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My Toastmasters Journey

I talk a little bit about this in "My Story," but here's the basic facts of my Toastmasters Career for you:

Joined: June 2013

  • Charter member and first president of the Five Shields Toastmasters Club in Quantico, Virginia

  • I had never even seen a Toastmasters meeting--my first one I was presiding over

  • We were Select Distinguished that first year


  • Participated in my one and, to date, only, area speech contest--I was third in a field of four, but it was a great experience

  • Appointed an Area Governor, by the end of the program year I had one of only three President's Distinguished Areas in the district

  • I was also the Fall District Conference Chair and received a District Governor's Award


  •  Elected Division Director, and would be lead a President's Distinguished Division 

  • Achieved DTM in October -- 28 months after joining Toastmasters, also received a District Director's Award


  • Ran for District 29 Club Growth Director, and lost, but did get elected to a second term as a division director


  • Won District 29 Club Growth Director this year!


  • Elected District 29 Program Quality Director

  • Received "Excellence in Program Quality" Award from Toastmasters International

2019 - 2020:

  • Elected District District Director

  • Led District 29 to Distinguished:

    • One of only 20 distinguished (or better) district in the world ​

    • One of only three distinguished US districts 

    • First time in four years for District 29

    • Has not been accomplished by any US district since

  • Really appreciated the power of connection--it was essential to our success!​


2020 - 2021: Ran as an ILC-nominated candidate for International Director from Region 7​

2022 - 2023: Running again for International Director from Region 7

  • Outcome--you tell me, I'm asking for your vote!

  • Let me connect with you, I want to know what matters to you!

Over the course of those eight years, I have:

  • Sponsored two new clubs

  • Mentored two new clubs

  • Coached (successfully to distinguished) one new club 

  • Been a charter member of four new clubs

  • Belonged to a total of ten different clubs (I currently belong to four in three different districts and regions)

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