President’s Distinguished Club Award
Earlier this year we celebrated our 60th year making First Oakville Toastmasters the longest running public speaking and leadership program in Oakville. Since February 1st, 1957, First Oakville Toastmasters has been a vital and vibrant part of the Oakville community giving many residents the opportunity to build their public speaking, presentation, and leadership skills.
Last night we had the pleasure of welcoming Kristina Johnston, DTM. Kristina is currently the District 86 Program Quality Director 2017-2018 and represented District 86 as she presented our Past President, Mark Molder with a Golden Gavel in recognition of First Oakville achieving President’s Distinguished status in 2016-2017.
President’s Distinguished is the highest level of recognition and it is a marker of a successful and strong club. What this means is that our club met the membership prerequisite and achieved at least nine of the ten goals. These goals include earning communication and leadership designations, recruiting new members, attending executive officer training, submitting membership renewals on time and providing a club officer list on time. This is not accomplished by one person alone, it happens when you have a strong executive team along with a strong club culture.
As your 2017-2018 president I am working with the current Executive Team to ensure that we continue the legacy and rich history that our past presidents, executive teams, and members have worked so hard to build since 1957.
We are currently half-way towards achieving our Distinguished Club Program goals for 2017-2018 and we look forward to continuing our tradition of being a President’s Distinguished Club in District 86.
We would like to thank our 2016-2017 executive for all their contributions towards a very successful year. Thank you to the 2016-2017 executive: Mark Molder (President), Petra Dubec (VP Education), Rosa Rodriguez (VP Membership), Zulma Garcia (VP Public Relations), Sameet Batavia (Treasurer), Luke Jin (Secretary), Scott Richardson (SAA), and Peter West ( Immediate Past President).
This is an exciting year for First Oakville Toastmasters as we celebrate 61 years of club history this February 2018. We have a very strong executive team with fresh new ideas. Adrian Scott, a long time member of First Oakville Toastmasters has recently launched a brand new Mentorship Program and with Pathways launching very soon this is surely going to be a year of growth.
No matter where you are on your journey towards becoming a better speaker or leader, we welcome you here at First Oakville Toastmasters.
If you would like to know more about Toastmasters, we encourage you to visit our club and meet our members. We are committed to helping each other grow as speakers and leaders…and we like to have fun too!
Best regards from the 2017-2018 FOTM Executive
Allan Osborne (VP Education), Alonso Mendizabal (Public Relations), Cheryl Etherington (Treasurer), Rebecca Valero (President), Danny Luu (SAA), Samantha Tam (Secretary), Luke Jin (VP Membership) not in picture.
Rebecca Valero, ACB ALB President, First Oakville Toastmasters, Club 2245 https://www.firstoakvilletoastmasters.org/