Mercury West Toastmasters Visit with Region 9 Advisor, Elaine Rogers, DTM

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Region 9 Advisor

Elaine Rogers, DTM

Elaine Rogers is a Region Advisor at Toastmasters International.  Her responsibilities involve  supporting, coaching and guiding district leaders in fulfilling the mission of the district in building new clubs.  

ARegion Advisor her district includes 5 provinces in Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Islands, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick) and 6 US states (Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Western and Central New York, Metro New York City, and Northern New Jersey).

Ms Rogers previously was a District Governor for Toastmasters International, serving the metropolitan New York area covering over 150 clubs in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.  She has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 30 years, and earned the Distinguished Toastmasters designation .

She volunteerwith Image Impact International, a non profit organization specializing in services for first generation college students.  Ms Rogers is chair of the  organization’s Training program.  

Professionally, she is a trainer, speaker, and facilitator with over 30 years experience.Previously she was an Assistant Vice President-Project Management at a major financial service company in New York City, where she was a project manager in the customer service area

Ms. Rogers graduated from Pace University in New York City with an MBA in Information Systems.  

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A message from the District Director

October 26, 2018
Dear District 65 Toastmaster,
As we close the first quarter of this Toastmasters year, I want you to know that am humbled, and honored to be of service to this district. I would like to thank you for this incredible opportunity and for your dedication to District 65. This year, I am so excited to be a part of another dynamic Trio with Pam Gorman, ACS, ALB as our Program Quality Director and Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL our Club Growth Director.
I am writing today to provide you with an update of what we have been doing so far. Aside from a successful first round of TLIs and the current contest season, On September 15th, we held the Leadership Breakfast, District Council, and DEC meetings in Waterloo New York at the Quality Inn. There were over 100 leaders and members in attendance and we each had the opportunity to network and celebrate our accomplishments as a District.
  • As a 2017-2018 Incentive, there were 35 clubs who finished the year Distinguished or better and they were each presented name badges for their club members. This incentive also included gifts certificates to spend at the TI store. It was a pleasing to see these clubs work hard toward their goals and it is a joy to see those members wearing their badges proudly. Let’s keep the momentum and let everyone know what District 65 has! 
  • For outstanding Service, Leadership and Dedication to District 65 the following 2017 – 2018 Awards were presented:
———- Toastmaster of the Year….. Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
———- Division Director of the Year….. Glenn Gordon, DTM
———- Area Director of the Year….. Ashley Engl, ACB, ALS
———- Phoenix Award….. Sylvester Anderson’s Voices to Be Heard        
———- The Pride of the District Cup….. UB Toastmasters
  • We also paid tribute to Keith Maderer, DTM, who – out of 106 districts in the world – was awarded the ONLY Excellence in Club Growth Award at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at the International Convention in Chicago this past August.
  • Three Triple Crown Awards and one DTM medal were also awarded for accomplishments earned in the current 2018-2019 Toastmasters Year.
  • District 65 business was conducted during the District Council Meeting where we achieved a quorum both with attendance and proxies. We voted on the 2018-2019 District Budget and it was passed. The budget has since been turned in and accepted by Toastmasters International.
New and Noteworthy!
Mid-November brings us a visit from Region 9 Advisor, Elaine Rogers, DTM. The region advisor’s role is to support district leaders in fulfilling the district mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Elaine will be in town to visit corporate clubs in District 65. To welcome her, we will be holding a Meet & Greet Lunch on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:30am-2:00pm at the Quality Inn, Waterloo. Club Presidents are welcome to attend. During the lunch, we will be honoring all of our Pathways Guides and Ambassadors for their service, as well. All District Executive Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend as immediately before lunch, we will be conducting one of our mandatory DEC meetings (9:00-10:30am). This can be attended in person or virtually.
DEC Members: To RSVP your attendance to the 11/17 DEC Meeting and/or Meet & Greet Lunch with Region 9 Advisor Elaine Rogers, click here >> Eventbrite/DEC
Club Presidents and others: To RSVP your attendance to the 11/17 Meet & Greet Lunch with Region 9 Advisor Elaine Rogers, click here >> Eventbrite/Guests
Members, you are the foundation of our organization. Your leadership team is here to help you achieve both your individual and club goals. We have been working hard on a set of incentives that will assist with those goals. We have designed them in a way where we can assess them and add to them throughout the year and we appreciate your patience and understanding. For a list of District 65 Incentives, click here >> 2018-2019 Incentives
District 65, let’s stay Fired Up and keep our fantastic momentum! We can accomplish this with continued resilience, energy, enthusiasm, passion, and focus. Through positive teamwork, our goals are to support clubs and help them operate at charter strength.
Finally, let us share the gift of what Toastmasters has done for us. Hopefully by now you have heard of the #MYWHY campaign. As District Director, I am proud of my journey and also of yours. We are as unique as snowflakes – no one Toastmaster is the same. We bring a richness to the program and by sharing our #MYWHY stories we share something special with the world. It has been my extraordinary privilege to work alongside you! Once again, Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Keep up the great work!
Toastmasters Fired Up and Ready to Go!!
Lillian Knight Faison, DTM
District 65 Director, 2018-19
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District Leader Nominations 2019-2020

To all District 65 Toastmasters:

Each year District 65 elects a set of district officers during the district council meeting at our Spring District Conference in May 2019. The elected officers will lead our district for the following fiscal year starting July 1, 2019.

