We present this material on nominated candidates for Division Director to help our voting members make an informed decision. For the video interviews, each candidate was given 10 questions and allowed 10 minutes in which to answer.
- Division A Price Polynice
- Division B Lois Margolin
- Division C Anthony Elie
- Division D Valerie Johnson
- Division E Sarah Cherres
- Division F Juliana Duncanson-Clark
- Division I Verna Bonaby
Price Polynice – Nominated Candidate for Division A Director
I am Price Polynice, candidate for Division A Director for the 2020 to 2021 Toastmasters International fiscal year.
I have spent the past decade developing my communication skills and leadership skills in this great organization that will be culminate with my achievement of DTM status in June 2020. I believe the time is right for me to give back some of what Toastmasters International has provided to me to a larger constituency than my home club, Davie Toastmasters. My extensive and diverse professional background and my leadership positions within my home club and Area 15 have prepared me for this next step.
Developing new leaders will be a priority to me as Division A Director. I have seen many talents on the side-line in our division. I want to encourage these members to become the leaders they are meant to be and to pave the way for others.
I plan to bring more relevant topics to our TLI training for our members and to implement a Division A Newsletter to highlight upcoming events, deadlines, the state of our division and its achievements. The newsletter will be one layer of communication that will unite the Areas in our Division to achieve our common goals. Communication is key of my leadership style; not just a top to bottom communication but, more importantly, is the bottom up communication. As Division Director, I will have an open line of communication with all Area Directors and attend as many events to show support and to be of service where needed. Together we can achieve more.
It would be my honor to lead our Division to greater heights during the next year. On May 2nd 2020, please cast your vote for me, Price Polynice, for Division A Director for leadership with experience to support it.
Lois Margolin – Nominated Candidate for Division B Director
Who Am I?
- I’m a doer, I get things done!
- I’m a planner
- I’m a woman who cares for my community
- I’m a family person
- I’m a daughter to my 100-year-old mom, a wife, a mother, a sister and a grandmother (shhh)
- I’m a handwritten note kind of girl
- I’m a positive individual
- I’m a hugger (ok not so much right now)
- I’m a leader
- I’m a color coordinated organizer
- I’m a mentor
- I’m a coach
- I’m the one cheering you on
- I’m a woman who believes we all have untapped potential and wants YOU to succeed
- I’m the one smiling in the front row
I embrace the opportunity to mentor and help others achieve their leadership potential. My role as Division Director will allow me to work with Area Directors who will shine as leaders in our community.
I want to inspire the Area Directors to become stronger leaders so they can take their leadership skills and mentor and inspire the leaders at the club level.
Imagine a Toastmaster club where every member wants to be a leader on the Executive Board?
With the right mentorship and leaders, you won’t have to imagine, it WILL happen. Let’s make this happen together!
Vote for me, Lois Margolin, as your Division B Director.
Anthony Elie Nominated Candidate for Division C Director
Our Toastmasters journeys are self-paced, but they are not solo adventures. Like many of the members in District 47, the guidance and mentorship I received through Toastmasters has led to my development as a professional and a community leader. The gratitude I feel towards my Toastmasters mentors inspires me to action. Therefore, I am running for Division C Director so that I may serve the members of our District.
As a certified public accountant (“CPA”) and a current District Leader, I am skilled in project management and collaboration. Consequently, I will be able to support Areas and Clubs in planning for high-quality programs. In the workplace, I leverage my Toastmasters skills to regularly deliver technical presentations on international tax while serving as a leader in my company’s culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Having effectively leveraged my Toastmasters skills beyond club meetings, I can assist our members in doing the same.
Being a charter member of two clubs (one in Division C and another in Division B), I often consider myself a dual citizen of sorts in District 47. With respect to the Toastmasters Club at FAU (Division C), I served as the club’s first president. With respect to the RSM Fort Lauderdale Toastmasters Club (Division B), I serve as the club sponsor. Through these experiences, I have developed lasting relationships in multiple divisions. This is particularly true in the past year while I have served as Area 21 Director.
If elected Division C Director, I intend to capitalize on my knowledge, resources and relationships to support all of our clubs in achieving excellence. It would be an honor to serve for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, following in the footsteps of the incredible previous directors. I would be grateful for your support and vote in this endeavor.
Valerie Johnson – Candidate for Division D Director
I was first introduced to Toastmasters in 2012 and became active in Leadership, as Area 40 Governor, in 2014. The following year, as Division D Governor, I lead my TEAM to President Distinguished status and was honored to be named District 47, Division Governor of the Year. I currently serve as Area 41 Director
Over the years I have held every club office, leading my clubs to Presidential Distinguished, and have served as a Committee member & chair of Toastmaster events at the Area, Division & District levels
I decided to run for Division D Director as I enjoy coaching Teams, as well as individuals, to succeed
I believe that Toastmasters is all about our Members success.
Clubs grow as the members become empowered to succeed both personally and professionally. The Toastmasters experience should be enjoyable, even FUN: It should be a safe place to grow. Leaders encourage that.
Throughout the year, Area Directors fulfill many responsibilities, to their members, their clubs and each other Each Area Director has the opportunity to grow & excel in many areas of Leadership.
