May 2024

Please welcome our incoming District 27 Toastmasters leaders!

District 27 Director, Annette Sanks, DTM

Program Quality Director, Beverly Byam-Hercules, DTM

Club Growth Director, Jenny Genser White, DTM

Division C Director, Dr. Janice Boss, DTM

District 27 Toastmasters will have its last District Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2024 starting at 1:00 p.m. EST. Join us as we wrap up our remaining division reports and district business for the 2023-2024 program year.

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If you have any questions, please contact District 27 Director Jeanna Lee, DTM, at

District 27 Toastmasters Virtual Town Hall

Sunday, May 19, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

The District 27 Director will provide a forum and opportunity for all members to attend a virtual town hall where members can get the inside scoop of District 27 operations, ask your questions, voice your concerns straight to the District 27 Director Jeanna Lee, DTM.

If you have any questions, please email District 27 Director Jeanna Lee, DTM, at

District 27 Toastmasters Hail and Farewell

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm


Falls Church, VA

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If you have any questions, please email District 27 Director Jeanna Lee, DTM, at

District 27 Recognition

Division Director of the Month

Division D Director Thomas Pfeifer

This month’s Division Director of the Month is Tom Pfeifer. Tom not only ran the Division D Speech Contest smoothly, but he stepped up during the District 27 Annual Hybrid Conference by attending in person as well as providing a wonderful Division basket for the silent auction. Division D also has no clubs in bad standing. The first place winner of the District 27 International Speech Contest came from Division D as well. He also has the only Perfect 10 club currently in the District.

Area Director of the Month

Area 32 Director Millie Coles

Area Director of the Month is Area 32 Director Millie Coles, for her superb collaborative spirit and for being an invaluable asset to Division C. Millie has worked diligently with the clubs in Area 32 as well as the other areas in Division C. Area 32 Director Millie Coles is one that you can always call on to step up and take on a leadership role. She epitomizes the qualities of a team player.

First Distinguished Area in District 27 Toastmasters

Not only was Aundrea Veney the first Area Director to acquire Area Director of the Month, she is also the first Area Director to get her Area distinguished this year. All of her clubs are in good standing and has gotten high membership renewal numbers. Congratulations, Area 11 Director Aundrea Veney!

2024 Toastmaster of the Year

Congratulations, Carl Sabath, DTM, for being this year's District 27's Toastmaster of the Year.

Carl Sabath, DTM, has served District 27 Toastmasters for over 20 years and is the embodiment of the Toastmasters core values: Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence. He has spent countless hours actively supporting multiple clubs. This year alone, Carl Sabath holds leadership positions for three District 27 Toastmasters clubs: Secretary and Treasurer of Great Communicators; President of Helmsman Club; and Treasurer of Pentagon Legacy Club. His leadership has been a pillar of the Great Communicators club, and he has generously given his time training leaders, and is currently a mentor to several members.

From the Desk of the Club Growth Director

Demo Meeting at Consumer Technology Association

The District 27 Trio and other District 27 leaders worked together to lead a demo meeting on May 1, 2024, for a potential new charter that is primed to charter by May!

Please welcome our newest club to the District 27 Toastmasters family!

Point of View (POV) Club #28677383 officially chartered on April 24, 2024 with 23 members! Welcome POV!

District 27 Toastmasters Table at the Solutions to Heal and Restore the Soul of Community Conference

Special thanks to Naomi Carrington-Hockman and Judith Kuzma for assisting District 27 Toastmasters and tabling alongside with Club Growth Director Ida King at the Solutions to Heal and Restore the Soul of Community Conference. The Community Conference was held at Howard University School for Social Work on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

May 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Toastmasters are taught to run meetings on time, finish speeches on time and reach membership goals on time. In that spirit, Beat the Clock is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—on time and with record numbers! Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 receive a Beat the Clock ribbon to display on the club’s banner. Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward Beat the Clock credit. 

District 27 Club Growth Incentives

“Strive for Success”-9/1/23 to 6/5/24 - The first 5 clubs who gain 5 new members within 30-days of hosting an OPEN HOUSE will receive a $25 gift certificate from TI shop; Member sponsors will receive a Stylus Pen. Clubs are required to have the dates of their Open House placed on the District 27 calendar and a copy of the application showing the new member sponsor. Note: This can not be combined with other member extension incentives for clubs. Provide proof to

“Volunteer Cheer” - 8/1/23 to 6/8/24 - District 27 promote Toastmasters at tabling events. District club volunteers are needed. The first 5 volunteers with leads will receive a Navy Tote Bag item # 6845; the first 5 volunteers sponsoring new members will receive a 2023 Convention KeyChain; the first 3 volunteers becoming Club Sponsors will receive a License Plate Frame.

