July Message – You Matter, Members Matter

Pat Reisdorf

Pat Reisdorf
District Director

Here's to 2015/2016

Because you matter, make sure you appear in your Club's Success Plan. Because members matter, we challenge you to make sure each & every member of your Toastmasters Club is included in your Club's Success Plan 2015-16. When you set your goals, whether you are focused on Communication and/or Leadership, you matter. For example, a goal may be to complete five speeches toward your Competent Communicator (CC) or Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG). Perhaps your goal is to complete six CC speeches and find inner bravado to compete in an International Speech or Evaluation Contest in early 2016. Maybe you need to find courage to do one particular speech.

Because you matter, find a mentor, a club colleague to serve as an informal/formal mentor, to keep you focused, and motivated to achieve your goals. If you are new to Toastmasters, or even a seasoned member, find a mentor for yourself AND offer to be a mentor for someone else. Benefits are priceless, and research supports mentoring's long term benefits for mentors and mentees. In fact, strong leaders have, and are, mentors throughout their lives.

You Matter, Members Matter

Because you matter, and members matter, we need your help to create more opportunities for more people to experience Toastmasters, and find their voice, per every club's mission statement, in “a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.” We ask your help in providing suggestions/leads for new community and corporate clubs. We hope you'll help by finding new members for all of our clubs. Just imagine how it will look and sound a year from now when all of our clubs are at charter strength and more. Think of the sound of all that applause throughout our communities and corporations!

Here's to a brand new year, full of possibilities...what will it take for you to set goals, get motivated, have a mentor, be a mentor, & create more opportunities to make a difference in people's lives? You matter, members matter, and we need each of you to make a difference!