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Nikita Dasilva, ACS, ALB
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We can and should have the opportunity to reach out to other leaders who can be guest speakers and district representatives at our clubs. I am compiling a database of District 50 guest speakers for my clubs, which all of you will be able to access for your clubs as well. However, I need your help—if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a guest speaker at a club, please complete a quick and easy survey.

When you complete the survey, you will be shown a confirmation page. If you wish to update your survey response in the future, such as with your updated educational level, please click on the link which says “Edit your response” and bookmark the resulting page. That page will permanently link to your responses, so you can update your information or availability at any time. Please do not refresh the confirmation page, as that will submit your responses twice.

Results will be displayed in a spreadsheet (and you can access this page at any time and/or share with your clubs).

Please note that anyone with the link can access the results spreadsheet, so the results are effectively public information. Please do not share your phone number if you are uncomfortable with this information becoming public.

A lot of great things happened in Area 23 this year. I’m going to show you a few charts and then tell you a story…

Before

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After

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When I took the area 23 governor role in July 2012, I had no idea what to expect. I was told it was going to be a challenge, that the area was full of new clubs, that I was going to have to work my butt off.

They were right in the sense that being area governor is very hard work, but my area at least was filled with dedicated leaders that surprised me with their tremendous commitment and caring for their club members. Leaders that supported me in our shared goal of providing the best possible environment for club members to become better communicators and leaders.

This is our story.

Plano Beverage Boasters started with a warm club environment and implemented tools to catalyze speakers: a speech sign-up sheet and mentors. 4+ officers attended officer training at both required TLIs, and they were strongly represented at District 50 events. Throughout the year, they added 18 members, achieved 7/10 DCP points, and, most importantly, helped members meet their personal goals.

Crossmasters started with an organized club and great meeting structure and developed a strong club culture with camaraderie and humor to support new and experienced members. 4+ officers attended officer training at both required TLIs, and they were strongly represented at District 50 events. Throughout the year, they added 14 members, achieved 7/10 DCP points, and, most importantly, helped members meet their personal goals.

Jha Texas Toast started out as a brand new club and, despite facing tremendous scheduling barriers, continued to meet regularly and maintain a club culture with humor and camaraderie. They especially had unique and meaningful Table Topics at every meeting. Currently, they are planning a membership drive to relaunch the club in August 2013, to continue helping members meet their personal goals.

Let’s Talk Club started with nine members and grew their membership by over 50%. They are developing a mentorship program for new members and continue to work on meeting structure. Their achievement has been phenomenal with 7 educational awards. All 7 officers attended officer training at both required TLIs, and they were strongly represented at District 50 events. They achieved 7/10 DCP points and, more importantly, helped members meet their personal goals.

Legacy Leaders—what an incredible success story. They went from no meetings for over nine months to regular weekly meetings, standardized meeting structure, mentorship program, 12 new members (130%+ membership growth if you’re counting), and 5/10 DCP points. They were strongly represented at spring District 50 events and, more importantly, helped members meet their personal goals.

Visigoth Toastmasters is our newest club. They added 20 members in a month and a half and chartered on June 28. They have already had 4 successful Icebreakers.

Together, our efforts helped us achieve 44.1% member growth and the statistics you see above. We have three Select Distinguished clubs (Plano Beverage Boasters, Crossmasters, Let’s Talk) and one Distinguished club (Legacy Leaders). We are a Select Distinguished Area.

Thank you all for a phenomenal year, and congratulations on your success. It has been a beneficial learning experience for me, and I hope we all continue to develop into better speakers and leaders.

- Skyler

Skyler Kanegi, DTM
2012-13 Area 23 Governor

Plano Beverage Boasters (DISTINGUISHED):
6 DCP points for 2 CLs, 15 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 1 more DCP point to be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Crossmasters:
7 DCP points for 2 CCs, 2 CL, 10 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 3 more members to qualify and be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Let’s Talk:
5 DCP points for 4 CL/DTMs, 4 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 2 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Legacy Leaders:
3 DCP points for 8 new members and for submitting dues on time

  • 2 more DCP points to be DISTINGUISHED

Please remember to submit all educational achievements on www.toastmasters.org or they will not be counted towards your DCP points total.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

Plano Beverage Boasters (QUALIFIED/DISTINGUISHED):
6 DCP points for 2 CLs, 15 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 1 more DCP point to be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Crossmasters:
7 DCP points for 2 CCs, 2 CL, 10 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 4 more members to qualify and be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Let’s Talk:
5 DCP points for 4 CL/DTMs, 4 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 2 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Legacy Leaders:
3 DCP points for 8 new members and for submitting dues on time

  • 1 more member to qualify

Please remember to submit all educational achievements on www.toastmasters.org or they will not be counted towards your DCP points total.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

We had a fantastic turnout at the contest on March 9 with roughly 40 in attendance. I saw members from 4 Area 23 clubs and many guests.

We had competitors from three clubs: Crossmasters, Let’s Talk, and Plano Beverage Boasters. All competitors did great, and the results are:

International
1st Jan B. (Crossmasters)
2nd Steve H. (Let’s Talk)

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Top (from left): LGM Charlene Burroughs, Area Governor Skyler Kanegi, 1st Place Winner Jan B., Division Governor LaTonya Celestine, Contest Master Adeyinka Y.
Bottom (from left): LGM Charlene Burroughs, Area Governor Skyler Kanegi, 2nd Place Winner Steve H., Division Governor LaTonya Celestine, Contest Master Adeyinka Y.

