Andy Hammond: Action galore at D91

Another busy and inspiring month, including club visits, our first virtual District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting and an opportunity to meet up with the Chief Executive of Toastmasters International, Dan Rex.

I was honoured to be invited to a very special evening at Woking Speakers, celebrating twelve and a half years since they first chartered. (Yes, I know it is an odd anniversary, but that’s Woking Speakers!). I was also at their charter dinner in 2006 when I was Division Governor, so it was especially pleasing to see them thriving, and to catch up with some dear friends.

I was also invited to attend PMI UK Toastmasters Club in the splendour of St Botoph without-Aldgate and Holy Trinity Minories. A fascinating and challenging venue in which to deliver my talk on “Excellence” and to answer members’ questions. Thank you to Area K58 Director, Vijaya Avula for arranging that, together with meetings with Club Officers and members from Bloomberg London Toastmasters.

The District’s first virtual DEC meeting ran very smoothly, thanks to the professionalism of the Division and Area Directors attending. Because the previous DEC in September dealt with the major items such as District Budget and Success Plan, this meeting focussed largely on sharing successes and challenges so far this year. The Agenda and minutes, with links to all the reports, will shortly be available on the D91 website at: http://d91toastmasters.org.uk/district-executive-committee-dec-meetings/

Members of the District Leadership Team (DLT), Pedro, Florian, Arnaud and myself, were fortunate to spend an evening with CEO Dan Rex during his brief stopover in London between other visits. We once again passed on members’ comments on issues including Pathways, the TI store, accessible materials and removal of the November conference. In particular, look out for announcements on changes to some aspects of Pathways in the coming months.

You will probably realise from all the above that being on the DLT is both hard work and incredibly rewarding, and I am always so grateful that you have given me this opportunity to serve you.

 

 

 

 

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