Member Spotlight: Henry Miller

By the time Henry Miller arrived in California in 1989 with his two children, he had already lived on two continents, performed on many of the world’s most famous stages, and had a budding career as an accountant with Helmsley Spear Inc.  It wasn’t until eight years...

Member Spotlight: Yuki Ascue

Yuki Ascue, ACG, ALB, PM1 Yuki is a Psychotherapist at the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department as well as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher.  She and her husband Greg enjoy meditating in holy places in India. Not only is Yuki a member of 2 clubs, but...

Member Spotlight: Lydia Lee

Lydia Lee, DTM Lydia Lee has been with Toastmasters for 5 years. Like many of us, she joined Toastmasters to help improve her communication skills as she is an engineer required to give many technical presentations at work. Lydia was recognized as the 2016-2017 Area...

10 Years of Talk the Line

(By Rich Lewis, ACG, ALB, Secretary, Talk the Line)

Talk the Line Toastmasters (Club #1083068) has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a club. That is a big anniversary for any club, more so for Talk the Line because they are a club located in a prison. Read more…

Training to be a Leader

(by Lakshmi Jagannathan)

After the Spring and Fall conferences and, for some, the International Convention, it was nice to meet up again with fellow Toastmasters at the District 101 Toastmasters Leadership Institute. This is an opportunity for all members to attend educational sessions on Toastmasters communication and leadership skills and topics that help us use those skills in our everyday lives. Importantly, there is also the opportunity for club officers to attend club officer training. This is when club officers get updated on the latest strategies for making their club run smoothly and grow to greater heights. Read more…

District 101 Goes for Gold!

Conference logoThe District 101 Fall Contest opened on November 11th with a sumptuous breakfast (Reason #1 to attend the conference) and a historical theme – Go for Gold – at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara. Anna Garcia, the Conference Chair, evoked the Gold Rush of yesteryear, telling her story of how she came to California twenty years ago to pan for her own gold. She reminded us that Toastmasters is a safe place to try and fail as many times as needed. “We have hit the mother lode. Stake a claim and Go for Gold,” she encouraged the attendees. Read more…

Member Spotlight: Arjan Ajjampur

Arjun Ajjampur ACB, ALB Master of None? Arjun Ajjampur is a multi-faceted Toastmaster. He actively contributes to the Conference and Club Growth teams and has taken various roles as Graphics Designer, Event Photographer, and Club Officer Trainer. I had a chance to...

Member Spotlight: Sriraj Vaidyanathan

Sriraj Vaidyanathan, ACB, ALB From Computer to Communicator From a computer science engineer from the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India to District 101’s Area C5 Director, Sriraj Vaidyanathan has come a long way – well, literally 8874 miles. When...