when another Toastmaster gains confidence and poise each and every time they speak, you make me (as my home club calls me) a “proud Mama Hen.”
Along with our District Director, Bob Fischer, DTM, and our Program Quality Director, Mike McLean, DTM, along with our fantastic leadership team of dedicated Area and Division Directors, and all the many important Chair People who are our unsung heroes, we’re ready to continue One District, One Message and finish at the TOP.
It is truly a privilege and an honor to serve you as Club Growth Director this year.
Now let’s put the pedal to the metal. See you at the Finish Line!