News & Announcements

March 16, 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.
APRIL 9TH IMPACT FAIR
Our Community outreach event is happening April 9th 2021 from 8am to 5pm. We are doing this for three reasons:
  1. Increase the awareness of Toastmasters in AZ
  2. To give back and help our community in these difficult times
  3. To have an opportunity to start the conversation of how can Toastmasters help!
This is a 100% virtual event with more than 16 workshops to help improve leadership and communication skills as well as a FREE Job Fair.
So how can you as members of D3 help? Share the event. We welcome both individuals to attend the event as well as companies to have a FREE booth. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event, even helping for one hour is a tremendous support. Email CGD@aztoastmasters.org with questions!
Here is the link to share for more information: https://bit.ly/3qJU93b
MEMBERS PAGE
Make sure your visit our members page for these and other announcements. Click the members button on aztoastmasters.org
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OUTSTANDING TOASTMASTER OF THE YEAR  & OUTSTANDING CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Nominations are open for Outstanding Club Member
and the Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year!
Don’t let your members’ hard work go unacknowledged!
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The Outstanding Club Member (OCM) award recognizes a Toastmaster in your club who has gone above and beyond in serving your club. The Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (OTMOTY) award recognizes a Toastmaster whose dedication and commitment has significantly served their Club and beyond. All Outstanding Club Members will be automatically nominated for Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year if eligible.
Nomination Form is due by July 10, 2021: http://bit.ly/3lrXbHl
WHY WE STAY
Why stay in Toastmasters?
A panel of toastmasters with a combined total of over 60 years in Toastmasters will talk about why they have stayed, why YOU should stay, and how to help your club members get engaged and desire to stay.
This is a “Must Hear” for all club officers and members during renewals!
There will be time allotted for Q&A
March 16th at 6:30 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: http://bit.ly/38K5oS6
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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: *April 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 April 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.
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.
* 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:
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.
March Blog Topic:
What is one thing everyone should know about Toastmasters?
Deadline to submit is March 31st; email your article to CGD@aztoastmasters.org.
DCP CARNIVAL IS HEATING UP
There is still time to earn DCP goals and get your share of prizes. Your club receives point(s) for each Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goal earned. The DCP Carnival end April 30th 2021 so don’t delay.
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.
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AND THE WINNER IS… CONTEST SEASON IS HERE
Division Contests begin in April. All of the Division contest dates are listed on the calendar and on our contest resource page: https://aztoastmasters.org/contest.
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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
Find us online at aztoastmasters.org