Division A – Evaluation Workshop

Division A – Evaluation Workshop

AM Lockport will be hosting an Evaluation Workshop on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 9:00-2:00pm at Lockport High School – Room 230, 250 Lincoln Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094.   Click Here to Download the PDF

Lockport Eval Workshop

All District 65 members are welcome to join in on learning how to evaluate effectively and offer opportunities to give speeches throughout the day.

Workshop Begins at 9:00 am with the presentation and then multiple speeches followed by open and group evaluations until 12:00 noon. From 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm, additional speeches will be shared and practice evaluations will be given. 

If you would like to present a speech for evaluation, you must register in advance and provide your toastmasters project details, written introduction and evaluation guide in advance.

For more information please contact:

AM Lockport – Club President – Deborah Franco

Email: debster401@msn.com or

Phone: 716-308-7100

Video Wedding Toast

VIDEO Training: How To Give A Wedding Toast

Wedding Toast Video

Click Here To Watch The Video

Sooner or later, if you are a Toastmaster, someone is going to ask you to give a Wedding Toast. In this short 5:00 minute video, a lineup of experts explain what works and what to avoid when preparing a wedding speech. From time-tested tips to hilarious horror stories, they reveals everything you need to know to craft an unforgettable wedding toast.

Your skills as a Toastmaster will help you with the writing, delivery and timing of your toast, but knowing some of these tips will make your speech extra special.

Take notes and give yourself some time to think of the right stories, anecdotes and personal moments… then you will own the room.

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.


Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

Video Sidetracked

VIDEO – What To Do If You Get Sidetracked

Sidetracked Video

By Ilene Benz – District Marketing Committee Chair

Ilene Benz

Many new and experienced speakers can get sidetracked while delivering a speech. In less than four minutes, this Toastmasters International video offers tips to help you prepare for your speech, stay focused and in the moment, perform your best and, if needed, what to do when you get sidetracked.

Take a look. You might gain a pointer or two that will help you when distractions divert your focus.

Click Here or the Image Above to Watch the Video:


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

    Irondequoit Public Library
    1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617


  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.

Video – 6 Tips From a World Champion

VIDEO Training

6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience

From the 2015 World Champion

6 Tips From A World Champion
This 9 minute video will offer many great tips on public speaking. Whether in your club, at a corporate meeting or in front of an auditorium of thousands, these tips will help you engage and entertain your audience.

In this video you will learn how to hook your audience in 30 seconds. You will learn how to tell stories that have people hanging on every word. And you will learn some techniques to nail a finale that compels your audience to action.

Take a look by clicking the image above or the link below. It will help you become a better speaker.


Pathways Base Camp Duties


Base Camp Manager Duties

By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways Base Camp

We have been recently informed by Toastmasters International that Pathways educational program will be roll out in District 65 during May of 2018.

In each club, the vice president education (VPE) will serve as the Base Camp Manager, with support from the club president and secretary. The VPE is responsible for conducting several tasks in Base Camp to ensure members are fully supported on their Pathways journey. The link below will walk you through each of the main tasks. Each task has a tutorial in Base Camp which will walk you through the specific steps. They can be accessed by navigating to Tutorials and Resources. All current and future club VP Education are requested to study the tutorials and become ready to work with members of your club in making a smooth transition to Pathways program.


I believe that in Toastmaster year starting 2018-2019, one of the most vital and significant position in the club will be of the VP Education. I suggest that membership in all clubs in district 65, elect, appoint, or choose one of the most experience and tech savvy member in their respective clubs, in order to have a smooth and effective transition into Pathways program.

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways – Chief Ambassador – D-65

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:


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:


Pathways Guide Application:


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.


Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways – Chief Ambassador

District 65