Naomi Takeuchi, DTM
As the district's chief executive officer, the District Governor directs the district in a way that fosters strong clubs; produces maximum growth in educational completions, clubs and membership; and is consistent with the interests of the members of Toastmasters International. The Governor achieves the mission of the district in a manner that motivates volunteer leaders and promotes a standard of excellence in all district activities.
Ken Miller, DTM
Under the guidance of the District Governor, the Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training strives to have every club and each member reap the benefits of the Toastmasters educational program and become a Distinguished Club. The Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training provides direction and counsel to division governors, area governors and club officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters, and is responsible for the design and conduct of successful district training programs, conferences and other district educational events.
Johnny Piercy, DTM
Under guidance of the District Governor, the Lieutenant Governor of Marketing makes the benefits of Toastmasters membership available to greater numbers of people. The Lieutenant Governor of Marketing plans, develops, implements and directs short-term and long-term district marketing objectives, and develops and directs programs for new club development, club rescue efforts, club membership promotion and membership retention. The lieutenant governor marketing promotes high standards of service to the member and to the club.
Toastmasters are known for their communication skills, but in recent years, Toastmasters has taken on a more significant role in teaching leadership skills as well. The Trio pictured on this page has taken advantage of their leadership skills training and are serving as elected officers of District 37.
Being involved in leadership can take you beyond the horizons of your local Toastmasters club. There are 44 Area Governors who work with 4-6 clubs in their area. There are 10 Division governors who work with the Areas and clubs in their geographic Divisions throughout the state of North Carolina. The Area Governors, Division Governors and the Trio make up the District Officers. They represent the best and most experienced of our membership from the mountains on one end of our state to the ocean on the other.
Advancement towards your Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM) will require that you spend one year in service to the District, usually as an Area Governor or Division Governor. This opportunity to work with the best Toastmasters in the state will open your eyes to a world that you never knew existed. The District leadership roles provide stepping stones to the world at large - one in which you are welcomed around the world as a sister or brother Toastmaster. And you may become one of those special people who combine their speaking and leadership skills with your hobby/special interest and launch into a professional speaking career... it all starts here and now with Toastmasters. Join us today and reach for the stars!