Pathways – Here We Go

Pathways – Here We Go

By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG, Pathways Chief Ambassador

Since TI has informed us the tentative roll-out date of May 2018 for Regions 8 & 9, I have done some “preliminary planning of estimated dates” of major milestones that will need to be accomplished in order to have a successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65. I am making an assumption here that May 31, 2018 [verses say May 1, or May 15, 2018] will be the roll-out date and based on this roll-out date, the following items/actions will need to be complied with in 2018.

14 to 18 weeks prior to roll-out: [January 15, 2018 to February 15, 2018]

PQD and CA will receive a Pathways Guide Selection Process Checklist and other resources to assist them with screening on Pathways Guide for every 10 clubs in the district.

Two to nine weeks prior to roll-out: [March 21, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

Pathways Guides and/or Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.

Two to six weeks prior to roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

A Pathways Guide and Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the pathways Guide and Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and roll-out kit.

Six Weeks prior to roll-out to 12 weeks after roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018]

Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.

Additional Resources:

There are many additional resources available to assist club members and club leaders in their Pathways journey. They include tutorials, FAQ’s, quick reference guides and more. Many of them can be found on “Base camp” and will be accessible once Pathways has rolled-out in our district.

Needless to say, that if there are any delays in roll out of Pathways in other Regions where the roll-outs are scheduled prior to Region 8 & 9 [January 2018 thru’ April 2018] the May 2018 for D-65 will naturally be postponed. However the above time-table of milestones that will need to be accomplished will remain, but will be based on a different roll-out date for district 65.

Once again the purpose of the above “preliminary planning of dates” is to make key stakeholders in the district aware of this time-table, as well as in informing and communicating with the D-65 membership at-large.

TI has prepared a formal PATHWAYS Preparation Schedule”. Here is the link:

https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/The-Leader-Letter/~/media/24BBC32FC94E4734954A839179E6FF0D.ashx

Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Then get ready for the Pathways in 2018.

Pathways Guide

Are You Interested In Becoming  A Pathways Guide?

Here is where you can start your journey.

Here are two links pertaining to Pathways Guides [1] Role Desecration and [2] Application for general information of prospective Pathways Guide candidates in District 65.

Pathways Guide – Role Description:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/75BADD1508074CA09442A82ED522B134.ashx

Pathways Guide Application:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/A6C4E1261793408AAD497584A498F729.ashx

The on-line accessibility to the “Pathways Guide Application template” [password protected shown below in the link] will be available for use by Pathways Guides candidates, at the appropriate time for our district roll-out.

https://www.toastmasters.org/education/pathways/volunteers/pathways-guides/selecting-your-pathways-guide 

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways – Chief Ambassador

District 65

Pathways Summary

Pathways – A Summary – by Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

TI Pathways

Your Pathways Learning Experience:

In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:

  • Learning Paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
  • New Technological Resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile Access to educational materials (laptops, smartphones and tablets)
  • Expanded Video and Digital Content to facilitate learning among our global community of members

There Are TEN Possible Paths for Learning:

  • Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
  • Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
  • Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
  • Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
  • Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
  • Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
  • Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
  • Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
  • Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills

These areas of learning are based on the Core Competencies in the program which are:

  • Public speaking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leading and managing
  • Leading strategically
  • and Building Confidence

Pathways Levels

Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths. The levels are:

  • Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
  • Level 2: Learning Your Style
  • Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
  • Level 4: Building Skills
  • Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise

Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Completion of two learning paths
  • Serve as club officer for 12 months
  • Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
  • Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
  • Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
  • Complete Capstone DTM project

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals

Pathways DCP Education Goals

  1. Four Level 1’s
  2. Two Level 2’s
  3. Two More Level 2’s
  4. Two Level 3’s
  5. One Level 4
  6. One Level 5

Transition DCP Education Goals

Select 6 of the following 12 goals:

  • Two CC awards                                        or         Four Level 1’s
  • Two mores CC’s                                       or         Two Level 2’s
  • One ACB, ACS, or ACG award                or         Two more Level 2’s
  • One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award       or         Two Level 3’s
  • One CL, ALB, or ALS award                     or         One Level 4
  • One more CL, ALB, or ALS award            or         One Level 5

Current Education Program:

The current paths [CC, ACB, CL, etc.] will be available for at least 2 years after full roll-out in each district/region. Toastmasters joining clubs after the roll-out will start using Pathways immediately.

