March 15, 2024 is the deadline to nominate a non-Toastmaster who has made substantial contributions in the areas of communications and leadership for this prestigious award by South Carolina Toastmasters District 58. Learn more about the criteria for the award recipient, the selection process, and access the nomination form on our website at https://www.toastmasters-d58.org/communication-leadership-award/
Club officers, here are other club officer training opportunities that are available until February 29, 2024 for you to attend that are being offered by other Toastmasters Districts for you and your club to earn DCP credit.
If you attend training in another district, please be sure to let them know that you are attending as a club officer in District 58. Provide them your first and last name, your club name and number, and which club officer role(s) you hold. Also be sure to ask the Program Quality Director in that District to send an email to Felicia Hemphill (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you completed training. Failure to do this may result in you and your club not receiving DCP credit for club officer training.
List of Club Officer Training available – including the zoom links to register. (Download)
South Carolina Toastmasters District 58 is committed to strengthening its clubs with the 2024 Incentive Programs making it easier for members to complete their educatioal goals and increase membership to share the valuable benefits of Toastmasters. Most incentives begin on 1/21/2024 and run through 4/30/2024. The incentives are:
- Orator Award – The member in the district who completes the most Pathways project speeches between 1/21/2024 and 4/30/2024
- Each One Reach One Award – The member in the district who brings the most guests to club meetings between 1/21/2024 and 4/30/2024
- Full Circle Award – The member in the district who (a) completes all the primary meeting roles and (b) completes the most meeting roles, both between 1/21/2024 and 4/30/2024
- Club Booster Award – The club in the district that has the most guests at an Open House event between 1/21/2024 and 4/30/2024
- Level Up Award – The member(s) in the district who complete the most Pathways levels between 1/21/2024 and 4/30/2024
- The Race to DCP Award – The club(s) in the district with the most DCP Goals shown on the WHQ reports on 4/30/2024
- Curtis Yant Outstanding Mentor Award – Each club may nominate a member who is the most outstanding mentor and explain why
Incentives Programs Details
Congratulations on being our first newly chartered club in South Carolina Toastmasters (District 58) for the 2023-2024 Toastmasters year. Welcome back to the fold.
Your District team stands ready to assist you with any questions you may have.
- Area 31 Director – Wanda Parnell
- Division C Director – Aileen Hill
- Club Growth Director – Jessica White
- Program Quality Director – Felicia Hemphill
- District Director – Lee Holliday
Here is the updated calendar for the 2023-2024 South Carolina Toastmasters District 58 – available in a PDF format for easier download – 2023-2023 District Calendar
“Congratulations to Fluor Toastmasters recent class of Speechcrafters. Tuesday November 7, 2023 was the last meeting of the eight-week Speechcraft course sponsored by the Fluor Toastmasters Club. Nine Mission Solutions employees participated in the program by working on speaking skills, answering impromptu questions, delivering prepared speeches and taking on meeting roles.
The program focuses on giving participants a safe environment to practice public speaking, helping to pin-point and improve on any speaking habits and improve on creating and delivering a well-defined message. Feedback is provided by club members to help the participants identify areas for improvement and offering tips for presenting, whether it’s delivering a safety topic, speaking to a client or offering feedback during meetings.
The Speechcraft program is a course offered by Toastmasters International for non-club members and provides a supportive place to develop speaking skills. Participants were- Front Row: Kristy Kuoch, Ron Warner (Coordinator), Cody Copeland, Javin Paluch, David Hall, and Gail Dilworth. Second Row: Pipper McClin (Presenter), Alexander Yu, Sharon Durgin (Coordinator), Andrew Wilkins and Selena Parker .”
Hello South Carolina Toastmasters District 58 – It’s official -it will be Table Topics and the International Speech Contests for the Spring. Check the District Calendar for club, areas, and division contests deadlines.
It was a day! To remember…that it is always a team effort, and that’s what Toastmasters is all about. We’re there for each other.
The energy in the room, which by the way was expertly prepared the day before in the Visitation room, was filled with anticipation. Our club is searching the yard for potential new members. Our goal is to go up from 18 to 25.
The guests from the yard came early and watched us as we set out our materials and equipment. Our greeter, VP Membership, made sure everyone felt welcomed. We had name tags for them prepared ahead of time. Before they were dismissed to go back to the dorms for their lunch, Mr. Delaney offered our Toastmaster’s promo material with an application—if he felt that they were serious about becoming a member. Mr. Delaney is a natural born leader. He is a quick decision maker and revered among the inmates as a man of integrity. We’re very blessed to have him as an officer.
