1990–1999 - Preparing for the New Millennium

The 1991–1992 term introduced new titles for the top officers. The Educational Lieutenant Governor became the Lt. Governor Education and Training. The tasks of the Lt. Governor Administration were divided between two newly titled officers, the Lieutenant Governor Marketing and the Public Relations Officer. At the same time the Division Lieutenant Governors becameDivision Governors. The 50th District Governor, Betty Colston, DTM, achieved Distinguished District for the year 1991–1992.

Four members of Founder's were honored with a Presidential Citation at the International Conventions: Juanita Skillman, DTM in 1991 in Dallas; John S. Latin, DTM, PIP in 1994 in Louisville; Gladys Flint, DTM, PDG in 1997 in New Orleans; and Joan Laing, DTM, PDG of District 1 in 1999 in Chicago.

In 1994–1995, The Founder was a Top Ten District Bulletin thanks to Editor Michelle Wedemeyer. Club bulletin, Kaiser Permanente TOASTMASTERS, was one of the Top Ten Club Bulletins with Keri Tahara as Editor. Hank Kunkel, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence In Education and Training.

In 1995–1996 Jeffrey L. Chess, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In 1996–1997 Ron Maroko, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In July 1997, Toastmasters International changed the educational system originally implemented in 1984. It established a clearly defined communication track and a clearly defined leadership track that are not mutually exclusive. CTM remains the first award members may achieve. DTM remains the highest award, although its requirements changed. The new program adds the awards of CL and AL while changing the Able recognition awards to Advanced. TI ran both the old and new programs until July 1999, at which time the old program was suspended.

In 1997–1998 Founder’s District achieved Distinguished status under District Governor Ron Maroko, DTM. Club 5174, Wolden Multimedia Presenters earned President’s Top Five Distinguished Club and was ranked number one in the world for Clubs with fewer than 20 members. Club 615, Zingers, received recognition in the Top 10 Newsletter contest for its club bulletin //The Serrated Edge// published by Regina Roland. The District launched its presence in cyberspace by establishing its own web site.

At the 1998 International Convention in Palm Desert, Alfred Herzing, DTM, PID was elected Third Vice President of Toastmasters International.

Founder’s hosted International President Terry Daily, DTM, at its Fall Conference in November 1998. President Daily visited many potential club locations while in Founder’s and at the mid-year Board meeting, recounted how hard Founder’s had worked him. Founder’s Mike Lattimore won the Region II International Speech Contest, earning the honor of competing at the International Convention in August 1999 in Chicago. For the District’s educational successes in 1998–1999 John Angiolillo, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

The last Toastmaster year of the century ends with Founder’s having seven Divisions and 36 Areas serving 179 Clubs.

During the 2000 International Convention in Miami Beach, Florida two Founder’s Leaders received recognition: Linda Northrop, DTM for Excellence in Education and Training; and Ron Maroko, DTM. PDG as Editor of The Founder as a Top 10 District Newsletter.

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