In Memoriam

Your presence we miss, your memories we treasure.

Thank you for enriching our lives through Toastmasters.

Gina Lovick, DTM

District 37 mourns Gina Lovick, DTM, who passed March 2, 2024. Gina was a former member of K9 Keynotes and most recently a member of Ridgefield Toastmasters.

A two time Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Gina served in all club officer roles, Area Director, Division Director, club coach, club mentor, founded two new clubs, and was Public Relations Manager (PRM) for District 48. She received the District 48 Director’s Choice Award for her outstanding service as PRM.

In her day job, Gina owned her own digital marketing company focused on web design, content development, and social media.

Most recently, Gina was PRM for District 37 for the 2023/2024 year until she had to step down in October ’23 for health reasons. She was part of the 2023 District Conference committee working tirelessly to design the conference magazine and make the conference such a sucess. She also redesigned the district newsletter and did a complete rebuild of the district website, including this page.

A model Toastmaster, we will miss Gina and our condelences go to her family, friends, and fellow Toastmasters.

Naomi Takeuchi, DTM

Past District 37 Governor and Past International Director Naomi Takeuchi, DTM passed away on May 4, 2024.

Naomi joined Toastmasters in 2005 and has been a passionate and dedicated Toastmaster for almost 20 years. She was District 37 Governor from 2012 to 2013 and led the District to Distinguished Status. She served as International Director from 2019 to 2021. Throughout the years, Naomi sponsored, mentored, and inspired countless Toastmasters.

Outside of Toastmasters, Naomi was a big fan of LEGO and was a creator of “The Brickanista Broadcast Network” which has been live-streaming educational LEGO content since 2020. Naomi made friends with many Toastmasters from all over the world. She was an unforgettable soul who will be deeply missed. We truly appreciate her contribution and commitment to Toastmasters.

Our sincere condolences go to her family, friends, and fellow Toastmasters.

Hudson W. Griffin, III

1966 – 2023

Hudson W. Griffin, III, 57, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Wesley Long Hospital, of cancer.

Hudson III was born at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, South Dakota, on April 8, 1966, to Hudson W. Griffin Jr and Silva Madkins Griffin.

Upon graduating from Health Profession High School in Dallas (TX), he attended Texas A & M University (College Station) where he met his wife, Lori Ann Middleton of Lubbock, Texas. Upon leaving Texas, they relocated to Greensboro (NC) in 1998 and have resided in McLeansville, NC for over 20 years.

Hudson III was employed with AT&T, until the couple became self-employed and established IT Training & Solutions, Inc., a computer software training company.

Hudson was an active member and shepherding elder of Grace Community Church; member and officer of two Toastmasters clubs, Greensboro Toastmasters and Mprovmasters, and attended Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) where he once was in leadership. He is remembered for his constant endeavors and bringing joy to everyone he meets. His was “a good and faithful servant.”