By Elizabeth Jordan DTM, Hertfordshire Speakers
Members and guests at Hertfordshire Speakers Toastmasters Club were in celebratory mood on Monday 25th March. The club was celebrating the first anniversary of the rollout of Pathways to clubs across what was then Region 11 (now Region 10).
A birthday helium balloon swayed gently above the large birthday cake that was displayed on the table and which acted like a magnet to those curious to read the words written on it.
Club President, Jillian Haslam, opened the meeting with a proud smile as she shared the three accomplishments the club had achieved to date.
The most exciting news was that 100% of club members were enrolled on Pathways before the first anniversary. She praised the club’s members for the sterling effort they made to reach this impressive result. She also praised the club’s Pathways Champion – Elizabeth Jordan – for her role in helping members to adopt and enjoy Pathways.
1) Pathways Adoption
•100% of its members enrolled on pathways
•64% of its members have completed an Ice Breaker
•4 members have completed L1
•1 member has completed LDL5 and VCL3 and The Pathways Mentoring Program
Specially designed Pathways certificates by Philip Carey were presented to members who had completed their Icebreakers, Level 1’s, L5 and the Mentoring Program. Wojtek Zulja, Area 20 Director, John Allsop, Area Director-elect and Vinette Hoffman-Jackson, Pathways Ambassador presented the certificates.
2) A President’s Distinguished Club
The President of Hertfordshire Speakers was thrilled to announce that the club was President’s Distinguished with 9 awards completed in March, well before the end of the Toastmaster’s year. This was a proud moment for the club which has a track record of achieving President’s Distinguished status.
3) Contest Winners
The third success celebrated was having two members from Herts Speakers: Elizabeth Jordan and Surosh Pillay – representing Area20 at the Division H International Speech and Evaluation contests on Saturday 30th March at Cranfield University. They were invited to cut the cake, which was enjoyed by members and guests during the Networking Break.
The evening ended on a high note with words of thanks and congratulations from Area 20 Director, Wojtek Zulja who said: “Congratulations for the great achievement on the first anniversary of Pathways launch – I really liked your concept of celebration“.