Toastmasters International — District News April 2024

April 2024 Leader Letter

District News


A Dazzling Invite — Join this year’s Golden Gavel Honoree Lisa Sun and Keynote Speaker Shawn Ellis for the most dazzling communication event on the planet, made even more special by a 100th anniversary celebration. Visit the Toastmasters Through the Years Exhibit, take part in an Eras of Exercise Smedley Fund activity, attend a President’s celebration with a 1920s theme, and so much more. Register now.

2024 International Convention Sponsorships — Now that Toastmasters International is taking applications for this year’s convention sponsors, consider asking your company or your club’s corporate sponsor to take advantage of the opportunity to network with global leaders during this 100th anniversary year! Share the convention sponsors webpage to get them started.

Corporate Recognition Nominations Open — If your District is scheduled for an official International Officer or International Director District Visit this spring, consider nominating up to two corporate sponsors for this distinguished award. Nominations are due 6-8 weeks prior to your event, so visit the Corporate Recognition Award program webpage for information on nomination requirements and criteria, marketing materials, and to submit your nomination form.

Tune In! How One Person Beat Burnout Through Daily Routines — In this episode of The Toastmasters Podcast, health and performance coach Olya Amelina, a Toastmaster in Germany, provides techniques to help you find a balance for achieving your goals while avoiding burnout.

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.

Centennial Snaps — Want to get in on a fun way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Toastmasters International all year long? Each month, Toastmasters will have a different ‘100 photos’ social media theme. Celebrate the month of April by showcasing your District conference! Share photos of you and your fellow members attending a District conference, the District conference venue, and all the excitement that surrounds the conference. Post on social media using #toastmasters or #Toastmasters100Years and tagging Toastmasters.

Welcome 2024–2025 Region Advisors — Be sure to congratulate the newly appointed 2024–2025 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.

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.

PRM Communication Plan Updates — Public Relations Managers (PRMs) should continually update their District Communication Plan throughout the 2023-2024 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

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Area Directors: Get Credit for Both Rounds of Visits — We encourage you to visit clubs four times during the program year to ensure they are well supported; your support affects the future of clubs in the Area and empowers officers and members alike to achieve their goals. Remember, to receive credit in the Distinguished Area Program, Area Directors must submit reports for 75 percent of their clubs for both rounds of visits. 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.

Is Your District on the Distinguished Track? — With only three months left in the 2023–2024 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 2023-2024 program year is 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 updated membership requirement is to have 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.

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Get Your Convention Spirit On! — Invite fellow Toastmasters to be as excited for the milestone convention as you are with these jazzy and fun promotional assets. Display 2024 Convention Zoom Backgrounds in online meetings, post 2024 Convention Social Media Graphics on social channels, add the 2024 Convention Email Signature to emails, and share the 2024 Convention Presentation Slides with members before meetings begin, at District conferences, or other upcoming events. Pass on the inspiration to gather this August in Southern California, where it all began!

Prepare for District Events — Getting ready to create fliers and other materials for your District Events? There are a variety of templates available for this purpose; you may also request use of the Toastmasters International logos and wordmarks by completing the Trademark Use Request form. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the World Headquarters teams to review such a request.

Achieve Club-Building Success in 2024 — It's the time of year when companies and individuals alike are turning to Toastmasters for growth and development opportunities. Keep your District’s club-building goals and strategies on track by utilizing the tools and resources found in the Club Building Curriculum. Find these resources in your Paths and Learning when you log in to Base Camp.

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

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Lead Like a Master Gardner — Successful teams require the same conditions as healthy plants to thrive. Leaders who intentionally cultivate a healthy team culture will see the fruits of their labor in the long term. Dig into 12 tips to help you start growing.

Take Your Toastmasters Skills to Work — What you learn in the club setting can translate to your work presentations; you just need to adapt to a different type of audience. Discover helpful tricks to ease the transition and leverage your club skills in the workplace.

The Toastmaster Magazine Through the Years — This month, in 1933, the Toastmaster magazine made its debut. Here’s a look back at the life of the 91-year-old publication.

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Replay Board Briefing — If you missed the Board Briefing on March 28, don’t fret; you can now watch the recording to hear important announcements from the Board of Directors.

Seeking Credentialed Parliamentarians — Would you like to be a part of a future Annual Business Meeting? Future International Presidents will be looking for knowledgeable credentialed parliamentarians to serve the organization. If you are interested, please email with your name and qualifications no later than May 1.

2024 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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2024 District Leader Training and Convention — This year, registration for District Leader Training and the 2024 International Convention will be separate. All members and leaders are encouraged to register now for convention to secure a spot at this milestone celebration. After District elections have been finalized, newly elected 2024–2025 District Directors, Program Quality Directors, and Club Growth Directors will receive details and registration information about District Leader Training via email.