News & Announcements

February 23, 2021

Dear Toastmasters of District 3,
We are honored to provide the following news and announcements for you and your fellow club members. Please follow our activities and announcements on social media to stay informed.
TALK UP TOASTMASTERS
It is time to share your love of Toastmasters!
Add New, Dual or Reinstated Members to Your Club
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Every new member added in February and March will earn the club a New Member Pin for the Club to present to their members. Add 5 or more and receive a Toastmasters Ribbon Pack for your club as well as be recognized for Talking Up Toastmasters!
D3 CLUB DUES RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
The Dues Renewal Committee is excited to announce the theme for our renewals campaign, Mystery at the Manor! This is one campaign you don’t want to be clueless about! Renewals need to be paid by March 31st in order to be eligible for any clues and/or prizes, so get those payments submitted now! The earlier you renew, the better your chances to earn club and individual incentives!
Be among the first clubs in the district to achieve 100%, 90%, or 80% in club renewals to be eligible to earn D3 Bucks*!
Mystery at the Manor!
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  • First 20 clubs to reach 100%+ renewals will receive $75 in D3 Bucks*
  • First 15 clubs to reach 90 – 99% renewals will receive $50 in D3 Bucks*
  • First 10 clubs to reach 80 – 89% renewals will receive $25 in D3 Bucks*
In addition to the club incentive, we are offering an individual incentive; Toastmasters t-shirts will be awarded on a weekly basis throughout the campaign. The earlier you renew, the greater odds you have of winning one**! Be on the lookout for more clues and updates on our social media pages!
Questions? Email Tami Wedl at dues@aztoastmasters.org
*D3 Bucks are a new D3 alternative to Toastmasters International Gift Certificates. D3 Bucks are held at the district level as a club credit. The club can order TI store items through the district using the credit (total credit must cover tax + shipping). Credit must be redeemed by May 31, 2021 or it will be redeemed to the club in the form of a TI store gift certificate.
** Please note that t-shirt sizes are available on a first come basis based on inventory.
2021 CONFERENCE TICKET SALES ARE OPEN
Full conference, virtual, and a la care ticket options available now!
Full Conference Price – $150 ($199 value)
VIRTUAL Conference Package – $45
Friday Dinner (Contest & DTM Ceremony) – $75
Saturday HOF / C&L Luncheon – $50
Basic Registration (all events – no meals) – $65
VIRTUAL Package + Saturday Ed sessions only (no meals) – $55
Gallery Seating:  Friday Night (no meal) – $15
Gallery Seating:  Saturday Hall of Fame (no meal) – $20
(for VIRTUAL vs In-person Ticket features, visit https://aztoastmasters.org/district-conference)
OUR COMMITTMENT TO SAFETY AT CONFERENCE
We are committed to planning a fun and safe event. Please review our plans and ideas for solutions and then respond to our safety survey. Your concerns and feedback are very important; we want to hear from you.
Once you have familiarized yourself with our safety plans, please respond to our safety survey. Click HERE to respond to the survey. All survey responses are confidential and will help the committee plan to address as many concerns as possible.
CALL FOR EDUCATIONAL PRESENTERS
We are excited to announce the Conference Committee is seeking proposals from powerful and dynamic speakers for several inspirational, educational and interactive workshops.
  • Do you have a creative and inspiring workshop in communication, leadership, Toastmasters or personal development to share?
  • Do you have other creative or valuable topics that you would like to present?
  • Do you know someone who would be a great fit? Pass it on! Spread the word! Send this to people you know that would make great presenters! And, let us know!
Deadline to Apply: *March 1, 2021*
* Speech contestants are not eligible to present educational sessions.*
* Candidates running for an elected position are not eligible to present educational sessions.*
Presentation Types Available
  • Live Session: limited 45 minutes, including time for Q&A. Presenters will present in-person at conference. All accepted Live Session presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee.
  • Virtual Session: (pre-recorded) limited to 45 minutes and will be available on demand throughout and after the conference. These presentations do not require the presenters to register or be in attendance at the conference. The presenters are responsible for recording, editing, and submitting their presentation video by the deadline of March 1, 2021.
Interested in presenting? Please email your proposed topic idea and/or session summary for consideration to PQD@aztoastmaster.org or Conference@aztoastmasters.org.
CALL FOR CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS
There are many volunteer opportunities; email conference@aztoastmasters.org for more info. We are looking for Ads & Donations Manager, DTM Ceremony Manager, Education Manager, Minute Manager, Saturday Dignitary Coordinator, as well as general volunteers to help at conference in May.
NEW PATHWAYS CLUB INCENTIVE
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*District Bucks are a new D3 alternative to Toastmasters International gift certificates. District Bucks are held at the district level as a club credit. The club can order TI store items through the district using the credit (total credit must cover tax + shipping).
Credit must be redeemed by June 15, 2021 or it will be redeemed to the club in the form of a TI store gift certificate.
Questions? Email Lynne Brasher, DTM
at education@aztoastmasters.org for more info.
PAY IT FORWARD CLUB VISITATION CONTEST
Visit another club, experience how other Toastmaster clubs operate, assist if needed, learn something new, win prizes. Rules are simple. Visit another club within District 3 (cannot be a member, sponsor, mentor, coach, or district officer who has direct responsibility for that club). Be willing to help if needed. Maybe even give a speech if possible. Then report your visit.
The purpose is to strengthen clubs within District 3 and expand the experience of the Toastmasters who participate. We as Toastmasters can have a direct effect upon clubs that can use our collective help. Pay it forward!
Prizes:
  • $25 Amazon gift card to the member who visits the most clubs
  • $50 Amazon gift card to the club that sends the most members out to visit other clubs
  • $50 Amazon gift card to the club that has the most visitors
The contest runs from March 1st, 2021 to May 31st, 2021. For more information and how to report your visit, go to https://aztoastmasters.org/pay-it-forward.
AND THE WINNER IS… CONTEST SEASON IS HERE
Contest season is here! The first of our Area contests kicked off at the end of January.
All of the Area and Division contests are listed on the calendar and on our contest resource page:
Please visit the website for all details, training videos, forms, and resources for contest management and participation.
Please contact your Area Director or Division Director if you have any questions.
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The two speech contests for the
2020-2021 Contest Season are:
Humorous and International
TOASTMASTERS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Make sure you confirm your club’s TLI officer credit has been assigned correctly.
The list is published on the website at: https://bit.ly/3jbtMQB

