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!!



2018 Conference Highlights

District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference Highlights

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

This past weekend, District 65 held the Spring Conference at the Holiday Inn, in Binghamton, New York.

I wanted to showcase some of the highlights of the Conference:

District 65 hosted Distinguished Toastmaster Radhi Spear, a Toastmaster International Director. Director Spear made herself available to conduct an interview with a local newspaper, attending a Pathways presentation of a local club in Endicott, visiting the Visions and Cooperstown Museum to explain the benefits and opportunities of building Toastmasters clubs, and presenting two corporate awards.

2018 Trio with RadhiRadhi on Radhi


Radhi Spear Trying to Get Radhi Spear off her back. 


Corporate Awards:

Corporate awards were presented to Binghamton University and to Corning Incorporated for their investment and commitment those organizations have provided to Toastmasters International and supporting their own Toastmasters organizations. Congratulations to Binghamton University (Leaders and Learners) and to Corning Inc. (Speak Up CNY) for your well-deserved awards.

Communication and Leadership Award:

Randi Quackenbush - CL Award

The Communication and Leadership (C&L) Award was presented to Randi Quackenbush for her work with the Food Bank and efforts in creating a Speakers Bureau, creating a scenario where those effected by poverty are taking their own stories to Washington, DC. You can read more in the Binghamton newspaper:


Tall Tales Contest:

We held our Tall Tales Contest on Friday Night and it was attended by almost 100 people, “if an inch”. Our contest winners were:

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018 - 2

  • 1st Place – Stephen Musok, of the Endicott Club
  • 2nd Place – Gil Stern, of Postprandial Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Sarah Ripley, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters

International Speech Contest:

The International Speech Contest was held on Saturday, with great attendance as well. Our contest winners were:

D65 International Winners 2018

D65 International Winners 2018

  • 1st Place – Joseph Babcock, of Big Red Toastmasters
  • 2nd Place – Pritam Poddar, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Ashley Dietrick, of Lawley Lingo

Elections were held on Saturday for our Incoming District Officers

The 2018-2019 District Officer Election Results are as follow:

  • District Director Elect: Lillian Knight Faison, DTM
  • Program Quality Director Elect: Pam Gorman, ACB, ALB
  • Club Growth Director Elect: Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL
  • Division A Director Elect: Dennis Gauda, DTM, PDG
  • Division B Director Elect: Alex Turner, ACS, ALB
  • Division C Director Elect: Brenda Billups, ACB, CL
  • Division D Director Elect: Hadassah Mativetsky, CC, CL
  • Division E Director Elect: Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB

The District 65 Awards Banquet was hosted on Saturday Night

Here are some Keynotes from the banquet:

Conference Co-Chairs:

D65 Randi Leo Joan

Thank you to Leo O’Connor, ACB and to Joan Sprague, DTM for hosting such an amazing conference

Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award:

Linda Lathrop, DTM, won the Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) Awarded:

Our newly inducted Distinguished Toastmasters included: Distinguished Toastmasters All

  • Celia Beaucage
  • Pat Costello
  • Denise Hull
  • Edward Parmenter
  • Juanita Rivera-Ortiz (not yet presented)
  • Christine Wolbert

New Triple Crowns Awarded:

Triple Crowns were awarded to the following Toastmasters:

  • Celia Beaucage, DTM
  • Pat Costello, DTM
  • Wanda Edwards, ACS, ALB
  • Denise Hull, DTM
  • Keith Maderer, DTM
  • Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB
  • Emily Olsen, ACG, ALB
  • Kate Olsen, DTM
  • Christine Wolbert, DTM

Thanks to all of our members who make these events possible. Without you, these events could never happen. Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 Toastmasters year, beginning on July 1, 2018.


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

Who Introduced You To TM

Who Introduced You To Toastmasters… And Why Do You Stay?


By Lillian M. Knight Faison DTM – District 65 Program Quality Director

Fellow Toastmasters and District leaders I take fun seriously. If your club is having fun, potential members will see it and they will want to have fun too. It has been said that we learn best in times of enjoyment. As a professional clown Sunny Hope I truly take my fun seriously.

