Getting Everyone Talking: VP Education Shirley Ikemeier

By Cecily Stewart Hawksworth

Cecily imagines the letter Vice President Education Shirley Ikemeier would write to her replacement.

Shirley Ikemeier
Shirley Ikemeier

Dear Future Vice President

Education,

Congratulations on your new position! I am excited to see what new and interesting things you will bring to the position and as a part of the club leadership team.

As VPE, you are the go-to person for questions from club members or visitors about the Toastmasters education tracks, speech contests, and mentoring programs. You also keep track of everyone’s progress in the Communication and Leadership tracks, to make sure that they receive their education awards in a timely manner. On a weekly basis, though, your biggest job is to ensure that we have a full agenda for our meeting. This takes creativity, for sure!

Being VPE is a great role for getting to know all of our club members; you interact with everyone, more so than other roles. That was definitely one of the best parts of the job. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my WU colleagues better and working with them on a different level than my usual job allows. I truly hope that the relationships I’ve formed with this year’s officers will stay intact for a very long time.

Another great benefit to being an officer is the opportunity to learn leadership skills that I don’t get to use on a daily basis.

If I were to be VPE again, I would probably try to keep our club on track for the Distinguished Club Award, and enlist more help in getting the agenda created and sent out so that I could focus more on individual member’s achievements and encourage more folks to schedule speeches.

All in all though, I feel like this has been a very rewarding experience. You are the perfect person to follow in my footsteps, and don’t hesitate to ask me questions along the way.

Best,

Shirley

This is part of the We Want You! Series, which profiled each of our charter club officers before they handed over the reins to the new team on July 1.