WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE
District 57 held their first District Executive Council Meeting (DECM) for the 2016-2017 year on Saturday, July 16th. District Director, Steve Taddei, warmly welcomed the new district leaders; Program Quality Manager, Randie Ellington, gave us tools on how to develop successful teams; several of the district managers reviewed their goals for the year; Dennis Neary provided us with more information about the new Toastmasters Pathways program.
Overall, a great start to the year! We are looking forward to seeing a lot of progress and growth for the coming year. We still have a few leadership roles that need to be filled – If you are interested, then please reach out to PRM@d57tm.org.
This year’s Installation & Awards Dinner had over 100 attendees enjoying great food and drinks, listening to creative and thoughtful speeches, receiving many awards and much recognition, and making forever friendships! Happy Skywalker was awarded Area Director of the Year for all of her hard work and dedication to the District’s growth.
Our very own Immediate Past District Director, Teri McDonald, was roasted and toasted by several of her peers at the end of the evening. Jean Cunningham was the winner of the contest.
Looking for pictures from the dinner? District 57 Facebook Page.
A lot of people are probably not aware of the upcoming change in the Toastmasters education program as it changes to Pathways. Here are some answers to the questions you probably have:
How Will Pathways Work?
When you begin Pathways, you will take an assessment of your skills, interests and goals. This assessment will recommend a learning path that fits your needs. If you don’t want to work in the recommended path, you are free to choose another path.
What is the Program Structure?
Pathways will launch with 10 learning paths. Each of the 10 paths includes a minimum of 14 learning projects, a mix of required and elective. Projects span a wide range, with many different topics to interest members and stretch their skills. Every project in Pathways includes at least one speech. Many projects include more than one.
Are There Different Levels in Each Learning Path?
Yes. You advance through the paths in five levels of progressing complexity. The program content is designed to build on what you learned in the previous level. The levels are defined this way:
The goal throughout Pathways is to apply what you learn.
When will Pathways Launch?
Pathways will launch at the beginning of 2017 in a phased rollout. After the program pilot, in which three districts will participate, Pathways will roll out by region. There will be a transition period in which the current education program and Pathways will run concurrently. That period will last for two years after the last region rollout.
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