WOW what an amazing honour it is to be taking on the role of District Director.
I would like the vision for this year to be “Unlock the Power of Your Voice”. Every member has a story to tell and we want you to tell your story.
Over 18 years ago, a shy kid wanting to improve his public speaking skills, walked into his very first Toastmasters meeting at St George’s Terrace Toastmasters club. That kid was me.
I realised early that I was surrounded by positive and focus driven peers. Up until then, I was trying to fit into other people’s worlds, self-doubting my beliefs and feeling that I was not being heard.
This led to me to deliver speeches about my passions and to tell my stories. It has led to uncovering who I am and what is important to me. It has unlocked my voice and to making a difference.
Here at Toastmasters, I found club members to be encouraging and supportive always. I felt that my voice was being heard and my colleagues always supported my speeches. This support has driven me to take on opportunities to develop as a speaker and as a leader.
I feel very honoured with the support of so many Toastmasters family and has led me to taking on all the opportunities that have come along. From stepping up and taking on my first committee role, through to taking on Club President through to leadership roles in the District. Earlier this year I had the privilege to host the very first Virtual District Conference for our District.
Taking the courage to start new clubs, like my home club at CPA Toastmasters Club, has given me the opportunity to take on leadership roles in my community. In 2014 I was elected by my peers to the position of State President for CPA Australia. I was regularly presenting and emceeing events on a weekly basis to crowds of 20 to 400 people.
We are here to support your stories your development and for you to take the confidence to take on challenges and opportunities as they come along. It is time for Toastmasters in Western Australia to be heard and to be seen.
This year we will be working on a number of initiatives that will be aiming at promoting Toastmasters to various media and social outlets to drive home the benefits to the Western Australia community.
Let’s all collaborate and work together to tell our stories and why Toastmasters is a valuable resource in your personal development.
Tim Blackburn, DTM
District Director 2021-22
District 17, Toastmasters International