We realize not everyone has access to the District 35 page on Facebook. We’ll share those updates here on the district website so everyone can keep up to date. Thank you.
Congratulations to our newly elected district officers for 2020-2021.
HUGS!!!!! Helping Us Grow Stronger!
District 35 Annual Business meeting begins at 9am on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
During this business meeting, the District Council (all club presidents, vice presidents education, and members of the District Executive Committee) will vote on the leaders for 2020-2021 and realignment of the district clubs. You’ll hear from the candidates running for various elected positions as well as receive updates from the current district leadership.
All members are invited to listen in, but only members of the District Council will be able to cast their ballots on the issues that need to be voted upon.
The zoom meeting link is on the district35.org website on the calendar.
Don’t forget the club officer elections should happen at your first meeting in May. And then update the officer list in Club Central as soon as possible after the election.
Take the next step in leadership development today.
Our first VIRTUAL DEMO meeting today. Thank you Illumina, Inc. and our Demo Team.
Are you using the most current Toastmasters club mission on your materials – club website, agenda, social media, etc.? If not, I encourage you to make the update. Thank you.
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.”
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, Toastmasters around the globe are rising above the quarantine through online meetings and socialization. Hear how some are staying the course, strengthening their resolve and questioning if they might just be more connected than ever!
TUESDAY’S TIP: Have fun with your club meetings to entice new members to get involved and excite prospective members! Share your best idea for a creative themed meeting!
“Anyone who has never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Optional Path to Build Your Mentoring Skills!
When a Toastmaster completes Level 2, an optional learning path becomes available: “Pathways Mentor Program”. It appears in the educational curriculum, along with your selected learning path(s). It includes multiple projects, one of which is a six month mentorship project. Plan ahead!!
CLUB OFFICERS: KEEP YOUR CLUB ON TRACK WITH ONLINE MEETINGS
Club Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education – renew your personal club dues so you can vote during the online District Council Meeting on Saturday, May 2! And remember, your club should have 8 members paid to be in good standing. More details are coming!
TUESDAY’S TIP: Toastmasters are taught to run meetings on time, finish speeches on time and reach membership goals on time. In that spirit, “Beat the Clock” is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—on time and with record numbers! The campaign runs May and June. Plan an Open House or host a Guest Night (or two). Share your best ideas below to bring in prospective members!
TUESDAY’S TIP: Encourage club officers to post a note in Base Camp to club members who earn an educational award. It’s easy to post a “congratulations” message. Log into Base Camp, enter the members’ name in the search field, select “feedback” at the top of the member’s page, then write the post. Awards can also be given!
Do you want to learn more about Pathways?
Join us on Thursday night at 7pm for a presentation about Pathways. Kathy Shine, DTM will share her top 10 tips and suggestions to assist clubs. For a link to the presentation, comment below or send a direct message.
With less than 90 days to go to the end of the Toastmaster year, now is the time to start thinking about your goals for next year. Don’t wait until July 1 to get started in Pathways – Start now! Join us on Thursday for a virtual presentation about Pathways given by our very own Kathy Shine, DTM.
Kathy earned her Pathways DTM in spring of 2019. She’s nearly done with her 4th learning path and serves as Base Camp Manager for members who use both the online and print-only materials. She will share her Top 10 Tips and Suggestions to assist clubs.
D35 V.I.P = Virtual Incentive Program
Have fun & win prizes while meeting virtually!!
D35 funniest meeting video: Clubs can submit a funny/creative video on how they are continuing to meet, remain engaged and stay connected while we are practicing social distancing. 2 Clubs will win a pizza party with the Trio (paid for by the Trio) when we are back to in person meetings. Which club will make the Trio travel the most miles?
Is your club on the road to being Distinguished?
As of 3-31-20:
43 of our clubs have achieved 5 or more of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals.
2 clubs have achieved 10 of 10 DCP goals (Cream City Communicators and NM Speaks!)
16 clubs have achieved 4 or more DCP goals.
This doesn’t necessarily reflect the membership requirement to be distinguished. We now have until April 30 to submit renewal dues.
The district recognizes that some of our members may be facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. We understand your struggle, and wish we could do something to assist. Unfortunately, the district cannot adjust dues or help in paying the dues. A possible suggestion would be waive the club dues (and therefore only paying the $45 dues to International).
It is our hope that you continue to see the value of your Toastmasters membership, and plan to pay for your renewal for this next renewal period.
