Scammers are Back

Dear fellow Toastmasters,

I’m sorry to inform you that the scammers are back. They are again attempting to connect you, your email and your cellphone number to go after your bank accounts or other sources of funds.

Patti Walter, DTM District Director ’23-’24

In the current scam, someone emails you and asks you if you’re available for a quick call… email me back and confirm your cellphone number, please? This email comes to you with my name on the bottom of the email, and if you’re not careful about double-checking the email address, you’ll think it really is from me. These emails have targeted club officers and district officers alike — be alert to these and other scams, and maybe watch Joe Audet’s presentation on common types of internet scams!

Fortunately, there is some positive news.

This year’s District Chief Judge Beth Van Kempen is available to answer all your questions about this year’s speech contest season, and how to run the Evaluation contest and the International Speech contest. You can watch her presentation on running contests as well, to help get you up to speed.

Bettyann Peck has also launched the sequence of Club Officer Training (COT) for the winter season of the Toastmasters Leadership Exchange (TLE). Clubs seeking recognition from the Distinguished Club Program will want to send their club officers to one or more of these sessions. Learn from other clubs and make friends with other officers, so your club can achieve this year!

I wish you all a great November, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our training events this winter!

In service to you all,

Patti Walter, DTM
District Director 2023-24