October 2021 Leader Letter

District News


Share Your Celebration! — On October 22, take part in celebrating Toastmasters’ 97th anniversary and all your club has accomplished in the last year. Read this article for inspiration on how to commemorate the camaraderie and connections you maintained and strengthened. Whether you gather with a few fellow members or your whole club, send your photos, short videos, and details of your celebration to photos@toastmasters.org for the opportunity to be featured on the Toastmasters International website and Toastmaster magazine. Spread the love on social media using #CelebrateTI.

Relax, Replay! — Did you miss some or all of the 2021 Virtual Convention? Wish you could rewatch your favorite highlights? You can still experience it and make a world of difference by making a difference in yourself. For only $40 USD, get unlimited access on your phone, laptop, tablet, or TV through Toastmasters On Demand.

Train Your Newly Chartered Club Leaders — It is beneficial to train all club officers, regardless of when the club is organized. New clubs that organize between July 1 and August 31 achieve credit towards their Distinguished Club Program goals for the first training session when four club officers are trained by an authorized District representative. Clubs that organize between September 1 and February 28 will receive club officer training credit for the first and second sessions, when at least four club officers attend the second session training held November 1 through February 28.

Keep Your District on Track to Distinguished — Check the status of your District’s progress in the District Recognition Program by reviewing the dashboard, located on the Distinguished Performance Reports webpage.

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Area Directors: Conduct an Effective Club Visit — Support your clubs and understand their needs through quality club visits. Serving Clubs through Visits: A Guide for Area Directors can guide you for a successful visit. Submit your Area Director Club Visit reports through District Central by November 30 for credit toward the Distinguished Area Program.

Round One of Club Officer Training by October 31 — The last day to enter club officer training through District Central is October 31. If corrections (removals) of training are needed, email the club name and club officer position(s) that need to be removed to districts@toastmasters.org for processing.

Club Officer Training, Round Two, Coming Soon! — The second round of club officer training begins November 1. District Central will begin accepting entries for club officer training after November 15.

District Directors: District Elections — The District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair must be appointed no later than November 1. Reference Protocol 9.0 for additional details. It is crucial that the appointment of the DLC chair and its members are appointed by the specified dates to ensure the validity of their work.

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Distinguish Yourself and Your Club — What’s in it for me? Why should I care about the DCP? These were questions asked by a new member who was trying to understand the Distinguished Club Program. If there are members in your club that feel the same, forward this Toastmaster article to shed light on the DCP and how it can help them meet their goals.

Meet the Public Speaking Winners — By now, you’ve watched and evaluated the 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking winning speeches, but how well do you know the finalists? Learn about the three dynamic speakers who mastered the virtual stage and moved a worldwide audience.

Show Us Your Culture! — In this month’s Toastmaster magazine, members from India shared stories and photos about the cultural diversity of their country. Do you want to show off your culture? Send a short story along with a photo that represents your culture to magazine@toastmasters.org for an opportunity to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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New Pathways Level 1 — A new Pathways Level 1 is on its way! This new Level 1 will include four projects: A revised “Ice Breaker,” “Evaluation and Feedback,” and two new projects, “Writing a Speech with Purpose,” and “Introduction to Vocal Variety and Body Language.” These projects are designed to introduce fundamental skills that will help members write and deliver effective speeches. This update will also address member feedback regarding project navigation. New Level 1 projects will be available in paths purchased following the release. Learn more.

Translated Banners are Here! — Custom Club Banners are now available in Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, and Traditional Chinese. Clubs can order translated custom club banners in yellow, navy or burgundy.

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Mask Up and Save —  During October, you can save 20% on a Reusable Face Mask from the Toastmasters Online Store with promo code MASK20. Featuring the Toastmasters logo, this mask is a great way to share your Toastmasters pride! Not valid with any other offer. Offer valid October 1-31, 2021.