|Program Quality Director||Brenda Billupsfirstname.lastname@example.org||585-683-9793|
Club Growth Director
Immediate Past District Director
|Public Relations Manager||ShuHua (Grace) Luemail@example.com||607-684-5990|
|Administration Manager||Sam Ottofirstname.lastname@example.org||585-889-9018|
|Finance Manager||Melissa McDonald|
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. https://www.toastmasters.org/
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: email@example.com
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!
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
Tips From Our Past
A New Year…A Time For Reflection and Renewal
By Sherry Hunt, DTM – Immediate Past District Director
I, like many others, spend each New Year’s Eve reflecting on what happened in my life over the previous year that I am grateful for and then lifting up my thoughts for what I hope the New Year will bring. This year was no different so I hope you’ll humor me sharing a few of those thoughts with you . . .
Looking back I’m immediately grateful for all the folks that reached out while our daughter was so ill! Your kind words and prayers made many of those long days just a bit easier to bear. There truly is nothing more frightening for a parent than to watch your child lying in a hospital bed fighting to breathe while you can only stand helplessly by waiting and praying for a miracle. I’m also grateful I was able to be with her during those days and then to walk with her now while she continues to recuperate.
What I learned in those days was how important it is to have a voice and be able to speak clearly and cohesively when your emotions are running high. I am grateful for my Toastmasters experience as that allowed me to fall back on those skills so I could let the medical team know what she needed and how to help all of us through this ordeal. The medical team at Golisano Children’s hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was AWAZING and encouraged us to be as involved in her care as we were able! Not having to think about how to prepare my words was a blessing in disguise and another way my Toastmasters journey continues to enhance my life in ways I never imagined.
What I hope for the New Year is that more folks will renew their commitment to personal growth by push their boundaries and take a chance at the leadership opportunities Toastmasters provides for us right here in District 65. As with all of the opportunities, you get out of it what you put in BUT I hope you will actually give it a go BEFORE deciding you have nothing to gain from the experience. If I had let other’s talking about their negative experiences turn me away from pursuing leadership in our District, or even decided not to continue after the challenges presented in the 1st 6-months of being the LGM, I’m not sure how I would have handled the situation this past Fall…but I was fortunate enough to have members around me that encouraged me to stick with it and I KNOW I’m a much better speaker, leader and person because of it.
If you need someone to encourage you in a renewal of your commitment to grow by taking this Toastmasters journey, let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to make it happen or connect you with others that are also happy to help! The choice is yours but I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect and be grateful for where you’ve been and hopeful for what is most certainly going to come…
District Officer Nominations 2018
By Ellen Pieklo, DTM, District Director
Every year, you, as members of District 65, can nominate District Officers to help lead and guide us into the future. This process allows you to help select your leaders and your voice be heard.
Elected officers will lead our district during the next fiscal year starting July 1st, 2018. Any member in good standing of a club in good standing who has met the requirements for the office can be nominated for an office. To qualify for the District Director, Program Quality Director, or Club Growth Director positions, a member must have served as a club president for at least six months.
Our Immediate Past District Director, Sherry Hunt, DTM will be the chair of this committee and will be handling the details. She can be reached by email: sherryhuntDTM@gmail.com
The following District Officer positions will be announced.
1. District Director
2. Program Quality Director (PQD)
3. Club Growth Director (CGD)
4. All Division Directors (currently 5 – A thru E)
In addition, 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)
5. All Area Directors (currently there are 23 Areas in District 65)
6. Public Relations Manager
Please check your email for more information related to the nomination and application process.
Here are links to the forms that should be filed if you are interested.
1. District Leader Nominating Form
2. Candidate Application
3. Officer Agreement and Release Statement
District 65 Program Quality Update
By Lillian M. Knight Faison DTM, Program Quality Director
I extend a huge thank you to our members for their dedicated efforts in improving their leadership and communication skills. Our theme this year is Make Toastmasters a Part of Your Story.
I am grateful to continue my service with the District 65 Trio. It is my pleasure to work with this dynamic team. 5 months into our term, Club Growth Director – Keith Maderer and his Team have formed 5 new clubs and we are currently #1 in Region 9 in membership payments.
Toastmasters is a Part of my Story. I give credit for the positive growth in my personal and professional life, to my involvement in Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International requires all club officers to be trained twice a year. Better trained officers contribute to a better membership experience. It is critical to our District success that officers understand their responsibilities and meet our member’s needs.
Congratulations to the awesome leadership team and members that helped us to achieve 67.3 % of our officers trained during our Summer TLI’s. As District Leaders, we strive to train 100% of our officers. When 4 four club officers are trained in both in the summer and winter, their club receives 1 point toward the Distinguished Club Program.
Our Super Saturday Winter TLI’s will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at Genesee Community College in Batavia and on January 20th, 2018 at the BC/BS in Syracuse. They will run from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. These TLI’s will provide you an opportunity to meet other club officers, network and to learn from each other. Our team of District Leaders will also be conducting officer training make-up sessions. You have a number of opportunities to be trained at a time that will fit into your schedule.
Pathways, our new and exciting educational program will be included in our TLI’s.
