Plan for Success – Club Roadmap for September and October 2018
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Critical Dates for September and October, 2018:
District Council Meeting
- Held online, Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 am
- Club Presidents and Club VP’s of Education register here by September 10
Dues Renewals Due by September 30
Planning for Success
- Planning for Members’ Success – Member Interest Survey
- Planning for Club Success – Club Success Plan – Submit to Area Director by Oct 30
Fall Speech Contests – Evaluation and Table Topics
District 42 Upcoming Events – https://d42tm.org/events/month/
Members of District 42 travelled to Chicago Illinois to attend the Toastmasters 2018 International Convention… including:
- District Director, Catherine Secundiak, DTM
- Program Quality Director, Dunstant Taylor, DTM
- Club Growth Director, Christina Kruis, DTM
- District Speech Contestant, Russ Dantu, DTM
- Past International Director, Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID
- Past District Director, Carolyn Kaldy, DTM
- Club Extension Chair, Ryan Rupchan, ACB, ALS (First-Timer)
- Club 13 Treasurer, Mathew Ratch, DTM (First-Timer)
Here are a few of the highlights:
District Leadership Training (Aug 20-21)
Catherine, Dunstant and Christina attended two days of leadership training. Topics included:
- How to connect, collaborate and work as an effective team – Try out the Work Styles Assessment Scoring Form to find out your work style. You may be able to guess but just in case you can’t, Catherine is primarily an Owl, Dunstant is primarily a Peacock and Christina is primarily a Dove.
- ValueSelling – we were taught a simple sales process (ValueSelling Framework) and how to use Open, Probe and Confirm questions to manage the dialogue with a prospect – Click Here to request a free book! Click Here to find out more about the framework.
- How to set District Goals and manage District Finances.
- We worked as District teams but also worked with our District counterparts to learn leader tools and share best practices.
International Convention (Aug 22-25)
Day 1: Board Briefing, Leadership Panel, Educationals, First-Timers Event, Opening Ceremonies
Board Briefing Notes (unofficial, subject to errors and ommissions) – official minutes will be posted within a month here.
- Pathways adoption around the world is 42% (52% in District 42)
- Slow growth in membership over the past 2 years (2.1% in 2017, 1.4% in 2018)
- Some pain in fulfilling orders due to outsourcing, but it is getting better now. Customer service calls are now within normal standards.
- Sally Newell Cohen (COO) is leaving Toastmasters International. She had attended the District 42 2018 Spring Conference virtually with George Marshall… Sally will be dearly missed.
- Future International Conventions will be 2019 in Denver, Colorado; 2020 in Paris, France; 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee; 2022 in San Antonia, Texas.
- Addendum of Standard Club Options will be updated to allow for other currencies and separating club dues from international dues.
- A Global advertising test will be conducted in California and Florida in early 2019.
- Detailed Communication Plan is now developed for District Public Relations Managers and the Marketing Plan will be updated for Club Growth Directors. There are plans to automate and put online the District Success Plan (no date provided).
- The Distinguished Club Program will be updated, for July 1, 2020, to include membership satisfaction and member retention. There will be a fourth level of recognition beyond “President’s Distinguished” called “Smedley Distinguished”.
Day 2: Hall of Fame, Educationals, Speech Contest Semi-Finals
Hall of Fame
Celebrating the educational achievements of members from around the world. Recognition of Distinguished Districts, Presidential Citation Winners (congratulations to George Marshall, who attended our 2018 Spring Conference, for receiving a Presidential Citation award, joining our very own Carolyn Kaldy who is a past recipient), and Excellence in Program Quality and Club Growth. Click Here to read more about the Excellence in Program Quality Award.
Speech Contest Semi-Finals
There were three rounds throughout the day, covering 10 speech contests. Our District 42 Speech Contestant, Russ Dantu, was in Round 3 (starting at 8:00 pm local time) in Contest #9. The competition was fierce in this round and all of District 42 was out to support Russ, including Toastmasters viewing parties happening back home in Alberta and Saskatchewan. We are very proud of Russ for placing third in his semi-final. He was in the zone, on top of his game, he left it all out there. Way to go Russ!
Day 3: Candidates Showcase, Educationals, Golden Gavel, Accredited Speakers
On Sunday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 22, Your District Executive Leadership Team interviewed 18 candidates for the offices of 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and International Directors for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Each Candidate participated in the Candidates Showcase the morning of August 24, by responding to a series of questions for 6 min. Very strong candidates this year, everyone did an amazing job with their extreme table topics, the pressure must have been enormous!
Golden Gavel recipient – Keith Ferrazzi
Keith is an inspiration to all those who meet him. He emotionally shared with the audience that his late father was a Toastmaster and he would have been so proud of this honour. He introduced the concept of co-elevating, contracting with each other to help all of us reach higher. You can read more about this concept here. It makes me think of the “Circle of Gold” groups around our district; how we work together in a way that elevates everyone in the group.
Want to become a professional speaker? Learn more about the Accredited Speaker program here. On Friday, we watched 9 contestants go for their Accredited Speaker designation. Six individuals join our very own Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS as an Accredited Speaker (AS): Valda Boyd Ford #81, Terry Watson #80, Tamara Hamilton #79, Maurice DiMino #78, Greg Wood #77, Edwin W. Ettinghausen #76.
