Trio Talks – April 2018 – Ellen Pieklo

Trio Talks – April 2018

 Ellen Pieklo

Letter From our District Director – Ellen Pieklo

March 23, 2018

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

The District 65 Toastmasters Year is passing quickly and by this time, many of our clubs are taking a pulse check to see if/when they can be identified as a Distinguished Club.

The Toastmasters organization offers many opportunities to our members for improving both communication and leadership skills. We’ve certainly done enough but have we gone beyond? It’s the theme of this years conference, Satis Superque – “Enough and Beyond.”

Ask yourself:

  • Did your club host a club contest to enable members learn all of the intricacies of hosting a club contest?
  • Each area hosts an area contest – did you attend the area contest to help the area and to support your club members?
  • Do you help other struggling clubs to get better or keep within your own club because the relationships are solid and established?
  • Did your area director visit your club?
  • Do your officers attend the Area Council Meeting and brief you on events taking place that involve your club?
  • If your club wasn’t visited, did the executive committee follow up to find out when the visit would take place?
  • Have you mentored a new member or an existing member?
  • Have you considered coaching a club, even when you don’t need to get educational credit for the effort?
  • Are you approachable to answer questions from members, clubs, areas, and divisions to help correct those messes we all get into – creating that safe place to fail?
  • Have you volunteered to help with a conference?
  • Have you registered for the spring conference?

If we’re truly an organization to help improve communication and leadership skills, we should be working with each other, encouraging each other to be the best we can be – and then more. Ask yourself, what can I do to help Toastmasters? We need both our experienced and less experienced members to be engaged.

This brings me to the next point. As a District, we do have two key events that I’d like to make you aware of. Our District 65 Conference will be held April 20-21, at the Binghamton, New York Holiday Inn.

The conference gives you an opportunity to hear from speakers in the local community, to meet our keynote speaker Radhi Spear, DTM and Toastmasters International Director Region 9, and to watch our Tall Tales and International Speech contests. The winner of the International contest will be competing with over 100 other district winners, in Chicago, to earn the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

It’s both an honor and a privilege to have one of our District 65 members competing at this level. You’ll also be able to meet people like you, who believe in the Toastmasters program, meeting new people and getting together with old friends you’ve made over the years.

The other opportunity will be to attend the semi-annual business meeting.

The spring business meeting enables the District to conduct District business. As a club, your club has two votes, held by the President and the Vice President of Education (or their designated proxy). The business meeting is held according to Roberts Rules of Order, the same rules we use to run our United States Congress.

At the 2018 Spring Business Meeting, we’ll be voting on the district officers, those elected officers, who will continue to manage our district. These include the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and our Division A, B, C, D, and E Directors. As a club officer, you’ll not only learn more about meeting protocols but also have your voice heard in terms of who is elected to manage our district organization.

We need each of you! Without you, we cannot exist. Without you, we cannot improve. Without you, we don’t get to know you… and we all lose.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your District 65 Leader and I am wishing you a continuously successful Toastmaster Year. I hope to see you all at the spring conference and at many more of our Toastmaster events.

Sincerely,

Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

Who Introduced You To TM

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

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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!!

Winter 2018 – TLI Dates

Officer Training TLI Dates

By Lillian M. Knight Faison DTM, Program Quality Director

Club Officers… Great news.

Now you can begin planning your schedules for the upcoming Winter TLI and Officer Training sessions. The district has decided to offer you multiple training sessions to attend. This is a great way to help educate your existing officers on the Pathways program, officer roles and best practices of highly successful clubs.

It is also a great opportunity to start recruiting new officer for next year. It is free to attend these training sessions.

  • If you have a member who is thinking of becoming an officer… ask them to join you.
  • If you think a new member is an up and coming leader… ask them to join you.
  • If you know a member that is looking to grow… ask them to join you.

Here is the current lineup of Winter TLI and Officer Training sessions:

(TLI stands for Toastmasters Leadership Institute)

  1. Super Saturday TLI’s:Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield – 333 Butternut Dr, Syracuse, NY 13214. 

