Registration for Winter Toastmasters Leadership Institute is now closed online. Walk-ins for Club Officers and Club Members are welcome for tomorrow Saturday, January 6, 2018. The cost is $10.00, includes a light continental breakfast and snacks, and is payable with cash or check at the door. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Stay warm.

Toastmaster of the day is Michael Cortes, DTM. He is the Technology Director of the Fort LeBoeuf School District in Northwest Pennsylvania, a speaker, and a presentation coach. Michael likes to believe he took on his first leadership role at the tender age of two and a half, when he became the oldest of two siblings. He expanded his range of responsibility to include a total of two younger siblings. He later joined the Marines and found that those leadership lessons have always held true and faithful to building relationships and teams, both at work and in life.

Michael gives back to veterans as a member of the American Legion and contributes to his local technical school through the advisory council.

He recently was asked if leadership is a contest, he replied, “If leadership is a contest, then the prize is a great team.”

His greatest joy is in learning and helping others. Therefore he hopes to live the rest of his life helping people reach higher, and improving himself in the process.

Melissa McGavick, DTM, RA
There are only 14 regions in the world and Melissa McGavick, DTM is the Region Advisor for Region 7. Region 7 covers the eight districts from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Melissa has served as all seven club officer roles, Area Director, and all three District Trio roles. Professionally she is a trainer and coach specializing in selling skills and career advancement. You can learn more about her on the Toastmasters website at https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/Region-Advisor-Tools/2017-2018-Region-Advisors/region-advisor-7.

The region advisor’s role is to support district leaders in fulfilling the district mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. The region advisor helps district directors, program quality directors, club growth directors, and public relations managers to maximize performance while helping to identify strategies to achieve the district mission.

Melissa was the 2014-2015 District 13 Governor and achieved Select Distinguished District.

Charlie Wilson, DTM, PDG

All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Toastmasters by Charlie Wilson, DTM, PDG

To know him is to love him and we welcome Distinguished Toastmaster, Mr. Charlie Wilson to the main stage! Charlie will share with us his personal strategy, wisdom and bits of humor for Toastmasters success.

About Charlie
Charlie Wilson, DTM is an emeritus retiree from the faculty of Penn State. He is an active member of six Toastmasters clubs, achieving Distinguished Toastmaster, serving as District 13 Governor twice, and reaching the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking. He has been in 85 productions over the past 14 years. He lives with his high school sweetheart,
Caroline, with whom he reconnected online, after 50 years.

TLI is Toastmasters Leadership Institute. These are officer training sessions that are open to all members, but are mandatory for club officers to effectively execute their roles.

All districts rely on club officers to conduct the Toastmasters program and keep their clubs healthy and successful. If these clubs are to be successful, the officers need knowledge and tools. Club officer training provides the knowledge and tools. Trained club officers can result in more satisfied members, more exciting club meetings, more new members, more Distinguished Clubs and more Distinguished Districts.

In the summer, officer training focuses on the specific duties of each position and the activities that are undertaken to execute successfully, i.e., the nuts and bolts. In the winter, officer training focuses on sharing successes as well as sharing challenges with peers, helping you navigate the second half of your term successfully.