I have experienced the positive collective effort of the Toastmasters core values Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Service. When they are consistently put into action we will achieve our goals. Our World needs Leaders with excellent Communication and Leadership skills.

I did not obtain my Leadership and Communication growth on my own. Mrs. Gloria Langston, DTM my mentor and friend invited me to a Toastmasters meeting in 1991. I constantly strive to identify the tools to achieve my most authentic and best self. Toastmasters has been one of the vehicles I have used to achieve this goal. In my journey I have had the tremendous support of many Toastmasters, too many to name. Thank you!!!!

District Leaders and members let us continue to strive to train 100% of our officers. When four club officers are trained in both in the summer and winter, a club receives 1 point toward the Distinguished Club Program.

District Leaders thank you for holding successful TLI’s in your Divisions. Better trained officers contribute to a better member experience and meeting their needs.

Our Chief Pathways Ambassador Sam Mehta has all Pathways Ambassadors and Guides on board and assigned to their perspective clubs. Pathways is scheduled to roll out this May and our guides are contacting our clubs with roll out kits for their visits.

Yahoo!!! It’s Contest season. Contestants you are all winners!! Some of you have chosen to step outside your comfort zone to compete. Kudos to you!!

Our Spring Conference Theme is SATIS SUPERQUE (Enough and Beyond). My journey in Toastmasters has definitely helped me learn that I am just enough and I have grown to my surprise beyond my own expectations. Conference planning team your effort is appreciated in organizing our Conference in Binghamton, New York on April 20th and 21st. I look forward to seeing you all. Please attend and invite someone. Our Spring Conference is an opportunity to meet our ID Radhi Spears, support our contestants, network, meet new people, learn and have fun.

Members as I have said before we need your energy, passion, leadership and enthusiasm. When District 65 works together as a Team including our core values and positive action we will accomplish our goals. Toastmasters is a program where Leaders are made.

Where do we want to go and how do we plan on getting there? Our world needs leaders more than ever today!!

Conference Date Correction

Correction: Spring Conference Dates

This week we discovered that the dates for the upcoming District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton, NY were wrong. We were reporting it as Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th, 2018 followed by our DEC meeting on Sunday April 29th, 2018.

The Correct Dates And Information Are:

District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference

Friday April 20th – Sat. April 21st, 2018

Holiday inn Binghamton

The Holiday Inn – Binghamton Downtown

2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

Followed by:

DEC Meeting on Sunday April 22nd, 2018 at 9:00am

We apologize for the error on our part and regret any inconvenience that this may have caused you with your scheduling and plans to attend this Conference. We are in the process of updating all dates, links and information on the website, District Calendar and any other promotional information moving forward.

For updated information as soon as it is available, please visit our Conference page at:


If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement or find another missed reference in our materials, please let us know contact us at – d65trio@gmail.com.

Your continued support and efforts are making a difference. Thank you.

Keith Maderer, DTM

Club Growth Director

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:


Welcome Letter TI

Welcome Letter – Toastmasters International

from Mike Storkey, DTM – International President

June 29, 2017

Dear Toastmaster,

Each year, clubs have the opportunity to vote on important matters that impact the future of our organization at the Annual Business Meeting. This includes international officer and director elections as well as proposals to amend the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International. Clubs in good standing are entitled to two (2) votes for each election and proposal.

The Annual Business Meeting will be held on August 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Your voice is important, and you have a significant role to play in this process. Start by learning about the candidates and proposed amendments. At your next club meeting, discuss which candidates best meet the future needs of Toastmasters International and which proposals you are in agreement with. Make it official with a vote to determine how the club’s votes will be cast.

If no one in your club is planning to attend the meeting, you may designate a proxy-holder to cast the club’s votes. Proxy-holders are required to vote in the manner a club designates; if a voting preference is not designated, the proxy-holder may vote in their own best interest.

More information on voting by proxy will be emailed to club presidents, secretaries and liaisons in July. If you have any questions about the voting process, please email proxyinfo@toastmasters.org.


Mike Storkey, DTM

International President

Toastmasters International