2018 Conference Highlights

District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference Highlights

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

This past weekend, District 65 held the Spring Conference at the Holiday Inn, in Binghamton, New York.

I wanted to showcase some of the highlights of the Conference:

District 65 hosted Distinguished Toastmaster Radhi Spear, a Toastmaster International Director. Director Spear made herself available to conduct an interview with a local newspaper, attending a Pathways presentation of a local club in Endicott, visiting the Visions and Cooperstown Museum to explain the benefits and opportunities of building Toastmasters clubs, and presenting two corporate awards.

2018 Trio with RadhiRadhi on Radhi


Radhi Spear Trying to Get Radhi Spear off her back. 


Corporate Awards:

Corporate awards were presented to Binghamton University and to Corning Incorporated for their investment and commitment those organizations have provided to Toastmasters International and supporting their own Toastmasters organizations. Congratulations to Binghamton University (Leaders and Learners) and to Corning Inc. (Speak Up CNY) for your well-deserved awards.

Communication and Leadership Award:

Randi Quackenbush - CL Award

The Communication and Leadership (C&L) Award was presented to Randi Quackenbush for her work with the Food Bank and efforts in creating a Speakers Bureau, creating a scenario where those effected by poverty are taking their own stories to Washington, DC. You can read more in the Binghamton newspaper:


Tall Tales Contest:

We held our Tall Tales Contest on Friday Night and it was attended by almost 100 people, “if an inch”. Our contest winners were:

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018 - 2

  • 1st Place – Stephen Musok, of the Endicott Club
  • 2nd Place – Gil Stern, of Postprandial Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Sarah Ripley, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters

International Speech Contest:

The International Speech Contest was held on Saturday, with great attendance as well. Our contest winners were:

D65 International Winners 2018

D65 International Winners 2018

  • 1st Place – Joseph Babcock, of Big Red Toastmasters
  • 2nd Place – Pritam Poddar, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Ashley Dietrick, of Lawley Lingo

Elections were held on Saturday for our Incoming District Officers

The 2018-2019 District Officer Election Results are as follow:

  • District Director Elect: Lillian Knight Faison, DTM
  • Program Quality Director Elect: Pam Gorman, ACB, ALB
  • Club Growth Director Elect: Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL
  • Division A Director Elect: Dennis Gauda, DTM, PDG
  • Division B Director Elect: Alex Turner, ACS, ALB
  • Division C Director Elect: Brenda Billups, ACB, CL
  • Division D Director Elect: Hadassah Mativetsky, CC, CL
  • Division E Director Elect: Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB

The District 65 Awards Banquet was hosted on Saturday Night

Here are some Keynotes from the banquet:

Conference Co-Chairs:

D65 Randi Leo Joan

Thank you to Leo O’Connor, ACB and to Joan Sprague, DTM for hosting such an amazing conference

Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award:

Linda Lathrop, DTM, won the Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) Awarded:

Our newly inducted Distinguished Toastmasters included: Distinguished Toastmasters All

  • Celia Beaucage
  • Pat Costello
  • Denise Hull
  • Edward Parmenter
  • Juanita Rivera-Ortiz (not yet presented)
  • Christine Wolbert

New Triple Crowns Awarded:

Triple Crowns were awarded to the following Toastmasters:

  • Celia Beaucage, DTM
  • Pat Costello, DTM
  • Denise Hull, DTM
  • Keith Maderer, DTM
  • Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB
  • Kate Olsen, DTM
  • Christine Wolbert, DTM

Thanks to all of our members who make these events possible. Without you, these events could never happen. Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 Toastmasters year, beginning on July 1, 2018.


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

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Contest Photos – D65 – Spring 2018

Contest Photos

International Speech and Tall Tales Contest

Spring 2018

We will post photos from your contests here. Please submit a photo from your Area or Division contest and we will post them on this page. If Possible, please include a short message with names, winners, etc. Email photos and message to –

Thank you.

