D7 networking event Archive

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Review of the Toastmasters International Board Meeting

Meeting Recap

1) Executive Committee
-District reformations
-New online district online accounting system
-2011 International Convention

2) Committee 1 – Regional Advisor Selection
-There are 14 regional advisor positions open worldwide. 44 applications for RA were received. The 14 have been selected and approved. They will be online soon.
-The committee recommended improvements for the process.

3) Committee 2 – Digital Content Transition
-Modernize policies and procedures
-Remove duplicate content
-Simplify writing style
-The new digital format will be rolling out on April 1, 2011

4) Strategic Planning Committee
Strategic direction of the organization

5) Advisory Committee of Past International Presidents
-Global representation
-Strategic plan
-Operational function of world headquarters

6) International Leadership Committee
-Approve and nominate future leaders of Toastmasters International
-Interview process for executive committee positions (looking for: integrity, communication/leadership, strategic and financial experience, and achievements outside of Toastmasters)
-The candidates for the executive committee have been selected:
President Elect: John Lau
1st Vice President: George Yen
2nd Vice President: James Catchucy (sp?) and Mohammed Murad

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12 Days of Toastmasters: A Holiday Song!

Happy Holidays from your D7 Toastmasters STAFF: Cathey, Deveny and Rose!

12 Days of Toastmasters!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Twelve Days of Fun

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Eleven Awesome Friends

On the tenth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Ten Finished Speeches

On the ninth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Nine New Members

On the eigth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Eight Clapping Fans

On the seventh day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Seven Smiling Speakers

On the sixth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Six Ah’s and Um’s

On the fifth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
A Five Minute Speech

On the fourth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me. . .
Four Evaluators

On the third day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me…
Three Timing Lights

On the second day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me…
Two Table Topics

On the first day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me…
A Wonderful Icebreaker Speech!

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The 2008-2009 District 7 Awards!

By Ann Snelling, DTM, IPDG

The September District 7 Network Event honored those people who gave distinguished service to our district in the past year. Thanks to these who gave of themselves unselfishly to assist others in their success. Congratulations for being recognized by your colleagues as a servant leader. A recap follows with the category and description of the award plus comments made by their peers about their service rendered.

Outstanding Area Governor of the Year – Shelley Dalmau

The Outstanding Area Governor is awarded to individuals that have had a positive, motivating force in their Area and the District. They have had successful Area contests and quantifiable results in the Area in membership, educational accomplishments, dues paid, and Area visits to clubs.

“Last year, I’d bumped into Shelley on the MAX in early hours of the morning. At 7:15 am, she was absolutely enthusiastic about her role as Area Governor. She lost no time in expounding on the speaking skills she was honing through boundless opportunities which included participating in a Speechcraft as well as helping to start a new club within her area. She has volunteered her time in helping John Waters start a club out in Molalla as well. She also was quick to lend a helping hand to other Divisions and Areas, and I especially appreciated her assistance and expertise during the contest seasons. She is also open to learning – I remember her taking “copious notes” during our Division-sponsored district meeting. Anyone who can inspire a room full of people to belly dance to “Put Your Whole Self In” has leadership qualities beyond belief. She exudes warmth to everyone she meets – a true Toastmaster. “ – from a fellow Area Governor

CONGRATULATIONS, Shelley, on being selected Outstand Area Governor of the Year!

Outstanding Division Governor of the Year – Donna Stark

The Outstanding Division Governor is awarded to individuals that have worked well with the Area Governors within their Division and with District Officers. They have been a positive, motivational force in the District in addition within their Area.

“Donna was part of the team that helped bring in the new clubs Symantec and Coast Toasties. She is a hard working champion of Central Division and District 7. She was one of the Division Governors to have a President’s Distinguished Division. She is always willing to go the extra mile for not only, her division, but for the whole district. I can think of no finer example of the working leader. “ – from a fellow Toastmaster

As our Division Governor, Donna worked tirelessly with the area governors and district officers helping us to “Put our Whole Selves In”. She helped us grow to become better members and clubs. She actively supported and participated in the area, division and district contests. She was present to offer her encouragement and support at club meetings and on charter night. Her easy-going leadership style was effective in getting the most out of the areas and clubs within her division. Donna is truly deserving to be our Outstanding Division Governor.” – from an Area Governor

CONGRATULATIONS, Donna, on being selected Outstanding Division Governor of the Year!

Rookie of the Year – Pat Lynch

The Rookie of the Year is awarded to individuals in their first year of activity at the District level (as an Area Governor, committee chairperson, etc) has demonstrated contagious enthusiasm and energy.

This was Pat Lynch’s first year as a district officer. The “climbing out of the pit” graphic that she shared was a great illustration of her personal growth and the power of the Toastmasters program. Whether it was attending district functions or attending club meetings in her district, Pat logged a lot of miles!” – from a fellow Toastmaster

Pat was able to guide the division with the largest geographical area to President’s Distinguished.” – from a fellow Toastmaster

“Achieved President’s Distinguished Division while acting as Governor for two open Areas in her Division.” – from a fellow Toastmaster

CONGRATULATIONS, Pat, on being selected as the Rookie of the Year!

