- December 2017 Newsletter December 2, 2017
- Winter 2018 – TLI Dates December 2, 2017
- District Officer Nominations 2018 December 2, 2017
- Program Quality Update 12-2017 December 2, 2017
- FTH-Quick Tip 1 December 1, 2017
- Quick Tip-Award Apps November 30, 2017
- Pathways – Here We Go November 29, 2017
- Feedback – Video November 28, 2017
- Pathways Guide November 18, 2017
- Pathways Summary November 18, 2017
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Officer Training TLI Dates
By Lillian M. Knight Faison DTM, Program Quality Director
Club Officers… Great news.
Now you can begin planning your schedules for the upcoming Winter TLI and Officer Training sessions. The district has decided to offer you multiple training sessions to attend. This is a great way to help educate your existing officers on the Pathways program, officer roles and best practices of highly successful clubs.
It is also a great opportunity to start recruiting new officer for next year. It is free to attend these training sessions.
- If you have a member who is thinking of becoming an officer… ask them to join you.
- If you think a new member is an up and coming leader… ask them to join you.
- If you know a member that is looking to grow… ask them to join you.
Here is the current lineup of Winter TLI and Officer Training sessions:
(TLI stands for Toastmasters Leadership Institute)
Super Saturday TLI’s:
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Genesee Community College (GCC) – 1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield – 333 Butternut Dr, Syracuse, NY 13214
Local Make-Up TLI’s:
- Division A: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm @ Ingram Micro, 1759 Wehrle Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221
- Division B: tba
- Division C: tba
- Division D: tba
- Division E: tba
Please make arrangement to attend one of these sessions. Check back for updates and we will try to keep you up to date with any additional sessions.
District Officer Nominations 2018
By Ellen Pieklo, DTM, District Director
Every year, you, as members of District 65, can nominate District Officers to help lead and guide us into the future. This process allows you to help select your leaders and your voice be heard.
Elected officers will lead our district during the next fiscal year starting July 1st, 2018. Any member in good standing of a club in good standing who has met the requirements for the office can be nominated for an office. To qualify for the District Director, Program Quality Director, or Club Growth Director positions, a member must have served as a club president for at least six months.
Our Immediate Past District Director, Sherry Hunt, DTM will be the chair of this committee and will be handling the details. She can be reached by email:
The following District Officer positions will be announced.
1. District Director
2. Program Quality Director (PQD)
3. Club Growth Director (CGD)
4. All Division Directors (currently 5 – A thru E)
In addition, the following District officers are appointed by the incoming District Director:
1. Finance Manager (formerly known as Treasurer)
2. Logistics Manager (formerly known as Sgt. At Arms)
3. Administration Manager (formerly known as Secretary)
5. All Area Directors (currently there are 23 Areas in District 65)
6. Public Relations Manager
Please check your email for more information related to the nomination and application process.
Here are links to the forms that should be filed if you are interested.
1. District Leader Nominating Form
2. Candidate Application
3. Officer Agreement and Release Statement
District 65 Program Quality Update
By Lillian M. Knight Faison DTM, Program Quality Director
I extend a huge thank you to our members for their dedicated efforts in improving their leadership and communication skills. Our theme this year is Make Toastmasters a Part of Your Story.
I am grateful to continue my service with the District 65 Trio. It is my pleasure to work with this dynamic team. 5 months into our term, Club Growth Director – Keith Maderer and his Team have formed 5 new clubs and we are currently #1 in Region 9 in membership payments.
Toastmasters is a Part of my Story. I give credit for the positive growth in my personal and professional life, to my involvement in Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International requires all club officers to be trained twice a year. Better trained officers contribute to a better membership experience. It is critical to our District success that officers understand their responsibilities and meet our member’s needs.
Congratulations to the awesome leadership team and members that helped us to achieve 67.3 % of our officers trained during our Summer TLI’s. As District Leaders, we strive to train 100% of our officers. When 4 four club officers are trained in both in the summer and winter, their club receives 1 point toward the Distinguished Club Program.
