Meet Your International Director at the Fall Conference

Monique Levesque-Pharoah, 2016-2018 International Director, Toastmasters International

When you attend a District Fall Conference or Spring Convention, you have an opportunity to get a glimpse of all the leadership opportunities Toastmasters International provides.  You get to meet and network with leaders from around our District and from the larger Toastmasters International community.

At the Fall Conference in Medicine Hat Nov 10-12, 2017, we are honoured to be hosting our 2016-2018 International Director for Region 4, Monique Levesque-Pharoah DTM.

Monique’s Journey to International Director

Monique has been a Toastmaster member with Vital Words Toastmasters since January of 1994. She is also a charter member of We Believe In Winnipeg Toastmasters which chartered in June of 2009 and is also serving as a mentor to PACE Champions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Monique served District 64 as District Governor (title is now District Director) in 2008-2009 when they became distinguished for the first in 3 consecutive years.

March of 2013 marked the beginning of Monique’s journey as Region Advisor. Monique felt blessed to be able to serve in this role until June 30, 2015.

On August 20th, 2016 Monique was elected to the Toastmasters International Board as International Director for Region 4, and she is excited to serve members from around the world in this role.

Click Here to see which leaders are serving the members of District 42 for the 2017/2018 year.

What is an International Director?

International directors are members of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, each representing one of the 14 Toastmasters regions. International directors are elected to serve a two-year term.

We are privileged to be home to two Past International Directors (PID) who continue to be active in our District:

  • Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID 2010-12
  • Dona Wheaton, DTM, PID 1994-96

What does an International Director do?

International directors support Toastmasters in and out of the boardroom as organizational fiduciaries and representatives. They are responsible for:

  • Upholding the mission of Toastmasters International and serving as its ambassadors
  • Developing organizational strategy and policies, and ensuring their implementation
  • Approving and overseeing the budget and financial matters
  • Incorporating member needs into organizational decisions
  • Handling significant member disciplinary matters

To see a full listing of the roles and responsibilities of an International Director, please visit:  https://www.toastmasters.org/about/board-of-directors/international-leadership-roles

Please make sure to introduce yourself to your 2016-2018 International Director for Region 4, Monique Levesque-Pharoah DTM at the District 42 Fall Conference in Medicine Hat, Nov 10-12, 2017.

Click Here to Register Online for Fall Conference!

 

What is a Region?

Toastmasters is an international organization that is comprised of 14 regions and several districts.  Click Here to view the Region maps.

District 42 belongs to Region 4, along with six other Districts – 6, 19, 24, 64, 78 and 99

 

 

Fall Speech Contests

Every Fall, Clubs organize the Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contests. Winners of the Club contests move onto the Area contests.

Why Participate in Speech Contests?

  • Opportunity to speak under pressure, and challenge yourself to be better.
  • Share a message that you believe in with an audience that should hear it.
  • Meet other strong speakers, and learn from their communication styles.
  • Gain experience speaking in front of large groups and unfamiliar people.

Planning Your Club Contests

Planning club contests is primarily the responsibility of the VP Education, however it is a great opportunity for members to help with planning the event that can earn them credit towards their Competent Leader manual.

The deadline to complete Club contests is September 20, 2017. Please speak with your Area Director about scheduling your event. 

Resources are Available 

For information about running a contest,

see the new Speech Contest Rulebook (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/speech-contest-rulebook),

Humorous Speech Contest Kit (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/humorous-speech-contest),

and Table Topics Speech Contest Kit (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/table-topics-speech-contest).

Visit https://d42tm.org/district-resources/ for Speech Contest Scripts and other contest resources.

Upcoming Contest Preparation Events…

If you have any questions, please contact our District 42 Chief Judge, Carol Dyte or Program Quality Director, Catherine Secundiak at contests@d42tm.org

Toastmasters Proposal A and B New Information

Good Day Fellow Toastmasters,

 

Here are some updates from the Town Hall Meeting the District Trio attend on Tuesday evening.

 

Proposal A: If this proposal is passed it would only allow for the option to allow individual members to pay directly to Toastmasters International. This means that the clubs would still have the option through their own Addendum of Standard Club Options available through Club Central. This would have to be a voting change my majority of the club membership.

 

Proposal B: Toastmasters International does not have any plans to change the process for collecting dues within the next couple of years. They are looking for the ability to investigate the possibility of having when the dues are paid and do not want to spend time and resources in a possibly solution if the members does not want this. There would be great consultation prior to any changes. They want to ensure that what every if any final option is chosen is in the best interest

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

John Bauer, DTM

District Director 2017/2018

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