Keep up the good work!!!
WOW! District 35 is rocking the education goals this year.
As of March 31, 2020, the members in District 35 have earned a combined 557 education awards.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that number.
Congratulations to all our members on your accomplishments! And we still have until June 30.
17 Distinguished Toastmaster (between Traditional Education Program and Pathways)
Traditional Education Program:
41 Competent Communicator
19 Advanced Communication Bronze
13 Advanced Communication Silver
13 Advanced Communicator Gold
46 Competent Leader
16 Advanced Leader Bronze
16 Advanced Leader Silver
14 High Performance Leadership
Pathways (all levels)
59 Dynamic Leadership
40 Effective Coaching
10 Engaging Humor
78 Innovative Planning
27 Leadership Development
17 Motivational Strategies
21 Persuasive Influence
41 Presentation Mastery
18 Strategic Relationships
23 Team Collaboration
28 Visionary Communication
What do you still want to accomplish?
Attention D35! The Toastmaster Ambassador Program has been extended to June 30, 2020!! Find out more here: https://district35.org/ambassador-program/
Thank you for being a leader – in your life, your club, and your district.
TUESDAY’S TIP: Vision shows us where we are headed. As a leader you have to look forward and see where your members and club are headed. Follow your Club Success Plan. Reach out to your Area or Division Director for help if needed. Trust the training and processes covered during TLI sessions and work toward the goals you set to become a Distinguished Club!
“Hold the vision. Trust the process.” – Author Unknown
D35 V.I.P. is under way. Have fun and win prizes while meeting virtually!
VINGO — Virtual Meeting BINGO: Each club can win TWICE!! For your first regular VINGO (horizontal, diagonal, vertical) your club will win a trophy. But don’t clear that card! Fill your card and win $50! Contact CGD Teri McGregor for your club’s VINGO Card. email@example.com NOTE: there are several different VINGO cards available, so don’t just use the one below.
Traditional ALS/DTM deadline extended
Are you trying to complete your DTM under the Traditional Education program? Have you heard about the deadline extension? Might this extension change your plans and/or open an opportunity for you?
View the details from Toastmasters International here: https://www.toastmasters.org/…/toastmasters-international–…
You will still need to complete all the requirements on the communication track and CL/ALB for the DTM in the traditional education program by June 30, 2020…… but the good news is that the requirements for the ALS and DTM have been extended to June 30, 2021.
Let us help! Emails were sent to your club VPE this morning asking them to survey their members to see who needs additional speaking slots to complete the requirements as needed by this June 30.
The District 35 DTM Facilitation Committee (DFC) is also looking for members to help. Some of the support and assistance committee members would include: host online “speak-a-thons,” Q&A, matching resources, building/maintaining a new section on the district website forums and FAQ, and maintain communication with the district trio. If you or others in your division are interested in helping, contact Tom Gust at Tommygust.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be scheduling additional speaking opportunities if / when needed to help you successfully complete speeches needed for your ACG. We’ll try to connect you to the right resources to help you accomplish all your DTM requirements. Tell us what you need. Maybe we can help.
We’ll also be building a forum on the District35.org website to communicate and schedule, with FAQs and contacts. While we wait for the forum, please contact Tom Gust so we can identify people and gauge interest.
AND…. if you need to complete the HLP or District Officer role to complete your ALS, that is also extended to June 30, 2021. Contact PQD Kris Pool if interested in serving as an Area Director (Kris.Pool.DTM@gmail.com).
District 35 is filled with dedicated club officers. Thank you for your service to your club members, and helping to make your clubs distinguished. YOU are what makes our district strong!
Toastmasters’ Top 10 Tips for Successful Online Meetings
TUESDAY’S TIP: Has your club begun to discuss and identify potential new officers for the 2020-2021 program year? Toastmasters International recommends that clubs conduct their elections at their first meeting in May. Schedule your elections and have conversations with your members about all 7 opportunities!
Message from International President Deepak Menon
With the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) being felt around the globe, clubs are beginning to move online. It’s a great way to keep people connected, keep momentum going, and provide a much-needed sense of routine in a time when many people’s lives are disrupted.
Learn tips and tricks for holding successful online meetings.
“Be the kind of leader that you would follow.” – Brian Tracy
District 35 is blessed with the service of Club Coaches, Club Sponsors, and Club Mentors. We’re full of gratitude for you!
