A Message from the 2018-2019 District 1 Director

  • 6

Greetings District 1!

I am honored and grateful to Speak, Lead, and Serve as your District 1 Director for the 2018-2019 program year. This year our theme is to Speak, Lead and Serve YOU as ONE TEAM. Our commitment to YOU is to uphold the values of Toastmasters International with Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence!

Our focus this year is to stay committed to you, our members. Our leadership team will fulfill the mission of Toastmasters by expanding the network of clubs and sharing the good news of Toastmasters throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We will also work hard at building relationships with our existing clubs and helping each club reach their full potential by visiting your club meetings more often and hearing what we can do to make this experience one of encouragement, learning and transformation. Each one of you has an incredible story to share. We are here to support you in all of your endeavors.

As Mother Teresa stated, “I cannot do what you can do, and you cannot do what I can do…. together we can do something beautiful.” In the months and years ahead, you will shine and discover your greatness in your Toastmasters journey. As you build new relationships with your club members, you will discover your passions together as ONE team and encourage one another in this journey. As District 1 Director, I want to encourage you to illuminate your talents and gifts. Step into your courage with passion!
We hear you District 1! Our goal is to provide you with a variety of leadership opportunities to serve our members and our district as a volunteer.

We have considerable work ahead of us serving our members. In this year, it will more important to not only stay focused in the next 12 months but, to also focus on how we envision our district in the next few years. Visualize our district as the place to belong.
A place where members are open to embrace change in themselves as well as the way we train, lead, as we integrate Pathways into our clubs.

I challenge each of you to focus on your goals, to support, encourage, and mentor each other to achieve your individual and club goals. I challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and stretch your capabilities. I challenge you to volunteer in the spirit of service. Expand your opportunities to grow as leaders. Lastly, I challenge you to work together across our district and serve each member of District 1 together as ONE TEAM.

Expand your horizons by volunteering on one of our district teams. If you are interested in serving on one of our district teams, I invite you to explore our website for more volunteer opportunities.

I am looking forward to supporting you in your speaking and leadership journey. I am confident that together, we will be able to embrace our new Pathways education program, achieve your goals and become a Presidents Distinguished District! Now, let’s hit the ground running, Speaking, Leading and Serving ONE TEAM!

Serving District 1 Proudly,
Evelyn Woolridge, DTM
District 1 Director 2018-2019

Today is the start of a new chapter in District 1! I’m excited to be part of a tradition of developing leaders to carry forward Toastmasters core values of Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence. These values will be the basis for how we build programs to support your success throughout the year. Starting with this Summer’s Toastmasters Leadership/Learning Institute (TLI), our dynamic trainers and facilitators will teach you how to lead your club as an officer, how to succeed using the Distinguished Club Program, how to build your club’s membership, how to use free web tools to collaborate more effectively, how to maximize your speaking potential, and much more. TLI is just one of many opportunities you will have to use your Toastmasters experience to learn and grow. In 2018, I, along with the leaders of District 1 commit to encouraging the leader within you to emerge and work with us to SPEAK, LEAD and SERVE as One Team.

Ken Starks
Program Quality Director
District 1, 2018-2019


The Club Growth Team begins a new year in District 1! Our two-fold vision is simple: 1) build new clubs; and 2) grow membership and member retention in existing clubs. Our District’s singular message is also simple: If we Speak, Lead and Serve as ONE TEAM, we will succeed.

Building new clubs is a team effort in District 1. New club ideas and leads come from the members, corporations, communities and our own research. We quickly move from an idea or inquiry, to planning, to a sample meeting, and then to a chartered club! Simple, eh? With new benefits and tools, like Pathways, and the advent of virtual clubs, only opportunity is before us.

The engaged member stays a member. If we focus on providing a supportive and positive learning experience, our club members will continue to grow and learn, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Another simple formula.

Lastly, success is not complete without fun, friendships and fabulous times. Simply stated, as ONE TEAM, we all win. Let’s do this!

Brad Stauffer
Club Growth Director
District 1, 2018-2019

  • 6

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *