My Friends in Toastmasters,

As the end of the year draws near, I would like to thank all of you for your active participation in Toastmasters. I have experienced it, and I have witnessed it many times over. Active participation in Toastmasters can change your life in ways you never thought possible. Like many of you, I personally recognize the benefits of this organization, and I feel blessed every day to be a part of District 54.

If you have not yet accomplished your educational goals for the year, I encourage you to keep trying and persevere. Consider taking some time to re-evaluate your goals and start the new year with a revised strategy. Sometimes, to reach success, we just need to alter the way we get there. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

As I consider the future, I believe there is a lot to be excited about. We, as a district, are blessed with great minds, open hearts, and big dreams. We will be rolling out Pathways, the new educational program. I encourage you to keep an open mind as this happens, as I believe the new program will have a lot to offer to our members. For those of you, like me, who are still working to get that DTM in the current program, we can do that, too. There is still ample time to complete this goal and achieve it together.

If you are a leader at the club, area, division, and/or district level, I would like to thank you for all the hard work and effort you have given to support Toastmasters in District 54. Many of the leaders I am lucky to know understand the beauty of servant leadership, and they know in their hearts what Nelson Mandela meant when he said, “It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” That said, I would like to thank all our leaders for making a difference in the lives of District 54 Toastmasters.

As far as Distinguished Club Program (DCP) success, I know our work is not yet done. But I know you, and I know we will not give up, and we will always strive to do more, and to be better. In my mind, District 54 Toastmasters will keep moving forward, some way, somehow, until we cross the finish line, together, and successfully, as a team. Most importantly, we will remember what is in the best interest of our members as we strive to achieve these goals.

I am so honored and proud to be a part of this team, and I am looking forward to crossing the finish line with all of you in the new year!

Yours in Toastmasters,
Angie Mullin
District 54 Director




LET'S DO TOASTMASTERS WELL!

Hello District 54!

I am so excited and honored to be serving as District Director, and I am really looking forward to meeting and working with you this year!

I’d like to start the year off by encouraging a little bit of introspection and pose the following questions:

  • Why did you join Toastmasters?
  • Since you joined, what has Toastmasters done for you?
  • Where do you see yourself going in Toastmasters this year?
  • If you do not want to advance in Toastmasters, have you thought about what you can do to help others succeed?

If you are like me, I joined Toastmasters because I wanted to learn how speak in public. I just completed my degree in Corporate Communications, yet I was TERRIFIED of speaking in front of people. Today, I remain in Toastmasters for so many more reasons.

Toastmasters has helped me become more confident, and it has provided me with real world experiences to learn and grow. By seeking out new opportunities and taking on new leadership roles, I have developed skills that I am now able to apply in my career. As a part of this personal journey, I have also been blessed with making many, many new friends, who I actually consider “family.” Looking at the person I have become, I can honestly say that I have gained so much from my active participation in Toastmasters.

As much as I have benefited from what the organization has to offer, I find that I get even more satisfaction out of Toastmasters when I am able to help others grow and succeed.

Along the way, I have discovered that others succeed when we do Toastmasters well. So, when we talk about reaching Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals and becoming distinguished clubs, areas, and divisions, we are really talking about doing what it takes to meet the goals Toastmasters International has in place to ensure that every member receives an experience in Toastmasters, similar to the one I received.

So, it inspires me to see people working in service of others, just because they want to see others succeed. My friends, these are the kinds of leaders that we have in District 54. I firmly believe we have the right team in place to continue to support our clubs and our members in doing Toastmasters well!

District Staff Members are working diligently to make sure members in our district have access to quality educational programs, like TLIs and conferences. Area and Division Directors are already working diligently to ensure that members in our district have make-up officer training sessions, speech contests, and quality club visits. Other staff members are working to help struggling clubs and to start new clubs, so that other people in Central Illinois may benefit by participating in this wonderful organization! Our team is planning and working, in service of others, to help our clubs support our members, so that everyone receives a wonderful experience, in which they thrive, learn, and grow.

I feel that we are off to an amazing, exciting, and inspirational start! Join us in achieving successes this year! Let’s set some new goals and overcome new challenges. Most importantly, let’s succeed together, by doing Toastmasters well!

Yours in Toastmasters,

Angie Mullin
District Director – District 54




Your Club CAN be Distinguished by this Time Next Year!

Consider implementing this checklist of ideas to get your club off to a great start! If you have questions, your Area Directors and your Division Director are there to help.

  • If you have less than 12 members, seek out help from your Area Director to obtain a club coach.
  • Make sure all club web pages, social networking sites and marketing materials are updated with current meeting and officer information.
  • Verify that your club has a way to track educational goals. EasySpeak is a great club management tool. If you are not using it, what are you using?
  • Ensure your club has a working mentoring program. If not, implement one.
  • Encourage all club officers to get trained. A minimum of 4 officers need to attend a TLI or Officer Make Up Training session this summer to be eligible to meet one of the 10 Club DCP Goals.
  • Complete a Club Success Plan and share it with your Area Director and your club members.
  • Complete an event calendar. Include at least 1 Membership Growth Campaign per Quarter. Ask Club VPPRs and VPMs to share their ideas and add their planned events.
  • Ask the Club VPE to send out a club Program Quality Survey or conduct personal interviews. Ask club members to share their educational goals for the year. Use these results to help shape your club goals and your Club Success Plan.
  • Present "Moments of Truth" to the club. Use these results to help shape club goals and your Club Success Plan.
  • Prepare members to participate in club, area, division and district speech contests! Encourage members to step out of their comfort zone, because this is the only way to grow.
  • Start promoting attendance at the District 54 Fall Conference. Which club will have the most members at the Fall Conference?
Do you have additional ideas?