Toastmasters D47

District 47 Leadership

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District
director

Maurice Fuller, DTM

Read the Letter from Maurice

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Program Quality
director

Leonardo Burrows, DTM

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club growth
director

Ivan Thompson, DTM

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Immediate Past
District Director

Antionette Fox, DTM

 
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Public Relations
Manager

Linda Chapman, DTM
Contact/Email

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Finance
Manager

Joset Simms, DTM

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administration
Manager

Andrea Johnson

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LOGISTICS
Manager

David Esposito, DTM

 

Division and Area Directors

See the complete alignment of clubs and areas here
(effective 8/30, last updated 8/30).

See the interactive map here.

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Division A Director

Florence Stuart

 

DIVISION A

Area 10 Director: Ana Garcia

Area 11 Director: Stephanie Foster

Area 12 Director: CeCe Espeut

Area 13 Director: Nina Obier

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Division B Director

Andrew Bern, DTM

 

DIVISION B

Area 20 Director: Matt Saravick

Area 21 Director: John Quick

Area 22 Director: Walter Bernuy

Area 23 Director: Lorraine Campbell

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Division C Director

Michelle LeWay, DTM

 

DIVISION C

Area 30 Director: Stephen Winters

Area 31 Director: David Borenstein

Area 32 Director: Elizabeth George

Area 33 Director: Antoine Rolle

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Division D Director

Dilcia Morales

 

DIVISION D

Area 40 Director: Anna Simeon

Area 41 Director: Manohardeep Josan

Area 42 Director: Paula Barto

Area 43 Director: Orlando Zuniga

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Division E Director

Sandra Jackson, DTM

 

DIVISION E

Area 50 Director: Joy Davis

Area 51 Director: Berta Garcia

Area 52 Director: Patrick Alexander

Area 53 Director: Nelsy Arellano

Area 54 Director: Jillian Allonge

Area 55 Director: Maryann Warren

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Division F Director

Tiffany Burrell-Roberts
 

DIVISION F

Area 60 Director: Monique Hanna

Area 61 Director: David King

Area 62 Director: Ambrosina Forbes

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Division I Director

Nikenya Rolle
 

DIVISION I

Area 90 Director: Wycliffe Barnett

Area 91 Director: Deandra Dorsett

Area 92 Director: Tristan Beneby

 
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Serve With Us

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Our leadership is excited to take District 47 to new heights this year, and we’re counting on you. Will you share your talents, efforts, and experience with us and share alongside this team? We still have several open positions where you can contribute and make a difference. Read the descriptions and sign up below.

 

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT CURATOR

Have an ear to the ground to learn about and publicize club events, outstanding achievements, and unique opportunities to be published on the district website.

BLOG CURATOR

In coordination with the Public Relations Manager and District Trio, create website blog posts to promote district events/campaigns and highlight clubs/members. We’d like to have one blog post a week, and it’s your job to either source or write that post following a professional, fun, and engaging editorial voice.

Deputy Webmaster

Work with the Webmaster to update and make corrections to the website. When breaking news, inadvertent content, or or otherwise urgent updates arise, you will be responsible for making changes to the district website if the Webmaster is unavailable. Must be tech savvy, creative, and willing to learn.

DTM Coach

Guide members who are close to getting the traditional Distinguished Toastmaster (before Pathways), navigating the last requirements like workshops, High Performance Leadership project, coaching, mentoring, and sponsoring a club. This is a crucial role to help these members achieve DTM before June 2020. Must be a DTM who knows the requirements well and can help match members to opportunities in the district.

GRAPHIC ARTIST

Create flyers, social media posts and other visuals as appropriate. Provide guidance to club leaders around TI branding and promotions including reviewing club special event flyers as appropriate.

DIVISION PR LIAISON (ONE PER DIVISION)

Support Division Facebook pages with local events and highlights.

SOCIAL MEDIA LIAISON

Support the Social Media Chair maintaining district Facebook group and page and other social media including but not limited to Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

EXTERNAL MEDIA LIAISON

Develop relationships with external news sources to promote D47 events, membership into D47 clubs and pitch stories about D47, its clubs and its members.

PATHWAYS EDUCATION CONTENT DEVELOPER

Develop immersive educational website content relating to the Pathways Learning Experience

 
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Our History

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The Birth of District 47

“Why doesn’t Florida have a district?” was posed by Sgts Callman and Kuck in 1955.

Ted Blanding, Executive Secretary of International, who was President of Toastmasters in 1942-43, replied with the question, “Why don’t you do something about it?”

Ted explained that ten clubs had to petition Toastmasters for District status. The District then must be in a provisional status for one year, with no funding from International. Talk about operating on a shoestring… without the shoestring!

