Q2 Education Awards for 2023-2024

Award Name Club
PWMENTORPGM 07470435 – Name unavailable Hartford HealthCare Central Region Toastmasters Club
  Beatriz Heredia, DL4 Hartford HealthCare Central Region Toastmasters Club
  Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
  Laura Prior, DL2 Hartford HealthCare Central Region Toastmasters Club
  Robert Knapp, IP5 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Simone Brooks, DL5 Empire Toastmasters
DTM John Murray, DTM Capital Toastmasters of Albany
  Leslie Bryce, DTM Kingston-Rhinebeck Toastmasters Club
DL5 Melinda M. Burns, DTM Toastmasters Lunchtime Club
  Simone Brooks, DL5 Empire Toastmasters
EC5 Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
  Ute Brinkmann, DTM Eagle Club
EH5 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
IP5 Kristev Hildenbrandt, IP5 Empire Toastmasters
  Robert Knapp, IP5 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
LD5 Stephanie A. Roy, EC2 Talk It Up Toastmasters
MS5 Tanya Bramble, MS5 Henry Hudson Club
PI5 Richard May, PI5 Henry Hudson Club
PM5 Frank H. Frazar, PM5 One State Street Toastmasters
TC5 Sugan Kumar, DTM One State Street Toastmasters
DL4 07398523 – Name unavailable Clifton Park Halfmoon Toastmasters Club
  Melinda M. Burns, DTM Toastmasters Lunchtime Club
EC4 Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
  Stephen Gondek, EC4 Farmington Club
EH4 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Jennifer Tyes, EH4 Travelers Noontime Toastmasters
IP4 Amy E. Mackenzie, IP4 The Bureaucrats Toastmasters Club
  Kenneth Morrison, IP4 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Vaughan I. Banfield, IP4 The Bureaucrats Toastmasters Club
LD4 Kris Bailey, LD4 NYISO Toastmasters
  Stephanie A. Roy, EC2 Talk It Up Toastmasters
MS4 Tanya Bramble, MS5 Henry Hudson Club
PM4 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Annemarie Senol, PM4 Bethel Toastmasters
  Damien Morales, PM4 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Sarita B. Patel, PM4 Speakeasy Toastmasters Club
SR4 Eliza Yuliana Zubaidy, DTM New England Advanced Toastmasters
  Elizabeth Keeling, SR4 NYISO Toastmasters
TC4 Catherine K. Burch, DTM Saratoga Turf Talkers
VC4 Cynthia White, VC4 Taconic Toastmasters
DL3 07070764 – Name unavailable West Hartford Toastmasters Club
  Scott Mason, DL3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
EC3 06546117 – Name unavailable Talk It Up Toastmasters
  Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
  Mark E. Wing, EC3 Toastmasters of Downtown Springfield, MA
  Stephen Gondek, EC4 Farmington Club
EH3 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Frank L. Palmeri, EH5 NYS Forum Toastmasters
  Jennifer Tyes, EH4 Travelers Noontime Toastmasters
  Kevin P. Shannon, DTM Southern Dutchess Toastmasters
IP3 Carley Heck, IP3 Pfizer Flying Toasters Toastmasters Club
  Chris Connor, IP3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
  Kenneth Morrison, IP4 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Stefan Brooks, IP3 Capital Toastmasters of Albany
LD3 Ana Primeau, LD4 Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
  Jacqueline Kessler, LD3 Bethlehem Toastmasters
  Paula Zajac, LD3 Cedar Hill Toastmasters Club
  Stephanie A. Roy, EC2 Talk It Up Toastmasters
MS3 Tanya Bramble, MS5 Henry Hudson Club
PI3 Courtney Haedke, PI3 New Dawn
PM3 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  05263755 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  07754118 – Name unavailable Global Toasters
  Bettyann Peck, DTM Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
  Brian Holden, PM3 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Christa M. Walsh, PM3 Saratoga Turf Talkers
  Damien Morales, PM4 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Robert Taiman, PM3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
SR3 Elizabeth Keeling, SR4 NYISO Toastmasters
TC3 Jennifer Cimilluca, DTM Norwich Toastmasters
VC3 Jim Parsons, DTM Capital Advanced Toastmasters
  Joseph C. Boninti, VC3 Hubbell Shelton Toastmasters
  Robert Winslow, VC3 Niantic Toastmasters Club
DL2 01678250 – Name unavailable Valley-Shore Club
  07292993 – Name unavailable GE Schenectady Speakers Club
  David Speranza, DL2 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Scott Mason, DL3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
EC2 Mark E. Wing, EC3 Toastmasters of Downtown Springfield, MA
