Greetings fellow Toastmasters and honored guests,
I am honored and humbled to serve this year as the Toastmasters District 68 Director. If you are a non-Toastmaster and guest to this website, I encourage you to visit all the pages and to consider joining a club soon. For me, Toastmasters has been life changing. I joined the organization in 2012 with the dream of one day becoming a professional speaker. At the time, I was managing a sizable real estate portfolio and leading a large team. Like many of you, I came to Toastmasters focused on mastering my public speaking skills, but what I have gained from Toastmasters is so much more. Within months of giving and receiving evaluations, I found giving feedback to my team members was much easier and more effective. Admittedly, I was a poor delegator. But Toastmasters has allowed me to practice that skill and while I still have room to grow, I have learned to empower others through delegation. Most importantly, the relationships I have built with my fellow Toastmasters are some of the most valuable relationships in my life. There are so many important lessons I have learned and skills I have refined all because I had a dream which today is a reality. You too may have a dream or goal you are hoping to attain with the help of Toastmasters. Don’t wait! Invest in your future, set your sights on success but most importantly be open to growing and learning more than you ever could have expected.
To my fellow Toastmasters, thank you for this exciting and challenging opportunity. I look forward to serving the members of the District 68 and working to support all clubs in achieving excellence. As District 68 continues to grow, new leadership and learning opportunities will become available. I urge you to challenge yourself and try something new because it is through acts of service that true leaders emerge. Set new goals, try a different path and find new ways to make your meetings fun! In the words of our founder, Ralph C. Smedley, “We learn best during times of enjoyment.” Let’s work together to sustain healthy, supportive club environments and let the good times roll!
In service to the member,
Katie Rigsby, ACB, ALB
District 68 Director