District 65 Officer Nominations

Dear District 65 Executive Committee:

This past year, Sam Mehta, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Past District Governor (PDG) served as the chair of the District Leadership Committee [DLC]. As part of the notification process, I am providing the results of Mr. Mehta and the DLC members efforts for the district officer candidates for the respective elected offices for the Toastmaster year 2019-2020.

As part of District 65 procedures, these will be posted to the web site and mailed to club officers so that each officer will have the information required to make a decision regarding the voting for District officer positions for the 2019-2020 Toastmaster year.

Lillian Knight Faison, DTM,
District 65 Director

Dear District 65 Director:

Per your request and the District 65 nomination process, the DLC met and assessed candidates for the District 65 Leadership team. The team members included Linda Lathrop, DTM, PDG; Keith Maderer, DTM, Past Program Quality Director, Shirley Malone, DTM, Patricia Costello, DTM, and Sam Mehta, serving as the leadership chair.

Per the Toastmaster leadership requirements, the team met, interviewed, assessed, and approved the following candidates to run for the following leadership positions.

District Director Candidate:
Pam Gorman, ACG, ALB

Program Quality Director Candidates
1. Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL
2. Roger Morehouse, DTM

Club Growth Director Candidate
Brenda Billups, ACS, ALB

Division Director – A Candidate
Patrick Sheldon, ACS, ALB

Division Director – B Candidate
Jason Becker, CC, CL

Division Director – C Candidate
No candidates applied or interviewed

Division Director – D Candidate
* Arun Sampath, ACB, CL

Division Director – E Candidate
No candidates applied or interviewed

* During the interview process, the committee noted that Mr. Arun Sampath, ACB, CL applied for the appointed position of Area 44 Director. Upon a follow-up discussion, Mr. Sampath has agreed to have his name moved into the Division Director Candidate position. Mr. Sampath is a member of a Presidents’ Distinguished Club, has been actively involved in club officer roles and has worked with building and mentoring a successful new club, whose membership has already grown to 23 in that club.

The DLC members believe that all of the candidates interviewed are qualified for the respective office for which they have been identified for the forthcoming TM year of 2019-2020.

Per TI rules, candidates may run from the floor, with the approved application submitted prior to any voting processes. To accommodate a smooth voting process, all floor candidates shall identify themselves and provide an application to the District Director, no later than April 15, 2019. Should multiple candidates be applying for the same position, each candidate will have a 2-minute timeframe to present themselves to the business meeting on their ability to serve as a district candidate.

I want to thank you and Ellen Pieklo on behalf of the DLC members [Linda Lathrop, DTM, PDG, Keith Maderer, DTM, PPQD, Shirley Malone, DTM, Pat Costello, DTM, and myself, Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG] for the opportunity provided to interview these fine district officer candidates as well in serving district 65 in process.

Mr. Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG


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2 Month Rolling Calendar

Toastmaster International – District 65

Two Month Rolling Calendar

March 2019

3.15 DIVISIONS hold International Speech Contests
3.16 9:00 am Areas 13 & 15 Combined International Speech Contest
3.16 9:00 am Areas 22 International Speech Contest
3.16 9:30 am Division E International Speech Contest
3.22 6:00pm Division B International Speech Contest
3.31 END: Talk Up Toastmasters membership-building contest (started Feb 1st)

April 2019

4.6 11:00am Division D International Speech Contest
4.6 2:30am Division C International Speech Contest
4.13 9:00am Division A International Speech Contest
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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

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District 65 Pathways Recognition 2018

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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

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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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