Our Super Saturday Winter TLI’s will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at Genesee Community College in Batavia and on January 20th, 2018 at the BC/BS in Syracuse. They will run from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. These TLI’s will provide you an opportunity to meet other club officers, network and to learn from each other. Our team of District Leaders will also be conducting officer training make-up sessions. You have a number of opportunities to be trained at a time that will fit into your schedule.
Pathways, our new and exciting educational program will be included in our TLI’s.
We are asking for your support again to attend our winter TLI. Our officer training can start on December 1, 2017 and training is to be completed by February 28, 2018.
District 65 held a successful Fall Contest to showcase some of the best that Toastmasters has to offer. I was so excited to see the excellent team work at our contests, TLI’s and at our Fall Conference in Buffalo.
Please save the date for our Spring Conference in Binghamton, New York on April 27th to 28th, 2018.
Thank you Sam Mehta our Pathways Chief Ambassador and Guides for keeping us in the loop regarding Pathways for the last 5 years.
Pathways in Region 9, District 65 will roll out in May of 2018. Our success requires that Pathway Guides be on board prior to our roll-out to educate our clubs.
As Members of District 65, we need your energy, passion, leadership and enthusiasm. When we work together as a Team, our core values and positive action, will accomplish our goals.
Where do you want to go… and how do you plan on getting there?
If you have any questions or would like to assist with TLI ‘S, conference and contest planning, please reach out to us. Contact me at 585-414-3821 or email is
Free Toast Host Website – Quick Tips
By Keith Maderer, DTM, Club Growth Director
If your club is using the Free Toast Host (FTH) website that every club receives for free when they file an Application To Organize (ATO) or become a Chartered active club, then you will want to check out this quick tip.
How to make the most of your Free Toast Host website.
1. If you are already using the FTH site
Make sure you always add guests to your FTH guests email list. Then you can always invite them to meetings, open houses, contests and other social events.
Use member profile photos on your agendas. When a guest visits your club, their printed agenda will show the names and profile photo of your members that are speaking and filling the meeting roles.
2. If you are a corporate club, but are not using it yet.
Setup your FTH website (it is free) and use it just for your members, agendas and email contacts.
Use this site to help promote your club to others within your corporate environment. Use photos, TI video tips and downloads to help your membership grow.
We are very lucky. Our own Roger Morehouse, DTM is one of the FTH Ambassadors. Even better news is that he is our District 65 webmaster, the Area 42 Director, and a proud member of District 65. Thank you Roger.
Wes Brzozowski from the Endwell club is also an Ambassador for FTH and is a great resource for maximizing the use of search engines to find club websites.
If you want to find out more about these items, check out these links and videos. There is a wealth of information and training waiting for your use.
Free Toast Host Setup:
Free Toast Host Support and Training:
YouTube Video – Free Toast Host 2.0 – Video User Guide: 56 Minutes
Toastmaster Quick Tip/Link:
By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director
Have you ever wondered where to find the PDF forms to file your education awards?
Great news. Toastmasters International has a page that links directly to all of them. You can download or print any of the current CC, CL, ACB, ACS, ACG, ALB, ALS or DTM award applications by clicking the link below.
CC, CL, Advanced Award Applications:
Here is what the page looks like:
Pathways – Here We Go
By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG, Pathways Chief Ambassador
Since TI has informed us the tentative roll-out date of May 2018 for Regions 8 & 9, I have done some “preliminary planning of estimated dates” of major milestones that will need to be accomplished in order to have a successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65. I am making an assumption here that May 31, 2018 [verses say May 1, or May 15, 2018] will be the roll-out date and based on this roll-out date, the following items/actions will need to be complied with in 2018.
14 to 18 weeks prior to roll-out: [January 15, 2018 to February 15, 2018]
PQD and CA will receive a Pathways Guide Selection Process Checklist and other resources to assist them with screening on Pathways Guide for every 10 clubs in the district.
Two to nine weeks prior to roll-out: [March 21, 2018 to May 15, 2018]
Pathways Guides and/or Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.
