The District 76 Times Vol.16

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The District 76 Times
Vol. 16 (April 5, 2021)
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Announcement from District Director

Featured in NHK’s Contemporary Business English Magazine

An NHK’s Contemporary Business English magazine “杉田敏の現代ビジネス英語” in the Spring edition featured me as a representative for District 76, which discusses how Toastmasters provides people with a practical environment to learn English business presentation and persuasion skills in a friendly atmosphere.

The magazine, authored by Satoshi Sugita who is the long-running presenter of the NHK Radio English Course, is published by NHK Publications Inc..

—–The article is HERE.

Mr. Satoshi Sugita:

Announcement from Program Quality Director


This month we are having many Division Contests and Toastmasters 2020-2021 will finish in June. Before that, we will have the Annual Conference from 16th through 23rd May.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in the event!

District 76 Annual Conference
Registration Form (Free)

Online Speech Contest

Information related to the speech contest is on D76 Website mainly in Japanese, and you can download the English files on Toastmasters International Website directly: Speech Contests (Toastmasters International Website)

Division Date Registration
Division A 2021/ 4/18 (Sun) 13:00-17:15
Division B 2021/ 4/25 (Sun)
Division C 2021/ 4/18(Sun) (13:00-15:00(J) 15:15-17:15(E))
Division F 2021/ 4/18 (Sun) 13:00-17:00 Form
Division G 2021/ 4/18 (Sun) (12:40-14:30(J) 14:40-16:30 (E)) Form
Division J 2021/ 4/18 (Sun)

Contest Schedule

Educational Awards

D76 Website PQD Awards

Relaxed Requirement for Excellent Quality Club Award

We are extending the deadline of “Criteria 2/3” for Excellent Quality Club Award.

(Criteria 1/3) Submit “Moments of Truth” (below) by 31st Dec.
(Criteria 2/3) Achieve President Distinguished Club
(Criteria 3/3) The remaining 5 clubs will be selected based on “First Come, first served”

Excellent Quality Club Award Achievements

Congratulations for achieving the award!

Area Club Website
A11 Sendai Dynamic Speakers Website
A11 Sendai Lunch Speakers Website
E51 Yokohama Ni Hao Toastmasters Club Website
E51 One-World Toastmasters Club Website
H81 Shimonoseki Toastmasters Club Website

New Club Officers Networking

We’d like to provide the networking opportunities for new club officers as one of education programs in the Annual Conference. If you’re interested in it, please save the date and register now!

2021/5/17(Mon.) 20:00-21:30

District 76 Annual Conference
Registration Form (Free)


District 76 has introduced Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) and provided various flexible Education Programs in addition to the conventional Club Officers Training programs.

However, it’s a fact that we couldn’t spend enough time on explaining the basic role to less- experienced club officers and giving opportunities to communicate with other club officers.

The purpose of this program is to support new club officers (2021-2022) to make a good start by providing the basic knowledge as an officer and the networking opportunities.


  • Conduct the session for each Club Officer (President, VPE, VPM, VPPR, Secretary, Treasurer, SAA).
  • Explaining the basic role of each Club Officer
  • Group discussion by using Breakout rooms.
  • Presentation about what the club did for achieving club excellence

Announcement from Club Growth Director

Late Membership Renewal

It’s never too late to renew your membership

Late renewals will be accepted anytime, although your access to Base Camp will be suspended until your payment is received by HQ. If you have any questions or concerns regarding membership and club activities, please do not hesitate to speak with one of the club officers.

Request to club officers

In our district, the number of late membership renewals has been as high as 300 in recent renewal periods. (At the April renewal in last year, the number exceeded 560!) So, please follow up unpaid members, and hear their voices about club activities, which may provide the club with great opportunity to improve and grow.

100 % Member Retention Recognitions

Thanks to the hard works of club treasurers, 219 out of 224 clubs are kept in good standing. My hearty congratulations to you all!

Membership retention is so important especially in the challenging current situation to recruit new members. The clubs listed below have achieved 100 % retention by March 31. More clubs may be added on April 13 when the final report will be published. Let’s celebrate their achievements!

Golden March Award Results

Program Dates: February 1 – March 31

Recognition for the clubs that added three new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31. The following seven clubs have achieved the goal. Congratulations!

+5 Membership Campaign

Program Dates: July 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Campaign website

Lists of all winners are here.

+5 AWARD (Winners from March 19 to 31)

This award is presented to the clubs that achieved net growth of five members since July 1.

E 56  Odawara Toastmasters Club

Membership growth from 14 to 19 Congratulations!

No.1 Growth Master Award (Interim report as of March 31)

This award is the highlight of this year’s district membership building awards. In each class the top 10 clubs in highest membership net growth in a period from July 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021 will be recognized.

As the program closing date is only one month away, let me present you the current ranking, which may change largely depending on the retention rate at April renewal and intensive efforts of adding new members. All clubs still have a chance to win!

Class 1 (for clubs of 13 membership base and over)

Class 2 (for small clubs of under 13 membership base)

Announcement from Administration Manager

Launch of District 76 Officer Election Webpage

A special webpage for 2021-2022 District 76 Officer Election will be launched on April 10.

Lists of the candidates, campaign fliers, videos for Candidate Showcase, and so on will be published on this page.

District 76 Officer Election Page (April 10-)

This page is a limited-time offer for the election. Information will be kept updated. Please check it at any time.

Receive Email Announcements from District 76

District 76 official announcements to Club Presidents and VPEs such as this “District 76 Times” are made through the mailing list, but some of these announcements seem to be irregularly or even always forwarded to the spambox in email clients.