The deadline to provide updates or corrections is February 28th, email correction requests to PQD@aztoastmasters.org.

DISTRICT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
District 3 is excited to offer you many training opportunities for you and your clubs.
To sign up for these sessions, please visit our district training page for specific details, schedule, and to register for available training sessions.
Upcoming Sessions (click on links to register):
To sign up for upcoming training sessions or view recorded sessions held in the last few months, please visit aztoastmasters.org/training-information.
* NEW * CLUB SUCESS CHECKLIST CHALLENGE
Time is of the essence for your club to end the year with success; complete as many club success actions as you can for a chance to share in District 3’s $3000 Dollar give away.
Download a PDF tracker for full program info, prize details, and rules; use the tracker to make your plan of action and stay on track.
Download the tracker here: https://bit.ly/3rgg5CH.
Please note the PDF tracker is only to assist in tracking club actions and points. Only the online Google form will be accepted when submitting for club awards.
Once your plan is completed, submit the online form for your chance to win: https://forms.gle/SRKU5HfobUufcmDa9.
Prizes will be awarded on a first come serve basis.
Club Action Plan
begins February 1, 2021
and ends May 15, 2021
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DISTRICT BLOG INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Love your club? Love what Toastmasters has done for you? We want to hear all about it! We are looking for Blog Articles (300-1200 words in length); every submission must meet Toastmasters core values, be thoroughly proofread and polished for publication on the District 3 website.
The TOP FIVE submissions each month will also be shared on District 3 social media pages along with a PAID advertising boost for the clubs’ zip code area. Value of the boost will be $50 in a month. Plus, you can submit every single month!
Please include your name, club name, and the best contact for your club on each submission. The articles will be ranked by a committee for fairness and consistency.
February Blog Topic: What I Enjoy Most About My Club Is…
Deadline to submit is February 28th; email your article to CGD@aztoastmasters.org.
DCP CARNIVAL IS IN HEATING UP
Your club receives point(s) for each Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goal earned. The earlier points are earned, the more they are worth. Clubs can redeem points earned for fabulous prizes.
The top three clubs will receive a discount on tickets for the 2022 conference.
You can check out the most updated DCP Carnival ranking and more contest details at https://aztoastmasters.org/2020-2021-distinguished-club-program.
Don’t see your clubs name on the list? Still plenty of time to earn points, but the two point multiplier ends 2/28/21!
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Your 2020-2021 District Leadership Trio,
District Director: Peter Salazar, DTM
Program Quality Director: David Hopper, DTM
Club Growth Director: Karen Hewitt, DTM