Hal Jones, DTM

Hal Jones, DTM
District 27 Director, 2015-2016

Fellow Toastmasters,

My sincere appreciation to all the members of District 27 for giving me an opportunity to serve you as District Director for the term from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. With your great support and active participation, I and my team of District Leaders will work to serve you in three key areas: Enhancing the member experience, improving club quality and developing district leaders. Our collective success will be based on helping you reach your individual and club goals. We work for you. We are humbled to be entrusted with the traditions and legacy of success from prior District Leadership teams. We thank them for their service to the members and clubs of the District.

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Excellence in Marketing Award for Alonzo White, DTM

Greetings District 27,

It is with great humility and appreciation that I share with you the attached letter of accommodation I received from Toastmasters International on behalf of all the wonderful work you and the District 27 Marketing Team performed this past year. I am incredibly proud and honored to have had the privilege and opportunity to work with you as we sought to reach the lofty goal of “President’s Distinguished District” set by our District Governor, Ernesto Etienne. The going was not always easy and at times we even mis-stepped here and there, but we never gave up.

I want to give a special thanks to my Extension Chair, Chris Rio, for his steadiness, guidance, encouragement, and friendship. And of course I thank my Life Partner, Best Friend, and Retention Chair, Jenny Genser, for her energy, tenaciousness, ingenuity, and faithfulness.

I want to thank their team for the tremendous support you provided them. Melissa Evans chartered not only her first club, but our first club Trident (DC) in November. Way to Go! Christine Hobbs was responsible for the chartering of four Virginia clubs! Brenda Faison, who was in Maryland and everywhere hit the triple-crown by successfully sponsoring, mentoring, and coaching clubs in the same year! Not to leave out our retention team, Eugene Gonzales attended several open houses in Maryland to help boost membership to struggling clubs. Cate Kinney helped struggling Virginia clubs by calling Club Officers and encouraging them to take action when needed. Tarsem Dayal attended several open houses in DC and even successfully coached a struggling DC Club! For all these efforts we only lost “ONE” club! OUTSTANDING!

As I stated before, I am very proud of all of you. Please know that your contributions directly contributed to our success and that I am most grateful to you.


Alonzo White, DTM
Program Quality Director, District 27

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Excellence in Education and Training Award for Hal Jones, DTM

To all District 27 Toastmasters,

Mohammed Murad, DTM, Toastmasters International President, 2014-15 and Daniel Rex, Toastmasters International Chief Executive Officer sent me this letter of congratulations for earning the Excellence in Education and Training Award.

This award is not merely a personal recognition of me and the aggregate performance of the District. Rather, this award represents all the hard work of the District’s awesome TLI Deans, Angela Morgan, DTM and the late Pam Copeland, DTM, and of the quality training and adult learning performed by all the District’s TLI Instructors. This letter also represents the fantastic promotion of the value of TLI training by last year’s Division and Area Governors, and of all those who helped out with securing the venues and providing the logistics for the TLI events.

The District set a record in TLI attendance for the 2014-15 Toastmasters Year with over 75% of our club officers attending Summer TLI and almost 60% attending Winter TLI. In addition we had almost 95% of all our clubs meet the Distinguished Club Goal of having a minimum of 4 club officers trained.

In my opinion, the fact that that we had so many trained officers was directly responsible for the District also setting a record with 67 of our 113 clubs earning Distinguished Club or higher status. This includes 32 President’s Distinguished Clubs, 17 Select Distinguished Clubs, and 18 Distinguished Clubs, representing nearly 60% of the District’s clubs.

Well done to you all! Let’s strive to repeat or exceed those standards this year as we continue to enhance the member experience, help improve the quality of our clubs, and develop future District Leaders.

Hal Jones, DTM
Director, District 27

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Attend the Toastmasters Convention from home

Even if you can’t head to Las Vegas in August, you can still enjoy the convention program from the comfort of your own home. With a virtual ticket, you can watch the events on any device, anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s live or recorded, the convention will be at your fingertips.

