Membership dues are due!
The deadline to submit club membership dues for April to September is
To remain in good standing and to continue to enjoy the benefits of Toastmasters, please submit your membership payment to Toastmasters International through member self-pay (if that is available to your club) or to your club treasurer who will submit the payment on your behalf.
If you have already paid an annual fee last September, your Treasurer will ensure the April to September dues are paid to Toastmasters International by March 31.
Conference Registration is open!
You can register now for District 60’s annual Conference, to be held on Thursday May 11 (evening) and Saturday May 13 (all day) – secure your spot now (until March 31) at the Early Bird rate. Both days will be hybrid events, so you can choose to join us at our downtown in-person venue – the Ted Rogers School of Management, at Bay and Dundas – or online. Use this link to register and tell us you’re coming!
Our conference theme is “Chart Your Future”, and you can look forward to a packed agenda that will celebrate members who have steered their course to success and helped others achieve their goals, as well as the District finals of the International Speech Contest and the announcements of our 2022-23 Communication & Leadership and George Keenan Award recipients.
You’ll meet our keynote speaker, Ramona J. Smith, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, and learn about resilience, adaptability, and what it takes to succeed – you will be energised!
And you can choose from eight brand new workshops, each of them designed to help you make personal and professional progress. We’ll be releasing workshop details in the coming weeks, so stand by for more news soon.
We’re aiming to make this year’s conference the most inclusive yet, so if you have any specific needs, please contact our Accessibility Chair directly and in confidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Need a place to meditate or relax? Need to sit near the speakers so that you can see and hear them clearly? These can be arranged quietly and discreetly. You can identify dietary needs during registration.
If you would like to volunteer as an organising committee member, please contact our Conference Chair, Carrie Webster.
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Congratulations to all those running for District Leadership!
Many thanks to our District Leadership Committee and Chair for all their hard work leading up to the announcement of the nominated candidates for District Leadership. And thank you to all our members who have stepped forward to accept these nominations.
To find out who has been nominated and is running for the District 60 elected leadership positions (elections are Wed May 10) for the 2023/24 Toastmasters year, and to read their bios, please click here.
Contests are back!
After a hiatus of 6 years and 4 years respectively, the Table Topics and Evaluation contests are back!
Join as a contestant (there are no prerequisites for Table Topics and Evaluation contests), help out as an official (check out the Speech Contests menu item under the Resources tab above) or simply enjoy and support your fellow club members as they have fun inspiring each other as they hone their skills in competition.
As per the schedule below, clubs can hold any type of contest i.e. online, hybrid, in-person. Area contests will be online only, and Division & District contests are currently scheduled to be hybrid.
Please note – to compete in the International Speech contest, a participant must either have completed 2 levels of any one path in the Pathways educational curriculum or earned a DTM. Having completed the first 6 speeches in the CC manual from the legacy program no longer qualifies a member to compete.
Using Prepared Speeches for Career Success – Panel Discussion
Senior management of a corporation will often ask its workforce to improve communication skills. Communicating effectively and with confidence is highly valued in the workplace. Prepared speeches at Toastmasters are a great way to learn to present a message that is simple yet effective and impactful, one that will differentiate you in the workplace.
At the Using Prepared Speeches for Career Success – Panel Discussion hosted by District 60 on September 26, 2022, the following three topics were discussed:
- Benefits of Giving Prepared Speeches to Career Success:
- How to make speeches less effort and more fun
- How to make Pathways works for you
The distinguished panel comprised of the following:
- Andrew Mertens, DTM, District 60 Director
- John Ribeiro, DTM, Certified Leadership Coach
- Mthabisi Mhlanga, Winner of District 60 2022 International Speech Contest and Quarter-finalist at the 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking.
The panellists shared many personal career success stories which they felt were due to the skills learned through prepared speeches. The overarching message was: If we are at Toastmasters to learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in the workplace, then it is important that we give as many prepared speeches as possible.
Meet your District Leaders – Meet your Division Directors – Meet your Area Directors