District 10 Weekly Update
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • District Director Corner
  • Covid-19 Update - Trio Message
  • Area Director Visits to Clubs
  • Looking for More Speaking Opportunities?
  • District Leadership Candidacy
  • Program Quality Director Corner
  • Makeup Club Officer Training
  • Webinar: Zoom Advanced Training
  • Webinar: Club Contest Judge and Judge Training
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Club Growth Director Corner
  • Membership Dues Renewal
  • Leadership Interest Survey
  • District Public Relations Corner
District Director Corner
Alicia Smith-Kirk, DTM
District Director
District 10
“Here we are, with tremendous opportunity before us. I challenge you to get to work to bring us up to a higher level of service. Let us share with others the benefits we have gained for ourselves.”
~ Dr. Ralph Smedley, Founder Toastmasters International
Dear District 10 Members,

This week we honor our heroes as November 11, 2020 is Veteran’s Day. Let us ALL take a moment to honor their service and sacrifice to our country. “All gave some, but some gave all!”
~Howard William Osterkamp
Covid-19 Update - Trio Message
As we persist amongst the ongoing rise of Covid-19 cases, making our best efforts to stay safe and motivated, we understand that many of you may feel overwhelmed. We are here to encourage you to "look for the silver lining." Although we miss seeing each other in-person and meeting face-to-face, we can still connect safely online during these tough times.
Ohio Health Dept. Update
Most counties in Northeast Ohio are categorized as red counties by the Ohio Department of Health. This indicates a Level 3 Public Emergency defined as very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible.

Follow all current health orders:
  • Decrease in-person interactions with others.
  • Consider necessary travel only.
  • Limit attending gatherings of any number.
The primary concern for District 10 leadership is the health and safety of its members. Current circumstances seem to indicate that restrictions on public gatherings may be necessary at least until next summer. Those of us in District leadership share your desire to see our Toastmaster friends. Nevertheless, we urge caution when there are calls to go back to having in-person meetings. By remaining safe, we look forward to a glorious reunion and celebration next year.

In the meantime, we are calling everyone to #EmbraceD10online. Let’s take advantage of the Zoom training and extra opportunities to learn how to present contests online across the district, despite our current situations. 


Your District 10 Trio,
Alicia Smith-Kirk, DTM
District Director
Tricia Spayer, DTM
Program Quality Director
Bob Churilla, DTM
Club Growth Director
Reminder - Area Director Visits to Clubs
Club Officers please note, November 30 is the Toastmasters International deadline for Area Directors to visit clubs and submit their visit report to TI. Many of our Area Directors have already visited their clubs and submitted their reports; however, some are still in-progress.

We encourage Club Officers to contact your Area Director and schedule a club visit and/or provide additional information for their Area Director Club Visit Reports. 

Looking for More Speaking Opportunities?
Join a District Committee and Speak More

Through various District Committees, members and District leaders work together and build effective teams that support the District and enhance the quality of the member experience. 

  • Audit Committee
  • Alignment Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Web Team Committee

To learn more about these Leadership Opportunities, contact our District Director at districtdirector@district10.org.
District Leadership Candidacy
Sravanthi Vallampati, DTM
District 10 District Leader Committee Chair
Immediate Past District Director
Your time, talents, and energies are bound to find their fitting match in the many leadership opportunities that are available to you in the 2021-2022 year. Learn about them now.

Stretch your leadership learning!

Applications are due 12/15/2020 to dlc@district10.org.

Program Quality Director Corner
Tricia Spayer, DTM
Program Quality Director
District 10
Attention all Clubs! Choose your International Speech and/or Tall Tales Speech Competitors before December 31, 2020 to participate in the Area Speech Contests.
Required Club Officer Training - Round 2 for
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Credit
Why attend training again? Round 2 is different than Round 1. You get to catch up with your peers. Find out how to successfully complete your year. Learn from other clubs! And it’s required!

Attendance at any of the upcoming Club Officer Training sessions hosted by our Division Directors counts toward your club's DCP credit.

If you attended Toastmasters Leadership Institute Club Officer Training - Round 2 on November 7, please fill out the Evaluation Form here.
Registrations are OPEN!
Catherine Peterson, DTM
Southern Division Director
Saturday, December 5, 2020
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC-4)
Emmanuel Agbovi, DTM
Central Division Director
Saturday, December 12, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (UTC-4)
Rachel Kresge, DTM
Northern Division Director
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-4)
Preeti Venkataramani, SR3
Eastern Division Director
Sunday, January 24, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC-4)
Mark Meisner, IP2
Western Division Director
Thursday, February 11, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC-4)
Webinar: Zoom Advanced Training
Thursday, November 12, 2020 7 PM - 8:30 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Zoom Advanced Training for aspiring Zoom Hosts!

Learn how to become a Zoom Master!

Build your portfolio with these in-demand skills:
  • Mastering user views – Spotlight, Gallery, and more
  • Creating and managing breakout rooms
  • Managing the Zoom environment – disabling/enabling chat, locking the meeting, managing the waiting room, and more
  • Managing participants – dealing with audio issues, muting, disabling videos

Master online meetings and contests. Go behind the scenes with hands-on activities to be ready to host the next big event!

Your hosts: Tricia Spayer, DTM, Program Quality Director and Eugene Schnell, DTM, Logistics Manager and Zoom Manager.
Tricia Spayer, DTM
Program Quality Director
District 10
Eugene Schnell, DTM
Logistics Manager, Zoom Manager
District 10
Webinar: Contest Chief Judge and
Judges Training
Monday, November 16, 2020 7 PM - 8:30 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Learn how to be a judge – or Chief Judge – in the Zoom environment.

Who should attend?
We recommend all Area Directors, Division Directors, and members interested in helping with Area and Division contests attend this training.

We will cover:
  • Completing judges ballots
  • Creating a back-channel communication to submit ballots
  • How to brief the judges, timers, and ballot counters
  • What to do in the event of a technical glitch during a contest
  • As a judge – what to look for in a contestant performance in the Zoom environment

We’ll have hands-on practice so you will be confident during your own contests!

We highly recommend that you download and read the Toastmasters 2020-2021 contest rulebook in advance of this training: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/2020-2021-speech-contest-rulebook

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for opportunities to volunteer or need to apply one of these to a Pathways Project, especially level 4 or 5?

We’re looking for help with:
  • Zoom hosting, zoom co-hosting, timers for the upcoming contest season.
  • Contest specialists: trainers and coordinators
  • Virtual Conference planning, including Conference Co-Chair

Contact programquality@district10.org to get started.
Club Growth Director Corner
Bob Churilla, DTM
Club Growth Director
District 10
Membership Dues Renewal
We are still reminding clubs to get their dues renewal payments in. This is important for your club to be in good standing with Toastmasters International. If you need any help we are here to help and answer any questions you have.

Interested in serving in other District areas?
Fill out the Leader Interest Survey.
District Leadership will be in contact!
Public Relations Corner
Sandra Orland, DL5, EC5
Public Relations Manager
District 10
Sharon Stadul, DTM
Newsletter Editor
District 10
Does your Toastmasters club, Area, or Division have a great story to tell? Reach out to us to be featured in our next Quarterly Newsletter.
Fun Public Relations Facts!
Did you know you can post your news on your club's Facebook page then share it to District 10's Facebook Group? We will be sure to share content as long as it is related to and appropriate for all Toastmasters.
Visit the District Calendar for more information: https://district10.org/upcoming-events/

Sandra Orland, DL5, EC5
Public Relations Manager
District 10 - Region 6
Toastmasters International