An important part of Toastmasters training is learning about leadership, and the best way to become skilled at leadership is to experience it.
As the district’s chief executive officer, direct the district in a way which fosters strong clubs; produces maximum growth in education completions, clubs and membership; and be consistent with the interests of members of Toastmasters International. Motivate the district to achieve Distinguished recognition. Achieve the mission of the district in a manner that motivates volunteer leaders and promotes a standard
of excellence in all district activities.
Clarence “Chic” Miller
Chic Miller, DTM is a Charter member of Celebration Toastmasters since 2012. Serving in every leadership role, including President for 2013-2014 when Celebration reached the level of President’s Distinguished. He is also a member of Celebration Kenner Toastmasters where he has served as President and VPE, is a member of Golden Crescent and President of Hammond-Tangi Toastmasters
In 2016-2017 he served as the Area 14 Director, reaching the level of President’s Distinguished.
In 2017-2018 he became Division D Director and received the Division Director of the Year Award.
His tenure, as Club Growth Director for 2018-2019 was one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of his Toastmasters experience. While there were moments when he felt he was in over his head, he was reminded of his own statement, “You can’t learn to swim in a wading pool!” It was an action- packed year full of challenges and therefore great opportunities for growth in both leadership and team building.
Anyone who knows Chic knows he’s all about THE EVENT!! So, this last year as PQD was a wonderful chance to let him practice what he preaches. He was in his glory planning Trainings and the conference along with his team and Training Coordinator Richard Wolfe. This year’s Super TLI was one of the best attended and well received trainings in years.
Until Covid-19 came along we were planning an incredible Conference in Lake Charles with a remarkable line up of speakers including World Champion Aaron Beverly and International President Deepak Menon. As The Rolling Stones once said, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want!”
Chic is looking forward to using all the leadership skills he has learned from his predecessors over the last five years to continue the growth of our members, clubs and District 68 over the next year.
Program Quality Director
Under the guidance of the district director, strive to have every club and each member reap the benefits of Toastmasters and to have every club become Distinguished. Provides direction and counsel to division directors, area directors, and club officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters. Design and conduct successful district training programs, conferences, and other district educational events.
Program Quality Director Nominee:
When God sends you on a journey, you never know the various paths you will take nor the wonderful and amazing people you will meet. People who will touch your life and the lives you in turn will touch. The bonds and friendships you will make. I must say that is the kind of journey my Toastmasters’ experience has been. A joyous journey!
I Shirley Douglas Burch have been a member of Toastmasters, District 68 since April 2016 and am elated to be a candidate for the role of Program Quality Director for the term of July 2020 to June 2021. Learning and growing never stops; therefore, it’s my desire to continue growing and helping others grow the Toastmasters’ Way!
DTM, I am on my way!!! I am two steps away from applying for my DTM in the Traditional Education Program. So excited! As of March 2020, I gained my ACG and have submitted my HPL toward my ALS. DTM is in my view!!!!!! I am also currently working on Level One in Pathways.
On the club level, I served as President of Toast of CenturyLink from January 2017 to June 2018 and am currently serving as VPE and VPPR of Twin City Toastmasters.
I served as Area Director of Area 4 from September 2017 to June 2018 and was awarded the Area Director of the year at the annual conference in May 2018. I was Director of Division A from July 2018 to June 2019 and am current serving as the Club Growth Director from July 2019 to June 2020.
It is truly my desire to continue serving our great District and do all I can to help the members in achieving their goals that District 68 might remain the great district it already is.!!!
Club Growth Director
Under guidance of the district director, make the benefits of Toastmasters membership available to greater numbers of people. Plan, develop, implement, and direct district marketing objectives. Develop and direct programs for new club development, club rescue efforts, club membership promotion, and membership retention. Achieve Distinguished District goals for membership and club growth. Promote standards of service to the member and to the club.
Club Growth Director Nominees:
Vanessa Chatelain joined Toastmasters in March of 2001 and has been a member for a total of 9 years. She originally joined to learn leadership skills that would help her in her professional life. She has held all of the leadership roles available at the club level. This year she is the VPPR of Bilingual English and Spanish Toastmasters. After frequently visiting Celebration Kenner TM, she became a member this past February. On April 10th, she will submit her award for DTM. Her plans for the year 2020-2021 is to serve as Vice President of Membership in both clubs.
Knowing that she needed to work in the district to achieve DTM, Vanessa took advantage of the deal to be a Pathway’s Guide for District 68 for 6 months in 2018. She enjoyed teaching and visiting her assigned clubs during the Pathways program roll out. She helped lead Bilingual English and Spanish TM to Distinguished as a Club Mentor. This past year 2019-2020, Vanessa felt like she really hit her stride when she worked on the District Executive Committee as Division D Director. There she was able to build teams for contests and trainings and was honored with the Division Director of the Year award.
This year, Vanessa helped mentor a new corporate club in District 77 with only 2 other district leaders using the D68s first 6 meeting plan. She is currently coordinating a paid Speechcraft program in her home club of Bilingual English and Spanish TM. She quickly moved the Speechcraft program on-line when the pandemic closed the venue. As a result, the program continued as planned.
