September 2020

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Leading After a Global Pandemic

Find ideas to help transition your club or District through an uncertain future.


A Virtual Voyage — Toastmasters first-ever virtual convention was not only an online extravaganza, it was the highest-attended convention by far! If you missed any of the education and excitement, you can still watch it online here for free. Feel free to share with friends, family, and colleagues, or use it as a marketing tool for your club or District.

Meet Richard E. Peck, DTM — Get to know the new Toastmasters International President! Read this article and view a photo gallery to learn more about Richard, including his love of racing cars, traveling, meeting new people, and of course, Toastmasters.

Introducing the 2020–2021 Board of Directors —At this year's Annual Business Meeting, the membership of Toastmasters International elected new members to the organization's Board of Directors. Learn more about the International President, International President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Directors who will serve in 2020–2021.

2020’s World Championship of Public Speaking® Winners — Mike Carr, from Texas, United States, won first place with his speech, “The Librarian & Mrs. Montgomery.” Second- and third-place winners were Linda-Marie Miller, from North Carolina, United States, with, “Pretending Not to Know” and Lindy MacLaine, from Washington, United States, with, “Your Buried Story.” See the complete list of finalists and watch the full World Championship of Public Speaking®.

New Accredited Speaker — Congratulations to Mohamed Ali Shukri, DTM, Kingdom of Bahrain, for achieving the Accredited Speaker designation! View the Accredited Speaker Program here. Accredited Speaker is an elite title reserved for those who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with a mastery of public speaking. If you know members who are interested in the program, share the Accredited Speaker Program Handbook so they can learn about the application process.

Surveys Speak Volumes —As a club or District leader, do you know what your members are looking for in their Toastmasters membership? The Member Interest Survey is an excellent way to find out! Understanding individuals’ objectives will help you align those with overall club excellence. Discover more about the benefits of surveying members in this SeptemberToastmaster article.

What Does Integrity Really Mean? — In Toastmasters, members are guided by a set of essential core values: integrity, respect, service, and excellence. And of those, the very first value is perhaps the most important. In this article, take a closer look at integrity and why it is a key value for individual members and overall club excellence.

Leadership Excellence and Advanced Leader Silver Award — Are you continuing to work towards your Leadership Excellence and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) awards? Look out for an email with a PDF certificate attached, as we will no longer be mailing them. Expect the certificate to be received within 10 business days or less from

Digital Guest Packet — Now that many clubs are meeting online and hosting a lot of guests, the need for good follow-up has increased. The “Why Toastmasters?” webpage is a great link to include in your email to guests after they visit your club. On this webpage, guests will find the same information found in the Guest Packet, including Toastmasters' structure, how they will grow, and details on how to join a club.

Open House PowerPoint Facelift — The Open House PowerPoint has been updated to reflect the new Toastmasters brand look, along with the current facts and figures. If you’re planning an open house, please download the revamped presentation here!

Better Speaker Series Access— Did you know that you can still access the Better Speaker Series? The series is currently available as a digital download in the Resource Library and will continue to be available now that the traditional education program has ended.

Celebrate Pathways Accomplishments — Remember that you can view and print certificates from Base Camp to celebrate Pathways accomplishments every time you finish a level or complete a path. Please note that as of August 30, 2020, your “Certificate of Proficiency” will no longer be provided as a hard copy by mail, but will continue to be available on Base Camp.

Accessorize for Success — Show off your Toastmasters pride! Visit the Toastmasters Online Store and use code 20MPIN to save 20% on the Membership Pin (Full-Color)! Offer valid September 1–30, 2020. Not valid with any other.


Be Our Guest — Clubs might be wondering how they will gain new members this year, especially when COVID-19 has cast its shadow, prompting clubs around the world to move online for their meetings. In this August Toastmaster article, learn some tried-and-true techniques to aid your mission, whether your recruiting efforts are aimed at online meetings or the traditional in-person club setting.

Set New Members Up for Success — Keep your new members engaged by using the recently created New Member Orientation PowerPoint. This resource will allow a club officer or mentor to introduce Toastmasters International and the Pathways learning experience to new club members and set them up for success.