Division A:

Div A 2018

 Pictured: Karen Moronski-Chapman, Area 11 Director; Glenn Gordon, DTM, Division A Director; Jennifer James, Tall Tales 3rd place; Adam Hammer, Tall Tales 1st Place; Aric Gaughan, Contest Master; Ashley Dietrick, International Speech 1st Place; Tania Cervoni, International Speech 2nd place; Gourab Mitra, International 3rd place; Susan Willavize, Area 13 Director; Pam Gorman, Area 12 Director; and (not pictured) Marty Johnson, Tall Tales 2nd Place

Division B:

Division B -1      Div B - 2

Division C:

Division D:

Division E:

Area 11

Area 11 Contest

Area 12

Area 12 Spring 2018 - winners

Area 13

Area 13 Contest

Area 14

Area 14 from 2-2018

Area 15

Area 15 contest

Area 21

Area 21 contest

Area 22

Area 23

Area 24

Area 31

Area 32

Area 33

Area 33 Contest Group Photo- large

Area 34

Area 41

Area 42

Area 43

Area 44

Area 44 Spring Contest

Area 51

Area 52

Area 53

Area 54

Area 55

Area 56

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April 2018 Newsletter

Here is your April 2018 – District 65 Newsletter

April 2018 newsletter

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District 65 Newsletter – April 2018


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Trio Talks – April 2018 – Ellen Pieklo

Trio Talks – April 2018

 Ellen Pieklo

Letter From our District Director – Ellen Pieklo

March 23, 2018

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

The District 65 Toastmasters Year is passing quickly and by this time, many of our clubs are taking a pulse check to see if/when they can be identified as a Distinguished Club.

The Toastmasters organization offers many opportunities to our members for improving both communication and leadership skills. We’ve certainly done enough but have we gone beyond? It’s the theme of this years conference, Satis Superque – “Enough and Beyond.”

Ask yourself:

  • Did your club host a club contest to enable members learn all of the intricacies of hosting a club contest?
  • Each area hosts an area contest – did you attend the area contest to help the area and to support your club members?
  • Do you help other struggling clubs to get better or keep within your own club because the relationships are solid and established?
  • Did your area director visit your club?
  • Do your officers attend the Area Council Meeting and brief you on events taking place that involve your club?
  • If your club wasn’t visited, did the executive committee follow up to find out when the visit would take place?
  • Have you mentored a new member or an existing member?
  • Have you considered coaching a club, even when you don’t need to get educational credit for the effort?
  • Are you approachable to answer questions from members, clubs, areas, and divisions to help correct those messes we all get into – creating that safe place to fail?
  • Have you volunteered to help with a conference?
  • Have you registered for the spring conference?

If we’re truly an organization to help improve communication and leadership skills, we should be working with each other, encouraging each other to be the best we can be – and then more. Ask yourself, what can I do to help Toastmasters? We need both our experienced and less experienced members to be engaged.

This brings me to the next point. As a District, we do have two key events that I’d like to make you aware of. Our District 65 Conference will be held April 20-21, at the Binghamton, New York Holiday Inn.

The conference gives you an opportunity to hear from speakers in the local community, to meet our keynote speaker Radhi Spear, DTM and Toastmasters International Director Region 9, and to watch our Tall Tales and International Speech contests. The winner of the International contest will be competing with over 100 other district winners, in Chicago, to earn the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

It’s both an honor and a privilege to have one of our District 65 members competing at this level. You’ll also be able to meet people like you, who believe in the Toastmasters program, meeting new people and getting together with old friends you’ve made over the years.

The other opportunity will be to attend the semi-annual business meeting.

The spring business meeting enables the District to conduct District business. As a club, your club has two votes, held by the President and the Vice President of Education (or their designated proxy). The business meeting is held according to Roberts Rules of Order, the same rules we use to run our United States Congress.

At the 2018 Spring Business Meeting, we’ll be voting on the district officers, those elected officers, who will continue to manage our district. These include the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and our Division A, B, C, D, and E Directors. As a club officer, you’ll not only learn more about meeting protocols but also have your voice heard in terms of who is elected to manage our district organization.

We need each of you! Without you, we cannot exist. Without you, we cannot improve. Without you, we don’t get to know you… and we all lose.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your District 65 Leader and I am wishing you a continuously successful Toastmaster Year. I hope to see you all at the spring conference and at many more of our Toastmaster events.


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

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Hobby Or Talent Meeting

Fun Meeting Ideas

Hobby Or Talent Meeting:

By Angela D’Amico – Marketing Committee Member

For this meeting, you suggest that each of your members who signs up for a speech provides a talk about their favorite Hobby or a specific Talent that they feel is unique.

In addition to their presentation, live demonstrations are encouraged and audience interaction is also a welcome addition.

