CALL FOR DISTRICT LEADERS!

by Laura St. Louis, IPDD

8 Positions Open

The time has come for us to nominate District Leaders for the 2022-2023 year. The elected positions are the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and five Division Directors. In order to be nominated you must meet the following qualifications at the time of taking office:

  • The District Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Program Quality Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Club Growth Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • All five Division Directors must have served at least six consecutive months as a member of a District Council.

No Regrets

Helen Blanchard was the first female International President of Toastmasters. She said “If you get out of Toastmasters all there is to get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters.” Whether or not you have thought about District Leadership, I strongly recommend you consider it. I guarantee you will not regret what you learn during the process.

What I Got Out of Toastmasters

Joining Toastmasters was my destiny. Over the past 7 years I have held all club officer roles. I planned club open houses, speech contests, Leadership Institutes and a Spring Conference. As a leader, I found out how to organize, problem solve, provide constructive feedback, and lead meetings. Many skills were gained in critical thinking, networking, relationship building, succession planning, and strategic planning. As a district leader, I have learned to budget on a larger scale, plan events, motivate, and inspire those around me. These are life skills that I apply to my career and personal relationships every day. These are universal skills that will also benefit you.

If you are interested in becoming an elected officer, contact Laura St. Louis at IPDD@62toast.com.

Author: Anna Donahue, DTM

I joined Toastmasters in February, 2016 because I wanted to learn how to feel comfortable speaking in public and talking about my new art business called ArtistEntrepreneurs.org. Since then I have given speeches to large and small groups, recorded webinars for online distribution and held workshops for artists who are interested in learning what I know about the "business of art." Toastmasters has helped me to become comfortable in any environment and to take on leadership positions with success. I had no idea how far Toastmasters would take me and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn and grow with the encouragment of fellow professionals. For the Toastmaster year of 2019-2020, I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year after taking on many leadership roles at the district level. 

One thought on “CALL FOR DISTRICT LEADERS!”

  1. Amp up your speaking skills and make fast progress! That’s what I did – even though I felt like a duck out of water. Stepping up to take on a leadership role as Area Director gave me experience. It wasn’t long before I felt comfortable speaking spontaneously in front of any size group.

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