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March 2016
ONE + ONE
MOVEMENT
It is my desire that District 44 culminates the year as President
Distinguished.
To do that,...
OFFICER TRAINING
Iwanttofirstthankalltheofficersthathavealreadygonethroughtraining.
The deadline for Distinguished Club Pr...
Talk Up Toastmasters! 
Can you think of any other organization that welcomes you with open arms,
listens attentively to yo...
CELEBRATE MEMBERS
CELEBRATE CLUBS
CELEBRATE TOASTMASTERS!
Remember…
The BEST is no
longer a secret
because WE
are PR!
Cele...
Don’t Just Make A Difference…
Be The Difference!
District 44FALL CONFERENCE
Our District 44 Fall Conference was graced wit...
EVALUATION
CONTEST
Toastmaster contests are a big part of what
happens on a yearly basis. The evaluation
contest is when a...
DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS
FALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
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FALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
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FALL CONFERENCE FIRST TIMER’S EXPERIENCE
I attended this conference out of curiosity – I
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25TH YEAR
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Anniversaries are an
important part of the
makeup of District 44
Toas...
On December 3, 2015, Area B 23
celebrated each other, ate well and
was nourished with inspiration from
remarkable District...
Sugar Hill Toastmasters recently conducted club
table topics contest on January 24, 2016. All
Contestants included Sugar H...
When I first
met with Blake
Asbury the
President of
the club back
in Summer
of 2015 he
told me his
goal was to
bring their...
DISTRICT 44
TOASTMASTERS
District 44 invites each member, club and the extended
leadership team to attend the 2016 Spring ...
DISTRICT 44
TOASTMASTERS
Spring Conference…
Sow Your Legacy
PRESENT AT THE SPRING
CONFERENCE!
Here are a few basics of wha...
TOASTMASTER
MAGAZINE for October 2015
Have You
Read Your
Toastmaster’s
Magazines?
How many of us receive our
Toastmaster m...
TOASTMASTER
MAGAZINE
for November 2015
Have You Read Your
Toastmaster’s Magazines?
See something of interest?
Open your To...
How many of us receive our Toastmaster
magazine and just put it on the shelf? Are
you a scanner like I was years ago? My
h...
TOASTMASTER
MAGAZINE for January 2016
Have You Read Your Toastmaster’s
Magazines?
How many of us receive our Toastmaster m...
The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the
highest our organization bestows. The DTM
recognizes a superior level of achiev...
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KIM GIBSON, DTM
D44 Public Relations
Manager
YOLANDE BERTA,
DTM
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D44 Toastmasters - The Messenger

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A quarterly newsletter produced by District 44 Georgia Toastmasters published to provide helpful information, resources, and updates to Toastmasters within the Georgia District.

Highlighting personal stories, success stories, accomplishments, news, events, and best practices.

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D44 Toastmasters - The Messenger

  1. 1. March 2016 ONE + ONE MOVEMENT It is my desire that District 44 culminates the year as President Distinguished. To do that, I’m reaching out to each of you to help us by participating in the One + One Movement. We all need to focus on new members by sharing the values and benefits the Toastmaster program has to offer. Therefore, I ‘m asking each of you to be engaged and bring a guest to each of your meetings. Feel free to reach out to your family, friends and co-workers. Inviting your BOSS is a phenomenal opportunity to let them see first-hand how you’ve developed and grown in your communication and leadership skills. One should also take advantage of the opportunity to invite new members to speech contests, including the area, division and district levels. Byaddingnewmembersyourclubwillalsohavetheopportunity to add the following attributes: • New Vitality • Unbiased Listening Skills • New Stories to Share • Enthusiasm • New Skills The existing members will reap the benefits these attributes bring and will have an opportunity to mentor and share their knowledge. It’s such a reward individually when a member teams up with a new member to motivate and share their excitement as they see them grow personally, professionally and socially. District 44 Toastmasters WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE THE MESSENGER LANA S. MCFARLANE, DTM District 44 Director TABLE OF CONTENTS: OFFICER TRAINING, CONTESTS, AND SPRING CONFERENCE / 2 CREATE THE LIFE YOU DESIRE...EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY! / 3 CELEBRATE MEMBERS, CELEBRATE CLUBS, CELEBRATE TOASTMASTERS! / 4 FALL CONFERENCE / 5 FALL CONFERENCE CONTESTS / 6 FALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS / 7 FIRST TIMER’S EXPERIENCE / 9 ANNIVERSARIES / 10 AREA B 23 APPRECIATION CELEBRATION / 11 SUGAR HILL TOASTMASTERS CONDUCTED CLUB TABLE TOPICS CONTEST / 12 MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP / 13 SPRING CONFERENCE…SOW YOUR LEGACY / 14 MAGAZINE TEASERS / 16 DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTERS & TOP 10 CLUBS / 20 ONE + ONE MOVEMENT: INVITE MOTIVATE GROWTH