“Finishing Strong” - 5/1/24 to 6/15/24 - The first 10 clubs who reach their Distinguished Club Program (DCP) required membership, by June 15, 2024, will receive District recognition and a Word of the Day Pack. Note: This can not be combined with other member extension incentives for clubs. 



How to Renew with Self-Pay: Simply go to, log in with your username and password. Go to My Home, click How to Renew, click Renew membership, Check the club(s) for which you want to renew, click Save and continue, enter payment information and process, click Submit, and confirm email.

District 27 Virtual Membership Rally

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

7:00 pm EST


Haven't renewed yet for the 2023-2024 year? No worries! Join us on May 15th for a fun, virtual rally where we will play games while people renew online with the District 27 Club Growth Director and the District 27 Public Relations Manager.

From the desk of the Program Quality Director

St. Margaret's Achievers Club at the Annual Conference

We are thrilled to share that St. Margaret's Achievers Toastmasters had the most members to attend the 2024 Conference in person! Way to show up and support District 27 Toastmasters!!

Ernie Davis

Master of Ceremony Vince Caldwell, Program Quality Director Annette Sanks, and Conference Chair Herman Raybon, Jr.

Presenters Janice Strachan and Bernadette Pleasant

Congratulations to our Distinguished District 27 Clubs!

Keep up the amazing work!

President’s Distinguished

Get Up to Speak (GUTS) Toastmasters (*Perfect 10*)

St Margaret’s Achievers Toastmasters

U.S.D.A. Toastmasters

Select Distinguished

National Landing at Bloomberg 

Que Pasa Toastmasters

Speak Up Toastmasters

U.S.P.T.O. Toastmasters


DTM Masters 

Great Communicators Toastmasters

Helmsmen Toastmasters

Lone Star

OCC Speakeasies Toastmasters

2024 District 27 Dream Teams

These 17 District 27 Toastmasters clubs have gone beyond the call of duty and had all 7 club officers trained BOTH during the summer 2023 and winter 2024. They are truly the dream team! Congratulations!

Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 

GUTS Toastmasters 

Pentagon Legacy Toastmasters Club 

Burgay Toastmasters Club 

Booz Allen Hamilton Toastmasters Potomac Club 

USPTO Toastmasters

Que Pasa Toastmasters Club 

Sam Fox Toastmasters 

Storymasters Toastmasters Club 

Presidential Speakers Club 

Seasoned & Aspiring Leaders Toastmasters (SALT) 

Talk of the Town Club 

Page Turners Toastmasters Club 

Chesapeake Toastmasters Club 

DTM Masters 

Kohoutek Toastmasters Club

Library of Congress Toastmasters Club

District 27 Division Spring 2024 Speech Contest Winners

Congratulations District 27 Spring 2024 International Speech Contest Winners

Please help us congratulate our contestants who all gave phenomenal speeches during the Spring 2024 International Speech Contest!

1st Place Bex Novak from Division D

2nd Place Marsha Meekins Cheatham from Division B

3rd Place Burgess Foster from Division C

Pathways Office Hours - LAST Sessions - attend now

No Zoom pre-registration is required.

May 7, 2024 from 7 pm to 9 pm

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CONTACTS: Frank Storey at 


Join Page Turners Toastmasters on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST virtually to discuss the novel, Revolutionary Improv, by Andy Evans.

SPEAK UP CLUB 727 celebrate its

25th Anniversary

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 @ 12 p.m. EST


Tongue-Tied Trainers Toastmasters'

10th Anniversary

Tongue-Tied Trainers celebrated their 10th anniversary back in April 2024. Division A Director Hasani Jaali and District 27 Director Jeanna Lee were invited to help celebrate it and to give remarks during this momentous occasion. Happy Anniversary!

Inspirational Message of the Month

Finish Strong and Never Give Up!

We are approaching the end of another Toastmasters year, what a journey! I’m sure everyone started out with so many goals and high expectations. This is the perfect time to look back and reflect on all your outstanding accomplishments. Even if you didn’t bring everything on your list to completion, now is not the time to give up, but instead the time to finish strong.

With just a few months to go, so much can still be accomplished if we just keep pushing and refuse to give up. Examine what you have completed, and revise your plan, hit the reset button and move forward, completing the goals you have left.

Just imagine how much you can do if you put your mind to it. I

t’s not too late, keep pushing until you reach those goals, reassess, and repeat if necessary. There is still more to do and lots of time to make remarkable things happen! Let’s plan to finish strong, you’re too amazing to give up! 


Deborah Jones

District 27 Chaplain