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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Year End Incentive Badges

District 65 – End of the Year Incentive

As we approach the end of the year, it’s important that we keep sight on making our clubs Distinguished or Better. By being Distinguished, we’re working together to build and keep clubs that are fun, provide learning experiences, and also help us attract new members.

Badge information

TI Name Badge

The District is offering an end of year incentive to ALL clubs that are Distinguished or better by providing you with name badges for all of your club members, as identified on the TI web site on June 30, 2018.

We plan to have these badges with the name only, unless the member is a Distinguished Toastmaster. This way, the badges can continue to be used through the new Pathways Program but also will continue to be usable. In many instances, members discontinue wearing the badges, once the credentials no longer apply.

We hope you all have an exciting two months working toward your Distinguished Club status. If you are already a Distinguished Club, we congratulate you for your club leadership.

We’d like to challenge our Distinguished club officers to help one of your local clubs become Distinguished and learn those skills that helped you become a strong Toastmasters club.

Thank you for all your support and energy as we finish out a great year.

Ellen, Lillian and Keith

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Video Wedding Toast

VIDEO Training: How To Give A Wedding Toast

Wedding Toast Video

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Sooner or later, if you are a Toastmaster, someone is going to ask you to give a Wedding Toast. In this short 5:00 minute video, a lineup of experts explain what works and what to avoid when preparing a wedding speech. From time-tested tips to hilarious horror stories, they reveals everything you need to know to craft an unforgettable wedding toast.

Your skills as a Toastmaster will help you with the writing, delivery and timing of your toast, but knowing some of these tips will make your speech extra special.

Take notes and give yourself some time to think of the right stories, anecdotes and personal moments… then you will own the room.

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Hornell Toastmasters – Open House

Hornell YMCA Toastmasters – New Club Open House

On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 6:00pm, the newly formed Hornell YMCA Toastmasters will be holding an Open House in an effort to get their new club over the 20 member mark and reach their chartered status.

Hornell YMCA Open House Flyers PNG

They are close, but would appreciate your help by spreading the word. If you are from the area or know anyone from the Hornell, Dansville, Wellsville, Olean, Geneseo or Corning area that is looking for a club that meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm, we can make this a great club and another wonderful addition to District 65.

If you know anyone from the Hornell, Dansville, Wellsville, Olean, Geneseo or Corning Chambers of Commerce, local papers or church groups, please forward this email to them and ask them to share the information.

Our Southern Tier Area is dramatically under-served and by adding a new club in this area it would help many others to gain the benefits of Toastmasters.

Please share this information with anyone that you believe could benefit from joining a club. Better yet, make a point of coming to the meeting and bringing them as your guest.

Here are the Details:

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hornell YMCA – 18 Center St, Hornell, NY 14843

Pizza and Light Refreshments will be provided

Seating is limited to the first 100 people…

Please RSVP To:

To Register Online via EventBrite, Click the Link Below:

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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
  • Wanda Edwards, ACS, ALB
  • Denise Hull, DTM
  • Keith Maderer, DTM
  • Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB
  • Emily Olsen, ACG, 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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