Dear Members of District 102,
Welcome to the Toastmasters term 2019/2020!
I am honoured to serve you as your District 102 Director for term 2019/2020. The district mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. For our district to achieve this, I invite all of you to join me in the journey where we “Aspire to Excel”.
Excellence is one of the four core values of Toastmasters. What does it mean to you? The followings are my interpretations.
As members: we can achieve excellence by the mastery of fundamentals. In Toastmasters, it means members continue doing their speeches, perform leadership roles, share the knowledge and benefits of Toastmasters with friends and family not because they are forced to, but because they want to grow.
As district leaders: we can achieve excellence by going beyond our usual club boundary and do our best for our community. In the early 2000s, 6 leaders went all the way to Cyberjaya to charter a new club. Cyberjaya was 40km away from other clubs in Petaling Jaya & Kuala Lumpur. Not many people like to work in Cyberjaya then, but because of the passion and commitments of those district leaders, they went in to nurture the club regardless of the distance. Employees in Cyberjaya were then introduced to Toastmasters program and many inspired to be leaders. Many more clubs were chartered after that, we have 13 clubs in Cyberjaya now and it’s still counting. These are the examples of excellent leaders that we can learn from.
In the journey to ‘aspire to excel’, I have a simple vision. I wish to see that all clubs are aware of the club mission of Toastmasters International; and all of us to aspire to be better than how we were before.
In the new term, I look forward to getting to know you better! Together we march towards Excellence and Smedley Distinguished District!