As Public Relation Manager for the district she plans on handing over a user friendly District 68 website and processes enabling the incoming PRM for 2020-2021 to be effective at their job. Club Growth Director, she plans on focusing on a streamlined Mentoring Program and Moments of Truth to strengthen current clubs. She is also taking advantage of the new on-line movement to grow current and new clubs. To be part of the 2020-2021 Club Growth Director Marketing Team, sign up here https://forms.gle/EcxBzhGnyNnGJe9F8
Achieve the mission of the district within the division, accomplishing district goals in membership building and retention, club extension, and educational accomplishments. Ensure that each club realizes its mission and fulfills its responsibilities to members. Achieve Distinguished Division Program goals and ensure that areas and clubs within the division achieve Distinguished recognition. Serve the division clubs by providing district support and resources through the area directors.
Division A Director
My name is Terry Frelot and I am the current Area 2 Director of District 68. I am originally from Mossville, Louisiana and I currently resides in Sulphur, La. After graduating from Westlake High School in 1992 I enrolled in McNeese State University, where I majored in Civil Engineering. In 1998 after graduation, I begin my professional career at Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, as a Project Engineer.
Division B Director
Taofeeq has been a member of Toastmasters International since October 2011. He is a multi- skilled, results-focused professional, innovative leader, and strategic problem solver with over 30 years’ experience spanning the energy industry, manufacturing, and academics with over 20 years of this period spent working in the energy sector (Royal Dutch Shell) covering activities in procurement and logistics, human resources, and project delivery. He has worked with people of diverse culture in countries such as the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Nigeria, Gabon, and Cameroon.
His educational background includes a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) with a specialization in project management from the Capella University, MBA (Executive Master of Business Administration) from the University of Toledo, Graduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply from the Institute of Procurement and Supply, United Kingdom, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, a charted procurement and supply chain professional (MCIPS) from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, a certified NVivo expert (NVivo is a software for analyzing unstructured and semi-structured data), and a Black Belt Innovation Management licensed practitioner with Innovation360 (https://licensed.innovation360.com/community/black-belts/). Currently updating his business analytics skills at the Harvard Business Analytics Program (HBAP).
He is currently an independent business consultant with ProjectInnovation720 LLC (projectinnovation720.com) that helps organizations chart their ways into new territories by doing the right projects using advanced tools and techniques of project management, innovation management, and data analytics. He is also an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and New England Institute of Business, Cambridge College, both in the U.S, where he impacts the lives of graduate business students through knowledge sharing and research supervision.
Some of his past and current volunteer positions are: Area 9 Director, Toastmasters District 68; President, Northshore Toastmasters Club; VP of Education Northshore Toastmasters Club; Sergeant at Arms, Golden Crescent Advanced Toastmasters Club; VP of Education PMIGNO, PMI Global Conference 2018 – Toastmaster/SME; Member, PMIGNO Community Outreach; Capella University Ambassador/Mentor.
Division C Director
Jeanne Andrus joined Toastmasters in 2012 as a member of the Maxwell Air Base Toastmasters club in Montgomery, Alabama. She remained a member there until just after she and her husband, Jesse, relocated to Covington, LA in 2013, where she completed her Competent Communicator award with her first speech at her new home club, Northshore Toastmasters.
Over the next 7 years, Jeanne has become an active member of District 68, competing in club, area, division, and district competitions, serving as a Pathways guide, a club mentor, and twice as an Area Director. In addition to her more formal roles in the district, she enjoys working with clubs as an informal coach to clubs throughout the area.
She is currently working her way through 2 paths – Effective Coaching and Visionary Communication.
In her professional life, she puts what she’s learned in Toastmasters to good use as she speaks, writes, and serves as a coach for women who are struggling with the changes of menopause. She credits Toastmasters with helping her learn how to communicate a difficult topic gracefully and powerfully.
Division D Director
Brendan has been a member of Toastmasters International since August 2018. He has served as VP Education for his club as well as Area Director for Area 16 in Division D, District 68. He has completed the Leadership Development Pathway, is finishing his second Pathway in Leadership Development, and is planning on beginning a third Pathway in the area of Humor.
Outside of Toastmasters International, I design, develop, and facilitate leadership development corporate training at Ochsner Health Systems. I also teach Information Technology Ethics courses at Tulane University.
I am a former PhD student in the area of philosophy, have two master’s in philosophy (one from Tulane University and another from Ohio University) in addition to a masters in Information Management and a masters in Engineering Management. I am currently working on a PhD program in Engineering. I am passionate about teaching, public speaking, and philosophy.
Hazel is currently serving as Division C Director, Vice-President Education Golden Crescent Advanced Toastmasters and Secretary Kenner Toastmasters. She has also held other office positions and was Vice-President Public Relations of Kenner Toastmasters when it achieved Select Distinguished Status in 2017-2018. She helped Kenner Toastmasters devise strategies for membership growth and retention as a result of which the club has added nine new members.
She holds a Masters in Biochemistry and a Masters in Catechesis and has over fifteen years’ experience in Insurance Administration which includes budgeting and bank reconciliation. In addition, she identified internal process, policy, procedure or technology issues that were adversely impacting the achievement of organizational objectives and worked with resolution teams to identify and implement solutions. She was also instrumental in developing policies and procedures designed to reduce redundancy and improve operational efficiency.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want in life, is, someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him we are easily great.” Hazel has learnt that Toastmasters is that “friend” who pushes you to go beyond your comfort zone to become a better version of yourself. She believes that we are on this journey to help our members explore their potential to become the leaders and communicators they were meant to be. Her goal is to serve as the bridge between the community and Toastmasters.