Even though our District Director, Lee Holliday, couldn’t appear in person, he provided a WELCOME video as well as a STAY CONNECTED CLOSING video. I could tell our members were impressed and enjoyed the feeling of being connected to a great group of like-minded people.
Our special guest, Presidential candidate Senator Tim Scott’s representative, Mr. Al Jenkins, sat with our other invited guests, one of whom is a Marine veteran who is looking to join a Toastmaster club in her area. Unfortunately, Ridgeland Toastmasters, a prison club, is her only choice.
Fortunately, for all the veterans in the room, Mr. Jenkins isn’t about politics. His job is to make sure veterans in the Lowcountry are well taken care of and that they get all their benefits. In addition, when he spoke to the men in the room, he asked if anyone had plans or interest in starting a business upon their release from prison. Nearly all the hands in the room went up. This is when he encouraged them to keep on with Toastmasters. He could see that the skills they’re learning at Ridgeland Toastmasters will no doubt come into play someday at a job interview. We were honored to have him there.
New Members Orientation
The program started with a NEW MEMBERS Orientation PowerPoint presented by our VP of Education, Mr. Hagins. We employed a resource from Toastmasters International called Alphabet Recall. The audience was instructed to listen to words that pertained to our content that started with each letter of the alphabet. The table with the most words won a prize; however, everyone got a prize—a candy bar from Mrs. Randisi.
Next, we had a target speaker from our club give a 5-7 min speech. Three evaluators were assigned, two were members of our club, one of which was instructed to give a terrible evaluation, one with obvious flaws that we could discuss later. His best line, “Well, if I were to be honest, I could have done better.” HILARIOUS! He was a good actor. The last evaluator was Jane Jude, a former Fasttrackers Toastmaster who is a speaking coach for TEDx speakers. She, of course, nailed it. Her method for evaluations involves creating 4-quadrants on a sheet of paper. It was eye-opening for our members. I’ve dissuaded them from giving speakers numbers (1-5) on the various categories on the evaluation form. Boring. She divides her note paper into 4 quadrants, one side for content, the other for delivery. The remaining side is LIKED BEST and NEXT TIME. I’m looking forward to our next meeting’s evaluations.
Spigner/Brice video from District 58 PDTA
I included the Spigner/Brice video from our recent District 58 PDTA event, but at the wrong time according to the agenda. My timer in the front row held up a note to remind me that I forgot. Teamwork! It was well-received as both Mr. Jenkins and Associate Warden Bailey reiterated that those two guys, former Ridgeland Toastmasters, “could be any of you here today.”
We had time left over (I know, very unusual at a Toastmasters event) so we asked guests from the yard to answer a Table Topics question. This gave two of them the opportunity to think on their feet, experience the bell for “ums” and “ahs”, and to know what it feels like to speak for a full minute.
The meal was spread out on a table to the side of the room and smelled delicious, which ended up being an incentive to join us ASAP. I had to intervene and tell them that this spread was for this special occasion, not the usual.
The afternoon was more casual as it was just us, the mighty Ridgeland Toastmasters. We planned it so a majority of our members would play a part, no matter how small. Mr. Montgomery, a new member, gave it a short presentation about KEEPING AN OPEN MIND, again, another resource available from the TM website. I tweaked the PowerPoint to make it more interesting, but I missed the opportunity to communicate the instructions accurately. They looked at confusing images where one person might see a duck, and another might see a rabbit. Well, I forgot to say. “Write down what you see FIRST,” so a lot of them saw both things, and that messed up our count, though it didn’t matter. The point was we have to keep an open mind when people have different perceptions than our own. Great for what’s going on in the world today.
We ended the day with the Marshmallow Challenge. I had prepared five bags with the ingredients to build a tower with the marshmallow on top. The tallest tower wins. Our club members gravitate to four of the tables, so the two Chapel workers, who are the sound engineers for our events, took first place after participating at the one remaining table. They created a 12-inch tower where everyone else failed to even create a standing tower. We ended with the TED video that revealed thought processes, techniques, and results when done with various groups of people. Spoiler alert…Who would have guessed that kindergarteners would outperform business school graduates?
The event ended and our guys cleaned up the room, showing themselves to be responsible Toastmasters. I’m very proud and honored to even be a part of this amazing group. I only wish I could record their speeches. You would be blown away. I know I am every Wednesday.
— Jodie Randisi, proud member, Ridgeland Toastmasters
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Congratulations to all the awardees from our successful 2023 Professional Development Training & Awards hybrid event held on Saturday, October 21, 2023. This was the event not to miss! It was insightful, empowering, interactive, informative, and transformative to members and provided knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance our performance in specific areas. Click the image below to see the awardees!
See a short blurb about the event and videos of the clubs and members achievements on the events page.
