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A Note from Your District Governor

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May Soo-TvietaMay 2015
Dear District 21 Members:


I am happy to report that we had an astounding turnout at the District 21 Spring Conference held on May 8 & 9 at Harbour Towers Hotel in Victoria. The Conference team worked hard to recruit 240 full registrants - together with day passes and a la carte participants, the event hall was swamped by close to 300 participants.

A record number of 56 First Timers stepped out of their comfort zones to join us. Keynote Speakers - International Director, Tom Jones and 1995 World Champion, Mark Brown mesmerized the audience. Members wined, dined, networked, were entertained and listened in awe to the closely contested speakers at the International Speech and Evaluation Competitions.

Many participants provided valuable feedback and many lessons were learnt. I would like to take this opportunity to offer the district's apologies to members whose experiences didn't meet their expectations. We are grateful for the learning opportunities derived from any such event. Most of all, I am encouraged with the energy, passion, understanding and thoughtfulness from members prior, during and after such events.

The numbers garnered at both the Fall and Spring conferences in our first realigned term are beyond our expectations. When you read this message, please go ahead and give yourself and the members around you a congratulatory pat on the back. District 21, be proud of this success.
A sincere thank you to everyone who contributed in many ways – big or small, directly or indirectly, in kind or in time spent culminating in the success of District 21 conferences and events in our very first realigned term. This success didn't just happen by chance. It was a result of the combined efforts from everyone - sheer hard work, dedication and a keen focus on the ball while paying adherence to Toastmasters core value RISE – Respect. Integrity, Service and Excellence.

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Sign up for Club Coach Training

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A club near you qualifies for a club coach right now!

Over 50 Distrct 21 clubs have 12 or fewer members and qualify for a club coach. Are you ready to take this next step in your leadership and communication journey?The rewards of coaching a club to Distinguished are tremendous and will last a lifetime. You will also make a diference in the lives of a whole new team of people.

If you have completed at least your Competent Communicator, and Competent leader Manual, held a Club Officer position for at least 6 months, and want to work closely with a club to help it succeed. District 21 is looking for you!

What's in it for you?

  1. that important credit for your Advanced Leader Silver when you are ready to req6822SpiralNotebookuest that educatioanl award,
  2. regular equipping and support calls with current LGM Carol Carter, AND
  3. a small token of the District's gratitude. You MUST sign up before June 30th!

A good club coach is:

  • a great listener
  • willing to be curious, rather than judgemental
  • open to new ways of doing things
  • interested in looking for resources that solve clubs' problems
  • a keeper of the Toastmasters Values of Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence
  • good at connecting, the understanding before seeking to be understaood

As a club coach, you will learn at least as much as the training and guidance you provide. Are you hungry for your next step in Toastmasters?

Sign up at the Spring Conference in Victoria, or contact Carol Carter, your LGM NOW at 778-668-8805.

 

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Top Ten Personal Empowerment Tips

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Empowermentv2Personal empowerment is something that many of us take for granted, yet for others it is an elusive and difficult concept to grasp.

One definition of personal empowerment is “deriving the strength to do something through one’s own thoughts and based on the belief that one knows what is best for oneself.”

From a different perspective “a management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance.”

“Empowerment is based on the idea that giving employees skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.”

This article focuses on the former definition … personal empowerment. The latter sounds a little too condescending to me and from my perspective usually comes with strings attached.

You will note that while this document is targeted towards nurses, the information contained within is readily applicable to other healthcare providers and indeed anyone who wishes to increase their overall personal empowerment.

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Four Reasons Why you Should Treat your #10 CC Speech as a Graduation Ceremony

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Graduation caps in airRemember your high school or college graduation?


What an experience it was, you were all dressed up, the atmosphere was cheery, your friends and family were all there to celebrate your life milestone and you were taking group pictures to remember the moment. Wouldn't it be nice to have that again? Here's a chance!


Have you considered inviting your friends and families over to your #10 CC speech? As you are getting closer to your 10th CC speech, consider making it a grand celebration and an opportunity to invite your friends and families over to see how much you have progressed. Clubs that encourage members to celebrate their #10 CC benefit greatly in the following ways:

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