Toastmasters Volunteerism

Toastmasters and Volunteerism

by Sam Metha, DTM, PDG

Sam Metha

It is said that “if you can’t stand the heat, leave the kitchen.” A great majority of club and district officers take their job-responsibility seriously and execute them responsibly. I applaud them. However, from time to time, we have seen a handful of club officers and some district officers, attempt to take cover behind the term “volunteering” and/or serving in a “voluntary organization” etc., especially when things don’t fit-in their timetables and/or have some personal ongoing conflicts.

From time to time, they abdicate their officer responsibilities. Especially when they do not “feel” like complying with the Toastmasters International’s published policies and procedures and district’s directives. They tend to pick and chose what they like or dislike. In other words, they take shelter behind “volunteerism” and the “volunteer” part of Toastmasters organization, thereby covering-up their personal shortcomings and/or lack of personal commitments.

This especially holds true for a handful of club officers who voluntarily or involuntarily hold an office, year-after-year. This is unfortunate. They need to learn to step aside and encourage newer Toastmasters to take up the club officer responsibilities and support & mentor them in their efforts.

Toastmasters is an organization of policies, procedures, rules, regulations, protocols, mandates, compliance, and structure. These have been carefully developed over a period of years for a purpose and benefit of all Toastmasters. Non-compliance of these established policies and procedures is a violation of the very purpose in becoming a club or a district officer and impacts the integrity of the organization.

Strictly speaking, the only volunteers in a Toastmasters organization are its members. Once a member chooses and/or accepts to become an officer at clubs or district levels, he or she ceases in-part to remain a volunteer. As an officer, he or she now has duties and responsibilities to discharge; assignments to undertake and perform, and leadership to execute and deliver. The fact that he or she is not financially rewarded for the officer position becomes irrelevant.

My personal opinion on the subject-matter of “volunteering” and holding elected/appointed offices at club and district levels are as follows. If an elected/appointed officer is unable to commit reasonable amount of time, energy, interest levels, and resources, towards performing the job as required and adhere to the by-laws and constitutions of TI, the district and the club; the officer in question, is not only doing a disservice to himself or herself, but also to the fellow Toastmasters, who depend on him or her for providing the service and leadership.

The key word in all volunteer organizations is “commitment.” Naturally, there are degrees and levels of commitments. Club and district leaders are consistently required to provide service and leadership during their term in office. That is the primary reason why they have been elected/appointed. Officer positions are not ceremonial or default positions. Officers cannot “volunteer” to serve when they feel like it and “not volunteer” when they don’t feel like it. In other words, they don’t have a choice. They have made their choice of commitment to serve for a specific period of time.

Commitment is not like an electric switch, that one can be turned on and off arbitrarily and discretionarily. It seems that when things become dark and problematic, the switch is turned off and when there is light and things are going well, the switch is turned on. I believe that as a club or district officer, the switch of service and leadership must stay on; clear and bright, for the entire term in office.

I congratulate all those who have stepped up to-the-plate and volunteered their services at club and district levels. I also congratulate all those Toastmasters who plan to become club and district officers, going forward. Your commitment and hard work are admirable as are the rewards that you receive in form of self-enrichment, fellowship, and personal success.

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes!

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

For many of us, our toastmasters journey started with fear, anxiety, dry mouth and sweaty palms. We knew we needed help, we knew we were uncomfortable in our own skin and we knew that to overcome it, we would have to step outside our comfort zone.

Caroline Organ

Recently my mentor, Caroline Organ, gave her final speech in her journey to reaching her DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster. She shared how she would panic in High School and College when it was time to get up and speak. She shared how her job required her to train groups and give presentations, but she dreaded the process.

Then she saw a flyer for a new Toastmasters club in her office building. She decided to give it a try and said YES when they asked her to join. It took 6 months for her to give her Ice Breaker and she confessed that she became the best timer at every meeting until then.

When Dennis Gauda and Kevin McCue nudged her along and “Volun-told” her it was time to give her Ice Breaker, she finally said YES.

