”Don’t blend in, standout.”
Elaine Love DTM
Alexander Pyle ACB, ALB
District 26__Over the Years
Toastmasters District 26, Region 1, includes Colorado, the eastern slope of Wyoming, and the Nebraska panhandle and is comprised of six divisions; Denver, Metro, Eastern, Foothills, Northern, and Southern. It was chartered on September 19,1948 with Gordon Merrick serving as the first district governor.
Through activities in more than 160 local clubs, our members help each other develop effective communication and leadership skills. Throughout the year, our district also provides a variety of growth opportunities through conferences, speech contests, and educational workshops.
Four past District 26 governors have risen to the international level
* Don Paape was international director, 1966 – 68 and international president 1972 -73. It was during his term that women were first admitted to Toastmasters International.
* Watt Pye was district governor from 1969-70 and international director from 1970 -72.
* Dorothy Chapman was district governor, 1989-90 and international president from 1990-92.
* Beth Boaz was D26 governor from 1995-96 and international director, 1997-99.
Notable members of District 26
Marilyn Boland served as the first female District 26 governor in 1975 -76.
In 2000, Ed Tate, a member of Cherry Creek Toastmasters, won the World Championship of Public Speaking. Ed is now the principal of a professional development firm that provides keynote and endnote presentations, workshops and other training. He has spoken professionally in 46 states, 12 countries and on five continents, authored a book, contributed to two others, and co-produced two audio albums.
In 2007, Rory Vaden, also a member of Cherry Creek Toastmasters, was the first runner-up in the World Championship of Public Speaking. He has since co-founded a multi-million dollar public training company and been featured on Oprah Radio with Dr. Oz and in SUCCESS™ Magazine.
Byron Embry, a former baseball player, and a member of Pikes Peak Toastmasters, was a contestant in the final round of the 2009 World Champion of Public Speaking. Ian J. Humphrey of Simply Speaking was also a finalist in the 2010 World Championship of Public Speaking and competed again in the semi-finals of the 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking. Both were new to Toastmasters when they rose to the top ten international contestants.
Rich Hopkins represented District 26, Region 1 in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking (WCPS.) He competed for the WCPS in 2008 as a representative of Region 1 and in 2006, Rich earned third place among 10 finalists from around the world.
A. Edward Bick became a member of D26 when he moved to Colorado in 1996. Ed represented D40 as international president 1990-91 and presided over the creation of the Excellence in Marketing, Excellence in Education (won by Norm Frickey, D26 governor 2011-12) and Excellence in Leadership recognition programs.
Peter Coors joined a Toastmasters club at the Coors Brewing Company early in his career to gain the skills and confidence needed to appear as the company spokesman for a series of national TV commercials. He currently is the chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors.
Raising our profile
In 2010, then District Secretary Carol A. Harris proposed our district newsletter, formerly The Sage, be renamed the District 26 Dialogue . The new design, format, and mission statement were introduced in March 2011. Editor Gordon Savage, DTM and Ms. Harris collaborated to raise awareness of the newsletter, increase member submissions, and consistently publish on the first of each month.
The Speakers Bureau was expanded as part of a public relations and marketing campaign and is spearheaded by Darryle Brown, DTM, 2012-2013. With his extensive public affairs and marketing background, Darryle plans to elevate the visibility of the Speakers Bureau to new heights.
As Social Media Chair, Joyce Feustel, DTM and a former district governor, diligently works to promote D26 LinkedIn and stress the value of Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.
A complete website makeover, initiated by Julia K. Davis DTM, District Governor 2010-2011, was launched August 17, 2011 to coincide with the international brand refresh. Developed by Web Technology Administrator Alexander Pyle (Toastmaster of the Year 2010-11), Webmaster Jonathan Sterner, and Carol Harris, PRO 2011-12, it’s a work in progress.
District 26 members are proud of our history and we will add new achievements to this page as we move forward under the TI brand refresh.