Can you believe that it is already November? In less than 2 short months we will be into 2023. Where did the time go?
I wanted to share what is happening with Program Quality.
Officer Training: (open to all) Thanks to the help of Chad Babcock. Stephanie Roy and Mohan Padamati, officer training dates will be rolled out shortly. The winter sessions will be 2.5 hours long. We will be offering shorter lunchtime sessions for those of us that find it easier to meet during the day and not at night or weekends. We will also be including different electives this time around for our longer termed officers.
Conference: SAVE the Date: May 6th. David Freedman, Janice Dimock and their team is busy getting our conference planned out. Be on the lookout for more information regularly, including our great keynote speaker, location, pricing and list of presenters. This promises to be a great networking and fun-filled program for all Toastmasters in the District.
Contests: The contest season is upon us. We will be hosting the International Speech Contest as always, and the Tall Tales Contest will be our secondary contest.. Area contests will be held on line between Jan 16h and March 15th and Division Contests will be hybrid between March 16th and April 16th. Area and Divisions Directors will be sharing dates as they are finalized. We will also include them on the Contest Page and District Calendar. Keep coming back to find out more. Division contests will be held during our Conference.
Also remember we have other monthly events going on such as MMEP and Officer Forums. Dates and details can be found in our monthly newsletter and on this website calendar. (Note: if you are not receiving our monthly newsletter, please let me know so we can add you to the list. firstname.lastname@example.org.
To close all these events are here to help our members and our district. It takes a village. Please be a villager and help us grow our district. There are many volunteer opportunities open and we will work around the time commitment you have to offer.
Sincerely, Patti Walter D53 Program Quality Director, 2022-2023
District 53 Toastmasters is delighted to announce the names of the members of the District Conference Committee for the Spring 2023 Conference, “SPRINGBoard to Success”, to be held in Springfield, Massachusetts during the weekend of May 5-7, 2023.
More information on the Conference Committee’s members and their responsibilities will be forthcoming on the Conference 2023 tab, shortly.
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Toastmasters District 53 Conference. The application for presenters is in the District 53 Conference CFP Directions to prepare for your application and to maximize your chances for selection. Presenters must attend in person.
A link to the online submission form is provided at the bottom as well as at the end of the document. Good luck!
Deadline to submit: January 31, 2023 Notification Date: by March 1, 2023
Submissions must be via our online Presenter Proposal Form below.
Submissions must include a headshot and video.
ABOUT OUR CONFERENCE & EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
Our theme is “SPRINGBoard to Success”. While you are not required to incorporate the theme into your presentation, we encourage it. We are soliciting proposals and looking for topics such as:
Insightful Ways to Achieve Educational Goals
Embracing Change with a Positive Attitude
Creating a Positive Club Environment
Engaging Experienced Members
Being a Toastmaster in the age of social media, influencing and technology
Mentors Matter: The Role of a Mentoring Program
Cross Cultural Communications
Cross Generational Communications
Club Community Outreach
Strategies on Rebuilding clubs
Hybrid meetings – Technical Challenges & How to Overcome
First and foremost, I am grateful to the members of the District Council: District Executive Committee and club Presidents and Vice-presidents: for their participation in the Fall Business Meeting of October 27. Participation was so robust that we easily met quorum. Well done! All business items, including annual budget, District Success Plan, 2021-2022 audit report, and the roster of appointed officers, were adopted with comfortable margins.
The District 53 Trio recognizes and thanks the functionaries who made the meeting run so smoothly and on time. These functionaries include Timekeepers Selina Tourjee and Silva Abadjian, as well as Zoom Masters Steve Lanning and Rick May. District Administrative Manager Norm Thibodeau kept us all on track with displays, meeting scripts, and ballots. Without these engaged Toastmasters, the meeting would not have been possible.
I am instituting a monthly “Coffee Hour with the District Director.” This will be every second Saturday, November, 2022 through June, 2023, from 8:30 to 9:30. Here is the link to copy and paste in your browser:
Finally, this is a great time of the year to revisit, review, and revise your Club Success Plans (CSPs). Are your goals for your club realistic? Do they reflect your members’ interests? Do they support your club’s growth and vitality? Club officers can work with their Area Directors in creating or modifying a CSP that will result in a vibrant program for your members. Be sure to reach out to your Area Director for their support. They are anxious to assist you in succeeding.
In true Toastmasters fashion, Tom Farrelly, PM-5, IP-5, has accepted an appointment to the role of District Parliamentarian. Tom will step into the role immediately, providing procedural guidance at the Fall Business Meeting later this fall in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. It is during this business meeting that his appointment will be ratified.
Please join me in congratulating Tom Farrelly, District 53 Parliamentarian.
I interrupt my usual bi-monthly schedule to report some sad news.
Sam Young, DTM, and distinguished member of the District 53 community — a frequent flier among District officers including serving in the present term as Area 43 Director in Division D, the long-serving District Parliamentarian, a Club Mentor and Sponsor or Coach for several clubs, a regular voice and face at District conferences and officer training events — has died unexpectedly at home after a brief illness.
Sam was a great soul and mentor to many of us, and it’s a great loss to this organization and to our community. Sam was an anchor and a rock of support to so many District leaders in the last few years, and he will be deeply missed.
There are three things that I wish to communicate with you. Interestingly, they are interrelated.
Of immediate urgency is a phishing scheme that is currently being perpetrated on some other districts across the globe. I have posted a screenshot of the phishing letter at right. This communication purports to be sent by District Directors to the Toastmasters of their districts, soliciting funds through the purchase of gift cards. To be absolutely clear, if you receive one of these solicitations, do not respond to it. Do not forward it. Delete it. Do not purchase gift cards in response to it. Additionally, know that Districts are not permitted to spend your funds on gift cards other than to the Toastmasters store.
We do have other resources to access, though, and you as members have a say in how they get used! At the District 53 Fall Council Business Meeting, we’ll be examining the budget of District 53 for the 2022-23 program year. The Business Meeting will be conducted on Thursday, September 22, 6:30-9:30pm. Due to technical difficulties with the budget software and the District Success Plan, the Fall District Council Business meeting has been rescheduled to October 27, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. All Club Presidents and VPEs, and all DEC members (Division and Area Directors, and senior team) are expected to attend as voting representatives. The meeting is open to interested Toastmasters. On the agenda are the following items.
Approval of the May 2022 District Council meeting minutes.
Approval of the final 2021-2022 Financial Audit.
Approval of the 2022-2023 District Budget.
Approval of the 2022-2023 District Success Plan (DSP).
Confirmation of appointed 2022-2023 District Officers.
How do we get money for the District Budget? A portion of your bi-annual dues come back to the District to pay for the programs, services, and incentives that we offer to each member and all clubs in our District. When you pay your dues on time, it helps us maintain the services your club’s officers draw on to fulfill your club mission, and the mission ff the whole organization! The October 1 Membership Renewal Campaign helps make sure Dues arrive at World Headquarters (WHQ) by this date. Club Growth Director Bettyann Peck has put together an exciting incentive package to reward those clubs who attain certain paid membership levels by the Earlybird date of September 15. Check the District Newsletter that was sent out on August 29. If you are a gmail user, and cannot locate the newsletter in the Inbox, check the Promotions folder.
In Toastmasters service, John J. Hogan, DTM D53 District Director 2022-2023