Our Award Winning Year
Sault Ste. Marie’s oldest Toastmasters club, Algoma Toastmasters Club 2648, has a big announcement to make. This week we celebrated the end of our year and a big accomplishment, our new status as a Presidential Distinguished Club! As a club, we are incredibly proud of this accomplishment as it is the first time that we have achieved this status in our known history, at least 26 years. How did we manage to succeed this year?
The pandemic was a scary thing for our club. We had just secured a beautiful new meeting space in our Civic Centre, and soon after we moved in, we needed to stop meeting in person. With the quick thinking and adaptability of our Club President, Matthew Lance, we were able to quickly take our meetings online via Zoom. Although there have been challenges, we think that this move was an overall success for our club. Not only have we gotten guests to attend, but we have also been lucky enough to have had new members sign up while we’ve been completely virtual.
Our 2019-2020 VP of Education, Ryan Walker, is an expert in the Pathways system and has been instrumental in encouraging our members to start on their paths. Due to his efforts this year, we have had 4 members finish their level one and 3 members finish their level two. Our President, Matthew Lance, also deserves major kudos for his outreach to potential members and guests. We have been so successful with recruiting new members this year, 12 to date! Our club Treasurer, Rosanne Chan, also needs a shout-out for getting all of our membership renewals and dues in on time.
Another big reason for our success is that two of our long-standing members received their DTM’s this year, as they pushed to finish up their legacy programs to begin with Pathways. Kudos to George Mcvittie DTM, and Ryan Walker DTM, for reaching that amazing milestone! Not only are we proud to have two Distinguished Toastmasters in our club, but we are very grateful that they gave us the points we needed to push us over the edge and make Presidential Distinguished status.
On the evening of June 24th, during our regular scheduled meeting, we celebrated with a Presidential Distinguished theme, and encouraged our members to wear something fun. We had three special guests in attendance, Colleen and Phil from the North Bay and Area Toastmasters club in North Bay, and our current Area Director, Andrea Reibmayr. Their support was instrumental in our success, and we are so glad that they came to celebrate with us on this amazing occasion, and to share their kind words! We enjoyed a full meeting including 2 speeches, and ended off with “Post Toasties”, a chance for us to socialize and to toast to another award winning year ahead!