Candidates Corner

Pedro Casillas – Candidate for Program Quality Director

Pedro Casillas – Candidate for Program Quality Director

PedroVote Pedro Casillas, DTM
Program Quality Director, District 91

Be visible and make a difference!

This year I am standing for the role of District 91 Program Quality Director (PQD) on 7 May 2016 in London.
The responsibilities of the Program Quality Director include:
• All aspects of education and training within the District
• Supporting quality club programming efforts
• Promoting the Distinguished Club Program
• Planning and supporting the District Conference

Read More

Dudley Flynn – Candidate for Division Director

Dudley Flynn – Candidate for Division Director

dudleyHelping members to find their Voice!!

10 Years ago, I found myself speaking in front of an audience with a stinking cold and beads of sweat slowly rolling down my face as I suddenly realised that I was under prepared.  The agonising minutes that followed wishing I could melt into a puddle and seep into the ground below my feet or do anything to get away from the pain of the embarrassment converted my strong dislike for public speaking into a deep and persistent fear. Read More

Nick Bailey – Candidate for Division Director

Nick Bailey – Candidate for Division Director

g1736_1685_nick_bailey_businesscardHaving been an Area Director this year I am very passionate about supporting and training next year’s Area Directors. In return, these Area Directors will be better able to support their clubs in their area as I have done this year.

 My Toastmaster Experience

I have been a Toastmaster for nearly 11 years. More recently I held the committee roles of Sergeant at Arms, VP Education and Club President of Maidenhead Speakers. For the last two years I was mentoring coordinator, a role I particularly enjoyed. I created beginner’s workshops and watched new members improve dramatically in confidence once they were able to practice in small intimate groups with the ability to get instant feedback, something not possible in club meetings. The benefits of these workshops were that participants gained greater confidence quickly, workshop leaders practiced leading and the club as a whole benefitted from members who felt better supported and of course the speaking standards became even higher. Read More

Graeme Phillips – Candidate for Club Growth Director

 

Graeme Phillips – Candidate for Club Growth Director

Graeme PhillipsA bit about me.  I am a member of Experience French, District 91’s French-language club and have previously been a member of various clubs in London.  I began with Toastmasters International in spring 2008 and have enjoyed a wide variety of experiences.  I am anxious for the greater good of the members, District 91 and TMI as a whole and therefore have been involved in a wide variety of avenues of service within Toastmasters International, including the ICT Committee and more recently serving as the conference marketing manager. Read More

Andy O’Sullivan DTM – Candidate for Program Quality Director

Andy O’Sullivan DTM – Candidate for Program Quality Director

Andy

Vote Andy O’Sullivan, DTM

Program Quality Director, District 91

Your Candidate With a Proven & Extensive Record of Supporting Members

As your Program Quality Director, Andy will be responsible for all aspects of education and training within our District.

Read More

Vanessa King DTM – Candidate for District Director

Vanessa King DTM – Candidate for District Director

“Understanding comes through communication, and through communication we find the way to peace.”

Vanessa KingThis quote from Toastmasters founder Ralph Smedley is one of my favourites. It reminds me of the fundamental role that true communication, that which is two-way and involves receiving as well as giving, plays in the creation and evolution of our world. We can have neither understanding nor peace without communication, and it’s a skill we must practice with diligence.

If you’re a communicator, then you’re a leader. Taking on the formal leadership roles in Toastmasters is only a tiny part of what leadership is. Leadership comes in a variety of guises – leadership of self, of friends, family, workmates, local community. Leadership is so much more than the position you hold at a given moment – that moment is fleeting and ephemeral. Leadership is integral to you, and it’s personal. It’s your interactions with others, the interest you take in their challenges and achievements, the support you give to them. Leadership is how you uphold your values, even when it’s really hard and all you want to do is scream.

I didn’t know any of this in 2009, when I first walked into a Toastmasters club.

You taught it to me. Read More

Rick Cooper – Candidate for Division Director

Rick Cooper – Candidate for Division Director

0028c66

 Rick Cooper, CC ALB, Voice of Wales Toastmasters.

I know it sometimes sounds old hat, but I firmly believe that leaders provide a service to everyone in their organisation.  I do not view leadership positions as either a rank or a reward for past service, but as a contribution of the individual’s skills and ability towards the goals of the organisation and its members.  Leaders serve from the front. Read More

Stephen Birch – Candidate for Division Director

Stephen Birch – Candidate for Division Director

SteveprofileStephen Richard Birch ACS  ALB    Malvern Speakers

7 years ago my mother passed away, at her funeral all I could do was stumble and stutter through a short bible reading whilst my two young boys both read a poem each and anecdotes of their memories of “Ma”  I vowed this would never happen again – Hence Toastmasters. Sadly 4 years ago my father also passed away but this time I was able to give a 15 minute eulogy in front of 150 friends and family who all stood and applauded at the end. It had only taken me 50 years to learn to have the confidence and skill to speak… This is why I am so passionate about Toastmasters and why I want to promote and share this passion.
Read More

Wole Ososami – Candidate for Division Director

Wole Ososami – Candidate for Division Director

To All District Council members

wole

Thank you for the opportunity to present myself as your candidate for the Division Director (Division K).

What makes me the ideal candidate for Division Director

There are three things that make me the ideal and promising candidate:

The first is my passion for Toastmasters International as evidenced by my dedication, full engagement and service in various roles since joining my local Toastmaster club, The Speakers of Croydon in April 2011. I have served my club as VPPR, VPE and President for full terms of 12 months in each office. Read More

Steve Brewer – Candidate for Division Director

Steve Brewer – Candidate for Division Director

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Five years ago the image of me mumbling through some heavily worded slides, trying to get to the end of my presentation as quickly as possible, was in fact my reality. When volunteers for presentations were asked for, it felt like the polar opposite of being picked for teams at school. I wanted to be last.

Like most people, I came to Toastmasters to overcome my fear of public speaking and improve. It really has been a great personal journey since! I barely recognise myself now. Read More