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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District 65 Toastmasters Procedures Document

To view or download the most recent version of the District 65 Toastmasters Procedures Document, please click on this link:
 District 65 Toastmasters Prodecures Document

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Ellen Pieklos Farewell Interview

Ellen’s Farewell Interview

Ellen Flag Ceremony

As our Toastmasters year winds down, I asked our District Director – Ellen Pieklo, if she would be our final Member Spotlight with a recorded interview about her experiences as a member of the District Trio over the last 3 years.

Thankfully, she agreed and we recorded it live the other day.

Before I start, with the interview I wanted to mention the fact that this has been an extraordinary year for District 65. When Ellen, Lillian and I took the reigns on July 1st, 2017, our district was in Dead Last Place in the world.

Yes… We were Dead Last.

With a lot of hard work and effort by all of you, our Club officers, our DEC officers and especially Ellen and Lillian, your District 65 is now in the in First Place in Region 9 and in the Top 20% Worldwide. And we are not done yet…

This was no small accomplishment. What most members do not realize is all the work that goes on behind the scenes. This was where your district director – Ellen Pieklo shined.

She made sure that Lillian and I, and every other District Officer, were kept up to speed. She monitored events, progress and goals regularly and communicated our strengths and weaknesses in a manner that helped all of us to grow.

For that, I am Thankful… and you should be too!

Thank you Ellen!

Ellen Lillian Darren Tay Click HERE – Watch The Entire Recorded Interview

(Below is a loosely transcribed version of our interview)

What is your favorite memory from the last 3 years?

I favorite memory is visiting the Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital to their Toastmasters meetings. I’ve been there for a Grand Rounds & Demo Meeting of Toastmasters, and to give a corporate award. It was moving to hear people talk about how Toastmasters helped them tell their story.

What are you most proud of during your tenure with the Trio?

I’m most proud to have survived my tenure. I’m most proud that we have a DEC team that works well together and gets along. People have tried to step in and help each other with training, DEC Officer training, workshops, etc. I realize that we’ve come a long way in obtaining new members, increasing club training numbers, and rolling out pathways to name a few. I’d love to say it was me, my guidance or something….I think I”m proud of fostering an environment that has enabled people to succeed and/or learn safely. I like to think if someone calls up to say they’ve botched something up big time that I’ll be able to convince them it isn’t so big and work through the problem together.

What was your least favorite memory from the last 3 years?

My least favorite memory is with some of the Toastmasters I’ve encountered who in my opinion really aren’t happy with themselves. I’ve had encounters with people who condemn, criticize, complain yet find many reasons they cannot be part of the solution. For me, takes a lot of energy to be able to put the “noise” on pause and work through the problems.

What is the best piece of advice you received that helped you prepare and endure through your 3 years on the trio?

2018 Trio with Radhi

I think the best piece of advice was hearing that 3 years is going to go by fast, really fast; enjoy your time with it. At the International Conferences, District events, and club levels, I’ve tried to make the most of the time and enjoying each trio role. That helped me make it through each year but helped put things in perspective for the next. By the time I was District Director I felt I could understand our challenges and how to help the district, in those areas holding us back. The time has gone by fast. Enjoy the ride, make friends along the way, learn from the mistakes, and laugh/smile. This way, there is nothing to endure but a 3 year journey that will provide a lifetime of memories.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

You need the mistakes in life/Toastmasters to help you grow. As a leader, it’s up to us to create that safe place to fail. At the end of the day, ask yourself “what is this moment teaching me? “

D65 Trio and Radhi Goofy

We hope everyone has as much fun moving forward as Ellen, Lillian and I had this year.

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June 2018 – Newsletter

Here is your June 2018 – District 65 Newsletter

June 2018 D65 Newsletter

Click Here or the Image Above to Download

District 65 Newsletter – June 2018

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2 Month Rolling Calendar

Toastmaster International – District 65

Two Month Rolling Calendar

January 2019

01.02     CLUBS begin Spring Speech Contests (International)

Note: International contests are the only contests going beyond the club level. Clubs can still hold Table Topics or Tall Tales contests if they choose.

01.03     Crown City Open House 1 of 2 6:30 – 7:30

01.07     Club officer lists Due from clubs with semiannual terms

01.10     Crown City Open House 2 of 2 6:30 – 7:30

01.19     TLI Buffalo

8:30 Registration 9:00 am – 1:00 pm program

BlueCross BlueShield

W Genesee St. #100 Buffalo NY 14202

01.24     TRIO traveling

01.25     TRIO at Mid-Year Training

01.27     TRIO traveling

February 2019

02.01     Talk Up Toastmasters membership-building contest

02.02     TLI – 2 options

Option 1 · Syracuse

8:30 Registration 9:00 am – 1:00 pm program

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

333 Butternut Dr Syracuse NY 13214

Option 2 · Corning

10:30 Registration 11:30 am – 3:00 pm program

Corning Learning Center (located in the Headquarters Complex)

323 W Market St Corning NY 14830

02.09     TLI Batavia

9:00 Registration 9:30 am – 1:30 pm program    

Genesee Community College – T Building

1 College Road/(GPS) 1 Stephen Hawley Lane Batavia NY 14020

02.15     DUE: Mid-year Audit District Finance Report and related financial records to TMI [DD, Fin Mgr]

02.16     Clubs End Spring Speech Contests

02.17     AREAS begin Spring Speech Contests (International only)

02.28     END: Club Officer Training for Distinguished credit

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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 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

D46 - 101 Table Topics Ideas

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

Keith 04-2018 cropped 25%

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 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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