Toastmasters International — District News March 2023

March 2023 Leader Letter

District News


Enable Member Self-Pay — An easier way for members to pay! Encourage club officers to give their members the option to submit international dues payments online. To enable Self-Pay, the officer should log in to Club Central, navigate to the Club Contact and Meeting Information page, select the toggle button in the Self-Pay setting section, and click “Save” at the bottom of the page.

Convention Goes Bahamas — Save the dates of the 2023 International Convention: August 16-19. Learn, play, and make lasting memories with the beautiful backdrop of Nassau, Bahamas at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort. More details will be unveiled soon; stay excited! In the meantime, learn more about this stunning capital city.

Letter of Invitation for Convention Travel — Need a letter of invitation to join us for the 2023 International Convention in The Bahamas? Request a letter here.

Schedule Candidate Talk Time — Have you scheduled a conversation with the international candidates yet? To learn about the candidates, visit 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.

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Corporate Recognition Award Nominations Due — The deadline for Corporate Recognition Award nominations is 6-8 weeks prior to your presentation event. Districts scheduled for an official International Officer or International Director District Visit this spring should visit the Corporate Recognition Award program webpage for program information, marketing materials, and to submit the nomination form.

Add Credit for Club Officer Training — Recognize club officers who attended second-round training by submitting club officer training (COT) through District Central by March 31. The last day to submit second-round corrections is May 31. Please check the training report regularly to ensure it is accurate. This will help the clubs in the District receive credit toward the Distinguished Club Program.

Submit Your Area Director Visit Report — Earn credit toward the Distinguished Area program by submitting your Area Director's Club Visit report through District Central on or before May 31. We encourage you to visit your clubs four times during the program year to ensure clubs are well supported. If you would like to reacquaint yourself with club visits, please reference Serving Clubs through Visits: A Guide for Area Directors.

Help Clubs Maintain Good Standing — Ensure membership dues payments for the next renewal period are submitted by March 31 to keep clubs in good standing. If clubs in your District are struggling with membership, consider offering them a Club Coach if they qualify.

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Looking for an Event Speaker? — District events are fun and informative, especially when they feature a quality speaker who members can get excited about! Remember, there are resources to help you find the perfect event speaker. You could invite a World Champion of Public Speaking or review a list of Toastmasters members who have earned the Accredited Speaker designation. You could also promote the Rotary/Toastmasters alliance by inviting a local Rotarian as a guest speaker. Additionally, there are some guidelines to help you when selecting educational speakers.

Newly translated! — The DTM Award Application Form is now available as a free download from the Resource Library in 11 languages.

പുതുതായി തർജ്ജമ ചെയ്ത! — മലയാളത്തിൽ ഡൗൺലോഡ് ചെയ്യുക.

Newly Translated! — You can now download and use some Pathways projects in Malayalam! Visit the Resource Library for guides on how to access Malayalam projects.

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Introducing the Yoodli Partnership — Yoodli is an artificial intelligence program designed to serve as a powerful feedback tool. Give it a try and see how Yoodli augments your club experience.

Tune In! Humor Tips From a Clown — Want to add some good-natured fun into your next presentation? In this Toastmasters Podcast episode, Don Colliver, a professional trainer, speaker, and comedian, shares techniques on how to incorporate clown presence into your next speech.

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You're invited to a Board Briefing — Join International President Matt Kinsey and other Board Members as they share updates for District leaders on March 29. Watch your inbox for an email invitation with the registration link.

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Stay On Track To Be Distinguished — Ensure you reach your targeted District Recognition Program (DRP) milestones by focusing your attention and efforts where they are most needed. View the Performance Dashboard for the latest statistics on your overall District performance. DRP goals must be met on or before June 30.