Impact on regular meetings, per TI International Director Carol Prahinski, PhD, DTM:
- My two-cents: I encourage the use of bows for your greeting rather than shaking hands. I believe it is time for a new custom. Knocking elbows simply isn’t as elegant or professional. And handshakes can be a source of germs. You will become comfortable with bowing when you practice regularly, such as at your clubs.
- As the coronavirus spreads, Toastmasters Leadership has taken a proactive stance to help members, clubs and districts with its disruptive effect. Although our region hasn’t been affected significantly at this time, other districts and regions have been provided support and an adjustment in the governing policies and protocols (such as enabling clubs to meet online and districts to have online speech contests).
Impact on regular meetings per D60 Director Dawn Frail, DTM:
- If there is a government-imposed restriction, then we can request to TI to allow for online-only meetings. This is not the case in Canada and unless the government imposes such restrictions, we will not be requesting this exception.
- Please be aware that the District does not get involved (Division & Area Directors are considered part of the District) in club operations. This means that no communication will be coming from District 60 regarding what clubs should do. However, that does not negate the fact that you are still being asked for guidance.
Paris Convention, per D60 Regional Advisor Jeff Sobel, DTM:
- At this time, the safety of our members is a top priority and we are monitoring the situation closely with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as leadership local to the area and our trusted partners in Paris. Currently, it is the opinion of all trusted sources that we do not need to make any adjustments for the Toastmasters International Convention; however, we will continue to monitor the situation and advise all involved if anything changes.