Messages From District Trio

Mohamed M. Saleem, DTM

District Director

Greetings from your District 20 Director

“Everything is going to be fine in the end.
If it’s not fine it’s not the end.”
― Oscar Wilde

As we are geared for the 6 months on the second leg of Toastmasters Calendar, I take privilege to address fellow Toastmasters who stood during the Rough times.

During this global pandemic situation, I am proud of Members of District 20 for being in forefront in conducting Virtual Meetings, be it Regular Club meetings, Joint Club meetings, Division Sponsored Toastmasters Meetings with members across the globe. District Initiatives in holding special meetings with International officers. I could district 20 is in the forefront in organizing Virtual contests, most of the members have their taken Zoom Meetings as their passion and excelled to next level in conducting not just Toastmasters meetings. Thanks to our members who made this possible. 

Moreover, we can share testimonials of our members who how they have stayed motivated and inspired others during this situation.

Despite odds, our District Ex.com comprising of Area and Division Directors have kept the spirit of Toastmasters alive with their constant connection with the Clubs. The results are quite evident with the Area Visits which is among the top in the Region. This year District is striving to achieve District Success plan without compromising on the core values, Quality club meetings, and providing value for Toastmasters membership.

This year we have seen the momentum among Arabic clubs which is a great sign towards realization of our District vision set last year, which was “To Empower Nationals & Youngsters through Toastmasters”, we can achieve this if we could introduce Toastmasters to every national & Youngster, through speech craft program and Youth Leadership Program.

We hope 2021 will bring more peace & prosperity among members so we can continue our journey of Toastmasters by self development and pay it forward the benefits we achieved from toastmasters

Wishing members a Happy new year

Alifiya l. Lakdawala, DTM

Program Quality Director

“Real Leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

I have invested 9 beautiful years in this beautiful organization and there has been no looking back. The sights, sounds, learning and experience absorbed along the way have indeed made this journey the stuff of dreams. Being your Program Quality Director for this term is an uplifting and humbling experience. Over the years I did realize one thing, empowering members with the right education decorates their Toastmasters journey with excellence.

Precious members of District 20, this year has been an exceptional year for all of us. This unprecedent time has left us with virtual memories worth cherishing. We at the district are proud to see how well our members have adapted to virtual meetings and continue to do so.
We are proud to see the progress of our beloved members.

We together have walked these seven months by supporting each other.  Let us do the same for the rest of the term.  I truly congratulate every member of OUR DISTRICT 20 in taking their club forward.

We as trio are proud to say our district pioneers in virtual meetings. I am loving the enthusiasm every member is displaying.

  • 648 educational awards achieved so far. 
  • 37 members reaching a milestone in their toastmaster journey by achieving their DTM’s.
  • 89% Club Officers being trained in COT Round 1
  • 93 % of the district excom being trained.
  • Pathways adoption rate for members in August was 73.10% and in November was 83.43%. While for club officers was 89.13% and now is 93.59%.

These numbers are a reflection of your passion and dedication towards taking the quality training and education in the right direction. These numbers look promising! And we are happy to say that the interventions being infused are working wonders 

Few clubs need our intervention and support. I urge all leaders, let’s reach out to them, encourage them to enroll in Let’s Bridge the Gap Initiative by emailing us at d20letsbridgethegap@gmail.com

Toastmasters International says “Where leaders are made” I believe – “Where more and more leaders are created” Creation is a positive instrument towards being better. This unique feature in toastmasters molds non leaders to learn and become capable leaders.

This organization has a lot to offer let’s keep learning, let’s keep aspiring and let’s keep inspiring.  Looking forward to another successful year for our District 20.

Khalid Abdulla Yaqoob, DTM

Club Growth Director

Dear District 20 family member,

We are living an unprecedented period with the COVID19. This has been a real test for our leadership. We came into a crossroad as leaders and that our decision making was tested very hard. Some leaders unfortunately took the easy decision of not continuing with Toastmasters while others kept on believing in their vision and managed to find an alternative to enjoy their learnings.

We have 94 clubs with less than 20 members. We are currently having 55 clubs which are 12 or less members (coaching zone). We have 17 inactive clubs, 9 out of which are corporate. We have 11 clubs with zero members! We are obviously not living the best time for District 20 but that’s the best test for our leadership! How are we dealing with it?

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the vision” – unknown

Few days ago, the weather was so nice early morning, it was cloudy, and the temperature was bearable. I thought of having a ride with my bike but I noticed the tire was low on air. I inflated the tire using my air pump and went on my journey. During the trip, some doubts crept into my mind… What if the tire goes flat? At some point of my trip, my focus was derailed from the beautiful weather toward my own negative thinking. At that same time, I was also scheduled to give an address to the Speakers to Trainers program organized by Division F. I was just thinking of the message… what’s the message in the mess? Suddenly, the penny dropped! I was more worried about failure and that’s what took my enjoyment away.

We all go through this cycle of worrying about failure. We start to have such negative thoughts in mind which derail us from enjoying the beauty of the journey. Leadership is all about decision making. Some decides to get stuck with their own negative thoughts, but others thrive and keep laser focused on the vision.

I call on all Toastmasters in District 20 to remind ourselves of the reason behind our stay in Toastmasters. We are here to become better communicators and leaders. We are here to enjoy the journey together. No one can do it alone. Let’s encourage each other to thrive. Let’s remind each other that COVID19 came here not to stay… COVID19 is here to teach us a lesson… Are we learning?