  Stephen Gondek, EC4 Farmington Club
  Tracey M. Wilkins, EC2 Bethlehem Toastmasters
EH2 01954116 – Name unavailable Southern Dutchess Toastmasters
  03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Jennifer Tyes, EH4 Travelers Noontime Toastmasters
  Joe Paul, EH2 iToast
  Kevin P. Shannon, DTM Southern Dutchess Toastmasters
  Oscar Romero, EH2 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
IP2 01112075 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Cathleen Kittle, IP2 NYS Forum Toastmasters
  Chris Connor, IP3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
  Danette Fitzgerald, IP2 Eagle Club
  Matthew Storms, IP3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
LD2 Ana Primeau, LD4 Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
  Jacquelyn Kingsley, LD2 New Dawn
  Stephanie A. Roy, EC2 Talk It Up Toastmasters
MS2 Daniel Terrell, MS2 Mystic Aquarium Toastmasters
  Terry R. Goodemote, DTM North Country Club
PI2 Amy Chiu, SR1 Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Courtney Haedke, PI3 New Dawn
PM2 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  07754118 – Name unavailable Global Toasters
  07886640 – Name unavailable Dutchess County Toastmasters
  67513566 – Name unavailable GE Niskayuna Toastmasters Club
  Brent Hesse, PM2 Inspira Marketing Toastmasters
  Christa M. Walsh, PM3 Saratoga Turf Talkers
  Damien Morales, PM4 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Jennifer Phillips, PM2 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  KEVIN M. FERRAROTTI, PM2 Hartford HealthCare Central Region Toastmasters Club
  Paul Tanner, PM2 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
SR2 David Kolman, DTM GE Schenectady Speakers Club
  Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
  Jeremy Dubay, SR2 Bethlehem Toastmasters
TC2 Kristev Hildenbrandt, IP5 Empire Toastmasters
VC2 Bettyann Peck, DTM Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
  Jim Parsons, DTM Bethlehem Toastmasters
DL1 02643838 – Name unavailable GE Schenectady Speakers Club
  Andreea Rotaru, DL1 NE Toastmasters
  Brett L. Kessler, DL2 Bethlehem Toastmasters
  Charlie Huang, DL1 Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  David Speranza, DL2 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Emily M. Spaulding, DL1 Hubbell Shelton Toastmasters
  Scott Mason, DL3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
EC1 Kevin F. Finn, DTM Cedar Hill Toastmasters Club
  Mark E. Wing, EC3 Toastmasters of Downtown Springfield, MA
  Sarah Sirignano, EC1 Stag Toastmasters Club
  Thomas Farrelly, DTM Hubbell Shelton Toastmasters
EH1 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  03810046 – Name unavailable Southern Dutchess Toastmasters
  Jennifer L. Sheringham, EH1 Capital Toastmasters of Albany
  Matthew Duzniewski, EH1 iToast
  Megan M. Long, EH1 North Country Club
  Normand C. Thibodeau, DTM UnitedHealth Group Club
  Oscar Romero, EH2 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
IP1 01112075 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Kevin Houlihan, IP1 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
  Lauran Woods, IP1 Stag Toastmasters Club
  Matthew Storms, IP3 West-Conn Toastmasters Club
  Richard Kornitsky, IP1 NE Toastmasters
LD1 Abigail Burson, LD1 Nathan Hale Club
  Ana Primeau, LD4 Park City Toastmasters of Stratford
  Jacquelyn Kingsley, LD2 New Dawn
  John Murray, DTM Capital Toastmasters of Albany
MS1 67555086 – Name unavailable iToast
  Katherine Curtis, MS1 Farmington Club
  Michael Somma, MS1 Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Molly Hayward, DTM Stag Toastmasters Club
PI1 Amy Chiu, SR1 Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  Tanner Jones, PI1 Bethlehem Toastmasters
PM1 03117924 – Name unavailable Greater Stamford Toastmasters
  07889375 – Name unavailable Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  67487174 – Name unavailable Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  67513831 – Name unavailable Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Christa M. Walsh, PM3 Saratoga Turf Talkers
  Damien Morales, PM4 Dutchess County Toastmasters
  Denise DiNoto, PM1 Fort Orange Toastmasters
  Jennifer Phillips, PM2 Medtronic North Haven Toastmasters
  Juan G. Lastra febles, PM1 KAPL Toastmasters Club
SR1 Donna Peterson, SR2 New Dawn
VC1 David S. Freedman, DTM Henry Hudson Club
  Diane Ploch, VC1 New Dawn

