Distinguished District Once Again

What a year it has been for District 73 where the year’s theme was to Exceed Expectations. The District has achieved Distinguished status for the 4th year in a row and has really proven the District theme correct.

As LGM for the District this year, my focus was on membership, marketing and new clubs. By the end of the year we achieved all of the goals set for us by TMI and have Exceeded Expectations in membership and new clubs, which is a terrific accomplishment. We managed to start 12 new clubs this year, 6 in WA (CSBP, Mundaring, Southern River, Victoria Park, TEEM & Toast2FS) and 6 in Victoria (Marsh Masters, PB, ANZ Power of Speech, Thales, Hume & Planet Toastmaster).

On the membership side, 1513 new members (443 in WA) joined our District, which is a record by a long way. We received 7246 membership payments which surpassed last year by over 300. Again Exceeding Expectations!

Within the District 79 clubs achieved Distinguished status or better (25 Distinguished, 21 Select & 33 Presidents). Our Area & Division Governors have produced brilliant results this year with 26 out of 40 Areas achieving Distinguished status or better (9 Distinguished, 9 Select & 8 Presidents) and 7 out of 10 Divisions achieving Distinguished status or better (1 Distinguished, 2 Select & 4 Presidents). All of these great results have lifted the District to 25th place (out of 81)  in the world rankings and to 2nd place in the Region (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea). This is a result we can all be proud of.

This augers well for our transition year as we prepare to split into 2 separate Districts. Both the East & the West are building the foundations of 2 solid Districts for Region 12. As I hand the reins over to Ross Wilkinson DTM in the West & Catherine MacGillivray in the East, I know both will be in excellent hands and both will continue to grow and Achieve Greatness Together in 2010-2011.

I am excited about attending the International Convention in Palm Desert, California in August to accept, on behalf of the District, the award for Excellence in Marketing for 2009-2010. It has been a pleasure working with such a focused & dynamic team this year headed by District Governor, Damian Chong DTM. I would like to especially thank all the hard working Division & Area Governors for their contribution towards a Distinguished District.

I look forward to working with the new District Executive team under the guidance of District Governor, Bruce Hill DTM, as the LGET West.

Mark Richards DTM
District 73 LGM 2009/10

District Executive team for 2010/11 – Mark Richards LGET WA, Carrol Jones LGET East, Catherine McGillivray LGM East, Ross Wilkinson LGM WA, Pascale A-Colby PRO, Bruce Hill District Governor, Damian Chong IPDG.