March 2024 Vol. 41

“Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow.”
-Chris Burkmenn

“Whatever your grade or position, if you know how to speak and when to remain silent, your chances for success are proportionally increased."
-Dr. Ralph C. Smedley

Encouragement Echoes Everywhere!

***2024 District 65 Conference***

Mark your calendars! Our District Conference will be back in person this year!

When: Saturday April 27th (9:00am - 5:00pm)
Where: DoubleTree Rochester, (1111 Jefferson Rd. Rochester, NY 14623)

  • Keynote speaker: 2023 World Champion of Public Speaking Jocelyn Tyson
  • District International and Evaluation speech contests
  • Educational workshops
  • Attendees will also receive morning refreshments and lunch!

Want to lead an education session?

March Madness
Greetings Toastmasters of District 65,
 As we enter the eighth month of our program year, it's time to reflect: Have we achieved our goals? How can we ensure a strong finish for our clubs? Here are some steps:
M. Meet with your mentor to review goals.
A. Add new members by inviting friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.
R. Reach out to future club officers for the 2024-2025 Toastmasters year.
C. Review and update the Club Success Plan.
H. Host a special event such as an Open House or Speechcraft & Speak-a-Thon.
E. Ensure all members receive credit in Base Camp and Club Central for completed levels.
S. Start collecting membership dues and pay online before 3/31/2024 to stay in good standing (8 members or more).
Organizing and scheduling events will foster collaboration and prosperity within your club, helping to ensure a strong finish.

Sam Otto, DTM
District Director
Member Who Demonstrates the Core Values of Toastmasters International
Nominate a member from your club who demonstrates the core values of Toastmasters International.
If selected, the member will receive a Core Values Coin at the District recognition Ceremony on April 27, 2024.
Please send your written nomination and reason for to District Director Sam Otto @
Nominations must be received by Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm. 

Sam Otto, DTM
District Director
Final Four: Membership Madness! Incentive

  • Add four or more new members to qualify

  • Receive a $25 Toastmasters gift certificate

  • Contact Rachel Dowling ( receive your gift card when your four new members have been added
Be a Presenter at the Toastmasters District 65 2024 Conference

Are you ready to take center stage and share your wisdom with an audience of eager learners? The spotlight is on you, and we can't wait to see the magic you bring to the Doubletree by Hilton Rochester on April 27, 2024.

We are also looking for more conference committee members. Please contact Peter Ralyea, Conference Chair, at

Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG 
District 65 Program Quality Director 2023-24
Club Officer Training Results:

Great job so far completing club officer training for round 2! Please use the following link to review who has completed training by club.

If you have any questions about training completions or if you attended training in another District, please email Avis Brodie, Program Quality Director,

Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG 
District 65 Program Quality Director 2023-24
Speechcraft Incentive

Speechcraft is an abbreviated Toastmasters experience, like a mini college course on speaking. It is designed for non-members, run by experienced club members. It can be 4, 6, or 8 weeks long. Speechcraft is also an excellent membership building tool.

Our District team would be happy to help you get you started! We’re offering free Speechcraft ($50.00 value) to all District 65 clubs that run a Speechcraft between October 2023 to May 2024.

Please send your questions to PQD Avis Brodie or CGD Rachel Dowling and be sure to contact one of us to register your purchase.
Interested in conducting a Speechcraft and not sure where to begin?

We have a Speechcraft expert in our District!

Division E Director Brianna Wichowsky has been a successful Speechcraft coordinator on multiple occasions.

She has made herself available for questions and advice. Feel free to reach out to her!



The Road to DTM

We're all seen those initials next to members' names - "DTM"

If you didn't know, that means Distinguished Toastmaster.

How do you earn that designation?

It’s the pinnacle of the Toastmasters education experience. Come find out what’s required and how to put your plan into action.

