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District 26 - Serving Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska

Fellow Toastmasters,

Today, our 2019-20 fiscal year comes to the end. All District and Club leaders are winding down their roles and transferring knowledge to the incoming team.

Likewise, I conclude my District 26 Director role. My focus this year was to ‘Have Fun. Get Better.’ Ralph Smedley said it best, “We learn best in moments of enjoyment.”

Little did I know that we would all be learning so much while adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic! Unfortunately, we lost 16% of our clubs and 22% of our members this year. I sincerely appreciate all the servant leaders that helped to transition clubs online so quickly, otherwise could have been worse.

A bright spot is that we set a record for new Distinguished Toastmasters (DTMs). I’m confident that ending the legacy educational program was a strong impetus. According to this Educational Achievement report, 57 members earned their DTM this year! I look forward to presenting each of them a DTM medallion during our fall Hall-of-Fame event.

My thanks goes to our 77 District volunteers for supporting our clubs this year. Your expertise, passion and countless hours are very appreciated.

  • Marcia Wood – Immediate Past District Director
  • Jacqueline Smith – Program Quality Director
  • Victoria Cox – Club Growth Director
  • Keith Horowitz – Public Relations Manager
  • JP Bachmann – Finance Manager
  • Diana Strong – Administration Manager
  • Eight Division Directors
  • 41 Area Directors
  • 22 additional volunteers across many disciplines
  • The entire list can be found here

Now it’s time to hand the baton to our incoming 2020-21 leadership team. I wish everyone good luck in supporting our amazing District.

Be well,
Mike Akins, DTM
District 26 Director 2019-20

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