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Greetings Fellow Toastmasters of District 82!

Let me take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you for electing me as your District Director for the year 2017 / 2018!  I am honored by the trust and confidence you have placed in me and I pledge to serve this organization to the best of my ability.

Our intention this year is Focus, Follow through and Feel the success. I challenge you, fellow members, to focus on your goals, to support and encourage each other to follow through until the goal is reached and feel the satisfaction of achieving success together.

We have set a Goal for our District 82:

To strive for the highest standard of performance so as to give our members the best Toastmaster experience and thereby achieve President Distinguished Status and become  the Number One District in the world.

I invite each of you to work together to make this envisioned future a dream come true.

My heartiest congratulations to all Office Bearers of District 82.  I wish you all the best in your new role for the year 2017/18. I am looking forward to working with you and   confident that together we will be able to achieve the goals of our District.

Stepping in to a new year means setting new goals. I hope you set your goals from both Communication and Leadership tracks.  Both go hand in hand as each skill enhances the other. While you focus on your goals it is also vital to focus on acquiring the needed skills. Our ultimate goal is Self Development. Inner change and growth happens with the new knowledge and the skills you have acquired to reach your goals. Once you have set your goals, follow through till you complete the task you have set out to do. Don’t let anything stand in your way of achieving your goals. Look to the end, when you follow through success will follow you!

As you know during the first three months of the year we have a busy schedule with Club Officers Installations, Club Officer Training Programs, Judges Training Programs, Emergence and New Member Orientation Programs. It is very important that every member participates in these programs. I believe that Club Executive Committee should educate the members of the value and the benefits of these programs so that the members will be encouraged to participate. It is only by getting involved in these programs that they will be able to derive the maximum benefit from Toastmasters. Participating in Division and District Programs is also equally important as it will provide the necessary exposure for their growth and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone while promoting networking. Networking is a distinguished feature of Toastmasters. Our founder, Dr. Smedley believed that individuals needed a positive   friendly atmosphere to grow and develop. He believed that “we learn best in moments of enjoyment and that meetings should be made enjoyable by fine helpful fellowship. We must always remember this as it is essentially the secret of success of Toastmasters”.

We are introducing new programs with a view to provide more opportunities for leadership roles as Toastmasters believe that the leadership skills are learnt best by   “doing”. This is a great opening for members who have not taken up any leadership roles so far.

On a very exciting note, we are planning to train 1,000 youths through the Youth Leadership Program of Toastmasters. We are looking to making tomorrow’s leaders today through Toastmasters. We are looking to the future of our District.

Finally I would like to remind you as Toastmasters to  always  keep  in mind   the ten  commitments in the Toastmaster’s Promise  and try to fulfill those responsibilities  as well as act within  the four core values of our organization: Respect, Integrity, Service and  Excellence. RISE! This will ensure that your Toastmasters journey will be a very successful and a fulfilling experience.

Focus! Follow through! And Feel the success!

I ask you to join me; let us all focus on what we are doing. Let’s all follow through and together do our work to its completion. In this way, we all ensure that each of us will feel the satisfaction of having done something great, together.