Coronavirus Update - ​Revised May 21 -Review New Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our members. With gatherings of any kind discouraged or prohibited by state and/or municipal governments, all District 53 meeting activities have transitioned to online. The annual conference, originally scheduled for May 2, had been canceled and replaced with an online District Council Business meeting on May 30. Division speech contests have completed (online & in-person) and District Evaluation Contest completed on May 16th. The District International Contest will take place on May 30th. In addition, all clubs have ceased in-person meetings and have chosen whether to resume meetings either online or suspend until restrictions have been lifted. For additional information, go to the District 53 Coronavirus Update.

District 53 Speech Contest Results

District 53 First Place Evaluation Contest 2019-2020

Evaluation Contest

1st Place: Laura Amodeo
2nd Place: Chad Babcock
3rd Place: Rajasekar Narayanan

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International Speech Contest

1st Place: Jackie Kessler
2nd Place: Wendy Battle
3rd Place: Alpana Gupta

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 leaders elected at the Annual Business Meeting on May 30, 2020

District Director: Andrew Watt, DTM
Program Quality Director: Akihiro Ishii, DTM
Club Growth Director: John Hogan, DTM

Division A: Karen Macdonald, ACS/ALB
Division B: Tom Farrelly, CC/ALB
Division C: Amy Chiu, CC/ALB
Division D: Jennifer Cimilluca, DTM
Division E: Mohan Padamati, DL2
Division F: Patti Walter, CC, CL, DL1
Division G: Donna Sobel, DTM



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Visit the Toastmasters International Online Meetings Resources page for tips, software comparisons, fliers to promote online meetings, online 'ribbon' backgrounds, TI branded Zoom backgrounds, and information about online speech contests. Visit the Online Meeting Resources page... 

Pathways Path Pins

Take the Next Step!

Club achieving any of the Distinguished Club Program goals P1, P2, P3, or P4 will receive special “recognition baskets” consisting of Path Pins and Level Tags for rewarding their members. Learn more...


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