Call for Nominations, 2020-21 District Officers

It’s that time again….time for nominations for District Office.  Under the guidance of Past District Director, Antionette Fox, DTM the District Leadership Committee is tasked with nominating individuals for the positions of:

–       District Director

–       Program Quality Director

–       Club Growth Director

–       Division Directors

For consideration as a Candidate for Elected District Leadership Roles in FY 2020 – 2021, please submit the following by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 15, 2020, to in one (1) PDF attachment. All Members must declare their intent to run and submit the required documents by January 15, 2020. Per Toastmasters Guidelines, anyone who wishes to run from the Floor must have gone through the DLC Interview process. Those persons not nominated by the DLC but wish to run from the floor must notify the DLC Chair of their intent no later than 1 week prior to the Business meeting, deadline April 25th, 2020.

District Leader Nominating Form
Officer Agreement & Release Statements
District Leader Biographical Information
Elected District Leadership Roles in District 47:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Division Director

A Panel Interview by the District Leadership Committee will be conducted on February 15, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale at Keiser University. Candidates will be notified via E-mail regarding available Interview Time Slots on February 3, 2020. Please review the following prior to your scheduled Interview Session:
District Executive Committee Roles
District Leader Competencies
Protocol 9.0 – District Campaigns & Elections
Elections Toolkit
Note: Call for Nominations for Appointed District Leadership Roles is scheduled for April 2020. Appointed District Leadership Roles: Administration Manager, Finance Manager & Public Relations Manager. The District Leadership Committee will provide feedback and recommendations to the incoming District Director, upon election, for all appointed District positions. Appointment is at the sole discretion of the incoming District Director. The Area Council for each area is responsible to recommend Area Director’s for the upcoming.

Please do NOT submit Nominations for these Roles until then.

For questions or additional information, please contact:
               Antionette Fox, DTM
               District Leadership Committee Chair, District 47

Hall of Fame Awards 2018-2019

Congratulations 2018-2019 Hall of Fame Awardees…

Your contribution played a significant role in District 47 celebrating Distinguished status for the year 2018-2019.

Thank You!!!

Download the program to see the list of names and club winners. Please share it with all your club members. The Bahamas’ prestigious Hall of Fame event took place in October on the island. Many pictures are available in our District Facebook page.

Thank you all for your committed work. We look forward to more success this year.

Outstanding Member Campaign 2019

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There are Toastmasters in District 47 who have served relentlessly in their clubs and have made a huge difference. Dedication, Hard work, Commitment and selfless sacrifice should be rewarded in our District. To this end the District seeks to launch the Outstanding Member Campaign to seek out and identify one of these such members in ever club in the District.

Every Club in District 47 is eligible!!! Presentations of awards will begin in October to coincide with Toastmasters Month and will be presented to recipients during their respective area contests by the Area/ Division Director.

What is the Criteria

  1. The Toastmaster must be a member in Good Standing with Toastmasters international
  2. The member must have served the club as a club officer (current or in the past)
  3. Contributed to the growth and development of their respective club
  4. Mentored other toastmasters in their club
  5. Provided service outside their club to their community and other clubs
  6. Demonstrate commitment to the Core Values of Toastmasters – Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence.

How will Candidates Be Selected

  • The Club President and executive team will present the information to the club and allow the members to choose (vote if necessary) in democratic fashion to select a winner.
  • Once a winner is chosen the club will provide a two paragraph write up on the member and why they were selected.
  • The submission will be forwarded to the clubs Area Director, who will ensure the Division Director receives the information.

How will the candidates be awarded?

  • Each recipient of the Outstanding Member award will receive the coveted outstanding member award pin from Toastmasters International, provided by the district.
  • Awards will be presented at the respective Area Humorous Speech & Evaluations Contest.
  • The Area Director will inform the clubs under their remit of the due date for the submissions which should be before the respective Area Contest and not exceeding the October 31st deadline.
  • The winners photograph and biography should also be highlighted on the Clubs, Area, and Division social media platforms.
  • As the outstanding member for their club they will serve as District Ambassadors for the remainder of the toastmaster’s year.
  • The awardees will be recognized at the Spring Conference 2020
  • The awardees photo will also be showcased in the District Conference booklet May 2020

Give the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program a shot – the kids and your members will love it

When the kids arrive for the first session of Davie Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program, many are extremely shy — getting them to speak loud enough to be heard and for more than 30 seconds is a struggle.