  2. 2. OFFICER TRAINING Iwanttofirstthankalltheofficersthathavealreadygonethroughtraining. The deadline for Distinguished Club Program item – “Four Officers Trained”has passed and numerous clubs qualified. Our mid-year training is a vital asset to all club officers and we would like to congratulate all of those who took advantage of the opportunity to sharpen and improve their leadership skills. SPEECH CONTESTS The contest season is underway and this includes the International Speech contest. One deserving individual will have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC in August and represent our District. Visit our D44 Website to find out the dates of the upcoming contests and make a plan to join one of them. Who knows, you may just see the person who will become the 2016 World Champion of Public Speaking. SPRING CONFERENCE The Spring Conference is May 13-14. I hope you are considering joining us. We are fortunate to have International Director Dennis E. Wooldridge as our keynote speaker on Saturday and past District Governor, Kene Iloenyosi as our Friday night keynote speaker. The Sonesta Gwinnett Place is a beautiful new host location for our event and the ballroom is stunning and spacious. I hope you consider purchasing an ad or becoming a sponsor. It is a great way to promote your club or business. Look for an email from me linking you to the ad forms, templates, and sponsor information. Show how proud you are of your club or promote your business. We need your support and you can make a difference no matter how small the ad. See you soon. VICKI NOETHLING, DTM District 44 Program Quality Director HELLO TO ALL OUR DISTRICT 44 MEMBERS, It is a busy, but exciting time of the year! Officer Training, Contests, and Spring Conference We have a great lineup planned and know you will enjoy yourself. 2 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  3. 3. Talk Up Toastmasters!  Can you think of any other organization that welcomes you with open arms, listens attentively to your stories, applauds whatever you do, and includes you as part of the team? How about an organization that provides you with a network of friends, allows you to become a group leader, provides a place to visit almost anywhere in the world, and offers an opportunity to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Oh, did I mention guidance from mentors, feedback from coaches and evaluators, or the countless learning manuals and other resources at your disposal? Would you believe an organization like such even exists? Put all of this together and you have Toastmasters! With over 1400 new members added to our District this year, it is evident that the word is out about Toastmasters and that people are jumping on board to take part in what has proven to be a successful communication and leadership skill building organization. My goal is to see our District grow by another 1200 members by June 30. Friends, I encourage you to take full advantage of your Toastmasters membership. I also encourage you to bring a few of your friends and acquaintances along with you to help us reach this goal and to have strong diverse clubs. During our Talk up Toastmasters campaign the challenge for your club is to add at least four new members between February 1 and March 31. While this may sound like a daunting task, it’s not! Several clubs have been successful at adding new members by conducing an open house or featuring a special guest. Others have been successful at hosting workshops on communication or leadership. And others have relied on their website combined with flyers, press releases, MeetUp, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media. Let’s continue to learn and grow and invite others to team with us on our journey. Together, we can reach our goal. Working together to make things happen! Talk up Toastmasters! CREATE the life you desire... every day in every way! NETANIA WALKER, DTM Club Growth Director I encourage you to take full advantage of your Toastmasters membership. I also encourage you to bring a few of your friends and acquaintances along with you to help us reach this goal and to have strong diverse clubs. 3 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  4. 4. CELEBRATE MEMBERS CELEBRATE CLUBS CELEBRATE TOASTMASTERS! Remember… The BEST is no longer a secret because WE are PR! Celebrate Members What are ways in which you can celebrate club members? Acknowledge those that have received their first Competent Communicator award, club contest winners, new Distinguished Toastmasters and spring conference first timers and volunteers. There are numerous ways to celebrate and acknowledge new members so that they feel part of the community. Celebrate Clubs Is it the 1st, 10th, or 30th Club Anniversary? Clearly you have a reason to celebrate. How about the installation of new club officers? Open houses/ membership drives, special workshops and mid-year trainings? The list goes on and on where we celebrate the collective journey we are taking supporting each other. How do you capture the moments? Are you camera or smart phone ready? Capitalize off of the opportunity to celebrate your club on social media with pictures to be posted to the District 44 Georgia Toastmasters Facebook Page. Utilize Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media platforms to get the message out and celebrate your club and its deserving members and achievements. Send us articles and pictures to be added to the District website or The Messenger newsletter. Searching for a FREE publication for your press release? Visit Mondo Times at www.mondotimes.com Additional Toastmasters tools and templates to assist you can be found under marketing resources at www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/Logos- Images-and-Templates BRAG, BRAG, BRAG as you celebrate Members, Clubs and D44 Toastmasters! KIM W GIBSON, DTM Public Relations Manager 4 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  5. 5. Don’t Just Make A Difference… Be The Difference! District 44FALL CONFERENCE Our District 44 Fall Conference was graced with two phenomenal speakers: Mark Brown – 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking Ron Chapman, DTM – Accredited Speaker Mark Brown Nationally acclaimed speaker Mark Brown is the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking. He defeated more than 20,000 other contestants from 14 countries, in a grueling six-month long competition sponsored by Toastmasters International, the largest public speaking organization in the world. He has dedicated his career to delivering uplifting messages to people all over the world. With his“tell it like it is”approach, he challenges some of the most serious issues facing schools today. He uses a unique combination of humor and poignancy to reach the most diverse audiences, and he is committed to continually inspiring people from all walks of life Ron Chapman Ronald Chapman has followed many paths of spiritual and religious study over the past twenty years. Based on his personal and professional experiences and research, he created the“Seeing True”transformational philosophy, which has helped thousands of people to clearly identify inner obstructions that impede success. His“Seeing True”approach to dispelling illusions and achieving clarity helps businesses and organizations as well as individuals. An inspirational and motivational speaker, Ronald Chapman shows how seeing differently can produce extraordinary changes to realize human and organizational potential. CHECK THESE TWO IN ACTION 5 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  6. 