Dear members,

By Arnaud Sartre

On my monthly message, I would normally share the many achievements of our members and how they relate to our goals, but today is different.

Many of you are directly impacted by the current coronavirus outbreak, I understand the challenge. Many of you are helping the country fight the ongoing health crisis, I thank you. Many of you face life changing personal and professional circumstances, I stand by you.

Our Toastmasters Clubs have always provided a safe environment to develop communication and leadership skills. They continue today. For the past couple weeks, I have witnessed tremendous resilience across our District and I want to thank you.

I thank you for moving our Club meetings online, I thank you for designing online speaking contests at close to no notice and provide a fantastic experience for all our members, I thank you for stepping up and leading your communities in time of crisis.

Over the comings weeks, I urge you to look after yourselves and your loved ones. Reach out to your members and friends and invite them your next Club meeting, for some this will be the only contact they may have that day. We can and we will make a difference in our communities.

Despite these challenges, we continue to run our scheduled Division contests (now in an online format), and I encourage you to attend the next events – check our District calendar for more details. Looking ahead to early May, we will also hold a 2-day online District conference, get your ticket on our conference website!

I look forward to e-meeting many more of you over the coming weeks and months,

Stay safe,

Arnaud

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