2020 Contest Dates!

Division A Saturday, 3/21 8:30 AM-12:00 PM BlueCross Shield of WNY
Areas 11 & 12 (comb*) Saturday, 2/29 12:00-3:00 PM Audubon Library; 350 John J Audubon Pkwy, Amherst 14228
Areas 13 & 15 (comb*) Wednesday, 2/26 5:00-7:00 PM Lawley Insurance; 361 Delaware Ave, Buffalo 14216
Area 14 Saturday, 1/25 8:30-11:00 AM MOOG; 7070 Seneca St, Elma 14059
Area 16 Saturday, 2/15 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Ingram Micro; 1759 Wehrle Dr, Williamsville 14221
Division B Friday, 3/13 5:30-8:00 PM Penfield United Methodist Church; 1795 Baird Rd, Penfield 14526
Area 21 Monday, 2/10 5:30-8:00 PM Henrietta Library; 675 Calkins Rd, Rochester 14623
Area 22 Saturday, 3/7 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Henrietta Town Clerk (Hall); 475 Calkins Rd, Rochester 14623
Area 23 Tuesday, 2/4 5:30-8:00 PM Five Star Bank; 395 West Fall Rd, Rochester 14620
Area 24 Friday, 2/28 5:30-8:00 PM Penfield United Methodist Church; 1795 Baird Rd, Penfield 14526
Division C Saturday, 3/14 8:30-11:30 AM Lorraine’s Café, 370 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY
Areas 31 & 33 (comb*) Wednesday, 2/12 5:30-8:00 PM Spiegel Community Center; 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford
Area 32 Saturday, 2/15 2:30-5:00 PM Mt. Vernon Baptist Church; 351 Joseph Ave, Rochester
Area 34 Wednesday, 3/4 6:00-8:00 PM Lorraine’s Café, 370 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY
Division D Sunday, 3/22 1:00-4:30 Cornell University/Riley-Robb Hall; 111 Wing Dr, Ithaca
Areas 41 & 43 (comb*) Saturday, 2/22 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Koffman Incubator (KSTI); 120 Hawley St, Binghamton 13901
Area 42 Saturday, 3/7 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Cornell University/Riley-Robb Hall; 111 Wing Dr, Ithaca
Area 44 Saturday, 3/7 9:00 AM-12:00 PM The Bridge Wesleyan Church; 561 Maple St, Big Flats, 14814
Division E Saturday, 4/4 TBA
Areas 51 & 52 (comb*) Saturday, 2/29 TBA Onondaga Free Library; 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse 13215
Area 53 Saturday, 2/22 12:00-3:00 PM Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville; 5110 Jamesville Rd, Jamesville 13078
Area 54 Saturday, 2/22 10:00 AM-1:30 PM Onondaga Free Library; 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse 13215
Area 55 Monday, 2/24 5:30-8:00 PM Dunham Public Library; Boardroom, 76 Main St, Whitesboro 13492

*- Combined contests are held back-to-back, one full contest – then the next. Attendance is expected for both contests for the sake of the contestants and efficiency. The winners will be announced at the end of each individual contest. Photos and awards will be at the end of combined event.

District 65 Contests will be held during the Annual Conference at the Rochester Holiday Inn, Downtown

Table Topics Contest – Friday, April 24, 2020 • Time TBA

District 65 International Speech Contest – Saturday, April 25, 2020 • Time TBA


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2019-2020 Files

Click the page below to be taken to the 2019-2020 Files Page.

2019-2020 Toastmaster Year Files


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050519 DEC Mtg Agenda

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How Can You Help?

We’ve told you about the C&L Luncheon, our motivational Keynote Speaker, the workshops, and the schedule…

Now we need YOU to help make this Conference a success!

(Hopefully, you are planning to ATTEND!)

But here is what else you can do…

Do you have a friend that you think would really enjoy learning about Toastmasters and would benefit from some of the events happening at our conference? Invite them! We would love to meet your friends and we would love the chance to hear their stories!

These events are not free! Besides attending, we are looking for possible sponsors. Sponsors can purchase ad space in our program but we have to ACT FAST! Do you own a business that you would like to feature in the program? Don’t forget – all who attend the conference – in the entire district – will see the program. If your business knows no boundaries, you should really think about this opportunity!

