A great place to meet people Internationally.
A great place to learn.
All that and more!
As Division L governor, I have the honour of covering a large area from Burlington to Brantford, south east to Welland and Niagara Falls, covering 25 clubs and just shy of 5,000 sq. km. For such a large part of Ontario, one could still drive around to any club at one end to the another club at the other end in about 1 hour (pending traffic of course). I had the honour of visiting Garden City Toastmasters last week in St. Catharines. The club was having a special meeting to honour recent Speechcraft graduates, members whom had achieved a CC and reaching 6 speeches. It was a time to honour their accomplishments, and with any Toastmaster meeting, always a great place to meet people. You already knew that part. At your meetings, you see people from all walks of life coming together learning to develop their skillsets.
As a Toastmaster, did you know you are welcome at just about any Toastmasters club in the world? And it is very much an international organization, with huge growth of new clubs in India and China. At Garden City, Mr. Allen Page, a former St. Catharines citizen, was visiting the city where he grew up, with his wife. They are in Canada for a couple of weeks, visiting from China. Mr. Page, ACB,ALB and Area P4 Governor, realizes the importance and opportunity of visiting other clubs – anywhere in the world. Just about every club does things differently. Mr. Page had a page of ideas he gleaned from visiting the club to take page to his Area clubs. Visiting another club, regardless of where in the world it is, can be a great learning opportunity.
Not only can the visitor learn something new, but the members can learn something from their guests. Why else do we ask our guests if they have any comments or observations before we wrap up a meeting? It is a great place to learn and improve.
Mr. Page covers 3 clubs in one area, fairly close together, but as soon as you leave that area and move to the Division level, things start to explode! Just taking a look at one club from one area to another area, the vastness of China comes to light. To visit a club in Division A from his Division P would take a flight of over an hour … or you can drive for about 12+ hours!! That’s in the same Division! I can get to any club in any area in Division L by car in about 1 hour. Mr. Page and others like him travel for hours, literally days to visit fellow clubs. That is dedication for you! Hate to see their mileage counts.
We may not be able to visit clubs in China, an opportunity to go to the International Conference in Malaysia, or even clubs outside our Division. You do have an opportunity to visit clubs in your area and your division. You can meet new people, learn something that could help your club AND you can bring a Passport to show your own growth.
Toastmasters is….. so much more than you may have originally thought. Step outside your club, open up your world and your horizons. You could be surprised by what you may find.
John Constant, ALB, ACB
Division L Governor
Triple Crown Pin to Extraordinary Toastmasters in Division A
Division A gives the Triple Crown Pin to those extraordinary Toastmasters who earn 3 educational awards in a single program year.So far in 2014-15 these high achievers are:
- Karim Premji of Fluid Communicators and Leaders and Nielsen Insightful Club, for his ALB, ALS, ACS & DTM.
- Karen Walters of Golden Gavel Club, for her CL, ACB & ALB.
Please join me in congratulating both Karim and Karen for these splendid accomplishments.
Gerry Fryer, ACG, ALB Division A Governor
Division Governor Conference Recruitment Challenge
The Fall Conference is just 2 months away. Registrations are going well but .. We can do more. So, I am dropping the gauntlet. I challenge my fellow Divisional governors, who can sign up an additional 20 members for the conference first? And I don't mean just for contests, I mean at least Option 1, Option 2 or for the full Conference. 20 members in LESS THAN 60 days.
Which Division will reign supreme for this challenge? Who will come first. Can we ride the Division L Train to Success? What say thee my fellow governors? Care to take up this worthy challenge?
John Constant, Division L Governor, District 86