Educational Presenters Wanted

District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference

Educational Session Presenters Needed

If you have an interesting topic that you would like to share during our Spring conference, please take not of the details below and download the PDF application for submission.

Location: Holiday Inn Arena

2-8 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Call For Education Workshop Presenters

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2018

Submit To: Tony Poole, Education Committee Chair


Conference Theme:

Satis Superque — Enough and Beyond

The Education Committee for the Toastmasters District 65 2018 Spring Conference is seeking one (1) workshop presenter and one alternate to lead workshops designed to offer members information and skills they can use to strengthen and improve their Clubs and enhance their personal lives, i.e. Beyond Toastmasters! The sessions are 45 minutes, including introductions, wrap-up and evaluations. Attendance at the Conference is projected to be 140.

Click here to download the PDF Application:

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Spring 2018 – Contest Corner

Your SPRING 2018 – Contest Corner

Evaluation contest 2017    Humorous Contest 2017

Here are the Dates, Times and Locations of your upcoming Area, Division and District Contests. If you do not see your contest listed, check back. We are adding details as soon as we receive them from your Area and Division Directors.

Area 11:  Thursday, March 15th, @ 6:30pm (Reg. 6:00pm) – Daemen College – Research and Information Commons (RIC) Room 120 – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 12:  Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 @ 6:30pm, Daemen College, Rosary Hall – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 13:  Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 – 9:30am (Reg. 9:00am) – Harlem Road Community Center auditorium, 4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 14: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 – 9:30am (Reg. 9:00am) – SUNY Fredonia Campus – Fenton Hall – 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063

Area 15:  Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – Crane Branch Library, 10:30 am (Reg. 10am), Crane Branch Library – 633 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222


Area 21:  Monday, March 19th at 5:00pm – Gates Public Library – 902 Elmgrove Rd. Rochester, NY 14624

Area 22:  Friday, March 23rd @ 6:00pm – 8:30 pm – Our Lady Queen of Peace Church – 601 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 

Area 23: Wednesday, March 7th, at 7:00pm (Reg. 6:30pm) – RIT – Institute Hall – room INS-1080 (1st floor).  RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Area 24:  Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Rochester General Hospital, 1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621, Portland Garage Parking, Lobby Level, Weiner Conference Room


Area 31: 

Area 32: 

Area 33:  Friday, February 23, 2018 reg. 5:30pm – Five Star Bank – City Gate Branch – Flower City Community Room – 395 Westfall Road,  Rochester NY 14620

Area 34: 


Area 41: Saturday March 10th, 2018 at 10:00am – WSKG –  601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850. 

Area 42:  Saturday, March 10th, 2018, details to follow

Area 43: 

Area 44: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Arnot Mall, B-7 Community Connection Room (Opp. Olympia Sports) – 3300 Chambers Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845


Area 51: 

Area 52: Monday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. – The Syracuse Tech Garden – 235 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Area 53: 

Area 54: 

Area 55: 

Area 56: 


Division A:  Sat. April 7th, 2018 @ 10:00am at Daemen College, Research & Information Commons, Rm 120 – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Division B:  Saturday, April 7th, 2018 @ time tba – Our Lady Queen of Peace Church – 601 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 

Division C: Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – time and location to be determined soon

Division D: 

Division E: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 8:15 am at Excellus BC/BS – Lewis Room, 333 Butternut Dr, Syracuse, NY 13214


District 65:  April 20th-21st, at District 65 Spring Conference – The Holiday Inn – Binghamton Downtown – 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

Tall Tales Contest – Friday – April 20th, 2018 – time tbd – check back

International Speech Contest – Saturday – April 21st, 2018 – time tbd – check back



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Pathways Catalog

Your PATHWAYS Catalog

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The New Pathways Program… And More

By Keith Maderer, DTM – D65 – Club Growth Director

Pathways Catalog

Have you been confused, curious or even frustrated about the new Pathways program?

If so, join the club. We have been hearing small bits of information for the past few years and now it is crunch time.

We are rolling out the program in Region 9, District 65 on May 15th, 2018. You should be excited and anxious to see what is in store. This new education program has been developed with real world applications and you… our members… in mind.

It will allow you to focus your training, your education and your skills on the specific areas that you want and need to achieve your goals.

Recently, Sam Mehta, our District 65 – Chief Ambassador for Pathways, received and sent us the complete 66 page – Pathways Paths and Projects Catalog. I asked if I could share it with you.

Here it is: (Click this link to download your copy)

Inside you will find a wealth of information. Each of the 10 paths is described in detail along with a brief description of each of the projects that you can accomplish within that path. Then it goes on to describe each project with its purpose, overview and what eh project includes.

I have already learned more about the Pathways program by spending a few minutes reading this catalog than I have participating in multiple short online and in-person presentations.

Take a look and see for yourself.

