BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS! D25 Annual Conference Is Here!

by Marian Hicks DL5 Annual Conference Chair Guess what’s happening this week? If you guessed Annual Conference, YOU’RE RIGHT! The excitement is mounting and will soon bubble over! Have you secured your ticket yet? Are you ready to Make Your Mark? Don’t worry if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can still come! We…

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OUTSTANDING MEMBER – May 2023

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director The man, the myth, the legend… Jerod Blackman… said with my outside voice! Please join me in congratulating Jerod for his exceptional work as Contest Coordinator. His hard work and dedication are truly appreciated by all involved in the excellent contest season. Jason’s Legacy of Excellence speaks volumes about…

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YOU HAVE THE POWER to say YAY or NAY!

by Donna Young DTM 2023-2024 Alignment Chair Q: “Who draws the lines for our Toastmaster Area, Division, and District?” A: Why, the Alignment Committee does! It’s not done in a backroom with horse trading & bribes, but follows Toastmasters Protocol 7.0 rules based on: Geographic proximity to other clubs The ability of an Area Director…

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5 Tips for First-Time Contest Toastmasters

by Melissa Syphrett, SAA, Mr. Cooper Speaks I served as Contest Toastmaster at a virtual Area 24 competition. Looking back, I expected something very different when I volunteered. If I hadn’t prepared, my can-do attitude could’ve quickly become, “What have I done?” That said, here are five tips for first-time Contest Toastmasters. Go to contests…

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Outstanding Member – March 2023

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director Ever wonder “how” quiet people get things done? Me, too! Our outstanding toastmaster for this month is one of the quietest, unassuming leaders I know! She empowers her team to accomplish their tasks to the best of their ability. She always says “Yes!” to her peers and colleagues when…

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It’s YOUR Turn to Make Your Mark!

by Marian R. Hicks Annual Conference Chair Registration for the annual Conference is now open. The conference vision is to provide attendees with an engaging, thought-provoking learning experience that will encourage, empower, and challenge attendees to pursue opportunities relentlessly and Make Their Mark! How will we accomplish this? We have selected educational speakers that will…

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February 2023 Open House Winner – Strategic Communicators

by Jesse Ford DL5/SR5 Club Growth Director This month’s Open House Winner, Strategic Communicators, is doing exceptionally well and is setting a high standard for other clubs in District 25. They had a successful Open House, with several non-Toastmasters guests and members from other clubs in attendance. The fact that all roles were filled, and…

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Are you ready for the world-renowned DTM Ceremony?

by Kim Story DTM Annual Conference DTM Chair The DTM Award is the highest education level that an individual Toastmaster can achieve, and the DTM Ceremony is where that accomplishment is recognized. In my experience, I have not encountered any Toastmasters members who, when asked why they joined, enthusiastically answered “to get my DTM.” Instead,…

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New Membership Management page!

March 7, 2023 Dear Club Officer, We hope you and your members are enjoying the new process for submitting international dues payments with the new Self-Pay feature! You may have also noticed that the method for officers to submit payment has been revamped to streamline your experience! The new Membership Management page combines the functionality…

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January 2023 Open House Winner – Roanoke Texas Toastmasters

by Jesse Ford DL5. SR4 Club Growth Director Amazing club leaders organizing an incredible open house can only mean one thing – guests! Roanoke Texas Toastmasters went above and beyond, celebrating a special 20-year anniversary, golden gavel, and Charterversary all in one. The club hosted 6 guests, with 2 joining the club in less than…

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Grow Your Power: Self-Mastery, Tips & Tools

by Calvin Dorsey DTM Speaker’s Bureau Chair Excuse me. Are you busy on March 4th? YOU are invited to attend “Grow Your Power: Self-Mastery, Tips & Tools” at 10am via Zoom presented by your own D25 Speakers Bureau. Accomplished presenters like Willie Johnson, a DTM and professional speaker, Toastmaster and WCPS Semi-Finalist Fursey Gotuaco, other…

