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maurice fuller, dtm

District 47 Director 2018-2019

Dear Fellow D47 Toastmasters:

It is my honor and privilege to serve you, the members of District 47  as the 2018-2019 District Director.

The mission of the District is clear, "we build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence." Our goal is for EVERY club to be successful, and so, the District theme the year is Committed to Your Success. The members of the District Executive Council are dedicated to the SUCCESS of every member, every club, every area and every division; we are ready to serve you, whatever your needs. Please reach out to your Area and Division Directors. Our commitment to you is to uphold the values of Toastmasters International with Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence!

There are many changes this year. As mandated by Toastmasters International there is no Fall Conference. Instead, the request is that less focus be placed on club, area, and division contests and to direct our focus to club officer training and club success planning so that members and clubs have the resources required for a successful year. We are presenting more educational sessions and webinars to heighten your awareness of the resources available to you as a member of Toastmasters.

The District Council must still meet but the meeting will be virtual. At the meeting, all Presidents and VPEs will be provided a ballot to vote on the district budget and to approve the appointment of Area Directors. The deadline for this meeting is September 30th.

We are updating the D47 website with a focus on getting information to you in a more timely manner. Check out the District web page and multiple social media outlets; look out for various club incentives. Reach out to the Public Relations team to share your stories and members experiences. 

Our goal is to provide you with a variety of leadership opportunities to serve the district and its members as a volunteer. We have much work ahead of us serving our members. This year, it is important not only stay focused short term but, to also focus on how we envision our district over the next few years. Visualize our district as the place to belong, one where members are open to embrace change in themselves and integrating the new Pathways program into our clubs.

Committing to our Success means that you must focus on your goals, support, encourage, and mentor each other to achieve both individual and club goals. I challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone, to stretch and volunteer in the spirit of service. This is how we grow as leaders.

We have a strong leadership team and I ask you to welcome them into your clubs. Please embrace them and take the opportunity to learn and be supported by them.  Let’s work together across our district and serve each member because a successful District 47 is Stronger Together!

My best wishes to you for a great year and I look forward meeting each of you.

Maurice M. Fuller, DTM
District 47 Director 2018-2019