Hello, fellow Toastmasters!

We have completed the final sessions of club officer training aka Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) training in August.  Your club officers are now equipped with the knowledge to help your club and your members have a successive year.

In order to meet the district’s mission of building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence, training is essential for our club leaders and our district leaders.

Training is one aspect of learning.  Participation in district events is another aspect of learning.

Whether you are a new Toastmaster or a seasoned Toastmaster, participating in events outside your club, builds camaraderie, knowledge, and confidence as a speaker and as a leader.

Please take a look at the following announcements.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming annual awards banquet celebration on September 28, 2019.


   September Soiree Annual Awards Banquet Celebration:   9/28/19   
This event is open to all members in District 3 (Arizona).  Come celebrate with your fellow Toastmasters and find out who will be recognized for their dedication, commitment and contributions in helping the District meet its mission during the 2018 – 2019 year. For flyer information, click here.
The keynote speaker is Eric Bailey, President & CEO of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group.  For more details, click here.

This is a great opportunity to meet Toastmasters outside your club from all over Arizona, share best practices and to check out the new Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme for this event is “Carnival Fun”.  We are looking for clubs and volunteers to sponsor a carnival booth and donate prizes.  If you are interested, please contact Michele Zalak.  For more details, see the flyer below. Come watch your Immediate Past District Director, Michael Holian, get roasted!

But, wait… there’s more!  Come see the rise of a new super-hero.  Captain Toastmaster has retired. Hurry!  You don’t want to miss all the fun.  You deserve an evening out! For registration details, click here.   Registration deadline is Sunday, 9/22/19 11:59 PM.

   Podcast:  Grand Canyon Echoes   
District 3 has a podcast called Grand Canyon Echoes! Visit GrandCanyonEchoes.podbean.com to download episodes or search for it using your favorite podcast app. If you have suggestions for topics or would like to be part of a podcast episode, contact Don Griffith at podcast@aztoastmasters.org.

   Toastmasters Membership Dues:  9/30/19   
It’s time to extend your Toastmasters membership for another six months (October thru March) so that you can continue your journey in Toastmasters to perfecting your communication and leadership skills.  Please submit your payment to your club officer as soon as you can. There is a membership renewal incentive campaign where your club can receive up to $75 gift certificate to the Toastmasters International store.  For details, click here.

   Smedley Award – Membership Building:  9/30/19   
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. For details, click here.

   Club Coach Program   
Club coaches are experienced Toastmasters who assist in rebuilding club membership and restoring club quality. Coaches who help clubs achieve Distinguished status or higher in the Distinguished Club Program will receive credit in the education program and a certificate of accomplishment. If a club coach role is successfully completed on  June 30, 2020, your club coach credit can count toward both the club support and the district leadership requirements for an ALS or a DTM award. Contact Kristy Hopper at clubassist@aztoastmasters.org.

   Club Extension   
Are you interested in helping form new clubs?  We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate Toastmasters.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Duckett at newclubs@aztoastmasters.org.

   Club Success Plan Campaign   
Submit a club success plan by 9/30/19 to Cheri Foschi at dcp@aztoastmasters.org to receive a $10 TI gift certificate.  For details, click here.

   Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Training Report   
The club officer training (OTR) report has been posted on the District 3 website.  Please review your club’s attendance by following this link.
If you feel your club data is not correct, please contact the TLI chair at tli@aztoastmasters.org. After October 30, 2019, no further corrections will be made.

   Speakers Bureau   
Are you interested in speaking opportunities outside your club?
Join the District 3 Speakers Bureau.  You will be connected with speaking opportunities that add value to the community, promotes Toastmasters, and advances your speaking career. Contact Hannellie Mendoza at speakers@aztoastmasters.org.

  Youth Leadership   
Are you interested in helping young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills? Programs are led by experienced Toastmasters and sponsored by a Toastmasters club or outside organization. Meetings follow a similar format of a Toastmasters club meeting with an agenda, prepared speeches, and impromptu speaking opportunities. Contact Lucinda McNeil at youth.leadership@aztoastmasters.org.

   Members Making A Difference   
District 3 is always looking for members willing to step up and help in any committee; such as, Toastmasters Leadership Institute, Spring Conference, District Leadership (Area Director, Assistant to the Area Director, Division Director, Assistant to the Division Director)  Club Pride, Speech Contests, Judging, club coaching, club mentoring, web team.  Volunteers play a critical role in Toastmasters. If you would like to learn more or would be willing to help, please contact Jim Eng at DD@aztoastmasters.org

Thank you for your time, I appreciate it!
Jim Eng, DTM
2019-2020 District Director
Email: DD@AZToastmasters.org