6. EVALUATION CONTEST Toastmaster contests are a big part of what happens on a yearly basis. The evaluation contest is when a target speech is selected and the contestants each evaluate that speech. No one gets into Toastmasters to“help others become better speakers”yet that is the chief aim when speech evaluations are performed. Evaluations are the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. These competitors did not disappoint as they focused on their listening, critical thinking, and positive feedback sills in evaluating the speech titled “Lessons Learned From Nursery Rhymes”by Murray Williams of Henry County Toastmasters Club. HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST It’s not everyday you get to see people at their best, but on the 15th of November we sure did. Speaking with humor is a great skill. Every year clubs across the globe hold humorous speech contests. The criteria are those for any good speech. The additional task for the speakers is to give a speech with a message that is presented with humor. These members outshined all others and immediately got the audience on their side with their funny anecdotes of past life experiences. 1st Place: AC Chan, North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters Club 2nd Place: Roslyn Thomas, Peachtree Toastmasters 3rd Place: John Hartwell, St. Leo The Great Toastmasters 1st Place: Herschel E. Chalk III, South Cobb Toastmasters 2nd Place: AC Chan, North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters Club 3rd Place: Derek Mitchell, Wildwood Toastmasters Club 6 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS FALL CONFERENCE CONTESTS
  7. 7. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS FALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS 7 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  8. 8. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS FALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS 8 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  9. 9. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS FALL CONFERENCE FIRST TIMER’S EXPERIENCE I attended this conference out of curiosity – I was one of those 1st timers. It started like most conferences, with breakout sessions and topics that were reasonably interesting/encouraging but then came the Youth Contest and I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!!!!! There were 11 youth speakers and all of them did a fantastic job. They ranged in age from 11- 17 and talked about a variety of topics covering personal losses, stereotypes, pain, golden rule, challenges in our society, and aspiring to be a difference. They spoke: authentically, confidently - without notes, with great articulation and inspiring content. They had props, statistics (e.g. there is a death by suicide every 13minutes in the US), were interactive, but most importantly they had passion about the topic they spoke about. One of my favorite quotes from one of these amazing youth was“when your alarm bell goes off in the morning, you can choose to continue sleeping and dreaming OR you can wake up and pursue your dreams”........this from a 12year old!!! Needless to say, these young people both challenged and inspired me. They made me realize I have to step up my game. So here’s a toast to all of us stepping up our game as we continue in our Toastmaster’s adventure/ journey. Cheers!!!! Did you know that several District 44 Toastmasters were featured on the reality TV series Chrisley Knows Best? A half hour docu-comedy following the entertaining lives of Atlanta-based outspoken and overprotective, but very loving father, Todd Chrisley and his colorful clan. Producers reached out to Toastmasters International in need of a club for their season finale and District 44 met that call to action with a taping of a club meeting. 9 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org Modupe Olatunji VP Membership PMI Atlanta Toastmasters DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS FEATURED ON CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST
  10. 10. 25TH YEAR T-TOASTERS 50TH YEAR EXECUTIVE TOASTMASERS Anniversaries are an important part of the makeup of District 44 Toastmasters. It gives us a chance to look back over the years since the event we’re marking, and reflect on how it has shaped us as a district. These clubs have celebrated new anniversaries and milestones. ANNIVERSARIES 10 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  11. 11. On December 3, 2015, Area B 23 celebrated each other, ate well and was nourished with inspiration from remarkable District 44 leaders, Club Growth Director, DTM Netania Walker, Division B Director, DTM Akbar Imhotep and DTM Division H Director Michelle Hanchey. Area Director Veronica Robertson sponsored the Appreciation Celebration.  It was her vision to celebrate each Toastmaster and show appreciation for each Club’s accomplishments. Quite noteworthy all four Presidents were in attendance and provided door prizes for the 33 participants.  President Rona Thomas (City Talkers), Chandler Friedman, (Turner Toasters @CNN), Kathy Pace (AFC), and Antoinette Small (MLK) led as leaders do.  Area Director Robertson wanted each member to know that“They Rock”because they took the time to show up to learn more, network, and be inspired by our District Leaders.    Area Director Robertson challenged members to get what they paid for from Toastmasters International.  Toastmaster’s offers so much for each of our growth and development and an added value are the people we meet.     Area 23 plans to celebrate year - end accomplishments in May 2016. AREA B 23 APPRECIATION CELEBRATION 11 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  12. 