“Don’t blend in, standout.”
District 26: Who we are
With 65 years in Toastmasters, District 26 is nowhere near retirement. Comprised of 3 states, 6 Divisions, 39 Areas, almost 200 Clubs and approximately 3,000 Members, we are just getting started.
Through activities in more than 175+ local clubs, our members help each other develop effective communication and leadership skills. Throughout the year, our district also provides a variety of growth opportunities through conferences, speech contests, and educational workshops.
We are District 26
Chartered on September 19,1948 with Gordon Merrick serving as the first District Governor, Toastmasters District 26 includes:
- Eastern slope of Wyoming
- Nebraska panhandle
District 26 is comprised of six divisions:
Through activities in more than 175 local clubs, our members help each other develop effective communication and leadership skills. Throughout the year, our district also provides a variety of growth opportunities through conferences, speech contests, and educational workshops.
We are Leaders
Five past District 26 Governors and one other Distinguished Toastmaster have risen to International level within Toastmasters
- Don Paape was International Director, 1966 – 68 and International President 1972 -73. It was during his term that women were first admitted to Toastmasters International.
- Watt Pye (D26 Governor from 1969-70) was International Director from 1970 -72.
- Dorothy Chapman (D26 Governor, 1989-90) was International Director from 1990-92.
- Beth Boaz was (D26 governor from 1995-96) was International Director, 1997-99.
- Distinguished Toastmaster Brenda Smull served as the first in District 26 to serve as Region Advisor for our Region 1 (2011-2012)
- Past District Governor Linda Rhea (2014-2014) currently serves as the Region Advisor for Region 10 (2016-2017)
We are Movers
- Marilyn Boland served as the first female District 26 governor in 1975 -76
- A. Edward Bick became a member of D26 when he moved to Colorado in 1996. Ed represented D40 as international president 1990-91 and presided over the creation of the Excellence in Marketing, Excellence in Education (both won by Darryle Brown, D26 Director 2016-17) and Excellence in Leadership recognition programs.
- Peter Coors joined a Toastmasters club at the Coors Brewing Company early in his career to gain the skills and confidence needed to appear as the company spokesman for a series of national TV commercials. He currently Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and Chairman of MillerCoors.
We are Communicators
- In 2000, Ed Tate, a member of Cherry Creek Toastmasters, won the World Championship of Public Speaking. Ed is now the principal of a professional development firm that provides keynote and endnote presentations, workshops and other training. He has spoken professionally in 46 states, 12 countries and on five continents, authored a book, contributed to two others, and co-produced two audio albums.
- In 2007, Rory Vaden, also a member of Cherry Creek Toastmasters, was the first runner-up in the World Championship of Public Speaking. He has since co-founded a multi-million dollar public training company and been featured on Oprah Radio with Dr. Oz and in SUCCESS™ Magazine. Rory is currently speaking all over the world as a high demand keynote speaker and best selling author.
- Byron Embry, a former baseball player, and a member of Pikes Peak Toastmasters, was a finalist in the 2009 World Championship of Public Speaking. Byron tr
- Ian J. Humphrey of Simply Speaking was a finalist in the 2010 World Championship of Public Speaking and competed again in the semi-finals of the 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking.
Both Bryon and Ian were new to Toastmasters when they rose to the top ten international contestants.
- Rich Hopkins represented District 26, Region 1 in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking (WCPS.) He competed for the WCPS in 2008 as a representative of Region 1 and in 2006, Rich earned third place among 10 finalists from around the world. He continues to compete at a high level, most recently competing in the semi-finals in 2014.
- Kelsey Robb, a member of Evening Stars Toastmasters, competed in the semi-finals in 2015.
We are Current
- In 2010, The Sage was renamed the District 26 Dialogue . The new design, format, and mission statement were introduced in March 2011 and the District successfully promoted the newsletter, increasing member submissions and readership to new heights. Since 2015, Larry Scantland continues to build upon what’s been established since its redevelopment and readership has increased by 20% since then.
- Since 2012, District 26 has launched a broader online presence through social media. The District makes the most of its communications strategic plan by using Facebook, Twitter, and blogging to explore all avenues of outreach and increase visibility in drawing new communicators and leaders into the toastmasters organization. In 2015-2016, Public Relations Manager Rebecca Barth opened new doors for the District’s social media presence in LinkedIn, Meet Up and other avenues to consolidate our communications vision to a broader audience, which has in turn caught the attention of TV media in a recent broadcast about overcoming the fear of public speaking.
- As of 2016, a complete website makeover continues under the development of Web Technology Administrator Alexander Pyle (Toastmaster of the Year 2010-11) and Webmaster Greg Harris. The website continues to grow and become a tool for Division and Area Governors, Club Officers, Members as well as an informative tool for guests who are looking to grow their communication and leadership skills.
As members of District 26 we are proud of our history and accomplishments.
New achievements will be added to this page as we move forward as Toastmasters.