Dear Division F Toastmasters,
I wish us all a fabulous and prosperous Toastmasters Year ahead ! May all our wishes become true !
We have an excellent Team eagerly waiting to start officially. Please support with me our fresh new Area Directors:
Sascha Friedmann – Area Director F1 – Stuttgart, Heilbronn
Oliver Hauss – Area Director F2 – Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Ramstein
Darryl Heron – Area Director F3 – Wiesbaden, Mainz, Darmstadt
Kai-Juergen Lietz – Area Director F4 – Frankfurt, Bergstrasse, Bad Homburg
Anke Humpert – Area Director F5 – Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Freiburg
Good luck and all the best to you !
This is also the first official year for four new clubs that have been founded last year:
Rhetorik - Club Mainz
John Deere Germany Toastmasters
Speaker`s Loft, Stuttgart
Taunus Toastmasters e.V., Bad Homburg
Our Division has grown to 26 clubs and reaches from Bad Homburg to Freiburg.
An exciting year is ahead of us and I want to bring your attention to 4 main focus areas:
1. Growth and Stability
Stability is the foundation of growth. We need stable clubs – clubs with at least 25 members in which members achieve their educational goals. Stable clubs are able to support new prospective clubs with their experience. I would like to see a lot more collaboration and even partnerships between existing and new clubs. There are a number of initiatives planned and going on to build new clubs in our Division, including Advanced Clubs and multi-lingual clubs.
2. Quality through Education
Our strengths are in the field of empowering our officers at Club Officer Trainings and at winning new members. Almost all clubs managed to recruit at least 8 new members in the past TM year. This is impressive.
However, we have an area for improvement in reaching Educational Awards ! 2015-16 only 60 % of our clubs achieved a number of CC, CL and Advanced Communication and Leadership Awards. I am asking you, club members and officers – to find out why so we can solve these issues together so you become healthy clubs of high quality where members reach their educational goals !
One of my goals this year is to improve communication within our Division to ensure every member feels well informed and knows where and how to find the information he is looking for. This can easily be achieved by opening and using new communication channels – our Facebook Southwest Germany page, our updated (in progress) Division and Area pages in EasySpeak, by a completely new Webpage and by clearly defined lines of communication. I am encouraging you to participate – to post your club achievements, your questions, your planned events and your news and share them with the rest of our Division !
We are a team of 26 very unique special clubs, each with its own individual club culture and atmosphere. Our clubs consist out of members with multiple talents and impressive personalities. This is one of our strengths – we can learn from our diversity !
I want to encourage you to visit each others club meetings, to cooperate with each other, to plan and conduct joint events, to build up a network and support each other – on club and on individual level. It does not have to end at the borders of our Division. How about visiting a club in a different Division, Country, District – next time you are travelling ?
I am very much looking forward to a great year ahead with you and I hope to get to know as many as possible of you ! Feel free to reach out to me or to your respective Area Director in case of questions. I am interested in your ideas on how to make this a fabulous Division F Toastmasters Year for all of us !
If you are wondering who I am:
Due to the fact that I was born and raised in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) by a german mother and an italian father my mind is German and my heart is Italian. I lived and worked in various cities and countries including US, Japan, Russia, India and Argentina. After moving around a lot I came from Munich to Wiesbaden 3 years ago and that is when I joined Toastmasters. I´m married to my job, working as a project manager for an international consulting company that keeps me travelling around a bit throughout the week.
I am passionate about books, the quietness of archery and swimming, dancing Swing & Lindy Hop, as well as languages and oceans.
But most of all: I am looking forward to being your Division Director this year !
District 95 Director Division F