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Officer Training is on: Providing effective training for club officers is one of the critical responsibilities of our district mission and a priority in every club. Effective clubs have engaged officers who work as a team to enhance the club’s mission. That’s where club officer training comes in. Our goal is for each club to have at least 4 officers trained by August 31. So far we have 43 clubs with four or more officers trained and 14 with three. To check your club status go to the District 26 website. For those club officers not able to make one of the regular training sessions, several make-up opportunities are available and can be found at the District 26 website.

Lost and Found: Is your club officer and member list up to date? The only way we know who to contact is by the club officer roster provided by Toastmasters International and if that list wasn’t updated by July one the club is MIA. As of the end of July there were 17 clubs that had not submitted the update. To find out if your club is one, go to new reports on the District 26 website. Members move and change address that information should also be periodically updated by the Club Secretary by logging on to the club overflowing

portion of the Toastmasters International Web site and verifying the member information.

Mark Your Calendars. November 12 (evening) and 13 is the District 26 Fall Conference at the Embassy Suites, Aurora. Friday evening will be a social time and Saturday will be a full day of education, entertainment and networking. Our keynote speaker will be the world famous speaker and trainer, Albert Mensah. We will also have great workshops, our business meeting and, of course, the D26 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest. We are working to bring the price down and make it more affordable. Plan on attending, learning, laughing and networking.

Make them laugh or test your evaluation skills. Did you know that many Toastmasters experience life beyond the club when they participate in or go to a speech contest? That’s a fact and now it’s that time again with an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and join us as we start the Humorous Speech and Evaluation contest season. Clubs and Areas should now be preparing to conduct their local club contests.

Division Contests are set:

  • October 9, Northern Division
  • October 16, Foothills Division (morning) and Eastern Division (afternoon)
  • October 23, Denver Division (morning) and Metro Division (afternoon)
  • October 30, Southern Division


Dana Morgan, DTM, PDG

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Mark your calendars for September 18th to be at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. Choose between the morning (9am-Noon) or the afternoon (1pm-4pm) session. Early bird price is only $79 and will be good until Sept 4th. See the flyer for more information.

A portion of the proceeds will go to help District 26 International Speech contestants travel to the International Conference to compete.

Your words can change a life.

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