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District 66 Toastmasters, Region 7 June 2013, Volume 38, Issue 4

THE DOMINION TRAVELER

District Governor Pete Moyer, DTM

Inside this issue:

A Year To Remember Forever

The Brooke Mattingly Story

10

TLI Officer Training Schedule

23

District Governor

1

Lt Governors’ Reports

2

Division Governors’ Reports

4-5

Think Member Retention—Think PayPal

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Make a Good First Impression

7

Membership Champions

8

Officer Training—Again!

9

Lynchburg Toastmasters

13-14

District 66 Contest Winners Educational & Leadership Awards Happy Anniversary Clubs

15 16-20 20

Welcome New Clubs

21

Contact Us

22

Help Is Available

22

In Memoriam

23

Important Dates

24

Farewell From the Editor

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District 66—this is our year to remember forever.

It has been so exciting watching your talents being turned on. From our excellent training team for our Training Leadership Institutes to our Fall Conference with an incredible display of Tall Tales concluding with a Spring Conference that was amazing from start to finish with nine professional speakers educating and entertaining us. Our District Leadership used phrases throughout the year that have helped us all: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

“Turn on Your Talents” “Validate” “No Regrets” “No Club Left Behind” “No Member Left Behind” “We are the champions” – this one we will use at the end of the year with all of your help.

“Turn on your talents” has been our theme all year and my hope is that it has transformed your lives. We wanted to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their voice and leadership abilities. Thank you Vincent Lieu and Warren Hall—you are Super Heroes for turning on so many talents. Our District Leadership wanted to make sure we were “turning on talents” by being your validator. Our job is to validate you as club officers and members of our great District. This validation helps to encourage you to grow and learn and want to be a part of a fabulous (Continued on page 12)


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Lieutenant Governor Education and Training Andrea Morgan, DTM

As we close another chapter in the District 66 Book of Memories it has been a fantastic year.

I am grateful for all of the time and hard work that you put into this year’s success. Congratulations to those of you that earned Distinguished, Select Distinguish, or President’s Distinguish—a job well done. As a team, we have encouraged our members to pursue a higher level of skill and ability. Some of you have invited and assisted in developing new clubs. Others have ensured that your club was represented during the officer training, council meetings, and the conferences. Last but not least, many of you have offered to others the unique training that Toastmasters makes available to all people around the world. All of this has fostered team work and camaraderie. I encourage you to motivate your fellow club members to rise to higher heights next year. Do not forget to cultivate your potential and achieve your goals. May success follow you during the 2013-2014 year! Andrea Morgan, DTM Lt Governor Education and Training District 66 District Governor Elect

Lieutenant Governor Marketing Mary White, DTM, LGM

Thank you for a wonderful year!!! I

thank you all for the privilege to serve this great District. Because of you, I have learned much about keeping the Toastmasters promise. Together we have climbed the 2012-2013 mountain to forge new friends, teams, and frontiers. As this administrative year closes, I hope you feel stronger and anticipatory. Thank you specifically for the tremendous work accomplished by this year’s Extension and Retention Teams. Chris Al-Amin, DTM, PDG led a diverse team from all over the state. As of June 1, we have added 10 new clubs to our D66 family. There is only one other District in our Region that has birthed so many. See “Welcome New clubs” on page 8. The second half of the Dynamic Duo was Sal Asad, DTM, PDG. He too led a diverse and dispersed team to bring us to new heights. We began the year with a loss of 13 clubs. Sal took the helm in February with 60% of our clubs under 20 members. With his methodical and consistent leadership, our district is well within range of being distinguished. We have all learned a lot about planning, measuring, and achieving success. The rest is now up to us to challenge ourselves individually and collectively to reach and maintain healthy membership levels. New members bring vitality. Renewing members bring stability. Toastmasters has proven that on average a club (and hence the District) loses 40% of its members each year. So gaining and retaining members is an intentional process. We currently have four membership campaigns in progress. If you need help reach out. Consider these membership building initiatives. All of them end on June 30, 2013. Refer to “Membership Champions” on page 8 for the current status of achievement (Continued on page 3)


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Thank you for a wonderful year!!! (cont’d from p. 2) Individual The call of the day is Each One Reach one!!! one!!! Toastmasters International Annual Membership Program Each year Toastmasters recognizes individuals who sponsor five (5) or more members. This simply means that the new member indicated you on their membership application as the person who inspired and facilitated their decision to join. See more details at on the TI site under Members ... Membership Building ... Membership Contests. 1 + 1 Campaign When you refer a friend who becomes a Toastmasters member, you qualify for the International President’s 1 + 1 Campaign. New, dual and reinstated members count for credit; transfer and charter members do not. Individuals, clubs and districts will receive rewards based on their level of success. See more details at www.Toastmasters.org/1plus1. Club If enough clubs rise to this challenge this month we will be DISTINGUISHED!!! DISTINGUISHED!!! Beat the Clock!!! We are in the middle of the last Toastmasters International membership drive of the year. Both TI and district 66 will recognize clubs that sponsor five (5) new members before June 30. Three Member Challenge Our district governor has thrown down the challenge with this new campaign. The formula is simple. The rewards are lasting. Hold a Speech-A-Thon for your club in June and turn it into an Event. Invite past members, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even members from other clubs. Have food, membership applications and information about Toastmasters and your club. Have fun, entertain, educate, and gain three members for your club!

