District 44 History

Georgia Toastmasters History


In the 1940’s, Harry Jaffe, and Alabaman, introduced Toastmasters to Georgia. In December 1944, the first club was chartered, club #289, The Henry W. Grady Club.

In 1966, John Lister became editor of the first District 14 Newsletter. Originally called the Rebel Rouser, the name is now The Georgia Gavel.

In 1969, the first District 14 Toastmaster of the Year award was presented to P. Greg McCarthy, a member of the Georgia-Carolina club #2523. At that time, the District had only three divisions: Northern, Southern and Eastern.

In the District year 1968-69, the first Communication award for a non-Toastmaster was presented to Dr. Noah Langdale, President of Georgia State University in Atlanta.

DISTRICT GOVERNORS & DIRECTORS

Kari Evens, DTM

District Director

2022-2023

Roxane Rush, DTM

District Director

2021-2022

Karen Doyle’s DTM

District Director

2020-2021

Phyllis Breech, DTM

District Director

2019-2020

Kim Gibson, DTM

District Director

2018-2019

NETANIA WALKER, DTM

District Director

2017-2018

Victoria NOETHLING, DTM

District Director

2016 – 2017

LANA MCFARLANE, DTM

District Director

2015-2016

Parren Shannon, DTM

District Director

2014-2015

Janice Andrews, DTM

District Director

2013-2014

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS

ROY GANGA, DTM

International Director

2020-2022

Region Advisors

Dwight Jones, DTM

Region 8 Advisor

2023 – 2024

NETANIA WALKER, DTM

Region 8 Advisor

2021 – 2022

Victoria NOETHLING, DTM

Region 2 Advisor

2019 – 2021

LANA MCFARLANE, DTM

Region 8 Advisor

2019 – 2020

ROY GANGA, DTM

Region 8 Advisor

2017 – 2019

PARREN SHANNON, DTM

Region 5 Advisor

2017 – 2018

District Achievements

Distinguished District

  • 2014 - 2015 President Distinguished District, (District led by Parren Shannon, DTM)
  • 2015 - 2016 Distinguished District, (District led by Lana McFarland, DTM)

District 44's Honorable Guests

  • 2022 Matt Kinsey, DTM, International President (2022 Virtual Winter TLI)
  • 2023 Anwesha Banerjee, DTM, International Director (2023 Evolution Conference)

Presidential Citation Recipients

  • 2019 Roy Ganga, DTM

District 44 Proclamations

  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2018-2019 – May 2019 (Photos of May)
  • Cobb County Toastmasters Proclamation: April 2019 (Photos of April)
  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2017-2018 – May 2018
  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2017-2018 – October 2017  (Photos of October)
  • Fulton County Toastmasters Proclamation: October 2017 (Photos of October)
  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2016-2017 – May 2017 (Photos of May)
  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2015-2016 – May 2016 (Photos of May)
  • State of Georgia Toastmasters Proclamation: 2014-2015 — May 2015 (Photos of May)
  • City of Sugar Hill Toastmasters Proclamation: 2014-2015 — May 2015 (Photos of May)

LEGACY TOASTMASTERS

DISTRICT 44

“We honor our District Leaders who we lost this Toastmaster year. During their life, they gave so much to our organization. Their spirits will live on as legacies in District 44. Click their names to learn more about their service and dedication to Toastmasters and District 44.”

Reyna Ward, Jimmy Jones Jr.