Coronavirus Update - Revised June 24 -Review New Information

All District 53 meeting activities will remain online only until in-person meetings can again be safely resumed. In addition, all clubs have ceased in-person meetings and are either meeting online or have suspended until restrictions have been lifted. Based on current guidelines, sanitization and health protocols are the responsibility of the sponsoring organization in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts — thus, the District recommends that clubs not meet in person for the foreseeable future. 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



Club Officer Manuals & Resources

Incoming Club Officers: Get the latest versions of the Club Leadership Handbook and Distinguished Club Program & Club Success Plan, plus additional resources to help you start the year right. Visit Club Officer Jumpstart

Club Leadership Handbook
Distinguished Club Program & Club Success Plan

Register for Online Leader Training

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Wed, Jul 15
6:30pm-9:00pm
Online Leader Training
Sat, Jul 18
9:00am-12:30pm
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Wed, Jul 22
6:30pm-9:00pm
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Sat, Jul 25
9:00am-12:30pm
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Wed, Jul 29
6:30pm-9:00pm
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Mon, Aug 10
6:30pm-9:00pm
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We're Meeting Online

Get Resources to Help Your Club Meet Online

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... 

Beat the Clock

Add Five New, Dual or Reinstated Members

Qualifying clubs receive a $25 Toastmasters gift certificate, a Beat the Clock! ribbon for the club’s banner, and a discount code for 10-percent off their next club order from Toastmasters. View Beat the Clock!


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