Let’s Do It Again Our greatest challenge is membership payments. Most of us have experienced the impact of low membership on club meetings and vitality. We understand and appreciate the leaders that continue to support and encourage these clubs. We are realizing benefits for a lot of hard work. Within the last 30 days, the number of clubs under 12 members has dropped from 30% (38) to 7% (9). We have only 15% of our clubs under 20 members. For all who have reached out to gain new members, process dues renewals, reinstate lost members, and encourage high achievers seeking dual memberships, I applaud you all. We are almost to the top of this 2012-2013 Mountain. As of June 12, the District is on target as one of the top performers in the world. The metrics for a Distinguished Area, Division, and district are now based solely on how many of the respective clubs distinguished themselves. This more difficult standard positions us for receiving recognition that we have not seen in over three years. Keep pulling and climbing with us. (Continued on page 13)


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Division B Governor

Division C Governor

Regie Ford, ACS, ALB

Warren Hall, ACS

“How To” Training Sessions

Salutations and Greetings from Division C,

Why, Why, Why, Why and Why My friend, Anton, asked, “Why are you in Toast-

I hope all within district 66 are well and happy that summer is just around the corner. What an exciting year! We all survived the Mayan apocalypse and we all have almost completed this Toastmasters year! If you recall at the 1st SLI session at Dominion Power 2012, I threw out a challenge to Division B. I was hoping that the Mayans were right and it would not matter. I said that Division C would end the TI year with more clubs (percentage of base clubs) earning their DCP than Division B. While I know that hitting a hornet’s nest is not the best thing to do, I can now say we are set to make good on that prophecy. (Reading between the lines, Division B could jet by us with a strong finish,)

masters? What is your motivation?” I replied , “Because I want to become a better speaker.” Does this sound familiar? He began to barrage me with why, why, why, why and why. Each why put me closer to the real answer (my motivation). My final why—I would like to be able to hold a conversation with anyone without feeling nervous. At that moment, I realized my motivation. I have received more from Toastmasters than I can put a dollar amount on. I started out just like you; nervous, unsure but excited. I asked myself the following questions: What is your motivation? What are your expectations? Do you have a success plan? Do you have a mentor? Do you have a mentee? Do you have a next step? Do you have an end date? Can you answer yes to all of these questions? If not and Toastmasters is not just your social club and you truly want to take advantage of what Toastmasters offers, then these “How To” Training Sessions are for you! Vision: It is simple—share what you have been taught. This will make District 66 the model for Toastmasters. Goal: My goal is to make you the winner you already are. Process: The process is simple—map out the course, start the journey and document the steps. “Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.” ~Hema (DRC) proverb -Regie Ford

My challenge sets a high bar for every club in Division C to earn your distinguished club status. As our results shall prove, each and every club work hard at making this happen. I would like to thank all of my Areas Governors for your hard work on making this happen. In addition, none of this would be possible without great Clubs and members to work with. I’m sure that Division C will be able to achieve even better results this next Toastmasters year! Division C – A Toastmaster Select Distinguished Division (soon to be Presidents Distinguished) • Area 31 – A Toastmaster Distinguished Area. (soon to be Select Distinguished) » Distinguished  9202, Tunnel Talkers, An Altria Group, Inc. Club » Select Distinguished  585659, Succinctly Said Club Leadership (soon to be Presidents Distinguished!) » Almost there  7954 10x Speakers Club ( 1 more CC) • Area 32 – (soon to be Distinguished) (Continued on page 7)


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Division D Governor John Steinbach, ACS

Division D has had its ups and downs since January.

Two clubs, supported by the same corporation, have disappeared: one half of the company was merged with another firm that didn't support the club; the other half moved to Florida. A third club, previously supported by the Navy, has become a victim of sequestration, and its membership has declined. But the Division has also added two clubs: Finding Our Voices, a corporate club sponsored by Snow Companies in Williamsburg, chartered in January; and the Advanced Club has finally come to fruition after much effort, especially on the part of Madeline Frank. Overall, spirits remain high at the club level, as members continue to give speeches and fine-tune their leadership skills. We can expect a healthy year under the new leadership team

Division E Governor Linda Charlton, DTM

Division E – Continue to be the Best “E” We Can Be! Enthusiastic! Energized! Engaged! Educated! Encouraging! Excellent! As I look back on this past Toastmaster year, I am so grateful for the experiences. I have met so many of you at DEC meetings, speech contests, Officer training sessions and at the Fall & Spring Conferences. I have made many new Toastmaster friends and I cherish my “old” Toastmaster friends even more. We all worked TOGETHER this year to make great progress in our Division. Your Area Governors did an awesome job - visiting clubs, coaching and encouraging and even training. They deserve a big round of applause! You deserve kudos as well. You served your District by coming out to Officer training in force!, participating in Speech contests, bringing in new members, reaching your educational goals and helping with the fantastic Spring Conference at the Ocean front. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. You will be in great hands with our incoming Division E Governor, Shirley Tyree! PS – You will still see me at speech contests, Officer training sessions and at the Fall & Spring Conferences! Sincerely, Linda Charlton


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Think Member Retention - Think PayPal By Al Tuten, DTM, IPDG er.clubname@gmail.com for example ... or if you have a Freetoasthost website, use the generic treasurer email alias they provide

Some time ago, I was reminded

that we live in a changing society. More and more, people don't carry as much cash, and don't like to stop and write checks. We've become a "swipe and go society" at the gas station, in the stores, even at the fast food drivethru. Why not in Toastmasters as well? With a PayPal account you can make it easier for your members to renew their memberships, even when they can't make it to a meeting during renewal season, and without having to fumble for an envelope and a stamp. With a district-wide challenge to add 3 more members to each club, you can even reach out to your non-renewing members one last time, and offer them a "click and renew" option. How cool is that? 1) Framing some expectations PayPal is not totally free, but it does make accommodations to non-profits. We use it in our club, and I have even set up a PayPal for our church. In the case of our club, we collect $42 from each member twice yearly ($36 goes to our parent organization, $6 stays in the local club account used for club expenses and supplies). It costs nothing to set up a PayPal account, but each time a member pays via PayPal, a fee of around $1 (plus or minus a few cents) gets collected. We had thought about charging members more if they wanted to use PayPal, but decided not to because: 

not enough members use PayPal to make it an issue

the benefits of improved retention seem to outweigh the nominal cost (especially with members who have to miss meetings during collection season)

by Maintaining the Best Club Climate, issues of "fairness" don't seem to surface (we stay focused on the mission of the club)