My Challenge To You:

Download this catalog, review it and prepare any questions for your Pathways Guides before they visit your clubs over the next 6 weeks. If you do, we will not only be ready for Pathways on May 15th, 2018, but we will be hitting the pavement at full speed when it arrives.

You owe it to yourself, your club and your fellow members to see how much better we can all be with this program. I am ready for the challenge… Are You?

Also Check out our Pathways Page Here:


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Winter 2018 – TLI Dates

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)

  1. Super Saturday TLI’s:Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield – 333 Butternut Dr, Syracuse, NY 13214. 

Click Here to Register – Syracuse:

2. Super Saturday – Weather Makeup – January 27th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Genesee Community College (GCC) – 1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. 

Click Here to Register –  Batavia:

Local Make-Up TLI’s:

  1. Division A:
    Wed. – January 31 at 5:30 pm – at the North Park Library – 975 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216:  Click here for more information:  Buffalo Training Event
  2. Division B & C:  Irondequoit Library – 1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617When:
    Sunday 02/18/18 – Registration at 1:00 pm
    Tuesday 02/20/18 – Registration at 6:00 pm
    Thursday 02/22/18 – Registration at 6:00 pm
    Saturday 02/24 /18- Registration at 10:00 am

    Officer Training:
    02/18 – Session 1: President, VP Education, VP Membership
    02/20 – Session 2: VP Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Sargent-At-Arms
    02/22 – Session 3: President, VP Education, VP Membership
    02/24 – Session 4: VP Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Sargent-At-Arms

    Irondequoit Public Library
    1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617


  3. Division D: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 – 10:00am – 2:00pm – WSKG –  601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Please contact Leo O’Connor, Amanda Chaffee or Gloria Gibbons. 
  4. Division E: 
    1. Wednesday, January 31st, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Utica National, 180 Genesee St, New Hartford, NY 13413 – in the lunch room. Please contact Joanne Seccurra, Area Director, for all the details
    2. Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Syracuse, NY.
      At Whole-ly Grounds, in the public meeting room and possibly one or two class rooms.  The ROAD, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

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.

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February 2018 Newsletter

Here is your February 2018 – District 65 Newsletter

Click Here or the Image Above to Download

District 65 Newsletter – February 2018

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Pathways Roll Out

Pathways Roll-out In District 65

May 15, 2018 ?

TI Pathways

According to ‘Pathways roll-out schedule’ updated recently on TI’s website, Regions 8 & 9 [which includes District 65] is scheduled to roll out tentatively on May 15, 2018. We anxiously await for TI’s formal announcement/confirmation of the roll-out date.

In the meantime, for planning purposes, let us assume that May 15, 2018 will be the roll-out date. Here are the major timeline items that needs to be accomplished in order to have a smooth and successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65.

14 to 18 weeks prior to rollout: [January 1, 2018 to February 1, 2018] DONE & ACCOMPLISHED.

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 rollout: [March 7, 2018 to May 1, 2018]

Pathways Guides and/or Pathways Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.

Two to six weeks prior to rollout: [April 1, 2018 to May 1, 2018]

A Pathways Guide and Pathways Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the Pathways Guide and Pathways Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and rollout kit.

Six Weeks prior to rollout to 12 weeks after rollout: [April 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018]

Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.

Cooperation of all club leaderships and especially the VP Education [Base Camp Manager], the club President, the club Secretary and ALL members of the respective clubs are requested to be flexible in scheduling the team of Pathways Guides & Pathways Ambassadors to visit your respective clubs to present Pathways Learning experience presentation and deliver the Pathways roll-out kit.

Lillian Knight-Fasion, DTM, PQD

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG – Chief Ambassador – Pathways

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Fun Meeting Idea – Backward Meeting

Fun Meeting Ideas

The Backwards Meeting

If your club is up to a challenge, try a Backwards meeting. Make sure that you have experienced speakers because their evaluator will tell them more about what they have to do during their speech. If the speaker can provide their project and evaluation form in advance, the evaluator can add some very interesting twists that they will need to comply with.

Here is an overview of a Backwards Meeting. Take your regular agenda and turn it upside down and laugh your way to the end of another great meeting.

Sample Agenda Ideas:

  1. Toastmaster closes the meeting
  2. Toastmaster and General Evaluator hand out Awards
  3. General Evaluator offers their evaluation of the meeting
  4. General Evaluator presents Role Reports
    1. Word of the day – How many times was it used
    2. Grammarian – offer some great suggestions for speakers, table topics and evaluators.
    3. Ah counter – makes it up and tells speakers how many they had of each
    4. Timers Report – make it up and challenge the speakers to comply
  5. Evaluator 3 gives evaluation of speaker 3 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  6. Evaluator 2 gives evaluation of speaker 2 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  7. Evaluator 1 gives evaluation of speaker 1 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  8. General Evaluator introduces Toastmaster
  9. Toastmaster introduces Table Topics Master
  • – TT contestant 3 gives Table Topic 3
  • Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 3
  • – TT contestant 2 gives Table Topic 2
  • – Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 2
  • – TT contestant 1 gives Table Topic 1
  • – Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 1
  1. Table Topics master hands meeting back to Toastmaster.
  2. Speaker 3 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  3. Speaker 2 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  4. Speaker 1 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  5. Toastmaster introduces Roles and Guests
  • Timer
  • Ah counter
  • Grammarian
  • Wordmaster
  • Introduce Guests
  1. TM – Humorist share their laughs
  2. TM – Invocation is given
  3. SAA – TM – Pledge of Allegiance
  4. SAA – Gavel the meeting
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5 Tips For FTH

