September 2021 Leader Letter

District News


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.

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Calling All Board of Directors Candidates — Would you or someone you know like to be on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors? Refer to the role attributes and responsibilities to see what it takes to qualify to be a candidate. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is October 1, so don’t delay!  Watch this informative video from International President Margaret Page.

Ensure Your District is on Track — Keep your District eligible for the Distinguished District Program and maintain access to your District reserve by submitting your Division and Area Directors Training Report and District Success Plan by September 30. Please complete and submit the forms in District Central, and email the District Growth and Support team if you have questions.

Apply Now to Be a Region Advisor — The Region Advisor is instrumental in helping Districts grow through coaching, guiding, training, and collaboration. If you are interested in becoming a Region Advisor, or would like to learn more about this role, visit the Region Advisor webpage. Applications for the 2022-2023 program year are due by September 30.

Appoint Your District Leadership Committee Chair — The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is responsible for nominating candidates for District office, using the procedures set forth in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. As District Director, you are required to appoint your DLC chair no later than November 1, and work with them to appoint your full committee by December 1. If you have any questions, email the District Growth and Support team at for more information.

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Hybrid Meeting Resources — Has your club adopted or thinking of adopting a hybrid club meeting? Visit the Hybrid Meetings webpage for resources, tips, and best practices to help run quality meetings.

Review Public Relations Manager (PRM) Training — The 2021 PRM Training Webinar Video is now available for anyone who missed or would like to revisit it. The webinar explains the PRM role and provides tips, tools, and strategies to help districts reach their target audiences and gain more media exposure.

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2021 Virtual Convention Highlights — Did you learn, engage, and lead at this year’s virtual convention? In case you missed some or all of the events, here is a breakdown of the highlights. Make sure to watch the exclusive video interview with our new World Champion of Public Speaking Verity Price and 1995 World Champion Mark Brown. Come relive these exciting moments.

Meet Margaret Page, DTM —  Get to know the 2021-2022 International President! In this profile, learn how feng shui, cattle raising, and a missed opportunity were all part of this Canadian’s path to the presidency. Make sure to listen to an exclusive podcast with the new president and watch a video of her answering member’s questions.

To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid? That is the Question. — Hybrid meetings are a great way for Toastmasters clubs to expand their reach and serve more people. As you start to explore the hybrid option, ask these four questions to determine if hybrid meetings are right for your club.

Toastmasters Works — Networking. Resume-building. Self-improvement. Mentorship. With all these benefits, why would any employee not join Toastmasters? In this September article, learn how corporate clubs can help both companies and employees.

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Introducing the 2021—2022 Board of Directors — At this year's Annual Business Meeting, the membership of Toastmasters International elected new members to the organization's Board of Directors. Learn more about the International President, International President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Directors who will serve in 2021–2022.

2021 World Championship of Public Speaking ® Winners — We are excited to announce a new World Champion and share the names of the first and second place winners! Verity Price, from South Africa, won first place with their speech, “A Great Read.” Second- and third-place winners were Nitay-Yair Levi, from Australia, with, “Advice for Life,” and Roger Caesar, from Canada, with, “Is It in You?” Congratulations to all three! Learn more and  view the  first-place speech.

New Accredited Speaker — Congratulations to Forrest Tuff, for achieving the Accredited Speaker designation!  This elite title is reserved for those who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with a mastery of public speaking. If you know members who are interested in the program, share the Accredited Speaker Program Handbook so they can learn about the application process.

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  here.

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Add a Club Extension Chair to Facilitate Growth —  Receive dedicated assistance in building new clubs from the club extension chair. This core member of your District Marketing Team can help you manage club-building efforts for the District through the Toastmasters Lead Management (TLM) system.

Save 15% —  Are you looking for Toastmasters memorabilia or apparel to show off your pride? Or are you looking to save on supplies for your club or District? Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for others, you can save 15% on your next order over 35 USD from the Toastmasters Online Store with promo code 15OFF35! Offer valid September 1-30, 2021. Excludes Portable Banner Stand, Portable Lectern, and all banners. Not valid with any other offer.