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A Tribute to Bonne Stroman

This was compilation was a labor of love with contributions by many who learned, respected and whose lives were impacted by Bonne. There was no rhyme or reason about the order of the memories in the post., The memories are listed as they were received or discovered on social media and being sent to the…

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Winter Officer Training Now Fully Active and Live!

by Emily Murray DTM Program Quality Director Calling all club officers current or future! Toastmasters Leadership Institute training sessions are now open and active for the winter. They started January 6th and run through February 19. Everyone is always welcome to attend these sessions which are free.  We are 100% virtual this winter so attend…

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Outstanding Member – January 2023

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director A quiet leader listens and speaks when they have something to say, their words have weight, they get things done, almost by magic they are incredibly supportive, they share knowledge and experience to help others. These are just a few of the attributes and accolades of our Toastmaster of…

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Toastmasters International Partnership with Yoodli

From Toastmasters International President, Matt Kinsey, DTM   As you know, practice and feedback are at the heart of the Toastmasters learning experience. Building on that foundation, I am excited to share that Toastmasters Yoodli is now live! Alongside your club evaluations, this artificial intelligence (AI) platform will serve as another powerful speech feedback tool.Toastmasters Yoodli can instantly provide analytical…

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Outstanding Member – December 2022

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director Draw your Bridge?  What?  You want me to “draw?”  Excuse me… are we getting colored pencils… oh wait… CRAYONS!!!  LOL… Those thoughts really went through my mind when I first heard the concept for the 2022 Summit theme! To my surprise and welcomed opportunity, we/D25 experienced a FUN packed,…

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Outstanding Member – November 2022

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director TikTok… Instagram… LinkedIn… Facebook!  Do you know what these have in common?  Our November Toastmaster of the month, that’s what!  Michelle Debenport has trailblazed the PRM role for D25 by launching a PR Team and committees to do more “things” in D25! She has led her team to launch…

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DISTRICT EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

by Celeste Castro DTM Division F Director We had a wonderful time at the second District Executive Council (DEC) meeting on October 22, consisting of several stimulating training events. Each of the District’s divisions had a table with their area leadership. PQD Emily Murray led an activity by providing sticks for each table with words…

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Message from Toastmasters International CEO – Daniel Rex

October 3, 2022 Dear Toastmasters members and leaders, Greetings from the team at World Headquarters (WHQ). The technology systems transition has been painful and fraught with difficulty for members, leaders, and the WHQ team. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for our failure to provide the service that each member and leader deserves. We…

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Flag Ceremony at Toastmasters International – How Regal!

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director The Toastmasters International Annual Convention is THE event we look forward to with anticipation and wonderment. What will be different this year!? The 2022 Convention did not disappoint.! Starting the event was the traditional flag ceremony. I was fortunate to participate in the ceremony. I had no idea what to…

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Outstanding Member – September 2022

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director Ever get excited about finding a treasure! How about finding creative talent that no one seems to know about, but when you find it …. OOOHHHHHH WOOOOWWWW!!! Our Toastmaster for the month of September is no exception. She quietly prepares magnanimous PowerPoint slides for the Summits, Conferences, and Awards…

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My First Time, But Not My Last

by Rhonda McCarty MS2 There is only one opportunity for a first impression. District 25 Awards Banquet “Celebrating the Inspirations” exceeded my expectations as a first-time attendee. From the very beginning, although simple, the elegant decorations reflected the theme, created a certain ambiance of relaxation and warmth; and emitted a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere in…

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2022 World Championship of Public Speaking – I MEAN WOW!

by Emily Murray DTM Program Quality Director I’m a Toastmaster and not often at a loss for words, but WOW is the best I can give you. The Semi-finalists for the World Championship were that good. There were 28 of them – they competed in 4 sessions of 7 each – unfortunately, they held concurrent…

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Top Five – Will YOU be here next year? It is possible!

