Program Quality Update 12-2017

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

Fall Contest Corner 2017

Your Fall 2017 – Contest Corner

Contest Judges

Here are the Dates, Times and Locations of your upcoming Area, Division and District Contests. If you do not see your contest listed, check back. We are adding details as soon as we receive them from your Area and Division Directors.

Division A: Oct. 21st, at 9:30 am – BPC – Butler Aud.- 400 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213

Division B: Oct. 21st, at 4:00 pm (Registration 3:30 pm) – RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 – Building Institute Hall – Conference room 1180

Division C: Oct. 21st, at 1:00 pm (Registration 12:30 pm) – R.I.T. – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 – (Parking lot E) Room A190 – Lower Level

Division D: Oct. 28th, at 11:00 am (Registration 10:30 am) – Binghamton University – 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton, NY 13902 – University Union – Room W324

Division E: Oct. 21st, at 9:00 am (Registration 8:30 am) at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, 333 Butternut Drive, Syracuse, NY13214

District 65: Nov. 10th-12th, at District 65 Fall Conference – Buffalo Hyatt Regency – 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202

Evaluation Contest – Friday – Nov. 10th, 2017 – time tbd – check back

Humorous Speech Contest – Saturday – Nov. 11th, 2017 – time tbd – check back


Area 11: Oct. 4th, at 6:30pm (Reg. 6:00pm) – Daemen College – Rosary Hall – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 12: Sept. 27th, at 6:30pm (Reg. 6:00pm) – Daemen College – Business – Room 107/109 – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 13: Oct. 7th, at 6:00pm at UB North Campus, Student Union – Landmark Room

Area 14: Sept. 30th, at 9:00am at OP Sr. Center – 70 Linwood Ave. Orchard Park, NY 14127

Area 15: Sept. 30th, at 9:00am at BPC – Butler Aud.- 400 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213

Area 21: Sept. 30th, at 12:30pm – Gates Public Library – 902 Elmgrove Rd. Rochester, NY 14624

Area 22: Oct. 7th, at 9:30am – RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 – Room:1180

Area 23: Oct. 4th, at 7:00pm – RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Area 24: Sept. 28th, at 6:00 pm – Roch. Gen. Hosp., 1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621

Area 31: Oct 10th, at 5:30pm – Penfield Library – 1985 Baird Rd. Penfield, NY 14526

Area 32: Oct 14th, at 4:00pm – Mt. Vernon Baptist Church – Educ. Wing – 351 Joseph Ave. Rochester, NY 14605

Area 33: Sept. 29th, at 6:00pm (Reg. 5:30pm) – 5 Star Bank – 395 Westfall Rd. Rochester, NY 14620

Area 34: Sept. 23rd, at 11:45am – Canandaigua Wood Library – 134 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Area 41: Oct. 5th, 6-8:30 pm – G.F. Johnson Mem. Lib. – 1001 Park St. Endicott, NY 13760

Area 42: Sept 30th, at 2:00 pm – WendCentral Office – 27 Central Ave. Cortland NY 13045

Area 43: Sept. 30th, at 10:00 am – WSKG, 601 Gates Rd, Vestal NY 13850

Area 44: Sept. 27th, at 6:30 pm – Arnot Mall, B-7 Community Connection Room

Area 51: Sept. 30th, at 9:00 am – Excellus BC/BS, 333 Butternut Drive, Syracuse, NY

Area 52: Sept. 25th, at 6:30 pm (Reg. 6:00 pm) – the Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Area 53: tba

Area 54: Sept. 27th, at Denny’s Restaurant, 103 Elwood-Davis Rd., Syracuse, NY 13212

Area 55: Sept. 23rd, at 9:00 am – Utica National Ins. Group, 180 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Area 56: Sept. 23rd, at 9:00 am -Utica National Ins. Group, 180 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413



Push Past Your Safety Net

Push Past Your Safety Net

by Carina Paton

Social Safety Net

Most people are afraid to initiate conversation with strangers. In fact, even those who appear to you to be comfortable are often terrified on the inside!

Many of us join Toastmasters to overcome a fear of public speaking. But rarely do we realize that Toastmasters is also an ideal place to overcome a fear of interacting one-on-one with people that we don’t (yet) know. Even more rarely do we utilize what opportunities the organization makes available to us to build these skills.

