Toastmasters International — District News September 2023

September 2023 Leader Letter

District News


Restart the Convention Adventure! — The 2023 International Convention opened a paradise of possibilities still waiting to be explored—through On Demand. If you purchased an in-person ticket or All-Access Pass, you can revisit and replay through October 25, 2023, by logging in. Everyone can enjoy unlimited access to inspiring sessions and thrilling highlights by purchasing On Demand for only $75 USD.

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.

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Distinguished District Program Requirements Are Due! — 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. New for the 2023-2024 program year, the District Market Analysis and Communications Plans are also required for the Distinguished District Program, also due by September 30. Review these requirements and their deadlines in the District Recognition Program FAQs. For assistance completing these plans, please contact your Region Advisor.

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 page. Applications for the 2024-2025 program year are due by September 30.

Submit Round One Club Officer Training by October 31 — Club officers and members review their club performance on the Distinguished Performance Reports dashboard. It is best to enter club officer training sooner than later to provide an opportunity for officers to raise any concerns before the last day (October 31).

Appoint Your District Leadership Committee Chair by November 1 — The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is responsible for nominating candidates for District office, following the procedures outlined in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. The District Leadership Committee Chair must be appointed no later than November 1, and the remaining committee members appointed no later than December 1. If you have any questions, email the District Growth and Support Team for more information.

Calling All Board of Directors Candidates — Would you or someone you know like to be on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors? Visit the Candidate Qualifications page to review resources for candidates, watch an informative video about what it takes to be a Board Member, and submit a Letter of Intent. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is October 1, so don't delay!

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Use the Updated Member Application — This application includes the updated membership cost of $60 USD per renewal period. Translated versions will also be available soon!

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2023 Toastmasters Convention Recap — Read about the highlights of this year's hybrid convention! Find out more about the new World Champion, who earned Accredited Speaker, and a breakdown of the exciting events.

Meet Morag Mathieson — Distinguished Toastmaster Morag Mathieson, a 17-year member, has taken on the leadership role of a lifetime as the 2023–2024 Toastmasters International President.

Spreading Brand Awareness — Discover how one District went the distance with a PR contest that helped bring awareness to the Toastmasters brand.

Tune In! Small Talk, Big Results — If you're like many people, you may find small talk awkward or uncomfortable. If so, Distinguished Toastmaster Diane Windingland has your back for your next party, social, or networking event in this episode of The Toastmasters Podcast.

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Congratulations to the New Accredited Speakers — Congratulations to Verity Price, DTM, Dale Rees-Bevan, DTM, and Stephanie Angelo 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.

Introducing the 2023–2024 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 2023–2024.

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

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The 2023 World Champion of Public Speaking — Following an exciting World Championship of Public Speaking® at the 2023 Toastmasters International Convention, we are excited to announce the new World Champion: Jocelyn Tyson, from District 38, who won with a speech titled, “Have You Been There?” Congratulations to Nisha Shivram, from District 116, for finishing in 2nd place with her speech, “Swipe,” and Maryam Ganni, from District 61, for finishing in 3rd place with her speech, “You Have No Idea.” Get inspired by watching Tyson deliver her winning speech!