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October 2013

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OCTOBER 2013  

Has Your Club Submitted Dues?

Your club can still earn Distinguished Club credit if you submit dues renewals through the Toastmasters website by October 10. Simply log in to Club Central and follow these steps:
  • Click the club name and number
  • Under Conduct Club Business, click Pay Dues

District Treasurers: Quarter One Treasurer's Report Is Due

Please notify World Headquarters (WHQ) once all accounts are reconciled through September so that the District Finance staff at WHQ can make any necessary adjustments. Once you have received confirmation from the District Finance staff that the books are closed, please complete the narratives and certification spreadsheet and email it to by October 31. If you have questions, please contact Your 2013-2014 district budget was due September 30. If you haven't already submitted it, please do so as soon as possible.

Distinguished Club Program Changes

During the 2013 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved the following changes to the Distinguished Club Program:
  • Clubs that charter after September 1 are eligible to earn Goal 9 through training by a district representative.
  • The charter submission fulfills the requirement for an on-time officer list and dues payment (Goal 10).
These changes will allow newly chartered clubs the opportunity for success early on. In the past, new clubs that chartered after the first club officer training period (between June 1 and August 31) could not achieve Goal 9. The Board approved a modification that will allow newly chartered clubs to earn credit if they receive direct training from an authorized district representative in a live training session. By including the club officer list and dues payment with the charter paperwork, newly chartered clubs will now receive credit for Goal 10, where before the list had to be resubmitted. These changes were announced at the August 2013 Board Briefing, and will take place immediately.

Access Club Receipts in Club Central

Club officers can print receipts and view payment history via Club Central. Simply log in and enter your username and password. Next:
  • Click the club name and number
  • Under Conduct Club Business, click Search Club Receipts

Enter to Win Branded Club Materials

Share your club's enthusiasm for the Toastmasters brand by entering the monthly brand video contest. Your club could win a branded banner, lectern or marketing materials. For contest details, please visit Toastmasters Video Brand Contest.

Free Item with Lectern Purchase

A lectern can make any new speaker feel more at ease, and is an essential item for clubs. If you purchase a portable lectern by October 31, you will receive a free stopwatch.

Area Governors: Conduct an Effective Club Visit

Help your clubs grow and maintain quality through club visits. Serving Clubs through Visits: A Guide for Area Governors (Item 219) can help you navigate the varied environments you'll encounter during these visits. Your support affects the future of clubs in your area and empowers club officers to help members achieve their goals.

Welcome, New Provisional Districts

Toastmasters International is pleased to announce the addition of two provisional districts: District 93P in South Korea and District 94P in West Africa. These former territorial councils have been granted provisional district status by the Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2013. Provisional districts are formed when a territorial council grows to 45 or more clubs, and achieve district status when they grow to 60 or more clubs.

Find What You Need in the Form Library

The Form Library lists links to various forms and manuals that district leaders need throughout the year, ranging from the Area Governor's Club Visit Report (Item 1471) to the District Leadership Handbook (Item 222). To locate items quickly, please bookmark

Keep Your District on Track for Distinguished Recognition

Check the status of your district's progress in the District Recognition Program (DRP) by reviewing the dashboard, located on the Distinguished Performance Reports webpage. Help your district meet its DRP goals by regularly checking the Reporting Requirements webpage.

Honor Your Sponsoring Organizations

District leaders, help your corporate clubs honor their sponsoring organizations with a Toastmasters corporate recognition award. For details about this award, please read the Guide to Corporate Visits. To ensure timely delivery of your recognition items, allow at least four weeks for processing and shipping.

All PROs and VPPRs: Who Will You Send a News Release To?

The news release is one of the most important tools a public relations officer (PRO) or vice president public relations (VPPR) can use to generate publicity for a district or club. The PR Corner offers sample news releases to help you gain the interest of the media to publish a story, interview a member or attend an event. Be sure to include Toastmasters' current boilerplate (a summary of the organization) at the end of every news release. The boilerplate is updated annually to reflect the latest membership statistics and should not be customized.

Consider posting the following information on your club's website or Facebook page, or including it in your club newsletter.

Planning a Speech Contest?

Ensure your contest is a success and contestants are eligible to compete by using the most up-to-date documents. You can download the latest speech contest materials from the Toastmasters Online Store for free. Additionally, consider purchasing and presenting awards to celebrate contest winners' accomplishments.

Read the Toastmaster on Your iPad

The September Toastmaster magazine is available for download on your iPad via an app, and the October issue will be avilable soon. The digital version is enhanced with multimedia interactivity, videos, photo slideshows and links. For instructions on how to download the Toastmasters International app, please visit Members will still receive the print edition unless they choose to opt out.

Call for 2014 Convention Presenters

Toastmasters International seeks great speakers for the 2014 International Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you have experience addressing international audiences and engaging groups of 500 or more, apply by November 15 at

Happy 89th Birthday to Toastmasters International

The first official Toastmasters meeting was held in Santa Ana, California, in October 1924. Why not celebrate the organization's anniversary with a themed club meeting devoted to Toastmasters history? The Toastmasters Timeline offers additional milestones in the organization's history.