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Why is The Poppy A Symbol of Memorial Day?

In the war-torn battlefields of Europe, the common red field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) was one of the first plants to reappear. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground was disturbed—as it was by the very brutal fighting of World War 1. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier and physician, witnessed the war first-hand and…
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Membership in the Time of COVID-19

By: May Ghali, ACG, ALB It’s that time of the year again; time to renew your Toastmasters membership. During the lockdown, it’s more important than ever to stay with Toastmasters. By keeping your regular routine, you maintain a sense of normalcy. You can continue with your speech projects and the meeting roles you enjoy because…
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VIRTUAL MEETINGS = VIRTUAL DUES PAYMENTS!

By: District Director Robyn Featherston, Esq., DTM As Toastmasters, we know how to pay our dues. We give the club treasurer cash, check, or in some cases, a credit card, they deposit the money and pay Toastmasters International its $45.00. However, in these times of social distancing, handing our club treasurer anything, much less cash…
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Video Conferencing Creates Perfect Opportunity for Valuable Feedback

By: Bob Turel, DTM It seemed like a natural offshoot of my requests for Toastmasters to video their club speeches and allow me to do a remote evaluation on them by email. I can gratefully say I think the idea is catching on! The more you think about, video conferencing apps like Zoom make it easy to record…
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Unique Pathways Projects

By: Sean F. Forrester, DTM, Chief Educational Ambassador, District 48 Did you know there are currently 60 projects in the Base Camp system, not counting the Pathways Mentoring program or the final Distinguished Toastmaster projects? Did you also realize that 24 of these projects, or 40%, only show up in a single Path, with the…
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Tracking Your (Club) Pathways Progress

By: Sean F. Forrester, DTM, Chief Educational Ambassador, District 48 One of the questions I was asked several times at the recent Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) events this season is “How do I track my club members’ progress in Pathways?”. While the Base Camp Managers have been shown how to monitor their club members progress…
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Accounting For Pathways

By: Sean F. Forrester, DTM, Chief Educational Ambassador, District 48 One of the things I have been monitoring this year on a monthly basis is the number of Educational Awards earned in both the Traditional program and the new Pathways program by the District membership. Ideally, I would like to see an orderly transition from…
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A Letter to District 48

From Terry Baab, 2018-2019 District Toastmaster of the Year Thank you ever so much for awarding me the 2018-19 District Toastmaster of the Year Award. I’m stunned beyond belief because I could walk into any District meeting and easily point out 20 other Toastmasters that could qualify for the honor. The quality and caliber of leaders throughout District…
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Tips for Speaking in Front of a Camera

By Bob Turel, DTM Because the International Speech contest rules have changed and require that the district submit a video of the winner’s speech, your preparation needs to be more encompassing. Competing for a spot at the district level does not require any video recording at all, but now one is required for the Regional…
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Call for District Leadership Nominations

The Value of Leadership Experience By Matt Siewert, DTM, PDG I would like to invite and encourage you to run for District office—elected or nominated—and offer to you a personal testimonial from my experience with elected office on the highest levels of District executive leadership. My testimonial begins with my call-to-action as your involvement running…
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