District 65 Executive Committee 2020-2021


District Director

Program Quality Director Brenda Billups billups@frontiernet.net 585-683-9793

Club Growth  Director

Kate Olsen klolsen@rochester.rr.com 585-770-4783

Immediate Past  District Director

Pam Gorman PamGormanD65@gmail.com 716-578-0659
Public Relations  Manager ShuHua (Grace) Lu grace7656@gmail.com 607-684-5990
Administration Manager Sam Otto therealsamotto@gmail.com 585-889-9018
Finance Manager Melissa McDonald
Parliamentarian John Sleeth jsleeth@southwindcarpet.com 315-345-5311
Logistics Manager
Webmaster Roger Morehouse morehouse2465@gmail.com 607-745-5689

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

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,


Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon
International President
Toastmasters International

Pathways Evaluation Forms



Evaluations are a fundamental part of Toastmasters. We learn and improve by giving and receiving good evaluations.

In a verbal evaluation, the evaluator begins with what they did well, makes a few suggestions for improvement, and then concludes their evaluation with what they did very well, followed by a summary.

Pathways projects include either one or two speeches that needs to be delivered to complete the project.

Following are the evaluation forms for all the Pathways projects. They are PDFs. In most cases, they contain editable fields. This means the evaluator can type the evaluation directly onto the form if they wish, and email it to the speaker.

Alternatively, you can click on the link, download the form to your computer and print it.

Active Listening
Advanced Mentoring
Building A Social Media Presence
Communicate Change
Connect With Storytelling
Connect With Your Audience
Create A Podcast
Creating Effective Visual Aids
Cross-Cultural Understanding
Deliver Your Message With Humor

Develop A Communication Plan
Develop Your Vision – Speech One and Two
Distinguished Toastmasters – Speech One and Two

Effective Body Language
Engage Your Audience with Humor

Ethical Leadership
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech One
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech-Two
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech Three
Focus On the Positive
Generic Evaluation
High Performance Leadership – Speech One and Two
Ice Breaker
Improvement Through Positive Coaching
Inspire Your Audience
Introduction To Toastmasters Mentoring
Know Your Sense of Humor
Lead In Any Situation
Leading In Difficult Situations
Leading In Your Volunteer Organization
Leading Your Team
Lessons Learned
Make Connections Through Networking
Manage Change
Manage Online Meetings
Manage Projects Successfully – Speech One and Two
Managing A Difficult Audience
Managing Time Mentoring
Moderate A Panel Discussion
Motivate Others
Negotiate The Best Outcome
Persuasive Speaking
Planning and Implementing
Prepare For An Interview
Prepare To Speak Professionally
Present A Proposal
Public Relations Strategies
Question And Answer
Reaching Consensus Option One and Option Two
Reflect On Your Path
Researching And Presenting
Speech Profile Vocal Variety
Successful Collaboration
Team Building Speech One and Two
The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech
Understanding Conflict Resolution
Understanding Emotional Intelligence
Understanding Your Communication Style
Using Descriptive Language
Using Presentation Software
Write A Compelling Blog

Click here to download a zip file of all Evaluation Forms

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.


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.


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.