Area Contests Are Happening Near You!

Fellow Toastmasters,

Are you enjoying the whirlwind?  Not the icy winds of winter, those fantastic, energizing whirlwinds that are speech contests!

In the next three weeks, all area contests will be conducted, and our Area Directors need your help as judges and functionaries.  Take the training, the When You Are the Judge video, and volunteer for these roles at upcoming events — so you can grow as a better judge of speakers.

When You Are the Judge“, a webinar on judging from Toastmasters District 53 (click if video not visible)

After that, the division contests will take place, and some have already been scheduled (see below).  If you’ve been a judge at the Area level, that may help qualify you to be a judge at the Division level… so volunteer and grow again.

The speech contests do not end at the division level, come observe (and volunteer for) the District 53 Speech Contests on May 10-11, 2024. The District 53 Evaluation Speech Contest is on Friday, May 10th in the evening and is a bonus (free) event for the May 11th Annual Conference!  The District 53 International Speech Contest will take place at the Annual Conference on May 11th in the afternoon. Register now for the conference! 

You can see the division and district speech contests taking shape by viewing the area and division results pages.  Instead of being drained by the wintry winds, come to speech contests at the area, division, and district levels — be invigorated by the brilliant warmth of this year’s contestants!

Yours in Toastmasters service,
Beth Van Kempen
District 53 Chief Judge, 2023-2024

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.


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 if you have questions.