Obituary: Eugene Siemiatkoski

The leadership of District 53 Toastmasters is sad to report the death of Eugene Siemiatowski, on January 20, 2023. Brought into Windsor Toastmasters by his wife Wanda, Eugene was a regular competitor in District contests, and also served a term as an Area Director from time to time. He was an excellent professional chef and active in numerous other organizations besides Toastmasters.

His family will receive friends on Saturday, February 4, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., with a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m., at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. 

A more complete obituary can be found at the Carmon Funeral Home page.

Stephanie Roy Joins Website Team

Area 41 Director Stephanie Roy has joined the team that runs the District 53 website as a member of the editorial and authorship staff. Look for her byline on stories in the near future!

Stephanie Roy, Area Director
Stephanie Roy, Area 41 Director

Stephanie first heard of Toastmasters years ago from author and podcaster, Lewis Howes. Howes credits Toastmasters for a large part of his transformation from a washed-up football player to a Times best selling author and successful public speaker. Despite being inspired by his story, the timing wasn’t right for Stephanie to find a club, but the idea stayed rooted in the back of her mind.

Flash forward to the pandemic, Stephanie, like many of us, found herself with an unexpected amount of free time. As a self-admitted personal-growth-and-development junkie, she began searching for ways evolve her personal and professional skills. The idea of exploring Toastmasters resurfaced.

In October of 2020, Stephanie visited two clubs in her local area: Nathan Hale Toastmasters in Manchester, CT and Talk It Up Toastmasters in Windsor, CT. (Fun aside: because everything was virtual, her first visit to Nathan Hale was actually while in California!) Both clubs had their own unique personality and culture, and she recognized the value in both. Ever the over-achiever, she joined not one, but both clubs officially on November 1st, 2020.

Since then, she has fallen in love with Toastmasters and raised her hand for as many opportunities as possible. She took on the role of President in both clubs for the 2021-2022 year. Because of the shifting landscape for all of us, both clubs lost their VPEs a few months into the year and she stepped in to take on those roles as well. She passed the baton as President for the 2022-2023 Toastmasters year, but stayed on as VPE and picked up the role of SAA in both clubs.

With eyes firmly set on earning her DTM, Stephanie is serving as Area 41 Director this year as well as donating her time as a Club Coach. She has completed the Persuasive Influence Pathway, as well as level four in both the Visionary Communication and Presentation Mastery Paths. She is serving on the District 53 Conference Committee for the second year in a row, assisting with Winter Officer Training, and FebFest. In addition, she will be offering the Youth Leadership Program for a group in the Manchester, CT area beginning in February.

Outside of Toastmasters, Stephanie has spent the last 20 years as an entrepreneur and teacher, specializing in building empowering, community oriented villages within brick and mortar business. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, she pursued a career as a professional martial arts instructor and quickly established herself as an integral part in the growth of the business.

For the past ten years, she has brought her integrator and systems building expertise to developing personal and professional consulting programs through Momentum Learning Systems, LLC, as well as founding several complementary businesses. Most notable is Questers’ Way, a brick and mortar center that fuses family, fun, learning, and food into an integrated facility that empowers the community to learn and grow together.

Stephanie looks forward to bringing you news from Division D. Watch for her upcoming reports on FebFest and Winter Officer Training highlights!

SpringBoard into action - logo for 2023 Annual Conference

Register for the D53 Spring Conference!

May 6, 2023

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, Springfield, MA & Online

 SPRINGBoard to Success

Conference Registration Is Live!

Get the Early Bird discounted rate for a limited time!  Rate ends April 7, 2023.

Register here.


Call For Presenters still open!

Want to get out of your comfort zone? Share your knowledge with your fellow Toastmasters!
Deadline to submit: February 15, 2023

For information, topic suggestions, directions and the online submission go to https://d53tm.org/spring-2023-conference-call-for-presenters.  

Miss the CFP Q&A Session? Check out the recording here.

Presenters must attend in person.


Stay in touch with conference happenings at the District 53 Conference Page.

Open House: Talk It Up Toastmasters

Talk It Up Toastmasters Club #8045, will sponsor an Open House on Thursday, 16 February 2023, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm online. (Calendar)

You can find them here on Toastmastersclubs.org or on Find-a-Club at Toastmasters.org

Please contact Steve McGuinness, VPPR, for additional information: stevensnewemail@gmail.com

Spring 2023 Conference Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters

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! 

Submission information:

Deadline to submit: February 15, 2023
Notification Date:  by March 1, 2023


Submissions must be via our online Presenter Proposal Form below.

You can watch a Q&A Session from January 12 about presenting.

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
  • Being A Published Author
  • Podcasting
  • Membership Challenges
  • Pathways.  Topics including:
    • For Officers and Advanced Learning
    • Benefits of Pathways – A Roadmap, Tutorial, etc.
    • Overcoming Challenges of Pathways

Please refer to the Toastmasters District 53 2023 Conference CFP Directions before submitting. The application is in the directions!

Contact Richard May, MS5, VC3, Education Chair at ConfEduChair@d53tm.org if you have questions.