Club #28 in Orlando, incidentally, was the first Toastmasters club East of the Mississippi. A decision was reached to have the western boundary at the Apalachicola River (as the rest of the Panhandle of Florida was already assigned to District 29.)

The Tallahassee club wrote that they thought that they should be in District 29. The response acknowledged that point but stressed that it seemed logical that a club in the state capital should be included in the Florida district.

They returned the petition immediately. The Board of Directors met in February, 1955, approving provisional status for District 47. The District organizational meeting was in Orlando in March with Ira Callman becoming District Governor and B. M. Wherrette, Lieutenant Governor. The District was started and new clubs started to spring up. The first new club of the District was the Coral Gables Club, chartering in July, 1955.

And that's how district 47 was born! 

Information based on an article written by Ira Callman, Provisional Governor #1, 1955. Special thanks to Karl Righter, DTM, PDG for this extensive history.

 
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"History never really says goodbye. History says, 'See you later.' "

— Eduardo Galeano

District 47 through the Years

Past District 47 Governors & Directors
(includes city of residence during term)

  • 1955-56 Ira Callman, DTM, Miami, FL (Provisional District) (deceased)

  • 1956 B.M. Wherette, Orlando, FL (Provisional District) (deceased)

  • 1956-57 Owen Parrish, Miami, FL

  • 1957-58 Donald M. Larson, Miami, FL

  • 1958-59 Norman S. Pallot, Miami, FL

  • 1959-60 Donald F. Muller, Jacksonville, FL

  • 1960-61 Charles M. Swann, DTM, Sarasota, FL (deceased)

  • 1961-62 Dean Risher, Cocoa Beach, FL

  • 1963-64 Larry Q. Webb, Jacksonville, FL

  • 1964-65 Viggo C. Christiansen, Jacksonville, FL (deceased)

  • 1965-66 John Diaz, DTM, Cocoa Beach, FL

  • 1966-67 Win Chesley, DTM,*** Plantation, FL

  • 1967-68 Charles Avery,* Cocoa Beach, FL

  • 1968-69 Fred G. Thompson,* Miami, FL

  • 1969-70 Hugh T. Burgay, DTM,*** Orlando, FL (deceased)

  • 1970-71 John Bowman, DTM,* Miami, FL (DTM Badge #1)

  • 1971-72 Michael G. Shane, DTM,*** Ft. Lauderdale, FL (DTM Badge #14) (deceased)

  • 1972-73 Charles L. Jones, DTM, Winter Haven, FL

  • 1973-74 Karl E. Righter, DTM, Orlando, FL (DTM Badge #51)

  • 1974-75 Carleton Smith, DTM, St. Petersburg, FL (deceased)

  • 1975-76 S. R. Dunn, DTM,*** Jacksonville, FL (DTM Badge #99) (deceased)

  • 1976-77 David Meeks, DTM,* Tampa, FL

  • 1977-78 R. Floyd Sewell, DTM,* Jacksonville, FL

  • 1978-79 Robert Gelfand, DTM, Plantation, FL (deceased)

  • 1979-80 Val Croskey, DTM,* Melbourne, FL

  • 1980-81 Virginia Heddinger, DTM,* Ft. Lauderdale, FL (deceased)

  • 1981-82 Frank Tillman, DTM,** Gainesville, FL (deceased)

  • 1982-83 Jim Stanley, DTM,* Tampa, FL (deceased)

  • 1983-84 Ray Floyd, DTM,* Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 1984-85 Dr. Ann Tillman, DTM,* Gainesville, FL (deceased)

  • 1985-86 Clara Gelfand, DTM, Plantation, FL (deceased)

  • 1986-87 James E. Martin, DTM,** Clearwater, FL

  • 1987-88 Lou Funk, DTM,*** Brandon, FL

  • 1988-89 Fred Miller, DTM, St. Petersburg, FL

  • 1989-90 Rosella Bonham, DTM,* Lake Mary, FL

  • 1990-91 Sara Meeks, DTM,* Tampa, FL (deceased)

  • 1991-92 Ed Waters, DTM,* Jacksonville, FL (deceased)

  • 1992-93 Steven A. Bard, DTM, Lauderhill, FL

  • 1993-94 Louise Y. Boyd, DTM, Sanford, FL

  • 1994-95 Rusty Best, DTM,*** Titusville, FL

  • 1995-96 Samuel P. Bain, DTM, Nassau, Bahamas

  • 1996-97 Rex P. Lehman, DTM, Miami, FL

  • 1997-98 Laura Reed, DTM, Tampa, FL

  • 1998-99 Timothy Pesut, DTM,* Sarasota, FL

  • 1999-00 Jack Jamba, DTM, Cocoa Beach, FL

  • 2000-01 Paul Meunier, DTM,*** Orlando, FL

  • 2001-02 Cathy Epler, DTM,* New Port Richey, FL

  • 2002-03 Eileen Sarris, DTM,* Sarasota, FL

  • 2003-04 Margaret Wan, DTM,*** St. Petersburg, FL (deceased)