Focus your daily Table Topics around hobbies, talents or even super-powers to maintain the theme and get everyone engaged.

Have Evaluators contribute as well with a brief description of their own favorite hobby and what they learned from the Speaker.

Remember that variety is the spice of life. Toastmasters meetings that encourage fun will encourage members to attend and re-engage.

Here are some creative ways to get your club’s endorphins pumping at your upcoming meetings.

  • Once a month keep an element of surprise.
  • Change the layout of the room.
  • Place the lectern in a different spot.
  • You can assign roles at the door as each member picks their roles for that day from a bag.

The more fun you have, the more fun your members and guest will have. Focus on Fun and your club will grow.

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2 Month Rolling Calendar

Toastmaster International – District 65

Two Month Rolling Calendar

Month of April 2018

  • 04.01 Membership Renewal Dues Deadline for DCP credit
  • 04.03 Clubs – Nominations for New Club Officers – Immediate Past and Current President
  • 04.20 D65 Spring Conference Begins – Tall Tales Contest – Binghamton, NY
  • 04.21 D65 Spring Conference – International Speech Contest, C&L Luncheon, Business Meeting and more
  • 04.22 DEC meeting for all District Officers in Binghamton, NY and Join.me
  • 04.25  Area directors should try to complete all Club visits and submit their reports. 
  • 04.30  New District Officers will be announced (If available)

Month of May 2018

  • 05.01   Beat The Clock Membership-Building program Starts (Ends – 06.30.18)
  • 05.02  Clubs should hold Officer Elections for the coming year at FIRST Meeting in May
  • 05.03  Clubs should prepare for smooth transition to new officers and review treasurer’s audit of club finances. 
  • 05.15  Club Secretary (or other officer) should update New Club Officers in Club Central for the upcoming year. 
  • 05.31  Last day for Area Director – Club Visit Reports


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Four Step To A Killer Intro

Video Training – Four Step To A Killer Intro

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

4 Step Killer intro
Have you have ever wondered how great speakers can always get your attention, keep it and make you want more, in the first minutes of their presentation. This video will help you learn some simple steps to do just that.

This video was recorded by Anne Ricketts of Lighthouse Communications to help you think about and find better openings to your presentations. In just 4 minutes, she will give you some great advice, ideas and a path to start making your presentations memorable.

Click the link below or the image above to watch it now.


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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.

District 65 – Spring Conference and Contests

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 – Registration 6:30pm, Contest starts at  7:00pm

International Speech Contest – Saturday – April 21st, 2018 – Registration 3:15pm, Contest starts at 3:45pm. 


Division Contests:

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 @ 8:30am at  Victory Church – 32 Wildbriar, Rochester, NY 14623

Division C: Sunday, April 8th, 2018 @ 1:00pm – Irondequoit Public Library – 1290 Titus Ave. Rochester, NY 14617 

Division D: Saturday, April 7th at Roberson Museum and Science Center – 30 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905. 1:30 registration, 2:00 pm start.

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


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- NEW LOCATION of the Community Room at 5 star bank in City Gate – 395 Westfall Road,  Rochester NY 14620.  Please have contestants & judges arrive at 6:00 pm, with briefings at 6:15 and the Contest Starting at 6:30.

Area 23: Updated: Wednesday, March 14th, at 7:00pm (Reg. 6:30pm) – RIT – Institute Hall – room INS-1080 (1st floor).  RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623. The map to the building is here: https://maps.rit.edu/m/index.html?mdo_id=684

Area 24:  RESCHEDULED Due to Weather – Now: Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm at Rochester General Hospital, Twig Auditorium,  1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621, Portland Garage Parking, Hospital Lobby Level


Area 31: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 – Reg. 5:30pm – Penfield Library – 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Area 32: Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Reg. 4:00pm – Mount Vernon Church – 351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605

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: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 – Reg. 5:30pm – Peer-2-Peer – Lorraine’s Express Cafe – 1st Floor – 370 Building – 370 Woodcliff Dr Fairport, NY 14450


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: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – WSKG – 601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850.
Approximately 11:30 am, immediately the following Area 41 Contest that begins at 10:00 am

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: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Onondaga Free Library  – 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

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

Area 53:  Saturday, March 17, 9:00am Reg. – 9:30am – At Whole-ly Grounds AKA the Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY

Area 54:  Saturday, March 17, 9:00am Reg. – 9:30am – At Whole-ly Grounds AKA the Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY

Area 55: 

Area 56: 


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Pathways Launch Guidelines



By Sam Mehta, DTM, Pathways Chief Ambassador & Guide

Around May 15, 2018, Pathways learning experience program is anticipated to come to District 65. How can we as members in our clubs become ready to welcome Pathways?

