Aneeta Pathak, DTM
Dear fellow members,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Toastmasters year.
We are starting a new year, and with that comes a new journey! This may mean a new role as a club officer, a new educational path, or even mean embarking on Pathways for the first time. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey; we are here to support you!
Despite the changes COVID-19 has made to our lives, our personal narratives have remained the same. We are resilient, strong, and confident communicators and leaders who have learned that no storm can break our spirit. It is true that we are currently going through lots of changes; it is your opportunity to learn, grow and experience new challenges.
I firmly believe that in Toastmasters the learning never ends. It’s a positive learning experience all around! Stay Engaged, Be Empowered and Energized.
Achieving our goals is not an act on a single day: it’s a habit, it’s a practice!
Let us all create a better version of ourselves; one step at a time. Every Toastmaster’s meeting, every role that we play, every responsibility that we take up is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves.
As Toastmasters we keep on asking ourselves; “should I be actively setting SMART goals?” Should I work on Pathways projects? Will I benefit from working on my projects consistently? Should I take up an officer role? Can an officer role help me learn how to prioritize and manage my time better? What will I learn by creating a vision? Is it worthwhile to create a plan and execute it? Indeed, you may already know the answer to these questions. Have you experimented with them? We discover who we are, not by finding the answers to these questions, but by experimenting with them.
As your District Director, my vision is to create a culture where we become a community that values Integrity, Service, Respect and Excellence, and incorporates them as anchor points in all decisions we make. By partnering with each other, we will build new clubs, strengthen existing clubs, work towards educational excellence, and fulfill our members’ objectives. We will promote the Toastmasters brand to increase awareness of the value of Toastmasters.
Together we will cultivate an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and initiative.
I will be honoured to serve you and your club members as your 2021-2022 District Director.
Together we will passionately work in the pursuit of excellence to support the club mission for the benefit our members, because, Members Matter Most!
Success Story! Division Town Hall Meetings 2021!
Our District Director, Aneeta Pathak, was looking for a way to allow each member of District 60 to voice their questions and concerns to anyone connected to a Zoom meeting. That included Angela Ho, Club Growth Director, Andrew Mertens, Program Quality Director, Aneeta Pathak District Director.
Aneeta came up with the idea of having Division Town Hall Meetings one for each Division. It started on September 21, 2021, concluded on October 13, 2021. When you try something new, you don’t have any idea how the membership will respond. The energy was high each night. On average, we had thirty Toastmasters register for each meeting!
The networking before the meeting started was terrific! Toastmasters were asking each other questions and getting immediate answers! During each Town Hall meeting, Toastmasters received tools that will allow them to become better leaders! There was a period during the Town Hall meetings for Q&A and a little networking at the end! Some Toastmasters made return visits to the Town Hall meetings!
I can’t wait until we do this again in 2022 when COVID-19 has lessened its grip even more, and more of us can attend the Division Town Hall meetings in person!
Remaining in touch with you is essential. We have an optional three minute questionnaire that we want you to fill out! Filling out this questionnaire will allow us to design future Town Hall meetings to your additional benefit. We thank you in advance for your continued communication and support! https://forms.gle/fKKe2ioyCuUzz3p37