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      John Rodke, DTM - District Director

      What happens when we have large scale changes  change that? If we are providing positive value to

      to a program we know and love? It gives us an  every member, at every meeting, we are creating
      opportunity to grow, learn, adapt, and thrive.  an environment where every member has the
      Last year was filled with new opportunities to  ability to thrive. If we are not, we need to hold
      get out of our comfortable Toastmasters bubble  ourselves accountable, and work together to

      and adapt to—and adopt—a new educational  change, and create that space.
      program. This year we have the opportunity                 This week, Prem Dawson, a member of
      of a single contest season, so we can funnel our  one of my clubs said: The warm, welcoming, and
      energies into more in-depth training, and one  supportive environment of this club made me want to

      conference in the spring.                              come back. It has allowed me to grow and heal. Now, I
          WHY?                                               am launching my own business and podcast. I stepped
          The goal is to provide a better experience to  into leadership as the new Sergeant at Arms, I don’t
      our members. We all participate in Toastmasters  fully know what that entails, but I trust the people in

      to answer a “WHY.” The shift to one contest  here to help me figure it out.
      season and conference allows our officers to get           These moments of seeing members transcend
      trained, focus on their roles, and have time to  themselves is what motivates me in this
      get comfortable answering the “WHY” of their  wonderful organization.

      members, before having to run contests.                    We have an amazing and enthusiastic team
          This shift in timeframe also supports our  of Area and Division Directors who are diving in
      Area Directors to be more impactful in their  to support our clubs and members. I ask you to
      roles of helping our clubs. We are all volunteers  please help them help you by asking questions,

      with limited time and energy, and are focused  participating in events, and conducting a
      on utilizing those precious resources wisely.          “Moments Of Truth” within your club to find
          One big question to ask: How is Toastmasters  out if you are addressing the “WHY” of each of
      helping you in your everyday life? Are you taking  your members.

      what you are learning within the meeting and               It is my honor to help support you this year
      applying it to your life outside the meeting? Are  as District Director as we grow through these
      you gaining value from every meeting you go to?  changes together.
      If not, what can we as members do differently to

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