New Creation Advanced Toastmasters Charter Ceremony

New Creation CHARTER FlyerJoin New Creation Advanced Toastmasters as they celebrate their chartering on October 8th at Harmony Hall in Fort Washington, MD. Register on Eventbrite.

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October Webinars Offer Advice on Advanced Tracks

by Amber Jones, ACS, ALB
Deputy Public Relations Manager

Toastmasters offers training that extends well beyond completion of the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader manuals. Advanced programs encourage members to develop higher level professional skills in both public speaking and leadership.

District 27 is offering a series of webinars (online seminars) in October for members pursuing Toastmasters’ advanced programs. The sessions are led by Crystal Massey, DTM, the district’s Deputy for Advanced Projects, Program Quality Team, who is also available for answering individual questions.

In recent seminars Massey focused on the requirements for Advanced Leadership Silver (ALS), including an entire seminar devoted to the High-Performance Leadership (HPL) program, an ALS requirement. The HPL seminar will be repeated October 1. Conducting an HPL project is an opportunity to take advantage of Toastmasters guidance to develop skills in leading a team and managing a major project.

The project can involve leadership of a Toastmasters program or activity at the club, area, division, or district level, or an activity that benefits a company or community. For example, some previous webinar participants are conducting HPL projects in conjunction with their service as committee chairs for the upcoming District 27 Conference.

Massey noted that the HPL project leader should identify clearly measurable goals for both the project and their own skills development. The leader recruits both a guidance committee, for consultation and feedback, and a project team to assist with implementing the program.

“The Program Quality Team wants to see more members achieve the higher educational goals of Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leader Silver,” Massey noted. “As a Toastmaster moves up the education chain, the challenges are more difficult and also more rewarding. These programs offer valuable preparation for taking on professional roles outside the club.”

The seminars will continue every Thursday in October, 12-12:45 pm. Registration is available on Eventbrite. Suggestions for additional topics are welcome.

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Toastmasters Theater Night: Halloween Edition

After the success of the last Toastmasters Theater Night in July, our Area 14 Director is at it again. This time, Carlos Velazquez is hosting a Halloween edition of Toastmasters Theater Night, with a visit to Carrie, the Musical at Dominion Stage on October 23rd in Arlington, VA. You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite for $22.09.

Not only will you get to see a scary musical, but you can participate in the costume contest beforehand! Join us if you dare!

Join us if you dare!

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Dues are Due!

Hello Fellow Toastmasters,

It is that time of year again…DUES TIME! Your Toastmasters membership can be easily renewed online through one of your club officers. Let’s work together to continue Toastmasters’ success by working diligently on our projects in the Competent Communicator & Competent Leadership manuals, building and maintaining membership, and submitting membership dues on time.

There is a great law, one that author Brian Tracy calls the Iron Law of the Universe, that states: “If you want to achieve success in any area, you must be determine “how” success is achieved in that area and then practice those skills and activities repeatedly until you achieve the same results.” This great law applies in being part of the solution as an active Toastmaster.

Your destiny is in your hands to continue your journey as part of the Toastmasters International team/family by paying your six months (October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016) dues no later than Friday, September 25, 2015. Club dues may vary, so check with your club officers for the amount. Your club officers will be more than happy to assist you on your Toastmasters journey. We look forward to hearing seeing from and seeing you soon.


Annette Cuyler
District 27 Dues Renewal Coordinator
Club Growth Team

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Olivia Schofield’s TED Talk

If you came to our Spring Conference this year, you had the joy of hearing Olivia Schofield speak. After only 18 months in Toastmasters, she won her District’s International Speech Competition and went on to win her semi-final at the International Convention, too. Now, she’s branching out into other stages as well, and as a friend of the District, we’d like to share with you her recent foray onto the TEDx stage:

P.S. You can also follow her on Twitter: @LivvySpeaks


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The Toastmasters International Convention

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This August, District 27 took to the International Convention in Las Vegas to celebrate being a President’s Distinguished District during 2014-2015 and to plan the same for this year. Check out photos from the week above, and plan to put … Continue reading

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A Warm Welcome to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Ministry Toastmasters Club

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Charter Ceremony

A warm welcome to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Ministry Toastmasters Club! The club was chartered on May 20, 2015 in Division F, Area 64, and held a well-attended, memorable, and historic charter ceremony on July 28th. District Director, Hal Jones, presented a club banner and lectern, compliments of District 27. Club sponsors are Robin Hylton and Alicia Williams and mentors are Ralph Jones and Zoe Bauwin. Photos from the event can be seen here, courtesy of Andrew Austin.

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Humorous Speech & Table Topics Workshop

Every fall, Toastmasters are invited to participate in the annual Humorous Speech & Table Topics contests. You can participate if you’ve been a Toastmaster for only a day or over a decade. Whether you are preparing for your club contest or are on the fence about competing, or perhaps you have already won at the club level and are preparing to compete at the Area, come and get some tips and techniques on how to prepare and deliver a winning contest speech. Join Burgay at the NRECA building on September 3rd, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm. RSVP via e-mail.

Burgay Humorous 2015 Flyer

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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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