2) What you will need 

an email address for PayPal correspondence. I suggest setting up a Gmail account, not tied to an individual, that can be transferred ... treasur-

a checking or credit union account for your club, set up with your club's EIN number (you can find your EIN number on Club Central, click on Update my club meeting information and scroll to the bottom).

you'll need to know the contact info for your club account, as well as routing number, acct number, and EIN number the ability to conduct account business online (as part of the PayPal setup, they will actually deposit some nominal amount into your account and take it back -- like 7 cents or something -- and then you will need to verify the amounts to show that you are an authorized user of the account) 

3) How to set up With these things in mind you should be ready to set up a PayPal account. Expect to spend 45 minutes or so. You will then have a PayPal account, in addition to your bank account, where you can monitor PayPal transactions. It will also tell you how to embed PayPal buttons into emails and websites. The setup instructions are in a pdf (click HERE to view the instructions), but I am here to help if you need any screenshots or additional support Let's think Member Retention - Let's think PayPal ! Al Tuten, DTM, IPDG tutenaa@comcast.net

Words to Remember "We have the power within, but the secret of success is to employ your power and talents and be prepared for opportunity when it comes..” ~Walter Matthews


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Division C Governor (cont’d from p. 4)  855854 Very Articulate Master

» Distinguished  1674369, Motivating With Voices

» Select Distinguished  243 Richmond FedMasters Club,

» Almost there  City Stars Toastmasters , Midtown

Toastmasters & SpeakDOT Toastmasters Area 33: A Toastmaster Distinguished Area » Distinguished  857247 Correctionally Speaking Club » Presidents Distinguished  5790 Chesterfield Toastmasters Club Area 34 ( I’ve got your Back, we are going to be a Distinguished Area in 2013-14) » Almost there

Communicators Area 35: A Toastmaster President's Distinguished Area » Distinguished  3648 Faith Talk Club  694869 First Choice Toastmasters Club  1529155 Positive Speakers » Almost there  3282 Motivators Toastmasters Club » Welcome New Club  3129573 Virginia State University

Thanks again for your hard work this year! Let’s keep our eye on the ball and finish strong!

Make A Good First Impression Toastmasters International

Think back to the time when you walked into your first Toastmasters meeting.

What gave you a good or bad impression? Use that experience to develop ideas for winning over guests when they visit your club. If you are attentive and make them feel welcome, you might gain a new member. Start with their first impression: Is your club easy to find online? Ensure that the current meeting information is listed on your website. Include a contact name and phone number to call. Don’t forget to record a cheerful voice mail greeting that encourages callers to leave a callback number. At each meeting, use signage to help prospective members find the meeting room and display the club banner in a prominent place. Often, guests are nervous when they arrive. Encourage all the club members to ease guests’ nerves by warmly introducing themselves and showing an interest in each guest’s needs. Ask if it’s their first time at a Toastmasters meeting and suggest they sign the club guestbook for follow-up. Offer to sit next to them so you can explain the club roles, agenda, evaluation slips and voting ballot. At the beginning of the meeting, the club president should welcome guests prior to introducing the Toastmaster of the Day, and ask guests to share why they are interested in Toastmasters. The president can invite them to participate in Table Topics™ but should not pressure them to speak. During closing remarks, the president should ask guests to share their impressions with the rest of the club, thank them for attending and invite them back. Also give them something to take away from the meeting; guest packets make great takeaways. A guest packet can consist of introductory brochures, a membership application and club officer contact information. Within three to five days after the meeting, call or email each guest and ask if they have any questions. Did your club offer what they were seeking? If there are any complaints, address them. Realistically, your club will not be a good fit for everyone. Guests may prefer another location or meeting time, or a different club culture. Always refrain from aggressively selling guests on joining, as this will quickly make them lose interest. However, if your club is welcoming and fun, and officers want to help guests realize the winner they already are, you’ll soon vote in new members.


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Membership Champions Welcome New Clubs!!!  Eloquent Elephants  Finding Our Voices  TCS Expressions  TCS Richmond Orators  The Garden Speaks  Tidewater Advanced Toastmasters  Titan Roanoke Toasters  ToastMaxers  Truth Loyalty Communication Toastmasters  Virginia State University

Individual Member Sponsors  Brooke E. Mattingly, ACB (9)  Kenneth L. Dewandel, CC (7)  Vincent V. Lieu, DTM (7)  Madeline Frank, DTM (6)  Linda S. Kennedy, DTM (6)  Pamela G. Tanner (6)  Lynn B. Lewis, CC, ALB (5)  Telisa A. Gore (4)  Diane P. Johnson, CL (4)  Sarah Margaret Lambert (4)  Christine L. Rifflard, ACB, ALB (4)  Everett Werness, DTM (4)

1 + 1 Membership Campaign  Sal Asad, DTM, PDG, PID  Sherell Barbour  Cherry Bowles, CC, CL (2)  Geri Collins, ACB  Leandro Contreras-Sanchez (3)  Barry Dai, CC  Jennifer Einolf, CC  James Hall, ACG, CL  Anne Strine  Yvonne Willis (2)  Syndra Yancey CC

Smedley Award Winners  2022841 AREVA Lynchburg Toastmasters  3351 Blacksburg Club

Talk Up Toastmasters Winners  00002619 Peninsula Toastmasters Club

Moments of Truth  3167 Midtown Toastmasters Club  3431 Ocean View Three Letter Club  3648 Faith Talk Toastmasters  5790 Chesterfield Toastmasters  6956 Pleasant Grove Articulators  8301 New Horizon  118090 Suffolk Complex  1316509 AmeriToasters  649145 SPBC Toastmasters  12195395 Lovers of Language club

Three (3) Member Challenge The Challenge is to hold a Speech-A-Thon for your club in June and turn it into an Event.  Invite past members, friends, co-workers, neighbors

and even members from other clubs.  Have food, membership applications and information about Toastmasters and your club.  Have fun, entertain, educate, and gain three members for your club!

