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We have added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of March 29th – Southside Speakers!
Steve Lockwood PDG/DTM and Erica Lockwood DTM, a wonderful couple who met in Toastmasters 10 years ago at the Speaking of Liberty club in North Austin moved to South Austin a year ago and noticed there were no clubs in the Slaughter/I-35 area. They put together a demo meeting on 1/22 and by 3/26 (meeting #10) had the 25 members they needed to charter.
Their membership consists of 7 dual members, 6 reinstated members, 1 transfer, and 11 new members. Getting 10 signed up at the demo meeting and 15 over the next 9 weeks was a rapid pace but almost every guest has joined.
The club will meet Tuesday evenings at DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex at Slaughter & Manchaca. Social time is 6-6:30 pm and the meetings run 6:30-7:45 pm.
Due to the club’s close proximity to Kyle and San Marcos, the club is aligned to H41, to hard working Area Director Alan Shinn, who is also one of the club mentors. The other club mentor is Jen Soto, a former Area Director and member of Austin Toastmasters. Club sponsors are Erica Lockwood and District Administration Manager DJ Cardamone. Next year the club will be realigned into I54 with other clubs in south/southeast Austin.
The charter party will be held Tuesday, April 23rd at DK Maria’s. All are welcome!
Congrats to the Southside Speakers team, and welcome to District 55!
Toastmasters strives to empower individuals through personal and professional development. In the day-to-day activities of a club, it can be a challenge to know where you place your club's focus. Fortunately, Toastmasters provides a way for clubs to track their progress towards excellence. The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) offers a set of goals for which to strive.
We have added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of March 11th - HDR San Antonio Toastmasters Club.
HDR Inc, is an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. HDR has worked on projects in all 50 states, and across 60 countries, including notable projects such as the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Roslin Institute building. The firm employs nearly 10,000 professionals, and represents hundreds of disciplines in various markets (including San Antonio). (source wikipedia)
HDR San Antonio Toastmasters will meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon, at their campus on Northwest Loop 401 in San Antonio. Membership is restricted to HDR employees. The club is aligned in Area H44, and will be supported by Doug Kelly and Keng Chester as new club mentors, Bill Friedrich and Sandy Watson as sponsors, and Darla Peek as Area Director.
Congratulations to new Club President, En Weng.
We just added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of February 25th - NanoToast Toastmasters (club # 7294562).
The NanoToast club will meet at Canon Nanotechnologies. Canon Nanotechnologies, together with Canon, is the market and technology leader for high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanoimprint lithography systems and solutions for the semiconductor industry. (from the corporate website)
NanoToast Toastmasters will meet Wednesdays at noon. Membership is restricted to CNT employees.
Congratulations to new Club President, and club sponsor Steve Burns.
Effective immediately, any club coach who has already been assigned, and any new club coaches that are assigned before June 30, 2020 will not only receive credit toward their ALS, but they will also receive the required year of district leadership credit to achieve their DTM.
The club they are coaching must achieve distinguished status by June 30, 2020.This credit will apply to those still working under the legacy program as well as those now committed to Pathways and working toward the Pathway DTM
We just added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of December 3rd – Alamo Toastmasters Club (club #7199373)
The Alamo Colleges District is a network of five community colleges in San Antonio and Universal City, Texas, and serving the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. The district was founded in 1978 as the San Antonio Community College District before adopting the Alamo name in 1982. (Wikipedia)
Alamo Toastmasters will meet 2nd & 4th Thursday at 12pm.
Membership is restricted.
The club is aligned in Area F23, and will be supported by Michele Riboul and Wilma Igwe as new club mentors, and Michele Riboul as Area Director.
The following clubs earned distinguished status during the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year.
We just added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of November 19th - Aurigo MasterWords (club # 7219118).
Aurigo Software is a global software company headquartered in Austin, that provides capital program and project portfolio management software solutions for large capital infrastructure owners in the public and private sectors (including ports, city governments and state transport departments). (wikipedia). The club is named after Aurigo's best-selling product - Masterworks.
