Darlene Jordan

Current D16 Office: IMD Past District Director


From a little girl, I have loved and enjoyed people. Being the middle of five children, maybe that explains why.  Life has taken me around the world; born in Detroit, lived in five different states, raised my son, <em>Michael Jordan</em>, in Georgia, worked in Kuwait for 2 years, 2 months, 8 days, then back to Georgia.  In late 2010, I relocated to Tulsa. Tulsa was a challenge for me because I had left the home of my dreams, dear friends and all my familiar surroundings in north Georgia. My life turned upside down. Needing to connect with people, I joined Jenks America Toastmasters. Yes – I joined Toastmasters purely for social reasons. I will never forget that first meeting where I felt so welcomed, cared for and even loved. Then I began to dig my heels into the program.  I listened and learned. I presented many speeches. I stepped into club officer roles and had no idea what was ahead. Continuing to connect with members, I continued to step out of my comfort box to serve as an Area Governor, then Division Director and into the District TRIO. Toastmasters has changed my life. The last three years, with my employer, I have trained hundreds of co-workers and supervisors in public speaking skills using the Dale Carnegie book, “Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking”. I amaze watching the changes in people as they grow in confidence and speaking ability. In my personal life, I gained confidence and a new worth and purpose in life. Now, I desire to give back and always be an “ambassador” for the organization. It is an honor to serve as your District Director. Toastmasters has changed my life and I want to bring this positive change to others. It truly is “a great day to be a Toastmaster”. <em>Hobbies: piano playing, model dollhouse building, model-railroad landscaping, old movies, domestic “stuff”, traveling and hanging out with friends and family. </em>

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Darlene Jordan