I believe the duty of the Division Director is to provide the environment, training and encouragement for that growth to happen. To coach and mentor the Team. To ensure each member gains the knowledge & develops the skills to complete the tasks at hand. To engage in Team coaching calls; individual coaching. For Team members to mentor each other
I find it fulfilling to watch Team members, each with different skills & resources, become a Team; to act at my direction; or, completely on their own initiative.
My role; to be Instigator in Chief.
I respectfully ask for your Vote as Division D Director; for the opportunity to develop another generation of Leaders
Sarah Cherres – Nominated Candidate for Division E Director
My commitment to Toastmasters is evident ever since becoming a member in late 2017. I have had the privilege of serving fellow Toastmasters as a mentor, a club officer (President, VPPR, and VPE), and, more recently, as an Area Director for Area 51.
During this time, I have not only been able to hone my public speaking skills, but also my leadership skills in the areas of Strategic Planning, Finance, and Developing Procedures. I have also been fortunate to learn about processes and protocols alongside experienced Toastmasters and DTMs. This combined experience now serves me as a terrific foundation to continue to build towards the future of District 47.
With a background in Marketing and Communications, I will continue to contribute to the growth and development of Division E especially in this new environment. I’m most excited in supporting the development of other leaders in the making within Division E. I love seeing others reach their educational and leadership goals within Toastmasters through lessons learned and greater insight, always working towards excellence!
To close, and on a personal note, my goal is to share with others the same opportunities that Toastmasters has given me. I’ve grown tremendously as a person and as a professional with every opportunity I have said “Yes” to. Will this role be challenging? Of course, it will be! But I’m up for the challenge and look forward to continuing to make a difference as the Director for Division E.
Juliana Duncanson-Clarke – Nominated Candidate for Division F Director
Juliana is married to Cristoff Clarke and is an active member of Christ Community Church, where she serves as a sound technician. Some of her hobbies include reading, listening to music, working out, and traveling. She also loves animals and owns a Lion Head Rabbit named Spero.
Juliana joined Healing Communicators, Toastmasters Club 7178 in October 2014 and achieved her Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leader Bronze Awards. She currently serves as an Area Director for Toastmasters International, District 47, Division F, Area 63. In this capacity, she is responsible for three corporate clubs and one community club. She also sponsored 1 new club and is a member of 3 other Toastmasters clubs.
As a member of Healing Communicators club 7178, she served as a President’s Distinguished President, Vice President, Education, Vice President, Membership and Treasurer. On numerous occasions Juliana was awarded Speaker of the Night and Evaluator of the Night. Additionally, she is the recipient of the following awards: Evaluator of the Year (2016-2017); Toastmaster of the 4th Quarter (2016-2017), Evaluator of the 4th Quarter (2016-2017) and Toastmaster of the 4th Quarter (2015-2016).
Juliana is passionate about her work. Because of this passion, she has a steady source of motivation that drives her to do her best. This leads her to challenge herself daily and learn new skills that can help her to do better work. This passion shows that she is a natural leader who loves to help people. She is not comfortable with settling, and she is always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness. She thrives on challenge and constantly sets goals for herself so she can have something to strive toward.
She is results-oriented, constantly checking in with the goal to determine how close or how far away her team is and what it will take to make it happen. She finds this pressure inspiring and a great motivator for the rest of the team. Juliana feels that proper communication is important to keep everyone on the same page. She believes in making sure everyone has the right information because it drives better results for a positive outcome.
“Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.”
― Roy T. Bennett,
Verna Bonaby – Nominated Candidate for Division I Director
“Your greatest test is when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm.” – Unknown
In this new Toastmasters year, I visualize my role as Division Director will encompass not only those duties defined by Toastmasters International, but also others – including:
PR Manager – with the vigorous, hands on promotion of the Pathways Program, both to those members who have only recently joined and are still adjusting from the Legacy program, and our seasoned Toastmasters who have steadfastly ignored the call to begin the new journey since Pathways launched in February 2018.
Motivator – encouraging our members to continue this Toastmasters journey despite the many challenges that not just District 47, but all Districts around the world are facing as a result of this Covid-19 pandemic. Let this program, our meetings, our interaction with our Toastmasters “family” be an anchor to us, a space where we can maintain some degree of normalcy in this life that may never return fully to “as we knew it”.
Teacher – leading by example as I promote the Pathways program, with the successful completion of my second Path.
Lighthouse: by being that positive, constant beacon of light that can help to guide others safely on their journey, not only in Toastmasters, but in their life outside of the program, in any way I am able to, as often the two paths are inter-twined.
The upcoming year will be different, as we navigate the waters that we have been thrown into, but I have the utmost confidence that with the leadership, communication and in some instances life skills, that we have learned in this great program…. We shall survive, and emerge not only a stronger Division, but a stronger District.
David F. Carr, DTM, is the District Webmaster for 2019-2020, a Past President and VPE of Club Awesome in Coral Springs, FL, the Charter President and current Treasurer of Online Presenters Toastmasters, and the organizer of the WordPress for Toastmasters open source software project.
He is a writer and editor with years of experience at technology trade publications such as Internet World, Baseline Magazine, and Information Week. He wrote the book Social Collaboration for Dummies and has keynoted at technology conferences internationally. See davidfcarr.com