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Do you find yourself wondering about the leadership skills and traits of a man who lived over 1,500 years ago but is still celebrated today? What must he have done to have been such a revered figure in Ireland and now around the world?
5 Traits of St. Patrick that we can all use to become better managers, leaders and people:
1 Be Understanding
2 Be Open
3 Be Encouraging
4 Teach by Showing
5 Remove Barriers to Success
According to the legend, he heard the appeals of the people of Ireland that they were in need of help and even though he had initially been brought to Ireland against his will, he returned because he wanted to help them. A great leader will always be there for his or her people no matter the circumstances.
He encouraged all-comers and both listened attentively and had candid dialogue with them. There was no forcing of ideas but rather a philosophy of helping others understand his messages. Managers who encourage open, two-way feedback will earn the trust and respect of their team.
He encouraged not just the poorer people of Ireland to follow his ways but also the (sometimes derided) chieftains and kings of different regions. There was no conflict involved but rather an understanding of differences and the ability to influence and persuade everyone to join together. When leaders use encouragement to motivate the workforce they are much more likely to get on board with the company objectives and go the extra mile.
Teaching by Showing (not just talking)
In addition to his words, St. Patrick often used real-life examples and symbols to aid in his teachings, most notably using the Shamrock (which has since become synonymous with Ireland) to explain and demonstrate his doctrine. We all know the phrase that a good manager ‘Knows the way, shows the way and goes the way’ and by being active rather than just giving directions (or orders as some might see it) he or she will get their message across in a way that is much more receptive to the employees.
Remove Barriers to Success
Ok, just for fun, he supposedly drove all the snakes out of Ireland. A good leader understands that there may be a bad apple in the pack or some other reason(s) inhibiting progress and will do whatever they can to rid the organizations of these hindrances.
Author: Satisfaction @ Work Blog
These are some tools that clubs and members can explore – The 6 Best Free Video Conferencing Apps
Speech Contests, Spring Convention & Annual Meeting, Virtual Club Meetings, and Future Announcements
March 17, 2020 — Please read this important message from your District Trio regarding changes to the upcoming speech contests, Spring Convention, Annual Business Meeting, Virtual Club Meetings, and Future Announcements.
Dear Club Officers, Leaders, and Members of District 35,
Changes continue to happen daily due to COVID-19 that are affecting us in our work, our home, our family, and even here in Toastmasters.
Your District leadership continues to have discussions daily with Toastmasters International and other Districts to make decisions that will best assist our members. On March 14, 2020, the Toastmasters International Board of Directors communicated to us that Area, Division, or District events can no longer be conducted in person on or prior to June 1, 2020.
As requested by Toastmasters International, each District was to conduct a meeting with their District Executive Committee (DEC) and discuss the option of continuing with contests virtually or not at all.
We held our DEC meeting on March 16. It was decided that the remaining speech contests for the Area, Division, and District levels for 2019-2020 will be cancelled at this time.
This decision was not made lightly. Many of our members have been practicing their contest speeches and it is a tradition in our District to hold these contests. We decided to focus on working with our clubs and do what we can to ensure our members can stay connected, remain engaged, and continue to work towards their goals during these challenging times. Let’s concentrate on the virtual aspect of our club meetings so as to not hinder the personal growth and journey of our members.
Because we cannot host a District event in person prior to June 1, 2020, the scheduled “Reach for the Stars” Spring Convention on May 1-2, 2020 in Waukesha will be cancelled. Any member or club that has already paid for their registration will receive a refund by Friday, March 20, 2020. Any member that has made a hotel room reservation is responsible for cancelling their own reservations. We will plan something for a District-wide Winter TLI that will encompass some aspects of the Spring Convention, most notably, the Hall of Fame and year-end award recognition.
The annual District Council Business Meeting WILL STILL BE HELD on Saturday, May 2, 2020. NOTE: This will be virtual business meeting, similar to the District council meeting that was held in the fall. Details on the time and login information will be forwarded to all club presidents and vice presidents education. No proxies will be allowed at the virtual business meeting. Each club president and vice president education will need to log in individually and participate in the business meeting. You will be voting on the incoming District leadership as well as club realignment in our District. Please mark your calendar and plan to virtually attend on May 2.
