Toastmasters International — District News May 2023

May 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.

Schedule Candidate Talk Time — Have you scheduled a conversation with the international candidates? Learn about the candidates, then use this online scheduling form to schedule time to talk.

Prepare for District Leader Training — Toastmasters International will conduct District Leader Training in person at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas on August 14 and 15 for 2023–2024 District Directors, Program Quality Directors, and Club Growth Directors. District leaders will develop core leadership skills, share best practices, and network with others from around the globe. Submit your District leader list as soon as possible after District elections to ensure registration, travel, and training details are sent to elected leaders in a timely manner.

Preparing for Success — Remember what it was like when you began your current role? Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew then? Think about what your successor needs to know as they transition into your role and refer to the Transitions webpage for ideas on how you can prepare them and the District for a successful year!

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Share the Convention Sponsorship Opportunity — Companies and corporate sponsors who showcase their goods/services at the Toastmasters International Convention have to opportunity to engage with a professionally-minded global audience. At the 2022 Convention, 25% of attendees even self-identified as being a primary decision maker at work! Share the sponsorship information with your professional contacts whose companies would benefit from being a convention sponsor. Email inquiries are due to by June 1.

Club Visit Reports Due May 31 — Area Directors: are your clubs delivering the best possible member experience? Evaluate clubs based on the standards listed in Moments of Truth, and submit your Club Visit Report through District Central by May 31. Submitting the report is a requirement toward your Distinguished Area Program goals. You should visit your clubs four times during the program year to ensure officers and members are well supported and the future of clubs in your Area is secure. Please email any questions to

Report Your Alignment Changes — Each year, Districts must review and amend the alignment of clubs for Areas and Divisions. In June, District leaders will receive an important email with step-by-step instructions to submit alignment changes for the 2023–2024 program year. Alignment changes must be submitted on the template we provide in mid-June, and then emailed to as soon as possible, but no later than July 15.

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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.

Welcome 2023-2024 Club Growth Directors — Congratulations on your new role! To help you prepare for the transition and get a head start, visit the Club Growth Director Marketing Resources page. There, you will find helpful tools to assist with your onboarding process, such as the CGD Marketing Tools Demonstration and the District Market Analysis plan template.

下载简体中文版 — 卓越的调解员
Newly translated! — Download The Great Peacemaker in Simplified Chinese.

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Translations Triumph — Since the District Translation Program became official in 2022, more than two dozen District teams around the world have translated a wide range of languages beyond the 11 original translations undertaken for Pathways. Learn more about the program along with some surprising language facts.

Tune In! Harness the Power of Your Voice — Do you cringe at the sound of your own voice? In this episode of The Toastmasters Podcast, hear tips from 20-year vocal coach and recording artist Jillian Mitchell to improve the quality of your voice and use it for powerful effect.

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Is Your District on Track to Become Distinguished? — With only two 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

As a reminder, 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%