Monday, June 29, 2015

Two Big Milestones

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!

As we near the end of the 2014-15 Toastmasters year, it's worth mentioning that we achieved two big milestones in the history of our club.

First of all, we completed nine of the Distinguished Club Program goals over the course of the year, and this makes us eligible to be a President's Distinguished Club!

This is the fifth year we've achieved this designation, and it's something pretty amazing.  If you look at what we achieved in the graphic, our members finished four Competent Communicator Awards, some Advanced Communicator Awards, and some Leadership Awards.  Our Officers attended training to learn how to serve our club better,  and communicate more effectively. We paid our dues on time, and we communicated with Toastmasters International effectively about our new officers and leadership team.  And we've done all of this for five years.

Second, and in some ways far more important (although it doesn't seem like it, given the amount of hoopla placed on getting President's Distinguished), is the certification of our club as a 30-year veteran organization.  We have staying power that lasts far beyond our own relatively-short terms in Toastmasters.  Some members of our club have been there for five years; some for longer, and many more for far fewer years than that.  But the club has remained active now for thirty years, and as each generation has gone out, they have found worthy successors to continue the work of service and education and entertainment and learning which is central to the Toastmasters mission.

Congratulations, everyone.  There are people that we have never met who helped us get to this place today, where we can be a club of excellence and amazing achievement.  Here's to another great year, our thirty-first, and hopefully our sixth President's Distinguished.

Please join us on July 7, at 5:30 pm, for our first meeting of the new Toastmasters year.  I believe we'll be swearing in our new officers at that time, and presenting another great round of speeches and evaluations.  Hope to see you there!

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