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District 86 September 2021 Newsletter

Hello District 86 Members 2022-2023, here is information to help you and your club grow:
District Director's Message
Program  Quality Director's Message
Public Relations Manager, Message
District Finance Manager, Message

Parliamentarian, Message
Calendar of events
"Of The Year awards"
Open House Month
Blogworthy Posts

 
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Here is the information you need to successfully navigate timelines and District events for October 1 - November 15.


Link to Calendar for District 86 Toastmasters

 
Of the Year Awards and Recognition event

On the 23rd of October, it is time for the "Of the Year" Awards and recognition event

Although the entire year was virtual, we still had some outstanding members that embraced the technological world and made the best of it. It is time to recognize those members that exemplified what it is to be a Toastmaster. It is time to recognize the best of the best!  

The “Of the Year” awards event is our opportunity to highlight the outstanding work that some of our members have done throughout 2020-2021.  

The categories are as follows: 
  • Douglas Barclay Award 
  • Peter Crabtree President of the Year Award 
  • Area Director of the Year Award 
  • Division Director of the Year Award 
  • Publicist of the Year Award 
  • Tony Bratschitsch Club of the Year Award 
  • Club Coach of the Year Award 
  • Cindy Tate Toastmaster of the Year Award 
So hold the afternoon open for this special event and keep a lookout for future announcements

Date: October 23
Time: 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM
Did you know that Toastmaster International is helping you and your club to cut costs for online meetings through an agreement with Zoom?

Find out more about the offer by reading the article below




District86 has much to celebrate collectively and individually, as members develop through the Toastmasters Program
There are interactive educational sessions, resources, and tools to support you and your club. Visit District 86 Program Quality Team and District 86 Blogs for more information.  The Program Quality Team is here to support you!

 The key to success is a combination of experience and enthusiasm. 
Learn from Past International Presidents, Jim Kokocki, DTM, and Mohammed Murad, DTM as well as Past International Director Patrick Oei, DTM.



Want to increase Facebook engagement?

Your Facebook content is not about your club, it is about your audience - the people you want to reach
To increase the engagement you need to inform, educate, or entertain

Numbers have meaning,  the question is how do you present a financial or statistic report without the eyes of your audience glazing over and not paying attention to what you say because they do not relate to the numbers. Randy is letting you know how can you present the information so that people can relate

They can be pretty exciting! Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, our District conducts business at District Council meetings. For the past two years, these meetings have been held online.



Mentoring is a cornerstone of a quality club and offers benefits for members and clubs alike.
Take the chance to learn more about the Pathways Mentor Program

Date: October 14 
Time: 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM


     
How do you ensure your club is as successful as it can be. Learn more about how you can learn to take the pulse on your club using Moments of truth 

Date: October 17
Time: 7.00 PM to 8.15 PM

     
Are you new to Toastmasters? Need a little help and confidence crafting that first speech.
Or are you an old hand that just needs some inspiration?

This workshop will inspire you and show you how to complete your project in Pathways

Date: October 25
Time: 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM


      
 
It is time for the second round of Club Officer Training.
The training is valuable for all Club Officers and will help you and your club thrive and grow.

Date: November 13
Date: November 27

There will be more opportunities.
Look out for more information on the District website
The Club speech contest season is about to start again on Nov 1. This year we are competing in two contests International Speech Contest and Table Topis. 

There are some rule changes so make sure you are well-read when preparing this year's contests by downloading the new rulebook. 

To make life easier Toastmaster International also publish a document showing any rule changes since last year



          
 
Richard Lewis won the District 86 Table Topics contest, 2015. Table Topics can be stressful but Richard is sharing with us how we can learn to relax and enjoy Table Topics.
  • Confidence - Feel and display confidence, show enthusiasm, have a positive attitude, smile, and engage the audience with eye contact,
  • Respect the audience - Respect their time and refrain from inappropriate content,
  • Topic allowing, use humor – The audience wants to feel uplifted, and
  • Relax and have fun – Your subconscious will focus and find a story to engage the audience.

Open House Months


Getting back into the new Toastmaster Year why not re-introduce yourself and your club to the community? One of the best ways of doing that is to promote a special event and to invite the community to an Open House. September and October are Toastmaster Months.


 

Have you read the latest Blog on the District 86 website?


In addition to the blogs on our own district 86 webpage, there are thousands of blogs out there. If you find a blog or article that you think we as Toastmasters can benefit from please let us know. If it fits with the message we are trying to communicate it may be included in a later Newsletter.

Here are two interesting blogs for you to read

Why Should I Bother with Club Officer Training? What is in it for ME? 

Hybrid Meetings: Are They On Your Club Horizon? 



     
 
Is blogging worth it in 2021?

Yes, blogging is and will remain a strong marketing tool that allows you to tell the story about you or your club



 

Safeguard The Toastmaster Brand With These Tools & Resources

Read About the Toastmasters Brand »

District Director's Message, 

Myrna Barthe, DTM | districtdirector@toastmasters86.org 

On August 31, 2021, an email was sent to all Club Presidents regarding a Club Zoom Opportunity. 
Toastmasters International has partnered with Zoom to offer clubs a 50% discount on Zoom accounts.

Club Presidents were to complete a form and submit it to TI by September 10th in order to get a discount code for a Zoom account.  If the club already had a Zoom account they could still use the discount. 
Questions for clarification were raised with Toastmasters International

1.    Will this 50% be offered to the new clubs that charter this year?  

  • Absolutely! Our team is working on a process for that and will be communicated later on.

2.    Is this discount good for many years or just this year? 

  • WHQ’s intent is that it will be good for many years, but it will be good for as long as we have this promotion set up with Zoom.

3.    If a club doesn't complete the survey by the deadline of September 10th can they still be considered for a 50% Discount ZOOM account?


Myrna Barthe, DTM 
District Director
District 86, 2021 – 2022 

          

Program Quality Director's Message

Deridor Collier, DTM | programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org 

District 86 PQD September Newsletter

District 86 has much to celebrate collectively and individually, as members develop through the Toastmasters Program. Invest in your development by renewing your Toastmasters membership. Also, you must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing to be a contestant in the International Speech and Table Topics contests.

Pathways is a great experimental program; I encourage and implore you to continue your development and strive to complete the next Pathway level.
Haven't picked a path? Do so now, deliver your Icebreaker, and continue your personal development.
As you develop through Toastmasters, see what PQD award, incentive, and recognition you and/or your club can attain

District 86 recognizes and congratulates:

· All of District 86 Area and Division Directors for completing Area and Division Director training.

· District 86 had 123 Clubs with 4 or more Club Officers trained in Phase 1. This includes 45 Clubs that had all Club Officers trained.

· The PQD incentive for on-time administration by September 17th, 2021, was earned by 25 clubs.

· There were 318 completed Pathways levels by members of District 86.

· District 86 Triple Crown award (3 or more educational awards; Level 3, 4 or 5 in any path) was attained by 8 members.

· Three District 86 members attained their Distinguished Toastmaster Award; the highest honor a Toastmaster can achieve in Pathways.

There are interactive educational sessions, resources and tools to support you and your club. Visit District 86 Program Quality Team and District 86 Blogs for more information. The Program Quality Team is here to support you!

Deridor Collier, DTM 
Program Quality Director 
District 86, 2021 – 2022 

          

Two interesting Blogs for you to consider

Why Should I Bother with Club Officer Training? What is in it for ME? 

Hybrid Meetings: Are They On Your Club Horizon? 

Club Growth Director, Message

Brahm Memone, DTM | clubgrowthdirector@toastmasters86.org 

The key to success is a combination of experience and enthusiasm. 

The FB Live and zoom works op on How to Retain Members and Why You Should Collect Dues Early, organized by Club Growth Director, Brahme Memone, DTM, was a huge success.  The panel was planned with great attention to receive insightful inputs from past International Presidents, Jim Kokocki, DTM (2015-2016) and Mohammed Murad, DTM (2014-2015) as well as Past International Director Patrick Oei, DTM (2014-2016).  The experience of interacting with and receiving feedback from participants and district officers across Toastmasters International was truly enlightening and memorable 

The Panel discussed and offered practical solutions for the challenges the clubs face during renewals and how the District can support the members to continue their Toastmasters journey. The Pandemic has reduced our membership retention globally however District officers/Club officers can influence members through meticulous planning in retaining them. In line with this, the 5 key discussion points the panel deliberated on were as follows : 

1. How do you handle member inactivity for more than 3 weeks? 

2. Leaders are sellers of future vision; how can we paint the Vision? 

3. How can the club officers interact with members to enable taking care of their needs and to get early dues? 

4. How can concentrating on quality improve the quantity? 

5. How incentives & recognitions can help in membership retention and enhance the renewal process? 

We also had George Marshall, DTM and TM Nancy, from the participants, sharing their ideas on incentives and promotion measures for membership renewals. 

What are you waiting for?  To learn more, please check out the video! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myEKl0ugE54 

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL VIDEO CHALLENGE: 

Here’s the challenge for ALL District 86 members.  

Create a video of less than a minute explaining why you renewed your membership.  

Post it in our District 86 Facebook group with the hashtag #renewedmembership 

FB Group is at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/toastmasters86 

An AMAZING prize awaits for the most unusual or unique video telling us why you renewed your membership.  

Watch this video to hear about the winning prize!!  
https://www.facebook.com/569392084/videos/389854432691468/ 

VIDEO CHALLENGE: 

Why did you renew your membership!!  

 #renewedmembership 

Brahm Memone, DTM
Club Growth Director
District 86 2021-2022

     

Public Relations Manager, Message

Nancy Movrin, DTM | publicrelationsmanager@toastmasters86.org 

Want to increase Facebook engagement?

Facebook engagement is an action someone takes on your Facebook Page or one of your posts such as:

  • Likes,
  • Comments,
  • Shares,
  • Video views 
  • Clicks on a link

To increase engagement; inform, educate, or entertain.

Your Facebook content isn’t about your club, it’s about your audience - the people you want to reach.  They are looking for content that will make them think, smile, or improve their life, and may take action as a result of seeing your post.

To engage your target audience, relate your content to their interests.

Unsure of who they are? Ask yourself questions, such as:

Where does your club draw most of its members?  Students presenting research?  Retirees maintaining their communication skills?   Salespeople wanting to organize presentations? 

Besides Toastmasters, what else is the commonality? Where did your current members come from?

Analyze deeper: 
What problem(s) is your club solving?  We already know why Toastmasters exists. Ask your members what compelled them to join Toastmasters over other professional development organizations. 

Consider what people gain from choosing your club; is there something you do differently?

Once you have an idea of your target market, consider that people  view posts from their cell phones.  And scroll quickly.  To capture attention, keep posts short.  Choose quality of quantity.   Viewers pass on poor posts.  A couple of quality posts a week trumps mundane daily posts.

And content should be related to your purpose - that means resisting the urge to share irrelevant memes.  If it's not connected to your mission, it doesn't belong.

Facebook recommends keeping things simple with a consistent color scheme and identifiable images.  Toastmasters International has a gallery of high-quality images at https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/brand-portal/stock-images  

Facebook prioritizes posts that spark conversations and connections.  Understanding the above will give you insight in what to post and who will read it.

Nancy Movrin, DTM
Public Relations Manager
District 86 2021-2022


     

Is blogging worth it in 2021?
Yes!
Blogging is a marketing tactic to get your club more online visibility by driving traffic to your website.
Every time you create and publish a blog post, it's one more indexed page on your website, which means one more opportunity for you to show up on the search engine results page and drive traffic to your website in organic searches.
This is a cue to search engines that your website is active, and they should be checking in frequently to see fresh content.
You can repurpose blog content for social media.
When you create a new article, you're producing information that can be shared across your social media channels.
Share it on your social media posts with your relevant webpage links.  This will drive new visitors to your website to view your blog.  Another algorithmic cue that your website is active.
Ensure your articles are educational or entertaining. People read blogs to learn something new or to be entertained.  If you consistently create valuable content for your target audience, it'll establish your club as the ‘go-to’ for communication and leadership.
Want to blog?  Don’t have a blog?  Submit a blog article to the district https://toastmasters86.org/blogs/ and add a link to your club’s website for where the reader can go for more information.
With 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide, there has never been a better time for your club include blogging in your marketing strategy.

Nancy Movrin, DTM, PRM, District 86

District Finance Manager, Message

Randy Moore, DTM | financemanager@toastmasters86.org 

Numbers have meaning. 

When I give financial presentations I always do my best to relate the numbers to their actual meaning.  Numbers have meaning.  When many people see a financial report their eyes glaze over and often do not really pay attention to what is in front of them as if finances are another language.  In fact, I think financial reports are another language which is why I do my best to translate them to the audience.
For example, when I am presenting a Profit & Loss report and I get to the revenue section, I don’t just say, “Here are the revenues.” I say, “here are the revenues, this line represents how much our customers spent on such and such sales category.”  I move the audience from just thinking about the sales as numbers to seeing the sales as money that our customers have given us because they believe in our product.  This puts the focus on where it should be, serving customers, growing membership, and generating new strategies to see the organization grow. It also, gives us pause to think about who we are serving and why we do what we do.
Many Toastmasters are asked to present financial information, statistics, and reports all the time.  Next time you are asked to present numbers to a group, explain what the numbers mean or if the audience already knows find a deeper meaning to the numbers so that the audience can take some type of action.


Randy Moore, BBA DTM
Finance Manager
District 86, 2021-2022


     

Parliamentarian, Message

Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG | parliamentarian@toastmasters86.org 


District Business meetings

They can be pretty exciting! Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, our District conducts business at District Council meetings. For the past two years, these meetings have been held online.

Our fall meeting was held on Sept 15. At our spring meeting, which will be held on April 23rd, 2022, we will elect our District officers for the 2022/2023 term.
Who can attend? Any District 86 member in good standing may attend if they pre-register. Who can vote? District officers have a vote and each member club in good standing has 2 votes, one each for the President and the VPE. No proxy votes are given for online meetings.

Our District and Club meetings are governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.  Article XIII Section 5 of the Articles of Incorporation of Toastmasters International states that “Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the final authority as to parliamentary procedure, insofar as they do not conflict with any provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, Policies adopted by the Board of Directors or the voting membership, or laws applicable to nonprofit corporations.”

More about Parliamentary Procedure in our November newsletter.


Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG
District 86 Parliamentarian
parliamentarian@toastmasters86.org
Toastmasters District 86 
Toastmasters District 86

District Director -
Myrna Barthe, DTM (Publisher)
Program Quality Director -
Deridor Collier, DTM
Club Growth Directors -
Brahm Memone, DTM
Administration Manager -
Margaret Waechter DTM
Public Relations Manager -
Nancy Movrin, DTM (Editor)

You are receiving this message as a member of Toastmasters District 86.
The information is for the sole use of Toastmasters' members, for Toastmasters business only. It is not to be used for solicitation and distribution of non-Toastmasters material or information. All rights reserved. Toastmasters International, the Toastmasters International logo and all other Toastmasters International trademarks and copyrights are the sole property of Toastmasters International and may be used only by permission.
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District Finance Manager, Message

Randy Moore, DTM | financemanager@toastmasters86.org 

Using E-Transfers for the club fees

It's that time of the year again, time to talk about E-Transfers and Banking in 2021.

A fresh start and a new club executive means it's time to go to the bank and get the new treasurer and the new president signed up to become signatories for the bank account for your Toastmasters club.

While you are doing that this year, I want to recommend you take two actions.

First, I suggest you ask for a view-only debit card. That way instead of getting mailed your club’s bank statements, you can go online and use internet banking to stay on top of your club’s finances. This will also give you the ability to accept E-transfers, which brings me to my second suggestion.

Second, if your club is set up with its own website and/or has its own email address system, why not set up a new email address such as e-transfers@”yourtoastmastersclub”.com (don’t use this email address use your own) and then ask the bank to set up e-transfer auto-deposit.  That way anytime a new club member or your existing club members want to E-transfer their membership dues they can use one email address to send their E-transfers as opposed to using your treasurer or president’s email account that gets redirected to the club bank account. This will ensure that the money goes directly into your club bank account without delay, it adds continuity for the future and reduces the chance of fraud.

Now is the best time to get this set up! 

Randy Moore, BBA DTM
Finance Manager
District 86, 2021-2022

     

Open House Months


Getting back into the new Toastmaster Year why not re-introduce yourself and your club to the community? One of the best ways of doing that is to promote a special event and to invite the community to an Open House. September and October are Toastmaster Months.


 
Read About the Toastmasters Brand »
Toastmasters District 86

District Director -
Myrna Barthe, DTM (Publisher)
Program Quality Director -
Deridor Collier, DTM
Club Growth Directors -
Brahm Memone, DTM
Administration Manager -
Margaret Waechter DTM
Public Relations Manager -
Nancy Movrin, DTM (Editor)

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