The Virtual Ticket includes access to:

  • Board of Directors Briefing
  • Club Leadership Session
  • Opening Ceremonies, featuring the keynote presentation
  • Education Sessions
  • Semifinals 1-10
  • Accredited Speakers
  • Golden Gavel Event
  • World Championship of Public Speaking
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • President’s Inauguration

Not interested in the entire package? Several events, including the World Championship of Public Speaking can be purchased separately. Our champion, Clarence Featherson, will be participating in Semifinal #6, so be sure to tune in and support him!

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District 27 2015-2016 Calendar

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Toastmasters Theater Night

Toastmasters Theater Night A Midsummer's Night Dream

It’s Theater Time!

On July 29th, come join your fellow District 27 Toastmasters for a unique performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Synetic Theater in Crystal City, Arlington, VA. Synetic puts on stunning movement-based visual adaptations of classic works without words. You’ve never seen Shakespeare like this before. Purchase your group-rate ticket on Eventbrite before July 24th.

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Save the Date!

District 27 is proud to announce the venue for our fall conference: Top of the Town in Arlington, VA. Top of the Town is conveniently located near the Rosslyn metro station and features stunning views of Washington, D.C.

The conference will be held on November 14th, 2015. We currently plan on a full day (8 am-9 pm) of events you will not want to miss, and will provide additional details about the agenda closer to the event. For now, simply mark November 14th on your calendar for the District 27 Fall Conference.

View from Top of the Town in the fall.

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Upcoming TLI Events

The time has come again! The schedule for upcoming TLI events has been posted onto the TLI Central page.



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The website will be undergoing maintenance and updates from now until 6/24/2015 at the latest. During this time, pages, images and menus will be changed, so please pardon the dust as we update the website.

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District 27 Hall of Fame for 2014-2015

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Club Award Club Name Goals Achieved
President’s Distinguished Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 10
Andrews Club 10
G.U.T.S. Club 10
Spring Speakers Club 10
FAA Speechmasters Club 9
Crystal City Evening Toastmasters Club 9
Helen Burkett Toastmasters Club 9
First Edition Toastmasters Club 9
Speak Up Club 9
Great Communicators 9
APS Advanced Toastmasters 9
NOVA Toastmasters 9
Defense Health HQ 9
Old Town Toastmasters-Dinner Club 9
USPTO Toastmasters 9
The Burgay Advanced Club 9
Speak-NG 9
Personnely Speaking 9
School Street Toastmasters Club 9
Select Distinguished 5-Star Toastmasters Club 8
Challenger Toastmasters Club 8
Network Express Club 8
USDA Toastmasters Club 8
Anchor Toastmasters Club 8
Kohoutek Toastmasters Club 8
Waldorf Toastmasters 8
Annandale Toastmasters 8
Que Pasa 8
New Southwest Club 8
Japanese-English Toastmasters Club 8
HHS Toastmasters 8
Pathfinders Toastmasters Club 7
Fact Finders 7
Energy Toastmasters Club 7
Analytic Speakers 7
HUD Toastmasters 7
Leadership Speaks 7
Tongue-Tied Trainers 7
Pentagon Legacy Toastmasters Club 7
Focused Achievers Meeting Excellence (F.A.M.E) 7
Distinguished J-Talkers 6
Potomac Center Toastmasters 6
FEMA Toastmasters 6
City of Alexandria Toastmasters 6
Library of Congress Club 6
Maple Springs Baptist Church Toastmasters Ministry 6
Federal Center Toastmasters 6
OCC Speakeasies 6
T.S.A 6
Smithsonian Toastmasters 5
Naval Audit Service-Thursday Club 5
Ballston Toastmasters 5
Money Talks 5
FCC Toastmasters<7/td> 5
Oxon Hill Toastmasters 5
DTM Masters 5
On Guard Toastmasters Club 5
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