Welcome From Our District Director

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As Toastmasters, we are all asked to do “stuff” we have never done before.  One year from now,  we,  your officers,  will have all the knowledge and skills required to do our jobs properly… One year too late, but that’s how Toastmasters operates and that’s why it works so well.  We will acquire skills that we can apply in our private and professional lives. We will be better managers, better organizers, better communicators. Better people.  Let this year be a year of learning!  At the end of it, I wish that everyone of us can stand in front of a mirror say:  “I learned, I grew, I did well.”    – Michal Talaga, District 95 Director, 2016-2017

 

We Are the Champions!

It was a wonderful evening when representatives from our District took the stage to SHINE at this years  annual Toastmasters International Convention in Washington DC on August 17 – 20, 2016 –  District Champion László Szűcs pulled off a SPECTACULAR 3rd place in his tough semi-final round.  Congratulations Champ!  We are ALL SO PROUD OF YOU!

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In the meantime, last year’s District Leaders, members and supporters sparkled at the Hall of Fame ceremony, to celebrate our achievement as a Presidents Distinguished District.  (The highest award a District can earn !) 

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Warsaw Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS!

      kkopec        From Education Chair, Kris:

If you are keen on sharing your knowledge and experience with us as a speaker, apply via our website:  http://fall2016.d95conf.org/call-for-papers. Remember only those who buy a conference ticket can apply for a role.  Wir suchen auch deutschsprachige Trainer und Redner! ” 

9 Days left to apply!
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WE DID IT! Good News from Tuire

tuireDear Members,

Today I received the end of the year phone call from Jim Kokocki, our International President. He congratulated   our District on reaching President’s Distinguished status and shared this good news:  OUR District 95 is ranked number 8 in the world and number 2 in net club growth! During our discussion, Jim referred to his visit to our District Conference in Prague. He’s still impressed by the number of attendees and what an inspiring atmosphere we had.      He also expressed concern about the  Munich tragedy       yesterday and hoped that all our members are safe.

Today I send warm wishes again to all of our members there.

I want to thank you all for the great numbers! This huge achievement is the result of a joint effort by all 6953 members in District 95.  We had an exciting Toastmasters year focused on growth and excellence! The numbers speak for themselves:

  • 95 clubs reached President’s Distinguished Club status
  • 19 Areas were President’s Distinguished Areas
  • All Divisions reached at least the Distinguished level –  11 President’s Distinguished + 1 Select Distinguished Division

Special thanks to our Club leaders, Area Directors and Division Directors for a job well done!

We also grew geographically! At the Fall Conference we voted to welcome two new countries, Bulgaria and Moldavia, into our District. The Reformation proposal, approved at the Spring   conference comes at the right time: currently we’re number 3 in the world in terms of  number of members and number 8 in terms number of  clubs. However, we were the only District spreading over so many countries: 15

Thank you for the spirit and commitment that made these great numbers possible.

Tuire Vuolasvirta,  Immediate Past District 95 Director, 2015-2016

“All for one and one for all”

UNBOX YOURSELF District 95!

Fall Conference, 2016

… as Maciek always says …

Dears!

These people are working hard to make the last weekend in November colorful and exciting!     Say hello to our organization team for the District 95 Fall 2016 Conference in Warsaw, Poland!

Untitled_FotorconteamOn November 25 and 26 – you have the chance to UNBOX YOURSELF!  Watch this     brilliant Trailer to get a taste of what’s in store! The team is putting together a great program featuring the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests, Workshops, Networking and Entertainment. 

The Keynote Speaker will be George Yen, DTM and President of Toastmasters International 2013-2014.   As a top, global executive, who has been with Toastmasters for more than 20 years, Mr. Yen credits much of his success to the training he received in our organization: “My Toastmasters training gave me the confidence to stretch my comfort zone.”  Go to the main TI website to read his biography

No doubt he is the perfect person to give us insights on how to UNBOX.  Download this flyer and share the news! If you have never been to Warsaw you may wonder how to get to the venue, where to sleep and where to eat?  Of course, the team has answers for you here at the  main conference website.

What are you waiting for?  Save the DatesMark your Calendar and UNBOX YOURSELF starting here: http://fall2016.d95conf.org/register See you in Warsaw!

Milena (Conference Chair) –  Ania (Events, Sponsors) –  Krzysztof (Education) –  Marinela (Venue) –Naska (Registration)

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Danusia (Accomodations, Catering) – Maciek (Marketing) – Michal (IT & Website) – Ola (Contests) – Tomek (Finance, Sponsors)

 

These Boots Were Made for Leading

District Leader Bootcamp – Helsinki – 17/18 June 2016 

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When I think of Boot Camp, I think of tough guys or GI Janes crawling on their bellies through mud and slime! Fortunately, this D95 Officers Boot Camp focused on education not endurance. (Exception: Division E Director, Wiktoria, who showed great endurance while traveling to the venue. Well done!  Material for your next speech?)

Equipped with information, ideas and COOKIES from our home countries, we were ready for two action-packed, yummy days – expertly managed by our Program Quality Director, Andrei, and our Administration Manager, Joanna.                                                                                          IMG_3728

Here’s a short re-cap of the main points:

Day 1 featured the voice of our District Director, Michal  – who was plugged in virtually. (Had to stay home to greet his new baby girl! Congratulations!)   The direction for this year:  “Aim for Presidents Distinguished District – nothing less”.  Our Club Growth Director, Neal, who was handily assisted by his two surprise Deputies David and Ewan, is building and implementing the strategies to achieve this aim.  We got a good picture of each Division thanks to creative and informative presentations from our Division Directors.  (Super!)


Day 2 was a deep dive into key issues: Club and Membership Growth, Club Visits, Budgets (tips from our Immediate Past District Director, Tuire and Finance Manager, Càlin) and the upcoming Dues Increase.  I presented a metaphor for the state of our District’s PR landscape (improvement is TOP priority) and we previewed a Controlling tool developed by Division F     Director, Mirja.  Spirits were light and energy high thanks to Lukas (Division L Director), Krzysztof (Division J Director) and Karla (Division I Director) who lined us up, stretched us out and made us laugh.


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Next up:  What can we expect from our new Division Leaders?

Warmest from your Public Relations Manager, Wendy