Los Angeles | Saturday, October 10, 2015

Joyce Howard
Message from Joyce

District One Director

Fellow Toastmasters, family and friends,

We are District One, we will get it done. That’s our mantra for this year . . . but what does that mean? What will we get done and more importantly, how will we get it done?

In District One, we have a tradition of striving for excellence. We begin each year with the goal of reaching the top, being the best. This year is no different.

Achieving President’s Distinguished status and finishing as one of the top ten clubs in the world are definitely the goals.

Now that you've heard what we will get done, let’s examine how we will get it done.

Our mission as a District is to build new clubs, retain existing clubs, and support all clubs in achieving excellence. This year I am blessed to have a wonderfully committed and dedicated team who share this vision.

Our Club Growth Director, Julie Broady, will use all of her skills, talents and experience to build quality clubs while retaining existing clubs.

Jessica Allen, as Program Quality Director, will ensure that you, the members, receive the best educational opportunities available.

The foundation of everything we do in District One is all about you, the member. When your needs are met and your goals are achieved, we all benefit. Stronger members make stronger Clubs. Stronger Clubs result in stronger Areas. Stronger Areas produce stronger Divisions. The result will be a President’s Distinguished District, numbered amongst the top 10 Districts in the world.

John F. Kennedy often said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” You, as members, are the tide and as you rise, so will the District.

During my year as your District Director, I am encouraging all clubs to implement mentoring programs, not only for new members but for seasoned Toastmasters as well.

We all have skills and knowledge that we can and need to share with one another. Mentor programs will result in greater member retention.

David Stoddard said, “Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself but how much you pour into others.”

When individuals believe they are truly a part of the team, it helps to create an environment that will enable all members to achieve their highest potential.

District One as a team has created core values which will be our guide this year. They are:

Open Minded

We are committed to build teams that are motivated to excel, teams that have a good time and teams that keep their eyes on the prize.

Clubs that have never achieved Distinguished status will find themselves reaching that Distinguished level when the members function as a team.

I encourage each member to join our team and . . .

Be Reliable. Your fellow Toastmasters are counting on you to do what you say you will do.

Be Open Minded. Consider the other person’s point of view. You never know where the next great idea will come from

Be Respectful. Every person has value and deserves your respect. Plus it is the only way to get it in return

Be Positive. Be upbeat and encouraging with one another. Believe that we all can achieve

Be Supportive. Everyone needs to be uplifted on the way to his or her goals . . . including you. Nobody gets there alone.

I also want to remind Club officers to not lose sight of the Club Mission, to “provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.”

Another set of core values that are important to the success of District One and its members are the core values of Toastmasters International.


Let us do all that we do with integrity and respect for one another. When the opportunity to serve presents itself, be quick to say yes. You will not be alone. Let us strive for excellence in everything that we do.

Former Laker coach Pat Riley said, “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

In the effort to reach President’s Distinguished, we have gotten off to a good start this year.

The Amazing DCP Race is a friendly competition designed to inspire clubs to meet their DCP goals as quickly as possible. Under the direction of Margaret Mitchell, David Kitchen and Carol Otters, the Amazing DCP Race has really taken off.

It is this kind of spirit and cooperation that causes me to see President’s Distinguished in our future.

Go to the District One website and see for yourselves how well you are doing!

We all know that trained officers are the backbone of quality clubs. We broke records this year with over 500 officers trained at the TLI in July. Division Directors, Area Directors and Judges have also been trained. If we maintain our laser focus, we will realize the goal to be President’s Distinguished.

As your District Director, I promise to publicly acknowledge your achievements. I want this to be the year of recognition. As a member of Toastmasters, your individual and collective accomplishments should be celebrated for all to see!

Remember to “show up and show out” at every opportunity. Whether you are giving a speech, serving as timer, chairing an event, becoming a club officer or embracing any of the other opportunities the Toastmasters experience affords you, jump in with both feet and just watch what happens!

I close with a short story I read in the Toastmaster magazine several years ago:

The leader of a group was trying to encourage her group to step out and do things they had never done before.

“Come to the edge with me,” she said.
“But we are afraid,” they told her.
“Come to the edge with me,” she said again.
Again they demurred, “But we are afraid.”
Yet again she said, “Come to the edge with me!”
They came to the edge.
She pushed them . . . they flew!

Let us all go to the “edge” together. We will push each other and we will fly!

We are District One, We Will Get It Done.