A new Toastmasters year has just begun for all of us. What does it mean for me? During this year: I will make mistakes that I will be sorry for. I will be asked to make tough decisions without knowing all that is necessary to make proper ones. I will probably try and fail many times over.
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
UNBOX words to describe our Fall District Conference in Warsaw last weekend! The impressions are still rolling around in our minds! How about: EXCELLENCE ! EXUBERANCE ! This conference not only raised the bar for professional event management. The organizers created space to UNBOX our District feeling of funand community! We are STRONGER than before and more INSPIRED to GROW in joy and service in our lives, our clubs, our divisions. our District – and above all – in our communities.
Here are our contest winners:
German Table Topics Contest (Stehgreifreden Wettbewerb – Deutsch)
Friederike Galland (Berliner Redekünstler)
Jörn Nagel (Ulmer Redespatzen)
Andreas Fehrens (Die Prager Toastmasters)
English Table Topics Contest (Impromptu Speaking)
Stephanie Brush (Prague Business Toastmasters)
Michael Hurst (Mercury Toastmasters Berlin)
Ranjith Venkatesth (Munich Prostmasters)
German Humorous Speech Contest (Humorvolle Rede Wettbewerb – Deutsch)
Marek Schiffer (Spreeredner)
Steffen Grützki (Rhetoenschmiede)
Frank Lenßen (Rhetorik Club Wiesbaden)
English Humorous Speech Contest
Davis Golds (Riga Toastmasters)
Peter Hajdu (Prestbeszed – Hungary)
Marc Schuck (Nuremberg Toastmasters)
More pictures and impressions will follow in the weeks to come!
This year’s District 95 Fall Conference is on track towards becoming a DAZZLING event! What’s waiting for you in Warsaw:
Elephants! Speaking Elephants to be exact! Be their guest for a pre-UNBOX ALPHA club meeting!! The event will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursday, 24 November. See their website for more details: http://speakingelephants.pl/. The meeting will feature Mr. George Yen, DTM. Mr. Yen is our Keynote speaker and a former President of Toastmasters International. (2014-2014).
Experts! Workshops by the best and the brightest from District 95 and beyond.
Entertainment! Delicious Food, Ice Skating, Christmas Market, Castles and so much more!
EXCELLENCE! Speech and Table Topics Winners from English and German competitions from each of our PROUD DIVISIONS! New CHAMPIONS will be UNBOXED!
Friends, Fun and Beautiful memories….#UNBOX YOURSELF….Warsaw is waiting!
GREAT SPEAKERS are waiting for you at the upcoming District 95 Fall conference in Warsaw! These excellent EXPERTS will be sharing their knowledge and experience to help you UNBOXyourself in Toastmasters, in your personal and professional life and in your community. How will they do it? Click on their pictures and scroll for descriptions of their workshop!
The joint European Reformation proposal for re-structuring Districts 95 and our sister District 59 was approved by the Toastmasters International at the International Convention in Washington DC on August 17, 2016. This measure effectively “re-draws” the Toastmasters map for much of Europe, and will result in the creation of 6 new districts! July 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018 will be a transitional year in both Districts, preparing for the reformation. The new District structures are slated to be in place effective July 1, 2018.
Detailed information and updates will follow.
Until then, you can review the excellent background information under these links: