This Week’s News

February 6, 2023

Wednesday February 8, 2023 - Club Officer Training

District Club Officer Training hosted by Divisions C & N

Wednesday February 15, 2023 - District Leadership Nomination Deadline

Deadline to Submit Nominations for 2023-24 District Leadership Nominations

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - Area N1, N2, N3 & D2 Speech Contests

Combined Area N1, N2, & N3 Virtual Speech Contests

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - Area F1, F2 & F3 Speech Contests

Combined Area F1, F2, & F3 Virtual Speech Contests

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Area B2, B3 & D3 Speech Contests

Combined Area B2, B3, & D3 Virtual Speech Contests

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Club Support Seminar

Club Support Seminar presented by Jim Vitrano. Topic: Corporate Club Membership Strategies

District Leadership Nomination Deadline Extended

District Leadership nomination deadline has been extended to February 15, 2023.  Nominate yourself or another qualified Toastmaster by emailing the required forms to DLC Chair, Keith Cumiskey at wgamer4159@att.net.  Information about the elected positions and the nomincation process can be found here

Winter Club Officer Training

Additional officer training sessions will be available throughout February.  Click on each link for an agenda and a link to register.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 (Hybrid)

*Note:  If your club has had any updates to the club officer roster, be sure to submit those changes to Toastmasters International via Club Central.

Did you attend training and want to confirm that your attendance has been recorded?  Click here.
Did you attend training but did not yet submit your attendance?  Click here

Contest Season is Here!!

This year District 35 will be holding the Tall Tales Contest as well as the International Speech Contest. 

For more information, and a one-stop location for contest resources & training see: https://district35.org/speech-contest-resources/

Area Contests are now underway!  Make sure to work with your Area Director to ensure your contestants’ information is passed on to the Area level in time for the Area Contest and that your club’s contestants are eligible and able to compete at your Area contests.  Join us at the Area contests.  

Don’t forget your club’s contestants must remain eligible at all levels of the contests; it’s never too early to start collecting dues from your club members for the April renewals period.  To ensure your clubs contestants are eligible and that your club is also in good standing.

Are you interested in contests but not ready yet for competition?  We need many volunteers to help execute the contests at the Area and Division levels.  We would love to have your help.  If you are interested in helping out at a contest please reach out to your Area or Division Director.  For information about each contest, click on the links below that correspond with your Area &/or Division.  

Area Contests:
B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3 C4 D1 D2 D3 F1 F2 F3 N1 N2 N3
Division Contests:
A B C D E F N

Contest Formats & Timelines

  • Area Contests will be held virtually 1/16/2023  – 2/28/2023
  • Division Contests will be hybrid 3/1/2023 – 4/15/2023
  • District Contests will be hybrid in conjunction with the 2023 D35 Spring Conference at the Abbey Resort near Lake Geneva
    • Tall Tales – Friday 5/5/2023
    • International – Saturday 5/6/2023

Help Wanted: Club Sponsors & Mentors

Attention fellow Toastmasters of District 35!

We have a couple of clubs that we’re working through the charter process this year, and we’re compiling a list of Toastmasters interested in serving as a sponsor or mentor.  

If you’re not familiar with these roles:

A SPONSOR typically helps with the demo meeting, but more importantly they’re responsible for helping with the organization meeting, getting the club’s paperwork in order, and getting the club through the charter process.  Club Sponsor fills one of the DTM requirements.

A MENTOR’s responsibility is to attend club meetings for the first six months or so and help provide insight, the benefit of experience, individual mentoring/coaching, etc.  Their job is to ensure that the hard work the SPONSOR puts in results in a successful, well-run club.  

If you have any interest in these roles, please reach out to Cllub Growth Director, Robert Wall (rswall@rswall.com).  We hope these new clubs are the first of many! 

Promotional Banner Now Available

Are you looking for a new way to promote your club?  If so, we have a tool for you.  The District is making promotional banners available to clubs!

This is a 2′ x 6′ banner, intended to be displayed on an x-frame banner stand.

If you’d like to have one of these for promoting your own club, there are two options:

  • Limited-Time Loan – The District will be ordering a small number of these as “loaners” (we anticipate at least one per division), which will feature the Toastmasters’ “Find a Club” link and a QR code linking to that webpage.

  • Free banner for your clubEach club is entitled to 1 free banner upon request.  Each club must purchase their own banner stand.  Here is a link to the stand on Amazon.   The link and QR code on your club’s banner will be customized to your club’s website.  

We’re excited for the promotional opportunities these banners open up!! If you have any interest in having one to display – either borrowed from the district or a custom-branded one of your own – please reach out to contact Club Growth Director, Robert Wall (rswall@rswall.com) to get the ball rolling.

The D35 annual Spring Conference will take place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2023.  This hybrid event will take place virtually via Zoom and in person at the Abbey Resort near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  This event will include all of your favorites.  We will have education sessions, keynote presentations, networking, speech contests, fun and recognition!  

The hotel room block is now open.  Make your reservations today!  For more details, click here.

We are looking for KEY volunteers.  Click here for information about how you can get involved to supoort this event.  

Would your company or local business want to sponsor the 2023 District 35 Spring Conference?  There are numerous opportunities available at all price levels.  We are looking for financial support, raffle basket items, welcome gifts for the first timers, and items for the registration packs for all in-person attendees.  Options for advertising in the program are also available.  For more information and pricing, click here.   

Questions?  Contact Spring Conference Chair, Kris Pool at Kris.Pool.DTM@gmail.com.  

Call for Newsletter Articles

If you have a story to share for the District’s Newsletter, reach out to Jennifer Young (jyoung55@wi.rr.com).  The Newsletter is published every other month and the next edition will be published in February.