Hello and Happy New Toastmaster Year!
I am honored to be your Program Quality Director(PQD) for the 2021-2022 Toastmaster year. I get to work with yet another amazing team, and together, we will continue to help our clubs and our District achieve success!
The PQD team is already working diligently on our plans to share new, innovative ways to conduct education and training sessions. TLIs will all be online again this year, and they will be more focused and interactive. The monthly Pathways sessions will continue, as will the New Member Orientation with our Trio and Pathways Chair. Moments of Truth (MOT) training will be available to everyone, with suggestions on how to survey the members in advance, making the MOT presentation more efficient and successful. A few new incentives have been added to the Golden Gavel Award, bringing MOT to the forefront. We have plans for many other educational sessions, webinars, and forums with concise and consistent training. There will be a few changes in how contests are held this year, and contest training will be provided when contest season gets closer. You’ll also want to plan for our annual D84 conference-the theme this year is “Time After Time”! You’ll hear a lot more about that later.
In today’s world of Zoom and hybrid meetings, we have learned new ways to conduct our meetings, contests, training sessions, and even conferences. Experience has provided us with a better handle on how to conduct these types of events. We’ve been able to work out the quirks & glitches, resulting in increased quality meetings and events.
We strive to provide training to those clubs who still are not quite sure how to put a hybrid meeting together, or how to use the breakout rooms in Zoom. We have experts who are willing to assist with training on how to utilize social media sites to benefit your clubs and increase membership. We have teams of experienced Toastmasters who will help our members, our clubs and our District continue on the road to QUALITY and success.
I recently reviewed the Toastmasters manual, “Training Club Leaders,” to better familiarize myself with my new role as the PQD. I was reminded that more than approximately 75,000 club officers are new and inexperienced each TM year, yet we rely on them to conduct the Toastmasters program and to keep their clubs healthy and successful. It is our responsibility and goal to make sure club leaders have the knowledge and tools they need. Club officer training provides that knowledge and those tools. Trained club officers can result in more satisfied members, more exciting club meetings, more new members, more Distinguished Clubs, and more Distinguished Districts.
Access all of the important dates for district events, training sessions, contests, and more on the NEW D84 website calendar so you will always know when and where all training and educational sessions will be presented. Remember to bookmark the new website as one of your favorites, and it will always be just a click away!
I wish each of you a great new Toastmasters year, filled with fun Toastmaster meetings, quality education, successful club programs and events, lots of new members, and, most of all, many WONDERFUL experiences on your Toastmasters Journey!