District Store on Easy-Speak

If you or your club is planning to order supplies from the TI Shop, be sure check out the District Store site on Easy-Speak: d59Shop.TMclub.eu
Prices are pegged using an exchange rate of 1 €/$.
Additionally you save shipping charges, credit card fees and import duties!

Pre-payments for all requests must clear the district’s bank account by the 30th of September.
Pick up your items at the district conference in Amsterdam.

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DECM, Leuven 5-6 September

Minutes and presentations of our District 59 Executive Council Meeting held on 5,6 September in Leuven, Belgium are available on our District Executive Councils page

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Use your voice, assign your proxies

proxy_voteDuring the Annual Business Meeting on the last day of the Toastmasters International Convention in August, clubs vote to elect the international officers and directors to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Also on the ballot this year is Proposal A. See: Candidates & Proposal

All clubs (Presidents and Secretaries) received an e-mail containing proxy information, explaining how to give your vote to someone else if you are not attending the international convention.

They must log on to the Toastmasters International website to specify how the club will cast its 2 votes.
Clubs have three options:

  1. Send a delegate to the Annual Business Meeting
  2. Designate its district director (Marike Dijksterhuis) or next senior district officer in attendance (Dominique Carrasco) as it’s proxy holder
  3. Designate an active Toastmaster from another club as its proxy holder

To date 5% of our clubs assigned their proxies. I encourage all clubs to use their voice!

Marike Dijksterhuis
District Director

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Message from District Director (July 2015)

Marike Dijksterhuis, District Director

Marike Dijksterhuis, District Director

Let’s GFI!

The eye in the storm. That’s how I like to describe Toastmasters. A quiet spot in the midst of a turmoil.

Quiet?’ I hear you say. ‘How about the District Officers Training in Porto, the transition meetings with the outgoing and incoming officers, the club officers trainings, the teambuilding, the succes plans, the budgetting, the year calendars, all the preparations for the Toastmasters year 2015-2016 that started way before the first of July, not to speak of everything that’s yet to come: the club visits, the contest cycles, more trainings, educational programs, club building, public relations campaigns, coaching weak clubs, special events? It’s full blown energy, not quiet!

I couldn’t agree more. But what I’m referring to is the safety of the playground Toastmasters is, that unique learning-by-doing environment where we can develop the better speaker and better leader in ourselves. We all start our term as rookies, regardless of the role we accept, and grow into it through practice and working with the feedback we get. What I’m referring to is the trust that we allow and help each other to grow.

On the basis of that confidence we can move mountains together. Let’s mobilize the energy in our areas, divisions and district as a whole, streamline quality, focus on retention and sustainable growth and make it a shining year for all.

Let’s Go For It!
Marike Dijksterhuis
District Director

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