Candor and diplomacy are behind these best practices recommended by two 2018 International Convention speakers.
Convention Preregistration Ends August 17
There’s still time to sign up for the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention and be a part of the Chicago excitement, August 22-25. Purchase your registration package and look forward to the dynamic speakers, rewarding education sessions, memorable networking events and more.
Watch the Convention Remotely!
If you can’t come to Chicago, let it come to you! Access the thrill of convention happenings on your phone, tablet, computer and TV through Toastmasters Convention On Demand. You can also host a viewing party with your club and watch the most exciting moments together. Find convention-themed trivia and Table Topics® questions at the Convention On Demand web page to take club members to a more interactive level.
New PowerPoint Template
A PowerPoint template is updated with a more contemporary design. Use this template to create custom presentations for your club or district.
I See Something in You
In his last Viewpoint column in the Toastmaster magazine, Toastmasters International President Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, recalls his meaningful relationship as a mentor to Sri Lankan Toastmaster Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, who eventually won the 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking®. Learn from Balraj what it means to believe in someone and see their true potential.
Public Relations Resource
Attention all new public relations managers and vice presidents public relations: did you know the Public Relations page on the Toastmasters website offers communication strategy ideas? You’ll find links to PR training resources, as well as news release templates for local media outreach. You can also access the Media Center to stay up to date on the latest Toastmasters news releases and media coverage.
Support Your Speech Contest Semifinalist!
Who will represent your district in the 2018 International Speech Contest? Find your district in the schedule below to see the semifinalist's name and contest round. Watch, listen and experience the thrill of competition as they go up against other semifinalists from around the world for the chance to win the 2018 World Championship of Public Speaking®.
If your club uses FreeToastHost to host your website, you may notice some changes. The design is more contemporary and features updated messaging that will help you in your recruiting efforts.
Attend Club Officer Training by August 31
Be the best officer you can be by attending club officer training. Your club can also earn Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit, if your district's program quality director reports your officer training details on District Central by September 30.
Assign a Proxy
Make sure your club’s voice is heard by assigning a proxy before the 2018 Annual Business Meeting, only two weeks away! This is an important time to cast your club’s vote—in the international officer and director elections, as well as for Proposal A: Amendment to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Members now can log in to their profiles to update privacy and consent settings for email, mail, phone and public reports; this is also a good time to make sure contact information is up to date. Please note: Updated privacy settings may affect displayed information in Club Central, the daily report, and other areas of the website.
Collect Member Dues Soon
Club officers are responsible for collecting and submitting member renewal payments twice a year, in April and October. Beginning August 14, October 2018 renewals will be accepted to allow ample time to collect and submit dues payments.
Free ToastHost Updates
If your district uses Free ToastHost to host your website, you may notice some changes. The design is more contemporary and features updated messaging that will help you in your recruiting efforts.
Promote Club Officer Training
When club officers are well-trained, club members are better-served, leading to increased member retention and greater satisfaction. Help club officers be the best they can be by encouraging them to attend club officer training, which continues through August 31. Clubs will also earn Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit if the program quality director reports the training details on District Central by September 30.
Help Clubs Assign a Proxy
District directors are encouraged to contact club officers and ensure a proxy is selected to vote in time for the 2018 Annual Business Meeting, only two weeks away! This is an important time for clubs to cast their vote—in the international officer and director elections, as well as for Proposal A: Amendment to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Year-End Audit Reminder
Kindly email your district’s 2017-2018 year-end audit, certification and narratives by August 31. Supporting documentation and signed reports should also be submitted to World Headquarters.
Open Call for 2019-2020 Region Advisors
Do you enjoy guiding and mentoring others? Consider taking those skills to the next level. Region advisors help districts grow by guiding district leaders to success. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 program year.
Congratulations Distinguished Districts!
Toastmasters is pleased to announce that for the 2017-2018 program year, 20 districts achieved Distinguished or better status in the Toastmasters International District Recognition program. There were 10 President’s Distinguished, five Select Distinguished and five Distinguished districts.
Area Directors: Visit More Clubs
Area directors play a crucial role in the positive rapport that districts maintain with their clubs, largely through club visits. While two visits a year are required, area directors who visit at least 75 percent of the base number of clubs in their area can meet one of the qualifying requirements of the Distinguished Area Program by logging into District Central and submitting an Area Director’s Club Visit Report.