Update Your Officer List

Elections Over? Update Your Officer List

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

For most clubs, your officer elections for the new Toastmaster year from July 1st, 2018 to June 30th 2019 have taken place. If you haven’t already held your elections, it is now time to get moving.

But what do you do with the results?

  • Take a photo and post it on your clubs website
  • Log in to Club Central at Toastmasters.org and select your club.
  • Then go to: Club Administration and click the – Club Officer Assignments link 
  • Next select the – Future: July 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019 – tab
  • Update Club officers
  • Just click the drop down box and select your incoming President, VP-Ed, etc.
  • When you are finished, click – Save
  • Your club is now ready to start the upcoming year.
  • Final check: Wait 24 – 48 hours and click the link below to see if your club officer list is received. If so, you are done.


Usually, this is the Club Secretary’s role, but any current officer can update the list. Most Club Presidents will want to check this item before the June 30th deadline.

If it is not done yet… Do It NOW!

If your club fails to update the list before June 30th, your new officers will not be able to log-in to Club Central or take care of club business. If this happens, you will have to get on the phone with Toastmasters International and it may take days or even weeks to get this updated properly.

The easiest way is to follow the steps above and Do It Now.

Thank you.

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101 Ideas 4 Table Topics

Fun Meeting Ideas

101 Ideas 4 Table Topics

Stolen from: Our Friends at District 46 in NY city

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If your club is like most, you are always looking for new and interesting Table Topics ideas.

Well today, you have found the mother load.

Our friends at District 46 have already done a ton of research and complied a list of 101 fun ideas that you can copy, modify or use to inspire your next table topics session. Please share them with your members and if you come up with new ones or variations, let us know.

We might put yours in the next newsletter.

Click the image above or the link below:


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Base Camp Tutorials


VP – Education – Base Camp Tutorials

By Keith Maderer

Base Camp tutorial

Pathways is here…

The Pathways educational program offers so many great ways to build and develop your skills and career.

The VP-Education (VPE) of each club will serve as the Base Camp Manager and will be supported by the club president and secretary. As VPE, it is your responsibility to help your club members and officers by conducting several tasks in Base Camp that will enhance everyone’s Pathways journey.

The link below will guide you through the main tasks involved in being the Base Camp Guru. Each task has its own tutorial inside Base Camp which will walk you through the specifics.

You can access them by navigating to Tutorials and Resources. If you take a few hours now to review this information, you will be ready to go when a member asks you for the next step in their journey.

Please take the time to download this PDF and learn the basics. Your club and its members will thank you. You could probably use it for a speech project to share some of the insights that you learn along the way.

Click here or the image above to download:


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Keith’s Farewell Message

Keith’s Farewell Message

by Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

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We had a lot of fun this year.

I met so many new Toastmasters from all over the District… and the World.

The one thing that I have found to be true about individuals that gravitate toward and join a Toastmasters club is that they are all working on improving themselves.

  • They are above average intelligence.
  • They know that communication is critical in life, family and work.
  • They inspire others with their inner strength.
  • They step up when others step aside.
  • They find answers when others are still asking the questions.
  • They find solutions to obstacles that get in the way.
  • They challenge themselves to do better, to grow, to laugh and to fail.
  • They build bridges that take them over or around obstructions.
  • They encourage others to step outside that comfort zone.
  • They gently nudge when a push would be too much.
  • They lead… when an example will make a difference.
  • They find greatness where others see ordinary.
  • They find commonality when others try to separate.
  • They find gratitude in the simplest of deeds.
  • They make others better… by being present.

If you are reading this… You have inspired me.

You have inspired another member.

You have inspired a friend, co-worker, family member or a guest.

You can… and do… make a difference.

That is what this year has taught me.

Being a member of our District Executive TRIO is a lot of work, more than even I anticipated. But to do it right, it takes commitment, effort and cooperation.

I want to thank all of you for your support. Our Division/Area Directors and our new Marketing Committee members filled all the holes in the wall of success.

I want to thank Julie Ricchiazzi, Roger Morehouse and Sam Mehta for all their guidance, wisdom and insight. And Lillian Knight Faison for making me smile, keeping it real and showing me how to… “go with the flow”.

I especially want to thank Ellen Pieklo, our District Director who knew the in’s and out’s and guided our team through some incredible challenges. You may not even know those obstacles existed, because she handled them without hesitation… and with a smile.

