What is our story as a Club? What is our story as a District? Does our story resemble a boring daily serial, an exciting Tom Cruise movie, or an edge of the seat thriller where we don’t know what’s going to happen next? What’s our story and who scripts it?
We have been a President’s Distinguished District since our inception, we have received accolades this year for chartering the maximum number of clubs in the world, and our quality of members has put us once in the WCPS finals. Over the last three years, we have celebrated many such achievements, but is this what should define us?
We should set goals that will help each member in our club achieve their own goals. A Member would achieve his goals if he comes to club meetings, prepares for his projects, gets his projects evaluated, evaluates different aspects of a speech, takes part in leading a club meeting, feels motivated to lead the club, and pays his dues. If he feels he needs help, a Club Officer helps him by having a productive conversation. The Club Officer adds new members to the club to freshen the club and keep it vibrant, helps to ensure smooth functioning of the club by helping it to adhere and implement decisions that are taken together as a team, and ensures there is a safe atmosphere for everybody to fail but to come back better every time. A District Officer, in this case an Area Director, would help the Club Officers to get trained in understanding what makes their clubs work, how to have those conversations, and educates them in the tools available to do their job. The rest of the District and Toastmasters International structure should focus on making this system work.
“Our story as a District should be the story of a Toastmaster who is relentless in the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. A Toastmaster who has seen a difference, not in numbers which bring him accolades, but in statistics that would help realise the Toastmasters International Envisioned Future.”
The result of creating such a District structure and functioning would lead to having all the clubs becoming at-least Distinguished, all of them having at-least 20 members, and all of them fulfilling their administrative responsibilities. That should be our goal.
A goal is only impossible if you don’t know how to achieve it, but if we can work out a way to achieve it that no longer remains impossible. Today, thanks to our past leaders, we have all the resources to make this happen. I am proud of all my District Leaders who are ready to share this vision and attempt to the best of their ability to make this a reality. In this journey to create our story as a District we will face a lot of challenges, some of them are very tough and difficult to walk past.
The toughest challenge for all of us came in the loss of our dear friend, Toastmaster Leo. A Friend, A Leader, A Guide and A Mentor – Leo is different for each of us, through him we have endured many challenges, celebrated many victories and planned for a stronger future. To not have him with us, is not only very tough but also very painful. I am sure as he sees us from the heavens, he would be happy to see that his Toastmasters community stood by him through his last journey, and will be proud that he is part of a community which has made a difference to many lives. I am grateful for all the members who came together during these tough times to stand by each other and more importantly by Leo’s family. We shall continue to get inspired byLeo and remember him in all our victories and celebrations.
My dear friends, I believe our story as a District should be the story of a Toastmaster who is relentless in the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. A Toastmaster who has seen a difference, not in numbers which bring him accolades, but in statistics that would help realise the Toastmasters International Envisioned Future – “To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.”
I am interested to shape this story, are you ?