COVID-19

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Updates from Toastmasters

Toastmasters International continues to monitor the effects of the disease on our clubs, members, and upcoming and current District events. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted the daily lives of Toastmasters around the world, and the Board of Directors have taken actions to support members and clubs. You can read about them in the communications section below. The health and safety of all Toastmasters is our top priority.


Across the world, travel restrictions are prohibiting clubs from meeting in person. This can lead to a sense of isolation and loneliness, and many clubs have been able to meet online during these trying times to present their members with some sense of normalcy. Visit the online meetings webpage for resources and tips on how to transition to meeting online.

Communications

An organizational update and token of appreciation

October 22, 2020

In this letter from International President Richard E. Peck, you will learn how Toastmasters has performed amid the pandemic, hear encouraging words in a video message from Peck, and learn about the free path being given to members who renew their membership.

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Pathways access extended and Toastmaster magazine update

May 6, 2020

The Board of Directors has made three decisions: Access to Pathways’ Base Camp has been extended through June 30, 2020, print delivery of the Toastmaster magazine has been temporarily discontinued, and several austerity measures are in place at World Headquarters.

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Club and District Officer Training

April 30, 2020

Planning for club and District officer training that may need to be held online.

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Thriving During Social Distancing Webinar

April 23, 2020

Hear an online panel of Toastmasters experts discuss how to thrive during social distancing.

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Update on Speakathons

April 21, 2020

Toastmasters International has made allowances regarding special meetings devoted to prepared speeches, also known as Speakathons.

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2020 Toastmasters International Convention Update

April 15, 2020

The Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 Toastmasters International Convention that was to be held in Paris, France.

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Shipping Disruptions

April 14, 2020

Due to disruptions on mail delivery, we are currently unable to ship physical items to select countries. Store purchases, Charter Kits, and award certificates and plaques may be held until all mail services resume. Please note that this will not affect your ability to submit awards or receive recognition credit.

Let's keep connected: a message from Deepak Menon

March 24, 2020

International President shares some inspiring thoughts with members.

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Toastmasters International 2020 Convention Update

March 19, 2020

Toastmasters International is aware of the significant impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on France and surrounding areas. We are actively working with our partners in Paris, France to assess its impact on the 2020 Toastmasters International Convention, and relying on guidance from local health and government officials. We appreciate your patience during this time and will provide updates as they become available.

Online Meeting Survey Results

November 24, 2020

World Headquarters Research and Analysis conducted a series of surveys to club officers; find a summary of the survey results and resources to help facilitate online club meetings.

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New Club Recognition Awards

May 28, 2020

To ensure all clubs, Distinguished or not, are recognized for their outstanding efforts, three new club-level awards have been created for the 2019–2020 program year only.

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Online Meetings

April 13, 2020

A message from Deepak followed by essential resources.

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Leadership Award Submission Extension

March 25, 2020

The Board of Directors has made some allowances for members striving to achieve their ALS and DTM prior to the end of the traditional education program.

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Dues Renewal Extension—Message for club officers

March 17, 2020

The Board of Directors has extended the April renewals due date to April 30, 2020.

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A message to all Districts and clubs regarding COVID-19

March 10, 2020

Toastmasters International is monitoring the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on clubs and members.

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2020-2021 New Club Incentive

November 9, 2020

The Board of Directors approved an incentive to help start new clubs.

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New District Recognition Awards

May 28, 2020

The Board created new awards at the Area, Division, and District levels for the 2019–2020 program year only, in addition to the existing District Recognition Program.

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Online Annual District Council Meeting Guidelines

April 11, 2020

Guidelines to help District leaders prepare for their District Council Meeting.

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District Council Meetings

April 6, 2020

The Board of Directors made exceptions to governing documents to reduce the complexity of normal annual District Council meeting processes.

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Leadership Award Submission Extension

March 25, 2020

The Board of Directors has made some allowances for members striving to achieve their ALS and DTM prior to the end of the traditional education program.

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Dues Renewal Extension—Message for District leaders

March 16, 2020

The Board of Directors has extended the April renewals due date to April 30, 2020.

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Area, Division, and District Event Updates

March 14, 2020

The Board of Directors met on March 14 and made decisions regarding current and upcoming events.

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Club Attendance and Online Speech Contest Exception for all Clubs

March 12, 2020

The Board of Directors has made exceptions effective immediately and until further notice.

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A message to all Districts and clubs regarding COVID-19

March 10, 2020

Toastmasters International is monitoring the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on clubs and members.

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Club Attendance and Online Speech Contest Exception - California and Washington - Districts 2, 4, 9, 57, and 101

March 8, 2020

On March 8, 2020 the Toastmasters Board of Directors extended authorization to clubs in Districts 2, 4, 9, 57, and 101 to conduct meetings that are exclusively online.

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Club Attendance and Online Speech Contest Exception - Europe - Districts 59, 71, 91, 95, 107, 108, 109, and 110

March 6, 2020

On March 6, 2020 the Toastmasters Board of Directors extended authorization to clubs in Districts 59, 71, 91, 95, 107, 108, 109, and 110 to conduct meetings that are exclusively online.

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Club Attendance and Online Speech Contest Exception - Districts 67, 76, 80, and 93

March 2, 2020

On March 2, 2020 the Toastmasters Board of Directors extended authorization to clubs in Districts 67, 76, 80, and 93 to conduct meetings that are exclusively online.

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Club Attendance and Online Speech Contest Exception - Districts 85, 88, 89, and 118

February 14, 2020

On February 14, 2020 the Toastmasters Board of Directors extended authorization to clubs in Districts 85, 88, 89, and 118 to conduct meetings that are exclusively online.

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