Aloha, District 49,
It’s a new year! Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, once said, “I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.”
We’ve got a lot to do this year. As of the date I am writing this (6/28/16), we are currently at a base of 66 clubs, 2,784 member payments and 30 Distinguished Clubs.
Why did you join Toastmasters? I’ve learned throughout life that if you don’t have a deeply personal reason why you are doing something, you won’t do it. Even if it could change your life.
That is why we need to be different, to know our own deeply personal reason for being members of District 49, so we can come together and do something great together. The only way we will succeed is if we all come together as a District--as ONE TEAM--Team District 49.
I see a District where we make leaders who are strong in their jobs, community and family. I see a District where we are moving forward together, through team work and transparency. I see a District where we trust each other to learn from and grow with. I see a District where we aren’t satisfied with anything less than excellent. I see a District that is respectful and kind. I see a District that gels so much as a team that we become unstoppable and do the unimaginable. I see a District of amazing people, who want to do something great together and have fun doing it. I see you becoming your full potential.
Imagine that you’re focusing on what’s important to you this year. Feel how Toastmasters and District 49 will help you to achieve your goal. Every skill you master through the Toastmasters program is transferable and duplicative.
What will you do for your dreams? What will you do for your goals? What will you do for your growth? We have achieved President’s Distinguished status once in the 61-year history of our District. Imagine what it will feel like to achieve President’s Distinguished. Would you want to feel what that’s like? Will you be ‘all in’ this with us?
It’s that time to start on your Club Success Plan, make sure your Officers List is in and to be excited for your growth in the coming year. Your Key 3 is almost finished with the District Success Plan and would love to hear your ideas. Let’s DO this. It’s time to explore uncharted territory and show everyone just who District 49 really is.
Caron Lau, DTM
District 49 – 2016-2017 District Director