World Headquarters advises us that the www.toastmasters.org website will be down for the following periods of time, due to extended testing:
May 5 – May 17: You will not be able to submit education awards through Club Central. You can submit awards by submitting to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org up to May 17. No awards can be submitted for any reason between May 18 and May 22. World Headquarters believes that processing should resume on May 23.
May 5 – May 22: The Toastmasters Online Store is unavailable and product orders cannot be accepted; this includes DTM awards and print paths. Path purchases will not be available either, nor can membership applications be processed. Membership application processing resumes on May 23.
May 18-May 22: All services that require login to the website will be unavailable: this includes District Central, Club Central, your Profile, your Base Camp, and the Speechcraft Gateway. Please download any resources you need before May 18.
May 21-May 22: The enter Toastmasters.org website will be down, with a maintenance page indicating a temporary closure for anyone who visits the website.
During the period from May 18 to May 23, each club’s Addendum of Standard Club Options — the part of your club’s constitution that includes your dues structure, inactive member fees, meeting times and places, and additional officers beyond the traditional seven — will undergo an update. On May 23, this form will then be blank, with new options. Accordingly:
Please gather the data for your club before May 18. Any club officer can do this.
After May 23, re-input the data, or
hold a business meeting of your club to renew this information.
Website login access is unavailable; any information/documents you wish to access that require logging in will not be accessible.
This includes District Central, Club Central, Base Camp, and the Speechcraft Gateway. Access will be restored on May 9. Here are some specific items to consider downloading/saving prior to temporarily losing access on May 4:
Reports in support of the District Council meeting and credential process—District Membership Report, District Club Officer Report, and District Council Report
Leads and prospective club contacts
Club Officer Training (COT) and Area Director Club Visit Reports (ADCVR)
Membership applications and payments will not be processed.
April 24 is the last date for any membership payments to be submitted online through Club Central. April 20 is the last day for membership applications and payments that were received by email and postal mail to be processed. If received after these dates, processing will resume on May 9.
Toastmasters Online Store is unavailable and product orders cannot be accepted; this includes DTM awards and print paths.
Please submit District supply orders prior to April 5, especially if the items are needed for an upcoming District Conference. Any orders submitted after this date will be held and processed beginning May 9, when normal order functionality resumes.
Reverend Odell Montgomery Cooper, an Influential Leader, Communicator, Speaker, and Courageous Motivator, has been chosen as the District 53 Communication and Leadership award recipient which will be to be presented at the C&L Luncheon being held at our District Conference May 15, 2022.
Reverend Cooper has been active in communities in Connecticut, helped serve the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities and has been actively breaking the stigma on mental health.
Reverend Cooper is the founder and Executive Director of Interruptions Disrupting the Silence, LLC, which is dedicated to advocating for Mental Health, Gun Violence and Social Justice issues that impact communities of color. Reverend Cooper is the author of, “Interruptions Disrupting the Silence,” which includes a companion peer-to-peer mental health program for emotional wellness. She is the co-host of the “Interruptions” podcast, a motivational life coach, speaker, and trauma healing facilitator. She serves on the boards of Elm City National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), CT Violence Intervention Prevention (CTVIP) and Congregations Organized for a New CT (CONECT).
Join us at the Toastmasters District 53 2022 Conference on May 14, 2022, at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT and hear Rev Odell Montgomery Cooper’s lunchtime remarks.
Keynote: Speech Maps – The essential tool to plan and deliver any speech After many years of speaking and membership of Toastmasters, Stuart realized that most speakers still make a fundamental mistake that significantly hinders their ability to create and deliver good speeches. Using Speech Maps require rethinking what a speech is, and can provide the clarity you need to create and deliver a great speech. Stuart used a Speech Map to win the District 31 International Speech Contest in 2020.
General Session: How do you get great speech ideas? Do you ever have empty speaker slots at your club meetings? Do you or your club members ever struggle to think of speaking topics? Do your speech topics not engage audiences as much as you wish? This session will give you all the tools you need to identify the perfect material for your speeches.
Bio: About Stuart: Stuart is a member of Foxboro Achievers and has been a Toastmaster in District 31 for 11 years. He has won the District 31 International Speech Contest 6 times. In 2012, he came 3rd in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. This Spring Stuart will be publishing his book Last Minute Speaking – A Survival Toolkit which helps anyone survive giving a speech and become a better speaker. Stuart is passionate about public speaking and creativity and more information can be found at his website stuartpink.com.