Day 4: Annual Business Meeting, Region Gatherings, World Championship of Public Speaking, President’s Inauguration Reception and Dance
Annual Business Meeting
The races for office were all pretty close. In particular, the office for 2nd Vice President. After 4 ballots, Margaret Page, from British Columbia, came out on top, and will/may be our International President in the future. Much of Margaret’s success can be attributed to her Campaign Manager, our very own Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID.
Running a campaign takes a lot of work and having a team beside you, lead by your Campaign Manager, is essential. It is great to know that we have expertise in our District to help anyone reach the highest office in Toastmasters International.
We enthusiastically support our Golden leader, Lark Doley, as International President.
Catherine Secundiak had a chance to talk with Lark Doley earlier in the year and she shared what she wanted the Districts to focus on this year:
- Club Excellence – focus on the District Mission (We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence) but inparticular on supporting our existing clubs by strengthening the Area Directors and building club-to-club support and relationships.
- Awareness, Participation and Engagement – Public Relation Managers have been underutilized in the past. Strengthen the Public Relations teams this year.
- Teams – Focus on running the district with teams, including finding assistants for Area and Division Directors.
- F – Future – Develop leaders for the future
- O – Opportunities – Provide opportunities to learn and grow
- C – Challenges – Work together to overcome challenges
- U – Unity of Purpose – One shared vision for the District
- S – Strategy – Have a plan
World Championship of Public Speaking
Toastmasters International made history, the first time ever the top three positions in the competition were won by women! The contest was amazing!
Congratulations to the 30,000 plus members who competed in the International Speech contest last year. We are looking forward to another successful competition this year. You could be the next World Champion of Public Speaking!
International Convention was fun too!
Although the Educational sessions were exceptional at the Convention, we also had an opportunity to meet and learn from leaders around the world, including Past International Presidents. It wasn’t all business, we had some fun too!
We participated in the “Sing A Long”.
An Irish tradition, headed up by Past International President, Ted Corcorgon, where members are invited to get on stage and sing while audience members are encouraged to join in. It is a place to meet people, sing together, and enjoy each other’s company. It took place every night of the Convention, usually ending around 1:00 am… and usually resulting in continued discussions well past 3:00 am (we didn’t get much sleep at Convention).
President’s Inauguration Dance – Toastmasters really know how to party! On the last day of the Convention is a dance party, it is non-stop dancing with an amazing DJ – props included! We’ve heard there may be a video of Catherine Secundiak and Russ Dantu rocking out on stage to AC/DC – head banging, air guitar and the works!
Join us for the 2019 Toastmasters International in Denver Colorado, home of the new Toastmasters International World Headquarters.
The host District is now located in Region 4, the same Region District 42 is located in. They will be looking for people from throughout the Region to help out. If you have ever wanted to be a part of the planning committee for an International Convention, now is your shot! Message Catherine Secundiak (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Registration Extended to September 10!
Click here to register for the Online Meeting or indicate your regrets.
This year we have received a number of questions regarding the process for how President of
the Year is selected, and I would like to take a couple moments and outline the process.
Firstly, the process is fully outline in the District 42 Procedures Section 3.7 and is available on
the District 42 website under Resources/ District Resources.
Section 3.7.3 outlines the Eligibility for a Club President to be eligible for the award, however
here is the eligibility criteria listed below.
a) Must have served a FULL TERM as Club President during the preceding calendar year
a. What does this mean? It means that they must have served either 6 or 12
months based on your club officer election terms
b) Meet the following criteria;
a. Achieved at least Distinguished Club Program (DCP)
i. This means that a club has to achieve at least 5 out of the 10 eligible
points in the Distinguished Club Program and met the membership
requirement in order to be considered Distinguished or higher..
b. Submitted Semi-Annual Dues x 2
i. This means that clubs dues must be received into Toastmasters
International by April 1 and October 1.
c. Submitted Club Officer List by June 30 at the end of their term
i. An example is that if you were a Club President for the Toastmaster year
2017/2018 that means it would have to be submitted by June 30, 2018.
d. Was represented by voting delegate(s) at the two District Council Meetings
i. This means that either they were in attendance or submitted a proxy for a
member to act on their behalf. The proxy holder must have been a
member of the club.
e. Was represented by a voting delegate or proxy at the Toastmasters
International Annual Business meeting
i. This means that either they were in attendance or submitted a proxy for a
member to act on their behalf.
f. For clubs electing annually, the President is not serving a successive full
term1 in office
i. For the purposes of determining successive terms, the Club President as
listed at Toastmasters International as of September 1 of the TM year
shall be used.
g. For clubs electing semi-annually, the President is not serving a second or
more successive full term in office
i. A President of club electing semi-annually is allowed to serve two sixmonth
The procedure for selecting this recipient of this award is;
a) The Chairman of the Past District Governors and Directors Committee shall send a copy
of the Nomination Form as published on the District 42 website to the past Vice
President Education and the current President on record of all eligible clubs, by August
b) To nominate its Past President for this award, the club completes the Nomination Form,
attaches the necessary documentation and ensures it is delivered to the Division
Director not later than September 15.
c) The Division Director, along with such other members of the present and previous
division executive team as deemed appropriate, will review each eligible submission and
select a Division Club President of the year. The Division shall forward the club’s
Nomination Form and documentation of the division recipient to the chairman of the Past
District Governors and Directors Committee no later than September 30.
d) The Past District Governors and Directors Committee shall select on District recipient.
If you have any questions about whether or not your club would be eligible or have a general
question about any of the OF THE YEAR awards, you can email Immediate Past District
Director Catherine Secundiak at email@example.com
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