Message from Toastmasters International President

Fellow Toastmasters in District 29,

Have you ever heard the parable of the pebbles?

One night long ago, three travelers were riding across the desert on horseback. As they crossed a dry riverbed during the dark of night, a voice called, “Halt!” The stunned travelers were ordered to dismount, gather handfuls of pebbles into their pockets, and remount. The voice then said, “Tomorrow you will be both happy and sorry.”

The next morning, the travelers were recounting their strange experience when they reached into their pockets and discovered a miracle: The pebbles had been transformed into precious diamonds and rubies. They instantly understood the voice’s warning — they were overjoyed they had filled their pockets, yet sorry they had not taken more.

I hope you have a similar experience at your 2022 District 29 Conference.

Soon, you’ll glean fresh inspiration from keynote speakers who will challenge you to showcase A Brighter, Bolder You.

You’ll attend education sessions that will expand your communication and leadership skills, supporting you as you make a positive difference at work, in your community, and in your family.

You’ll vote for leaders for the 2022-2023 term who will shepherd your District as you build sustainable clubs and help all clubs achieve excellence.

You’ll cheer wildly for your Division champion as they vie to be the District champion — and perhaps even one day be the World Champion of Public Speaking.

New faces will become new friends, new connections, and new opportunities to learn. Finally, you’ll get to see your fellow members in person after months of Zoom meetings!

These experiences are as precious as diamonds and rubies, and I know you’ll leave this conference wanting more. Luckily, unlike our ancient travelers, you have the chance to replenish your treasure with every Toastmasters meeting, District Conference, and new skill you master.

Welcome to your district conference and the wealth of knowledge that awaits you.

In celebration,
Margaret Page, DTM
2021-2022 International President

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