Toastmaster of the Year – Cathey Armillas

The Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year is awarded to individuals that have served the best interests of the members of District 7 above and beyond the requirements of their position in District 7. They have been a leader, an inspiration to others in Toastmasters, and accomplishments outside Toastmasters.

Cathey had success as a President’s Distinguished Division plus she was the only Division Governor that whose Area Governor’s achieved Select Distinguished or higher.” – from a fellow Toastmaster leader

Motivated her Area Governors to stretch their comfort zones and achieve personal growth. Held well-organized and entertaining speech contests. Cathey is an advocate for engaging next generation Toastmasters through the Youth Leadership Program and her group of “Future Stars.” – from a fellow Toastmaster

CONGRATULATIONS, Cathey, on being selected as Toastmaster of the Year!

Herb C. Stude Educational Service Award – Rose Wellman

The Herb C. Stude Educational Service Award is named after Past District Governor Herbert C. Stude, DTM. This award recognizes individuals who have delivered the most educational service to District 7 members, whether through educational modules or educational sessions at District meetings and conferences. They continuously give to others and motivate other to learn.

In addition to developing our D7 website, Rose had the monumental task of teaching all of us to use it. She conducted numerous training sessions on that topic at various District meetings and conferences. She is also passionate about effective evaluations, and conducted sessions at D7 functions as well as at individual club meetings.” – from a fellow Toastmaster

As a new Toastmaster last year she took on the daunting task of taking over as webmaster. Not only did she take it over but she took it to a new level …. and did it all on her own. As a person who serves as webmaster on a professional level, I don’t think I could have done what she did last year. She also has stepped up and done numerous other things for our district. I think she’s an awesome example of a “rookie!” – from a fellow Toastmaster

CONGRATULATIONS, Rose, on being selected for the Herb C. Stude Educational Service Award!

Lou Webb Award – Allan Edinger

The Lou Webb Award is named after the District 7 telephone Coordinator. This award is for long-time service to the District. Individuals are experienced advisor for District Officers, not for the glory but simply out of dedication to serving the District.

Allan knows what it takes for the District to be successful and contributes to that success in several ways. He is relentless in following up with Clubs to pay their dues, he was instrumental in rescuing several Club charters, and he is one of our strongest advocates for Prison Clubs. “– from a fellow Toastmaster

“No one works harder than past district governors to help the district be successful.” – from a fellow Toastmaster

CONGRATULATIONS, Allan, on being selected for the Lou Webb Award!

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Highlight of D7′s Networking Event – July 2009

July 18th, 2009-It was a sizzling hot Saturday morning when I walked into the Wilsonville’s Frog Pond chapel. This would be the first D7 meeting of the year 2009-2010. As I entered the almost filled room, my “private eye nose” noticed that the D7 Top Three Leaders, aka, STAFF, seemed to be holding the D7 members captive; they were dressed alike. They wore black except for the large bold white letters spelling out the word STAFF on the front of their T-shirts. You could tell they had planned this for some time. Being a new person in this district, I had heard various times that the district had no small intentions with their captive audiences. 

The whole room seemed delightfully cheery considering they were being held hostage as they mingled about talking among themselves while eating breakfast food. As a professional snoop, I noticed a few individuals purchasing items from “the bookstore.” As I moseyed in that direction I was delightfully pleased to find two items of interest, then purchased for my own evaluation. I didn’t want to be obvious or seem to stand out while checking the whole sitution out.

Then a man’s voice called out, almost in a commanding way. “Please make your way to the next room!”  I couldn’t believe how obedient the crowd was.

Yes, the crowd became more silent yet chattering was heard now throughout both rooms as many individuals slowly moved toward the next room. The “next” room was large open space that held many seats that were arranged in a theatre setting. When most everyone was seated the leader opened the meeting with zestful a round of applause.

To my surprise many of the capture audience seemed to know this leader and like him. Scott Stevenson, Distinguished Toastmaster spoke, the audience quieted listening to every word.

Scott was tall, handsomely dressed though casual dressed.  He introduced his STAFF which I know had names with code titles as both had unique names to say the least. Cathey Armillas, the Lt. Governor of Education & Training. The somewhat slender young woman walked quickly to the front to stand next to the tall, distinguished Scott. Then Scott introduced, Deveny Bywaters, the Lt. Governor of Marketing. Deveny too was slender but much smaller in size.  She took her stand on the other side of Scott. The audience applauded. Wow! Strangely, I smiled as the STAFF stood before all as I felt safe and rewarded for being captivated by the STAFF.

I had to cheer the STAFF as they led all into networking exercise. We had to introduce ourselves to each other. The social networking was called, “Didn’t your Mother tell you NOT to talk to strangers? The exercise was great introduction. I found many new individuals that seemed very happy and enjoyed this exercise. We were to ask each individual with: Name, Club, and what our passion was. One man even asked me regarding my passion, “Are you looking for a man?” This statement from a stranger made me laugh! Why would he ask that? Maybe he saw that I wasn’t wearing a ring on my left finger; or, maybe he just wanted me to smile, or was this a test as my professional snoop was blown? Hmm, I might have to do a background check on this stranger. One problem though, I don’t remember his name but I do remember he was visiting from Colorado.