Congratulations to the following awards recipients for providing outstanding service to the District.
- Melissa White, DTM
- Burnnie Holliday
- Jessica White, DTM
- Rodney Jenkins
- Laura Taste-Sutton
- Wardah Ameen
- Jipsa Paul
Distinguished Directors Awards:
- Distinguished – Area 73 Director (Alison Boyce, DTM, PCG)
- Select Distinguished – Division G Director 2022-2023 (Greg Allen)
Directors of the Year Awards:
- Area Director of the Year 2022-2023 (Alison Boyce, DTM, PCG)
- Division Director of the Year 2022-2023 (Katreina Harmon)
Toastmaster of the Year 2022-2023
- Distinguished Toastmaster of the Year 2022-2023 (Louise Maitland, DTM)
Still have questions about Pathways? Do you want help with navigating Pathways on base camp? Want to know about the upcoming changes to Pathways? Check out this information provided by Frank and Karen Storey, DTMs and District 18 Pathways Ambassadors.
They are collaborating with the Districts 18/27/36 are offering help with Pathways (via Zoom) open to all Toastmasters. https://karenstorey.com/PATHWAYS/95-PW-OfficeHours.htm Don’t miss these monthly training sessions as well as Q&A sessions to get answers to go beyond the basics in Pathways.
Pathways Upcoming Changes
Curious about the upcoming changes to Pathways in first half of 2024? Follow this link to get a preview of the changes. https://karenstorey.com/PATHWAYS/94-Changes2Pathways.htm
Welcome to 2023-2024 District 58 Trio. CONNECTED. One Heart. One Voice. Click on the image below to follow this link to read the trio biographies and learn about our new district leaders. They are looking forward to a year of success and achievement.
District 58 realigned clubs into Divisions and Areas to account for club growth and movement. The realignment was adopted by the District Council Business Meeting on May 20, 2023 at the at the Annual Conference. Click on the image or follow the link to see the table showing the clubs new alignment for 2023-24 Toastmasters Year.
Congratulations Contest Winners – Table Topics held on Friday, May 19, 2023. Evaluation & International Speech held on Saturday, May 20, 2023. We are so proud of each contestants for their hard work and dedication and for competing to reach the highest level of contest in the District. Excellent job everyone!
Table Topics Contest
1st Place – Jennifer Lathrop, Greenville Toastmasters
2nd Place – Minnie Thomas, Blue Streak
3rd Place – Sybil Davis, Highdale, Shaw Afterburners & Sumter
Evaluation Speech Contest
1st Place – Tammy Wylie
2nd Place – Robert Hetherington
3rd Place – Phillip Woody
International Speech Contest
1st Place – Minnie Thomas, Blue Streak
2nd Place – Jody Powell ACA Toastmasters
3rd Place – Brian Woolf, Advanced Communicators
Congratulations to the newly elected District 58 Officers. On Saturday, May 21, 2023, the membership elected these officers to the District 58 Leadership Team at the 2023 Conference held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greystone in Columbia, SC.
2023-2024 Newly Elected Officers
District Director – Elect
Robert Luhn, Jr.
Program Quality Director – Elect
Club Growth Director- Elect
Division A Director – Elect
Division B Director – Elect
Division C Director – Elect
Division D Director – Elect
The 2023 Conference was a hit! Thanks to Past International President, Distinguished Toastmaster Lark Doley and District 58 members for making this year’s conference a huge success!!!
Download the 2023 Conference Program with all the details. Check out what happened at the conference and also view the many photos. Plus, get access to Lark’s keynote and workshop presentations from the conference. Follow the links on the 2023 Annual Conference page
Conference will start on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 4 pm and continue through to Sunday, May 21, 2023 at noon. Saturday dinner semi-formal to formal (black-tie for gents). Click on the image to download the schedule. You will also have the opportunity to bid on items in the Annual District Auction and make a purchase from the District Toastmasters store.
May 20, 2023 at 9:00 am – District Council Meeting (VIRTUAL)
At the meeting, District 58 Council will conduct business including voting on the District Budget including the Elections of District Officers. View the 2023-2024 DLC Nominees and relevant council information. Click on the image to access the full information including the Council agenda.
- Agenda May 20, 2023
- 2023-2024 DLC Nominees
- District Budget Mid-Year Audit Reports
- District 58 Council Meeting Minutes- September 2022
- D58 Alignment 2023-2024 Updated May 5
2023-2024 Nominees’ Bio Information
Program Quality Director
Club Growth Director
Division B Director
|Division D Director
Division E Director
Division F Director
2023 Conference was a a Hit!
District 58 says a HUGE thank you to Past International President, Distinguished Toastmaster Lark Doley and our members for making this year’s conference a huge success!!! We thoroughly enjoyed having Lark with us and we appreciat all the nuggets of wisdom she left with us. She gave us a lot to think about, reflect on and grow from in her keynote speech on Saturday, May 20, 2023 and her workshop on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Lark shared her keynote and workshop presentations with us. Follow the link to access.