Beat the Clock Toastmasters International sponsors this campaign in May and June.  Gain five (5) new, dual or reinstated members be-

tween May 1 and June 30. (Transfer and charter members do not count.)  Membership applications and payments must be

received no later than June 30.  Each member's join date as

listed on the application must be in May and June.


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Officer Training—Again! What’s in it for you? Are you a club officer? If so, are you planning to attend midyear officer training in December or January? No? Think the training won’t benefit you? Please think again – and read on to see what unexpected benefits training can offer. Even veteran officers find numerous reasons to attend. If you already plan to be there – great! Here’s a sample of what everyone can gain from this enlightening and helpful event. Learn Something New The initial benefits of midyear training – or “second training” to some – should be obvious to anyone assuming an officer role for the first time in January. You attend to learn about your role. As technology and resources change, officer roles can be affected. Even veteran officers might need to learn new procedures, functions or processes. For example, officers of clubs using FreeToastHost.org have seen their responsibilities adjust to the increasing functionality offered by the free online website. Remember and Reflect Officer roles are multifaceted. Many times, these positions involve behind-the-scenes work seldom realized or appreciated by members. Rarely do we do everything we’re supposed to during our first six months in a role – maybe not even in a whole year. Midyear training allows you to check in with others about all the duties involved in your position and to think about ways to handle them. It can also be an opportunity to reflect on the first six months. How did you do? What went well, and what could be improved? Our lives are so busy – who isn’t multitasking these days? This session offers that time to focus on your officer contribution and process what’s happened so far. Share Challenges and Successes For club officers gathered at the training event, the group dynamic is very useful. Edward Chen, of District 67 in Taipei, Taiwan, says, “The main purpose is to share what they have experienced in the past half-year and find solutions for the problem or difficulties they are facing.” What are some best practices employed by clubs? What activities or approaches have other clubs tried? What are some lessons learned that could benefit you or others? By hearing about best practices or activities that didn’t work, officers can quickly add to their portfolio of initiatives. And it’s nice to know that you’re not alone in some of the challenges you’re facing. Socialize and Network Many people go for the social aspect of training. It’s an opportunity to meet new people or connect with other members in a new way. You can also network to help recruit participants for your club meetings. Chen says, “Both the first and the second (Continued on page 11)


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The Brooke Mattingly Story By Pete Moyer, District Governor

So you want to grow your membership?

This is the one thing I have been able to observe closely and personally as District Governor. I found three vital success factors to have explosive growth. Guess what, I learned most of this from a member of our oldest club in the District. I want to tell you about Brooke Mattingly from the Lynchburg Toastmasters Club #562.

I myself had many wrong assumptions why clubs have membership issues. The two assumptions I had before spending the last three years visiting clubs all over the State of Virginia were that clubs had poor meetings and that they did not have guests. What I found is most clubs have good meetings and some great and the amazing thing I discovered is that I have not visited a club yet that did not have at least one guest.

I received a call from Brooke last month and he was so I know you are waiting for the three success factors excited he told me he had five guests and he signed up all but first let me tell you what happened this year five. I may be stretching the truth but I bet he was helping with this club. It all started back last June during guests fill out applications on the hood of his car after the the big storm. Because of massive power outage meeting. Then it dawned on me that the magic he had they were unable to get their officer list in on time. was his persistent follow up. He followed up before, durThey felt they had a legitimate reason and requesting and after the meeting. He does it the old fashion way ed credit for this half DCP point on the Distinwith the personal touch. He calls them. Unbelievable! He guished Club Plan. Toastmasters Incalls them after the meeting to answer ternational was non-responsive to Lynchburg Toastquestions that were not answered at the them. In January at the officer training meeting and he even calls them before the masters celebrates I met Brooke for the first time and he 65th anniversary! next meeting to invite them back. He shared their dilemma. What was so makes them feel welcome and a part of powerful was he shared the reason See pages 13 and 14 the group and helps them become enwhy. That reason got me on his side to gaged quickly. help. Now if you know Brooke, he does not see the value of the Distinguished Club Plan but he sees much value in Toastmasters and people. So much so, that he was working hard for achieving Distinguished status for his club because of his President. He said, "Kathy Rehak wants it for the club". He is doing it for her which has taken the best attribute from Brooke and put it to work. It is his passion. He is relentless. Of course in a good way. The club was starting to see some growth this year. They had a meeting location that was small and hard to get too so they decided to move it. Move it they did to a local community college with plenty of parking, plenty of room space to grow membership and of course easy to find. I was asking Brooke how after so many years did the club go from having low membership and not being Distinguished to achieving Select Distinguished. He said, “I don't know�. I asked him to tell me what he and the club did differently this year. He was not sure other than moving to a better location.