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director 2021-2022 Who were the Top Five Winners of the Annual Awards Banquet? This was one of my favorite parts of the Awards Banquet, giving the awards! There were many deserving people this year, but only one can be chosen for each. Will you be on the list next year?…

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Important recognition announcement

August 17, 2022 Dear Leaders, As you consider how to implement plans for your District or club this year, I’m excited to relay the recognition program updates that The Board just announced. The changes recognize the extraordinary level of dedication and hard work it has taken, and will continue to take, to overcome current obstacles.…

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August 2022 Club Reporter – Southlake Saturday Toastmasters

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter Southlake Saturday Toastmasters has proclaimed themselves the greatest Toastmaster Club in the whole wide world. After attending one of their meetings, I have to say they are very special. Can you imagine every meeting being a Speechaton? Well, Southlake Saturday Toastmasters expects every member who attends one of their meetings to give…

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Outstanding Member – August 2022

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director “Whistle while you work…” I’m reminded of this Disney scene when I think of our Outstanding Member for the month of August This individual quietly yet effectively serves on many levels… setting up to tearing down for Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) sessions, stepping into training classes, when the assigned…

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July 2022 Club Reporter – A Visit to Burleson Toastmasters

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter I received a warm Texas welcome from Burleson Toastmasters with a quick response regarding their virtual and in-person capabilities and welcoming me in either capacity. Being intimidated by I-35 traffic that Monday evening, I had a wonderful visit from the comfort of my own home. The meeting started with a warm welcome…

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Outstanding Member – July 2022

by Marcheta Gardner DTM District Director D25, we are celebrating not one, not two, and even not three … BUT “19” Outstanding members for the month of July! We are highlighting our “Nemileta Networking Nine” Award winners, as they exemplify what Empowering Your Legacy is all about! For those who may not be aware, the…

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Sales Tax for Toastmasters?! Say It Ain’t So!

by Emily Murray DTM Program Quality Director Unfortunately, it is so. With the www.toastmasters.org website revamp, part of the update was to make Toastmasters sales and store purchases compliant with new IRS laws which mean sales tax. For Texas residents, the sales tax is on all digital purchases. For the most part, this is pretty…

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Reminder: Help Shape the Future of Toastmasters

July 8, 2022 Dear Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary, Your club has important votes to cast during the 2022 Annual Business Meeting. As stated in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article X, Section 1, a Toastmasters Member Club in good standing is entitled to two (2) votes at the Annual Business Meeting. There are three…

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My Turn: Passing the Baton

by Ankur Bora PM5 Toastmasters blossomed out of a single club. Ninety-eight years ago, Ralph C. Smedley, hosted the first meeting. The organization grew generation after generation, each carrying it to the next level. During World War II, especially in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, conducting regular meetings was nearly impossible, and…

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Help shape the future of Toastmasters

June 9, 2022 Dear Toastmaster, Each year, the Annual Business Meeting allows clubs the opportunity to vote on important matters that shape the future of Toastmasters International. This year, voting business includes International Officer and Director elections as well as 12 proposals to amend the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution. Clubs in…

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It’s a Wrap – 2022 District Speech Contests

by Lola Stone IP5 District Contest Coordinator The District 25 Evaluation Speech and International Speech Contests were recorded and then played during the Contest Watch parties at the Annual Conference. Warren Ehn (Plus 2 Toastmasters) did a terrific job as the Contest Master for both contests. He masterfully worked his way through the contest script…

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Confessions of a Conference Addict

by Coleen Kelley Truckin’ Toastmasters I am a conference addict. Most of my vacation time is spent traveling, listening to speakers and panels ranging from business and finance to self-development and health. Instead of movies on the weekend, I try to talk my elementary aged kids into TedTalk marathons. The other day while listening to the umpteenth audio…

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Toastmasters International April/May Service Interruptions