12. Sugar Hill Toastmasters recently conducted club table topics contest on January 24, 2016. All Contestants included Sugar Hill residents or Sugar Hill Business Owners, i.e.:  Stephen Box, L. Preston Reynolds, Joseph Garfield, and Chris Babb. The contest resulted in Joseph Garfield winning 1st  place and Preston Reynolds winning 2nd  place. Joseph will represent the club in a much bigger area contest upcoming March 12, 2016 at 10:00am in Suwanee Library.  Table Topics is where guests and members are selected to speak for one to two minutes. It helps us think and speak clearly on our feet. “Sugar Hill Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,“says L. Preston Reynolds, Club President for Sugar Hill Toastmasters club. Some of Sugar Hill Club’s notable members include: Barbara Pugh, a Sugar Hill resident, who won 2nd  place in Division Level Evaluation contest last fall, and Lino Garriz, another Sugar Hill resident, who won 2nd  place in Area Level Humorous contest last fall as well. While area level covers 4-5 clubs, division level covers 26-32 clubs. February is a month of significance for Sugar Hill Toastmasters club, as on February 5, 2016, this Toastmasters club hits its one-year anniversary.  Originally chartered on February 5, 2015 with 20 members, Sugar Hill Toastmasters Club is located in District 44. Sugar Hill Toastmasters meets every Wednesday at noon for an hour at Sugar Hill City Hall Community Room, 5039 West Broad Road, Sugar Hill, GA 30518.    For more information about the club, please visit http://sugarhill.toastmastersclubs.org SUGAR HILL TOASTMASTERS CONDUCTED CLUB TABLE TOPICS CONTEST 12 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  13. 13. When I first met with Blake Asbury the President of the club back in Summer of 2015 he told me his goal was to bring their struggling club from 9 to 25 members by the end of the year. They are working hard and it shows. This has been shouted from the Rooftops for all in District 44 to hear. As an Area Director of Division F, Area 65 I’m charged with spreading the word. I’ve had an easy job due to the efforts being made by NorthPark Toastmasters. When I first met with Blake Asbury the President of the club back in Summer of 2015 he told me his goal was to bring their struggling club from 9 to 25 members by the end of the year. They are working hard and it shows. They have had 9 new members join the club, and continue to spread the word to all the companies in the Building where they meet. They just had an Open House Lunch and Learn and had 20 guests attend. Their Treasurer was armed with his applications and CC machine to capture any new members as they left the room. I asked Blake to explain what his plan has been he replied: “I always find out where our current members work and how many employees there are in their company. If they work close by, I encourage them to invite their fellow coworkers and put up a brochure in their breakroom if they have one. If their company is large enough, I ask them to introduce me to their senior management so I can talk to them about Toastmasters. I try to make it easy for management to introduce Toastmasters to their employees by offering to hold a lunch meeting on site and provide food. I then work with a manager and our current member at that location to draft an invite and collect the number of RSVPs. I try to make them an offer they can’t refuse and get them to see the value to their company if their employees are better communicators. Who doesn’t want their employees to be great communicators not only internally but also with clients and their home life which leads to happier employees? It takes time, persistence, and member-help to get to the right people and make this happen. An event like this doesn’t just fall in your lap. After the event, we send a follow up email and put those that didn’t sign up on a tickler list. We are planning to send them a quarterly email re-inviting each quarter. Then for those that did join, I will encourage them at the end of each meeting to try and get the others to come back.” I think Blake and his team should be proud of what they have accomplished this year and, are an inspiration to other struggling clubs. MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP 1313 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org Area F 65 Director Karen Doyle, ACS, ALB
  14. 14. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS District 44 invites each member, club and the extended leadership team to attend the 2016 Spring Conference, where YOU will have an opportunity to Sow Your Legacy of communication and leadership excellence! Spring Conference… Sow Your Legacy Register NOW for the2016 Spring Conference at http://d44conference.org/ Full Spring Conference - Registration $139.00 • One-Day Conference - Friday (Late) $85.00 • One-Day Conference - Saturday (Late) $110.00 • Hall of Fame/DTM Luncheon - Saturday ONLY $65.00 • Table Topics Contest ONLY $20.00 • International Speech Contest ONLY $20.00 • SPECIAL - Hall of Fame/DTM Luncheon, 1 workshop and Business meeting $65.00 • Saturday Evening Banquet $55.00 • 2 Workshops - Saturday Morning $20.00 • 2 Workshops - Friday afternoon $20.00 Hotel: $109/night until April 22, 2016. Book your group rate: TOASTMASTERS 2016 SPRING CONFERENCE at (404) 923-1775 or http://d44conference.org/ Fertile Soil, right temperature, Sow YOUR Legacy with District 44 Toastmasters! 14 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org KENE ILOENYOSI DTM, PDG District 14, and published author DENNIS E. WOOLDRIDGE DTM, PDG District 84, Toastmasters International Director 2014-2016 Join us on fertile soil at the right temperature to grow on May 13 and 14th at the posh Sonesta Gwinnett Place Hotel, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA. 30096. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Learn valuable tools from the educational workshops and witness the election of our 2016-2017 District Officers! Hear the quick wit of our District level Table Topic contestants and the thought provoking International Speeches during the Speech Contests. Then stay up late for a bit of karaoke, dancing and fellowship.