Table Topics
1st Rita T. (Let’s Talk)
2nd Beckye H. (Crossmasters)

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From left: LGM Charlene Burroughs, Area Governor Skyler Kanegi, Division Governor LaTonya Celestine, 1st Place Winner Rita T., 2nd Place Winner Beckye H., Contest Master Adeyinka Y.

Great job, Area 23! Thanks for coming to support your members, and thank you to all of our helpers.

I hope to see 1st and 2nd place winners at the Frontier Division contest on April 27. (2nd place winners should be in attendance in case 1st place winners are not available.) And even if you are not competing, I hope you will come to the contest to support your club. Our Frontier Division governor, LaTonya Celestine, DTM, has planned some fun events for us afterwards as well.

Plano Beverage Boasters (QUALIFIED/DISTINGUISHED):
6 DCP points for 2 CLs, 15 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 1 more DCP point to be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Crossmasters:
6 DCP points for 2 CCs, 1 CL, 10 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 4 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Let’s Talk:
5 DCP points for 4 CL/DTMs, 4 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 2 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Legacy Leaders:
3 DCP points for 8 new members and for submitting dues on time

  • 1 more member to qualify

Please remember to submit all educational achievements on www.toastmasters.org or they will not be counted towards your DCP points total.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

Toastmasters International and District 50 are running the following initiatives:

  • Add 5 members by March 31 and receive 10% off your next Toastmasters.org purchase
  • Hold an open house (must register here) and add 5 members before March 31 and get ALL advanced manuals for your club (valued at $75)
  • Get your CC before March 31 and get 4 advanced manuals (that’s 2 bonus advanced manuals to get you through your ACS)
  • Get 2 DCP points by March 31 and receive $50
  • Become a Distinguished club and received $100

Plano Beverage Boasters (QUALIFIED/DISTINGUISHED):
6 DCP points for 2 CLs, 11 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 1 more DCP point to be SELECT DISTINGUISHED

Crossmasters:
4 DCP points for 1 CL, 6 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 3 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Let’s Talk:
4 DCP points for 2 CL/DTMs, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

  • 5 more members to qualify and be DISTINGUISHED

Legacy Leaders:
2 DCP points for 5 new members and for submitting dues on time

  • 5 more members to qualify

Please remember to submit all educational achievements on www.toastmasters.org or they will not be counted towards your DCP points total.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

Plano Beverage Boasters (QUALIFIED/DISTINGUISHED):
5 DCP points for 2 CLs, 4 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

Crossmasters:
4 DCP points for 1 CL, 4 new members, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

Let’s Talk:
4 DCP points for 2 CL/DTMs, getting 4+ officers trained in Summer and Winter TLIs, and submitting dues on time

Please remember to submit all educational achievements on www.toastmasters.org or they will not be counted towards your DCP points total.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

This week, I interviewed Helen Liu, DTM-3 and former District 50 Governor. She talks about how Toastmasters has helped her in her personal life and what she learned as District Governor.


How long have you been in Toastmasters, and what is your current educational level?

I joined Toastmasters in March 2001.  It’s been almost 12 years.  I have achieve 3 Distinguished Toastmaster and I am working on my 4th DTM.
 

In which clubs are you currently a member?

I am a member of DFW Tech Talk and World Wranglers.
 

Why did you join Toastmasters?

I wanted to overcome my fear to speak up at meetings and be able to express myself clearly.


What are the top three benefits you have gained from Toastmasters? I know it’s hard to pick just three, but please try :)
 
1. Meet many friends 

2. Think positively 

3. Be a better person
 

Looking back, can you provide your top five tips to brand new Toastmasters? What has been most beneficial to you in your development, and what do you wish you had done when you first joined Toastmasters?

  1. Stay with the program 

  2. Don’t pass any opportunity to give a (Manual) speech

  3. Volunteer to help and serve 

  4. When asked to step up to take a leader’s position, accept the challenge and expand your horizon
     
  5. Toastmasters is about people helping people. Always put members first.

I benefit the most by listening to other members’ stories and learn to look at things from the bright side. I wish I’d join Toastmasters earlier when I was young. It would have helped me in dealing with some difficult situations in life.


Outside of Toastmasters clubs, Toastmasters International provides many opportunities to get involved. Which of these do you believe would be most beneficial to a new Toastmaster, and why?

Compete at the Area Contest, attend TLI, go to a conference, just to name a few.  Step beyond your club will broaden you vision and overcome your fear to speak to people you don’t know.

My personal story:  6 months after I joined Toastmasters, I represented my club to compete at the Area Contest for Humorous Speech simply because the member who said she was going to represent us could not make it.  I won first place at the Area, competed at the Division and won first place.  I got to compete at the District level as a rookie.  Even though I didn’t win, it was an unforgetable experience, and that’s when I got to know so many people, and they still remember my squirrel story up to this day.


You served as District Governor in 2007-08. What leadership lessons can you share with club officers who want to motivate their members and clubs towards greater success?


Be a servant leader, work as a team, delegate, and have fun!


Thanks, Helen!