  • 2004-05 Jim Ocque, DTM, Longwood, FL

  • 2005-06 Godfrey Springer, DTM, Nassau, Bahamas

  • 2006-07 Loretta Sandy, DTM,*** Palm Bay, FL

  • 2007-08 Wanda Brown, DTM, St. Johns, FL

  • 2008-09 Antoinette Fox, DTM,*** Nassau, Bahamas

  • 2009-10 Kristina Kihlberg, DTM, *** Pompano Beach

  • 2010-11 Richard Furbush, DTM, *** St. Petersburg

  • 2011-12 Pamela D. Rolle, DTM, Nassau Bahamas

  • 2012-13 Matthew A. Kinsey, DTM, Coral Springs, FL

  • 2013-14 Francis I. Molina, DTM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 2014-15 Anthony J. Longley, DTM, Nassau, Bahamas

In 2015, the title District Governor was changed to District Director

  • 2015-16 Jeanine C. Kinsey, DTM, * Coral Springs, FL

  • 2016-17 Lynda Hammond, DTM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 2017-18 Chim Francisco, DTM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 2018 Antionette Fox, DTM, Nassau, Bahamas

  • 2018-2019 Maurice Fuller, DTM

* Achieved Distinguished District
** Achieved Select Distinguished District
***Achieved President’s Distinguished District

Presidential Visits to District 47

  • 1971 Arthur Diamond

  • 1983 Bill Miller

  • 1988 Tommy Richardson

  • 1994 (Fall) Pauline Shirley, DTM

  • 2001 (Spring) JoAnna McWilliams, DTM

  • 2008 (Spring) Chris Ford, DTM

  • 2013 (Fall) Mohammad Murad, DTM (President-Elect)

  • 2015 (Spring) Jim Kokocki, DTM (President Elect)

Presidential Citations to members of District 47

  • 1986 Frank Tillman, DTM, PDG

  • 1988 Dr. Ann Tillman, DTM. PDG

  • 1989 David Meeks, DTM, PID

  • 2001 Karl Righter, DTM, PDG

  • 2002 Mark Majcher, CTM/CL

  • 2015 Kristina Kihlberg, DTM, PID

  • 2016 Anthony J. Longley, DTM

  • 2017 Steven A. Bard, DTM, PID 

Early Recipients of DTM Designation

  • John Bowman, DTM, Miami, District 47 Governor, ‘70 - ‘71, DTM # 1

  • Mike Shane, DTM, Ft. Lauderdale, District 47 Governor, ‘71 - ‘72, DTM # 14

  • Karl Righter, DTM, Orlando, District 47 Governor, ‘73 - ‘74, DTM # 51

  • S. R. Dunn, DTM, Jacksonville, District 47 Governor, ‘75 - ‘76, DTM # 99

International Directors from District 47

  • ‘63 - ‘64 - Charles Swan, DTM, PID

  • ‘68 - ‘70 - John Diaz, DTM, PIP

  • ‘71 - ‘73 - Win Chesley, DTM, PID

  • ‘79 - ‘81 - Hugh Burgay, DTM, PID

  • ‘83 - ‘85 - Dave Meeks, DTM, PID

  • ‘87 - ‘89 - Ray Floyd, DTM, PID

  • ‘91 - ‘93 - Evelyn-Jane Burgay, DTM, PID

  • ‘95 - ‘97 - Steve Bard, DTM, PID

  • ‘02 - ‘04 - Paul Meunier, DTM, PID

  • ‘06 - ‘08 - Margaret Wan, DTM, PID

  • ‘12 - ‘14 - Kristina Kihlberg, DTM, PID

  • ‘16 - ‘18 - Matthew A. Kinsey, DTM, ID

International President from District 47

  • 1974-1975 John Diaz, DTM

International Conferences Held in District 47 with Presidents

  • 1968 - Miami Beach

    • Outgoing President - Lothar Salin, DTM

    • Incoming President - Earl M. Potter, DTM

  • 1984 - Orlando

    • Outgoing President - Eddie V. Dunn, DTM

    • Incoming President - John S. Latin, DTM

  • 2000 - Miami Beach

    • Outgoing President - Tim Keck, DTM

    • Incoming President - JoAnna McWilliams, DTM