District 29 Contest Kit and Materials

As the Contest season gets underway, please use the following materials as the full and final contest materials. PLEASE DISCARD ANY OTHER CONTEST MATERIALS YOU MAY HAVE! All contest scripts used in any contest SHOULD have a footer stating it is the District 29 Official Script and a 2019 date. Please download the files from... Continue Reading →

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Joe B. Roles, 1932-2019

Joe B. Roles, age 86, of Annandale, VA and formerly of Union, WV, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at his home in Annandale, VA. Born December 14, 1932 near Union, WV, he was the son of the late Brown S. Roles and Myrtle Talbott Roles. Joe graduated from Union High School and went... Continue Reading →

2019 Mid-Year Gala on November 16, 2019 – Register Now!

Toastmasters is synonymous with Service, Leadership, and Communication. Toastmasters is also synonymous with throwing a good old-fashioned shindig. Hence, please join us at the Mid-Year Recognition Gala as we honor the achievements of fellow Toastmasters. Awards from 2019 - 2020 will include District 29 Distinguished or better Clubs, Areas, and Divisions. Educational awards starting July... Continue Reading →

From Speaker to Trainer

Sign up to attend this extremely effective and interesting workshop on becoming a highly effective trainer. Learn the differences between a regular speaker, a lecturer and a trainer. Do you want to be a successful trainer, facilitator & presenter?Do you want to present at District 29's Toastmasters Leadership Institutes (TLIs)?Do you want to learn techniques,... Continue Reading →

District 29 Virtual District Council Meeting

Notice of Virtual District Council Meeting: Per Toastmasters International bylaws, policies and protocols, we must conduct a virtual business meeting in the Fall to approve the district budget, approve appointments made by the district director, and present required reports.  We will be conducting this year’s meeting on Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. ... Continue Reading →

2019-2020 District 29 Speech Contests

The District Executive Committee has approved the following contests for the 2019-2020 program year. Fall: Table Topics and Evaluation. Division contests must be completed by the end of November. Clubs may begin holding contests immediately.Spring: Tall Tales and International Speech. All district level contests will be held at the annual conference in May. Area and... Continue Reading →

Smedley Incentive 2019

Smedley Award Program Dates: August 1 – September 30 Can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between August 1 and September 30? Accomplish this goal and you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, named in honor of Ralph Smedley, which you can display on your club’s banner.... Continue Reading →

FIND YOUR PATH WITH THE NEW TOASTMASTERS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTES

Dear District 29 Leaders You may have noticed that the TLI Curricula for the Summer 2019 session have begun to include sessions beyond the 12:00 point! You may have wondered to yourself, “What are they up to now?” Part of being a Toastmaster member and leader is the opportunity and joy of learning new things.... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year fellow District 29 Toastmasters! July 1 marked the beginning of the new 2019-2020 program year and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve as your District Director during a period of significant changes. Some of these changes we experienced last year included: ·         1st full year with the Pathways Education Program... Continue Reading →

Find your Path this Toastmaster Year

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Toastmasters program year! Our theme this year is “Find Your Path.” Beyond the obvious reference to getting started in Pathways, this is a reminder to look at your larger Toastmasters journey and life, focusing on your hopes for your personal and professional future.  We believe that Toastmasters can be the vehicle... Continue Reading →

Leading through ASKing

As a leader do you ever get asked the question or find yourself asking the question, "How do you get more people to step up and serve?" I have two thoughts on that to consider:First, it's been said that people want to follow a leader who know where he/she is going. What kind of leader are you?... Continue Reading →

Stories Make Great Speeches

According to Deena Metzger (1992), six ideas can help us with the creative process of composing a great speech. From what I have learned anecdotally, about half of the great speakers write their speeches out.  The other “half” compose in other ways with index cards, notes (mental or written), or with mental formulation reinforced with... Continue Reading →

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