· Fall 2014 Contests will be Tall Tales and Table Topics(with a spin – more to come) – check your calendars for the dates that the Club, Area and Division Contests should be held
· Spring Contests 2015 will be International Speech Contest and Humorous Speech
· Fall Conference is Saturday, November 1, 2014(Montgomery Area) – Mark the Date – It will be an Unusually Casual affair – Theme is forthcoming
· Spring Conference is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015 (Huntsville Area) – Mark the Date – All the Glitz and Glamour you can possible stand – Theme is forthcoming
Serving Alabama, Northwest Florida, and Southeast Mississippi
With 84 clubs in three states, District 77 is sure to have a Toastmasters Club that fits your schedule and location. Take some time to explore what District 77 and Toastmasters International have to offer.
Confidence. The ability to communicate, persuade, and lead. The skill to tell one’s story, shape the future, and point others in the same direction. These are the attributes of leaders, and not all leaders are born with talent. They learn it – and so can you.
For nearly a century, Toastmasters International has been helping women and men of every background, education level, and economic standing develop the skills and confidence they need to become effective communicators and inspired leaders. That tradition continues to this day – with clubs in 116 countries around the world.
Every Governor and member for that matter should always be ready to give an elevator speech. I found one on page 13 of the Toastmasters Brand Catalog and thought I would share it with you. Here is a 250 word example that you can model yours after.
“For more than 86 years, Toastmasters International has been recognized as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Through its worldwide network of clubs, each week Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million men and women of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish; they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. The organization answers a new generation’s plea: Where can I go to become a better communicator and ultimately, a stronger leader?
Toastmasters continues to build on its legacy by providing a strong foundation for the future. Its proven educational program continually evolves to address the needs of the world’s communicators and leaders both today and tomorrow.
Toastmasters members learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback — and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.”
Where Leaders Are Made