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Toastmasters Time Line

A visual history of District 27 from birth to being re-born or should we say re-formed into D27 + D29
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John Lesko

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Toastmasters Time Line

District 36 A Graphic History of District 27:
22+ years of service to our members District 27
(re-formed) District 29
(newly formed) 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1993-94 1992-93 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 The genesis of District 27.

It all started with an idea, a few volunteers, and some tireless committee work.

"Let's Form a Committee" ... In January 1984, D36 Governor Paul Terry requested that the D36 Past District Governors' Committee conduct a study and make recommendations to subdivide the district. In 1984-85, D36 Governor Michael Wardinski created the Past District Governors' Study Group for Realignment, chaired by Past International President Robert Blakeley. This committee recommended that the study to subdivide District 36 be expanded in scope -- covering the alignment of clubs and transition policies and proceedures. D36 Governor Doris Martin continued the study process thru-out 1985-86.

"It's Time to Call the Question" ... In the following TM-year D36 Governor Dick Fath asked the Past District Governors' Advisory Committee to report on the feasibility study and have the district council vote on the recommendation to petition Toastmasters International's Executive Committee to re-form District 36.

"Petition World Headquarters" ... In July 1987, D36 Governor Evelyn Jane Burgay petitioned the Toastmasters International Board of Directors to re-form District 36 into two Districts. Immediate Past District Governor Fath, DTM, chaired the District's Re-formation Committee. Elections were held at the May 1988 D36 Council meeting to form the officer teams for a re-structured District 36 and for the newly formed District 27.

"The Transition Year" ... B. Robert Megill was the last District Governor to serve the members of the "old" D36. He was supported with two Lieutenant Governors Marketing and two Lieutenant Governors Education and Training. Shu Bartholomew, DTM, was elected on May 14, 2011, to serve as the first District 29 Governor effective July 1, 2011. Bessie Johnson, DTM, was elected on May 14, 2011, to serve as the next District 27 Governor effective July 1, 2011. "The mission of the district is to enhance the quality and performance and extend the network of the member clubs of Toastmasters International within the boundaries of the district, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program." In each of the 22 succeeding year, District 27 has seen continuous growth and mission success.



A list of District 27 Governors and their respective themes follow. Kudos to District Governor Paul White who spent many hours collecting these images or magically creating them when only a word description was provided. These images were compiled for Paul's Legacy Book that was made available as a gift to the leadership team at the 2011 Spring Conference and Hail & Farewell.
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