This year was a huge success. It may not end up as spectacular as we would have liked, but we made some incredible gains that will hopefully carry forward for many years to come.

Most importantly… Ellen, Lillian and I had fun.

We laughed in the face of adversity. We rallied around each other when the going got tough…. And we smiled when even a small success… became a reality. We spent countless hours listening to members, making adjustments and finding solutions.

  • I will not miss the massive amounts of email.
  • I will not miss the long hours on the phone.
  • I will not miss the long hours on Join.me video conferences.
  • I will not miss the long hours on the road….

But I will miss you… our members.

Your smiles, your laughter, your stories, your struggles and your achievements made it all worthwhile.

Thank you.

Keith Maderer, DTM

District 65 – Club Growth Director 2017-2018

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7 Ways Conversation

Video Training:

7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone

A TED Talk with Malavika Varadan

by Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

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As we all work on building a stronger club, sometimes having a genuine conversation with a guest or new member can be challenging. In this video, Malavika shares 7 great ways to initiate a conversation that will engage and encourage others to feel welcome. Here is a list of her 7 main points. If the titles don’t ring a bell… you better watch the video.

  1. The First Word Floodgates
  2. Skip the Small Talk
  3. Find the “Me-Toos”
  4. Pay a Unique Compliment
  5. Ask for an Opinion
  6. Be Present and Make Eye Contact
  7. Name, Place, Animal, Thing

It will help you grow and help you build stronger relationships with your club, members and guests.

The video is only 15:22 minutes long, with many real life stories and examples. I hope you enjoy Malavika’s bubbly personality and guidance as much as I did.

Click here to watch the entire video – https://youtu.be/F4Zu5ZZAG7I

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Ellen’s End Of Year

Ellen Pieklo’s – Our End Of Year Accomplishments

Ellen Pieklo

Dear District 65 Toastmasters,

We’re quickly approaching the end of a fast-paced Toastmaster year. As I look back, it’s incredible to see how much work takes place in a District and we’ve accomplished a lot:

  • Created and published a monthly newsletter and updated web site to enable members to stay engaged with happenings around the District
  • Trained 100% of our District Executive Council members and conducted multiple District Council Meetings
  • Attended District Leadership Training for Trio members in British Columbia and cast votes for our International Directors and Officers
  • Conducted club officer training in both the fall and spring increasing our levels of officers trained to well over 50 %
  • We were represented at the International Conference by Jonathan Brooks from Postprandial as part of the International Speech Contest
  • Preparing for the 2018 District Leadership Training in Chicago, IL and training of District Officers on June 16, 2018
  • Awarded Joseph Babcock the District 65 International Speech Contest Winner and supporting him on his journey to the International Contest levels at the International Convention
  • Hosted the Final Fall Conference in Buffalo, NY, as directed by Toastmasters International, celebrating with a 2 day event
  • Conducted our Spring Conference in Binghamton, NY, where we voted on the District Officer Positions
  • Successfully rolled out the new Pathways Education Program, under the guidance of Sam Mehta, DTM, having the highest training rate for clubs of our region
  • Awarded the Communication and Leadership Award to Randi Quackenbush for her work with the Speakers Bureau, enabling community members to carry their voices to Washington, DC
  • Established 7 new clubs and have 11 more clubs in the charter process
  • Met our goal of being distinguished in terms of membership payments.

This list continues to expand and it would be great to give credit to any single person. That’s just not possible. These are the fruits of our District 65 members. We’ve seen many open houses and recently I attended an open house, where over 10 different Toastmasters attended to provide their support to a club that was membership-challenged.

When we work together, our Toastmasters experience grows, our relationships grow, and the results just seem to flow. In saying that, I would like to thank each and every member for enabling me the experience of serving as your District Director for 2017-2018. I hope that in the future, I can continue to serve as I’ve seen so many Past District Governors and Past District Directors continue to do, each and every day.

I wish each of you an exciting Pathways and Toastmasters journey.


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

Your District 65 Director 2017-2018


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Of The Year Awards – 2018

District 65 – Of The Year Awards

Beginning June 1, 2018, District 65 will be accepting nominations for the annual awards: Toastmasters of the Year; Area Director of the Year; Division Director of the Year; and Area Director of the Year. The district has the option of awarding the Phoenix Club of the Year Award. District 65 will open nominations so that clubs rising out of the ashes may be recognized, where a club may not have been observed at the District Trio level.