  15. 15. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS Spring Conference… Sow Your Legacy PRESENT AT THE SPRING CONFERENCE! Here are a few basics of what we would need from you. Proposed Program Title: Provide a title for your session that is creative, catchy, and clearly describes the content of your program. Proposed Program Objectives: In three brief sentences or less, describe what you will accomplish through this program. Proposed Program Audience: briefly describe the audience members who would most benefit from your program. If your program is equally applicable to all audiences, please note that as well. Proposed Program Description: In 75 words or less, provide a summary of the content of your program. This will be used in promotional brochures and on the District 44 Toastmasters website. Proposed Program Outline: Create a one-page outline of your entire program highlighting a summary of your key points as well as any activities, exercises or tools that you will use to reinforce your message. DO YOU HAVE A WORKSHOP AND NEED A VENUE? For additional details contact: Yolande Berta, DTM District 44 Education Chair (2015-2016) yberta@gmail.com APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 26, 2016 INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED FIRST WEEK OF APRIL PRESENTER SELECTION: April 12, 2016 Spring Conference… Sow Your Legacy 15 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org
  16. 16. TOASTMASTER MAGAZINE for October 2015 Have You Read Your Toastmaster’s Magazines? How many of us receive our Toastmaster magazine and just put it on the shelf? Are you a scanner like I was years ago? My hope is for everyone to read these featured articles and glean from a trove of great ideas, information, and strategies about a variety of subjects. VIEWPOINT: Achieving Results; Page 2; (October, 2015 issue); JIM KOKOCKI, DTM, International President, points out that challenging work and goals help us grow in our abilities and we may challenge ourselves in the club environment to achieve our own goals as well as the club goal to become Distinguished; as we grow, so do the people around us. ADVICE FROM MEMBERS: How to Win the Best Speaker Award; Page 7; (October, 2015 issue); to gather a stack of ribbons, HAL SLATER, DTM, AS describes the five elements of a good speech that will make any speaker competitive when it comes to winning the Best Speaker ribbon at a club meeting, or even a contest. MY TURN: Speech Contest; Page 11; (October, 2015 issue); The two words that changed my life. BRIDGET, CC, CL, a poet, writer, speaker, teacher, and mom enters her first speech contest and finds out that competing is hard, but important and scary events can also be fun. HOW TO: When You are the Emcee; Pages 12-13; (October, 2015 issue); 12 steps to achieving excellence onstage. GILDA BONANNO, CTM, speaker, business trainer and presentation coach, gives detailed steps on how to enhance an event as a master of ceremonies. PROFILE: The Climb; Pages 14-15; (October, 2015 issue); Determined DTM reaches new heights in Nepal. SHANNON DEWEY, editorial coordinator for the Toastmaster gives a glimpse of Sara Safari, DTM’s achievements, as a volunteer for Empower Nepali Girls and the benefits she gained for herself in the process. CLUB QUALITY: Create a Quality Experience; Pages 16-19; (October, 2015 issue); How to help your club, and its members, thrive. MELANIE KLINGHOFFER, CC, ALB, founder of a training and development company, Powerful Transformations, and MARY NESFIELD, an associate editor of Toastmaster, expound upon the six critical points found in Moments of Truth and how successful clubs have used them to create a club environment that keeps members coming back. CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Speaking Up in Tough Situations; Pages 20 -21; (October, 2015 issue); How to find your voice without feeding conflict.; JESSE SCINTO, M.S., ACB, ALB, who teaches public speaking and persuasion in Columbia University’s Strategic Communications programs explains the three R’s of expressing ourselves in difficult conversations, and coming away from it with our self-respect in tact. CONTESTS: Two Paths to Speech Contests; Pages 22-25; (October, 2015 issue); Whether you’re onstage or behind the scenes, your role is vital. MAUREEN ZAPALA, DTM, professional speaker, presentation skills coach, author and founder of High Altitude Strategies, a coaching and speaking service, tells us from personal experience what it is like to be a finalist contestant in the World Champion of Public Speaking at the International Convention, and how rewarding it is to give back as a behind- the-scenes volunteer. CLUB QUALITY: The Psychology of Human Needs; Page 26; (October, 2015 issue); What I learned as club president. MELANIE KLINGHOFFER, CC, ALB, gives an insight into how a Toastmasters club fills the five human needs put forth by Maslow’s theory. HOW TO: 3 Ways to Shake Off Writer’s Block; Page 27; (October, 2015 issue); How to ignore the intimidation of a blank slate. KATHLEEN FORDYCE, a freelance writer, draws attention to three practical steps anyone can take to start writing that brilliant speech, when inspiration is hiding from us. SPEECH TIPS: Try the Triangle; Pages 28-29; (October, 2015 issue); SHAPE your speeches with this structuring technique. FELICITY BARBER, CEO and founder of Thoughtful Speech, an organization that specializes in executive communications, explains how to effectively structure any written work, especially speeches, by using a triangle to create and support a beginning, middle and end that have impact FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT: My Memoirs; Page 30; (October, 2015 issue); A courageous self-portrait in which the author looks at his life with brutal honesty. JOHN CADLEY, a former advertising copywriter, is a freelance writer and musician living in Fayetteville, New York, searches his life for family secrets, dramatic events, and embarrassing moments that would make for an exciting, best-selling memoir. See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. www. 16 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
