January 2024

Greetings District 27 Toastmasters! The time for electing our 2024-2025 District Leadership Team is upon us. If you are interested in running for elected, District Level office (District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, or one of our 5 Division Director offices). The window to submit your application materials is Friday, December 15, 2023 at 12 a.m. EST through Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

All election application forms & instructions can be accessed and download via the D27 District Leader Election Central web portal @ https://d27-tm.org/calendar/district-leader-elections All application forms must be submitted to the 2023-2024 DLC Chairperson, IPDD LaShawn Foster, DTM via email at IPDD@D27-TM.ORG.

For more information about District Level Leadership roles, the qualifications needed to run for election, the campaign process, and the D27 Leadership Elections timeline. The District 27 Leadership Committee (DLC) cordially invites you to attend its upcoming seminar entitled: "District Leadership: It Is For You!" on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. EST which will be facilitated by District 27's own IPDD LaShawn Foster, DTM, PDD Robin Hylton, DTM, & IMFM & Past D38 PQD Joshua D. Smith, DTM. To register to attend this virtual event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/784379158177?aff=oddtdtcreator

District 27 Recognition

Division Director of the Month

Division E Director Mary Pearson

Division E Director Mary Pearson is this month's Division Director of the Month. During the RA visit this year, Division Director Mary not only attended the DEC meeting to give her report, but also assisted in the TLI as an instructor and covered for the clubs without an area director. She als

Area Director of the Month

Area 33 Director Gerri Wallace

Area 33 Director Gerri Wallace is this month’s Area Director of the Month. As Area 33 Director, all of her clubs are in good standing as well as submitted all of her club visit reports. She personally worked with her clubs to maintain their status and stood in for Division C Director at the DEC meeting in December. She was nominated by Division C Director, Dr. Janice Boss, DTM.

On Sunday, December 3, 2023, Elisabeth Salchow transitioned to eternal life

One of our dear members of District 27 passed recently. Elisabeth Salchow was a member for over 30 years. She came from Germany alone with no family and is survived by none. She has crossed paths with many Toastmasters members. The members of Andrews 2184 attended her service on December 22, 2023.

2024 Goals of District 27 Members

From the Desk of the Club Growth Director

Happy New Year to District 27 Members! We can not express enough how important each of you are to the success of the district. Thank you for all that you do, from the least to the most.

“Finishing Strong” - 12/1/24 to 2/28/24 - The first 10 clubs to reach the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) minimum required membership plus 3 by February 28, 2024, will receive District recognition and a Word of the Day Pack. Note: Only clubs with less than 20 members qualify for this incentive. Once this goal is met, please have your VP Membership email the CGD@d27-tm.org with the date the goal was met.

Strive for Success” - 9/1/23 to 6/5/24 - The first 5 clubs who gain 5 new members within 30-days of hosting an OPEN HOUSE will receive a $25 gift certificate from TI shop; Member sponsors will receive a Stylus Pen Clubs are required to have the dates of their Open House placed on the District 27 calendar. Also a copy of the application showing who the new member sponsor is will be required. Note: This item can not be combined with other member extension incentives for clubs.  Please provide proof of meeting the requirements to cgd@d27-tm.org.


“Volunteer Cheer” - 8/1/23 to 6/5/24 - District 27 will be marketing at several tabling events to promote Toastmasters. These events will require volunteers from the District’s clubs. For each of the 4 events, the first 5 volunteers who receive information that leads to an introduction meeting with organization’s decision makers will receive a Navy Tote Bag item # 6845; the first 5 volunteers who sponsor new members will receive a 2023 Convention KeyChain; the first 3 volunteers who become Club Sponsors to assist the club through the chartering process will receive a License Plate Frame.

The Club Growth Team and I look forward to serving you!

Sincerely, Club Growth Director​ Ida King

Pathways Office Hours

No Zoom pre-registration is required.

Add Zoom link to your calendar.

Zoom Links & Date:

January 27, from 10 am to 12 pm Pathways Training

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89828952185

February 18, from 12 pm to 2 pm Pathways Training

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82134285361

March 2, from 12 pm to 2 pm Pathways Training

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86731163776

April 3, from 7 pm to 9 pm Pathways training (Frank Only)

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82786831589

May 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm Pathways Training

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84370828493


Send any questions or concerns about Pathways Office Hours to Frank Storey:



Winter TLI Sessions

From the Desk of Program Quality Director​ Annette Sanks, DTM

District Officers, Division Directors, Club Officers,


TLI - Club Officer Training Opportunities: Let’s get 100% club officer trained!!!If you have any questions, please email Annette Sanks, DTM, at pqd@d27-tm.org.


