August 2022 Leader Letter

District News


Convention Awaits; Don't Miss Out on the Learning! — There's still time to register to take part in all the learning of convention from the comfort of your home. You'll also have access to networking lounges, the Accredited Speaker Program, the highly anticipated World Championship of Public Speaking®, and more! Sign up before it's too late!

2022 District Leader Training — District Directors, Program Quality Directors, and Club Directors: Develop your core leadership skills and network with others from around the world at this year's District Leader Training! Sessions will take place August 15–16, 2022 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, prior to the start of the annual Toastmasters International Convention. More information about make-up training for leaders unable to attend in person will be provided soon. Remember to complete your pre-work assignments prior to attending training.

Enrich Your Area's Clubs with More Club Visits — Area Directors play a crucial role in the positive rapport that Districts maintain with their clubs, largely through club visits. While two visits a year are required, you are encouraged to visit four times a year, and visits may be conducted online as needed. Area Directors who visit at least 75 percent of the base number of clubs in their Area can meet one of the qualifying requirements of the Distinguished Area Program by logging into District Central and submitting an Area Director's Club Visit Report.

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Help Clubs Assign a Proxy — District Directors are encouraged to contact Club Presidents and ensure a proxyholder is designated for the 2022 Annual Business Meeting prior to August 12. This is an important time for clubs to cast their vote—in the International Officer and Director elections and for Proposals A through L. Remind clubs that their designated proxyholder must be able to attend the Annual Business Meeting, either onsite or online, on August 19 starting at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time or Coordinated Universal Time -5. If you have any questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and/or email

Train Club Officers by August 31 — When club officers are well trained, club members are better served, leading to increased member retention and greater satisfaction. Help club officers reach their leadership potential by encouraging them to attend club officer training, which continues through August 31. Clubs will also earn Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit if the Program Quality Director reports the training details via District Central by October 31.

Region Advisor Application Process Opens September 1 — Serving as a Region Advisor is a rewarding opportunity to continue your leadership journey by supporting and coaching District leaders as they work toward the District mission. This volunteer position spans a 15–month term and reports to the International President. Applications for the 2023–2024 program year are available online and due by September 30.

To learn more about the Region Advisor Program and selection process, join us on September 1, 2022, for a Region Advisor Panel Discussion. To register, click on one of the following links:

Don't forget to visit the Leadership Roles Booth, online or onsite, at the 2022 International Convention for more information on the Region Advisor Program!

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Promote the 2022 Convention! — Get members and non-members alike excited for the 2022 Convention with these new promotional tools: display 2022 Convention Zoom Backgrounds in online meetings; share 2022 Convention Presentation Slideswith members before meetings begin; post 2022 Convention Social Media Graphics on social channels, and use the 2022 Convention Email Signature.

Connect with More Prospects; Gain More Members — This new guide will walk you through how to maximize the tools already at your disposal for connecting with potential members. It also includes customizable templates to easily communicate with prospects and to keep track of your communications. Make a goal to implement the guide's suggestions this month!

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Leading Without a Title — Too often people associate leadership with a title; however, you don't need to be a CEO to take charge. Discover four key actions for leading a team without the title, and how you can use your Toastmasters experience to gain leadership skills.

The Case of the Disappearing Path — Do you sometimes find yourself confused when clicking around Base Camp? This month's Toastmaster Toolbox provides step-by-step advice on three of the most common Base Camp surprises.

It's Time to Get SMART — Everyone has different levels of motivation and purpose as they travel along their Toastmasters journey. While there are a variety of goal-setting methods, many people find that SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound) provide a memorable tool to stay inspired and achieve objectives.

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Who Will Advance from the Semifinals? — Get ready to cheer for the 2022 International Speech Contest semifinalists! During the Toastmasters International Convention, 28 contestants will compete in four semifinals for a chance to advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. View the full agenda for dates and times.

Review the Public Relations Manager (PRM) Training — If you missed the PRM Training, or would like to revisit the helpful resources within, 2022 PRM Training Webinar Video is now available! The webinar explains the PRM role and provides tips, tools, and strategies to help districts reach their target audiences and gain more media exposure.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Distinguished Districts! — For the 2021-2022 program year, eight Districts met their goals and achieved Distinguished or better status in the Toastmasters International District Recognition program. There were two Smedley Distinguished, two President's Distinguished, one Select Distinguished and three Distinguished District. Well done!

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New Look for the Online Magazine! — The Toastmaster magazine unveils a new look and online experience! Find the most recent content at the top of the page in our Featured Articles section—then keep scrolling for extra categories, like Editors' Picks, Top Tips, and Club and Member Spotlight. You also still have the option to download the full PDF issue. Want to know the most user-friendly feature of this refresh? You can now search for articles by category, author, month, and year on the new Explore page. Dive into the Toastmaster today to see the transformation!

New Clubs — Clubs chartering in September (the last month of the dues renewal periods) may wish to submit membership dues amounting to $52.50 USD per person (plus $20 for new members). The extra $7.50 USD per person will be used to pay the prorated renewal dues. By doing this, your club will not have to collect dues from each member twice in two months.