  17. 17. TOASTMASTER MAGAZINE for November 2015 Have You Read Your Toastmaster’s Magazines? See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. 17 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER VIEWPOINT: Practicing Leadership Skills at Every Meeting; Page 2; (November, 2015 issue); JIM KOKOCKI, DTM, International President, shines the spotlight on how the supportive environment of the club is where members practice the essential components of leadership skills, which are valuable and much needed in the workplace and the world today. QUICK TAKES: MEMBER MOMENT: It’s Not Rocket Science! Page 6; (November, 2015 issue); An interview with the author of the book, How To Be a Rocket Scientist, Brett Hoffstadt, ACB, reveals how he gained the skills to represent his company and the field of aerospace engineering at his local Toastmasters club. MY TURN: Earning a CC - at age 95; Page 11; (November, 2015 issue); My Mom joined my club and found a renewed sense of purpose. DICK MYERS, DTM, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, enrolled his widowed mother, Dot, in his club, to allow her to gain the benefits we enjoy: increased confidence, self-improvement, and a supportive environment. PROFILE: Words and Pictures; Pages 12- 13; (November, 2015 issue); Jewish painter presents his artwork at embassies in Israel, spreading message of peace. CAREN S. NEILE, PH.D., ATMS, a presenter at two Toastmasters International conventions, introduces us to Joseph Sherman who uses his art and his training in Toastmasters to promote peace, fraternity and hope among peoples of the world. TRANSLATIONS: Expanding Toastmasters One Language at a Time; Pages 14-15 and 26; (November, 2015 issue); Dedicated review team volunteers make translated manuals relevant to a global audience. MARY NESFIELD, associate editor of the Toastmaster,gives a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process used to produce the educational resources into many languages. Volunteer Chief Reviewers are profiled from eight countries. LEADERSHIP: The Authentic Leader; Pages 16-19; (November, 2015 issue); Being emotionally open boosts credibility and leads to better results. DAVE ZIELINSKI,freelance writer and frequent contributor to the Toastmaster, explores from expert sources the nature of authenticity and credibility in a leader, given our connected world. Included are the Six A’s of Leadership Accountability. NEWS FROM TI: The New World Champion; Page 20; (November, 2015 issue); Saudi Arabian engineer wins coveted title with a speech called“The Power of Words.” JENNIE HARRIS, an associate editor of the Toastmaster, gives us a synopsis of the World Championship of Public Speaking and the man who overcame a stuttering problem to win it in 2015. NEWS FROM TI: 2015 Convention Summary; Page 21; (November, 2015 issue); Images, highlights, statistics and the newly elected International officers from the convention that was held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Helping Teachers; Pages 22-25; (November, 2015 issue); Clubs give educators the right tools for teaching. CAREN SCHNUR NEILE, PH.D., ATMS, an affiliate professor in the School of Communication Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, shows us how educators are“schooled”in Toastmasters to keep students engaged and make learning more fun and how their students have picked up the benefits of Toastmasters, also. A School Club Offers Vital Lessons; PAUL STERMAN, senior editor of the Toastmaster, delights us with the success of the Fredericksburg Christian School, in Texas, in creating teacher and separate student clubs to develop their citizens into competent, confident communicators. HOW TO: Multiple Speakers, One Message; Page 27-29; (November, 2015 issue); How to prepare a cohesive group presentation. CHRISTINE CLAPP, DTM, author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts, and president of Spoken with Authority, lists six points, emphasizing rehearsal, for making a presentation compiled by several individuals flow smoothly and cohesively. Includes seven tips from the experts for delivering dynamic group presentations. FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT: Welcome to My World; Page 30; (November, 2015 issue); Step right this way for a tour of the author’s mind. Must be 18 or over. No refunds. JOHN CADLEY, a former advertising copywriter, is a freelance writer and musician, takes us on a virtual tour of each part of his brain, showing us how the left and right sides contribute to his column each week and where the real work is done.
