District Director’s Message 2021-2022

Hello Dear District 59 Members!

Welcome to a new Toastmasters year! I am Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson, DTM and would like you to meet our Core Team 2021-2022! Our District tagline this year is DREAM, DARE, DO !

Considering where we are today in this Toastmasters year 2021-2022, we are more resilient than ever! We dream to face the new challenges, dare to be creative with new ideas, and do it! This year has begun with experiences we never could have dreamed of: Zoom meetings as the status quo, gradual reopening of physical meetings, hybrid meetings, new ways to attract members, challenges of member loss, delicate balance of crossing borders, continuing to have FUN and social meetings, etc.

I am appreciative that the District Leaders, Club Presidents and Vice Presidents Education have chosen me to be your leader for this year. I am excited and curious as to what awaits. But with you by my side, it is going to be a great and FUN year!

My club is Toastmasters 75 in Paris, France, and I have been a Toastmaster since 2010, earned my Distinguished Toastmaster award in 2015. My club roles have included all except Treasurer; my district roles include Program Quality Director, Division and Area Director. For community relations, starting the first Youth Leadership Program in Paris in 2016, which continues today is my pride.