Summer 2020 Club Officer Training – Makeup Information

In order for your clubs to get credit, at least four (4) officers need to participate in Club Officer Training. If you missed the exciting event on June 29th, there are now TWO evening sessions (6:00-9:00pm) to choose from – Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 23rd.

To register for Tuesday, July 14th: https://bit.ly/July14COT

To register for Thursday, July 23rd: https://bit.ly/July23COT

 

New Club Recognition Awards

May 28, 2020

Dear Club Officer,

There is cause for celebration. As Toastmasters clubs around the world adapt to the effects the coronavirus crisis is having on in-person events and meetings, Toastmasters International is taking note of the overwhelming positive energy and resiliency. With year-end approaching, many of you have risen to the very difficult challenge of continuing to achieve membership and education goals, despite what is going on around you, and for this, you and your clubs are an inspiration and deserve special recognition.

The Board of Directors is sensitive to those clubs that have been dealing with membership challenges brought on by the current crisis; in fact, the Board and World Headquarters has received much feedback requesting a modification of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) or even postponing the program year-end date to a later time. After careful consideration, the Board determined that any recognition program change to lower the qualifying requirements or goals would be unfair to those of you going above and beyond—and amazingly, still striving toward achieving Distinguished status!

To ensure all clubs, Distinguished or not, are recognized for their outstanding efforts, new club-level awards have been created for the 2019–2020 program year only. They were designed with the same enthusiasm so many of you displayed to earn them:

Online Ovation/Education Award Silver, Online Ovation/Education Award Gold

Clubs will qualify for these awards by meeting both of the following criteria by June 30, 2020:

    • Indicating in Club Central that they allow online attendance
      • The club must have allowed online attendance between January 1 and June 30, 2020. If the club already allowed online attendance prior to January 1, 2020 and continued to allow online attendance, it would qualify. If the club did not allow online attendance prior to January 1, 2020 and began allowing online attendance, it would qualify. Clubs that have never allowed online attendance at any point between January 1 and June 30, 2020, would not qualify.
    • Achieving the listed education goal requirement in one of two tiers
        • The first tier/silver award will be presented to those that achieve four education goals (traditional, Pathways, or a combination), based on the DCP.
        • The second tier/gold award will be presented to those that achieve six education goals (traditional, Pathways, or a combination), based on the DCP.

The Great Revival Award 

This award will be presented to clubs that were suspended by April 1, 2020, then reinstated between April 1 and September 30, 2020.

Membership Consistency Award, Membership Resiliency Award

Based on a club’s membership base as calculated on July 1, 2019, the first award is presented to any club that experienced no net member loss; the second award is presented to any club that experienced a net member gain by June 30, 2020.

You can find descriptions of these awards and check your progress by visiting the Recognition Awards tab on the COVID-19 page of the Toastmasters International website www.toastmasters.org/covid-19. Recognition for a club that achieves any of the awards described above would be listed in Club Central under Club Awards. For any questions on how your club can achieve any or all of these awards, please contact our Club Quality and Member Support team at clubquality@toastmasters.org.

Toastmasters International admires and appreciates the truly extraordinary efforts of club officers who are diligently supporting club meetings and actively encouraging members to achieve their year-end goals in these unprecedented times. If you can achieve this today, there is no telling what you will accomplish tomorrow—and we look forward to continuing to recognize you.

Sincerely,

Deepak Menon Daniel Rex
Deepak Menon
International President
Toastmasters International
Daniel Rex
Chief Executive Officer
Toastmasters International
This email has been sent to all Region Advisors, District Directors, Club Growth Directors, Program Quality Directors, Club Presidents, Vice Presidents Education, Vice Presidents Membership, Vice Presidents Public Relations, Secretaries, Treasurers, and Sergeant at Arms.

Club and District COVID Announcement

May 6, 2020

Dear Toastmasters,

Thank you for putting your trust in the Board of Directors as we work together to navigate
this difficult time. COVID-19 has put a strain on the economy, directly affecting
Toastmasters International and many of our members. We have been working diligently to
find feasible and timely solutions with your best interest in mind; every decision taken by
the Board of Directors has had serious consideration and discussion behind it. We would
like to share three new decisions with you:

    • Access to Pathways’ Base Camp has been extended through June 30, 2020 for
      members who were in good standing as of April 30, 2020. Our hope is that this will
      provide added support to Toastmasters who are not yet able to renew their
      membership but may want to continue their educational journey. Please note that
      this is not an extension of all membership benefits.
    • Several austerity measures are in place at World Headquarters, including a decision
      to not fill open staff positions and a pause on compensation increases of any kind for current employees.
    • Print delivery of the Toastmaster magazine has been temporarily discontinued for
      the coming months, starting with the May 2020 issue. This decision took into
      consideration that some countries are no longer accepting mail from outside their
      borders. We will reevaluate the status of print delivery regularly and will inform the
      membership when it will resume. We anticipate this will be no later than January
      2021.

The magazine is still available online at www.toastmasters.org/Magazine. If you prefer, you can also download a PDF of the monthly issue to print. The online magazine has digital benefits not included in the print version, such as: an interactive experience, extended photo galleries, timely topics, and exclusive video and audio content.
For more information regarding decisions made by the Board related to COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 FAQ.

The Board truly appreciates your support and commitment. We hope you will continue to
find Pathways and the Toastmaster magazine sources of education and inspiration.

Take care and stay safe,

Deepak Menon Daniel Rex
International President Chief Executive Officer
Toastmasters International Toastmasters International
This message was sent to all members.