Strong planning and a proactive approach will help make the Pathways roll-out a success:

To begin with, you need to plan, prepare and participate, to the fullest extent in all aspects of the pathways program. This includes [1] Plan to welcome the team of Pathways Guides and Ambassadors to visit your club and make a presentation. [2] Prepare yourself in Pathways by logging in to the TI’s and district 65 websites and familiarizing yourself with resources and information about Pathways program as much as possible. [3] Participate by logging into the Pathways program and take the initial assessment in the selection of paths, immediately after the roll-out.

In addition to planning, preparation, and participation, add another “p” word: patience. Starting any new program of this magnitude requires a period of adjustment. Pathways is designed to be convenient and user-friendly; however, new users still need time to feel and get comfortable, especially if they’re not as experienced with working online. (Base Camp, the program’s learning management system, is online, however you do have the option of working in Pathways online or in print.) Also, remember that Base Camp provides tutorials and videos that offer step-by-step instructions.

Joint club visit by Pathways Guide and Ambassador

Pathways will be rolled out by region and not by district. District 65 is in Region 9 along with five other districts. The roll-out date for Region 9 is anticipated to be around May 15, 2018. Before a region launches Pathways, most of its clubs will be visited by a Pathways Guide and a Pathways Ambassador. These two member volunteers will deliver a presentation about the learning experience, helping club members prepare to work in the new program. The visits are crucial—they help set up members for early success in the program. In district 65, the visits will begin during the last week of March 2018 and continue throughout the months of April and May 2018. It is anticipated that some 98+% of the clubs in district 65 will be visited by May 15, 2018 – the anticipated roll-out out date for Region 9. Pathways Guides and Ambassadors in district 65 have done an excellent job in cooperation with respective club leaders in planning and scheduling of the club visits. The presentation at the clubs is anticipated to take about an hour, including Q&A. All club leaders are requested in addition to providing adequate time for the Pathways Guide and Ambassador visits, to make sure that all club members are made aware of this presentation and that the members attend this presentation in large numbers.

Subsequent virtual visits by Pathways Guides

Immediately following the joint-club visit, Pathways Guides will plan and schedule the virtual support sessions, primarily with the club’s Vice President Education [the Base Camp Manager under Pathways] who will be responsible for managing, monitoring, and approving speeches and projects related activities of its members. The President of the club as well as the club’s secretary will also be responsible for the above-mentioned tasks and will participate in the virtual support sessions, where practical and feasible. Virtual sessions are designed to provide hands-on opportunity to learn and function, primarily in Base Camp. The Leadership of all clubs in the district and especially the VP Education is requested to show a great amount of flexibility in scheduling the virtual sessions with the Pathways Guides. Please remember that each Pathways Guide is responsible for training and support as many as ten clubs in the virtual sessions. Pathways Ambassadors will also continue to be available to answer questions and direct the members to resources and links available, including a variety of tutorials. Various communication platforms such as Teleconference, Skype, WhatsApp, Group Chat, Webex, Zoom, Join.me, and others will be used to make the virtual sessions productive and practical for all.

Clubs in District 65 will be having the club officers elections in the first meeting in May. During this period, Pathways is also anticipated to be rolled out in the district. Whether your club holds club officers elections, or appoints officers or ask for volunteers, please make sure that under Pathways, the responsibility of VP Education changes significantly. The VP Education as the Base Camp Manager will need to direct, support, and help club members function in the Base Camp. Make sure that this position is held by a club member who is tech-savvy and familiar with working in an online environment.

Jump in and Explore

Pathways is self-directed and self-paced learning program. Those club members who become more proficient in using Pathways, are requested to help and support their fellow club members, some of who may initially fall behind for not having worked in an online environment. The spirit of members helping members remain not only unchanged in Toastmasters but becomes crucial during Pathways smooth transition.