Mastering Communication: Why Your Toastmasters Email Matters

Many of us joined Toastmasters in an effort to become comfortable with public speaking. Along our journeys, we learn that Toastmasters helps us become better communicators overall. Today, we are confronted with many modes of communication, and one of the tried and true methods over the past couple of decades is email. Email is the primary mode of communication between Toastmasters International and you, District 53 and you, and many clubs and their members. An email address also serves as half of your Toastmasters International account credentials. This is particularly crucial for accessing associated websites.

Losing access to an email address can quickly disrupt communication, making it challenging to be notified of opportunities and restricting your access to your Toastmasters education records. In this post, I would like to encourage you to consider changing to a personal email address for your Toastmasters email if you are using a work-assigned address. Additionally, I encourage you to check your spam/junk folders to ensure that communication from Toastmasters International, District 53, and your club are not getting trapped in those folders.

Now, let’s explore several benefits of using a personal email address for your Toastmasters correspondence.

1. This safeguards your ability to access education records, even if you no longer have a connection with the company providing your email account. Having a network of other Toastmasters may help you land another opportunity or at the very least help you continue to prepare for future interviews.

2. Using a personal email address ensures you have privacy over your professional development from an employer. A corporate account is company-owned and may be reviewed by management.

3. It can offer you personal branding by choosing a vanity domain address, or how your username and signature are displayed. This can set you apart and show others your involvement with Toastmasters and commitment to personal growth.

4. It ensures that you have control over accessing news from Toastmasters International and District 53. Both sources provide many opportunities to continue your growth such as news of upcoming training, or interesting articles with valuable insights.

We’ve noticed when sending out District 53 news that some company accounts are completely blocking our newsletters. It may be difficult to convince IT departments to adjust firewall settings to allow newsletters to flow in. Many personal address providers such as Gmail allow all subscribed information to flow in but may filter to promotion or spam folders. In these scenarios, a simple search will enable access to the email, and it can then be marked ‘safe’ for inbox delivery in the future.

Uninterrupted access to this information is helpful to you, and your club, which benefits each of the members, “you”.

As you continue your Toastmasters journey, consider the power of a personal email address — a gateway to uninterrupted education, a shield of privacy, personal branding, and a key to unlocking Toastmasters communications. Take control, update your Toastmasters profiles, and share the wisdom with your Toastmasters friends and peers.

Stay Cyber Safe

Dear Members of District 53 Toastmasters,

We heavily rely on emails for communication, especially within our Toastmasters family. Cyber threats plague us everywhere from Social Media hacks that overtake profiles and various tried and true promises of inheriting wealth from foreign princes. Various email scams are referred to as phishing, these are attempts to gain access to financial resources. Such as asking for Bank Account numbers and other personal information or requests to make purchases. Regrettably, the latter recently occurred in our community. I would like to use this space to help you be diligent within your Toastmasters correspondence and elsewhere.

Our recent incident was a phishing attempt that began with an innocent email asking the recipient for a favor or a few minutes of time. A reply then progressed into requests for the purchase of gift cards. Toastmasters officers will never request the purchase of gift cards via email. Furthermore, in compliance with our bylaws, the purchase of non-Toastmasters’ gift cards is strictly prohibited. This same phishing attempt has been deployed all over the world in each Toastmasters district.

