District 56 is hosting an Executive Leadership Summit on November 2nd. This set of workshops will substitute for officer-required Toastmasters Leadership Institute, but all members are encouraged to attend.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 Time: 9a – 2p (Registration at 8:30a) Where: Fountain Life Center 14083 South Main Street Houston, TX 77035
If you missed today’s workshop on Parliamentary Procedure, you missed a treat!! When we think of Robert’s Rules of order, we think of very formal and strict rules for running a meeting. [Yawn!] Tamesia Garner’s presentation couldn’t have been more different. She very clearly focused on the heart of the matter that most people can appreciate.
We received a great handout on constructing a successful meeting agenda entitled, “The Agenda: Don’t Leave Home without It” and detailing a number of different segments that can help a group make the most of their time.
Her second handout — entitled “Getting the Train on the Tracks” — discussed how motions are handled, using a train as a metaphor:
Getting the train on the tracks; a motion is made.
Can the train go anywhere at this point? The motion is seconded (or not, in which case the train is derailed).
Once we are chugging along, what happens next to get us on our journey? The motion is restated and possibly voted upon (at the “Voting Station,” naturally).
Tammy has a humorous and down-to-earth style that you can’t help but appreciate. At the same time, she is inclusive, sagacious, and a great teacher, ensuring that she thoroughly and completely answered every question asked by the audience members.
We will have a special guest this week, Tammy Garner, to speak on Parliamentary Procedure. This is the formal process of running a meeting that is used by Toastmasters and many other organizations.
Sally will serve as Toastmaster for this special event and — while this will not have the standard format of our usual meetings — we still have a few roles to fill. We still need a Timer, an Evaluator and a Grammarian (for a word of the day).
We encourage you to share the news with your friends and anyone who might be interested in this topic and come support our guest.
Our Immediate Past President and current Vice President of Education Sally was recently voted Division Director of the Year for District 56! This is a HUGE honor and might not have been possible if Sally hadn’t decided to make the push to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster educational award. We’re very fortunate to count Sally among our leadership (and membership)! Her attitude toward service is both an asset and an inspiration to us all. Thank you and congratulations, Sally!