There you have it the three critical success factors for extraordinary growth with your club the Brooke Mattingly way: 1. It all starts with passion 1. Desire to be great 2. Do whatever it takes to be successful 3. Higher purpose 2. Good location 1. Easy to find 2. Good parking 3. Plenty of meeting space for growth 3. Follow up 1. Before the meeting 2. During the meeting 3. After the meeting and before the next meeting with a personal touch - call them I want to personally thank Brooke for helping me see the magic to explosive membership growth. These three elements are absolutely necessary for guests to join. Make them feel your passion for Toastmasters. Make sure you work hard to have a good location. The one factor that makes it all work is to make sure you follow up. Just because you had a great meeting and the guest enjoyed (Continued on page 11)


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themselves does not ensure they will be back. Be relentless in your passion to follow up. One factor not mentioned is that Brooke was not shy or too proud to ask for help. Brooke and I spoke regularly. The District officials are all members and volunteers that have a passion to serve and are here for you. Brooke, thank you for allowing me to share your story. You and your club are awesome.

officer trainings also serve as fellowship meetings for district and club officers. The meetings offer them opportunities to make friends with the officers from all over the country. This is very helpful in fulfilling their jobs, as they may [then] know many capable and experienced Toastmasters from other clubs who they can invite to their clubs to serve ... in the regular meetings or as judges in their speech contests.”

Club 562 is "turning on those talents".

You might hear about other speaking opporOfficer Training is tunities or recruit June 29th and July speakers for meetings 20th. See page 22 and contests. You for the schedule might even learn about something beyond Toastmasters, such as a job opportunity.

I pray this article will help your club with the magic of extraordinary membership growth. Pete Moyer District 66 Governor More than 120 clubs strong in Virginia and growing

It’s Up to the District Not all midyear training sessions offer all these opportunities. Some might offer very few. In addition, as Debbie Roes, Area 8 Governor in District 5 and immediate past president of Pacific Beach Toastmasters in San Diego, California, points out, “The level of benefits gained varies widely depending upon the trainer.” If your district doesn’t provide the training you or your officers need, send the district leaders some constructive feedback. What would help? Toastmasters are trained in evaluation; use those skills to let your district leadership know what you need to be successful. Share your ideas.

Word of the Day NEBULOUS / \(ˈnebyələs)\ (adj) Definition of NEBULOUS 1: In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy 2: (of an idea) Unclear, vague, or ill-defined Example of NEBULOUS She has a few nebulous ideas about what she might like to do in the future, but nothing definite.

A lot of time, energy and resources are put into organizing midyear training. The coordinators and trainers want to make training the best possible experience for all. Give them an opportunity to consider your needs. As Philani Ncube, past president of District 74’s Honeydew Toastmasters in Johannesburg, South Africa, notes, “Like anything else in life, you only get out of it as much as you put in.” Condensed from “Officer Training – Again!” by Jennifer L. Blanck, ACS, AL, published in the December 2008 Toastmaster magazine


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A Year To Remember Forever (cont’d from p. 1) organization. Thank you Andrea Morgan and Yvonne Fink —you are Super Heroes for sending out congratulatory letters for awards. Our District Leadership Team does not want to leave anything on the table. No regrets because we are giving our all to support you, our wonderful member. We hope you will also have no regrets and give us your all so that you may be able to validate your District to be the best in the world. You can do this by helping us and your club gain three members before the end of June. You are our Super Heroes. No club left behind has had amazing results. You may be a member of one of these clubs where the District Leadership Team went beyond the call of duty to provide support and guidance. Thank you Regie Ford and Phil Harvatine—you are Super Heroes. No member left behind has been a phrase our District Leadership used this year to ensure every Toastmaster in District 66 voice was heard. We all know the value of Toastmasters and our job at some point is to give back. The best way to do this is to encourage members to get involved in our communication and leadership opportunities. Thank you Sal Asad and our Retention Team—you are Super Heroes. We are the champions no matter what. District 66 has made enormous strides in leadership and public speaking. We had a record number of Toastmasters give of their time and talents to help us all be the best we can be. I personally want to “thank” you all. 1. DEC Trainer and Weekly Meeting Initiative – Super Hero Al Tuten 2. New Club Growth – Super Heroes Chris Al-Amin and Linda Kennedy 3. Retention Team – Super Heroes Sal Asad, Mary White, Grayson Williams, Jerry Clark, Alfreda Page-Garner, David Myers and David Miles, Jayme Miles and Melissa Simmons 4. Procedures – Super Hero Marlon Haskell 5. Conference Chairs – Super Heroes Mike , Andrea Morgan, Shirley Tyree, Lisa Eget and Melvin Carter 6. Awards – Super Hero Yvonne Fink

7. Open House – Super Hero Jennifer Asante 8. Speech Craft – Super Hero Terri Smith 9. News Letter Editor Extraordinaire – Super Hero Linda Kennedy 10. Secretary – Super Hero Lisa Corbett 11. Treasurer – Super Hero Rhiannon Liker 12. Division A – Super Heroes Joanne Paris Jones, Kathy Reynolds, Robert Turcotte, Charlie Statzer, Scott Akers and Melvin Carter 13. Division B – Super Heroes Regie Ford, Phil Harvatine, Kim Powell, Roxi SaultzDikteruk, Joyce Puller and Nancy Johnson 14. Division C – Super Heroes Warren Hall, Valerie Agnew, Anna Mooney, Chanda Bass and Lisa Eget 15. Division D – Super Heroes John Steinbach, Craig Stevens, Frank Gillerlain, Charles Gates, Rose Brodie and Jane Carter 16. Division E – Super Heroes Linda Charlton, Vernelle Curtis, Harry Harman, Doug Stamper, Rae Struebing and Ken Dewandel 17. Public Relations – Super Hero Malcolm Miles 18. Tech Team Leader (Web Site, Social Media and You Tube Channel) – Super Hero Vincent Lieu 19. Book Store – Super Hero Josh Mitchell 20. Audit Team – Super Heroes Lana Jones-Murphy, Josh Mitchell and Pat Gorski 21. Training Leadership Institute – Super Heroes Linda Charlton, Wade Randolph and Dexter Godfrey 22. Realignment – Super Hero Jerry Clark 23. Nominations – Super Hero Nelson Ayala 24. Parliamentarian – Super Hero J. Andree Brooks 25. Region 7 Advisor – Super Hero Sharon Hill 26. Region 7 International Director - Viki Kinsman 27. Trio Members – Super Heroes Andrea Morgan and Mary White 28. My Personal Mentors - Super Heroes Chris and Al My hope is that you continue on your wonderful journey in life with the promise of great communication and leadership skills you receive from Toastmasters. Please continue to “turn on your talents”. Pete Moyer Turn on your talents coordinator HONORED TO BE YOUR DISTRICT 66 GOVERNOR 2012/2013


