It seems like yesterday that I penned my first message in the new term 2017-2018 back in July. And look where we are now… nearing the close of the term on June 30, 2018.
We started out the year with the positive vision to go “Beyond Barriers” for a better future!
We planned our work and worked our plan! Transparency and servitude to our membership, the launch of Pathways, strategic and aggressive marketing for membership growth and to build new clubs, District adoption of Concur finance system, stellar club officers, membership trainings for District members statewide and the District Operating Procedures Manual are some of the admirable achievements we can be proud of this term! Yes, we achieved so much this year and can stand proud for these admirable accomplishments.
Toastmasters International recognizes district success through the Distinguished Program. Congratulations to the Distinguished clubs, Areas and Division B for earning a well deserved Distinguished status 2017-2018! Although the District falls short of this recognition, we realized our vision.
Thank you for your collaboration, commitment, compassion, tireless efforts and passionate dedication. Without you and your positivity we could not have succeeded!
Success isn't just about what you accomplish to win the contest or the title -- it's about what you inspire others to do along the way. The measure of our success is where we stand in times of challenges, controversy and change. Two examples of change are Toastmasters International Pathways and one conference. Success is leaving a good path, the path for a sustainable District.
As Margaret Mead stated “measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to fellow human beings.” The contributions we’ve made aspire so many to reach farther and to climb higher in their own personal pursuits and journeys. District educators: Willie Jones, Robert Cravalho, Ed Tate, Annabel Chotzen, Beth Yoshimura, Gloria Shishido, Debra Chong, Jeff Beard, Anne Myers, Jicky Ferrer, Elaine Glover, to name a few, gave contributions that inspired ambition, ignited enthusiasm, energy and excitement within our membership!
Our marketing campaign, ’‘Let the World Know about Toastmasters”, via social media, print, word of mouth, radio and television raised hope for those toiling upwards. We rock!
We laid the foundations this year for success. Now let’s continue on the path for growing a sustainable District together.
As I near the close of the term, I extend my personal thank you for each day I’ve had the privilege and honor to serve you. I’ve gained so much - knowledge, friendships, courage, confidence, trust and enriching values.
To the District Executive Committee, District Council, all Committee members and members of District 49 -- a heartfelt MAHALO. I could not have done this without each of you! Everyday of this journey, together, has been so meaningful. Thank you!
As I prepare to enter the new fiscal leadership team as your Immediate Past District Director, I remain only a phone call away to help.
May peace, happiness and joy be with you always!
Sincerely proud to be a Toastmaster,
Rose Kirland, DTM
“Only a phone call away to help”