A message from the District Director

October 26, 2018
Dear District 65 Toastmaster,
As we close the first quarter of this Toastmasters year, I want you to know that am humbled, and honored to be of service to this district. I would like to thank you for this incredible opportunity and for your dedication to District 65. This year, I am so excited to be a part of another dynamic Trio with Pam Gorman, ACS, ALB as our Program Quality Director and Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL our Club Growth Director.
I am writing today to provide you with an update of what we have been doing so far. Aside from a successful first round of TLIs and the current contest season, On September 15th, we held the Leadership Breakfast, District Council, and DEC meetings in Waterloo New York at the Quality Inn. There were over 100 leaders and members in attendance and we each had the opportunity to network and celebrate our accomplishments as a District.
  • As a 2017-2018 Incentive, there were 35 clubs who finished the year Distinguished or better and they were each presented name badges for their club members. This incentive also included gifts certificates to spend at the TI store. It was a pleasing to see these clubs work hard toward their goals and it is a joy to see those members wearing their badges proudly. Let’s keep the momentum and let everyone know what District 65 has! 
  • For outstanding Service, Leadership and Dedication to District 65 the following 2017 – 2018 Awards were presented:
———- Toastmaster of the Year….. Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
———- Division Director of the Year….. Glenn Gordon, DTM
———- Area Director of the Year….. Ashley Engl, ACB, ALS
———- Phoenix Award….. Sylvester Anderson’s Voices to Be Heard        
———- The Pride of the District Cup….. UB Toastmasters
  • We also paid tribute to Keith Maderer, DTM, who – out of 106 districts in the world – was awarded the ONLY Excellence in Club Growth Award at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at the International Convention in Chicago this past August.
  • Three Triple Crown Awards and one DTM medal were also awarded for accomplishments earned in the current 2018-2019 Toastmasters Year.
  • District 65 business was conducted during the District Council Meeting where we achieved a quorum both with attendance and proxies. We voted on the 2018-2019 District Budget and it was passed. The budget has since been turned in and accepted by Toastmasters International.
New and Noteworthy!
Mid-November brings us a visit from Region 9 Advisor, Elaine Rogers, DTM. The region advisor’s role is to support district leaders in fulfilling the district mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Elaine will be in town to visit corporate clubs in District 65. To welcome her, we will be holding a Meet & Greet Lunch on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:30am-2:00pm at the Quality Inn, Waterloo. Club Presidents are welcome to attend. During the lunch, we will be honoring all of our Pathways Guides and Ambassadors for their service, as well. All District Executive Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend as immediately before lunch, we will be conducting one of our mandatory DEC meetings (9:00-10:30am). This can be attended in person or virtually.
DEC Members: To RSVP your attendance to the 11/17 DEC Meeting and/or Meet & Greet Lunch with Region 9 Advisor Elaine Rogers, click here >> Eventbrite/DEC
Club Presidents and others: To RSVP your attendance to the 11/17 Meet & Greet Lunch with Region 9 Advisor Elaine Rogers, click here >> Eventbrite/Guests
Members, you are the foundation of our organization. Your leadership team is here to help you achieve both your individual and club goals. We have been working hard on a set of incentives that will assist with those goals. We have designed them in a way where we can assess them and add to them throughout the year and we appreciate your patience and understanding. For a list of District 65 Incentives, click here >> 2018-2019 Incentives
District 65, let’s stay Fired Up and keep our fantastic momentum! We can accomplish this with continued resilience, energy, enthusiasm, passion, and focus. Through positive teamwork, our goals are to support clubs and help them operate at charter strength.
Finally, let us share the gift of what Toastmasters has done for us. Hopefully by now you have heard of the #MYWHY campaign. As District Director, I am proud of my journey and also of yours. We are as unique as snowflakes – no one Toastmaster is the same. We bring a richness to the program and by sharing our #MYWHY stories we share something special with the world. It has been my extraordinary privilege to work alongside you! Once again, Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Keep up the great work!
Toastmasters Fired Up and Ready to Go!!
Lillian Knight Faison, DTM
District 65 Director, 2018-19
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