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
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:
The future looks bright!
A Message from the organizers:
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Better together to be #Unboxed!
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!
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 !)
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”