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What is the District 48 Spring Conference?

By Gina Lovick DISTRICT 48 – 2020 SPRING CONFERENCE “JAZZ UP YOUR JOURNEY” May 1 – 3, 2020 The District 48 Spring Conference is an exciting educational and networking event for all the District’s clubs. Conferences allow the District to conduct business, as well as, providing opportunities for: • Celebrating the members, member accomplishments, and…
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Getting the Most from Feedback – It’s Up to You!

By Kai Rambow, Accredited Speaker, Past International Director “Tonight, Kai was giving a speech on speaking to inform,” my evaluator began, “I don’t know why he did, because he already does that well. I’ve never heard you give a speech with emotional content or humor, and I’m challenging you to deliver your next speech in…
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Diamond Jubilee + Sarasota Toastmasters Club 1958

By Gina Lovick Some people might reminisce about 1956 as the year Elvis Presley released his first hit “Heartbreak Hotel”, but members of the Sarasota Toastmasters Club celebrate 1956 as the year their club was chartered by Toastmasters International. Congratulations on your Diamond Jubilee – now 60+ years of forwarding the mission of Toastmasters into…
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Influence. You Already Have It.

By Gina Lovick, Renaissance Speakers Clearwater “You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential.” Our lives matter. This is indeed life-giving news to each of us. To some degree, we want to live lives of significance—lives that make a difference in the world around us. Living is the action of influencing…
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Preserving Pathways Paperwork

By Sean F. Forrester, DTM Chief Pathways Guide, District 48 I’ll be the first one to say it if no one else will – I hate paperwork! These days, most of us utilize computers at work and at home for many different tasks that once were done on paper. So, it seems counter-productive to me…
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The Flow of a Pathways Project

By Sean F. Forrester, DTM Chief Pathways Guide, District 48 Members who have been working within their chosen Pathways path for a while may have noticed a familiar pattern or flow to their projects. In fact, there are 9 standard steps that you must follow, from initiating to completion, for each project within the Pathways…
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Flow Charts of Pathways

By Sean F. Forrester, DTM, Chief Pathways Guide, District 48 Many fellow Toastmasters have confided that it is difficult to visualize the flow of requirements for the new Pathways educational program. Thankfully, we are blessed with being one of the last Districts to transition into Pathways, which gives us many great resources from others who…
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Where’s the CC & CL?

By Sean F. Forrester, DTM, Chief Pathways Guide, District 48 Seasoned veterans who have been involved in Toastmasters for a while often ask why the Competent Communicator (CC) & Competent Leader (CL) Awards are not available within the new Pathways educational program. While it is true that the awards themselves are being phased out at…
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What is Toastmasters… The Essay

Immediate Past International President, Balraj Arunasalam (left), and Immediate Past District Director Vj Nair (right) present Christopher Pritchard, DTM (center) with the Outstanding Division F Toastmaster award. By Christopher Pritchard, DTM Member since 2010 | Home Club – Naples Advanced Toastmasters What is the future of Toastmasters? It is the same as the past. A…
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Want to be part of the top 7% of Our District?

Emily L Drenberg, DTM, IPDD If the Drive for Excellence is in your wheelhouse, then achieving your Distinguished Toastmaster status (DTM) should be too. Why? Because achieving that goal is just the start of an amazing journey. Some view achieving the DTM as the pinnacle of your career in Toasmasters, but for me it’s just…
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