Step Up to … Division Director or District Executive

Step Up To District Leadership

 

Every year, District 42 looks for members to step up and lead our District. Have you thought about taking your skills to the next level? Are you ready?  Now’s the time! Time to stretch yourself and consider serving as a District Leader on the 2020-2021 District Executive Committee.  Nominations are now open for Division Directors (6 positions), Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director and District Director!  The District leadership term begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021.  For all nominations and nomination questions, please e-mail DLC@d42tm.org.

Serving as a District Officer is a requirement to achieving the Distinguished Toastmaster award. Any of the positions listed above qualify when served for a full one year term but don’t just do it for the credit, do it for what’s in it for you!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Hear from past Division and District Executive Leaders to find out more about what YOU may get from your experience with District Leadership:

D42 Step Up To LeadershipCarolyn Kaldy, DTM

District Director 2016-2017

What interested you in District Leadership?

I have benefited from the Toastmasters program for many years and even though I had already served on the district team as area governor, division governor, district contest chair and district conference co-chair – I wanted to show my gratitude again by serving as District 42 Director 2016-2017.

Secondly, while reading Tom Rath’s book “Wellbeing”, on understanding of what makes life worthwhile, he discusses “five universal, interconnected elements that shape our lives”, one of which is Community Wellbeing. Being part of the Toastmasters community in District leadership helped make my life more meaningful.

What surprised you most about your time in District Leadership?

“The experience of different district leadership role validated that leadership is fluid and changes based on the team you have and your role/responsibilities.

Every position resulted in different leadership learnings, however, three consistent learnings through all levels were (1) the power of teamwork, (2) the importance of time management, and (3) and how to prioritize not just within Toastmasters but with all aspects of your life.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“Remember your first meeting? Think back to all that you have learning and gained by being a club member.

So like many things in life, you do not know what the benefits will be until you experience it so take a leap of faith and (as the Nike slogan goes) – Just Do It!”

Gimalle Crawford, DTM, TC5

Area Governor – 2006/2007 & Division A Director 2018/2019

How are you a different Toastmaster because of this experience?

I am certainly much more aware of the depth and breadth required to be successful in the role. I understand not only “what” needs to be done, but know “why’ it needs to be done. The additional context adds to building personal confidence, competence and capability.

What surprised you most about your time in District Leadership?

“The level of support, and, to a degree, how structured the work is. There are a number of great processes in place to help guide leaders so they don’t feel lost.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“You won’t become a better Toastmaster by continually doing the same things year after year.

Chuck LeBlanc, DTM

District Governor 2010-2013

 

 

How has this experience impacted other aspects of your life?

I have become a more confident volunteer leader. I now chair the board of directors of a local not for profit. My District Leadership experience has helped me to develop strategic plans, work closely with a team, set goals and train new members of the board. I am more confident and better equipped to lead.

In hindsight, what are you most proud of from your time in District Leadership?

Being able to gather a group of like-minded volunteer leaders to create an execute a plan was an opportunity I wouldn’t pass up. When we achieved Select Distinguished District. All the hard work we did as a team was rewarded.

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

When you step outside your club into District Leadership, a whole new world opens up to you. Don’t let that world pass you by. It can change your life.

ARE YOU READY?

For more information about the roles and election/appointment process, please attend one of the following Online Coffee Chats on District Leadership:

Join Zoom Meeting (same link for all Coffee Chats)
https://zoom.us/j/614389929
Meeting ID: 614 389 929

Coffee Chat: Step Up and Lead

Feb 8, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST

30 min

For all interested future leaders

Coffee Chat: Find Your Replacement

Feb 15, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST 30 min

For existing district leaders

Coffee Chat: Step Up and Lead

Feb 22, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST

30 min

For all interested future leaders

OR

Contact a member of the District Leadership Committee at DLC@d42tm.org.

Click Here to learn more about the District Leader Roles and Nomination Process

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