District 76 Newsletter November 2017

  • Message from Program Quality Director
  • Pathways Guide Invitation
  • Reports of Fall Conference
  • Reports of District Executive Committee Meeting #3 and District Council Meeting #1
  • Progress Reports of Contest Consideration Committee
  • Announcement of Club Officers Training #2
  • Apology for an entry omission of data of Hall of Fame
  • Announcement of upcoming online-seminars
  • Announcement of recorded online-seminars

Message from Program Quality Director

Dear fellow toastmasters, this is Katashi Ishihara, District 76 Program Quality Director.
I think you are enjoying your regular meeting at your club. I also enjoy preparing for the next meeting for the club I belong to. As you might know well, our education program is going to be changed.
That is Pathways.  You do not need to worry about it because it does not change our meeting format.
The Pathways requests us to be prepared one thing that many of you already done. Please make sure that you can login at Toastmasters International site.
Most of you will receive at least one free Path when the Pathways rollout in April.
If you have not login the site, please access the site and try to login. You can just click “Forget Password.”
How can we start the Pathways at the rollout in April? TMI ask each club to invite the both Pathways Ambassador and Pathways Guide. Each club will need to hold a time for Pathways introduction in a regular meeting.  District 76 will hold a webinar on December 10th. The title is “Preparation for Pathways (1st part) ” – language : Japanese.

Pathways Guide Invitation

Dear Toastmasters,

You are invited to apply for a Pathways Guide position in our district! This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of Toastmasters International history. As a Pathways Guide, you are eligible to earn credit towards your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award which may be substituted for one year of district leader service.
You will partner with an Ambassador to visit up to 10 clubs in our district and deliver a presentation about the Pathways learning experience. You will also conduct regularly scheduled virtual support sessions with the vice presidents education of your assigned clubs and answer their questions.
To ensure you are prepared, you will be given all resources and guidelines you need to succeed in your role. You will serve a six-month term. Please view the Pathways Guide Role Description for further details.
Pathways Guide Role Description:
If you are interested in serving in this exciting position, please complete the Pathways Guide Application.
Pathways Guide Application:
Please submit your completed application to me no later than December 6th.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Program Quality Director Katashi Ishihara

Reports of Fall Conference

The last district fall conference was successfully held on 2nd – 4th of November, at Otemachi, Tokyo. Total 810 members participated on 3rd and 4th. Thank you very much for your participation. Furthermore, we are very appreciate many members who have contributed to hold this conference, especially Conference Chair Matthew D. Ownby, DTM.
On the top page of district 76 website, you can see the contest results.

Reports of District Executive Committee Meeting #3 and District Council Meeting #1

The 3rd district executive committee (DEC) meeting and the first district council meeting (DCM) have been held at fall conference. We adopted 2017-18 District 76 budget and confirmed appointed committee members. The handouts and materials have been uploaded on district 76 website. Please refer them.

Progress Reports of Contest Consideration Committee

Last Fall Conference was a great success with great management. I would like to once again thank everyone involved in the event.
The announcement that this Fall Conference was the last in 2017 was announced at 2016 Board meeting briefing held in Washington, D.C. in 2016.
There is a video of that time.  https://www.toastmastersondemand.com/index.php/wed-aug-17/11-00am-etboard-of-director-s-briefing
The moment of presentation is 35 minutes, I think whether it is good to see from around 34 minutes.
The announcement at the time was to abolish the Fall Conference from 2018. Still, it was confirmed by the International Headquarters that holding of the district level contest was permitted, District 76 formed the Speech Contest Consideration Committee mainly for Division Directors, received an announcement of abolition of the Fall Conference, We had been considering what options can be taken.
However, one year after the announcement of abolition of the Fall Conference, in the 2017 Board of Director’s Briefing held at Vancouver in 2017, there is an announcement that the contest of the district level will be held only once a year. Thus Speech Contest Consideration Committee has to study the options under the new restriction.
The video of the presentation is this below.
Please take a look from around 41:40.
The fact that the contest of the district level is once a year can have a big impact on the 2019 Spring Conference. So I invited the 2019 Spring Conference Chair and the Steering Committee Chair.
With the abolition of the district contest in autumn, opportunities for holding contests will be largely restricted.
The Contest Consideration Committee will focus on the possession of contests at the 2019 Spring Conference and will consider possible options.

Announcement of Club Officers Training #2

The second club officers training are scheduled on the following dates and venues.
Please mark your calendar.

Apology for an entry omission of data of Hall of Fame

The Communication and Leadership Award Nominating Committee members, who were to be included among the honorees of the 2017 Hall of Fame, were inadvertently omitted. As District Director 2016-2017, who was in charge of organizing this event, Sumiko Futana sincerely regret this oversight.
Further details are at following URL.

Announcement of Upcoming Online-seminars
  • December 10th (SUN) 7 am – 8 am
    Title : “パスウェイズ #2” (Japanese Session)
    Instructors : Katashi Ishihara (Program Quality Director), Bunzo Suzuki (Chief Ambassador)
    Registration Here
Announcement of Recorded Online-seminars

The recorded online-seminars (July to November) are uploaded at the following URL.
Please refer them.

Upcoming Events

  1. Division B Speech Contest

    April 25th
  2. DEC#5

    May 2nd1:00 PM~5:00 PM
  3. DCM#2

    May 16th1:00 PM~5:00 PM
  4. District-level Speech Contest (Japanese)

    May 22nd1:00 PM~4:00 PM
  5. District-level International Speech Contest (English)

    May 23rd1:00 PM~4:00 PM