April 2024

Issue 21

Message from the District 101 Director


In April 2019, my journey with Toastmasters had just begun, with only a few months of experience under my belt. Little did I know, a single invitation for coffee would change the trajectory of my Toastmasters experience forever.

When our club president, Vinod, reached out to me, I couldn't help but wonder what prompted this unexpected meeting. Curiosity mingled with apprehension as I accepted his invitation.

As we sat down for coffee the next day, Vinod posed a question that caught me off guard: "Would you like to be the Vice President of Education for the upcoming year, starting from July 1st?" At that moment, my mind raced with doubts. How could I possibly take on such a significant role with only a few months of Toastmasters experience?

I asked for time to consider his proposition. Seeking guidance, I turned to my mentor, the current Vice President of Education. Their words of encouragement echoed with wisdom: "This is an excellent opportunity for growth. Embrace it, and you'll not only evolve as a leader and communicator but also as a person."

With my mentor's support, I delved into understanding the responsibilities of the role. What resonated deeply with me was the notion that as Vice President of Education, I'd be entrusted with nurturing the growth of every member. Empowered by this realization, I accepted the challenge before me.

Initially daunting, connecting with each member proved to be a rewarding endeavor. Tailoring my approach to inspire and support individuals of diverse backgrounds and needs became my mission. Through mentoring new members, I strengthened my foundation and honed essential skills.

Looking back, that pivotal moment marked a profound transformation in my life. The year that followed was one of immense personal growth and self-discovery. It bolstered my confidence and reaffirmed my belief in my capacity to contribute to significant endeavors.

As we approach a new Toastmasters year, I urge you to reflect on your journey. This is the fertile ground where skills are cultivated, propelling both your professional and personal life to new heights. Consider taking on a leadership role within the club or even venturing beyond as an Area Director.

Embrace the opportunity to push your boundaries, for it is through a challenge that we unearth our true potential. Let this be the year you soar, exceeding even your expectations. Seize the opportunity to unleash your latent talents and embark on a journey of unparalleled growth.

Together, let us propel each other towards greatness, inspiring one another to reach heights we once deemed unattainable. The time for transformation is now. Are you ready to unleash your potential?

District Director,

Abhijeet Joshi

Did you take advantage of the Early Bird Discounts to attend the Hybrid Annual Conference? Hurry and register today!



Clubs qualify to win $100 in district credit starting April 1st until May 15th 11:59 PM PST If the club:

  • Adds 3 new/reinstated/dual members


  • Completes any 3 educational goals

Please note you can use district credit to attend the D101 Annual Conference on May 18 and 19, 2024.

No form submissions are necessary, results will be announced on May 16th.

Questions? Reach out to Raji Bandanapudi at quality@d101tm.org


Experience the story and the TedEx Talk by our toastmaster Shoba Rao, DTM who is the author of “My Race Against Death”, a TEDx Speaker, Cancer Survivor, and Kidney Transplant Survivor. Her speeches come from her experience of going through three cancers and a kidney transplant. She is a strong advocate for patients' self-advocacy when it comes to their health.

Learn more at https://d101tm.org/my-tedx-experience/

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