Robert Churilla
Program Quality Director Nominee
2021-2022

 

I am privileged to be a candidate for the District 10 Program Quality Director position. I originally joined Toastmasters in 2005 and since 2016 have been active in a number of Toastmasters Clubs. At present, I am a member of Independently Speaking, Westside Advanced Toastmasters and Diversity 4 Success. I have served in a number of officer roles including: President, Vice President of Membership and Vice President of Public Relations. Beginning in 2017, I have been active at the District 10 level. I have served as the chair of the Volunteer Committee for the 2017 District 10 Fall Conference. In 2018 I served as the co-chair of the District 10 Spring Conference. 

From July, 2018 through June, 2019 I was the Area 10 Director. During 2018-2019, I served as a club coach and mentor to two clubs. In August 2019, I achieved my Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award. I served as the Logistics Manager for District 10 from 2019-2020 and served as the Education Chair for the District 10 2020 Virtual Spring Conference. Currently, I serve as the Club Growth Director for District 10

Professionally, I am a college professor, mediator and part-time minister for a non-denominational church. I have a law degree and have practiced law in the past. In 2015 I achieved my Ph.D. in conflict resolution studies. Additionally, I have earned a professional coaching certificate in November, 2018. I am a member of the National Speakers Association, International Coach Federation and the Association for Conflict Resolution. Finally, I am a partner in a conflict resolution practice that also trains onsite and through webinars throughout the state and country.

The last Toastmasters year has been one of challenges and opportunities for District 10 and its members.  Each of us in District 10 has developed the resilience and creativity to deal with the new normal of Covid19 and its aftermath. A question we must ask ourselves, our members and future Toastmasters is: What’s in it for me. In the past year, our District has mastered the art of the virtual presentation. We have engaged our membership through a combination of educational programs, speech contests and social events. The high quality programs we offer is something we can all be proud of. If elected Program Quality Director, I will not only continue this tradition but continue to offer new innovative events that will make both our members and interested persons want to stay or become part of Toastmasters. In addition, training our clubs to offer interesting, efficient and effective meetings will be a cornerstone of my work. Lastly, I will work to prepare District 10 for the new normal as we come out of the pandemic, committed to helping both our members and interested individuals benefit from the speaking, interpersonal and leadership skills that come from being a Toastmaster.