  Dear Club Officer,   We are excited to announce that we are preparing for the May launch of our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, which will serve as the foundation for the overall digital strategy that supports the online experience. This platform will soon lead to exciting new opportunities, including the ability for…

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February Club Reporter – Panther City Toastmasters: You Can If You Think You Can,

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter Do you remember that meeting when nothing seemed to come together? Maybe you experienced winter weather like we did recently or members unable to attend due to that weather, internet issues or illness. Panther City had one of those meeting recently and yet had a warm and inviting tete-a-tete (also known as…

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Benefits of #Nemileta9 Visitors

by Gary Lee Webb, DTM Heart of Texas BridgeGappers has enjoyed visits from six Nemileta guests. You’ve heard of the Nemileta Networking Nine incentive, haven’t you? Guests always benefit a Toastmasters chapter, doubly true when they’re working toward the #Nemileta9. Visitors bring variety — thus enriching the meeting experience. Nemileta guests come from many different…

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“Grow Yourself”

by Shameika McAllister IP4 Oratory Excellence When a person hears the phrase “grow yourself” it often brings a bit of concern or even hesitation. Why is this? Because you are required to reflect and take accountability for all that has become a hindrance to you or to your goals.  So, how do we grow? Start…

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D25 Toastmasters Contest Season Is In Full Swing!

by Lola Stone Contest Coordinator This spring, District 25 will host two speech contests: an Evaluation Contest and an International Contest. The Evaluation Speech Contests begin at the club level and end at the district competition. The International Speech Contests begin at club level, winners proceed to area, division, and district levels. District winner moves…

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Outstanding Member – February 2022

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director If you are looking for encouragement, an attentive listener, and more opportunities to speak to outside of Toastmasters, then you must have a conversation with this month’s District 25 Outstanding Member. Calvin Dorsey, Speaker’s Bureau Chair, has made it his mission to ensure that the Speaker’s Bureau exceeds member…

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Outstanding Member – December 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director If you want something done, give it to a busy person! When our Outstanding Member takes on a project, she’s all in with her warm and contagious, matter-of-fact approach.  She creates a team environment that encourages everyone to participate.  She’s passionate, innovative, and sets high standards for herself and…

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A Gift To You – Sharing Practical Pathways Practices

By Greg Pick, DTM, PDD, Pathways Coordinator What practical techniques have you developed since the Pathways Learning Experience rolled out?  Just 18 months have passed since the Pathways Learning Experience became the Toastmasters curriculum for members to improve and develop communication and leadership skills!  The prior method of getting education content from manuals became obsolete. …

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November Club Reporter – Roanoke Texas Toastmasters: A Labor of Love

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter Spending Labor Day with the Roanoke Texas Toastmasters was a labor of love. This healthy Toastmasters club embodies a small-town welcome that allows all to hone and enhance their skills in a safe and supportive environment. We had the opportunity to learn from two prepared speeches during this meeting.  The first was…

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Empowered to Do Anything!

By Kelsey Dean, Area 43 Director District 25 Toastmasters Summit 2021 is in the books. True to its theme, I feel empowered to do anything! In true extrovert fashion, spending time with like-minded people always inspires me to new heights. This year’s education sessions, keynote speeches, leadership panel, and area council meeting enhanced that feeling.…

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Outstanding Member – October 2021

By Ninfa Flewitt, DTM, District Director Have you heard about Wichita Falls Club 305 lately? If you have, it is likely the work of October’s Outstanding Member of the Month! This member uses her motivational skills to encourage members to speak, inspires members to step out of their comfort zone, and applies her creative marketing skills…

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Story Telling with Dr. Camille Kraeplin

by Cassie Bullock, member Arlington Nooners The D25 Speakers Bureau recently had the honor of participating in a Story Telling Workshop with Dr. Kraeplin. Thank you, Calvin Dorsey, who leads the Speakers Bureau, for making the experience possible. We learned the power and impact of stories — from stories. Dr. Kraeplin kicked off the workshop by quoting…