How to Identifying Potential Phishing Attempts

Here are best practices for identifying potential phishing attempts:

  1. Check the Sender’s Email Address: Examine the sender’s email address closely. Beware of addresses that appear suspicious or mismatched. Do you have the sender in your contacts, or a previous email which can be compared to the recently received message?
  2. Examine the Content: Phishing emails often contain spelling or grammatical errors, an urgent tone, or vague requests for personal information or financial transactions.
  3. Verify Links and Attachments: Hover over any links before clicking on them. Ensure they lead to legitimate websites. Do not download attachments unless you are certain of the sender’s authenticity. Do not click on any suspicious links.
  4. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off about an email, trust your instincts. If you suspect a message is a phishing attempt, take precautions. Reach out to the recipient with a new email, or better alternatives such as text and phone calls.

What to Do When You Encounter Phishing Attempts

In the event, you identify a potential phishing email:

  1. Do Not Respond: Avoid responding to the email or clicking on any links within it.
  2. Report the Incident: Notify your club officers immediately. If necessary, escalate the issue following the chain of command – Area Director, Division Director, and finally, District Officers.
  3. Educate Fellow Toastmasters: Share your experience with your fellow club members, encouraging them to remain vigilant.

External Resources for Further Information

For more information on recognizing and combating phishing attempts, review these sources:

  1. Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC offers guidance on recognizing and reporting phishing scams on their website: FTC Phishing Scams.
  2. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): CISA provides valuable insights into protecting against phishing attacks: CISA’s Phishing and Spoofing.

In Conclusion

By familiarizing yourself with these best practices, you can protect yourself and your fellow members from phishing attempts.

Stay safe and informed.

Our District’s Facebook Page and Group: What’s the Difference?

Toastmasters District Facebook Page vs. Your Facebook Group: What’s the Difference?

District 53, like many other districts, has both a Facebook page and a Facebook group. We plan to utilize these resources differently when promoting our members, clubs, and the district as a whole. As the PRM, I worked with our Social Media Chair, Heather Turner, to rename our Facebook group. The new name helps us all to better identify it as a group and distinguish it from the Facebook page. Our group is now named “D53 Toastmasters – A Place to Share,” while our page is called “District 53 Toastmasters.”

So, what’s the difference between the two?

The Toastmasters district Facebook page is a public page. Anyone can view our district’s Toastmasters page, regardless of membership. District leadership will share news, upcoming events (such as open houses), resources, and achievements of clubs and members. We encourage readers to like and share our posts to help spread our message.

The District Facebook group. Group members can view and engage with posts. This is a great place to connect with other club members, ask questions, receive feedback on speeches, and support each other in their public speaking journeys. We will also share upcoming events here that are intended for members of the District. If you are not a member, please follow the link below to join and participate.

So, which one should you use?

In short, both! If you want to stay up-to-date on District 53 news and events that are relevant to your Toastmasters journey, join our group. If you have news and events that may be of interest to the public, reach out to me and our social media team to publish a post on the District page.

On a Toastmasters Note,

Zachary Fisk prm@d53tm.org

Heather Turner socialmedia@d53tm.org

My Goals as D53 Public Relations Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Zachary Fisk and I’m the new Toastmasters District Public Relations Manager for District 53. I’m excited to be a part of this organization and I’m committed to helping us achieve our goals.

As the District Public Relations Manager, my goals are to:

  • Increase awareness of Toastmasters in our district and beyond
  • Promote the benefits of Toastmasters to potential members
  • Generate positive publicity for Toastmasters
  • Build relationships with the media and other community organizations

I believe that Toastmasters is an amazing organization that can help people improve their communication and leadership skills. I’m committed to using my skills and experience to help us reach more people and make a positive impact in our community.

Some of the specific strategies I plan to use to achieve my goals include:

  • Having a Public Relations page on the District website.
  • Creating and distributing press releases about Toastmasters events and activities
  • Writing articles and blog posts about the benefits of Toastmasters
  • Using our Facebook pages more effectively.
  • Developing social media content that highlights the work of our members
  • Partnering with local businesses and organizations to promote Toastmasters
  • Attending community events to represent Toastmasters

I’m confident that with the support of our members, we can achieve our goals.

If you have any ideas on how I can achieve my goals, please don’t hesitate to contact me at prm@d53tm.org. I’m always looking for ways to improve and I appreciate your feedback.

I also ask:

I’m excited to get started on my new role as Toastmasters District Public Relations Manager. I’m committed to helping us achieve our goals.

Thank you for your time.