Welcome to your 2016-17 Toastmasters year!

Valerie Horton, DTM

Valerie Horton, DTM
District Director - 2016-2017

I look forward to working and getting to know all of you as we spread the word of Toastmasters and offer the benefits to those seeking to increase their skills in communication and leadership.

Raise the Bar

My goal for the district is to raise the bar. We will work hard to build 12 new clubs, bring 60% or more of our clubs to charter strength, & 50% or more of our clubs to distinguished status or better.

By doing this we are helping all members to reach their goals of personal development by providing them with well run, well attended meetings. We have much work to accomplish this year, but I am confident that we will get it done with the help of all of you.

Be Contagious!

Take the time - something we all seem to have very little of these days. MAKE the time to inspire others. Make a difference in YOUR world. Use your Toastmaster skills outside of your club, in your home, in your community, in your work environment. Your passion, your energy and enthusiasm will be contagious.

All of us working together will make a difference in OUR world. SHARE what you have been given, what you have achieved.

Inspire others. As you climb to the top of your personal development, don't do it alone - take someone with you. Make a difference in their lives. You know what it has done for you - now share it. For as they say, when you give, you will get it back tenfold.

I am honored to serve all of you in District 54! We have talented district leaders and staff who will make a difference in the lives of many toastmasters.

Our journeys are enhanced by the people we meet along the way. Henry Ford stated, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." Here is to an inspiring and successful year in District 54, as we all move forward together!

Be Inspired.

Warmest regards,

Valerie Horton, DTM
District Director

2016 International Speech Contests

District 54 congratulates Kim Kaufman, State Farm Talk of the South Toastmasters, who won the Spring International Speech Contest. Kim competes August 18, 2016, from 2-4 PM, in Round 2, Semifinal 6, at the Toastmasters International Convention, at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC

Kim has won her semi-final, and is going to the finals on Aug 20!

Fellow Toastmasters,

On behalf of the District 54 Leadership, I proudly announce that our very own Kim Kaufman, District 54 International Speech Contest Winner has won her semi-finals this afternoon for Toastmasters' World Champion of Public Speaking! She and 9 other semi-finalist will move on to the Finals on Saturday, August 20, 8:30 A.M., EDT. We congratulate her and we wish her the best on the Finals, representing District 54!

If you would like to see her compete on the Finals, you can watch a live stream of the event from Toastmasters International On Demand website:


Please share with all your clubs and also share the Facebook Post, Twitter Post, and Instagram Post (hastag it, #D54TM) of her win to let the world know how proud we are of her! Again, Congratulations, Kim and good luck on Saturday!

Noel Ganay, ACS, ALB
District 54 Public Relations Manager

2016 Toastmasters International Convention