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Outstanding Member – September 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director This month’s Outstanding Member is someone you want on your side in an emergency. She is constantly thinking of others and in a crisis, fills needs!  Kelsey Dean, Area 43 Director, jumped in, volunteered to teach at TLI this season and got rave reviews! She helped when there was…

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Reflections on Toastmasters International Convention 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director The second virtual convention of Toastmasters International took place in August, and your Trio was fully present for the Opening Ceremony, education sessions, business meeting, contests, and candidate showcase.  Much work went into this event, and it was evident! Toastmasters International changed the platform this year to create a…

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TI Convention Education Session Review

by Marcheta Gardner DTM Program Quality Director The Toastmasters International Annual Convention is an event that we, as Toastmasters, look forward to with anticipation and wonderment. What will be done differently this year?  Well, the 2021 TI Convention did not disappoint! One of the areas of focus for me, as PQD, was the Education portion.…

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2021 International Convention – Stage Presence Track, ROCK Your Presentation

by Bob Conrad ACG President World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters Let me start off by saying this was the best $25 I’ve ever spent in Toastmasters. I’ve physically attended two International Conventions and found the presenters excellent. This was my first hybrid TMI conference and it was well worth the money. I was able to…

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August Club Reporter – Westlake Toastmasters: Working Like a Dog during These Dog Days of Summer

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter WESTLAKE TOASTMASTERS Westlake Toastmasters had a great meeting between working like dogs during these dog days of summer. Actually, the members in attendance were few. Many were off working or playing before school starts back. With only 5 members in attendance, a fully table topics meeting was planned but one of the…

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Outstanding Member – August 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director Sundra Smith — serving recently as Area Director — shows no sign of slowing down. She leapt right into TLI chair with both feet. She continues to set high standards and demonstrate best practices. Sundra established efficient and effective correspondence to keep all appraised of the training status of…

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Outstanding Member – July 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director Donna Young officially served as the Recognition Chair for 2020-2021. In May, she was elected Division A Director by the members of D25. This month she’s pulling double duty as she tallies the final numbers for the 20-21 year of incentives and education awards leading up to and planning…

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Prepare to Cast Your Vote-Toastmasters International

The following information was included in the July 2021 Toastmasters International Club Leader Letter. Learn how to assign a proxy and be ready to vote on important Toastmasters business. Every year, members and clubs have the opportunity to vote on important business matters that help shape the future of Toastmasters International. Though there are no…

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Outstanding Member – June 2021

by Chris Raneri DTM District Director “Timekeepers, please time one minute of silence now.”  This phrase was used by the June Outstanding Member many times during this past contest season. Let’s do the opposite of that now and give a HUGE round of applause for our Outstanding Member, Warren Ehn! Warren answered the call to…

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The Oldest Club in Texas Embraces Change

by Katie Britt Wichita Falls Toastmasters turned 76 this year. That is 76 years of meetings exactly the same. That’s 3,952 meetings that were exactly the same. We struggled with membership retention and growth. The meetings felt stale and forced. The meeting room was located in a local church, under yellowing fluorescent lights, with bad…

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International Director – In the House!

by Marcheta Gardner, DTM Club Growth Director What do you do when you have the opportunity to host a dignitary? Sweat bullets! As Club Growth Director, I welcomed the auspicious honor of hosting our International Director, TK O’Geary! To say I had great expectations is an understatement! She was so kind to send me a pic…

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Be A One-Percenter

by Setma Maddox DTM TK O’Geary, International Director, indicated in her Keynote Speech at the District 25 Conference, that “only 1% of all persons who have ever been a member of Toastmasters International and only 6% of the active members earn the Distinguished Toastmasters award. No other District honors their Distinguished Toastmasters like District 25.…

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Outstanding Member – May 2021

by Chris Raneri DTM District Director Paul Newman once said during the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” This month’s outstanding member is quite the opposite of this statement. As Area Director, Marian skillfully keeps her clubs in the know of the most important things to pay attention to,…

