District 26 Toastmasters Welcomes YOU!

Celebrating 70 years of service in Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska



Meet the District 26 Executive Team aka “The Trio”

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Rhea Thompson brings nearly a decade of toastmasters experience to her position as District Director. She is responsible for the leadership and guidance of nearly 190 toastmasters clubs in Colorado, Wyoming, and western Nebraska. She previously served as Program Quality Director (2016-2017), Club Growth Director (2015-2016), Foothills Division Governor (2014-2015) and  Area Governor (2013-2014). She led two clubs, Westminster Communicators and Thunderbolt Orators to President’s Distinguished during her tenures as club president. She is a retired business professional.


Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Marcia Wood brings nearly a decade of toastmasters experience to her position as Program Quality Director. In her position, she is responsible for the education, training and program quality of District 26’s clubs, furthering the communication and leadership development needs of the District members. She previously served as Area Director (2015-2016) and (2014-2015) and served as president, club coach, club mentor and club sponsor with a variety of corporate and community clubs in District 26. She is a writer and an award winning public speaker.


Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Mike Akins brings 14 years experience to the Club Growth Director role where he’s responsible to charter new clubs as well as support those needing revitalization. He’s been a Talking Ideas club member in Foothills Division since 2003. Club strength is most important to him so members have a place to grow, and proud that Talking Ideas has earned 12 consecutive years as President’s Distinguished.  He served as an Area Governor in 2005-06 when Joyce Feustel, DTM was our District Governor, so he’s been roaming these halls for a while and knows many leaders throughout our great District. With his background in Engineering, Program Management and current Financial Advisor, he loves spreadsheets, process improvement, technology, project planning and financial analysis to accomplish longer-term goals.

Upcoming Events 

  • Beat the Clock Award Membership Campaign is coming up. This campaign will run from May 1-June 30, 2018.


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The Aurorators of Aurora, Colorado

Benefits of membership in Toastmasters District 26

  • Improve your communication abilities in a positive and supportive environment
  • Professionally prepared educational materials and resources
  • Speak off the cuff on any topic
  • Enhance your confidence, self-esteem, and credibility
  • Expanded range of social and networking opportunities
  • Personal and career advancement through growth and performance
  • Formal recognition of achievement

The Mission of District 26

To enhance the performance and extend the networks of clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:

  • Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational goals and membership goals.
  • Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members.
  • Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.


Toastmasters International Mission, Vision, and Values: The mission statements, the value statement and envisioned future succinctly express the function of each organizational unit can be read in their entirety here.


Toastmasters International Envisioned Future: To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.


A Toastmasters meeting is: A hands-on workshop in which participants learn or enhance their communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. A typical club has 10-30 members who meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Most Toastmasters meetings are 60-90 minutes long. Take a look at this video and see what a meeting roles are like. Remember, this is an example, all clubs have their own personalities. Visit a few until you find the club that is the “fit” for you.

If you are ready to start on your path of becoming a better communicator and leader Find a Club and visit a meeting near you! 


D26 Members

Join the Bureau

Current Toastmasters members may join the Speakers' Bureau to get more opportunities to speak outside of their clubs.