When Pathways is rolled out in our district, be sure to enroll immediately. Begin a project and start learning. If you still want to finish some work in the traditional education program, please fee to do so. You do not have to stop working in the traditional program once you start Pathways.

Current members can work in the traditional as well as Pathways programs, if they so desire, for the transition period of two years from the time Pathways rolls out in our district, which translates roughly to end of June 2020. This is the transition period. However, new members who join clubs after Pathways roll-out will only be able to work in Pathways. After the transition period ends, every member will work in Pathways.

I encourage all club members in district 65 to enroll in Pathways early rather than taking a wait-and-see approach. Club officers can lead the way by enrolling early on to set an example at each of the clubs. It makes it easier to convince members to join if the club’s officers are enrolled and actively participating in Pathways.

Pathways is a journey best traveled with fellow club members. Please do not hesitate to start your Pathways journey, instead be ready to jump in and explore.

Sam Mehta, DTM,

Pathways Chief Ambassador & Guide

March 21, 2018

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Pathways – Members of Multiple Clubs

Q&A for Members of Multiple Clubs

By Sam Mehta, DTM – Pathways Chief Ambassador & Guide


  • Approximately 5% of Toastmaster members belong to more than one club
  • Because of the specialized nature of requests and approvals for members of multiple clubs on Base Camp, the following includes information on best practices
  • Members and clubs will have to work together to find the best system for each individual who belongs to more than one Toastmasters club
  • Paths are assigned to individual members and can be completed in any club. A member may complete any path in any club to which they belong. They may choose to work on a single path concurrently in more than one club
  • Communication between members and club leadership is fundamental for members belonging to more than one club

Update personal profile, club roles outside home club, credit for club roles

Q- If you are a member of more than one club and you enter information that you filled a role in one club does that automatically populate in the other clubs or do you need to enter the information in all clubs?

A- When you add meeting role dates from the My Account page on Base Camp, these will show on your Base Camp profile. Each member who has selected a path has a single Base Camp profile. If they are an active member of more than one club, this profile will be visible to only one club at time—the club the member identified as their home club from the Pathways Start page. When a member changes their home club from the start page, the content of their Base Camp profile does not change. This means that all meeting role dates visible on a member’s Base Camp profile will show regardless of which club is identified as their home club.

Home club, visibility on Base Camp manager reports, submit awards

Q- Dual members: I signed up for two paths, but neither is visible in the management screen of my advanced club. Are we restricted to working on a given path only in one club? Clarifying, I see I now submit awards for members in Club Central, but in my advanced club, it shows no record of the two paths I signed up for. How can we make those visible? I did not select two paths to work on them exclusively in just one of my clubs.

A- You are not restricted to working on a given path in only one club. You may complete projects and present speeches from any path in your Education Transcript at any club. In order for the Base Camp manager of one of your clubs to see your progress (including which path(s) you are working in and how far you have progressed), that club must be set as your home club in Base Camp. Your home club indicates who you can interact with on Base Camp, as well as which members and Base Camp managers can find you and view your progress. If you are an active member of more than one club, you can determine and change your home club from the Pathways Start page at any time. Each time you complete a level in Base Camp, a request is sent to the Base Camp manager of your home club. The Base Camp manager of that club can validate this request even if you did not complete all speeches in that level at your home club. Because education awards are submitted through club central, you can determine which club you would like to receive credit for each level you finish. You are responsible for communicating your request to the VPE of the club to which you would like to apply the credit.

Free paths for members of multiple clubs

Q- If someone is a member of more than one club they pay international dues for each club. They are also counted as a separate member for each club in determining the total membership of the club. District or Toastmasters International, should they not receive a free path for each club?

A- Members are eligible for a maximum of two free paths if they belong to more than one club. To qualify for a second free path, members must already be a member of multiple clubs when Pathways rolls out in their region. Joining additional clubs after Pathways is available to you will not qualify you for a second free path.

How many free paths do I get if I’m in more than one club; are there other discounts?

Q – Why am I only entitled to 2 free paths if I am a member of more than two clubs? Will I get a discount on the membership fee of my 3rd and subsequent clubs since I don’t get a path with these clubs?

A- The policy states that members of multiple clubs are eligible for a maximum of two free paths. To qualify for the second free path, a member must belong to more than one club when Pathways rolls out in their region. After the roll-out of Pathways in your region, there will be no additional paths for dual members. Your membership in Toastmasters qualifies you for a free path. As in the traditional program there are no special discounts for joining more than one club.