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Outstanding Member – April 2021

by Chris Raneri DTM District Director Some people have musical talents and some people have athletic talents. This month’s outstanding member has the ability to see into the future and with confidence, can say that the 2021 Annual Conference is one for the records. Once she finished co-hosting the Awards Banquet, she started planning using…

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2021 Virtual/Hybrid District Council Meetings, Campaigns, and Election Guidelines

By Chris Raneri, DTM, District Director Except from the email the District Leadership Team received March 1, 2021: Dear District Leaders, Attached you will find some resources to assist with the upcoming Annual District Council meeting and elections. Please share the information with the appropriate teams in the District. The Board of Directors has provided clarification…

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2021 “Super Powers” Annual Conference – May 14-15, 2021

by Jill Morrison, DTM Annual Conference Chair & Joyce Trimble, DTM Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Court of D25 Toastmasters and Table of Super Powers See You and the Power Within and proclaim May 14 – 15, 2021 Days of Special Commemoration! The Court and Table of Super Powers extend a special invitation to all…

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Outstanding Member – March 2021

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director NY Yankees player Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again!”. The Outstanding Member for March fits this description because they could be awarded this honor every month without question. To start, they serve in two key district leadership roles, as well as multiple club officer roles.…

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Retain Clubs – You can Help! Get Your Club Name in Lights …

by Marcheta Gardner, DTM, Club Growth Director In this unprecedented year (well 2020 portion), we are pulling out all the stops to retain our clubs!  We have coaches and Helping Hands available to immediately assist in strengthening clubs through meetings, conversations, and participation in club meetings.  Our goal is to place coaches in 5 clubs…

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Outstanding member – February 2021

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Been there! Done that! Bought the T-shirt!  This is what the Outstanding Member for February brings to the table. Their vast knowledge regarding Toastmasters, the Toastmaster Learning Institute (TLI), and everything in between has been a valuable tool for the Trio to use when we needed it. They have…

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Virtual Contests in 2021 – What has changed?

by Greg Pick, DTM District Chief Judge The pandemic changed how we participate in our Toastmasters meetings – contests are not excluded.  The Table Topics and International Speech contests in District 25 will be conducted virtually.  In addition to the highlights below, more details on the contest roles in a virtual environment can be found here on the…

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Outstanding Member – December 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director The Romans popularized a phrase used by Horace – carpe diem; loosely translated as “seize the day.” This month’s outstanding member has certainly done that. Not only have they served as an Area Director this year, but they served as a speaker and a key promoter for the recent Summit.…

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The Inaugural Club Membership Fair

by Kelley Pelkey, DTM Who knew that 300+ folks in District 25 had reached out to Toastmasters International for membership information, but never joined a club? Are you surprised that upon learning that little tidbit, one of our members had an “Aha moment”? Once again, the District 25 Creativity Queen “B”, Joyce Trimble, had an idea! Why…

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Outstanding Member – November 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director This month’s outstanding member deserves a mic drop!  This person spent countless hours designing how audio and video would be delivered at the Summit, including working closely with the onsite staff. They were also instrumental when a new plan was needed for on-the-fly adjustments. They are always the first…

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A Message from TI’s President Richard Peck plus a “Gift!”

October 22, 2020 Dear Toastmasters, During this calendar year, we have faced challenges none of us could have seen coming. People and businesses from all parts of the world have felt the effects of this global pandemic. Our members are no exception, and as many of you continue to experience the impact of the coronavirus,…

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Club Suspension and Reinstatement

Toastmasters International sent the following information to Club Officers regarding club suspension and reinstatement. October 19, 2020 Dear Club Officers, As the effects of COVID-19 have continued to evolve, so have our clubs and members. We have heard from many club officers around the world about the creative ways they have adapted, using new and…

