From the Trio – HEROes SOAR!

Dear District 38 Members,

On July 1, 2020 we started a new Toastmaster year. It is a time to reflect on the past year and to be ready to start the new year with a fresh outlook.

As we reflect back, I think we can honestly say that we finished the past Toastmaster year unlike any other year - virtually. Did we let that stop us? No. It may have changed our approach but we have pushed ahead and embraced the challenge.

This year we are starting our year out virtually. We hope to get back to onsite meetings but we will push ahead no matter where we meet.

Last year our theme was Be a HERO! A HERO is Helpful, Energetic, Resourceful, and Openminded. In other words - a servant leader. With our new challenges we need to take this to another level. We need to SOAR!

Do you have knowledge to share with others? Do you want to learn new ideas that you can share with your club? Can you virtually visit other Toastmaster clubs? Are you willing to take up that challenge? Are you looking to take your newfound knowledge and SOAR?

This year our theme is “HEROes SOAR!”.

How does a HERO SOAR?
S - Serve
O - Overcome
A - Assist
R - Resolve

In order to improve yourself and move ahead you must Serve others, Overcome your obstacles, Assist others in overcoming their obstacles, and then Resolve to be even better and to move forward.

By taking these steps, we can all SOAR to even higher and higher places with no limits.

Basha McCrumb, District Director

District Director – Basha McCrumb

I started my Toastmaster’s journey in April 2014 earning my 1st DTM in July 2017.

I fell in love with the growth and networking opportunities in Toastmasters and became a member of various clubs. Currently I am a member of 4 clubs including 1 corporate club in District 38, 2 advanced clubs – 1 in District 38 and 1 in District 29, and 1 community club in Bangladesh. The variety has provided a greater insight into what our members need and how each of us is different and yet the same.

I love to travel and take every opportunity to visit a local Toastmaster club whenever possible. Like many other Toastmasters, I have taken advantage of the recent pandemic to visit clubs and events around the world covering 6 continents (there is no Toastmaster club in Antarctica). I have attempted to visit as many District 38 clubs as possible. Each club has its own special and unique culture. Several fellow District 38 members have taken up the challenge to visit other clubs around the District and around the world and to share their knowledge and to bring back tips to their own clubs.

I look forward to the unique challenges this year will present as your District Director and hope many of you will choose to take your skills and help yourself and others. Remember “HEROes! SOAR”.

Joe Smith, Program Quality Director

Program Quality Director – Joe Smith

As I start this year as Program Quality Director for District 38, I want to share the knowledge I have accumulated over the past 7 years as a Toastmaster. From the start, I embraced the leadership aspect of the Toastmasters program serving every club officer role as well as District Sergeant at Arms, Area Director, Division Director, and Club Growth Director. I am a member of 4 clubs, including 2 advanced clubs.

My goals for the coming year are to ensure our members take full advantage of the resources and opportunities available to them. I want to create connections between members and clubs utilizing the virtual platform that was forced upon us by the tragic COVID19 pandemic. While last year did not go as planned, our fellow Toastmasters adapted to changes like HEROes. This year will enable us to build upon the foundation we have built and SOAR.

I look forward to working with each of you to maximize the Toastmasters experience for everyone.

Paula Teachey, Club Growth Director

Club Growth Director – Paula Teachey

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Toastmasters year! We are consciously aware that the world around is changing at a rapid pace. Our organization and its membership have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated social distancing restrictions. These restrictions have created growth opportunities for us all, yes, growth opportunities.

Many of us are reaching outside of our comfort zones and becoming accomplished speakers and leaders in the virtual environment. As the club growth director my goal is to continue to recruit new individuals and organizations by highlighting not only the benefits that Toastmasters offers, but also the opportunities that prepare members for becoming proficient with the communication and leadership skills in what has become the “new normal”. My team and I plan to strengthen our mentoring program and to continue to provide an effective coaching program to ensure that clubs experiencing challenges with adapting to the new normal are given the support to SOAR to excellence.

My Toastmasters journey has been unique to my communication and leadership needs. I have traveled at a methodical pace with my focus on the growth journey and not the destination. That is the beauty of the Toastmasters program: your journey, your path, your pace. My goal is to ensure that each and every club, whether just beginning or well established, is focused on providing the tools to ensure every member’s personal success.