Click Here to Register – Syracuse: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-65-winter-officer-training-super-saturday-session-bcbs-syracuse-tickets-40750222011

2. Super Saturday – Weather Makeup – January 27th, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm @ Genesee Community College (GCC) – 1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. 

Click Here to Register –  Batavia:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toastmasters-winter-tli-at-gcc-tickets-42275222328

Local Make-Up TLI’s:

  1. Division A:
    Wed. – January 31 at 5:30 pm – at the North Park Library – 975 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216:  Click here for more information:  Buffalo Training Event
  2. Division B & C:  Irondequoit Library – 1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617When:
    Sunday 02/18/18 – Registration at 1:00 pm
    Tuesday 02/20/18 – Registration at 6:00 pm
    Thursday 02/22/18 – Registration at 6:00 pm
    Saturday 02/24 /18- Registration at 10:00 am

    Officer Training:
    02/18 – Session 1: President, VP Education, VP Membership
    02/20 – Session 2: VP Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Sargent-At-Arms
    02/22 – Session 3: President, VP Education, VP Membership
    02/24 – Session 4: VP Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Sargent-At-Arms

    Where:
    Irondequoit Public Library
    1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617
    http://www.irondequoitlibrary.org/

     

  3. Division D: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 – 10:00am – 2:00pm – WSKG –  601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Please contact Leo O’Connor, Amanda Chaffee or Gloria Gibbons. 
  4. Division E: 
    1. Wednesday, January 31st, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Utica National, 180 Genesee St, New Hartford, NY 13413 – in the lunch room. Please contact Joanne Seccurra, Area Director, for all the details
    2. Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Syracuse, NY.
      At Whole-ly Grounds, in the public meeting room and possibly one or two class rooms.  The ROAD, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

Please make arrangement to attend one of these sessions. Check back for updates and we will try to keep you up to date with any additional sessions.

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.

Pathways – Here We Go

Pathways – Here We Go

By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG, Pathways Chief Ambassador

Since TI has informed us the tentative roll-out date of May 2018 for Regions 8 & 9, I have done some “preliminary planning of estimated dates” of major milestones that will need to be accomplished in order to have a successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65. I am making an assumption here that May 31, 2018 [verses say May 1, or May 15, 2018] will be the roll-out date and based on this roll-out date, the following items/actions will need to be complied with in 2018.

14 to 18 weeks prior to roll-out: [January 15, 2018 to February 15, 2018]

PQD and CA will receive a Pathways Guide Selection Process Checklist and other resources to assist them with screening on Pathways Guide for every 10 clubs in the district.

Two to nine weeks prior to roll-out: [March 21, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

Pathways Guides and/or Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.

Two to six weeks prior to roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

A Pathways Guide and Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the pathways Guide and Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and roll-out kit.

Six Weeks prior to roll-out to 12 weeks after roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018]

Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.

Additional Resources:

There are many additional resources available to assist club members and club leaders in their Pathways journey. They include tutorials, FAQ’s, quick reference guides and more. Many of them can be found on “Base camp” and will be accessible once Pathways has rolled-out in our district.

Needless to say, that if there are any delays in roll out of Pathways in other Regions where the roll-outs are scheduled prior to Region 8 & 9 [January 2018 thru’ April 2018] the May 2018 for D-65 will naturally be postponed. However the above time-table of milestones that will need to be accomplished will remain, but will be based on a different roll-out date for district 65.

Once again the purpose of the above “preliminary planning of dates” is to make key stakeholders in the district aware of this time-table, as well as in informing and communicating with the D-65 membership at-large.

TI has prepared a formal PATHWAYS Preparation Schedule”. Here is the link:

https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/The-Leader-Letter/~/media/24BBC32FC94E4734954A839179E6FF0D.ashx

Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Then get ready for the Pathways in 2018.

Pathways Guide

Are You Interested In Becoming  A Pathways Guide?

Here is where you can start your journey.

Here are two links pertaining to Pathways Guides [1] Role Desecration and [2] Application for general information of prospective Pathways Guide candidates in District 65.