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Thank you for a wonderful year!!! (cont’d from p. 3) Consider how close we are. We need only 16 clubs to distinguished themselves in accordance with the Distinguished Club Plan (DCP). TI has listed 33 of our clubs as “almost distinguished”. Many of these need only to add a few members to reach their membership goals and they will simultaneously reach their DCP goals. Some of you are only 1 point or one member away from hitting the mark. Consider being a club specialist. New clubs need Club Sponsors and Club Mentors. Clubs with less than 12 members need Club Coaches. Stagnant clubs that need encouragement and a shot of vitality are well served by a Club Fitness Specialist. If you would like more information on these roles, contact me LGM@District66.org. LGM@District66.org.

Lynchburg Toastmasters Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Kathy Rehak President Pictured with Brooke Mattingly, VPM and Pete Moyer, District Governor

Brooke Mattingly Vice President Membership Pictured with Pete Moyer, District Governor


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Lynchburg Toastmasters Celebrates 65th Anniversary (cont’d from p. 13)


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Congratulations District 66 Contest Winners!

District 66 International Speech Contest Winner Elliott Eddie Member of Midtown Toastmasters, Club #3167

District 66 Table Topics Winner Nancy Giere Member of V.O.I.C.E.S. of Williamsburg, Club #3386


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Congratulations District 66 Communicators and Leaders! COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR NAME

CLUB

AREA

Al-Amin, Christine S.

St. James Platinum Speakers Club

23

Ali, Shakira

Positive Speakers

35

Archer, Erica

Motivating With Voices

32

Barnes, Chrystal M.

Elite Performers Two

44

Binford, Virgie M.

Step to Success

25

Cooper, Jody Marie

Ready Set Speak

46

Demirova, Alisa

Innsbrook Toastmasters

26

Diefenbach, Daniel S.

The Dominators

24

Eddie, Elliott

Midtown Toastmasters Club

32

Einolf, Jennifer C.

Richmond Club

22

Elliott, Kimberly D

SPBC Toastmasters

23

Ellis, Willie

Succinctly Said Club

31

Freeman, Joanie

Vinegar Hill Toastmasters Club

13

Gaines, Alyssa R.

The Dominators

24

Godwin, James Lindale

Chesterfield Toastmasters Club

33

Hall, James Warren

10x Speakers Club

31

Harman, Harry Edward

Pleasant Grove Articulators Club

51

Harris Sr., Keith Gerard

Succinctly Said Club

31

Hawkins, Belinda L.

Elite Performers Two

44

Hobor, Jamie

Speak Easys Club

54

Holmes, Mark R.

Azalea Toastmasters Club

25

Housh, Jane

Harrisonburg Toastmasters Club

13

Iungerich, Michele-Marie

Lynchburg City Toastmasters Club

11

Jett, Sandra

Pleasant Grove Articulators Club

51

Johnson, Diane P

Ready Set Speak

46

Jones, Shalamar A.

Elite Performers Two

44

Kapali, Srikanth

TMEIC Talkers

14

Kennedy, Linda S.

Faith Talk Club

35

Kennedy, Linda S.

Midtown Toastmasters Club

32

Klenzmann, Darlene M.

Correctionally Speaking Club

33

Mack, Thelma A.

St. James Platinum Speakers Club

23


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Congratulations District 66 Communicators and Leaders! COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR (cont’d) NAME

CLUB

AREA

Maddox, Ashlee N.

Toast of the Town

42

Martin, George I.

Chesterfield Toastmasters Club

33

Miller, Gary

DuPont Toastmasters

34

Mobley, Sandra F.

Step to Success

25

Morgan, Reginald

Speak Easys Club

54

Novell, Andrew D.

Chamber Voices Toastmasters Club

11

O'Brien, Patrick M

Testifying Toastmasters

25

Ozbay, Pamir

TMEIC Talkers

14

Pearson, Ninah S.

Virginia Beach Human Services Toastmasters Club

51

Perkins, Hamilton

Visionaries Toastmasters Club

53

Powell-White, Cynthia L.

Elite Performers Two

44

Ramsdell, Terrie M.

Chamber Voices Toastmasters Club

11

Reynolds, Kathy M

Speakers Bureau Of The Blue Ridge Club

14

Sharma, Garima

Richmond Club

22

Shekailo, Pamela Darlene

Media Voices

44

Smith, Gwendolyn J

Old Point Comfort Toastmasters Club

43

Snyder, Matthew D.

Lynchburg Toastmasters Club #562

11

Sprouse, Dawn Everett

Vinegar Hill Toastmasters Club

13

Townsend, John H

Chesterfield Toastmasters Club

33

Wang, Jian

DuPont Toastmasters

34

Yancey, Syndra Jones

Motivating With Voices

32

ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR BRONZE NAME

CLUB

AREA

Brown-Burton, Linda D.

Succinctly Said Club

31

Harman, John G.

Ocean View Three Letter Toastmasters Club

52

Kennedy, Linda S.

SPBC Toastmasters

23

Lewis, Lynn B.

Faith Talk Club

35

Lin, Christopher

Richmond FedMasters Club

32

Moore, Donald E.

