The energy continued as President, Giovanna Dottore, DTM, PDG called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone into the new year. The Toastmaster for the meeting, Richard Snyder, DTM, PID, brought the energy even higher with his enthusiastic words and his new year’s top hat in celebration of all the good things to come in 2023 and beyond.
Our keynote speaker, Toastmasters International President-Elect Morag Mathieson, DTM, joined us virtually from Germany (3:00am local time), and captivated us with her speech, “A Winning Mindset.” She walked us through the process that took her district to number one in the world when she served as District Governor. Morag’s inspiring tips demonstrated an easy way for us to stay focused by remembering ABC backwards – “Conceive it, Believe it, Achieve it.”
The meeting continued with a special tradition that Club 407 offers every January – the midpoint of the Toastmasters year. Each district director gets the opportunity to deliver their “state of the district” address followed by questions and suggestions from the group to help these leaders in their quest to be Smedley Distinguished. The reports from District Directors Julie Murphy, DTM, Founders; Janell Carla Williams, DTM, D-1; Joyce Persichilli, DTM, PRA, D-5; Rose Abbott, DTM, D-52; Carolyn Douglas, DTM, D-57; Darren Ng, DTM, D-100, and Iona Rodricks, DTM, D-123 illustrated a heartfelt look at the state of their district success plans and some good ideas were shared to help with new club leads and working through burnout.
The meeting ended with members sharing some inspiring success stories and drawing giveaways.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Sunday, February 5, 2023. It’s our club speech contest!