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      very good at delegating. Unfortunately, that           face-to-face personal contact.
      is a lesson that I keep learning over and over. I          On the other hand, we are seeing that
      am constantly amazed at how willing people             “borders” don’t matter as much when we meet
      are to volunteer, so I don’t know why I can’t get      online, so it will be interesting to see what
      it through my head that all I have to do is ask!       happens when we resume in-person meetings

                                                             and some of our members live halfway around
      What is your vision for the District as the            the world.
      District Director during 2020-2021?                        I think the Pathways challenge is mostly about

          My vision for the District is to enable our        attitudes. Many of our strongest advocates were
      members to grow and be successful. If we do            resistant at first, but they now embrace Pathways
      that, Clubs will grow, and it all rolls up to the      as the future of Toastmasters. I was around when
      District being successful.                             the Competent Toastmaster (CTM) manual was
          I see two major challenges for us this year –      replaced by the Competent Communicator (CC)

      dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and helping         manual, and the Competent Leader (CL) manual
      members make the transition from the legacy            was introduced. I heard plenty of complaints
      program to Pathways. We are becoming quite             about the CL manual, and ironically, people

      proficient at holding regular meetings, business       are now complaining that the CL manual has
      meetings, and even speech contests online.             gone away and the leadership concepts are
      However, we all know that turnover is a constant       “buried” in Pathways. Pathways has evolved
      issue in Toastmasters, and it is more challenging      since it was first introduced, based on feedback
      to recruit new members when you don’t have the         from our members. If you are frustrated by the

                                                                             change to Pathways, I encourage
                                                                             you to “speak up” rather than

                                                                             “give up”, because Toastmasters
                                                                             International does listen to your
                                                                                 Part of this transition involves

                                                                             educating members on how to
                                                                             access and use Pathways. Even
                                                                             though it was first introduced
                                                                             in our District in September,

                                                                             2017, many members wanted to
                                                                             complete their DTM journey in
                                                                             the legacy program. Switching
                                                                             to Pathways now is a completely

                                                                             new experience for them. To help
                                                                             them, as well as our new members,

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