Southside Verizon Toastmasters Club

52


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Congratulations District 66 Communicators and Leaders! ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR BRONZE (cont’d) NAME

CLUB

AREA

Perkins, Hamilton

Visionaries Toastmasters Club

53

Pleasants, John

Correctionally Speaking Club

33

Poindexter, Victoria C.

Vinegar Hill Toastmasters Club

13

Puller, Joyce B.

James River

24

Rehak, Katherine M.

Lynchburg Toastmasters Club #562

11

Rifflard, Christine L.

Virginia Beach Human Services Toastmasters Club

51

Seibert, Laura D.

Pleasant Grove Articulators Club

51

Shaw, Velton

Spear & Gear Toastmasters Club

45

Stevens, Craig E.

Langley Toastmasters Club

45

Tanner, Mindy

Midtown Toastmasters Club

32

Tennyson, Charmaine

St. James Platinum Speakers Club

23

Vaughter, Shirley Ann

Southside Verizon Toastmasters Club

52

Yeaton, Saul Z

Piney Mountain Club

13

ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR SILVER Collins, Eureka F.

Virginia Beach Club

51

Corbett, Lisa M.

Faith Talk Club

35

Cutler, Keisha M.

Western Branch Toastmasters Club

42

Ford, Reginald Darnell

Step to Success

25

Graves, Donna

Spear & Gear Toastmasters Club

45

Liker, Rhiannon

Richmond FedMasters Club

32

Mattingly, Brooke E.

Lynchburg Toastmasters Club #562

11

Miles, Jayme D

Blue Ridge Club

13

Ramasamy, Ratha

Power Lunch Expressions

26

Smith-Allen, Crystaljean T.

Words of Knowledge

52

Speller, Eldeania C.

Spear & Gear Toastmasters Club

45

ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR GOLD Boyer, Richard E

Oyster Point Speakers Toastmasters Club

43

Collins, Eureka F.

Virginia Beach Club

51

Guerin, Pia D.

SPBC Toastmasters

23

Haller, Adam

James River

24

Smith-Allen, Crystaljean T.

Words of Knowledge

52


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Congratulations District 66 Communicators and Leaders! COMPETENT LEADER NAME

CLUB

AREA

Hobor, Jamie

Speak Easys Club

54

Hughes, Z Michelle

Succinctly Said Club

31

Jensen, Annette K.

Richmond Club

22

Johnson, Diane P

Ready Set Speak

46

Jones-Murphy, Lana L.

Correctionally Speaking Club

33

Kennedy, Linda S.

Midtown Toastmasters Club

32

Krenn, Janet Ann

Oyster Point Speakers Toastmasters Club

43

Lewis, Lynn B.

Faith Talk Club

35

Novell, Andrew D

Chamber Voices Toastmasters Club

11

Ozbay, Pamir

TMEIC Talkers

14

Priddy, Nancy S

First Choice Toastmasters Club

35

Reynolds, Kathy M

Speakers Bureau Of The Blue Ridge Club

14

Schmiegelow, Toni

City Stars Toastmasters Club

32

Strudgeon, George Donhavon

Midtown Toastmasters Club

32

Taylor, Thomascine W

First Choice Toastmasters Club

35

Tottle, Kathleen A.

Ready Set Speak

46

Watson, Kevin

The Best Part Toastmasters Club

14

Williams, Shimeka Nichelle

Chubb Masters Club

46

Wright, Brenda

Succinctly Said Club

31

ADVANCED LEADER BRONZE Beattie, Kathy A.

Chesterfield Toastmasters Club

33

Bocchicchio, Clifford J.

Titan Mix Masters

55

Boyd, James R

CBN/Regent Toastmasters Club

44

Carter, Jane

Virginia Beach Human Services Toastmasters Club

51

Fink, Russell A.

Titan Mix Masters

55

Ford, Reginald Darnell

Step to Success

25

Gardner, Christy Lyne

Oyster Point Speakers Toastmasters Club

43

Hendrickson, Darci Adams

Harrisonburg Toastmasters Club

13

Lewis, Lynn B.

Faith Talk Club

35

Rifflard, Christine L.

Virginia Beach Human Services Toastmasters Club

51

Robinson, Mark Alexander

Step to Success

25

Seibert, Laura D.

Pleasant Grove Articulators Club

51


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ADVANCED LEADER SILVER NAME

CLUB

AREA

Frank, Madeline

Cyd Thorp Poquoson Club

43

Lieu, Vincent V.

New Horizons Club

54

Robinson, Mark Alexander

Lovers of Language

26

Smith-Allen, Crystaljean T.

Words of Knowledge

52

Sundar, Kuzhalmozhi

First Choice Toastmasters Club

35

Tyree, Shirley Hunter

Berkley's Confident Communicators

53

LDREXC Lieu, Vincent V.

Pleasant Grove Articulators Club

51

Robinson, Mark Alexander

Lovers of Language

26

Stevens, Craig E.

Langley Toastmasters Club

45

Tyree, Shirley Hunter

Berkley's Confident Communicators

53

DTM Collins, Eureka F.

Virginia Beach Club

51

Frank, Madeline

Cyd Thorp Poquoson Club

43

Lieu, Vincent V.

New Horizons Club

54

Smith-Allen, Crystaljean T.

