Pedro Casillas (DD)
Recently the DEC (District Executive Committee), made up of DLT (District Leadership Team) Division and Area Directors, met to discuss and review the District Success Plan (DSP). And as you may already know, the purpose of the district executive committee is to ensure that district leaders work to achieve the district mission:
- the district executive committee reviews and approves the District Success Plan;
- approves the budget and oversees the financial operation of the district;
- recommends the assignment of clubs to areas and divisions;
- reviews recommendations and reports of district committees, including those of the audit committee;
- performs any duties assigned by the district council.
Membership renewal season is now open and Toastmasters International is now taking payments for renewals.
This year our District 91 is launching the 20 to 20 Challenge. The first 20 clubs renewing 20 members can claim £50 from me, Florian Bay the D91 Club Growth Director, to organise a pizza party celebration for their members and guests.
Just imagine your usual vibrant club meetings with high calibre speakers, analytical evaluators and fun table topics with FREE pizza and refreshments on the top. Sounds amazing? You can make it happen!
Helena Brewer, our D91 Spring Conference Director, provides an update of this year’s conference ‘Make Your Communications Matter’.
Why attend the conference?
I first went to a conference because I’d seen fellow members return from them buzzing and energised and full of new ideas. I wondered what I was missing out on. When I went along I discovered it was about the opportunities, learning and networking with like-minded individuals from all walks of life and all levels of experience. Conference provides an enlightening insight into the diversity of our District, from Canterbury to Croydon, Clapham, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf, City Women, Citi Criers and beyond the City Limits, to Camberley, Chiltern and Cheltenham to Cardiff. All members are welcomed at the conference.
Steve Vear is our Division A Director and he was awarded Division Director of the year for 2016/17. I see Steve and the various DOTs and DECs I am always impressed with how prepared and engaged he is offering calm, collected and sensible council. I wanted to find out more about what motivates Steve.
Tell me a little about your background?
I’ve lived in Andover all my life; you may know Andover has the home of Twinings Tea, Stannah Stairlifts and The Troggs – it’s a happening place. I worked in IT distribution for 17 years but I recently became Head of Resource Management for an Examination Board. I was born with cerebral palsy, it’s part of who I am but doesn’t define who I am, and I plan to live life to the full regardless; you can hear more about this in a previous interview.
The Conference Flag passed to Helena Brewer, the Spring Conference Director
|Your D91 Spring Conference team has been working full steam ahead to bring the best conference to our Toastmasters. Date for your diary 5-6 May 2018. The theme of this year’s Spring Conference is ‘Make Your Communications Matter’.
Communicating in human, personal terms will get people to know, like, and trust you. Think about it for a moment… What are you doing to improve your communication in your business, in your life? Come and join us and let us help you.
We now have confirmed the workshop speakers and can’t wait to reveal the names on our Facebook and Twitter pages shortly, so join us and stay tuned!
Saturday Network event – ‘AI and Tech Business Breakfast’
It is a great pleasure for us to reveal that an early morning light breakfast with fellow Toastmasters and local business executives will be available to discuss AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Technology in the Business World. Industry professionals will share their knowledge and expertise in this rapidly evolving topic. A very dedicated team is working on this very special NEW event this year. This futuristic event has been included in the full-weekend and Saturday only ticket price, FREE of charge. Don’t forget to take advantage of it.