In Loving Memory – Alicia Smith-Kirk, DTM, PDD

1972-2024

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Alicia Smith-Kirk, DTM, Past District Director, a revered figure in District 10 on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Her tenure as District Director during 2020-2021 was marked by unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership. Her commitment to Toastmasters was evident in her various roles from club officer positions including Club President and Vice-President, Education, Area Director, Division Director, Club Growth Director, and Program Quality Director.

Additionally, she was appointed to the International position of Region 6 Advisor but stepped down just before the term started due to health challenges. She also served as a Guide for the Pathways Educational Program. She was a faithful member of Toastmasters, joining Westlake Toastmasters Club in 2011, and was a member of numerous clubs throughout the world. She served in every role with class and enthusiasm.

Beyond Toastmasters, Smith-Kirk co-founded the “MOVE It Dance Project,” combining her passion for dance with a commitment to youth development. Her tireless efforts led to the integration of the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program, showcasing her passion to both personal and professional growth.

Her influence extended far beyond professional pursuits. As a mentor, she inspired countless individuals, nurturing their leadership potential and fostering a sense of community. Her legacy as a twice-honored Distinguished Toastmaster speaks volumes about her impact on others.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Smith-Kirk was a devoted wife to Ronke, a loving mother to Jada, Aiyana, and Shakeema, and a cherished daughter to Gwen, all members of District 10 Toastmasters. Her presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

A memorial service to celebrate Smith-Kirk’s life is scheduled for June 22, 2024. Further details will be shared in the coming days. To support the family during this difficult time, a GoFundMe Account has been established: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funding-for-alicias-family-in-difficult-times

Smith-Kirk’s memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, dedication, and unwavering kindness.

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3 Comments

  1. Lynne Blake on May 30, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    it was my honor to work with Alicia for a number of years at various ToastMaster events. She will be missed

  2. Diamond Debbie on May 31, 2024 at 7:54 am

    Condolences to family, fruends, and fellow Toastmasters on the loss of our beloved Alicia. Her beautiful smile and spirit will me missed.

  3. Sylvan Jonas on May 31, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    She will be missed. She was very helpful when I was trying to start a club at UH. She ALWAYS came with a smile and TONS of positivity!!! She was a true inspiration. I even called on her for advice when I was attempting my first speech competition. I will always remember her infectious attitude and smile.

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