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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2015 Toastmasters World Convention in Las Vegas, USA

As you know, the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention is rapidly approaching. Last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we had the highest number of first-time attendees in Toastmasters history. This year, we would like to increase that number. Continue reading

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Message from District Governor (April 2015)

Jaap Russchenberg, District Governor

Jaap Russchenberg, District Governor

Dear Fellow Toastmasters,
How time flies! It’s hard to believe that already next month our Spring Conference will take place in Porto. What a great year it has been! Our motto this year is Together we make a Difference and that’s exactly what we’ve done: together we’ve created more clubs, we’ve welcomed more members, and we’ve promoted Toastmasters even more and more in our communities and companies. And most of all, we’ve had more fun along the way! Continue reading

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