Then several months later, the club lost some members due to a corporate restructuring. They needed club officers badly and they asked if she would help out. She said YES.

After filling several officer roles, she was asked to be an Area Governor (Director). You guessed it… she said YES. Then she was asked to be a Club Coach… She said YES.

Since then, Caroline has mentored and helped so many people throughout Western New York that she forgot to receive credit for all the seminars, workshops, speeches and roles that she completed, or helped others to complete.

Shortly after I met her in 2012, she got married, gave birth to 2 handsome young boys and became a great mom. This took her away from her pursuit of that elusive DTM for several years. But when we needed her… she always said YES.

Late last year, I asked her what she needed to finish her DTM? We took a look and found out it was only a few more speeches and roles. I asked her to prepare a few pocket speeches, just in case a speaker backed out at the last minute, and of course… she said YES.

At a recent meeting, we had 3 speakers scheduled. At the last minute, each of them had a conflict and were unable to attend. Caroline walked in the door 5 minutes before the meeting was to start. I asked her if she could quickly prepare a speech… she said YES. It was funny, entertaining and had a great message.

Her final 3 speech projects were scheduled well in advance and I was thrilled when I heard the title of her final project. You guessed it. It was called – Just Say YES.

She delivered a moving, inspirational and motivational presentation that encouraged everyone of us to “Just Say YES” the next time we are asked.

Your life, work, career and family can all be enhanced when you step outside that comfort zone… and Just Say YES.

Club – Harris Spacetalkers

Club Spotlight:

Harris Spacetalkers Officers

by Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

We are always looking for clubs that are building better, stronger and larger clubs. This month we met with the club officers of Harris Spacetalkers to discuss how they have already added 8 new members to their club since July 1st of this year.

Harris Spacetalkers Interview

You can click on the image above or the link below to watch the replay of their interview and learn from their insights, ideas and answers to our questions.

Click Here to Watch Recording

https://recordings.join.me/-Ucs-yzBY0yYMn5e2Y5Row

Paving Road To DTM

Paving the Road to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

By Dan Ferens, DTM

Dan Ferens
With Pathways coming early next year, Toastmasters will only have 24 months after that to get a DTM under the current educational program. Since DTM is the only rank that carries over into the Pathways program, quite a few of you in District 65 have shown interest in getting it. We are doing several things to help.

First of all, there is a group that meets once a month on Zoom to discuss various activities and to address any questions anyone has. The next meeting is Sunday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, and will feature a presentation on “planning a DTM using a personal DTM mentor”. There will also be a Zoom meeting on November 19. If you want to join the group, please send an e-mail to Dan Ferens, the group leader, at DTMDanF@yahoo.com. Dan will also answer any questions you have via personal e-mail.

Second, there are resources available. The District 65 web site has a tab “Path to DTM” which will include useful information, including a paper titled “Paving the Road to DTM” that addresses some questions Toastmasters often have. Also, there is a 29-page ”Road to DTM” document available on the Select Toastmasters club web site; the link is http://selecttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/. There is also an appendix on selecting advanced communication manuals.

If you are working on your DTM, take advantage of what is available. Of course, many members of our District are always willing to help.

We’d like to invite and challenge you, our advanced toastmasters to take that extra step to earn your DTM before the change. Then you can earn another with the Pathways Program moving forward.

District Director’s October Letter

By Ellen Pieklo, DTM 

District Director

Ellen Pieklo

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October and our contest season is well underway. As with everything in life, we’ve had a few glitches but Glenn Gordon, Division A Director, provided speech contest training on September 16, 2017. This webinar is available to listen to and view. Hopefully this will minimize a few of the issues that arise during contest season. Good luck to all of our contestants and I wish everyone the best of luck with your fall competitions. Contests will be held at each Area and each Division, with the 5 finalists competing on November 10-11, 2017 at the Fall District 65 Conference in Buffalo, New York.

The Fall Conference will be the last District 65 Fall Conferences. After this fall, if we should conduct fall contests, those contests would stop at the Division contest level. The division contests could compete at the next spring conference – or end at the Division Level. This will all be up to our 2018-2019 Leadership team.

Our Fall 2017 Conference Committee is working to ensure this will be a conference worth coming to and worth remembering. To register, there is a link on the District 65 Home page, located at www.tmdistrict65.org.