  18. 18. How many of us receive our Toastmaster magazine and just put it on the shelf? Are you a scanner like I was years ago? My hope is for everyone to read these featured articles and glean from a trove of great ideas, information, and strategies about a variety of subjects. VIEWPOINT: What Does Mentorship Look Like?; Page 2; (December, 2015 issue); JIM KOKOCKI, DTM, International President, remembers the times he spent with his first two mentors, the impact they had on his life and Toastmasters career and encourages all of us to share our mentoring experiences to help others grow and take on the challenge of the role. QUICK TAKES: MEMBER MOMENT; Page 6; (December, 2015 issue); Destined to be Distinguished. Nirmala Lilly, DTM relays in this interview how and why she joined Toastmasters in Districts 82 and 92, and the immense difference the program and opportunities have made in her professional life. MY TURN: My European Adventure; Page 11; (December, 2015 issue); From Germany to Belgium to France, I’ve savored my 50-year journey. FRANK THOROGOOD, ACG, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, recounts his experiences through his Toastmasters eyes as he traveled from country to country with his professional career and found support and friends among his fellow Toastmasters, as well as communication and public speaking skills. ACCREDITED SPEAKER: On Top of Her Game; Pages 12-13; (December, 2015 issue); Meet the newest Accredited Speaker: Ellie Kay, ACS, ALB, AS. MARY NESFIELD, associate editor of the Toastmaster, gives us the background on the latest successful candidate for Accredited Speaker, and the six steps and two levels in the process for becoming an Accredited Speaker, the highest speaking designation awarded by Toastmasters International. FAMILY COMMUNICATION: A Portrait of Love and Leadership; Pages 14-15; (December, 2015 issue); A father in Portugal shares the value of communicating at home. PAULO VASCONCELOS, CC, an electronics and telecommunications engineer, and key player in company communications within communities, for Portugal’s biggest energy utility company, shows us the area in his life that was most impacted by the self- esteem and confidence he developed in his Toastmasters club: his family life. COMMUNICATION: Speaking One- on-One; Pages 16-19; (December, 2015 issue); 6 tips for better conversations. KATHLEEN FORDYCE, a freelance writer living in New York, emphasizes how improving interpersonal interactions can help one develop into a better speaker by connecting more effectively with the audience, as well as improve personal and business relationships. Talk Smart at the Holiday Office Party; DON GABOR, professional speaker and author, reminds us that speaking at a workplace party is public speaking and the same rules, listed succinctly for our benefit, apply as speaking and answering in the structure of a club program. DIVERSITY: Holiday Gift Giving Around the World; Page 20; (December, 2015 issue); Respect for cultural differences is a gift worth giving. DEAN FOSTER, author of many books on intercultural relations, director of his own firm, DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, frequently lectures on culture in business, and gives us eight important tips to consider when selecting and presenting a gift for a business associate or friend in a different country. PERSONAL GROWTH: It’s a Matter of Give and Take; Page 21; (December, 2015 issue);“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”- American poet Maya Angelou. RON GOSSEN, DTM, chief marketing officer for the University of Missouri in St. Louis, makes a persuasive argument for continuing to spread the benefits of Toastmasters and changing lives for the better in the process, building on the work of generations of Toastmasters who came before us and have honed the program for this generation. SPEECH IDEAS: The Message of You; Pages 22-25; (December, 2015 issue); It’s so familiar that it’s invisible. JUDY CARTER, author of The Message of You, summarizes the essential points of her book to inspire the reader to find his message and communicate it to the world. Follow the 7 Steps to Finding Your Message guide to gain some ideas for your next speech. HOW TO: How to Be a Ruthless Editor; Pages 26-27; (December, 2015 issue); Pack more punch in your speeches by pruning your prose. MITCH MIRKIN, CTM, a writer and editor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, uses the acronym PRUNE to explain, and demonstrate with examples, how to organize and revise for crisp, clear communication. SUCCESS STORIES: Member Achievements; Pages 28-29; (December, 2015 issue); Cheers to you! Five members from four continents credit Toastmasters with the rewards, support, courage and inspiration they found by participating in a Toastmasters group. FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT: Silent Nights; Page 30; (December, 2015 issue); For a happy holiday, the fewer season’s greetings, the better. JOHN CADLEY, a former advertising copywriter, is a freelance writer and musician, giving advice about what not to say to family, friends and co- workers, to help everyone have the best possible celebration of the holiday See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. TOASTMASTER MAGAZINE for December 2015 Have You Read Your Toastmaster’s Magazines? See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. 18 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