Aurigo will meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, at 4pm. Membership is restricted to Aurigo employees. The club is aligned in Area K75, and will be supported by Miriam Mora and Fernando Hinojosa as new club mentors, and Balu Muthuvulu as Area Director.
Congratulations to new Club President, and club sponsor Manish Sharma.
Bart Loeser is a professional trainer and dedicated Toastmaster for eight years. Bart and his team are offering multiple educational opportunities each month to help members in District 55 sharpen their skills and hasten their progress along their route to success in achieving the goals that are available through Toastmasters.
We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities our District offer for you to acquire/strengthen your leadership skills. You can take on a leadership role at your Club or District. You can also conduct specialized workshops to help other Toastmasters or your community using the modules and workshops shown below from the legacy education program. Pathways has leadership opportunities within the various Path projects.
Participate in these leadership programs will satisfy some of the requirements toward achieving your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) status: Pathways DTM (serve 12 months) or Competent Leader (serve 6 months). Some club elect new officers every six months, while other clubs hold elections once a year. This usually depends on whether the club meets weekly or biweekly. Additionally, you will acquire/hone leadership skills that will help you in your profession such as teamwork, project and time management, motivation, mentoring and conflict resolution. These leadership opportunities will also allow to expand your networking and help you advance in your career.
Club Officer Positions
Serving as a club officer will enable you to develop valuable leadership skills while also assisting your fellow Toastmasters. To help you prepare for the role, District 55 sponsors a number of Club Officer Training sessions to discuss your duties, best practices and resources.
Listed below are the officer positions in each Toastmasters club:
District Officer Positions
After serving as a club officer, you may want to go beyond your club to further enhance your leadership capabilities and continue growing as a leader. Also, serving as a district officer for one year term satisfies one of the requirements for Pathways DTM or Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition. (All district officers serve from July 1 to June 30 – see District Leadership Handbook for role responsibilities.)
Listed below are the District officer positions:
If you are interested in a joining our District leadership team, please let your Area or Division Director know. You can also contact the current District Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're in good company. You'll be hard pressed to find an occupation that cannot be enhanced by the skills learned in Toastmasters. Many well-known people from various fields have been Toastmasters, including, Napoleon Hill, James Lovell, Leonard Nimoy.
To get started promoting your club’s Open House, take a poll of current members and visitors. This way your club does more of what works!
With thanks to Michelle Hanchey, DTM from District 44
Tips, Tools, Templates, & Techniques | All members may attend!
8/28 - Your Club's Online Presence - watch the replay here
9/04 - Promote your Club's Open House | Kathy Moore, DTM, Betty J. Vanhoy Puckett, DTM - watch the replay here
9/11 - Making Connections - Website/Social Media | Kathy Moore, DTM
9/18 - Approach to Growth in the Corporate Club | Marie-Pier Clarke, DTM
9/25 - Media and Materials to Pursue Publicity for Your Club | Stephanie King, PRM
10/02 - The Power of a YouTube Video and how to Shoot One | Stephanie King, PRM
For the first time, the Fall District Council Meeting will be virtual!
The business meeting will be conducted using Zoom Conferencing on Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. The registration process and Zoom link will be available at least a week in advance.
Agenda and information to be approved will be posted on the District website at least 14 days in advance.
Here are the latest clubs to charter in the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year.
Our 18th new Club for 2017-18, Bilingual Lady Toastmasters (7032821) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/29/18. This community club has been in the works for months and is sponsored by our past immediate Area L82 Director, Valerie Chavez. Thanks to her vision and commitment to Toastmasters, she and her team have worked hard to promote our program and recruit members
Bilingual Lady Toastmasters meets on Wednesdays at noon, at Genuine Joe's Coffeehouse at (2001 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757. This Club was aligned in Area L82.
Congratulations Valerie Chavez and Jose DeLaRosa for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.