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The Journey Continues...

Like an expectant parent we kept visiting the dashboard. We were sure we would make it but when, loomed large on the horizon.

Finally on June 10, 2017 we became President's Distinguished District, yet again! The phone call from Mike Storkey, International President to DTM Chandrashekar D P was followed by the congratulatory letters to DTM Ravi Marrapu and me.

Once again, the members of District 98 had together achieved excellence doing things the right away.

On August 24, 2017 in Vancouver, it will be another memorable day for District 98 as the TRIO receive their awards at the Hall of Fame on behalf of the members. Thank you dear members for your support and service. Through upholding the values of Toastmasters the District was able to achievethis distinction once again.

When I began my Toastmasters journey in February 2008, I was interested only in improving my communication skills. Little did I know then that the program would mould me differently: from a shadow VP PR of a newly chartered club to the Director of the fledgling District 98.

The youth today have many avenues to express their thoughts. But merely expressing will not suffice. It has to be effective. Toastmasters is that program which offers opportunities to enhance skills which will help to make one not only a better speaker but a better leader as well. Be clear in what you need to better yourself. Identify your goals and you will find a willing Toastmaster to mentor you.

Servant Leadership is what Toastmasters has taught me. During the past ten years I have seen members being transformed. Attending a meeting for the first time: nervous, going blank when asked to speak and a few months into the program I could see the transformation: Confident and a willing team player. As has been said by Simon Sinek : Leadership is not a rank or position. Leadership is service to be given.

This year we will focus a little more on the member. For haven't we heard: take care of the member and numbers will take care of themselves. The District Leaders have been trained to reach out to the club and its members. I look forward to seeing the meetings being educative and entertaining. For we learn most in moments of fun.

The youth in colleges in Hyderabad have been exposed to Toastmasters though the Master Orator Championship,two years in a row. It is now time to take this to the youth in Mumbai and Pune.At the same time we are making inroads intoNashik, Nagpur, Raipur, Guntur among many others.

Caring and sharing doing things the right way 2gether we will be 100%.

Arvind Nair, DTM
District Director

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