I am Tom Goodwin, DTM and I will be serving as the District Director for District 45 in 2016-2017. As District Director, I will be responsible for overseeing and managing the district’s operations, finances and all district officers. Fortunately, I have a wonderful team of District Officers to help fulfill these responsibilities and I look forward to working with members throughout the entire District in the coming year.
I joined Toastmasters in 2007 while living in Oregon and quickly became a true believer in the personal and professional benefits of Toastmasters. I achieved Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in 2011. In 2012, I relocated to New Hampshire where I had previously lived for 22 years. Once back in NH, I joined the Moultonboro Toastmasters Club in 2012 and served as Area 20 Governor in 2013-14. While serving as the Area 20 Governor in 2013-14, I helped establish the Mt. Washington Valley Toastmasters Club, served as a Club Mentor, and remain an active member of the club. In 2014-2015, I served as the district’s Lt. Governor of Marketing (LGM, now known as Club Growth Director) and earned my second DTM. Last year, I served as Program Quality Director (PQD) for the District. My Toastmasters journey continues as I work on improving my presentation and leadership skills further.
As your District Director, I look forward to the year ahead and working to enrich the Toastmasters experience for all members of the District.
Program Quality Director
I joined Toastmasters in 2009 as the Charter President of Rivertalkers #1121700 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia after almost a year of helping to establish this new club. I attended my first major Toastmasters event outside of the club in June, 2009 – the last Region conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. Meeting so many Toastmasters from across the Region (even the International President-Elect, Gary Schmidt) opened my eyes to the possibilities outside the club. In 2010, I joined Toast of the Coast #4592 and after moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, I joined Schooner #3978. I served as the Area 1 Director in 2011-12 and Division D Director the following year. I thought that would be the end of my District leadership journey for several years as I was taking my Certified Management Accountant designation. In 2014, the role of Public Relations Manager unexpectedly became available and I decided to step up to the challenge. As Program Quality Director, my role is to promote quality clubs. This will involve meaningful training at the Toastmasters Leadership Institutes and ensuring more clubs take advantage of this training. Clubs are better able to provide the environment for member success when the officers are properly trained. I want to see all clubs having fun and productive meetings where members have ample opportunity to succeed. I would love to see at least 45% of clubs achieving Distinguished by April 30th and 65% of our clubs reaching Distinguished by June 30th . I will encourage all clubs to fully complete the Club Success Plan, as this establishes the club’s road map to success. I urge all clubs to also complete the Moments of Truth, as this provides a check-up on how well the club is meeting the needs of its members. I am excited to be working with you this year as your Program Quality Director. Together, we can ensure all clubs in District 45 are Where Leaders Are Made!
Club Growth Director
Thank you for electing me to be your Club Growth Director for 2016 – 2017. At this point, you may be wondering about my background. Who is this Jeff person anyway? How do people pronounce his name? I am Jeff Hebert (pronounced A-bear). I am a Toastmaster, and engineer, a husband, and a father. I spent most of my adult life in Texas where I met the love of my life, Cheryl. We moved to Maine in 2009. We now live in Saco, Maine with our son Raine (pronounced rain like Maine). I spend my spare time relaxing with family and watching my son’s baseball and football games. I joined Toastmasters in July 2000 to overcome fear and help improve my technical presentations. I am an engineer, and I recognized that I had a hard time communicating important ideas. Toastmasters helped me present my data as a coherent story. Peers and managers recognized my improving communication skills. I soon became a club officer and then an Area Governor. In 2014, I became active in District leadership when I volunteered to help the Division B Governor. I was awarded the 2014 – 2015 District 45 Toastmaster of the Year for my contributions. At the time, I didn’t realize what a positive impact I was having. I was simply doing things I loved to do, and a few things that were terrifying. I was working with great people on a variety of challenging projects. This may or may not be your idea of fun, but it is exactly what I love to do. I served as Division B Director from 2015 – 2016 where I worked with a great team of Area Directors. They did such a great job that I even had time to help with the District 45 Spring Conference in Bar Harbor. At each step in my Toastmasters journey, I’ve learned invaluable lessons and met terrific people who helped me get the job done. This year, for me, membership growth is a top priority. I will be helping clubs engage existing members to enhance their experience. I will help our clubs demonstrate to prospective members how our program can enhance their performance. I will also provide frequent tips to help. I look forward to working with you this year to help strengthen your clubs so every member has the opportunity to succeed.
Public Relations Manager
Like most, members of Toastmasters International, I joined in 2004 to improve my leadership speaking skills and over time became involved in the many leadership opportunities. Starting as Sergeant at Arms for Civil Speakers #6423, I was soon involved a With much encouragement from my many mentors such as, Wendy Harding, DTM and Heather Perkins, DTM, I took on the challenge of then Area Governor in 2006. By 2008 I achieved my first Distinguished Toastmasters Award. Over the years I have participated in leadership roles at the club and district level and I am always promoting Toastmasters outside my club, whether on a one-on-one basis or in my various community endeavors. I see my year as Public Relations Manager (PRM) for District 45 as an opportunity to give back to the members of our district. As PRM, my responsibility is “to generate positive awareness of the Toastmasters brand for the purpose of attracting and retaining members.” I will keep my toastmaster members well informed by working closely with our newly appointed monthly newsletter editor, Heather Perkins, DTM, who has assembled a team of expert TMs to assist her. Our district website (D45Toastmasters.com) will be updated on a regular basis with information regarding events around the district. This includes conference information on the hotel and conference. Our social media sites such as our Facebook page and Twitter accounts will also be updated regularly with similar information. “Good public relations will build membership and gain public recognition.”