The descriptions of these awards and nomination forms are contained below. The forms will also be placed on the web site for easy access.

Please remember that all forms must be received by June 30, 2018. Please submit to

District 65 Annual Awards

The recipients of the “Of the Year” awards will be selected by immediate past Trio of officers, chaired by the district director, who served during the year for which the awards are being made (The Immediate Past District Director, as of July 1). The committee may include as many members as the chair deems necessary. Area directors who served during the year for which the awards are being selected will not be members of the committee to select Area Director of the Year. Area directors and division directors who served during the year for which the awards are being selected will not be members of the committee to select Division Director of the Year. The selection committee will select the recipients of the Toastmaster of the Year, the Area Director of the Year, the Division Director of the Year, and the Phoenix Club of the Year, which may be given at the discretion of the district director awards. The of the year awards will be awarded at the annual fall Leadership Breakfast. The awards include:

Toastmaster of the Year Award: This “Toastmaster of the Year Award” will be based upon the form provided in Appendix E of this document and other criteria as deemed appropriate by the selection committee, which will consist of the District Trio. Each member in good standing, other than voting members of the executive committee, (area director and above) is eligible to participate in the contest each year, regardless of their length of membership. The district should encourage the clubs to participate in the Toastmaster of the Year Award at club level. A similar award is encouraged at area and division levels. At all levels, the award is to be based on Toastmaster activities performed during the current Toastmaster year (July 1st to June 30th). For the District Toastmaster of the Year award, the deadline for submitting the forms to the district director is June 30th of the year being considered. Members are encouraged to submit the application form on his or her behalf, or on behalf of another member. Area directors will ensure that each club has a copy of the application form. A comprehensive list of past recipients of this award should be kept in the district historical records. Typically, the award is given to a member not serving in a District Leadership role.

Click Here to Download a Nomination Form – Toastmaster OTY


Area Director of the Year Award: The “Area Director of the Year Award” will be based upon the form shown and responsibilities contained in the District Leadership Handbook, as well as other criteria as deemed appropriate by the district director who shall chair the Trio selection committee. The deadline for submitting the forms to the district director is June 30th of the year being considered. A comprehensive list of past recipients of this Award should be kept in the district historical records.

Click Here to Download a Nomination Form – Area Director OTY

Division Director of the Year Award: The “Division Director of the Year Award” will be based on the form shown and responsibilities contained in the District Leadership Handbook, as well as other criteria as deemed appropriate by the district director who shall chair the Trio selection committee. The deadline for submitting the forms to the district director is June 30th of the year being considered. A comprehensive list of past recipients of this Award should be kept in the district historical records.

Click Here to Download a Nomination Form – Division Director OTY

Phoenix Club of the Year Award: The “Phoenix Club of the Year Award” may be given at the discretion of the district director to the club, which magnificently rises up from the ashes of low membership and morale during the district year to charter strength. The deadline for executive committee members to submit nominations to the district director is June 30th of the current district year. A list of the past recipients of this award should be kept in the district historical records.

District Officers Can Send their Nomination To Our District Director – Ellen Pieklo, DTM – email: 


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Member Spotlight – Dalar Nazarian – Paper Cuts

Member Spotlight:

Dalar Nazarian

Dalar Nazarian of Praxair Toastmasters

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

During this past year, I had the opportunity to visit many Club, Area, Division contests. I saw many great speeches and was moved by several of them. One such speech was given by Dalar Nazarian of the Praxair Toastmasters at the Area 13 Contest. I asked Dalar if she would share her message with our district. I hope you find it as moving as I did. Here is Dalar’s story, in her own words.

How Words And A Voice Can Hurt… And Heal

By Dalar Nazarian – R&D Cryogenic Systems at Praxair, Inc

Speaking Out About Paper Cuts and the Healing Powers of a Toastmasters Speech

Seduced by Toastmasters’ promise to build me into a confident communicator and leader, I eagerly joined Praxair’s Toastmaster club in early 2017. To my delightful surprise, I’ve gained much more than just communication skills. Toastmasters has given me a vehicle to reflect, communicate, and execute. Because of Toastmasters, I more regularly reflect on the choices I make, the interactions I have, and the work I do. I share pieces of my life with fellow toastmasters through impassioned speeches. I find partners in unlikely places and become inspired to take action. My speech for the 2018 Spring International Speech Contest is just one example of this kind of Toastmasters journey.