Your upcoming Area and Division speech competitions are just two of these opportunities. Even if you aren’t competing in the contest or filling a contest role, attending the contests will benefit both you and your club.

Many of us are comfortable at our club meetings. We quickly get to know our fellow club members, and each greeting and speech adds to our comfort. Our club members, once a group of very welcoming strangers, fast become our safety net. Given that, it’s not surprising that when we go to Toastmasters events above our club level we tend to stick to this safety net of our fellow club members.

I’m not going to tell you to leave that safety net behind entirely; rather, I would like to see more Toastmasters in our District use that safety net as a trampoline instead. Go to Area and Division contests with your fellow club members (in fact, why not be the one to encourage them to go with you). But instead of sticking to them like a fly in a spider’s web, use them as a point to jump off from and a place that you can come back to if you need it. This way they become true safety net—and a fun bouncy one at that!

We all have our own level of comfort at social events with unfamiliar people. Some of you will be what I call a “notworker,” which is someone who avoids networking entirely. If this is you, I encourage you to go to your Area and Division contests with others from your club. Consider carpooling—not only is it great for the environment, it can also ease nerves to arrive at an event with your safety net in tow.

If you are already what I call a “safety networker,” then take that next step: try initiating a conversation with someone you don’t yet know. The “strangers” that you will meet at Area and Division contests are some of the nicest to practice with. Think of how forgiving the Toastmasters in your club are of your mistakes. Toastmasters in your Area and Division are no different! In addition, those that you approach will very likely also be feeling out of their comfort zone. By being the one to initiate conversation with them, I bet they will be thankful for your courage. Who knows, you may even make a new friend!

Getting to know other Toastmasters in your Area and Division is priceless. Want to share ideas with others in your officer role at other clubs? They’re now just a phone call or email away. Need to find a test speaker or judges for your next club contest? You’ll now have numerous people to call to ask if they, or someone in their club, would be willing to take on a role. Having trouble filling speech roles in your meetings, or have more members ready to give speeches than you have space for in your meetings? Use your new network! Giving a speech at another club (or even listening to a speaker from another club) can prevent your meetings from becoming stale by bringing new ideas to your club.

I look forward to getting to know some new people at upcoming contests. See you there!


Out With A Bang

Going Out With A Bang

The Last Fall Conference for District 65

If you have not been to a District Conference before, you are not going to want to miss this one. It is the last Fall Conference and it will be another great event. Aside from the District Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests, educational workshops, great meals and lots of new friends from all over the district and world… You will get to meet and listen to Jim Key.

Jim Key is a humorist, a coach and a consultant. But he is also the the Toastmasters International 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking.

You will laugh… you will learn… and you will find inspiration in his words.

You don’t want to miss this one. Sign up early. We only have room for 300 toastmasters and when the seats are gone… so is your last opportunity.

If you would like to help out with this final Fall conference, you can reach out to our conference co-chairs:

Karen Aubrecht Donovan –

Debbie Hunt –

The other great toastmasters on this conference committee are, Julie Ricchiazzi, Elizabeth Evanisko, Saundra Loffredo, Mike Reinbolt, Pam Gorman, Joe Loffredo, Kevin Cratsley and maybe YOU… very soon.

Click this link for more conference information:

Speech Contests

District 65, along with all other Toastmasters International districts, are required to hold four speech contests per Toastmasters year. For the year 2017-2018, District 65 will hold the Evaluation Contest and the Humorous Speech Contest this fall.

District 65 Director Ellen Pieklo DTM, has decided to follow the options in the Speech Contest Handbook in that …if an area has four assigned clubs or fewer in good standing, districts have the option to allow two contestants from each club to compete in the area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the area contest, two contestants from each club are permitted to compete.
2. In those divisions with four assigned areas or less, districts have the option to allow the two highest-placed available contestants from each area to compete.

Each speech contest has its own criteria for the judges to rate the contestants.  The criteria are on each of the judges ballots.  

For your convenience, each speech contest tab above, has the entire contents of the speech kits from Toastmasters International, as well as a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Toastmasters International.