Member charged for second path that should have been

Q- A toastmaster is a member of several clubs. He initiated two paths and was required to pay $20 for one of them. Why did this happen? Can he get a refund or at least get a third path for free?

A- Members who paid for a second path but were a dual member at the time of the Pathways roll-out can contact World Headquarters. Once eligibility is verified, the member will be refunded the charge for the second path.

Members in clubs in different regions

Q- If a person is a member of two clubs but only one of the regions has rolled out, can that member still participate in Pathways?

A- If a member is a current, paid member of any club in a region where Pathways is rolled out, they are considered a Pathways member and can begin their Pathways learning experience.

Waiting to select a path

Q- Let’s say, we don’t choose our first path immediately after roll out, but if we have dual memberships, do we have to claim the free second path? What about the first free path if we decide to finish our current education program?

A- A member who belongs to more than one club when Pathways launches in their region is eligible for a maximum of two free paths. This applies regardless of the number of clubs to which a member belongs. For example, a member who is active in two Toastmasters clubs when Pathways rolls out in their district is eligible to receive two free paths. Similarly, a member who is active in four Toastmasters clubs is eligible to receive two free paths. A member of nine Toastmasters clubs at the time of roll-out would also be eligible for two free paths. Members who are eligible for a second free path should contact World Headquarters to request their second path, rather than purchasing it through the Pathways Start page.

Second path free, delay in selecting path

Q- A dual member active in two or more clubs prior to the launch will get two paths free. Is there any limitation on how do they get the paths? For example can they get at the same time or can they stagger it to get it after a few months say 3 months or 6 months? Is there any guarantee period within which they should get both the free paths?

A- No, at this time there is no expiration date on a member signing up for their free path.

Two free paths, non-renewal in second club,

Q- Can a member redeem both free path but then do not renew his second club in the upcoming October renewal, is there any penalty?

A- Dual members (those belonging to more than one club) are eligible for a maximum of two free paths. A (dual) member who does not renew their membership with their second club, for example, will still retain access to Base Camp access and the member’s paths are unaffected.

Recognition and Distinguished Club Program

Q- How does a member in multiple clubs go about assigning different Awards to their different clubs in the pathways program? Through the web-based training it seems as if you can only allocate Awards to one club at a time but that is not in line with the current program. I know of some Toastmasters who are members of multiple clubs and was wondering what the best practice would be for someone in that situation.

A- Members can apply level completion awards for the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) to any club they choose. The club to which you would like to apply Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit does not need to be set as your home club when you purchase a path or when a level is marked complete. Once a level completion request is approved on Base Camp, an award request must be submitted on Club Central, just as it is in the traditional program. This VPE who approved the level completion request is not required to submit the request on Club Central. Rather, the VPE of the club to which you would like to apply credit should submit the award request. If you are a member of more than one club, you determine which club will receive credit for each level and path you finish. This means that each time you complete a level of your path, you can change which club receives DCP credit. For example, you may give credit for Motivational Strategies Level 1 to Club A and then give credit for Motivational Strategies Level 2 to Club B. You are responsible for communicating your request to the VPE of the club to which you would like to apply the credit. The process for submitting awards through Club Central is exactly the same as the process for the current program. You simply select a Pathways award.

Members in multiple clubs, level completion approvals, home club

Q- A dual member and submitted a level 1 approval request in club. [A] When she goes into change her home club to club b, the request is recreated and sent to club [B] This happens every time she changes her home club (she does nothing to the level 1 completion request) She says this has created a trail of emails and confusion. I have attached her correspondence. Ward Penman

A- If a member changes their home club while a Level completion or external training request is pending, the request will move over to the newly designated home club.

Because of this, we recommend that members do not change their home club unless all pending requests have been approved.

Members of multiple club

Q- I am a Toastmaster who is a member of two clubs. Can I work in the traditional education program in one club and Pathways in the other club?

A- Yes. Existing members who would like to complete awards they have already started working toward in the traditional program may work in both programs simultaneously during the two-year transition period.

Members of multiple clubs are at their discretion as two which of their clubs they would like to and apply credit and present speeches.

Source: Pathways – Master Q&A

Sam Mehta, DTM

Pathways Chief Ambassador & Guide

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