Speeches Outside of the Club

There is a two speech limit per manual in the traditional education program but this is not the case in the Pathways program. There is not a limit in the number of speeches you can complete outside of the club. The requirements for completing speeches outside of the club in the Pathways program are as follows:

  • Speak to your VPE/executive committee and receive approval for completing your project outside of your club
  • Meet the project requirements
  • A Toastmaster must be present for your evaluations
  • Receive a verbal evaluation
  • Receive a written evaluation

If this criteria is met, your project will be eligible for credit. The intention of the Pathways program is to be more flexible as life is ever-changing more now than ever!

Let’s Keep Connected

March 24, 2020

My dear fellow Toastmasters and friends,

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus is now affecting all aspects of our personal and professional lives with so many activities on hold. For us, as Toastmasters, this is unsettling and makes us feel isolated. We rely on one another for growth, support, and camaraderie. We have helped one another become stronger leaders, speakers, and team players. Communication is at our core; we thrive on it.

While we are most comfortable fully engaged with in-person meetings and interaction, we are finding it is possible to thrive through our technological connections now. Online meetings, speeches, and chats are giving us purpose and reason to smile with one another, even in this difficult time. Toastmasters was always a laboratory, of sorts, for experimenting and learning, and now it gives us an opportunity to become more creative as we engage online together. We are experiencing our support system, still in place, all around the world.

As your International President, I have been thinking very seriously about our role as Toastmasters, but also about the precautions we must take during these times, especially regarding current and upcoming Toastmasters contests, programs, and events. To see the actions we’ve taken so far, click here.

Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to the 2020 Toastmasters International Convention to be held in Paris, France in August. We are actively working with our partners in Paris and relying on local health and government officials to assess moving forward. We are also following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will keep you updated on any changes. We want to make the smartest decision, above all, for the health and safety of you and your families.

I encourage you to continue to find ways to connect; emotional wellness is just as important as physical health. The Board of Directors and World Headquarters staff is committed to helping you through these challenging times. While staff is working remotely for the safety of all, they are dedicated to keeping service standards and helping members in any way they can. Please reach out to them here.

Our activities as Toastmasters have certainly shifted, with our primary focus on protecting ourselves, so we can protect the globe. It is my hope and passion that we stay connected and come through stronger, as we endure new challenges, but also find new reasons to be grateful.

Please take care of one another,

Sincerely,

Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon
International President
Toastmasters International
www.toastmasters.org

2020 Contest Dates!

CONTEST DATE TIME LOCATION
Division A Saturday, 3/21 8:30 AM-12:00 PM BlueCross Shield of WNY
Areas 11 & 12 (comb*) Saturday, 2/29 12:00-3:00 PM Audubon Library; 350 John J Audubon Pkwy, Amherst 14228
Areas 13 & 15 (comb*) Wednesday, 2/26 5:00-7:00 PM Lawley Insurance; 361 Delaware Ave, Buffalo 14216
Area 14 Saturday, 1/25 8:30-11:00 AM MOOG; 7070 Seneca St, Elma 14059
Area 16 Saturday, 2/15 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Ingram Micro; 1759 Wehrle Dr, Williamsville 14221
Division B Friday, 3/13 5:30-8:00 PM Penfield United Methodist Church; 1795 Baird Rd, Penfield 14526
Area 21 Monday, 2/10 5:30-8:00 PM Henrietta Library; 675 Calkins Rd, Rochester 14623
Area 22 Saturday, 3/7 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Henrietta Town Clerk (Hall); 475 Calkins Rd, Rochester 14623
Area 23 Tuesday, 2/4 5:30-8:00 PM Five Star Bank; 395 West Fall Rd, Rochester 14620
Area 24 Friday, 2/28 5:30-8:00 PM Penfield United Methodist Church; 1795 Baird Rd, Penfield 14526
Division C Saturday, 3/14 8:30-11:30 AM Lorraine’s Café, 370 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY
Areas 31 & 33 (comb*) Wednesday, 2/12 5:30-8:00 PM Spiegel Community Center; 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford
Area 32 Saturday, 2/15 2:30-5:00 PM Mt. Vernon Baptist Church; 351 Joseph Ave, Rochester
Area 34 Wednesday, 3/4 6:00-8:00 PM Lorraine’s Café, 370 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY
Division D Sunday, 3/22 1:00-4:30 Cornell University/Riley-Robb Hall; 111 Wing Dr, Ithaca
Areas 41 & 43 (comb*) Saturday, 2/22 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Koffman Incubator (KSTI); 120 Hawley St, Binghamton 13901
Area 42 Saturday, 3/7 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Cornell University/Riley-Robb Hall; 111 Wing Dr, Ithaca
Area 44 Saturday, 3/7 9:00 AM-12:00 PM The Bridge Wesleyan Church; 561 Maple St, Big Flats, 14814
Division E Saturday, 4/4 TBA
Areas 51 & 52 (comb*) Saturday, 2/29 TBA Onondaga Free Library; 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse 13215
Area 53 Saturday, 2/22 12:00-3:00 PM Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville; 5110 Jamesville Rd, Jamesville 13078
Area 54 Saturday, 2/22 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Onondaga Free Library; 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse 13215
Area 55 Monday, 2/24 5:30-8:00 PM Dunham Public Library; Boardroom, 76 Main St, Whitesboro 13492

*- Combined contests are held back-to-back, one full contest – then the next. Attendance is expected for both contests for the sake of the contestants and efficiency. The winners will be announced at the end of each individual contest. Photos and awards will be at the end of combined event.

District 65 Contests will be held during the Annual Conference at the Rochester Holiday Inn, Downtown

Table Topics Contest – Friday, April 24, 2020 • Time TBA

District 65 International Speech Contest – Saturday, April 25, 2020 • Time TBA