We are asking for your support again to attend our winter TLI. Our officer training can start on December 1, 2017 and training is to be completed by February 28, 2018.
District 65 held a successful Fall Contest to showcase some of the best that Toastmasters has to offer. I was so excited to see the excellent team work at our contests, TLI’s and at our Fall Conference in Buffalo.
Please save the date for our Spring Conference in Binghamton, New York on April 27th to 28th, 2018.
Thank you Sam Mehta our Pathways Chief Ambassador and Guides for keeping us in the loop regarding Pathways for the last 5 years.
Pathways in Region 9, District 65 will roll out in May of 2018. Our success requires that Pathway Guides be on board prior to our roll-out to educate our clubs.
As Members of District 65, we need your energy, passion, leadership and enthusiasm. When we work together as a Team, our core values and positive action, will accomplish our goals.
Where do you want to go… and how do you plan on getting there?
If you have any questions or would like to assist with TLI ‘S, conference and contest planning, please reach out to us. Contact me at 585-414-3821 or email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toastmaster Quick Tip/Link:
By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director
Have you ever wondered where to find the PDF forms to file your education awards?
Great news. Toastmasters International has a page that links directly to all of them. You can download or print any of the current CC, CL, ACB, ACS, ACG, ALB, ALS or DTM award applications by clicking the link below.
CC, CL, Advanced Award Applications:
Here is what the page looks like:
Pathways – Here We Go
By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG, Pathways Chief Ambassador
Since TI has informed us the tentative roll-out date of May 2018 for Regions 8 & 9, I have done some “preliminary planning of estimated dates” of major milestones that will need to be accomplished in order to have a successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65. I am making an assumption here that May 31, 2018 [verses say May 1, or May 15, 2018] will be the roll-out date and based on this roll-out date, the following items/actions will need to be complied with in 2018.
14 to 18 weeks prior to roll-out: [January 15, 2018 to February 15, 2018]
PQD and CA will receive a Pathways Guide Selection Process Checklist and other resources to assist them with screening on Pathways Guide for every 10 clubs in the district.
Two to nine weeks prior to roll-out: [March 21, 2018 to May 15, 2018]
Pathways Guides and/or Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.
Two to six weeks prior to roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018]
A Pathways Guide and Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the pathways Guide and Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and roll-out kit.
Six Weeks prior to roll-out to 12 weeks after roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018]
Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.
There are many additional resources available to assist club members and club leaders in their Pathways journey. They include tutorials, FAQ’s, quick reference guides and more. Many of them can be found on “Base camp” and will be accessible once Pathways has rolled-out in our district.
Needless to say, that if there are any delays in roll out of Pathways in other Regions where the roll-outs are scheduled prior to Region 8 & 9 [January 2018 thru’ April 2018] the May 2018 for D-65 will naturally be postponed. However the above time-table of milestones that will need to be accomplished will remain, but will be based on a different roll-out date for district 65.
Once again the purpose of the above “preliminary planning of dates” is to make key stakeholders in the district aware of this time-table, as well as in informing and communicating with the D-65 membership at-large.
TI has prepared a formal “PATHWAYS Preparation Schedule”. Here is the link:
Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Then get ready for the Pathways in 2018.
Are You Interested In Becoming A Pathways Guide?
Here is where you can start your journey.
Here are two links pertaining to Pathways Guides  Role Desecration and  Application for general information of prospective Pathways Guide candidates in District 65.
Pathways Guide – Role Description:
Pathways Guide Application:
The on-line accessibility to the “Pathways Guide Application template” [password protected shown below in the link] will be available for use by Pathways Guides candidates, at the appropriate time for our district roll-out.
Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
Pathways – Chief Ambassador
Pathways – A Summary – by Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG
Your Pathways Learning Experience:
In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:
- Learning Paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
- New Technological Resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
- Mobile Access to educational materials (laptops, smartphones and tablets)
- Expanded Video and Digital Content to facilitate learning among our global community of members
There Are TEN Possible Paths for Learning:
- Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
- Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
- Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
- Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
- Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
- Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
- Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
- Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
- Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
- Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills
These areas of learning are based on the Core Competencies in the program which are:
- Public speaking
- Interpersonal communication
- Leading and managing
- Leading strategically
- and Building Confidence
Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths. The levels are:
- Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
- Level 2: Learning Your Style
- Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
- Level 4: Building Skills
- Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
- Completion of two learning paths
- Serve as club officer for 12 months
- Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
- Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
- Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
- Complete Capstone DTM project
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals
Pathways DCP Education Goals
- Four Level 1’s
- Two Level 2’s
- Two More Level 2’s
- Two Level 3’s
- One Level 4
- One Level 5
Transition DCP Education Goals
Select 6 of the following 12 goals:
- Two CC awards or Four Level 1’s
- Two mores CC’s or Two Level 2’s
- One ACB, ACS, or ACG award or Two more Level 2’s
- One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award or Two Level 3’s
- One CL, ALB, or ALS award or One Level 4
- One more CL, ALB, or ALS award or One Level 5
Current Education Program:
The current paths [CC, ACB, CL, etc.] will be available for at least 2 years after full roll-out in each district/region. Toastmasters joining clubs after the roll-out will start using Pathways immediately.