Seven weeks later, these same children get up in front of their parents and give five-minute speeches or breeze through a Table Topic. For the Davie Toastmasters who have spent two months working with them, there is no prouder moment.

For the last eight summers, Davie has been running a YLP for the children of Kerala Samajam, an Indian-American social club. And while it takes a bit of work and the members who take part have to give up some summer Saturday afternoons, the club looks forward to it each year and it is a chance to do community service. It also exposes some highly motivated and intelligent young people to Toastmasters, which can only help our club and the overall organization in the future as they move into adulthood.

Continue reading “Give the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program a shot – the kids and your members will love it”

Video: District 47 Evaluation Contest Winners, 2019

Here are the evaluation contest winners, along with the test speech they were reacting to from Domenic Caliola.

Maritza Coscarelli
1st Place

Luiz Bravim
2nd Place

John Schneyer
3rd place

Each of the contestants had already won contests at increasing levels of competition — club, area, and division — before getting the district level. The district’s 2019 annual conference also featured contests for Humorous SpeechTable Topics (impromptu speaking) and the International Speech Contest.

Speech evaluations are one of the most important parts of the Toastmasters program, giving speakers immediate feedback on what they did well and what they could have done better. The evaluation contest recognizes skill of giving productive feedback that even experienced speakers can benefit from.

How to Blog on the District Website (and Why You Might Want To)

District officers and Toastmasters from throughout District 47 are invited to submit articles for the blog on the district website. Division Directors and Area Directors are also being offered the opportunity to share items of local interest on separate division blogs (so far, only Division I is taking advantage).

The video below is a replay of a webinar in which I detailed what exactly a blog is (basically, just an easy way of posting timely information) and how to create posts using WordPress (the software that now powers the district website).

Things that would be appropriate to post to the district blog:

  • Leadership lessons learned in Toastmasters
  • Programs that one particular club created, or participates in, that other clubs can learn from. For example, at some point I will probably share a blog about how my home club, Club Awesome, uses video as both an educational and promotional tool. But to avoid being too much of a self promoter, I would like other clubs to share their great ideas first
  • Program information on upcoming events, such as TLIs. I would argue: Don’t wait until every detail of the schedule is nailed down. Think about answering the most important questions in all of marketing: “Why should I care?” and “What’s in it for me?” The sooner you share details about the great speakers, programs, and activities at your next event, the more likely you are to hit your registration and attendance targets
  • Additional resources shared as the follow up to a presentation at a TLI, such as the slides from the presentation and links to organizations mentioned in your presentation. Maybe a list of additional or related topics you didn’t get a chance to cover within a limited time
  • Outstanding or educational speech videos. As shown in the tutorial, you can easily add video that has been uploaded to YouTube to the body of a blog post or web page manged by WordPress. (Also works with video from Facebook and many other video sharing websites)

I don’t recommend posting the exact same content to a blog article that you would post to social media. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to use blogging as a way of expanding on your ideas and social media as a marketing tool for getting people to come to the blog. If you look at a Twitter feed, it largely consists of people sharing links to articles along with their own commentary. See also my article on the use of (and the mistakes I frequently see with) images as the content of blogs and social posts.

There are also topics that would be more appropriate to post on LinkedIn or some other personal, professional, or political website than on a Toastmasters website.

Articles will be reviewed for appropriateness and conformance to Toastmasters branding guidelines prior to publication. It’s possible we will decline to publish some articles, but if so I will coach you on other places you can share what you would like to share — and believe me when I say I would much rather say “yes” than “no” to your contributions.

Adding a blog post

If you would like to contribute articles to the District 47 blog, write to . Division Directors, Area Directors and other district leaders should have already received an email notification inviting them to set a password for the website.

Blogging for the district is one way you can work toward the “Create a Compelling Blog” Pathways project and teaches skills you can also use to promote a podcast or an online course or your own small business or your favorite cause.