District 26 Toastmasters Welcomes YOU!
Meet the District 26 Executive Team aka “The Trio”
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Darryle Brown brings nearly 14 years of toastmasters experience to his position as District Director. He is responsible for the leadership and guidance of nearly 180 toastmasters clubs in Colorado, Wyoming, and western Nebraska. He previously served as Program Quality Director (2015-2016), Lt. Governor of Marketing (2014-2015), Area Governor (2010-2011) and led two clubs, Simply Speaking Toastmasters and the Aurorators to President’s Distinguished during his tenures as club president. He serves as an expert in mentoring, public relations/marketing, HR recruitment and career success consulting and is a retired law enforcement professional. He also teaches his acclaimed Maximized Mentoring training program to districts across the country and recently in Vancouver, Canada, teaching a highly successful, easy-to-follow format to train mentors to engage, equip and empower their new club members to thrive.
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Rhea Thompson brings nearly a decade of toastmasters experience to her position as Program Quality Director. In her position, she is responsible for the education, training and program quality of District 26’s clubs, furthering the communication and leadership development needs of the District members. She previously served as the Club Growth Director (2015-2016), Foothills Director (2014-2015) and Area Director (2013-2014). She is a retired business professional.
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Marcia Wood brings nearly a decade of toastmasters experience to her position as Club Growth Director. In her position, she is responsible for leading the marketing efforts to start new toastmasters clubs throughout the District and ensuring long term sustainability of all of clubs through her Club Extension and Retention teams. She previously served as Area Director (2015-2016) and (2014-2015) and served as president, club coach, club mentor and club sponsor with a variety of corporate and community clubs in District 26, making her well suited for elevating the District’s expansion efforts to new heights. She is a writer and an award winning public speaker.
- Club Officer Training is scheduled for August 2016. Officers of every club across District 26 should plan to attend one of the Club Officer training sessions. The learning experiences are phenomenal when Toastmasters across our district gather together to share information with one another.
- Smedley Award Membership Campaign is currently underway in August and ends on September 30th.
- Save the Date! District 26 Fall Conference is November 11-12, 2016 at the DoubleTree By Hilton Denver Tech Center Hotel at 7801 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Stay tuned for additional information!
The Aurorators of Aurora, Colorado
Benefits of membership in Toastmasters District 26
Improve your communication abilities in a positive and supportive environment
- Professionally prepared educational materials and resources
- Speak off the cuff on any topic
- Enhance your confidence, self-esteem, and credibility
- Expanded range of social and networking opportunities
- Personal and career advancement through growth and performance
- Formal recognition of achievement
The Mission of District 26
To enhance the performance and extend the networks of clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:
- Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational goals and membership goals.
- Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members.
- Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.
Toastmasters International Mission, Vision, and Values: The mission statements, the value statement and envisioned future succinctly express the function of each organizational unit can be read in their entirety here.
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future: To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
A Toastmasters meeting is: A hands-on workshop in which participants learn or enhance their communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. A typical club has 10-30 members who meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Most Toastmasters meetings are 60-90 minutes long. Take a look at this video and see what a meeting roles are like. Remember, this is an example, all clubs have their own personalities. Visit a few until you find the club that is the “fit” for you.