2019-2020 District 29 Speech Contests

The District Executive Committee has approved the following contests for the 2019-2020 program year. Fall: Table Topics and Evaluation. Division contests must be completed by the end of November. Clubs may begin holding contests immediately.Spring: Tall Tales and International Speech. All district level contests will be held at the annual conference in May. Area and... Continue Reading →

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Find your Path this Toastmaster Year

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Toastmasters program year! Our theme this year is “Find Your Path.” Beyond the obvious reference to getting started in Pathways, this is a reminder to look at your larger Toastmasters journey and life, focusing on your hopes for your personal and professional future.  We believe that Toastmasters can be the vehicle... Continue Reading →

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District 29 Virtual District Council Meeting

Notice of Virtual District Council Meeting: Per Toastmasters International bylaws, policies and protocols, we must conduct a virtual business meeting in the Fall to approve the district budget, approve appointments made by the district director, and present required reports.  We will be conducting this year’s meeting on Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. ... Continue Reading →

Memories of 2019 Toastmasters International Convention in Denver, CO

We just finished an amazing Toastmasters Convention in Denver CO. What with Keynote Speaker Phil Hansen, Golden Gavel recipient, Jia Jiang and several wonderful breakout sessions, the World Championship of Public Speaking Semi-finals and Finals, the week was full of events that created memories! One of the best things about attending the Toastmasters International convention... Continue Reading →

Lance Whitesel, December 28, 1969 – August 19, 2019

Lance was the past president of the Bennie Bough Club and recently achieved his DTM. The viewing is tomorrow and the Mass and burial is on Friday. Memorial Page

Smedley Incentive 2019

Smedley Award Program Dates: August 1 – September 30 Can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between August 1 and September 30? Accomplish this goal and you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, named in honor of Ralph Smedley, which you can display on your club’s banner.... Continue Reading →

FIND YOUR PATH WITH THE NEW TOASTMASTERS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTES

Dear District 29 Leaders You may have noticed that the TLI Curricula for the Summer 2019 session have begun to include sessions beyond the 12:00 point! You may have wondered to yourself, “What are they up to now?” Part of being a Toastmaster member and leader is the opportunity and joy of learning new things.... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year fellow District 29 Toastmasters! July 1 marked the beginning of the new 2019-2020 program year and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve as your District Director during a period of significant changes. Some of these changes we experienced last year included: ·         1st full year with the Pathways Education Program... Continue Reading →

Register for the Annual District 29 Hail and Farewell Dinner – July 20th

You are cordially invited to attend the District 29 Hail and Farewell event planned for Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm at the International Country Club in Fairfax.  This is our annual event where we honor the outgoing and ceremoniously install the incoming district leaders. It always is a fun, rewarding and memorable social event where you... Continue Reading →

Leading through ASKing

As a leader do you ever get asked the question or find yourself asking the question, "How do you get more people to step up and serve?" I have two thoughts on that to consider:First, it's been said that people want to follow a leader who know where he/she is going. What kind of leader are you?... Continue Reading →

Stories Make Great Speeches

According to Deena Metzger (1992), six ideas can help us with the creative process of composing a great speech. From what I have learned anecdotally, about half of the great speakers write their speeches out.  The other “half” compose in other ways with index cards, notes (mental or written), or with mental formulation reinforced with... Continue Reading →

District 29 Toastmasters Took Their Speaking Skills to the Next Level at the Recent Speaker to Trainer Class

Earlier this May, twenty-nine Toastmasters learned how to go from being a speaker to an effective trainer. Bettie St.Clair and Cheryl Baker trained this class of twenty-nine to take their speaking skills to the next level at the training workshop that took place on Saturday May 18th from 9 am to 4 pm and the... Continue Reading →

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