Words of Knowledge

52

Tyree, Shirley Hunter

Berkley's Confident Communicators

53

Happy Anniversary To The Following Clubs! Area

Club Name

Charter Date

Anniversary

13

Gold Standard

6/1/2008

5

26

Lovers of Language

7/23/2008

5

16

NS Star Toasters

9/4/2008

5

42

Suffolk Complex Toastmasters Club

5/16/2008

5

14

TMEIC Talkers

6/30/2008

5

46

Chubb Masters Club

4/10/2003

10

45

Langley Toastmasters Club

11/24/2003

10

11

Lynchburg City Toastmasters Club

9/15/2003

10

31

Succinctly Said Club

7/25/2003

10

14

The Best Part Toastmasters Club

9/24/2003

10

32

Richmond FedMasters Club

6/3/1998

15

54

Atlantic Club

5/1/1993

20

13

Toastburners Toastmasters Club

6/1/1988

25

22

Richmond Club

12/4/1953

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Welcome New Clubs! Division

Area

Club

Charter_Date

Name

Location

D

A

3151028

4/12/2013

Tidewater Advanced Toastmasters Club

B

A

3207758

5/2/2013

ToastMaxers

Richmond

C

35

3129573

4/30/2013

Virginia State University

Petersburg

Virginia Beach

Banner Ceremony—TCS Expressions Lynchburg

Banner Ceremony—Finding Our Voices - Williamsburg Banner Ceremony—Eloquent Elephants Richmond

Banner Ceremony—Liberty Speaks - Virginia Beach


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Contact Us District Leadership District Governor

Pete Moyer

DG@District66.org

Lt Governor of Education & Training

Andrea Morgan

LGET@District66.org

Lt Governor of Marketing

Mary White

LGM@District66.org

Secretary

Lisa Corbett

Secretary@District66.org

Public Relations Officer

Malcolm Miles

PRO@District66.org

Treasurer

Rhiannon Liker

Treasurer@District66.org

Division A Governor

Joanne P. Jones

divgova@district66.org

Division B Governor

Regie Ford

divgovb@district66.org

Division C Governor

Warren Hall

divgovc@district66.org

Division D Governor

John Steinbach

divdgov@yahoo.com

Division E Governor

Linda Charlton

divgove@district66.org

Retention Chair

Sal Asad

Retention@District66.org

Extension Chair

Chris Al-Amin

Extension@District66.org

Dominion Traveler Editor

Linda Kennedy

Newsletter@District66.org

Webmaster

Vincent Lieu

Webmaster@District66.org

Regional Leadership (Region VII International Directors) Region VII International Director

Viki Kinsman, DTM

Region VII Region Advisor Marketing

Sharon Anita Hill, DTM

Region VII Past International Director

Heath Suddleson, DTM

Region VII Webmaster

Frank Storey, DTM

More mail options available on regional website. Region7TM.com/Contact.htm

Help Is Available Lt. Gov. of Marketing…………………….Mary White, DTM LGM@District66.org Extension Chair………………..Chris Al-Amin, DTM, PDG Extension@District66.org Retention Chair…………………..Sal Asad, DTM, PDG, PID Retention@District66.org Moments of Truth Chair……………Michelle Lewis, DTM Open House Chair……………………Jennifer Asante, DTM Speechcraft Chair………………………Terri Smith, ACB, CL Build a Club Web Site ....................................... http://buildmembership.weebly.com http://www.toastmastersclubs.org

Membership Building Online Resources………………….. www.toastmasters.org/ Members/MembershipBuilding.aspx Marketing Resources ........................................ www.toastmasters.org/ Members/MembershipBuilding/ MarketingResources.aspx Virtual Branding Portal……..www.toastmasters.org/vbp Club Experience Video ..................................... www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStG9TnG0Gw&feature= g-user-u Membership Applications .............................. www.toastmasters.org/ Members/MembershipBuilding/ MembershipApplications.aspx


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In Memoriam Life is Precious - Bill Sanders was a member of City Stars Toastmasters Club 6595, who passed away March 25, 2013. Bill was a man with many words who brought a different sense of style to our club. He continued to strive to reach his goals and sought to encourage other members to do the same. Please keep Bill Sanders' wife, Terry Sanders, and their family member in your prayers.

June 30 Deadline for Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Your club still has time to meet those last few DCP goals! Make sure the online DCP report accurately reflects your club's accomplishments. If you find discrepancies, please contact membership@toastmasters.org. Member Services will help ensure your club receives the credit it deserves.

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District 66

Region 7

Toastmasters International

Www.Distric66.org 1-888-TM-SAY-59 [1-888-867-2959]

Www.region7tm.com

1-949-858-8255 www.Toastmasters.org

Important Dates Dec 1—Jun 30

1 + 1 Membership Campaign

May 1—Jun Beat The Clock 30 June 29 Jun 1—Jun 30

Toastmaster Leadership Institute (Officer Training) #1 Phoenix Award

Jun 30

2012-2013 Administrative Year Ends

July 20

Toastmaster Leadership Institute (Officer Training) #2

August 21-24 2013 Toastmasters International Convention Cincinnati, Ohio

Farewell from the Editor It has been a great experience being

the Editor of The Dominion Traveler. I thank the entire District 66 community for the opportunity to work with and for you over the past year. It has been a privilege and an honor to work in a district that supports its clubs and members to the extent evident here. Producing the newsletter was not a singlehanded effort, but involved District officers and members alike who contributed their time and talents to produce a newsletter of which we can all be proud. I encourage all members to continue to support The Dominion Traveler by submitting your stories, pictures, words of wisdom and comments to newsletter@district66.org. Continue to "Turn on Your Talents" through The Dominion Traveler. Linda Kennedy, DTM Dominion Traveler Editor

District Executive Committee  Pete Moyer—District Governor  Andrea Morgan—Lieutenant Governor Education & Training  Mary White—Lieutenant Governor Marketing  Rhiannon Liker— Treasurer  Malcolm Miles—Public Relations Officer  Division A Governor—Joanne Paris Jones  Division B Governor—Regie Ford  Division C Governor—Warren Hall  Division D Governor—John Steinbach  Division E Governor—Linda Charlton Article Contributions  Al Tuten Proofers  Sal Asad  Kimberly Matthews  Dorothy Ware

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