Pathways Guide – Role Description:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/75BADD1508074CA09442A82ED522B134.ashx

Pathways Guide Application:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/A6C4E1261793408AAD497584A498F729.ashx

The on-line accessibility to the “Pathways Guide Application template” [password protected shown below in the link] will be available for use by Pathways Guides candidates, at the appropriate time for our district roll-out.

https://www.toastmasters.org/education/pathways/volunteers/pathways-guides/selecting-your-pathways-guide 

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways – Chief Ambassador

District 65

Pathways Summary

Pathways – A Summary – by Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

TI Pathways

Your Pathways Learning Experience:

In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:

  • Learning Paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
  • New Technological Resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile Access to educational materials (laptops, smartphones and tablets)
  • Expanded Video and Digital Content to facilitate learning among our global community of members

There Are TEN Possible Paths for Learning:

  • Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
  • Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
  • Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
  • Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
  • Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
  • Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
  • Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
  • Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
  • Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills

These areas of learning are based on the Core Competencies in the program which are:

  • Public speaking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leading and managing
  • Leading strategically
  • and Building Confidence

Pathways Levels

Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths. The levels are:

  • Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
  • Level 2: Learning Your Style
  • Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
  • Level 4: Building Skills
  • Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise

Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Completion of two learning paths
  • Serve as club officer for 12 months
  • Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
  • Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
  • Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
  • Complete Capstone DTM project

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals

Pathways DCP Education Goals

  1. Four Level 1’s
  2. Two Level 2’s
  3. Two More Level 2’s
  4. Two Level 3’s
  5. One Level 4
  6. One Level 5

Transition DCP Education Goals

Select 6 of the following 12 goals:

  • Two CC awards                                        or         Four Level 1’s
  • Two mores CC’s                                       or         Two Level 2’s
  • One ACB, ACS, or ACG award                or         Two more Level 2’s
  • One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award       or         Two Level 3’s
  • One CL, ALB, or ALS award                     or         One Level 4
  • One more CL, ALB, or ALS award            or         One Level 5

Current Education Program:

The current paths [CC, ACB, CL, etc.] will be available for at least 2 years after full roll-out in each district/region. Toastmasters joining clubs after the roll-out will start using Pathways immediately.

Big Distraction Meeting

Fun Meeting Ideas

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

The Big Distraction Meeting

Distractions

While most toastmasters meetings are orderly and welcoming, in real life, speaking to groups can be more challenging. Dinner meetings, meetings with children in the audience, meetings with construction going on outside, cell phones going off, people talking in the back or even hecklers can all be disruptive to a speaker’s “flow”.

But the reality is… it happens.

So if you want to prepare your fellow members for the potential distractions they could encounter, a Big Distraction Meeting can be a lot of fun.

Download some random sounds, noises, crying babies and other potentially distracting noises which can be played back during the meeting.

Appoint a couple of members to deliberately have a side conversation, mildly heckle or otherwise distract the speakers, evaluators and others during their presentations.

Watching members handle distractions can be humorous and entertaining, but will also be a great learning experience for everyone involved.

Be sure to warn each member before the Big Distraction Meeting and make sure to inform any guests that this will be happening on purpose.

As long as the distractions are thought out in advance and properly planned, everyone should have a fun time, learn a little more about tolerance and truly appreciate that “positive and mutually supportive environment” of your regular meetings.

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes!

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

For many of us, our toastmasters journey started with fear, anxiety, dry mouth and sweaty palms. We knew we needed help, we knew we were uncomfortable in our own skin and we knew that to overcome it, we would have to step outside our comfort zone.

Caroline Organ

Recently my mentor, Caroline Organ, gave her final speech in her journey to reaching her DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster. She shared how she would panic in High School and College when it was time to get up and speak. She shared how her job required her to train groups and give presentations, but she dreaded the process.

Then she saw a flyer for a new Toastmasters club in her office building. She decided to give it a try and said YES when they asked her to join. It took 6 months for her to give her Ice Breaker and she confessed that she became the best timer at every meeting until then.

