Volume 01 | July 2021

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” -Melody Beattie"

Member News

Achieving our goals is not an act on a single day: it is a habit; it is a practice!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Toastmasters program year.

We are starting a new year, and with that comes a new journey! It does not matter where you are on your journey; we are here to support you because our Members Matter Most!

Each month we will give you the tips, tools, and resources that you will need to be successful in your role. Your success stories can inspire and empower others, so please share them with us. Together we will passionately work in the pursuit of excellence to support the club mission to benefit our members. 

Together we will go the extra mile to inspire and celebrate our members! 

Reminder: Time To Recognize Excellence

Every year, District 60 celebrates outstanding achievement, and recognizes:

  • Toastmaster of the Year
  • President of the Year
  • Area Director of the Year
  • Division Director of the Year

Nominations close July 31, so if you know a Toastmaster who has excelled in:

  • Club & Membership Building and Retention
  • Distinguished Status
  • Education and Training
  • Leadership, Commitment and Support
  • Public Relations

Click on the link below to access the nomination forms.

Pro tip: you can nominate yourself!

Click here to access the nomination forms

Important information: 2021-2022 International Speech contest

Districts across the world were asked by Toastmasters International to decide by July 31, 2021, how they would be conducting their International Speech contests at the Area, Division and District levels for this Toastmasters year (2021/2022). The choice being online or in-person.

On July 21, 2021, the District Executive Committee members met to discuss and vote which format to use. By a margin of 3 to 1, the decision is to hold online contests for the current year at the Area, Division and District levels.  

Please note that clubs can still decide to hold in-person contests if they feel comfortable doing so.

It’sTime to Learn. Engage. Lead.

Get back to what you and so many around the globe need now by signing up for the Toastmasters International Virtual Convention. This online experience, which was born in a changed world last year, has been fine-tuned and adapted for 2021. Join the world leader in public speaking and communication to make a difference in yourself.

Click here to Register

Membership Building Smedley Award Campaign

Start the Toastmasters year by recruiting enthusiastic, new members!


The Smedley Award membership campaign starts August 1 and continues until September 30. Earn attractive incentives by adding five new, dual or reinstated members to your club.

Award from Toastmasters International:

If your club is successful, you will receive a ribbon for your club banner and a special discount code for 10% off your next club order from Toastmasters International store.

Click here for more information about the Smedley Award

Where’s my club?

As of July 1, District 60 has changed in size.

For the new District 60, we now have 6 divisions instead of 9, and three “division letters” have changed – G to B, H to D, I to E.  

Plus every area number in District 60 has changed.

Click here to see your club?

District 60 Welcomes the World

The District 60 Outreach Program invites Toastmasters clubs from all over the world to attend District 60 club meetings from participating clubs. This program kicked off at the end of July with 32 clubs opting to participate in the program. This is over 25% of our clubs in District 60. This program promotes building bridges and camaraderie with our fellow Toastmasters from around the world in the spirit of friendship and collaboration. A link of all participating clubs can be found at:


Be Rewarded While Developing Into a Better Speaker and Leader

District 60 has a number of rewards for our members to achieve on their journey to become better speakers and leaders. Check out the ones that you are qualified for to achieve at https://www.toastmasters60.com/2021-2022-incentives/ and these include:

Building New Clubs & Membership Growth

  1. Providing a Lead to Charter a New Club
  2. Mentoring a New Club to Success
  3. Coaching an Existing Club to Success
  4. Participating in the Helping Hands Program where clubs help clubs to be successful
  5. Building your club membership over 3 different campaign periods
  6. Building your club membership during the two Open House Campaigns
  7. Building your club membership during the Toastmasters year


  1. Completing a Pathway Path
  2. Earning the Triple Crown Award
  3. Becoming a Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)
  4. Becoming a Distinguished Club
  5. Completing Club Officer Training with all 7 club officers trained
  6. Submitting Your Club Success Plan

The Helping Hands Program

The Helping Hands Program partners a strong club with a club that needs help to grow so that the club would be successful. Clubs that qualify for a mentoring club in the Helping Hands Programs and their objectives to achieve are:

  • Clubs currently with 13-16 member need to add a net of 5 new, dual, or reinstated members and achieve 5 DCP points.
  • Clubs currently with 12 and under need to add a net of 5 new, dual, or reinstated members.
The Helping Hands initiative will run until June 30, 2022. If the club being mentored meets the above objective by June 30, 2022, both clubs will receive District recognition and a $75.00 (US dollars) Toastmasters International gift card and honourable mention in our District 60 newsletter, Facebook and other outlets.  

Club Officers News

Club Officer Training Round 1 - training underway!

Congratulations to all the club officers who have already attended club officer training.

Please check out the Event Calendar under the News & Events tab of the District 60 website https://www.toastmasters60.com/d60-calendar/ for registration information. 

Training for all roles will be offered by the District on Saturday, August 14 at 1 pm. At this event, keynote speaker Adam Rodricks will teach us about personal and our club branding and how branding helps us and our clubs achieve greater success.

For Clubs that achieve 7 of 7 officers trained, each officer will receive a free Pathways path of their choice!

Your keys to success: Club Success Plans & Moments of Truth

We all would like our Clubs to provide the best possible member experience so that existing members stay and new members join. It has been shown that Clubs that actively participate in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) and conduct a Moments of Truth (MoT) session are more likely to be healthier and more vibrant than Clubs that do not. Moments of Truth and the Club Success Plan may seem daunting, but knowing what to focus on can make all the difference.

Join this workshop to find out why it’s important that a Moments of Truth session and your Club Success Plan is developed early in the year. -- More details to follow as we get closer to the event.

Club Presidents and Secretaries: Make your vote count!

Your clubs have important votes to cast during the 2021 Annual Business Meeting. Clubs will cast their votes to elect one International Officer and seven International Directors to the 2021–2022 Board of Directors.

For questions or additional information, please email proxyinfo@toastmasters.org or visit Proxy FAQ to review the Proxy Frequently Asked Questions.

Keep your club information current for prospective members

Make sure your club's contact information is accurate so you don't miss important club-related items such as prospective- members inquiries or news from World Headquarters. Log into Club Central on the Toastmasters website and make any necessary updates.

5 tips for following up with potential members

District Leader News

District Leadership Team 2021-2022

District Trio:

District Director: Aneeta Pathak

Program Quality Director: Andrew Mertens

Club Growth Director: Angela Ho

Division Directors:

Division A: Marinka Ranasinghe

Division B: Carrie Webster

Division C: Louise Bark

Division D: Andrew Horberry

Division E: George Lyberogiannis

Division F: Antoinette Holder

Click here to see your Area Directors

District 60 Leaders

Aneeta Pathak, DTM

District 60 Director


District Director page

I wish everyone a happy new year! It will be an exciting year as we continue to instill a passion for learning among all Toastmasters in our district.   


Andrew Mertens, DTM

Program Quality Director


Welcome fellow learners, teachers, motivators! Looking forward to collaborating with you as we support and nurture each other to greater heights of personal growth and success.

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Angela Ho, DTM

Club Growth Director


I am enjoying the start of my journey as your Club Growth Director this term. Join me and embrace your own journey by seizing the many opportunities that Toastmasters have to offer.

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Elton Brown, DTM

Public Relations Manager


Each new year comes with hope and joy! Off with the old on with the new! This year’s newsletter has a different look and feel. We hope that you will find the information made available in the newsletter will have value. Future newsletters will contain club experiences and images that display Toastmasters that are happy and educationally strong!

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