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Outstanding Member – October 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director One speaker, two speakers, three speakers, four!  This month’s Outstanding Member has been spending their time visiting over 55 clubs this Toastmasters year to promote a program that may be D25’s best-kept secret – the Speakers Bureau.  This program allows our members the ability to have speaking opportunities outside…

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PLATFORM MASTERY: HOW TO COMMAND YOUR STAGE

by Calvin Dorsey Speaker’s Bureau Chair You won’t want to miss this exciting event!  Mark your calendars, Saturday, November 21st, 10 am – 11:30 am.  Presented by District 25’s Speakers Bureau. Most presenters take the stage, but very few COMMAND the stage. What are the skills and techniques that exceptional professionals use to command the…

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Toastmasters – A Great Way to Grow!

by Maribeth Fontabla, MS5 – Division F Director As a member of Toastmasters, I find this organization a great way to grow myself, personally, and professionally. I wish I’d discovered Toastmasters a long time ago. I am going to highlight three things I think makes Toastmasters the best organization for personal and professional development. First,…

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Outstanding Member – September 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Someone famously once said, “There’s no I in TEAM!”. This is the mantra by which this month’s Outstanding Member of the Month lives and breathes. This member not only showed initiative by providing Zoom overviews to fellow teammates but also offered to be part of their Division TLI trainings…

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Ready for Takeoff

by Fursey Gotuaco, DL2 It began with the club-level contest and ended with the Semi-Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking …. In between, I zoomed in and out of Toastmaster clubs around the world. What an amazing experience!!! COVID 19 changed the landscape of the international speech contest. It took away the warm…

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A Joint Effort Benefits Everyone

by Ninfa Flewitt, DTM Program Quality Director Recently I was asked to present at the Burleson Midday Rotary Club meeting about Toastmasters. Like us, our local Rotary Club is excited about the partnership with Toastmasters and Rotary International. Like any good Toastmaster, I brought a Toastmaster with me to do an evaluation, because we don’t…

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Speakathons – Update from TI

Toastmasters International to Club Presidents, VPE 8/25/20   August 25, 2020 Dear Club President and Vice President Education, With the continuing and evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some members may still experience difficulties finding opportunities to present speeches in the club setting. As a club officer, you may occasionally encounter challenges with conducting meetings where there are enough participants…

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Outstanding Member – August 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM District Director Have you attended a TLI this summer?  If you have, you have probably seen this month’s Outstanding Member, Denise McConnell. Denise accepted the role of TLI chair figuring the district would have in-person training.  Afterall, virtual club officer training has never been done before.  Instead, Denise had to quickly…

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SPEAK, FURSEY! SPEAK!

Okay, it’s a bad adaptation. The point is, that our very own Fursey Gotuaco will be representing District 25 in the upcoming semi-finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking. This year’s contests are all virtual so while we can’t attend in person to support and encourage him, we can still show him we’re behind…

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Communicate Across Cultures

Featured Article in the August 2020 Toastmasters Leader Letter Be a better leader by making note of cultural nuances and acting accordingly, as our panel of webinar experts advise. Are you a culturally intelligent leader? Success in the global marketplace requires cultural finesse when communicating. To help communicators from all walks bridge the culture gap,…

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And You think I can be Taught? One member’s Insights into Pathways “Intro to Mentoring”

by Donna Young, DTM, Recognition Chair Why did you join Toastmasters? Admit the truth! Did you need an excuse to get out of the house and widen your social circle?  Or did you want to improve your skills to advance your job performance? Well, I fell in neither of those categories. I didn’t join Toastmasters…

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We Have A Winner!

by Robi Ley, DTM, News Editor Imagine it; you wrote a speech, delivered a speech, rewrote, redelivered, rinse, repeat. And again. You get an email and the subject line reads: Congratulations! You’re a Region Quarterfinal Winner! No need to imagine. Hear from our very own Fursey Gotuaco and he can tell you first-hand just how…