Two to six weeks prior to roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018]
A Pathways Guide and Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the pathways Guide and Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and roll-out kit.
Six Weeks prior to roll-out to 12 weeks after roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018]
Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.
There are many additional resources available to assist club members and club leaders in their Pathways journey. They include tutorials, FAQ’s, quick reference guides and more. Many of them can be found on “Base camp” and will be accessible once Pathways has rolled-out in our district.
Needless to say, that if there are any delays in roll out of Pathways in other Regions where the roll-outs are scheduled prior to Region 8 & 9 [January 2018 thru’ April 2018] the May 2018 for D-65 will naturally be postponed. However the above time-table of milestones that will need to be accomplished will remain, but will be based on a different roll-out date for district 65.
Once again the purpose of the above “preliminary planning of dates” is to make key stakeholders in the district aware of this time-table, as well as in informing and communicating with the D-65 membership at-large.
TI has prepared a formal “PATHWAYS Preparation Schedule”. Here is the link:
Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Then get ready for the Pathways in 2018.
How to Offer Quality Feedback
If you are like most new members of toastmasters, you may be apprehensive to be a speech evaluator. You may not feel that you are qualified to offer suggestions to other, more experienced members. You may be afraid that you will offend or hurt the speaker’s feelings if you point out something that you didn’t work for you.
These are common feelings for every toastmaster. New or experienced, we all need to be sensitive and effective when we offer feedback to others. Constructive guidance and feedback can help those giving the feedback as much, or more than those receiving it.
Have you have ever heard the saying, “If you want to really learn something… Teach it to others.” This is very true. When you learn to analyze the speaking skills of others and offer guidance on how they can improve upon those skills, you are learning what works and what doesn’t.
I have found that this has helped me to become a better speaker. Once I began detecting areas of opportunity in others, I found it easier to diagnose and correct my own weaknesses.
Take a look at this 4:53 minute long video and you will gain additional insights into helping others and becoming a better speaker yourself. Click this link for some great tips.
Are You Interested In Becoming A Pathways Guide?
Here is where you can start your journey.
Here are two links pertaining to Pathways Guides  Role Desecration and  Application for general information of prospective Pathways Guide candidates in District 65.
Pathways Guide – Role Description:
Pathways Guide Application:
The on-line accessibility to the “Pathways Guide Application template” [password protected shown below in the link] will be available for use by Pathways Guides candidates, at the appropriate time for our district roll-out.
Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
Pathways – Chief Ambassador
Pathways – A Summary – by Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
Your Pathways Learning Experience:
In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:
- Learning Paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
- New Technological Resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
- Mobile Access to educational materials (laptops, smartphones and tablets)
- Expanded Video and Digital Content to facilitate learning among our global community of members
There Are TEN Possible Paths for Learning:
- Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
- Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
- Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
- Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
- Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
- Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
- Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
- Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
- Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
- Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills
These areas of learning are based on the Core Competencies in the program which are:
- Public speaking
- Interpersonal communication
- Leading and managing
- Leading strategically
- and Building Confidence
Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths. The levels are:
- Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
- Level 2: Learning Your Style
- Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
- Level 4: Building Skills
- Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
- Completion of two learning paths
- Serve as club officer for 12 months
- Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
- Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
- Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
- Complete Capstone DTM project
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals
Pathways DCP Education Goals
- Four Level 1’s
- Two Level 2’s
- Two More Level 2’s
- Two Level 3’s
- One Level 4
- One Level 5
Transition DCP Education Goals
Select 6 of the following 12 goals:
- Two CC awards or Four Level 1’s
- Two mores CC’s or Two Level 2’s
- One ACB, ACS, or ACG award or Two more Level 2’s
- One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award or Two Level 3’s
- One CL, ALB, or ALS award or One Level 4
- One more CL, ALB, or ALS award or One Level 5
Current Education Program:
The current paths [CC, ACB, CL, etc.] will be available for at least 2 years after full roll-out in each district/region. Toastmasters joining clubs after the roll-out will start using Pathways immediately.