Saturday, 26 October 2013 01:32

The Rhythm of Teamwork

Written by Linda Ulrich
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LindaUlrich 2Do you hear the drums? It’s “The Rhythm of Teamwork!” Come to the Founder’s District Fall Conference on Saturday, November 9, to discover how something as simple as drumming can enhance your communication and leadership skills and help your clubs develop strong, cohesive teams. The Fall Conference will be at the La Mirada Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m., but be there early—we have some surprises for you. Check out the Conference Information page for more information about our keynote presentation, our C&L Recipient (a non-Toastmasters related person or organization that provides leadership and communication in our communities), the education sessions, the business meeting, the Hall of Fame luncheon, and, oh, yes, the Evaluation and Tall Tales Contests. Did I mention there will be opportunity drawing gifts, a silent auction, the bookstore, and the Drum Café booth? If you register before the early-bird date of November 2, you only pay $65 PLUS you get a free opportunity drawing ticket. Come be part of the fun and excitement!

During the conference we’ll be recognizing everyone who’s received a communication or leadership award since the Spring Conference in May. As of October 21, we have a list of 554 award recipients - WOW! And we have at least 16 new DTMs to celebrate.

Education and leadership incentives are in abundance this year to encourage our members to stretch a little more to attain that next level of communication and leadership excellence and proficiency. The list of incentives can be found on the Founder’s District website. If you have earned a Competent Communication award since July 1 (we have your names), send a note to Linda Ulrich (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and tell her which Advanced Manual you would like to receive; include an address where it can be sent.

Have you seen the new Distinguished Member pin? Our members who’ve received both a communication and leadership award will be recognized at the Fall Conference and presented with the limited-edition pin, proudly displaying our District Governor’s theme for the year. Be the first member in your club to get one. Right now we have 22 recipients; my goal is to give away 400 of these pins!

District Governor, Harry Yan, has set a lofty goal for us this year – Number 1 District in the world! We are well on our way to making that a reality. In order to do that, we have from now until June 30, 2014 to:

  • Build new clubs – we need a total of 229 paid clubs in the District; we currently have 198
  • Membership numbers – we need to have 9,549 or more membership payments
  • Distinguished Clubs – we need 135 + Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished Clubs

How can you help us get there?

  1. By contacting those members that didn’t renew and ask them to come back
  2. Bring in guests via personal invitation or networking sites, open houses, and Speechcraft;
  3. Continue to complete those communication and leadership awards
  4. Attend officer training;
  5. Submit dues and officer lists on time to TI WHQ. Yes, one person makes a difference, so be the best Toastmaster you can be!
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