District 3 Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made
Have you ever stopped to think how your words might hurt or injure others? Lately, we have been hearing a lot about bullying. Last Thursday, I read The Renaissance Leader by Dr. Steve Broe and the topic was Bullies. He wrote, "They steal ideas and make others uncomfortable."
Last Sunday, my minister spoke about "Taming the Tongue" and "Listening with Love." Isn't this what Toastmasters teaches us? The children's short segment was "What are you carrying in your bucket?" Is your bucket ﬁlled with words that have been unkind, critical or harsh? Have you deposited into some else's bucket an unkind word?
One thing I love about Toastmasters is the diversity of our clubs and its members. Those differences can broaden our view points, help us grow as individuals, and bring us closer together. The differences can also cause division and make some members uncomfortable. We are all in Toastmasters to learn to be better communicators and in that, we need to know how to speak to each other when addressing problems/issues so that positive resolutions can be found, without depositing harsh critical words into someone's bucket. It is vitally important the we speak truth to each other in love, gentleness and respect.
We can be honest when sharing problems/issues with one another, by being speciﬁc and describing how the situation could have been resolved with a more positive effect. We need to know how we would like to be approached and extend the same courtesy. We all want to be treated with kindness and respect. It is beneﬁcial to all of us to be open to criticism because we all want to continue to learn and grow. But it is how we communicate with each other that will make us "better" or "worse" as speakers, communicators, and people.
Hallie Adams, DTM
2014-2015 District Governor
Thinking of serving as a District Officer?
- Are you interested in applying for an Area Director appointment?
- The person who is elected as the District Director during the May Business Meeting will appoint Area Directors to start their term on July 1, 2015.
- You may compete in the spring contests.
- Complete the Area Director Nomination Form (fillable PDF or DOC) and hand it to or send it to current District Governor Halle Adams at .
Division Director, Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director, and District Director
- The January 31,2015 deadline to apply for these elected offices has passed.
- If you are interested in one of these offices, you must be nominated by someone from the floor during the May Business Meeting.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
District 3 Nominating Committee Chair
Hello District 3 Toastmasters,
It is time to choose your club’s outstanding members of the year. I know that each club has their own way of selecting that member. Here is the form that Toastmasters International suggests you use to pick that outstanding member. Please send your club’s winner to by April 1, 2015.
Jan Byrd, DTM
District 3 Toastmasters LGM
Preliminary Officer Training Report is available for download at the TLI page.
Toastmasters International President, Mohammed Murad, DTM, is scheduled to attend our 2015 Spring Conference, “It’s a Small World”, May 15, 16 and 17 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, 5401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Make your plans now to attend and meet our 2014-2015 International President. He is the first top officer from the United Arab Emirates and is an entrepreneur from Dubai.
When asked for one piece of advice for every Toastmaster, he said, "Toastmasters is a way of life, not just a program. So my advice is: Take advantage of every opportunity in your Toastmasters journey, and stay in the organization long enough to reap the real benefits, which are embedded not only in becoming a better communicator, but in becoming a better leader."
Why mentor? “We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.” ~ Epictetus
New members need someone to explain the program to them and show them how to prepare for various meeting roles. They also need help preparing and rehearsing their first few speeches. Mentors can supply the valuable personal attention and ongoing support new members need. Visit http://www.toastmasters.org/mentoramember.
For additional information on mentoring please contact .
- Toastmasters A-Z Club #4451701, chartered January 26, 2015
- LopeMasters Club #4433139, chartered January 13, 2015
- Socially Speakers Club #4043897, chartered January 1, 2015
- See all of District 3's new clubs
Greetings, fellow D3 Website visitors!
You are welcome to click through the links on this website to see all the resources available to you, whether you are still considering becoming a Toastmaster, already a Toastmaster, a leader in your club, or a leader in the District. As you explore, your comments on the site are always welcome at .
If you don’t have time to spend just surfing around, you may want the abbreviated version so you know which section will be most likely to have what you are looking for:
||Includes D3 maps that may be of interest to current Toastmasters
||P.O.T.s (Plain Ol’ Toastmasters)
||Includes how to get involved outside your club, find out the next step in the educational program
||Includes information on club contests
||All D3 Toastmasters
||List view or calendar view of upcoming events (club officers and District leaders may add your events), District Conference information & link to online registration, contest winner matrix, highlights from International Convention
||All D3 Toastmasters
||Acknowledges Toastmasters and clubs in District 3
|District Leader Resources
||Area Governors, Division Governors, Committee Chairs, Toastmasters looking for a committee to serve
||Includes contest resources and links, DEC information and materials
||Looking for something specific? Find it here.
If you still have questions about the structure and content of the District 3 website or would like to suggest or request a resource, please contact me anytime!
District 3 Webmaster