On March 15, 2020 the District held a webinar to share various options for virtual club meetings (watch webinar here: https://fccdl.in/LVp86ur4f4 ). With the new recommendation on March 16 from President Trump and March 17 from Governor Evers to avoid groups of more than 10 people, virtual meetings seem to the way to go. This is a new skill that we will develop and there will be a learning curve. Club Growth Director Teri McGregor has offered to host a couple of webinars to help members learn about holding virtual meetings. We also have some experienced members within our District we can reach out to for guidance.
If you visit the District website, we have added a few new sections to help you. First is the Coronavirus Action Center at https://District35.org/coronavirus-action-center/. We’ll post updates as they occur as well as tips for holding virtual meetings on this page. You are invited to be proactive and visit this page regularly.
Another update to the website is the District 35 of Facebook section at https://District35.org/District-35-on-facebook/ We know several of our members are not on Facebook, but we use our Facebook page to communicate regularly with the District. Going forward, we’ll add those posts to the website so you can still get the information being shared, but just not any resulting comments.
As always you are encouraged to visit the Toastmasters websites for their announcements and changes that affect Toastmasters due to COVID-19.
Thank you again for your support and commitment to Toastmasters and District 35. We know this is a lot to take in at one time and we appreciate all that you do.
Please reach out to your District leadership team – Area Directors, Division Directors, and your Trio – with your questions and concerns. We’ll help you as best as we can.
Together, we will get through this difficult time. Keep safe and stay positive.
Best regards from your District Trio,
Rozaline Janci, DTM – District Director
Kris Pool, DTM – Program Quality Director
Teri McGregor, VC4 – Club Growth Director
The trio will host a conference call to talk through various meeting options and answer your questions about how to keep members engaged while maintaining social distance.
View the call here – https://fccdl.in/LVp86ur4f4
Virtual meetings — even impromptu ones sparked by fears of a contagion — can be run more effectively, using basic meeting best practices and easy-to-use, inexpensive technology.
District 35 is thrilled that we have a strong leadership team of Area and Division Directors that serve throughout the state of Wisconsin and UP Michigan. YOU ARE AWESOME!
Another option for online virtual meetings from District 108
Something to help with online meetings.
The District Leadership Team wants to make sure that our members are able to continue to grow and thrive while working thru the challenges we are all facing. Social distancing has impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives, including how we meet as a group.
If you want ideas on how you can continue to hold club meetings, join us on Sunday night at 7pm. The trio will host a conference call to talk through various meeting options and answer your questions about how to keep members engaged while maintaining social distance.
Dial-in number (US): (605) 475-4051
Access code: 165015#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/terimcgregor
Online meeting ID: terimcgregor
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/terimcgregor
Dial-in number (US): (605) 475-4051
Access code: 165015#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/terimcgregor
Online meeting ID: terimcgregor
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/terimcgregor
Stay updated on how Toastmasters International is handling the COVID-19 virus at the club, district and international levels. Updates will be posted regularly regarding the upcoming 2020 International Convention as well.
Email communication will go out to District 35 club officers and leaders later today regarding club meetings, Spring Convention, and upcoming speech contests.
The District Leadership team is working to find the best possible solutions and ask your patience as we continue to receive additional information.
TUESDAY’S TIP: Remind your members that District 35 awards a Triple Crown pin to a member when they earn three educational awards are earned in the same program year from World Headquarters. For example, when a member earns a Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 in the same program year, District 35 will award the Triple Crown pin to the member. (Any combination of three awards in the traditional program or Pathways qualifies).
Our Toastmaster members are awesome! Learning Pathways, earning educational awards, inviting guests to meetings, setting a positive example, and helping others grow . . . thank you for being part of District 35!
Talk It Up! Get your members excited about the District 35 Spring Convention. Will your club pass a motion allowing your Treasurer pay the club registration fee? Discuss the option of “holding a drawing” to reimburse a member’s lunch ticket for those who have earned an educational award. Be creative as you encourage members to take advantage of another learning opportunity! How do you promote the convention at your club?
This month, receive Pathways pointers to help you thrive through the education transition, watch a video with 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi as he shares the benefits of corporate clubs, listen to advice on how to connect at District conferences, be inspired by the story of a young member’s college graduation photo going viral, pack your virtual passport and view photos from around the globe in the Traveling Toastmaster gallery, and learn which female speakers motivate members for International Women’s Day.
TUESDAY’S TIP: Follow up with club members who did not renew their spring membership dues. Divide the list of members between your club officers and give them a personal call!