Toastmasters International — District News April 2023

April 2023 Leader Letter

District News


Sign up for a Sea of Possibilities — Register now for the 2023 International Convention, a hybrid experience taking place August 16-19 in beautiful Nassau, Bahamas at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort. Catch the wave of inspiration through live and livestreamed sessions and festivities.

PRM Communication Plan Updates — Public Relations Managers (PRMs) should continually update their Communication Plan throughout the 2022-2023 program year. The plan helps PRMs to stay organized, delegate responsibilities, and prepare a smooth transition for the incoming PRM. PRMs can access their plan from the Public Relations webpage. If you have any questions or need help getting started with the PRM Communication Plan, please email

Encourage New Clubs to Submit Early — More clubs charter in May and June than at any other time, so tell clubs in your District to beat the rush and send in their documents early for timely processing. Direct them to review the How to Build a Toastmasters Club manual or email with any questions.

Schedule Candidate Talk Time — Have you scheduled a conversation with the international candidates? Learn about the candidates by visiting the biography pages on the International Officer and Director Candidates page on the Toastmasters International website. Then, use this online scheduling form to schedule time to talk.

Help Recruit Convention Sponsors — Toastmasters International is now taking applications for convention sponsors at a new rate: all online booths are $500 USD! Might your company be interested in becoming a convention sponsor? Present them with the opportunity to showcase their goods or services to a global audience this August at a special 2023 rate.

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Final Call for Corporate Recognition Award Nominations — Has your District submitted their Corporate Recognition Award nominations? Eligible Districts must submit nominations by April 15, or six to eight weeks prior to your presentation event, to meet review and shipping deadlines. Find program requirements and criteria, the nomination form, and marketing materials on the Corporate Recognition Award webpage.

Area Directors: Receive Distinguished Credit for Both Visit Rounds — Area Directors must submit reports for 75 percent of their clubs for both rounds of visits to receive credit in the Distinguished Area Program. After each club visit, submit an Area Director's Club Visit Report online through District Central. Round Two visit reports must be submitted by May 31. We encourage you to visit clubs four times during the program year to ensure they are well-supported. Remember that your support affects the future of clubs in the Area and empowers officers and members alike to achieve their goals.

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Share 2023 Convention Resources — Encourage members and non-members to get excited about the 2023 International Convention (#TIGoesBahamas) by utilizing new promotional tools, now available. Display 2023 Convention Zoom Backgrounds in online meetings, share 2023 Convention Presentation Slides with members before meetings begin, and post 2023 Convention Social Media Graphics on social channels.

Is Your District on Track to Become Distinguished? — With only three months left in the 2022–2023 District Recognition Program year, the best way to make sure your District is on target is by regularly monitoring the District Performance Reports. To support Districts in building momentum toward success, the District Recognition Program for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 program years is updated as follows:

Distinguished Select Distinguished President’s Distinguished Smedley Distinguished
Paid Clubs No net club loss Net +1 club +3% +5%
Membership +1% +3% +5% +8%
Distinguished Clubs 40% 45% 50% 55%

In addition, the membership requirement is now having either 20 members or a net growth of at least three (3) new, dual, or reinstating members as of June 30. These changes recognize the extraordinary level of dedication and hard work it has taken, and will continue to take, to overcome current obstacles.

Prepare for District Leader Transitions — District elections are right around the corner and managing the transition to the next program year is critical for success. View the Leadership Transition webpage for suggestions on how to begin planning. If you need help, please email the District Leader Support team.

प्रस्तुतीकरण दक्षता — स्तर 3- ज्ञान वृद्ध
Newly translated! — You can now download and use Level 3 Pathways projects in Hindi! Visit the Resource Library for guides on how to access Hindi projects.

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Choose Your Words Wisely — DCP. Pathways. DTM. District Director. To a newcomer, these Toastmasters acronyms and phrases can be both confusing and intimidating. To help attract guests and gain new members, make sure you're using inclusive, clear language.

Tune In: Breathe Life into Your Slide Presentations — Don't let your PowerPoint slides suck the life from your presentations! Get tips from The Toastmasters Podcast episode with Dave Henson, also known as the “Slide Presentation Man.” He has spent more than 30 years on slide design and can help you turn your nightmarish deck into a dream. You can catch Henson's education session, Next Slide Please at the 2023 International Convention.

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Membership Dues Adjustment — Starting with the October 2023 renewal period, semiannual international membership dues will increase to $60 USD. Any member who renews prior to August 1, during the October 2023 renewal period, will be able to do so at the current rate, so encourage your members to renew early! For questions and more information about why the Board of Directors made this decision, please view the Dues Increase FAQ page.

2023 International Speech Contest Semifinals — This year, following the region quarterfinals, two contestants from each region will be randomly assigned to one of four International Speech Contest Semifinals, which will be held during the Toastmasters International Convention in August. The regions for each semifinal have been determined, so be on the lookout for updates regarding who will represent your region!

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Board Briefing Recording — If you missed the Board Briefing on March 29, don't fret; you can now watch the recording to hear important announcements from the Board of Directors.

Discontinuing Printed Marketing Materials — Some previously free printed marketing brochures and fliers (including items 99, 101, 103, 108, and 354) are being discontinued and will be offered only until the current supply runs out of stock. They will continue to be offered free in digital format.

Welcome 2023–2024 Region Advisors — Be sure to congratulate the newly appointed 2023–2024 Region Advisors. Region Advisors are here to support you in fulfilling the District mission. Learn more about their role here and how your District will benefit by working with your Region Advisor.

New look for the Start a Club page — It is now easier for individuals and companies to learn how to start a new club! The Start a Club page now features step-by-step instructions to get started and quick access links to helpful resources. Share the Start a Club page with your contacts interested in starting a Toastmasters club!