I see people are working toward our incentives, especially creating a Club Success Plan. Already, we have awarded several $25 gift certificates for the TI store, heard about planned open houses, and we’ve already welcomed our newest Toastmaster Club, ERG (HSBC), in Division A. We wish all of your new ERG members an amazing Toastmaster journey.

Our new District leadership is working hard to fully implement the concept of fewer emails but as matters arise, we are also trying to keep members in the loop and ensure we don’t end up with clubs losing their active club status, resulting from missed dues periods. We keep all of information posted on the official web page, www.tmdistrict65.org and the official Facebook Page, located at: https://m.facebook.com/toastmastersd65/?ref=bookmarks.

What’s up with Pathways? That’s a recurring question all of D65 Leaders are hearing. We plan to have a conference session updating members to the Pathways rollout status during the Fall Conference. If you are well into your Toastmasters learning path and concerned that you may need to convert to the Pathways program goals, think about attending our Road to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) seminars, held on the last Sunday of the month at 7PM. These will be posted under our events page.

I would also like to announce the start of a second set of leadership opportunities, Monday Nights Toastmaster Matters. This will be an opportunity, held on the second Monday of the Month to address your concerns, ask questions, or just talk about Toastmasters and learn from your District Leadership. Call information will be sent out under our events calendar.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your District 65 Leader and am wishing you a continuously successful Toastmaster Year.

Sincerely,

Ellen Pieklo DTM

District 65 Director

Clueless in Vancouver

Clueless in Vancouver

by Keith Maderer, DTM, Club Growth Director

Ellen, Lillian and I spent 8 days in Vancouver representing our district in officer training, interviewing international officer candidates, working the International Speech Contests and voting during the TI annual business meeting.

Trio with Jonathan Brooks

This was my first Toastmasters International Convention… so I had no clue what to expect.

Every day was filled with training, workshops, interviews and activities from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm, but we did find time to talk, share, get to know each other and bond as a team.

We met toastmasters from all over the world, supported our District 65 International Speech contestant – Jonathan Brooks and learned some best practices from some of the most successful district officers in the world.

Jonathan Brooks did a great job presenting his speech and while he did not advance to the finals, he represented District 65 with pride and excellence. There we 100 semifinalist from every area of the world and each speech that we witnessed was as good as the next.

I personally watched 40 speeches, including the top 10 finalists. I can tell you without a doubt… this Toastmasters “Stuff”… really works.

As our week was winding down, we heard word about Hurricane Harvey heading toward the gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. Many of the district officers at the training and convention were from those areas of the United States. We were lucky to come home tired, enlightened and ready to get back to normal life.

Many of those Texans are still struggling with the aftermath of the Hurricane and it makes you feel lucky to be in Central and Western NY… where snow comes and then it melts. Aside from hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and mudslides, many toastmasters from other countries have to deal with governmental oversight, censorship and even the military attending their toastmasters meetings. It put life, toastmasters and freedom of speech in proper perspective.

The entire trip was an experience that I will never forget and I hope each of you can attend a Toastmasters International Convention in the near future. It will open your eyes, teach you the value of freedom and build empathy and character beyond your expectations.

In the coming months, we will share many of the new marketing, club building and district success strategies that we learned.

We appreciate your continued support and help in making District 65….

Better Tomorrow Than It Was Yesterday. Thank you.

Fall 2017 Leadership Breakfast and DEC Meeting

District 65 Fall 2017 Leadership Breakfast and DEC Meeting

Click Here for Registration Information

Leadership Breakfast:

  • When: September 9, 2017, 9AM – 12:00 Noon
  • Where: Holiday Inn, Waterloo, NY
  • Who: Club Presidents and VP Education or and/or your designated representative
  • Why: Meet with your current officers and learn about leadership skills to help make your club successful in the 2017-2018 Toastmaster Year
  • Cost: Breakfast is a buffet breakfast and cost is $ 10 per person. You may attend without eating but please let us know in advance.

District 65 DEC officers Meeting:

  • When: September 9, 2017, 12:30PM – 3:00PM following the Breakfast
  • All DEC Officers are requested to attend meeting
  • Cost: Lunch cost is $ 8 per person.