By: Christina Welsh, D32 Editor

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When you write your check for your club dues this month. I challenge you to take a moment to remember why you joined Toastmasters and the feelings of nervousness and excitement. Were you at all like me the first time you felt brave enough to step outside the lectern that you darted back behind almost immediately? Or perhaps you were already a confident speaker, but you struggled with giving effective evaluations, and the first time you gave a perfect evaluation you were beaming for days?

renew: to make like new; restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.
commitment: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

Remember your “why” and renew your commitment to be the best Toastmaster you can be. Members and guests look up to you.

Demonstrate what it means to be a leader.

For me, being a leader involves learning to forgive people that hurt you. It means stepping up and setting an example for your team (or club). Leadership is about growing into the best version of yourself so you can help others to the best of your ability. Most importantly, it is about understanding that you are not in this alone, and people are willing to help you! You just need to swallow your pride and ask.

If you have already conquered your original “why,” find something new that will fill your stomach with butterflies – join a committee, mentor a new member, start a new pathway, or step into a leadership role. The amazing thing about Toastmasters is that there is always some way you can improve and something new to experience. You are never too excellent to grow as a person.

Dust off your boots and start a new journey, one where you are proud to begin anew. District 32 has many ways to help you. Check out our Downloads page for several resources to support you and your club. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your Area Directors and Club Presidents for guidance.

We’re in this together!

xoxo Christina Welsh