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At the District Executive meeting, on October 22, a special recognition was given to a member who works in the background to help all the “leaders” in Founder’s District. He remains incognito and stays hidden until needed and shows up online when necessary.
For many years he has produced and published the directory that includes all the leaders of our District. He also expends his service to publish a Regional Directory with leaders of Districts 1, 3, 5, 12, 34, 52 and Founder's.
He has been a member of Astromasters since 1989 and led Founder’s as District Governor in 1999-2000. Because of his dedication the leaders at all levels can communicate successfully as he updates the directory as changes in our great district occur.
Congratulations to John Angiolillo, DTM, PDG on receiving the “Spirit of Excellence” award.
My Icebreaker was on October 3, 1956 to Toastmasters Club 121 in Santa Monica where I had a job managing a few engineers working on heat transfer to missiles. When I would go to my simple staff meeting with a few other managers, my heart would pound every time before I had to make a report, and a friend of my wife’s said I ought to join a Toastmaster Club. This was before women were allowed, and since it was an evening club in a restaurant, it was not uncommon to see communication skills be muddied with a few drinks before the talks. Nevertheless, I completed the required “Basic training” manual of twelve (not ten) speeches, and foolishly decided that being home with my wife and two kids took priority over Toastmasters.
Back in July, I shared with all of you that my vision for this year is to inspire more leaders, mentors, and coaches to step up to serve our members. Time flies. The first quarter of this year has pasted. The second quarter is under way. Do you feel more inspired than three months ago? If your answer is no, then the question is what you are going to do about it? How can the Founder’s District help you to be inspired?
October 1 is the time to renew your membership for the next 6 months. It’s not doing anyone any good to just renew your membership and do nothing. At the Toastmasters International Convention last month in Las Vegas, I had a chance to ask attendees a question, “Why are you attending the Convention?” One of the popular answers was to “get inspired”.
Many members told me that they were inspired by just attending the Convention, seeing the opening ceremony and members from around the world. Speaking of the Convention, do you know our District Convention is scheduled to November 7? It is a good opportunity for you to get inspired and network with members within Founder’s District. There are approximately 4,500 members in our district. Don’t miss the opportunity.
There's a tradition in Founder's District. Every year we thank our Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) for their service to Founder's District and our members by holding a roast, toast, and boast in their honor.
Please join us, and make this a memorable experience for Linda, as we thank her for her service to Founder's District and our members.
The agenda item to appoint Lionnel Yamentou as the Division E Director at the DEC (District Executive Council) meeting on August 26, 2015 was tabled because of lacking a quorum. Following the Toastmasters International guidelines, District Administrative Manager, Linda Denton, followed up with an email vote process. More than 2/3 of the DEC members responded. The result is to appoint Lionnel Yamentou as the Division E Director.
Congratulations to Division E Director Lionnel Yamentou.
Pan Kao, DTM, PhD
Founder's District Director