Education & Training Committee

The Education and Training Committee is responsible for all aspects of education and training within the district.

  • Promote and support quality club programming efforts

  • Promote the Toastmasters’ education program: Pathways

  • Promote the Distinguished Club Program

  • Provide and promote training for all club officers
  • Supervise and coordinate district-wide speech contests
  • Plan and execute the annual District Conference

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The annual District Conference is an exciting educational and networking event for District members. It is held annually in the month of May. The purpose of the District Conference is to:

  • Provide a venue for the District Business Meeting
  • Provide a venue for District Speech Contests
  • Provide communication and leadership training opportunities that support the district mission
  • Provide opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas
  • Recognize and celebrate member, club, and District accomplishments

The Conference Chair oversees the work of the committees and sub-committees and coordinates efforts that lead to a fun and enriching conference experience.

Conference Chair

Jill Kipnes

District Contest Manager

The District Contest Manager provides training and resources for all speech contests; and is charged with managing the District speech contests. The District Contest Manager serves as the District expert on speech contest management, the first line of contact for members with questions on speech contest processes, agendas, and contest non-judging forms/documents.

Contest Management Chair

Bill Posker, DTM

District Chief Judge

The District Chief Judge provides training, resources and oversight for all speech contests. The District Chief Judge:

  • Serves as the District expert on speech contests, the first line of contact for members with questions on speech contest rules and judging procedures

  • Assists members with finding speech contest rules, ballots, and other judging forms/documents

  • Maintains the District judges/chief judges list. Members who complete judges/chief judges training will have their name included on the District list for up to three years

  • Serves as the Chief Judge for District speech contests at our annual Conference

Lynne Brasher is the current winner of the Russ Backus award for Distinguished Service. She has been a toastmaster for 20 years and active in the District as a competitor & judge for almost 15 years. Lynne has won 3 times at the district level, the District Evaluation contest (2X) and Table Topics. Lynne’s service includes as a Distinguished Area Governor, Assistant Division Governor (too many times to count) , Conference Chair and as an educational presenter at the Toastmasters International Convention. She was awarded the District Outstanding Toastmaster of the year in 2008, the District Committee Chair of the Year in 2009, and the Juris Kursulis award in 2013. Lynne is a two time Distinguished Toastmaster, and is currently a member and officer of Melrose & Mel-On Toastmasters. She greatly enjoys the contest aspect of Toastmasters and is excited to serve as this year’s Chief Judge.

District Chief Judge

Lynne Brasher, DTM

Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Chair promotes the Distinguished Club Program and assists club leadership with understanding how to develop and execute a Club Success Plan (CSP). The chair oversees this process and serves as a resource for club officers. The chair creates and promotes incentives for clubs actively working their Club Success Plan and achieving distinguished status.

Barbara Schumacher, 2022-2023 Distinguished Club Program Chair, promotes the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) while assisting our clubs’ officers to become a Presidents Distinguished Club. A monthly newsletter goes out to each club providing ways and means to gain new members and create a Club Success Plan (CSP).  Barbara’s team of “Ambassadors” helps ensure each member and club has recognition for achievements with a new award being introduced in July, 2022.

Barbara joined Toastmasters in December of 2001.  She served in multiple club officer roles, has been both an Area and a Division Governor/Director twice each, founded a club in Payson, AZ., was the 2021-2022 Educational Chair Assistant, and is the 2022 recipient of the Juris Kursulis Spirit Award, given each year to one District 3 Toastmaster who demonstrates unusual enthusiasm, dedication, and caring for District 3 and its members.  Barbara says: “It isn’t so much about who you are.   Toastmasters is about who you can become. “

Barbara is the founder and CEO of a manufacturing company that designs, creates, and sells gemstone and precious metal jewelry internationally, along with authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, fossils, and more.

DCP Chair
Barbara Schumacher, DTM

Distuingished Toastmaster Program

The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Chair serves as a resource for district members seeking to complete an HPL project or in developing their DTM project. They also promote the Speechcraft and Youth Leadership programs, serving as a resource for members engaging as program coordinators. For Information on each item please see below

HPL/DTM Project

The HPL project is required for: Effective Coaching, Innovative Planning, Persuasive Influence, Motivational Strategies and as an elective for other Level 5 projects. The DTM project is required for all Pathways and utilizes the HPL format to organize the project.

The purpose of the Distinguished Toastmaster project or the High Performance Leadership (HPL) project is to apply your leadership and planning knowledge to develop a project plan, organize a guidance committee, lead others, and execute your plan with the help of a team. The DTM or HPL project can be any project chosen by the leader.

Youth Leadership

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The program’s unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.

The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it’s a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills, and individual needs.

The Youth Leadership Program is structured as an eight session delivery model, assuming each session is 90 -120 minutes in length. Learn more about the Youth Leadership Program


The Speechcraft digital experience was created for experienced members to help others become Speechcrafters—essentially the best communicators they can be! You will be given materials to help you recruit five people and be the coordinator of a four-, six- or eight-session Speechcraft event that will boost your participants’ confidence and improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills—all within the safe Toastmasters environment. Plus, Toastmasters members who become coordinators can earn DTM credit!

DTM Chair

Randy Casarez, DTM

Education Chair

The Education Chair promotes Pathways and assists with club questions and training on the Toastmasters education program.

Sandy Zalecki has been a Toastmaster since October of 2014 and became a Distinguished Toastmaster in 2019. Sandy credits Toastmasters with helping her become a better communicator, public speaker, and leader. She was an Area Director in El Paso, Texas for a year and a half and Division Director for Ironwood Division in Northern Arizona.  She served as the Club Extension Chair for the 2021-2022 year and was instrumental in chartering the Toastmasters club, PRC-Saltillo Toastmasters, for people who use augmented devices to speak.
 Sandy will be contacting clubs to make sure they understand Pathways and are using it properly.  She will also be involved with heading the Distinguished Club Program, along with the individual coaching and mentoring in relation to members.

Education Chair

Sandy Zalecki, DTM

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) is offered to the members of District 3 bi-annually, in the winter and summer months. Its main purpose is to train and equip club officers to lead their respective clubs to success! By attending TLI, club officers will learn the tools needed to not only help them carryout the Toastmasters mission in their clubs, but also grow personally and professionally.

The TLI chair is responsible for collaboratively working with other members to organize registration, develop curriculum, and plan successful training events.

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TLI Chair
Edwin Weston, DTM