August 2021 Leader Letter

Club News


Collect Member Dues Soon — Club officers are responsible for collecting and submitting member renewal payments twice a year, in April and October. October 2021 renewals will be accepted beginning August 16 to allow ample time to collect and submit dues payments online in Club Central. Please review the Renewal Dues FAQ.

Calling All Toastmasters With Pets! — If you are a Toastmaster who has a furry, feathery, or scaly friend, we want to hear from you! In 300 words or less, tell us about your animal companion and how they might enhance your Toastmasters experience. Maybe you practice speeches in front of your parrot, communicate with your cat using hand gestures, or glean leadership tips from your Labrador. Please send a high-res image of your pet with your submission to by August 13 for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Toastmaster magazine.

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Assign a Proxy — Make sure your club's voice is heard by assigning your club’s proxy for the 2021 Annual Business Meeting by August 16! This is an important time to cast your club's vote—in the International Officer and Director elections. If you have any questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions or email

Attend Club Officer Training by August 31 — Be the best officer you can be by attending Club Officer Training, as outlined in this  schedule. Your club can also earn Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit if your District's Program Quality Director reports your officer training details in District Central by September 30.

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Use 2021 Virtual Convention Resources — Encourage members and non-members to get excited about the Toastmasters International 2021 Virtual Convention by utilizing these new promotional tools: display 2021 Virtual Convention Zoom Backgrounds in online meetings; share 2021 Virtual Convention Presentation Slides with members; post 2021 Virtual Convention Social Media Graphics on social channels. There is the potential to make a world of difference by making a difference in each potential attendee.

Set New Members Up for Success — Keep your new members engaged by using the 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 while setting them up for success.

Why Toastmasters? — Are you looking for an easy and interactive way to provide information to guests? Share the "Why Toastmasters?" webpage with them! On this web page, guests will find all of the same information found in the Guest Packet, including Toastmasters' structure, how they will grow, and details on how to join a club.

Discover the Toastmaster Online Magazine — Whether you’re visiting the Toastmaster online magazine for the first time, or you’re a dedicated digital reader, this video will help guide you to making the most of your online experience. Share it with guests, friends, and family—there are articles and online features for everyone!

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A President’s Path Around the World — International President Richard E. Peck, DTM, embarked on a whirlwind global tour, traveling to 141 countries between October and June. Read about his journey and listen to an exclusive podcast interview for additional details.

The Benefits of Branding — When you think of the Toastmasters International brand, what first comes to mind? The logo? The colors maroon, navy blue, and gray? The club banner? Learn how to best represent and leverage the Toastmasters brand in this article.

Confronting Our Hidden Beliefs — We often come at an issue through our own cultural lens and perspective. It doesn’t mean we’re wrong, but it can hinder our ability to communicate our message effectively. The good news about unconscious bias is that you can overcome it with time and practice. Read this August Toastmaster article to learn more.

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The 2021 Virtual Convention Difference — Don't miss the Toastmasters International 2021 Virtual Convention. With the slogan, “Make a world of difference,” attendees are invited to make a difference in themselves and around the globe through a learning and networking experience that features 16 diverse education sessions in four new tracks, the World Championship of Public Speaking®, and so much more!

It’s Almost Time for the Semifinals — Get ready to cheer for the 2021 International Speech Contest semifinalists! During the Toastmasters International Virtual Convention, 28 contestants will compete in four semifinals for a chance to advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. View the full agenda for dates and times.

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

Congratulations Club Coaches! — We applaud all the club coaches who were successful for the 2020–2021 Program Year. If your second program year as a coach has expired, and you were not able to complete the task, do not fret—you may be reappointed! For reappointment, please speak with your District Director or Club Growth Director and have them submit a request to World Headquarters before September 30, 2021. Club coaches who can be reappointed will be sent a communication later in the month.

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Congratulations to All Toastmaster Clubs! — We want to congratulate all of our clubs for the perseverance they have shown through the continued coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Club Distinguished Award statuses are currently official on our Dashboard page! Many clubs were awarded Distinguished Status or higher. If your club earned these awards, they will appear in the Club Achievement section in Club Central.

Submitting Payments — 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 your club has submitted payment by wire transfer and has not received communication from World Headquarters, email the confirmation of the wire transfer (commonly called the SWIFT Receipt) to our Finance team at They will ensure that the funds are allocated to your club for the purpose of renewing your members. Please note that our $10 USD fee only covers our transfer costs, so please plan for the intermediary fees when transferring.