Want to know what’s happening at the District Conference?

Great day, one and all! I apologize for the delay but I have been feverishly trying to nail down details for you regarding this year’s Premier Event!

First of all, as you know this year we will be running THREE contests. With the changes to the format of conferences and contests throughout Toastmasters International, we were left with a logistics challenge. Any contest that is held beyond the club level, must advance to the district level. (Next year, this will all be less confusing – TRUST me!) So, here goes…

Location: Holiday Inn Auburn-Fingerlakes

Friday, May 3rd

  • (UPDATED TIME) 3:30pm | Registration begins
  • 6:15-6:45pm | Humorous Speech Contest Briefings
  • 6:45 | Contest Doors Open
  • 7:00-8:30pm | Humorous Speech Contest
  • NEW!!! 8:30-10:00pm | Meet & Greet Reception and “Talent or No Talent” Show

Saturday, May 4th

  • 7:00am-1:30pm | Registration continues and Credentials
  • 7:00-8:00am | Breakfast Buffet and Welcome
  • 8:00-8:45am | KEYNOTE: Paul Artale “Hit Hard: 3 Must-Have Mindsets to (Re) Design Your Life”
  • 9:00-9:45am | Panel/Workshop: Pathways Best Practices
  • 10:00-10:45 | WORKSHOPS (Choose 1 of 3, more on these below!)
  • 11:00-11:45am | Keynote Workshop: Paul Artale “Unleash Your Message…”
  • 12:00-1:30pm | Luncheon Buffet and Communication & Leadership Award Ceremony
  • 1:45-3:45pm | District Business Meeting
  • 3:45-4:15pm | International Speech Contest Briefings
  • 4:15-6:00pm | International Speech Contest
  • 6:00-7:00pm | Social Hour
  • 7:00-9:30pm | Banquet: Awards and Celebration

Sunday, May 5th

  • 7:30-8:30am | Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:15-9:00am | Evaluation Speech Contest Briefings
  • 9:00-11:00am | Evaluation Speech Contest
  • 11:00am | Conference ends
  • 11:30am-1:30pm | DEC Officers Meeting and Lunch


About the Workshops…

You already heard about our awesome Keynote Speaker, Paul Artale – but we are also bringing you some exciting workshops on Saturday morning. First off, we will have a highly anticipated Panel Discussion and Workshop to discuss Pathways Best Practices. There will be a moderator and five-panel members to answer some of your most frequently asked questions regarding Pathways.

In addition, you can choose between one of the three workshops listed below:

“Connecting Values to Action with the ACT Matrix” by Hadassah Mativetsky

Come ready to clarify what is important to you and better understand the inner critic that holds you back.  As part of her study of pro-social (as opposed to anti-social) behavior, Hadassah learned an Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) tool called the ACT Matrix.  The tool helps guide reflection on our thoughts, feelings and values and behaviors that express them. This tool can be used by an individual or by a group. In this session, Hadassah will guide attendees through the start of their personal “Matrix” and then discuss how the tool can be used by groups with particular focus on its use in conjunction with creating a Club Success Plan.

“What Everyone Else Hears” by Jason Becker

Good Leaders are Great Listeners!  When other people talk, are you listening?  Do you hear what they say? Are you thinking of your response already?  As humans, we can hear up to 250 words per minute and think at a rate of four times that.  Listening is a more active skill than some may think. Effective listening requires certain techniques to achieve success.  Want to learn them? This Effective Listening Workshop involves a short discussion on the basic elements of active listening, followed by an interactive scenario with up to 52 participants after which participants will share their experiences.

“Advanced Speech Evaluation Techniques” by Jared Kronenberg

Like Leadership, public speaking is a skill that can be developed and improved.  The heart of the Toastmasters educational program involves peer feedback, both giving and receiving it in a positive, supportive environment. Whether new to providing speech evaluations or a veteran, all Toastmasters can improve the manner in which we provide constructive feedback, starting with how we think about the process.  Workshop attendees will discuss different lenses by which to approach this process and techniques used. During our interactive portion, attendees will practice these techniques through one-on-one exercises and video evaluations. Participants will receive materials that can be taken back to their clubs and used to improve the speech evaluation skills of all club members.