5 Tips to Help Your Free Toast Host Website…

Help Your Club… Get More Members

By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director and many others

The most common place people find Toastmasters is on Google…

They go to – – and hit – Find a Club.

They type in their zip code and look at a few clubs close to them that meet at a time they prefer. Then they look at your club website, members, meeting information and contact us.

Is Your Site Ready?

Take a look at Buffalo Flyers Club – Is this website ready? At the time of this article, they have a few items that they can work on to improve.

1. Your Home Page is Huge – Next take a look at The Larkin Leaders website for a comparison

  • You only have one chance to make a first impression.
  • Photos, announcements and events from your club make it personal and real.
  • Keep them rolling down the screen. Write a brief meeting recap or article

2. Meet Our Members

Have profile photos, bio and social sharing for all members. Unlocked them for all to see. Here is how to fix this.

  • Members >>> Edit Your Profile
  • Admin or Officer >>> Private Member Directory>>> You can fill out for them.

3. Meeting Information/Directions:

  • Spell it out, tell them the details, where to park, use the map, etc.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Meeting Info/Dir -TAB >>> fill out and add map

4. Contact Us:

  • VP Membership and President – make sure to respond to every inquiry.
  • Have 1 or both respond. Two responses is better than none.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Email and contact forms >>> Add members name

5. Photos on agenda: Why??

  • If guest walks in and see member photos on the agenda. Starts the process of getting to know your members.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Meeting Agenda Settings >>> Global Settings
  • >>> Include member photos on agenda – check box.

Bonus Tip: Write a meeting recap/summary with current or next meetings agenda. Email to all members and occasionally to guests and former members after every meeting.

“Miss a Meeting… You Miss A Lot! Bring A Guest… Ask A Co-worker??” from  Paul Justinger – Clarence Toastmasters

I hope you find these tips helpful. If your website is ready when a guest reaches out, you have a much better chance of having them visit your club. Then it is up to you and your members to make them stay.

Here are some great sites to help you learn to make the most of your Free Toast Host Websites.

Free Toast Host Setup:

Free Toast Host Support and Training:

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Next New Member

Who Is Your Next New Member?

Why Member Personas Matter

Keith Maderer, DTM, Club Growth Director

Member Personas

Wouldn’t it be great to know who the next new member coming through the door of your meeting would be?

Well Toastmasters International recently completed a extensive and through research project with focus groups from all over the world to find that answer for you. At our Regional Training for District Officers in Raleigh, NC last month, we were one of the first groups to see and discuss the findings of this study.

Toastmasters has decided to begin an advertising campaign across several test markets and they wanted to know who is target of their advertising.

YES you heard me right… they are gong to be rolling out an international advertising program to create awareness about the benefits and skills that toastmasters provides.

Your club could be the recipient of that advertising…

  • if your club is ready
  • If your club website is inviting enough to a prospect
  • if your officers respond to an inquiry
  • if your meetings are fun, engaging and educational
  • if your group is welcoming and encouraging

I have outlined the 6 personas that toastmasters has identified as prime candidates for new membership. The advertising program will only focus of the first 4 as Toastmasters found that The Self-Help enthusiast and the Retiree are going to join anyway and they will find a club even without advertising. The other 4 groups need to become aware of toastmasters and how we can help them.

  1. Young Professionals
  2. The Career Advancer
  3. The International Professionals
  4. The Mature Manager
  5. The Self Help Enthusiast
  6. The Retiree

The link below will take you to the complete PDF document that was shared. In it you will find out more about each persona type and what motivates them to join and stay with your Toastmasters group. Take a look now and be ready when they come calling.

Click Her to download and view the complete PDF:


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Video – 6 Tips From a World Champion

VIDEO Training

6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience

From the 2015 World Champion

6 Tips From A World Champion
This 9 minute video will offer many great tips on public speaking. Whether in your club, at a corporate meeting or in front of an auditorium of thousands, these tips will help you engage and entertain your audience.

In this video you will learn how to hook your audience in 30 seconds. You will learn how to tell stories that have people hanging on every word. And you will learn some techniques to nail a finale that compels your audience to action.

Take a look by clicking the image above or the link below. It will help you become a better speaker.

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