My Vision as District Director for 2016-2017
Dear Members and Guests,
I am ready to serve District 56 as District Director; thank you so much for electing me. I am looking forward to a great year, and working with you as a team to achieve our Toastmaster goals.
Becoming a President’s Distinguished District is my vision for District 56. You may think, “Wow,” that is a lofty goal for the 2016-2017 Toastmasters year. However, you have to set your goals otherwise you do not have anything to achieve. In fact, the Guinness book of records is full of people that have done things you would have not thought possible. The benefits gained are from the actions taken to improve your communication and leadership skills rather than the mere achievement of the goal.
In becoming President’s Distinguished, we need to focus on three major areas as stated in the District Leadership handbook. The first area is Distinguished clubs. The number of Distinguished clubs need to equal 50% of our Districts club base. You enable your club to become Distinguished or better by helping to achieve the education, training, and membership goals. Secondly, an 8% increase in the membership payments base is required. If the majority of clubs are working hard to become Distinguished or better, the membership payments goal should be achieved. Last, but not least, an 8% increase in our club base is needed. That means if we lose any clubs due to attrition, new clubs must be chartered. In the prior Toastmaster year, we were Presidents Distinguished in the area of Distinguished clubs and Select Distinguished in the area of Membership payments. It is time to be Presidents Distinguished in all three areas.
In order to accomplish the above, our struggling clubs need to be transformed into strong, viable clubs. We need to give our members and clubs the support they need by focusing on mentoring and coaching. As Lance Miller, 2005 World champion stated, we need to “own” our clubs.
As District Director, I want to inspire you to excellence! We all joined Toastmasters at different skill levels for various reasons. Are you working whole-heartedly toward your toastmasters goals? If not, why not?
If you are not, you may be lacking passion. If you have passion you have the ambition, purpose, and perseverance to weather the storm and achieve your goals more readily. Or, you may say you do not have the time. Did you know successful people manage their time and achieve their goals?
I am passionate about Toastmasters, and I want you to share that passion! We all lead busy lives. When you are passionate you will find that you have the energy to achieve your goals and you have a greater sense of pride. Passion goes a long way especially when you are stepping out of your comfort zone.
When you are passionate you are inspiring excellence and you will achieve your goals, which will in turn help enable your Areas, Divisions, and our District to achieve its goals.
I ask you to make a commitment to excel with passion. It will be a rewarding experience. Together as a team, we can achieve our goals and be Presidents Distinguished.
Martha L. Elias, DTM
District Director 2015 – 2016, District 56