(1) Saturday, January 13, 9 am, Online Only



(2) Saturday, February 17, 9 am, Online Only



(3) Tuesday, February 27, 7 pm, Online Only




New Program Quality Director Happenings:

First Mondays with the PQD -- Join the PQD Team every 1st Monday of the Month at noon for relevant educational opportunities for club officers and any TM member to share ideas, network, and expand their skills as communicators and leaders. Brown bag lunch is welcome as we share and learn together in a casual, fun, and inspiring environment. These are opportunities for all TM members to partner with the PQD Team as we Engage, Empower, and Elevate!!!

No Zoom pre-registration is required. Add Zoom link to your calendar. 

The initial kickoff meeting is date is Monday, Jan 8, 12:00 pm via Zoom.



NOTE: Use same link for all remaining sessions


Monday, February 5th, 2024

Monday, March 4th, 2024

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Monday, May 6th, 2024

Monday, June 3rd, 2024 


Annette Sanks

2023-2024 PQD


Spring Speech Contest (Evaluation and International Speech Contests)

Club Level: November 4, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Area Level:  February 16 - March 31, 2024

Division Level: April 1 - April 19, 2024 (Evaluation Contests end at Div Level)

District Level: April 27 (International Speech Contest Only)


Contest Training

Area Contest Coord/Judges Training:

Saturday, Jan 6, 10 am https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84762519813

Monday, Feb 5, 7 pm https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82673193062


Division Contest Coord/Judges Training:

Saturday, Feb 10, 3 pm https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81045009580



District Conference April 26-27

Conference Chair - Herman Raybon, Jr, DTMA

Conference Theme: Engage, Empower, Elevate

Interested in joining the Conference Team?

Email: Conferencechair@d27-tm.org

Dates: April 26 -27

April 26 Virtual (Business Meeting via Zoom) 

April 27 Hybrid

District Conference Committee -needs your help and is an exciting educational and networking event for all District members. The purpose of the District Conference is to: 

• Provide a venue for the annual District Business Meeting.

Provide a venue for District Speech Contests.

• Provide communication and leadership training opportunities to

support the district mission.

• Provide opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas.

• Recognize and celebrate member, club, and District accomplishments

Do you like to read? Would you like to

improve your public speaking skills?

How to find us on January 28, 2024 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM?

Easy, Click here [ Page Turners Club ]

or cut-n-paste this link into your browser https://pageturners.toastmastersclubs.org/


Does “Public Speaking” give you butterflies?

Join Toastmasters Club 727 Speak-UP Open House Event

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM



or go to https://727.toastmastersclubs.org

US Postal Service, Judy de Torok, Vice President, Corporate Affairs will help you! Find out what we are all about, improve your public Speaking skills, share an insiping message, and talk to members about their experience.

Inspirational Message of the Month

Health and Wellness

Happy New Year District 27! Welcome to 2024! 

It is that time again, when most people set goals and make changes for a better way of living. As a District 27 Toastmaster, I know we are ahead of the pack and have already starting working toward achieving our goals for 2024! We should all strive to be our best, living life to our full potential. Without taking some time to focus on physical health and body wellness, it can be difficult to be all that you can be.

If you ask ten people to describe physical health and body wellness goals, you are more than likely to get ten different answers. Just to help you get started. Here are some ideas for physical health and body wellness related goals: weight loss, body sculpting, eating healthy, exercise, mindfulness, getting enough sleep, work-life balance, becoming a vegetarian or vegan, eliminating added sugar in your diet, reducing stress and anxiety, focusing on staying in the moment, preparing home cooked meals, and the list goes on.

Once you determine your goals, start getting and staying motived to see your goals through to the end. Make a plan; begin by taking inventory and assessing where you are. Then determine where you want to be. Fill in the gaps by figuring out the steps required to get you from your start to finish. Make sure you do regular check-ins to see how things are going and to make any necessary changes needed to keep you on track to reaching your goals. A great way to give your goal the upfront thought it needs is to make it SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 

Wishing you all a wonderful and fun-filled new year. Go out and make 2024 the best!


Deborah Jones

District 27 Chaplain