What are the geographic boundaries of Toastmasters District 62?
Many Toastmasters ask, “What exactly are the boundaries of District 62, and what other Districts are nearby?” Toastmasters International provides the answers to these questions with its Region and District Maps. An excerpt from this document shows the boundaries of District 62:
As can be seen on this map, District 62 includes the following:
Most of the lower peninsula of Michigan (excepting the southeast corner of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County, which is in District 28); and,
The eastern portion of the upper peninsula of Michigan (the area in the Eastern Time Zone).
Nearby Districts are grouped into an area called Region 6, which includes:
District 28, consisting mainly of Detroit, Toledo Ohio, and Windsor Ontario;
District 11, which is most of Indiana;
District 35, comprising Wisconsin, Illinois (minus Chicago), Iowa and Missouri, as well as the western U.P.;
District 10, consisting of northeastern Ohio;
Districts 30 and 103, which together contain most of Chicago, Illinois.
District 62 is adjacent to multiple other Toastmasters Districts. Indeed, sometimes Toastmasters in our District will attend TLI training sessions in other nearby districts. As you can see from the larger maps, Toastmasters has 14 Regions spread across six continents. Regions are further divided into 126 districts. As club membership grows and declines, Toastmasters International headquarters may at times create new districts or merge current districts to maintain a balance.
Please see the District Leadership Committee report. We recognize the members of our 2021-2022 committee for the hard work and dedication they did to vet these exceptional candidates. Thank you for your service to the members in District 62.
The candidates will be featured on our website, 62toast.com, in the Candidate Corner and and on a live Candidate Showcase. The Candidate Showcase is scheduled for 4/28/2022 from 6:00 – 6:45 PM (UTC-4). Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak before the vote occurs. All members will have access to the Candidate Corner via the website and the online Candidate Showcase will be by registration only.
In September 2020, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Grant Manager LeTasha Peebles joined the Secondary To None Toastmasters club. Her goal was simple: “I had severe anxiety when it came to public speaking and simply just wanted to drum up the courage to do it.”
Little did she know Toastmasters and Pathways would far surpass her expectations.
As LeTasha began to work the Pathways program, she learned the importance of how to arrange her speech and engage her audience. With the feedback she obtained from her club and the Pathways lessons, she started feeling more comfortable. More speaking opportunities opened for her professionally.
In early 2021, after years of hard work, LeTasha and team implemented a grant program in Michigan that impacted hundreds of small businesses.
“I was so grateful,” explains LeTasha, “for the opportunity given to share more about the new microloan program my colleague and I created. This was such a proud moment in my career, and I could not be happier about the program outcomes. Had it not been for my time with Toastmasters, my confidence to go forward and share more on the program would not exist. I now look forward to speaking and engaging with others and owe such gratitude to my club who supported me from day one.”
During October 2021, Achievers Club #2903 in Caribbean District 81 celebrated Toastmasters 97th anniversary by hosting an Impromptu Speaking Extravaganza (a.k.a. Table Topics on Steroids).
This worldwide competition was open to all past and present Table Topics District Champions from Districts 1 through 121.
As the 2021 Table Topics winner for District 62, Matthew credits his home club, Cherry Capitol Toastmasters, for pooling their talents to coach and mentor him, helping him acquire the skills he needed to advance.
“When I began the latter stages in the competition, I reached out to my club for help preparing. With one voice they all said, ‘absolutely’. They set aside the regular meetings for two weeks to have mock debates, which was the format of the Extravaganza competition.
I try to encourage members to compete in the contests each year. At the club level we work on the basic elements of public speaking, impromptu speaking, and evaluation skills. By participating in contests, we hone those skills further and polish them to a gloss.
I applaud the tireless efforts of members at every level to organize and present these
contests. I feel a great debt to them as I could not have achieved this level had it not been for those in District 62 that sacrificed to make this all possible.
Congratulations on your outstanding achievement, Matthew!
MONICA MORGAN, Renowned Photographer and Public Speaker
VERITY PRICE, Winner 2021 World Champion of Public Speaking
Her lifelong passion has been, and is still, capturing the images, the journeys, the once-in-a-lifetime moments of others with her camera. She has documented the essence of people from all walks of life. In the doing, her own life has evolved into a series of often dramatic adventures; the stuff of fiction and fantasy. Although she lives her life “through the lens,” she has her own stories to tell; her own lessons learned.
What does it take to be the first? Way back in 2005, Verity started her journey as the first South African musician with the tenacious foresight to get online crowdfunding for an album she hadn’t even recorded yet. Fifteen years later, and a career glittered with accolades, brings us to 2021 and Verity’s latest big first – first speaker from Africa to ever be crowned the World Champion of Public Speaking and the sixth woman in history.
ENTERTAINMENT: RODNEY PAGE
MUSICIAN – DIVERSE – IMPROV ARTIST
BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS
From Podcaster to Speaker to Published Author
Hybrid Meetings: A Way Forward
Becoming a Magnet: Learn the Skills to Drive Membership Growth
It takes an incredible number of leaders to plan the annual District Conference. Each position is integral to the success of the conference and each Toastmaster can receive important credit towards Pathways and DTM awards. Your dedication and hard work will be rewarded!
SAVE THE DATE!
April 29 – 30
Congratulations to these Toastmasters who have volunteered to help:
Candidates Showcase Chair: Lisa Waalkes
Conference Co-Chair: James Lemke
Conference Co-Chair: Barb Sheren
Contest Chair: Lavon Compton
Credentials Chair: Steve Larsen
Directors Reception Chair: Laura St. Louis
DTM Ceremony Chair: Carole Prahinski
Education Chair: Bruce Racalla
Entertainment Chair: Sherry Campbell
Finance Chair: Amy Moored
First Timers Chair: Jordan Hubert
Fundraising Chair: Joanie Thomas
Hospitality Chair: Robin Kaczanowski
Outreach Chair: Kyle Bross
Publicity Chair: Lock Lyon
Registration Chair: Kelly Stetser
Sergeant at Arms: Curt Mencer
Zoom Chair: Nyrhe Royal
It’s not too late! You can help by joining one of the committees listed above.
Contact James or Barb to get more information about the conference.
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.
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.
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