Before we vote, the District needs to have nominees for the elected positions. Any member in good standing of a club in good standing who has met the requirements for the office can be nominated for that office. In District 65, we elect officers for the following positions each year:

1. District Director
2. Program Quality Director (PQD)
3. Club Growth Director (CGD)
4. All Division Directors (currently 5 – A thru E)

In addition and for general information only, 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)
4. Parliamentarian
5. All Area Directors (currently there are 24 Areas in District 65)

Anyone wishing to be a candidate for any elected position must submit the following three forms to the District Leadership Committee by the Toastmasters International imposed deadline of December 15, 2018 latest (these items should be links to the documents). No applications will be entertained after the December 15, 2018 deadline.

1. District Leader Nominating Form (Form 450C)
2. Candidate Application (Form 450E)
3. Officer Agreement and Release Statement (Form 450D)

The Candidate Application shows the requirements needed to be eligible to run for the office. You can see this more clearly in the Call for Nominations District Leader Qualification and Responsibilities. (Form 450B).

The Leadership Committee Chair this year is Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG. Members of the committee from each Division include: Keith Maderer, DTM: Shirley Malone, DTM; Stephanie Siuda, DTM, PDG; Linda Lathrop, DTM, PDG, and Pat Costello, DTM. The three required forms should be completed and emailed to Sam Mehta, Leadership Committee Chair.

The Leadership Committee will interview the nominees and ensure all qualifications are met before presenting a vetted nominee list to the current District Director, Lillian Knight Faison, DTM, at least 6 weeks before the Spring Conference, by March 18, 2019.

The District Director will make this nomination available for all to see via the district website at least 4 weeks before the conference, on April 5, 2019.

Please return the forms to Sam Mehta at:  
If you need to mail the forms, please send them to:

Sam Mehta, DTM
Chair, District 65 Leadership committee
107 Rosewell Meadow
DeWitt, NY 13214-2347


Sam Mehta, DTM
Chair, District 65 Leadership Committee 2018-2019

Toastmasters International
Where Leaders Are Made

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Pathways Education Awards Key

Pathways Education Awards Key

This 1 page PDF will give you all the new Pathways Education Awards and their 3 digit codes. Download your copy now and print one out for your club officers.

Pathways Education Awards Key Image

Click the image above or this link to download your copy and make sure that your club officers always have one handy.

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Pathways Competencies

Pathways Paths and Core Competencies

This 11 page guide will give you an overview of the Pathways Paths and then take you through each path, describing its Objectives and its Core Competencies.

Pathways Path Competencies Cover

This will be a great guide to share with every new member when your club mentor sits down with them to discover their reasons for joining Toastmasters and to begin selecting their first Path.

Click the image above or this link to download your copy and make sure that your club officers always have one handy.

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Pathways Navigator

Pathways – The Navigator

This 26 page guide that will take you through the toastmasters meeting structure and roles. Club officer roles and the new Pathways Learning Experience.

Pathways Navigator Cover Image

This is the one book that you can use to show guests and new members the Pathways program. On pages 9-12, you can show any guest the diversity and structure of how their education program will benefit them.

Click the image above or this link to download your copy and make sure that your club officers always have one handy.


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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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Toastmasters Turnaround Story

Wow… From Last Place… to the Top 10%… and Still Climbing

District 65 – Toastmasters Turnaround Story Of The Year

We have a real chance of making our District 65 a Distinguished… or even a Select Distinguished District this year.

But We Need Your Help.

Here is how you can help your Club, your Division and your District.

Step 1: Check your club report by visiting this link, scroll down to your club and click on your club name: your club report will pop up and you can save as a PDF (upper right corner)

Step 2: Find out what your club needs to do to be come Distinguished or better by sharing your club report with your members and officers.

Step 3: Reach out to former members, guests and existing members with the attached PDF on Pathways – visit this link:

Step 4: Submit any CC’s, CL’S, or advanced awards electronically through Club Central before the June 29th deadline.

Step 5: Let us know when you reach Distinguished or Better and your club will receive Toastmasters magnetic Name Badges ($8.00 each) for every member in your club plus a $25.00 gift certificate. Email:

Don’t let all our hard work this year go for naught. Let’s race to the finish line and make District 65 the Turnaround Story of the Year.

You earned it, now lets finish it!

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Club Officer Training – Summer 2018

Club Officer Training – TLI – Summer 2018

Save These Dates:

New club Officers and anyone interested in becoming a club officer now or in the future. Here are dates and preliminary locations for the upcoming Club Officer Training Sessions or Toastmaster TLI’s. Actual addresses will be added as soon as they are available.

Please check back to this page regularly for updates.

Here is the link:

  • Sat. July 14th, 2018 – Division E Training – Syracuse, NY
  • Sat. July 21st, 2018 – Division B & C Training – Rochester, NY
  • Sat. July 28th, 2018 – Division D Training – Binghamton, NY
  • Sat. August 4th, 2018 – Division A Training – Buffalo, NY

All Training Sessions are scheduled from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided

You can attend any of the sessions above and qualify for your Officer training credit.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Any questions, please reach out to your Division/Area Directors or

Lillian Knight Faison at – – or

Pam Gorman at – – or

Ray Mulgrew at –

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