Communicating Across Cultures Webinars —On July 29, 30, and 31, Toastmasters International hosted a free webinar series that provided attendees with expert insight on communicating across cultures. You can still view the webinars here and/or share them with anyone who may benefit. We encourage you to also post them on your club and District websites and social media channels.

Add Members, Win an Award — Make membership-building fun by encouraging everyone to participate in the Smedley Award program, which runs from August 1 through September 30. When a club adds five new, reinstated, or dual memberships (with a join date of August or September) during the contest period, it will earn a special ribbon to display on the club banner! As a bonus, a club will receive a 10% discount on the next club order from the Toastmasters Online Store.

Payment Submissions 101 — The preferred method of payment to Toastmasters International is by credit card. We cannot accept international money orders, even if they are in USD. If a club has submitted a payment by wire transfer and has not received communication from World Headquarters, the club should email the confirmation of the wire transfer (commonly called the SWIFT Receipt) to our Finance team ( They will ensure that the funds are allocated to the club for the purpose of renewing members. Please note that our 10 USD fee only covers our transfer costs, so clubs should be planning for the intermediary fees when transferring.

Renewal Dues Time — Club officers are responsible for collecting and submitting member renewal payments twice a year, in April and October. Clubs should keep in good standing and receive credit for the Distinguished Club Program by logging in to Club Central and processing member dues by October 1. If you have any questions, please contact Club and Member Support by email at or call +1 720-439-5050. Please also review our recently updated Renewal Dues FAQ.

Rotary Course Update — Two more Toastmasters-developed courses for Rotary and Rotaractors members are now available! The Inspirational Speech and Interpersonal Communication and Networking courses are live on Rotary International’s Learning Center that can be accessed by their members.


Verify Contact Information — We encourage all members to use a unique email account as their username for added security and easy account accessibility. We are about to begin a new renewal period, so now is a great time for you and club members to verify contact emails are unique, up to date, and unshared. Changes to a member's login email should be made by the member through their profile page via Be sure that they click “Sync my logins,” which will update their username to their new email address.

Club Need Some Spice? —  Over time, clubs can become a bit stale, with members lapsing into a routine pattern and identical meeting formats. Learn how to spice up your club meetings with changes of pace, fresh ideas, and a dose of fun to create a renewed vitality.


Calling All Board of Directors Candidates — Would you or someone you know like to be on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors? Refer to the role attributes and responsibilitiesto see what it takes to qualify to be a candidate. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is October 1, so don’t delay!

Ensure Your District is on Track —Keep your District eligible for the Distinguished District Program and maintain access to your District reserve by submitting your Division and Area Directors Training Report and District Success Plan by September 30. Please complete and submit the forms in District Central, and email the District Growth and Support team if you have questions.

Apply Now to Be a Region Advisor — The Region Advisor is instrumental in helping Districts grow through coaching, guiding, training, and collaboration. If you are interested in becoming a Region Advisor, or would like to learn more about this role, visit the Region Advisor webpage. Applications for the 2021–2022 program year are due by September 30.

Appoint Your District Leadership Committee Chair —The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is responsible for nominating candidates for District office, using the procedures set forth in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. As District Director, you are required to appoint your DLC chair no later than November 1, and work with them to appoint your full committee by December 1. If you have any questions, email the District Growth and Support team for more information.

Add a Club Extension Chair to Facilitate Growth — Receive dedicated assistance in building new clubs from the club extension chair. This core member of your District Marketing Team can help you manage club-building efforts for the District through the Toastmasters Lead Management (TLM) system.


Earn Credit for Club Officer Training — When club officers are well-trained, club members are better served, leading to increased member retention and greater satisfaction. If members of your club attended club officer training, make sure to report it to earn Distinguished Club Program credit. Training reports submitted directly to World Headquarters by clubs cannot be accepted. Club officers attending a training session are responsible for giving the person conducting the training session their names, offices, and club numbers, and the Area Director, Division Director or Program Quality Director can record the credit online. The deadline to report club officer training via District Central is September 30 (changes accepted until October 31).


Review Public Relations Manager (PRM) Training — The 2020 PRM Training Webinar Video is now available for anyone who missed or would like to revisit it. The webinar explains the PRM role and provides tips, tools, and strategies to help districts reach their target audiences and gain more media exposure.