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Are you ready to celebrate 70 years strong one more time at the Awards Banquet?

by Jill Morrison, DTM, Recognition Chair 2019-2020, Awards Banquet Co-Chair Do you feel the sand on your toes and the sun on your shoulders? The water is clear and the turtles are still celebrating 70 years strong. I know we have found all sorts of unique ways of celebrating this year but aren’t done with the festivities yet. On…

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Outstanding Member – July 2020

by Chris Raneri, DTM, District Director Have a tall mountain to climb? Have the odds stacked against you? Look no further than the July Outstanding Member, Godfred Ahuma, to lead the charge up the mountain. In February 2020, Godfred became the President of Las Colinas Professionals with one goal in mind – to build a…

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Treasurer Plus Mentor Times Two Equals A Triple Threat

by Helena Studmire, SR3 – Treasurer, NCTCOG Toastmasters The 2019-2020 Toastmaster year has been quite interesting, to say the least. I was elected as Treasurer for my club, NCTCOG Toastmasters, in June 2019. On a Friday in late summer 2019, I began the process of mentoring a new Toastmaster member, Evan. The next day, on…

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Outstanding Member – June 2020

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director I move that District 25’s Outstanding Member of the month is our District Parliamentarian, Michael Kinser.  Because he has worked behind the screens to make sure that both our virtual Business Meetings this year have run correctly according to Robert’s Rules and Toastmasters International policies.  He worked tirelessly in…

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Perseverance & Persistence – My Toastmasters Leadership Journey!

by Chuck Mencke, DTM, Division D Director – 2019-2020 Thinking back a decade or so, I fondly remember my first Toastmasters meeting at Plus Two Toastmasters in October 2009. My wife, Terry, and I walked into the meeting not knowing what to expect. Why Toastmasters? What was going on in my brain was not what…

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Pathways Access extended and Toastmaster Magazine Update

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The following was sent to members from Toastmasters International. May 6, 2020Dear Toastmasters, Thank you for putting your trust in the Board of Directors as we work together to navigate this difficult time. COVID-19 has put a strain on the economy, directly affecting Toastmasters International and many of our…

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Assisting Members Progression down a Printed Path and Submitting an Education Award

by Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator Did you know that only 0.1 percent of members worldwide have elected printed material for their path?  Recently, I responded to my first request related to moving along their path when working from printed material. Members who elect to travel down a path using printed material…

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By Robi Ley, DTM, , Immediate Past District Director, District Leadership Committee Chair By now, you have probably noticed there is something missing from the recent report from your District Leadership Committee. No, we did not forget. It’s not a mistake or an oversight. There is no candidate for Club Growth Director listed on the…

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Engage!

by Steven Timmons, DTM Have you engaged in Pathways? If not, then this article has important information for you to consider. A definition of engage as a verb is 1. Occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention). 2. Participate or become involved in. Follow me as I discuss engagement. As the Toastmasters year winds…

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Matt Kinsey’s District 25 Visit

by Bobby Madera, DTM, Club Growth Director At the end of January, District 25 welcomed Toastmasters International’s 2nd Vice President, Matt Kinsey, for an incredible three-day visit.  Matt was such an inspiration to our District leaders, teams, and members, and provided invaluable support to help us grow District 25. We planned several events for his…

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Pop Quiz: What does the D25 Trio, a Sextant, and Dallas all have in common?

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director Pop Quiz: What does the D25 Trio, a Sextant, and Dallas all have in common? Answer: Toastmasters International Mid-Year Training! The Club Growth, Program Quality, and District Director attend training from TI twice a year. Once preceding the International Convention and then again in January.  This January we were…

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Outstanding Member – February 2020

by Jamie Pickering, DTM, District Director The right person for the job. District 25’s member of the month – Thad Mantaro.  Thad currently holds the title of District 25 Public Relations Manager, but that title doesn’t begin to describe what he does.  This year Thad has taken District 25 into the 21st century by constantly…

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