And finally, our Keynote speaker, Paul Artale will be conducting a Workshop:

What story do you need to tell the world? Is it inspirational?  Is it informative?  Most importantly, how will it leave a lasting impact.  As a presentation coach to keynote speakers, professors, intellectual speakers (TED-style talks, Ignite, Pecha Kucha, etc.) and Toastmasters Speech Competition Champions, Paul Artale’s Unleash Your Message will show you the essential structures, techniques, and processes that will make your stories create lasting impact.   This workshop will show you both the science and the soul of public speaking.  The best stories are inside you.  Attend this workshop to unleash them on the world so that you can change lives.

As you can see, we have packed the conference FULL of valuable information and activities. If you have not already done so – please go back to our home page and REGISTER!

Go ahead, be the SPARK!

See you soon!!



Contest Photos – D65 – Spring 2018

Contest Photos

International Speech and Tall Tales Contest

Spring 2018

We will post photos from your contests here. Please submit a photo from your Area or Division contest and we will post them on this page. If Possible, please include a short message with names, winners, etc. Email photos and message to – d65trio@gmail.com

Thank you.

Division A:

Div A 2018

 Pictured: Karen Moronski-Chapman, Area 11 Director; Glenn Gordon, DTM, Division A Director; Jennifer James, Tall Tales 3rd place; Adam Hammer, Tall Tales 1st Place; Aric Gaughan, Contest Master; Ashley Dietrick, International Speech 1st Place; Tania Cervoni, International Speech 2nd place; Gourab Mitra, International 3rd place; Susan Willavize, Area 13 Director; Pam Gorman, Area 12 Director; and (not pictured) Marty Johnson, Tall Tales 2nd Place

Division B:

Division B -1      Div B - 2

Division C:

Division D:

Division E:

Area 11

Area 11 Contest

Area 12

Area 12 Spring 2018 - winners

Area 13

Area 13 Contest

Area 14

Area 14 from 2-2018

Area 15

Area 15 contest

Area 21

Area 21 contest

Area 22

Area 23

Area 24

Area 31

Area 32

Area 33

Area 33 Contest Group Photo- large

Area 34

Area 41

Area 42

Area 43

Area 44

Area 44 Spring Contest

Area 51

Area 52

Area 53

Area 54

Area 55

Area 56

Spring 2018 – Contest Corner

Your SPRING 2018 – Contest Corner

Evaluation contest 2017    Humorous Contest 2017

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.

District 65 – Spring Conference and Contests

District 65:  April 20th-21st, at District 65 Spring Conference – The Holiday Inn – Binghamton Downtown – 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

Tall Tales Contest – Friday – April 20th, 2018 – Registration 6:30pm, Contest starts at  7:00pm

International Speech Contest – Saturday – April 21st, 2018 – Registration 3:15pm, Contest starts at 3:45pm. 


Division Contests:

Division A:  Sat. April 7th, 2018 @ 10:00am at Daemen College, Research & Information Commons, Rm 120 – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Division B:  Saturday, April 7th, 2018 @ 8:30am at  Victory Church – 32 Wildbriar, Rochester, NY 14623

Division C: Sunday, April 8th, 2018 @ 1:00pm – Irondequoit Public Library – 1290 Titus Ave. Rochester, NY 14617 

Division D: Saturday, April 7th at Roberson Museum and Science Center – 30 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905. 1:30 registration, 2:00 pm start.

Division E: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 8:15 am at Excellus BC/BS – Lewis Room, 333 Butternut Dr, Syracuse, NY 13214


Area 11:  Thursday, March 15th, @ 6:30pm (Reg. 6:00pm) – Daemen College – Research and Information Commons (RIC) Room 120 – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 12:  Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 @ 6:30pm, Daemen College, Rosary Hall – 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 13:  Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 – 9:30am (Reg. 9:00am) – Harlem Road Community Center auditorium, 4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst, NY 14226

Area 14: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 – 9:30am (Reg. 9:00am) – SUNY Fredonia Campus – Fenton Hall – 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063

Area 15:  Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – Crane Branch Library, 10:30 am (Reg. 10am), Crane Branch Library – 633 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222


Area 21:  Monday, March 19th at 5:00pm – Gates Public Library – 902 Elmgrove Rd. Rochester, NY 14624

Area 22:  Friday, March 23rd- NEW LOCATION of the Community Room at 5 star bank in City Gate – 395 Westfall Road,  Rochester NY 14620.  Please have contestants & judges arrive at 6:00 pm, with briefings at 6:15 and the Contest Starting at 6:30.

