December 2021 Leader Letter

Club News


Send in Your Semiannual Officer List — If your club elects officers semiannually and missed the deadline to submit your new club officer list for January 1–June 30, please note it is not too late to get it recorded! Outgoing club officers will have Club Central access until January 30 to submit their newly elected club officers list. For assistance, email

California Clubs: File Your 199N — In mid-January, California Club Presidents and Treasurers should be on the lookout for an email from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) with instructions for e-filing the 199N tax form pertaining to the 2021 tax year. Please note: the deadline to e-file is May 15, 2022. View Tax Filing instructions here.

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Club Coach Requirement Deadline — Reminder: Club coaches looking to earn District leader credit for the 2021–2022 program year must be appointed to an eligible club no later than January 1. Serving as a club coach for six months is the first of three requirements to receive District leader credit. The other two requirements are to bring the club to a least 20 paid members and Distinguished or better status on June 30, 2022. 

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My First Meeting Webpage — Are you looking for an easy way to explain what happens at a Toastmasters meeting to new members? Share the My First Meeting webpage with them so they are prepared to attend their first Toastmasters meeting!

Brand Resources — Looking to create your own branded materials? Start by reviewing the Brand Manual and the Brand Portal. Please file a Trademark Use Request or email to submit your designs for approval. To determine where to submit your request, please refer to page 27 of the Brand Manual. 

Hybrid Club Tips — If your club is a hybrid club or looking to become one, you may be interested in some tips on how to find success with both on-site and online attendees. Spend some time reviewing the “Running a Successful Hybrid Club Meeting” document. Share the document, either with your fellow club officers or with clubs in your District, and set some time aside to discuss how you can better suit your members’ needs in a hybrid club format.

Speech Contest — As clubs move through their speech contests, please feel free to refer to our Speech Contests webpage for helpful resources and answers to frequently asked questions. You may also submit your questions to

Anatomy of a Toastmasters Meeting — Guests and new members often need a quick way to understand meeting roles, and this new one-pager is the answer! Now clubs can hand out the “Anatomy of a Toastmasters Meeting” document to them. Thank you to Angel Rios of San Juan Toastmasters for creating the original version of this document and allowing us to share it.

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The Invaluable Evaluator — For many Toastmasters, the evaluation can be almost as nerve-racking as delivering the speech. However, it doesn’t need to be. In fact, a well-prepared and shared evaluation can do more to help members reach their communication goals than any of part of the Toastmasters program. 

5 Ways to Calm the Pre-Speech Jitters — Support new or nervous speakers with these five tips for transforming anxiety into helpful energy to fuel their speeches.

Rehearse, Compete, Rinse, and Repeat — Three Toastmasters discuss the benefits and lessons learned when participating in a speech contest, no matter the level of experience. 

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Day of Celebration Photos — Thank you to all the Toastmasters who celebrated our 97th anniversary and shared their photos! Gain inspiration and keep the celebration going by viewing the many submissions on the Day of Celebration photo gallery.

Member Profile — Did you know that important records, including archives of your past educational awards, offices held, and past product order receipts, can be found from your profile? When logged into, you click on "Welcome, Your Name" at the top of the page to access your member profile. If you are unable to log in, please use the Forgot Password tool or email