District 53 has appointed a Chief Judge for the 2022-2023 contest season.
Andrew B. Watt, DTM will serve in this role until and unless a member of his club disqualifies him from contest participation. Questions may be directed to him.
With regard to Rule 3.B.3 and 3.B.4 in the Toastmasters Contest Rulebook 2022-2023, the District has decided that only one (1) contestant from each contest at club, Area, or Division will advance to the next level of competition, regardless of whether that contestant is the winner or the runner-up.
All contests at Area level and above must be held, even if there is only one (1) contestant competing, in order to ensure that minimum and maximum time rules are respected.
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. Only members of Toastmasters District 53 will be considered unless specifically invited. Although this conference is hybrid (in-person & online), 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: February 15, 2023 Notification Date: by March 1, 2023
Submissions must be via our online Presenter Proposal Form below.
District 53 held its Table Topics contest on the evening of May 5, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
In the District Table Topics contest, contestants from each Division in the District are given the same question with no advance preparation, and try to respond with a 1-2 minute speech that has a beginning, middle, and end and reaches a definite conclusion. Each contestant has advanced from a specific club in District 53, and arrives at the stage after competing at the Area level against 3-4 other clubs, and the Division level competing against contestants from four other Areas. The District Table Topics Contest is the highest level of competition in this speech contest type; Toastmasters International also has the International Speech Contest, which advances through three more levels beyond the District level (Regional Quarterfinals, International Semifinals, and the World Championship of Public Speaking).
The question was:
The theme of World Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest In our Planet Earth’. What have you done, OR what will you plan to do in the future, to “Invest In Our Planet Earth”?
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.