To end the exercise the STAFF held the audience to answer the question. What unique question/answer did you find when introducing yourself? When several answered the question the STAFF gave the D7 2009-2010 theme pin to the individuals. I found myself receiving one of the cherished items while the audience laughed when I stated, “I was asked, and do I have a passion to find a man.”

For the next hour and half the captivated audience listened intently to all that was said. I was pleased to hear the message(s) from each presenter as they were friendly and well prepared. Later that day I wrote in my journal the following from each presenter as they indeed left me in awe with their professionalism along with their sincere desire to teach us some of their knowledge. Indeed, we were captivated to their words, teachings, and instruction.

 As Cathey stated, “Networking is all about people… it is not about me, it’s about YOU! We are in the new age of social networking. The “business card” is now online that can be accessible world-wide.

 LINKEDIN: Cleon Cox presented – Social networking – He showed us the capabilities of Linkedin.

  • Faster communication throughout the world connections
  • Networking is meeting and sharing of information
  • Cleon overview his own website page
  • PING interfaces with Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and other social networks
  • “Notes” provides you to make notes for reminders where you met that individual or other remember able notations
  • Recommendation: Referrals are needed: Give = Receive
  • You can have more than one account. Make new account in the “settings” ie., address name
  • Linkedin is Touching people throughout the world
  • It is time to become involved in the new technology of today – do it now.

FACEBOOK: Rose Wellman,a woman that encourages all to try it. She also showed us on screen “how-to.” With her employer’s encouragement ALL staff to work on Facebook each Friday. Why?

  • The new networking changes the thoughts of technology as it becomes global
  • You have a competitive edge when you understand the “new” marketing skill
  • You no longer live in your own little world, you become international network
  • We think differently of software
  • Enhanced abilities within the workplace (i.e. one hour each Friday)
  • It is a free marketing world on Facebook

Also, Rose brought up ANYONE CAN JOIN. You connect with friends, find new business connections. Through social networking Facebook was successful with 250 million users in three years time. The organization is now a $10 Billion business.  Rose also stated:

  • You need to brand yourself on FB
  • Be consistent with all social networks sites
  • Update your profile often
  • Be careful with personal identification information
  • Use more than one email address [i.e., spam]
  • PING can update other social networks too
  • FB has a limit of 5000 “friends” then you have to become a FAN

 TWITTER:  John Goalby, a knowledgeable man gave us his insights as he has 16,000+ followers on Twitter.

  • It is a Love vs. Hate situation. Some love Twitter as others don’t
  • Twitter is a problem solver – a “how to”
  • District 7 has a Twitter Account
  • Check out, http://search.twitter.com
  • It’s great to have a business account
  • It magnifies sales
  • Great for travel and insurance industry
  • Networking on business level – clients referrals
  • Not slow as Linkedin
  • Check out: Zoom.com

The educational session ended with an open question and answer period that all presenters participated in.

 Then Scott introduced Cathey and Deveny as they reminded us of various dates and notable events to happen.

1.    Triple Crown Award – All previous individuals that had not received their recognition will be recognized on August 8th at the next TLI. Twenty-five (25) will be recognized.

2.    Smedley Award, 1924 – August 1 through September 30th, each person that has secured 5 new members will receive a ribbon for their club. IF you have an Open House during this time and have three (3) new members you will received and banner OR a stand with bag.

3.    Remember 80% current base dues are needed by September 15; if accomplished the district will give the club $50.00 in D7 Dollars.

4.    FALL CONFERENCE: Mark your calendars for November 7 (Saturday) – more information will be given later.

 Scott Stevenson, District Governor then took the stage again. This time he honored the Immediate Past District Governor, Ann Snelling, DTM. In this district they have the Cape & Crown Ceremony. Through her year of service as DG, she gained many thoughtful respects from various individuals. As she sat on her throne, she received her sparkling jeweled crown along with a one-of-a-kind robe. The tradition was to give the outgoing governor a robe that was most beautiful; it was like unto the “Wonder Woman’s Cap.” As she listened to various individuals giving her honor, she received from each a beautiful flower to plant in her garden. She also received her District Governor’s Award with the audience giving her applause.

As I mingled with the crowd after the meeting, I was joyful knowing this was a most delight way to spend the morning hours. The crowd was dismissed to go home with several officers to be trained in the upstairs chamber. I was no longer under the impression that this situation was of my concern. My private eye attitude was rewarded with knowledge and new friendship. I would go home write in my journal the many wonderful things of this day. Happiness is a choice which I made attending this meeting.

Submitted by Rose Johnson-Tsosie

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D7 Networking Event: Social Media

This Saturday, District 7 is going to have it’s very first Networking Event. It will be a great place to come and meet other Toastmasters in the district. It will be very interactive, with fresh and relevant knowledge sharing topics that we can all use and apply in our lives.

The topic this time: Social Networking.

We will hear 3 great presentations from expert social media gurus on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Make sure you’re signed up to come. Bring some business cards to exchange, but most of all, bring an open mind and lots of energy to share and connect with others!

See you all on Saturday!

Cathey

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