July 2021 Leader Letter

District News


Help Clubs Designate a Proxy — Voting is an important way for each club to make its voice heard. Club Presidents, Secretaries, and liaisons will receive an email this month about how to assign the club's proxy before the Annual Business Meeting in August. District Directors are encouraged to contact club officers and ensure a proxy is selected to vote on their behalf.

Public Relations Manager Training Webinar — Public Relations Managers are invited to a training webinar on July 27 and 28. This session is crucial for your term in office and will offer tips on how to create and communicate the latest Toastmasters news to your District and the public. Region Advisors, District Directors, and Club Growth Directors are also encouraged to attend the webinar. There will be two sessions available: Register here for the webinar on July 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time; Register here for the webinar on July 28, 2021 at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.

Prepare with Pre-Training — New District leaders should utilize Pre-District Leader Training to help prepare for your new roles. These modules outline District leaders’ key responsibilities, how to accomplish them, and provide an action plan for the first 30 days. Make sure you complete the Pre-District Leader Training before attending virtual District Leader Training!

Attend District Leader Training — District Directors, Program Quality Directors, and Club Growth Directors: Develop your core leadership skills and network with others from around the world at this year's virtual District Leader Training! Invitations and pre-work assignments will be emailed to you later this month.

Region Advisor Application Process Opens September 1 — Would you or someone you know like to be a Region Advisor? It is a rewarding opportunity to continue your leadership journey by supporting and coaching District leaders as they work to achieve the District mission. This volunteer position spans a 15–month term and reports to the International President. Applications for the 2022–2023 program year will be available online beginning September 1. To learn more about the role, visit the Application Qualifications and Selection Timeline and view a video from First Vice President Matt Kinsey.

Region Advisor District Visits — Region Advisor visits are intended to provide support, leadership development, skill building, mentoring, and coaching to District leaders. Learn more about the District visit process here and how your District will benefit by having your Region Advisor visit. Be sure to work with your Region Advisor and get your District visit planned between July through October!

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Reporting Requirements Due July 15 — Districts must fulfill certain reporting requirements by July 15 to access the reserve account and place supply orders. Look for details in emails you will receive from World Headquarters.

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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 before meetings begin; 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.

Welcome New District Leaders — Congratulations on your new role! Start your term off right by viewing helpful Toastmasters resources, including The District Leadership Handbook, the Toastmasters International District Recognition Program, and the District Strategies Guide to enhance success in achieving the District mission. You can view these resources in the District Leader Tools section on our website for more information.

New Area Director Visit Reports — An all-new Area Director Club Visit Report tool can now be accessed through District Central! Designed for better usability, this easy-to-use, web-based reporting tool captures more effective information and puts added focus on club support and excellence. It can even be used to schedule club visits.

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Ringing in the New Year — While we say goodbye to what was an unprecedented year of change and milestones, it is also time to look forward: What will the new program year bring for you and your club? In this July Toastmaster article, find helpful resources to put your club on track and make the most of your meetings this month. Don't miss the accompanying video with a special message from International President-Elect Margaret Page!

You’re a Club Officer, Now What? — Whether you competed in a hotly contested club election or volunteered for your role, you are now a club officer, ready to lead and serve your members. Read a round-up of advice from past club officers and find inspiration and strategies to help you along your leadership journey this program year.

Club Speakers Have the Opportunity to Shine — While you might think the speaker’s role is to simply deliver a club speech on an assigned date, this meeting role involves much more than meets the ear and eye. Learn more about the tasks you should do before, during, and after your speech to make the most of the experience.

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Rotary/Toastmasters Alliance Update — The Rotary/Toastmasters alliance was formed in May 2019 and a lot has happened since, including the release of eight Toastmasters-developed educational courses available to Rotarians and Rotaractors; to date, there have been over 16,000 enrollments! For Toastmasters, we heard your feedback regarding the need for resources as you reach out to clubs; thus, the alliance webpage has been updated—check it out.

The 2021 Virtual Convention Difference — Registration is now open for 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!

Congratulations New District — On July 1, a new District reformed from Districts 60 and 86, due to their continued growth. Please welcome District 123: Northeast Ontario, Canada.

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Speech Contest Semifinalists — Results from region quarterfinals are in! Visit the semifinals webpage to find the two winners who are representing your region at the 2021 International Speech Contest Semifinals. These semifinalists will compete to advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking® at the Toastmasters International 2021 Virtual Convention August 23-28.

Translated Pathways Certificates are here! — Those who complete levels and paths in Pathways can now request completion and proficiency certificates in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tamil. They should simply email the Education Services Team and specify the desired language, path, and level. Certificates will then be emailed directly to them.