When Dennis Gauda and Kevin McCue nudged her along and “Volun-told” her it was time to give her Ice Breaker, she finally said YES.

Then several months later, the club lost some members due to a corporate restructuring. They needed club officers badly and they asked if she would help out. She said YES.

After filling several officer roles, she was asked to be an Area Governor (Director). You guessed it… she said YES. Then she was asked to be a Club Coach… She said YES.

Since then, Caroline has mentored and helped so many people throughout Western New York that she forgot to receive credit for all the seminars, workshops, speeches and roles that she completed, or helped others to complete.

Shortly after I met her in 2012, she got married, gave birth to 2 handsome young boys and became a great mom. This took her away from her pursuit of that elusive DTM for several years. But when we needed her… she always said YES.

Late last year, I asked her what she needed to finish her DTM? We took a look and found out it was only a few more speeches and roles. I asked her to prepare a few pocket speeches, just in case a speaker backed out at the last minute, and of course… she said YES.

At a recent meeting, we had 3 speakers scheduled. At the last minute, each of them had a conflict and were unable to attend. Caroline walked in the door 5 minutes before the meeting was to start. I asked her if she could quickly prepare a speech… she said YES. It was funny, entertaining and had a great message.

Her final 3 speech projects were scheduled well in advance and I was thrilled when I heard the title of her final project. You guessed it. It was called – Just Say YES.

She delivered a moving, inspirational and motivational presentation that encouraged everyone of us to “Just Say YES” the next time we are asked.

Your life, work, career and family can all be enhanced when you step outside that comfort zone… and Just Say YES.

District Director’s October Letter

By Ellen Pieklo, DTM 

District Director

Ellen Pieklo

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October and our contest season is well underway. As with everything in life, we’ve had a few glitches but Glenn Gordon, Division A Director, provided speech contest training on September 16, 2017. This webinar is available to listen to and view. Hopefully this will minimize a few of the issues that arise during contest season. Good luck to all of our contestants and I wish everyone the best of luck with your fall competitions. Contests will be held at each Area and each Division, with the 5 finalists competing on November 10-11, 2017 at the Fall District 65 Conference in Buffalo, New York.

The Fall Conference will be the last District 65 Fall Conferences. After this fall, if we should conduct fall contests, those contests would stop at the Division contest level. The division contests could compete at the next spring conference – or end at the Division Level. This will all be up to our 2018-2019 Leadership team.

Our Fall 2017 Conference Committee is working to ensure this will be a conference worth coming to and worth remembering. To register, there is a link on the District 65 Home page, located at www.tmdistrict65.org.

I see people are working toward our incentives, especially creating a Club Success Plan. Already, we have awarded several $25 gift certificates for the TI store, heard about planned open houses, and we’ve already welcomed our newest Toastmaster Club, ERG (HSBC), in Division A. We wish all of your new ERG members an amazing Toastmaster journey.

Our new District leadership is working hard to fully implement the concept of fewer emails but as matters arise, we are also trying to keep members in the loop and ensure we don’t end up with clubs losing their active club status, resulting from missed dues periods. We keep all of information posted on the official web page, www.tmdistrict65.org and the official Facebook Page, located at: https://m.facebook.com/toastmastersd65/?ref=bookmarks.

What’s up with Pathways? That’s a recurring question all of D65 Leaders are hearing. We plan to have a conference session updating members to the Pathways rollout status during the Fall Conference. If you are well into your Toastmasters learning path and concerned that you may need to convert to the Pathways program goals, think about attending our Road to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) seminars, held on the last Sunday of the month at 7PM. These will be posted under our events page.

I would also like to announce the start of a second set of leadership opportunities, Monday Nights Toastmaster Matters. This will be an opportunity, held on the second Monday of the Month to address your concerns, ask questions, or just talk about Toastmasters and learn from your District Leadership. Call information will be sent out under our events calendar.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your District 65 Leader and am wishing you a continuously successful Toastmaster Year.

Sincerely,

Ellen Pieklo DTM

District 65 Director