Saturday March 2nd, 2024
Division Speech Contests

Saturday March 9th

Division D
10:00am - 1:00pm
Chesapeake Energy
14 Chesapeake Ln
Sayre, PA 18840

Division E
10:00am - 1:00pm
Utica National Insurance Group
180 Genesee St.
New Hartford, NY 13413

Saturday March 16th

Division A
11:00am - 1:30pm
BECPL Audubon Branch - Amherst Public Library
350 John James Audobon Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14228
Open to public

Wednesday March 27th

Division C
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Irondequoit Public Library
1290 Titus Ave.
Rochester, NY 14617
Open to public

Come out and provide an audience for the speakers!
Pathways Open Forum

There will be breakout rooms for the following:

  • Starting out in Pathways
  • Starting and completing Levels 2 and 3
  • General challenges and issues with the Pathways program

Tuesday March 12th
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Members and More

Building strong club membership. Do you want to increase your group with new members? Do you want to have strong membership retention? This workshop is for all clubs!

Monday March 18th
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Welcome to Toastmasters

Just joined? Get off to a strong start! An introduction to Toastmasters for all new members and members who joined in the past year. 

Saturday March 23rd
9:00am - 10:00am
Be Prepared for Talk Up Toastmasters

Start planning now for Talk Up Toastmasters!  Toastmasters love to connect, so take advantage of it.

Program Dates: February 1 – March 31

The Talk Up Toastmasters membership program is the chance to encourage your members to invite guests to a special meeting where prospective members can learn about Toastmasters' many benefits.

Then add five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31, and you’ll receive a special Talk up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order.
March Club Anniversaries

580.........Syracuse Club...........................3/1/1948
1271.......Mohawk Valley Toastmasters ...3/1/1953
1044.......Speechcrafters Club..................3/1/1968
1990.......The Communicators .................3/1/1979
5776 .......The Bristol Speaker..................3/1/1985
7290... ....Barrier Breakers Club...............3/1/1989
9253.......Oneonta Toastmasters Club......3/1/1993
4448........Port City....................................3/1/1997
9207........Advanced Toastmasters
................of Rochester.............................3/1/1998
7438........Leaders and Learners Club.....3/31/2003
5959290..Toast the Grid..........................3/9/2017
5642996..Syracuse Toasters Club...........3/5/2018

Dear Patty...
Dear Patty,

I recently finished Level 3 in my path and would like to go on to Level 4 but am not sure which elective to choose. In my day-to-day life, I’m not required to blog and am not interested in doing podcasting, and only use social media to keep track of my family and friends.

My club is in-person for one-hour weekly, therefore it doesn’t lend itself to managing on-line meetings or longer speeches with a Q&A session. Can you please give me some ideas in which I can move forward with this, and other paths, while using a variety of electives.


  -Hopeful Toastmaster

Dear Hopeful Toastmaster,

Oh the places you will go”, says Dr. Seuss; and I couldn’t agree more!

These elective projects are a perfect opportunity for you to open yourself up to creative and novel ideas to execute these projects. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

·        Challenge yourself to step outside your club; run a workshop (longer session) or a panel discussion with another club or even at the District level.

·        Offer to volunteer in organizing an Area or Division Contest or help out at the District Conference – these are great ways to flex your project management style (or can be applied to a Level 5 High Performance Leadership project).

·        Rebuild a resume and LinkedIn profile for you or a friend – this is built around the public relations principles. Do a speech on some of the creative things you did to market yourself/ your friend.

These are just ideas within Toastmasters. There are other ways in which you can apply this. Did you know that you can host an online meeting, or Q&A session for another community organization that you are engaged in? You just need to invite along a fellow Toastmaster to evaluate you (silently in writing).

The prospects are infinite – you can be as creative as you want, as well as pull in other supporters from the District to help you find opportunities.
Toasting your success!


P.S. Please send any questions concerning your Pathways journey to Maybe we will select your question to publish next time in the D65 Newsletter.
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