This journey started on a stressful Sunday before I had to give my CC-6 speech at our lunchtime Toastmasters meeting. Out of ideas, I started to sort through the filing cabinets of my mind for any experience that had left me feeling passionate. Meanwhile, my mind was burdened with an infuriating experience I had that the day before. Since I could not shake the frustration, I decide to write about my experience as a speech. For hours I typed vigorously, at times stopping to stare at the ceiling in reflection and occasionally shedding a few tears. At the end of this process, I not only had a speech that brought me to the Area 13 International Speech Contest, but also a healing experience.

My speech titled, Paper Cuts, dealt with what it’s like to be a young girl trying to pursue your passions and take leadership in a world filled with micro-insults (paper cuts). In my six weeks of mentoring high school students to build a robot, I had watched my female mentees slowly lose confidence and passion as they dodged a series of unacceptable comments and actions by their male peers. Things like questioning the ability of the young girls and speaking over them when they tried to take a stance. These were incidents that were so small that it felt ridiculous to speak out about them. Yet these incidents happened so frequently that they became tiresome. While the young men in the group were not aware of the impact of their actions, the young girls clearly felt the burden of the dynamic between the sexes, experiencing what is commonly known as death by a thousand paper cuts. This left me recounting experiences I had when I was their age and wondering, in anger and hopelessness, if things will even change. Only through the process of writing my speech did I realize that things are changing. I realized that this change has to do with me and my counterparts. We as mentors are now aware of what these young women go through and we can help them speak up. We can help heal their paper cuts, one at a time, so that these brilliant girls can retain their passion and become future leaders.

Sharing my speech with fellow Toastmasters was inspiring. I had the chance to introduce some listeners to a new perspective on the issue and connect with other listeners over a shared frustration. After giving my speech at the Area 13 competition, I made connections with fellow toastmasters across the district who also care about and work in the realm of empowering young girls who want to pursue a science and engineering career. After the process of writing and delivering a single speech for Toastmasters I found myself empowered and excited about the potential collaborations on the horizon.

Dalar Nazarian

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May 2018 – Newsletter

Here is your May 2018 – District 65 Newsletter

May 2018 D65 Newsletter

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District 65 Newsletter – May 2018

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Staying In Traditional Or Pathways

Staying In The Traditional Program… Or Jumping Into Pathways?

The question is being asked and will be asked and debated by some Toastmasters, whether they should continue with the traditional program or jump into Pathways or do work in both. The answer to all of the above three questions is yes, yes, and yes!

Each Toastmaster will need to decide which option and/or options will best suit his or her individual needs and goals, going forward. In addition, the availability of time in completing the traditional program during the two-year transition needs to be factored in.

All educational awards earned under the traditional program will always be recognized by Toastmasters International and will be shown in the history of awards earned in the individual member profile.

The final destination of the traditional program as well as in Pathways is the ‘Distinguished Toastmaster’ [DTM] award. Taking this destination as the basis and keeping the “other” requirements of the DTM award aside for the time being (i.e., serving as club officer, district officer, club mentor or coach, club sponsor or speechcraft or youth leadership program) and only count the number of speeches required in both programs, here is how it looks in general context.

At a very rough cut, the requirement for a traditional DTM is at least 45 speeches, usually more.

For Pathways, if we ignore the complexities of some of the level 4 & 5 projects [some of the level 4 & 5 projects are complex and will require additional time to complete them. For example, the HPL is a level 5 project, required in 3 Paths. So this can be construed by some as over simplification];  it could be said that there are about 28-30 speeches required for completion of the DTM award in Pathways.

Even when a member who has completed a Competent Communicator [CC] award, still has 35 speeches to do under the traditional DTM program. Switching to Pathways, he or she would only have to do between 28 to 30 speeches.

Even if a member had completed an ‘Advance Communicator, Bronze’ [ACB] award, it leaves about 25 additional speeches to give in the traditional program. Switching to Pathways would require few additional speeches. Also, the transition period deadline (now 2 years away and/or through June 30, 2020) is no longer relevant and the member can proceed at whatever pace he or she feels comfortable.

The above is a general synopsis of the traditional verses Pathways program. Each member will need to carefully examine his or her individual situation and proceed appropriately in continuing in the traditional program, jump into Pathways and do both, during the transition period.

Communicate and consult with your VP Education or a Pathways Guide or Ambassador to determine which course of action is best suited for you.

Sam Mehta, DTM

Pathways – Chief Ambassador and Guide

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