Here I briefly introduce some tips to receive the emails from District 76 correctly. We note that for members other than club Presidents and VPEs, the tips are applicable to any other email announcement.

*This article is for your convenience. Please note that we do not provide technical support.

1. Unmark the spam

Open a spam-judged email in the spambox and make a report of “not a spam” on the email. The reported email will be automatically moved from the spambox to the inbox.

2. Receive emails from D76 correctly in future

The below methods (1) and (2) can make the emails from District 76 forwarded into the inbox correctly in future. If use a smartphone, for (2), you have to login to the Gmail through not the Gmail APP but the mobile browser and enable the Desktop view.

(1) Add the email address of D76 to your address book (easy)

Add District 76-related addresses to the address book. For example, add the District 76 Presidents/VPEs mailing address to your contact lists of Gmail (Google).

(2) Create the filter for D76 (recommended)

Open the email in the inbox (see 1. above) and set up filtering.

Confirm that the District 76 mailing address is filled in on the “From:” item, and choose “Create Filter”.

Check the box of “Never send it to Spam” and choose “Create filter”.

Announcement from Public Relations Manager

Spring Gala on Saturday, April 24

Toastmasters District 76 will hold an online Spring Gala from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, April 24.

The Gala will showcase the talents of our own Toastmasters,

Funny SpeechReiko Masui
RakugoKimochi Honno
Magic ShowPeter Fujiyama
Juggling ShowYoshiya Terai
Music Performance (Band)Rock Music TMC
Music PerformanceTaishi Oda
Music Performance (Chinese Violin)Taeko Kondo
DJYuki Matsuda

Sign up here to attend,

Spring Gala Registration

Watch the promo video here,

Spring Gala PR Video

YouTube Interview Series

Check out the latest interview video with former District Director Sumiko Futana, who tells us about her experience teaching junior high-school kids in the U.K., mentoring an Indian Japanese-language club and why she joined Toastmasters!

Sumiko Futana Toastmasters Interview

Yusuke Ohashi Interview in NHK’s Contemporary Business English Magazine

District Director Yusuke Ohashi, is featured in the Spring edition of NHK’s Contemporary Business English magazine discussing how Toastmasters provides people with a practical environment to learn English business presentation and persuasion skills in a friendly atmosphere.

The magazine is in Japanese and authored by Satoshi Sugita, the long-running presenter of the NHK Radio English Course, is published by NHK Publications Inc. Check it out here.

Announcement from Global Liaison Team

TMC International World Cafe

Dear Fellow TMC members,
We are pleased to advise that the Global Liaison Team (GL) is organizing a World Cafe II. We welcome participation by TMC members from Japan and abroad.

World Cafe II Registration

Please find below more information about the World Cafe;

【Date & Time】Saturday, 8 May 2021, JST 19:00-21:00

【Theme】The power of the words 言葉のチカラ

【How will it work?】The participants will be split into small groups and think about the power of the words by discussing three questions prepared around the theme.

【Inspiration talk】TM Nakagawa, a member of GL Team, will share his experience using the speech of Ms. Greta Thunberg, the environmental activist.


【Eligible participants】TMC members and those who are interested in TMC

【Online communication system】Zoom


We will send the URL to the participants on or around the three days prior to the event.

We look forward to meeting you at the World Cafe!

Announcements from Integrated Advertising Manager

Twitter Campaign (Naka-no-hito; Social media manager) 6th Period Results

Application Period:2/21~3/20 Measurement Period:2/21~3/31

We have received submissions from many clubs during the above application period. We are pleased to announce the top three contributors.

The following prizes will be awarded to the top three contributors’ clubs (designated clubs at the time of submission).

Prize: $10.00 Gift Certificate to be used on Toastmasters International’s website.

We will contact them individually for shipping method and timing.

The winner has been selected based on the number of impressions per tweet (how many people see it), not the number of “likes” or “retweets”.

The number of engagements(エンゲージメント総数) increases with the frequency with which a posted image or link is clicked on. For this reason, posts with images and links tend to be higher, so we have chosen to rank them based on the number of impressions.

Multiple entries by the same clubs and posts by the digital marketing team are excluded.


★[The first place] Shin-Osaka Leaders Toastmasters Club Impressions: 1,523

★[The second place] Nishinomiya Toastmasters Club Impressions: 839

★[The third place] Shimonoseki Toastmasters Club Impressions: 356

★Other Popular Tweets

The following tweets also got high impressions. We hope that you will use it as a reference for future applications.


Please fill out the form below to apply.

Twitter Campaign Application Form

* Login to Google account is required.

【Applcation Periods】

  • 1st period:9/28~10/20
  • 2nd period:10/21~11/20
  • 3rd period:11/21~12/20
  • 4th period:12/21~1/20
  • 5th period:1/21~2/20
  • 6th period:2/21~3/20
  • 7th period:3/21~4/20

The results will be announced in the newsletter distributed by District76 of the following month.

(From Editor)

The next volume will be issued on April 20, 2021.

Hirohiko Kashiwagi, Administration Manager, 2020-2021
Contact address

Upcoming Events

  1. Division A Speech Contest

    April 18th
  2. Division C Speech Contest

    April 18th
  3. Division G Speech Contest

    April 18th
  4. Division J Speech Contest

    April 18th
  5. Division F Speech Contest

    April 18th1:00 PM~5:00 PM
  6. Division B Speech Contest

    April 25th
  7. DEC#5

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

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

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

    May 23rd1:00 PM~4:00 PM