Area 23: Updated: Wednesday, March 14th, at 7:00pm (Reg. 6:30pm) – RIT – Institute Hall – room INS-1080 (1st floor).  RIT – 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623. The map to the building is here: https://maps.rit.edu/m/index.html?mdo_id=684

Area 24:  RESCHEDULED Due to Weather – Now: Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm at Rochester General Hospital, Twig Auditorium,  1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621, Portland Garage Parking, Hospital Lobby Level


Area 31: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 – Reg. 5:30pm – Penfield Library – 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Area 32: Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Reg. 4:00pm – Mount Vernon Church – 351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605

Area 33:  Friday, February 23, 2018 – Reg. 5:30pm – Five Star Bank – City Gate Branch – Flower City Community Room – 395 Westfall Road,  Rochester NY 14620

Area 34: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 – Reg. 5:30pm – Peer-2-Peer – Lorraine’s Express Cafe – 1st Floor – 370 Building – 370 Woodcliff Dr Fairport, NY 14450


Area 41: Saturday March 10th, 2018 at 10:00am – WSKG –  601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850. 

Area 42:  Saturday, March 10th, 2018, details to follow

Area 43: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – WSKG – 601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850.
Approximately 11:30 am, immediately the following Area 41 Contest that begins at 10:00 am

Area 44: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Arnot Mall, B-7 Community Connection Room (Opp. Olympia Sports) – 3300 Chambers Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845


Area 51: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Onondaga Free Library  – 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

Area 52: Monday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. – The Syracuse Tech Garden – 235 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Area 53:  Saturday, March 17, 9:00am Reg. – 9:30am – At Whole-ly Grounds AKA the Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY

Area 54:  Saturday, March 17, 9:00am Reg. – 9:30am – At Whole-ly Grounds AKA the Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY

Area 55: 

Area 56: 


Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year Fellow Toastmasters

Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

Ellen Pieklo

As we approach this year, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and welcomed in the New Year with dreams, hopes, and visions of making every part of your life a little bit better.

District 65 has many ongoing events to help you in your own journey of communication and leadership.

  • Your District has given out close to $2,000 of incentives for completing Club Success Plans, increasing membership by 4 new members, and hosting open houses. We hope that these efforts have helped your clubs both in terms of club strength and providing you money from the TI store to purchase banners and/or club supplies that you may need. There is still time for your club to earn any of our incentives. The Club Success Plans are being accepted until January 31, 2018.

  • We continue to have new clubs in our charter process and our new members are excited to help build strong clubs within their corporations and communities.

  • District 65 has a roll-out date for Pathways, providing us with new and exciting technologies to help us build individual paths for our own growth. While new members will be able to start this program from its inception, longer-term members will be able to reassess some of their earlier skills and have the opportunity to make these even more memorable.

  • District 65 is halfway through the year and already we are looking for District Leaders for the next year. If you have not already served as a District Officer, it’s really the journey of a lifetime. You’ll get excited about contests, visiting clubs, meeting new members but you’ll also test some of your skills in terms of patience and observing clubs when you’d like to jump in and “fix” things, and meeting others like you, who are serving is district leaders. If you haven’t already submitted your name, think about this unique opportunity.

  • For those of you who do not have a DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster award, now is the time to work on that transition period to complete the program – if you’re halfway there. We have a Path To DTM Working Group here to help you.

  • If you have your DTM, we’re looking for mentors to help others obtain their DTM, before the Pathways transition period.

  • The Pathways program offers opportunities to serve as a Pathways Ambassador, Pathways Guide, or to help the Pathways Chief Ambassador in other areas.

  • The International and Tall Tales Speech Contests will be held this spring, with the District 65 International Speech Contest winner competing in Chicago, Illinois during August of 2018.

  • The Spring Conference will be held April 20-21, 2018 in Binghamton, New York. We’re looking at providing opportunities to bring our new members to the Conference and see some of our incredible speakers, meet our Region 9 International Director, Radhi Spear, and learn more about the Pathways program.

Whatever your aspirations are, Toastmasters continues to provide plenty of opportunities to learn, grow, and mentor others. It’s up to you to take that next step and commit to doing even more, as a member of District 65.

Wishing you a memorable year!


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

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 lmknight@gmail.com.

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 – KJanineCA@aol.com

Debbie Hunt – mikedebjr@gmail.com

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.