Just this last weekend, Division E was fortunate enough to host the District 33 meeting where the overall theme was first inaugurated. District 33’s theme this year is “Embracing Excellence”. It seems very ironic, because the Central Coast’s flowers and agriculture are regularly described as some of the best you can get anywhere in the world.
“Excellence” is a term that, to me, means rejecting mediocrity, and replacing it with strength and professionalism. I have said many times that Toastmasters is a laboratory for leadership and communication skills which are later tested in the crucible of “real life”.
Regardless of your profession, your position, or your station in life, the Toastmasters experience is an opportunity to hone your excellence. I have had the honor and pleasure to meet all the officers here in Division E, and I can tell you without equivocation that they are each devoted to the task of facilitating your success.
I recently completed my club visits in Area E-5, and I told them that my goal this year is not to talk at them, but instead, to listen. By doing that, I will learn better what it will take for each of them to become successful. That metric will be different for each and every club; however, I am confident that by listening to what they have to say, and translating that into actionable items, they will be in the best position to succeed.
You can do the same in your own clubs, and just remember that the officers in Division E are all here to help facilitate that success. So on behalf of Division E Governor Sandra Eacret and the area leaders, welcome to Division E 2013-2014.
How can we help you Embrace Excellence?
Patrick Hardy, ACG, ALB, AS
65th Accredited Speaker
Area E-5 Governor