  19. 19. TOASTMASTER MAGAZINE for January 2016 Have You Read Your Toastmaster’s Magazines? How many of us receive our Toastmaster magazine and just put it on the shelf? Are you a scanner like I was years ago? My hope is for everyone to read these featured articles and glean from a trove of great ideas, information, and strategies about a variety of subjects. VIEWPOINT: Leadership and Email; Page 2; (January, 2016 issue); JIM KOKOCKI, DTM, International President, encourages direct contact with club members, especially for those holding a leadership position, where reading between the lines is beneficial. QUICK TAKES: MEMBER MOMENT; Page 6; (January, 2016 issue); Podcast Producer Shines. Oscar Santolalla, ACB, CL, uses his voice and leadership skills learned in Toastmasters to create magical experiences for listeners, with his podcasts, from Helsinki. MY TURN: Don’t Put Off Your Dream; Page 9; (January, 2016 issue); It took me 30 years, but I finally wrote that novel. CHAZ OSBURN, ACS, CL, an American living in Canada, and the author of Incident At Jonesborough, credits Toastmasters with giving him the inspiration and skills to write the novel he had been planning for three decades. QA: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf; Pages 12-13; (January, 2016 issue); Top banker touts benefits of Toastmasters. PAUL STERMAN, senior editor of the Toastmaster, interviews the CEO of one of Toastmasters’ biggest corporate sponsors to find out how overcoming his intense fear of public speaking was facilitated by Toastmasters and why he still thinks that it would benefit him to be part of a Toastmasters group. SPEECHWRITING: Learning to Write for Others; Pages 14-15, 26; (January, 2016 issue); The CC manual is a great place to start. IAN GRIFFIN, ACS, owner of Executive Communications, with more than 20 years of speechwriting experience considers the projects in the CC manual to be the basis for success in speechwriting. PERSONAL GROWTH: Overcoming Obstacles; Pages 16-19; (January, 2016 issue); Five members share the life-changing events that shaped their lives. TOASTMASTER MAGAZINE STAFF tell five incredible stories of courage and hard work by members who faced their difficulties and came out victorious. GOAL SETTING: New Year, New Tune; Pages 22-25; (January, 2016 issue); Reach your 2016 goals one step at a time. MAUREEN ZAPPALA, DTM, a professional speaker, author, presentation skills coach and former NASA propulsion engineer, details the steps for setting and achieving goals, sprinkles it with stories of goals achieved, and reminds us that Toastmasters is a great place to learn and practice the skill. TIME MANAGEMENT: Make Your Hours More Meaningful in 2016; Pages 27-28; (January, 2016 issue); How to make time for practice, meetings and everything else that’s important in life. LAURA VANDERKAM, author of several time management books, 168 Hours and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, presents seven practical exercises that anyone may use to allocate the 8,784 hours of the year to doing meaningful, necessary and rewarding activities. PUBLIC SPEAKING: How a Quiet Writer Learned to Love Public Speaking; Page 29; (January, 2016 issue); LAURA VANDERKAM, author of 168 Hours and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, confides that she considered public speaking to be a chore until she learned enough about it to enjoy it. With the two strategies that worked for VANDERKAM, you may enjoy it more, also. FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT: A New Me!; Page 30; (January, 2016 issue); This is the year I will definitely transform my faults into virtues. Isn’t that right, Mingyu? JOHN CADLEY, a former advertising copywriter, is a freelance writer and musician, resolves to devote himself to a year of self-improvement, working with a Chinese life coach, who will keep him on track as well as tell him how his behavior is considered polite in Chinese culture. See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. See something of interest? Open your Toastmaster magazine, and read more about it. 19 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
  20. 20. The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest our organization bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership skills. To be eligible for the award, you must have earned the following: • Advanced Communicator Gold • Advanced Leader Silver District 44 recognizes these individuals for outstanding accomplishment and leadership excellence in the pursuit of the mission of Toastmasters International. DISTRICT 44 RECOGNIZES ITS NEWEST DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTERS 20 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org Todd Trent (Not Pictured) Revenue Toastmasters Emmanuel Nwogor (Not Pictured) Revenue Toastmasters Richard Hardon Oracle Atlanta Toastmasters Lee Ice Tri Cities Toastmasters Club Scott Lehman T-Toasters of Vinings Linara Zakirova 310 North Toastmasters Club Claudette Cress North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters Denise Cohen World Class Speakers Kari Evans Brunswick’s Norcross Toastmasters
  21. 21. TOP 10CLUBSClub Name Educ Awards July 1 base Ratio 2909546 Dream Talkers Toastmasers Club 8 13 0.615 2389831 North Gwinnett Advanced TM Club 17 28 0.607 2151683 The Great Orators 5 9 0.556 6484 Fulton County Professional Speakers #6484 Club 5 9 0.556 709687 PB J Toastmasters 11 20 0.550 1578177 PHBC Club on the Hill 11 20 0.556 983597 World Class Speakers 10 21 0.476 9356 Spirited Silver Speakers Club 5 11 0.455 3900590 Brunswick’s Norcross Toastmasters 9 20 0.450 671 Atlanta MasterCrafters 10 23 0.435 WITH HIGHEST EDUCATION AWARDS PER 7/1 BASE MEMBERSHIP TOP 10CLUBS 21 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org 21
  22. 22. D44 NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS KIM GIBSON, DTM D44 Public Relations Manager YOLANDE BERTA, DTM D44 Assistant Editor HERSCHEL CHALK D44 Editor Designer LINA SURIANTO, DTM D44 Photographer UPCOMING EVENTS D44 22 DISTRICT 44 MESSENGER NEWSLETTER www.d44toastmasters.org PRES – MAR 31 Talk Up Toastmasters: Encourage your members to invite guests to a specialmeeting where prospective members can learn about Toastmasters’ many benefits. APR 1 – JUN 30 Beat The Clock: Finish the year on schedule – on time and with record numbers! MAY 13 -14 Spring Conference –“Sow Your Legacy”Sonesta Gwinnett Place, Duluth, GA
  23. 23. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS IN ACTION
  24. 24. DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS OUR FAMILY HAS GROWN! Congratulations to the new clubs that have joined the District 44 Family. G 75 5068986 10/19/2015 ACTIVE Procurri F 61 5172498 01/11/2016 ACTIVE New York Life Greater Atlanta Toastmasters D 44 5321343 03/09/2016 ACTIVE Genuine Voices D 46 5323623 03/11/2016 ACTIVE KOCC Communicators A 13 5323685 03/10/2016 ACTIVE Arby’s Roastmasters A 12 5333391 03/16/2016 ACTIVE Wellstar IT Toastmasters F 62 5333774 03/16/2016 ACTIVE Perimeter Peach Speech Club B 23 5333926 03/17/2016 ACTIVE Peachtree Speaks WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF DISTRICT 44 TOASTMASTERS SPONSORSHIPS

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