Besides her role at the conference, Lark took time to visit five (5) clubs in District 58 who were having meetings during her time in Columbia, SC. Some she visited in person and others she attended virtually. She enjoyed every moment with our members sharing the club meeting experiences. She told me she thoroughly enjoyed being with District 58 members this past weekend. Here are the list of clubs that made her visit exceptional:
- Wed., 5/17/23 12:00pm ** Blue Streak Club, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- Thurs., 5/18/23 12:00pm ** Colonial Toastmasters Club
- Thurs., 5/18/23 6:00pm ** Richland 2500 Toastmasters Club
- Fri, 5/19/23 7:00am ** Two Notch Toastmasters Club
- Sun., 5/21/23 3:00pm ** Women of Distinction Toastmasters Club
We captured a life time of memories at the conference. Check out the gallery of conference photos
Conference Schedule is here
Conference will start on Friday, evening and continue through to Sunday Morning. Click on the image to open the schedule
You will also have the opportunity to bid on items in the Annual District Auction, make a purchase from the District Toastmasters store, and visit the hospitality suite.
Contests and Candidates Corner Access Codes
Open image to follow the urls or QR codes to access the conference.
SPECIAL HOTEL ROOM RATE
Embassy Suites special rate is $157 per night. All are 2 room suites and include:
- Free hot made to order breakfast buffet
- Complimentary evening drink social
- Complimentary in room internet
- Free self-parking
This event is quite popular so be sure to get you ticket and book your room at the special rate today before they sell out.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Questions: Send an email to our Conference Chair, Becky Garmany at email@example.com
Here is the January 2023 District 58 Trio message on what’s happening in the district.
We have a new date! We are happy to announce D58 Engaging South Speaker Series will be held on April 1, 2023 at the Citadel Mall in Charleston, SC. There are exciting opportunities to participate as a speaker in this in-person event. You can scan the QR code to apply or follow the application link
Toastmasters District 58 is seeking nominations for District Leaders to serve for the upcoming 2023–2024 Toastmasters year.
Are you interested in nominating yourself or another member for a district leader position? The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is looking for you!
Serving in district leadership is yet another valuable opportunity for you to continue your journey of personal growth, while contributing your knowledge and skills in providing positive leadership to the members of District 58.
The following district officers will be determined by election to be conducted during the Annual Conference Business Meeting
- District Director
- Program Quality Director
- Club Growth Director
- Division Directors B-G (6 positions total)
Per Toastmasters International bylaws, members, including current members of the District Executive Committee, may self-nominate for District office, be sought out by the DLC, or be nominated by an individual member.
To be nominated, elected and hold office, a member must meet the following requirements:
- Member in good standing of a Toastmasters District 58 club that is in good standing.
- Meet the qualifications of the position – Click here
- Complete and submit all required documentation.
- Submit a completed Candidate Biography form and high-resolution headshot photograph.
Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run and be considered for nomination by the DLC is February 18, 2023.
To declare your candidacy, you must complete and submit the following to the DLC Chairperson:
- Candidate Application – Click here
- District Leader Nominating Form – Click here
- Officer Agreement and Release Statement – Click here
- Submit a completed Candidate Biography form – Click here
- Submit a high resolution headshot photograph
Download, fill out, scan and email all 4 forms and your photograph to the District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair, Donna Rice, DTM @ firstname.lastname@example.org
District Candidates may begin campaigning once nomination forms are received by the DLC Chairperson. All Candidates are responsible for following all rules and regulations regarding campaign communications, frequency and practices as documented in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections (click here).
The DLC will interview all candidates and the announcement of the DLC nominations will be made here on the district website at least four (4) weeks prior to the election date.
Please submit any questions via email to the DLC Chairperson, Donna Rice
Donna Rice, DTM
District Leadership Committee Chair
Immediate Past District 58 Director
Looking for leadership opportunities to further develop your skills? Join District 58 Club Quality Committee to advise and support the success of new clubs! Click on the image, scan the QR code, to complete the Club Quality Interest Form.
Postponed!! Engaging South: Speaker Series, December 10, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Eastern). Look out for new dates for this event.
“Back to 20” District 58 Membership Incentive: Deadline April 1, 2023
Learn the latest about an incentive that makes it easier than ever for recently suspended or closed clubs to reinstate! Don’t miss this great opportunity. Learn more at 2022-2023 District Incentives