Creating Our Future Together !
Morag Mathieson, DTM
NOMINATED CANDIDATE FOR
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
vision with openness,
power with humility,
fortitude with wisdom.
She lives and breathes the Toastmasters core values and cares above all about our organization and the good of our members.
My Vision for Toastmasters International
I envision Toastmasters being truly fit for the future:
Ready, relevant and viable in a changing world.
We live in a world sometimes described as a VUCA* world where change is constant and the speed of change is accelerating and the world becomes less predictable. As leaders we need to be
Toastmasters International needs to be READY:
• To keep listening to members..
• To support the effective management of change at all levels. Change has a major impact on member satisfaction and achievement and on organizational success.
• To explore what being a truly global brand means to us and to understand the global opportunities that exist as we develop strategy.
• To take advantage of new opportunities: the Rotary partnership will bring us a new revenue stream, what other organizations exist as potential partners? To be ready for this we have to have a deeper understanding of our organization’s value proposition and our market place.
• To engage with sponsoring organizations as we build robust relationships and strengthen the position of the clubs they sponsor and extend the network of clubs.
Toastmasters International needs to be RELEVANT:
• We need to keep evolving our Pathways Learning Experience. By working with our members and corporate partners we can ensure that what we offer meets the needs of our world today. Members and organizations are more likely to continue when they see the relevance and value of the program to them.
• Bringing the benefits of Toastmasters to the whole world may need us to find new ways of working and structures for maximum benefit. Appropriate and effective marketing coupled with excellent service to members, wherever they are, will help us to be relevant globally.
• As we use current world thinking in terms of our technology let us also keep planning for the future.
Toastmasters International needs to be VIABLE:
• Keeping club excellence always in our sights will contribute to having strong, healthy, and sustainable clubs
• Bolstering our organization’s performance and keeping a steady hand on the finances as well as understanding and managing our risk across the world are important aspects of viability. We have risks beyond financial and we need to be good stewards of the organization for the generations to come.
• Building leaders at all levels for today and tomorrow will give us the infrastructure for growth. Expanding our leadership development tools would makes us more overtly capable in that area.
- 2017 – 2019
- Working together with fellow Board Members, I shared my experience of strategic planning and serving a diverse community to help shape the future of our organization.
- I participated in reviewing, amending and creating policy. Additionally, I served on a committee to review our Governing Documents and propose changes to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and Club Constitution that were adopted by our members at the Annual Business Meeting in 2019.
- On visits to Districts in Regions 10 and 11, I listened to our members’ feedback and concerns and found moments to encourage and inspire people to seize the opportunity Toastmasters affords.
Training & Development Advisory Committee
- By drawing on my professional knowledge and Toastmasters experience as a district leader and Region Advisor, I provided input to enhance training programs for district leaders.
Chair, Credentials and Elections for District 20
- Appointed by the International President to serve and support District 20 during their elections, I used my knowledge of Policy and Protocol and credentials experience to facilitate a smooth, ethical and effective process. I aimed to make the process clear while ensuring clubs were able to use their voting rights and, at the same time, developing others locally to run the credentials process in the future.
Chair, Joint Reformation Committee of Districts 59 & 95
- 2015 – 2016
- I was invited to chair this pan European committee tasked with preparing a strategic proposal for the restructure of Toastmasters in Continental Europe. I served here by leading the team as we developed vision, carried out detailed analysis, identified strategies for the proposal and supported the management of change across both districts. This proposal, of unprecedented complexity, which created 6 districts from 2 (Districts 59 & 95), was successfully implemented in 2018.
Region Advisor, Region 11
- 2014 – 2015
- As a mentor, leadership guide and strategy and marketing advisor, I coached district leaders in over 50 countries from North Pole to South Pole to fulfill the district mission. Six of the eight districts achieved President’s Distinguished status and one achieved Select Distinguished.
- At District Leader training sessions I was honored to work with others to support the learning and development of district leaders from all regions around the world. In return, I learned too as I expanded my cultural horizons and my understanding of our organization and its diversity.
Chief Ambassador Revitalized Education Program (Pathways) D59
- 2013 – 2014
- I committed to build a team that would keep every club in the district up to date with the latest news of the redevelopment of our education program. Ambassadors were found in every division and together we held open sessions and presentations at conferences, training events and in individual clubs.
Lieutenant Governor Education and Training (now PQD)
- 2011 – 2012
- The district was growing and it became necessary to hold semi-finals for some speech contests. As LGET, I implemented this at the same time as being responsible for contests in multiple languages. At district conferences I organized 8 speech contests. This gave more opportunity for a greater number of members to compete or hone their skills as contest officials.
- During the term we led our district into its first reformation. I was able to serve by communicating with members and increasing understanding during visits. This helped members be well informed before voting.
- I brought home the honor of the Excellence in Education & Training Award for training over 85% of the area and division directors and achieving the education goals in the Distinguished District Program. This was a great recognition for the team.
Division Governor (now Division Director)
- 2010 – 2011
- I led a team supporting 3 Areas spread across 4 countries (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Northern Bavaria in Germany). During the term I supported the team to build strong healthy clubs and to establish additional clubs. This enabled us to deliver the district mission as well as fulfilling our vision for the division. As a result we were able to restructure the division, make areas more manageable for Area Directors and bring area and division events closer to our members,
District Secretary (now District Administration Manager)
- 2009 – 2010
- I supported the District Director and the team with all administrative aspects of District Council and District Executive Committee Meetings including scheduling, communications, minutes and credentials. One of my favorite tasks was operating the credentials desk where I got to meet members from all our clubs and help them to get ready to participate in District Council Meetings.
- 2007 – present
- Over the years I’ve served various times as President, VP of Education and Secretary at Erlangen Toastmasters, Fränkly Speaking Advanced Club, and Rhetorik Club Heilbronn. I am currently serving as Club Secretary to my home club Erlangen Toastmasters in the 2019/2020 Toastmasters year.
District 59 Governor (now District Director)
President’s Distinguished, #1 District in the World
- 2012 – 2013
- It was an honor and at the same time humbling to lead a world-class team who brought District 59 to the distinction of #1 district in the world. My service built on the legacy of my pioneering predecessors and worked to create a strong future for our successors. Growth in the district brought many more opportunities for us to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
- The district was also recognized with the following awards during my term as District Governor:
- Presidents 20 Plus Award for districts with the highest percentage of clubs with 20 or more members. District 59 was #1 in the world.
- Presidents Extension Award for districts with highest net club growth. District 59 was #3 in the world.
- Excellence in Leadership Award for districts being distinguished for 3 or more consecutive years.