COVID-19 District 65 Safety Statement
As the impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, we are working diligently to support our members and clubs. Learn more.
Brenda Billups, DTM
|Program Quality Director
Kate Olsen, DTM, PDG
|Club Growth Director
Sam Otto, DTM
District 65 Administration
|Public Relations Manager||Robert Phillips||Robaphillips@gmail.com|
|Administration Manager||Emily Olsen-Nemethfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Finance Manager||Melissa McDonald||McDonaldMM@corning.com|
|Imm. Past District Director||Linda Lathrop, DTM PDGemail@example.com|
|Parliamentarian||John Sleeth, DTM PDGfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Logistics Manager||Aleks Nikolicemail@example.com|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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: