Toastmasters International Director Matt Kinsey, visiting South Carolina to attend the District 58 Fall Conference on October 29, was interviewed on WRHI, Rock Hill, on October 27. Myron Brown, ACB, ALB, DC , VPPR of the Rock Hill Toastmasters Club joined him on the Palmetto Mornings radio program hosted by Chuck Boozer and Freddi Hammer. The interview is available on podcast.
Candace Thompson walked into her first meeting of the Raconteurs Club (5903) in February 2016. By early October, the newly-minted CC and VP Education had won the right to represent Division C in the Fall Evaluation Contest. She placed second in the divisional humorous speech contest. Her success story is the cover feature of the first issue of the club’s newsletter.
Immediate Past District Director Sharon Durgin honored several Toastmasters for their unfailing service to the success of colleagues, the district, and the international organization.
Lena Brown, DTM Division Director of the Year: Division C Director Lena finished the 2015-2016 as a President’s Distinguished Division Director. She surpassed all goals needed for President’s Distinguished Division, including adding four new clubs in Division C during the year. She was also a key volunteer at TLIs, conferences, and helped her area directors make their goals.
Diana Hardy, DTM Area Director of the Year: Area 31 Director Diana finished the year as a Select Distinguished Area Director. While she lost one club, she also chartered one club, and finished the year with one President’s Distinguished Club, two Select and two Distinguished Clubs.Diana was s key volunteer at TLIs, demo meetings, and helped other members and clubs in many ways.
Wynne Smith, DTM Toastmaster of the Year TM of the Year is a non-DEC member nominated by another Toastmaster. Wynne’s nomination was fully supported with examples of how she has helped clubs and members take opportunities for growth, including rebuilding a club in a different community that has never had a club. Wynne always stepped up in ways to help TMs behind the scenes of TLIs, contests, demo meetings and supporting new members.
Betsy Hayden, Garett Peterkin, Bob Swarner, and Malvery Williams District Director’s Award of Appreciation was given to four members in recognition of their full support and dedication of TMs in District 58 this year
Steve Lee, Alisha Taylor, and Brian Woolf District Director presented Outstanding Member Pins in recognition of their willingness to step up whenever asked, always helping with a positive attitude, and being outstanding examples of what Toastmasters is all about.
You can download this schedule of daytime sessions and events for the October 29, 2016 Fall Conference. This includes all but the Friday night special event on speech development, the gala dinner on Saturday evening, and the post-conference webinar on November 03.
This is a good read for all Toastmasters and prospective Toastmasters. It is a long-form story, unusual for a short-form news medium.
It has a description of the championship event, deep human interest about the winner, and strong supporting evidence for the importance of communication skills.
This is well worth sharing with all members and citing for marketing and “the moment of truth.”
The Fall 2016 District 58 Toastmasters Conference is far too important to miss.
Free Special Friday Night Bonus Event (October 28):
Session on crafting better speeches and in less time. Led by World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller and Toastmasters International Director Matt Kinsey.
Full Saturday Schedule (October 29):
- Taking a club to greatness with Lance Miller.
- Leadership and mentoring to build a championship club by Matt Kinsey.
- Hall of Fame Luncheon where members will walk the Red Carpet.
- Six sessions: getting things done, becoming a corporate trainer, leadership for self-improvement, understanding the team you lead, mentoring, and member retention.
- Evaluation speech finals.
- Humorous speech finals.
- District business meeting.
Saturday Night Gala Dinner:
- Kick off the 60th anniversary of District 58.
- Roast 2015-2016 District Director Sharon Durgin.
- Awards presentations.
- Keynote address by Matt Kinsey.
- Dining and Dancing.
Free Bonus Webinar (November 03):
Access to a live interactive webinar with World Champion of Public Speaking Ryan Avery on motiving millennials.
Toastmasters from across District 58, literally from Greenville to Hilton Head, took part in the TEDx Greenville Salon Open Mic on September 20, 2016. From Left: Brian Woolf, DTM; Alisha Taylor, ACS; Wynne Smith, DTM, Sharon Durgin, DTM, Angie Durham, ACB; J.D. Daniel CC; and Rex Gale, ACS.
SCIWAY is a state-wide (not state operated) web site of where to go and what to do in South Carolina. Under the category Organizations a page is devoted to Toastmasters clubs. There is no cost for listing your club with a link to your web site.
Since SCWAY is optimized for Google, this should boost traffic to club sites for no investment other than submitting the club’s link, which takes 90 seconds—tops.
Please check it out today and make sure all D-58 public clubs are listed. If your club is already listed, please verify the link to your club website.
Special thanks to Bob Huddleston ACG, CL for this tip and his continuing efforts to expand our web presence.
Greetings Select Distinguished District Members!!!
It is the beginning of September, and time sure is flying by. We have completed our Summer Toastmasters Leadership Institutes, trained our District Executive Council Members and returned from an exciting Toastmasters International Convention in Washington, DC! After returning from the convention, I must say that I am excited, energized and ready to Rock the Challenge in District 58. Here is a recap of our trip with some important information about upcoming changes.
I must first thank our Club Proxy Chair, Malvery Pilgrim, for working with the club officers and Area Directors to ensure that we could Rock the Vote on behalf of District 58. We interviewed the candidates, listened to the Candidate Showcase along with their final speeches at the Annual Business Meeting. Speaking of the Business Meeting, it was quite possibly the longest business meeting in Toastmasters’ History- a whopping six hours.
We did pass some of the time with our Past District Director Sharon Durgin leading the Conga line and dancing to the YMCA! We met Toastmasters from all over the world and were able to MOONWALK across the stage during the Hall of Fame recognition. Did I say MOONWALK…? YES–I actually did MOONWALK in front of 2000 people; well, maybe it was more like walk backwards with a little glide…anyhoo!
It was an amazing experience, and I was so happy to be able to share it with my fellow TRIO, DEC, past District leaders and our members who came along for the ride. And guess what; many of you moonwalked with us (and didn’t even know it). We put as many pictures on the banner as we could of members who achieved educational awards and carried it with pride as we walked across the stage to celebrate the success of District 58.
This amazing experience was made possible by the hard work each of you had done in the District. We appreciate you and can’t wait to share the pictures with you. We laughed a lot, but we also learned a lot too! Please take a moment to review some items that were brought to our attention during the convention—Special Shout Out to my fellow District Director Caron Ling who composed these notes to share all the way from District 49 in Hawaii. Aloha Caron!
At the August 10th and 11th, 2015 Toastmasters International Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to make several changes to club and membership eligibility policy and to have those changes take effect on July 1, 2016.
It is critical that the clubs and members understand the effects these changes will have on them.
The Toastmasters International Website is now available to make dues payments through Club Central. The International Dues have increased to $45.00 and are due on October 1st and April 1st each year. Please make every effort to get a minimum of eight members paid before October 1st in order to remain a club in good standing.
Effects on the Distinguished Club Program
The actual due dates for on-time payment of dues in the Distinguished Club Program are now October 1st in the fall and April 1st in the spring. This is a change from previous years when the on-time due date has actually been the 10th in those respective months. These changes are detailed in the Distinguished Club Program Manual.
Changes to the Definition of a Club in Good Standing
To be a club in good standing under the new policy, a club must have dues for eight members or more paid by October 1st in the fall and by April 1st in the spring. If they do not have at least eight paid members, they IMMEDIATELY become a club that is not in good standing on the 1st and are not in good standing until dues for eight members have been received at World Headquarters.
Changes to the Definition of Member in Good Standing
To be a member in good standing under the new policy, you must have your dues paid for the current period. This means that your dues must be paid on or before October 1st in the fall and April 1st in the spring. If your dues are not paid by the 1st, you IMMEDIATELY become a member who is not in good standing and remain not in good standing until your dues are received by World Headquarters.
This is a change from prior years where member dues and club dues were due on the 10th AND where the member and club had a grace period that allowed them to remain a member or a club in good standing until November 30th in the fall and May 30th in the spring. There is no longer a grace period.
Changes to the District Business Meeting
To be eligible to be represented and counted in the quorum for the District Business Meeting, a club must be in good standing. If, by the date of the business meeting, dues for eight members of a club have not been paid to World Headquarters, as discussed above, the club is not in good standing. Their officers may not vote at the business meeting and their club is not counted in the calculation of a quorum.
This is a change from prior policy, when every club that had paid dues in the previous dues period was considered to be in good standing because the grace period kept them in good standing until November 30th and May 30th. There is no longer a grace period.
Changes to Toastmasters Speech Contests
In order to be eligible to compete in a speech contest, a speaker needs to be a member in good standing and the club they are representing needs to be a club in good standing. As detailed above this means that the club must have dues paid for eight members and the member must have paid dues for the current period and that World Headquarters must have both the club and member dues on file.
In addition, the member must continue to be eligible at every level and if it is discovered he or she was ever ineligible when the member competed, that member is disqualified.
In District 58, this means that at every Area, Division and District contest that is held on or after October 1st in the fall and April 1st in the spring, the contest chair must review the club and membership lists from World Headquarters and determine that each contestant and the club he or she represents are in good standing. If they are not or if they were ineligible at any previous level, the contest chair must disqualify them. Please check your contestants’ eligibility per above, using the Eligibility Checker.
This is a change from prior policy; every club and member that had paid dues in the previous dues period were considered to be in good standing because the grace period kept them in good standing until November 30th and May 30th. There is no longer a grace period.
We appreciate your love and passion for Toastmasters, as a leader, a communicator, a member of the community, and as your truest self. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s ROCK the Challenge this year and ensure that EVERY member achieves success!
Kimberly Love, DTM
Toastmasters District 58
Check out this link from Bob Swarner, Director of Club Development, about building or revitalizing a mentoring program in your club.
Dues are due. For a club contest winner to advance in the competition, he or she must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing. One aspect of that includes dues payment by the end of September. The club must have eight paid members, one of whom must be anyone who enters a contest, from the club level up.
Not that kind of date, but the dates, locations, and times of each club, area, and division Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest for the district calendar. Use the submit entry form on the site.
This event provides an excellent opportunity for visitors and new members. Here are some proven steps you can take:
1. Optional but advised: move the contest from your regular meeting time to a Friday or Saturday evening.
2. Publicize the event as a free evening of humor. You can find a sample announcement on the Resource page of this site, under Public Relations.
3. Send the announcement to the Arts and Entertainment and the coming events editors at local newspapers, TV and radio stations.
4. If you don’t have a contact list with local media, check MondoTimes which you can search by state and city.
5. Submit a listing to all the online calendars of events in your area, such as the community government site, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Eventful.com, EventUpon, EventBrite and even Craigslist under “community activities.”
6. Promote actively on social media, including MeetUp, Face Book and LinkedIn.
7. Finally, put fliers wherever you can, usually libraries and grocers are helpful.
8. Invite members of the press.
9. Consider a raffle for a gift card at Starbucks or other coffee/tea emporium. Each member gets one ticket for each guest he or she brings.
10. Then, having completed a comprehensive publicity campaign, enjoy the contest.
Next will come the press releases about the winners and their progress to your area competition and ultimately the District finals on October 01 in Columbia, SC.
Fall Conference: October 29 2016
Lance Miller, 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking will deliver the keynote.
Get Ready to Start the New Year With Renewed Vigor
January 21 in Columbia – 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. with make-up sessions on
February 4 in Charleston, Florence, and Greenville – 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.
As a result of the success of Area 31 in 2015-2016, one of the newspapers in the area did a nice article.
Congratulations to former area director Diana Hardy and the club officers involved.
A Smedley-winning Toastmasters Club
On September 30, the first quarter of the Toastmaster’s year ends. Smedley-winning clubs will have already garnered:
A Smedley Award ribbon for the club banner.
10% off the next club order from Toastmasters International.
One point toward the Distinguished Club Goals.
Plus, for the first 15 Smedley Clubs in District 58, a $10 certificate good at the district store.
Being a Smedley Club requires adding only five new, reinstated, or dual members during August and September. Here’s a proven idea: make your humorous speech contest into an open house. You can use this proven press release announcement. Just change the dates, times and club name.
For more information about the Smedley Award, follow the link to the TI web site.
Another 1st Quarter Opportunity: Sponsor a new club by the end of September and get $50 off registration to the Fall District 58 Conference (two sponsors can share).
Registration Closes August 3
Judging differs from evaluation. Learn how to pick and deliver winning speeches.