In lieu of a Basket Raffle, we will be holding a Wine Pull and Gift Card Raffle. EVERYONE will win a prize with the purchase of a ticket.  You could win a gift card or a bottle of wine valued at $15 or more. In order to do this, we are asking for donations of wine or gift cards. Each bottle or card will be wrapped and numbered. When someone purchases a ticket, they will also get a number. That number will have a match… that match will be the prize! A complete mystery – but so much fun!

To help with ad sponsorship or wine/gift card donations – please see the attached document…

Donation Letter conference 2019

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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!!



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2019 Conference Keynote Speaker – Paul Artale

Paul Artale, DTM

Paul Artale (DTM) is a motivational speaker, author, presentation coach and consultant who works with people and organization who want to breakthrough challenges and achieve new milestones.  His keynote speech, “Hit Hard: 3 Must-Have Mindsets to Change Your Life” has rocked stages across the world.  Hit Hard tells the story of how Paul overcame physical challenges to play college football.  A PhD Candidate who specializes in creating high performance cultures, Paul decided to combine his research and his life by writing the book: “The 2-Year-Old’s Guide to Work-Life Balance.”   Paul has written and spoken on the topic of work-life balance for several international associations.   As a Toastmaster Paul is a district champion in the international speech contest and evaluation contests.  He has twice competed in the semifinals of the World Championships of Public Speaking and finished in the top 30 out of over 35,000 contestants in 2018.   Paul is a member of the National Speakers Association.  When he is not speaking Paul is being motivated by his wife Sherri, son Alessio, and his daughter Sofia.  For more information visit www.paulartale.com

HIT HARD: 3 Must Have Mindsets to (re)Design Your Life

What does your ultimate life look like to you?  What dream do you still have left to chase?  During this high-impact keynote, Paul Artale will share his story of how despite beiing born with a physical disability, he was still able to achieve his dream of playing football for the University of Toronto.  Hear about the challenges, triumphs, and life lessons Paul learned from this journey.   Hit Hard will share with you 3 Must-Have-Mindsets you need to (re)design your life and bring out your best self.  You will leave with all the tools you need in taking the power step towards your goals.

Session outcomes:
Tackle imposter syndrome and other toxic thought patterns
Practice Like You Play. Understand the simple but vital 3 step process to create a winning mindset.
Draft Your All-Stars. Identify and recruit your success team.

Unleash Your Message: Using Storytelling to Inspire and Inform the World

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.

Participants will:
·         Learn the storytelling formula that creates lasting impact with any audience
·         Identify 3 key components to understanding your audience
·         Learn the 1 humor hack that can make talks presentation funnier immediately
·         Apply 3 presentation techniques that will help creating lasting impact with the audience

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2019 C&L Recipient

Maryann Roefaro, MS, FACMPE

Maryann Roefaro, MS, FACMPE

Maryann Roefaro, the CEO of Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY
(HOA) and author of “Building the Team from the Inside-Out” and “A
Human’s Purpose by Millie the Dog”, has over 30 years of healthcare
experience in senior leadership positions. She is a board certified fellow in
the American College of Medical Practice Executives and maintains an
active role in leadership development through various speaking engagements
and internet radio shows. She has been the CEO of HOA since 2002. She
received her MS Degree from Upstate Medical University, her BS from
Albany College of Pharmacy and her Doctor of Divinity from the American
Institute of Holistic Theology. She is one of the co-founders and President
of the Board of Directors of CancerConnects. She is also a board member of
the Lifetime Healthcare Governing Board, Excellus BC/BS Regional
Advisory Board, MS Resources of CNY and McHarrie Life, an organization
that includes all aspects of elder care from independent senior living through
assisted living and rehabilitation to skilled nursing. She also the co-chair of
the Community Oncology Alliance’s Cancer Administrator’s Network and is
advisory board member of the Integrative Oncology Network.

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My Wow! R U N?

For those who haven’t figured it out:  My WOW! Are You In?

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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. Roger Morehouse, DTM
2. Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL

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.

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG


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2 Month Rolling Calendar

Toastmaster International – District 65

Two Month Rolling Calendar

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

May 2019

4.9 7:00pm Professional Networking and Leadership Event
4.11 7:00pm Professional Networking and Leadership Event
5.1 START: Beat the Clock Award membership-building contest (ends Jun 30th)
5.3 – 5.5 District 65 2019 Conference
5.31 Second-Round Area Director Visit Forms Due (started Jan 1st)
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