Winter TLI Newsletter Review

Toastmasters District 77

December 8, 2018
Winter Training Wrap

By Angela Jackson

Historical Tuskegee University in Alabama was the setting for this year’s winter club officers training. Securing the venue and managing the logistics was accomplished by Distinguished Toastmaster Dr. Constance Hendricks and members of the newly chartered Tuskegee University “Tiger Voices” Toastmasters Club.

Distinguished Toastmaster Kim Goode, District Program Quality Director and coordinator of the event, put on a stunning information-packed training session that left the nearly 75 Toastmasters’ members in attendance wanting more.

Distinguished Toastmaster Phil Jackson, District Director, provided a motivational welcome along with a recap of the district’s status at the half-year point in the Toastmasters’ year. Distinguished Toastmaster Wanda Spillers, Club Growth Director, shared with attendees the great news of the district having currently chartered 4 new clubs with more expected.

The days’ training included registration, a continental breakfast, club officers training, seven Breakout Training Sessions, a catered buffet lunch, and a host of awards and certificates.

During the event, each club officer, like myself, had his/her own officers training along with the opportunity to select various Breakout Sessions presented by some of the district’s top leaders in communications. Two of the sessions I attended included “Building on Achievement for Continued Success” by Division A Director, Kelli McDonald and “How Toastmasters Helped Me” by Toastmaster Alan Sconier. Each session provided a wealth of tips and strategies for creating and maintaining a successful club while reinvigorating the leader inside all of us.

Aside from the “District Trio,” District 77 includes six Division Directors, twenty-one Area Directors and the following staff that is second to none: Michele Goodson, Administration Manager; Wanda Siefke, Finance Manager; June Newton, Public Relations Manager. Together they constitute the District Executive Committee (DEC). They held their 2nd in-person DEC meeting of the year immediately after the Winter TLI.

If you have the opportunity to attend the next Leadership Institute training, I would highly recommend you add it to your calendar. Nothing beats the experience of hanging out with like-minded members on the same path to LEADERSHIP.