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District 112 Newsletter | January 2022 

Dear <<First Name>>,

You are receiving this January newsletter as a club member of Toastmasters New Zealand North, District 112. 

We look forward to supporting you in reaching your goals this year. Our District Director Stephan Budai DTM achieved one of his work goals this week - see the video on our social media platforms soon.
“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”
—Theodore Roosevelt
 (Psychology Today)

Short video intro to newsletter 
In this newsletter
District Director Stephen Budai, DTM: 
New Year, Welcome back, We don’t quit (District Conference), Messages for Toastmasters International President and President-elect, Great Advice
Program Quality Director Wendy Wickliffe, DTM: 
Goal setting, Upcoming Training, Contest Time
District Conference, Wendy Booth: 
Taupo 2022! Register to win, Virtual Banner Parade, Sponsorships
Club Growth Director James Hippolite, DTM: 
Town Hall gathering, Talk Up Toastmasters, Marketing meeting with District 72, What’s coming up?

District Director Stephen Budai DTM

District Director Update January 2022 

Hello fellow Toastmasters, 

New Year
Happy new year to you, and I hope you took my humble advice and disconnected yourself from your computers and even Toastmasters. My inbox was very quiet, and I thank you for a well-earned break. However, my energy levels have returned.

I'm reminded of the following, "Reset, re-adjust, re-start, re-focus, as many times as you need to."

Welcome Back
This month's newsletter is a welcome back to our family of Toastmasters and future Toastmasters. 

My fellow trio members have some great messages in their sections, and if I can add a couple of pointers, we will move forward with pace. First, James mentions our meeting with District 72. It pleases me to see what you can do when you pool your potential resources at the club level. 

Are you challenged with finding contest functionaries, judges, and test speakers? Try your neighbouring clubs as I'm sure they will be pleased. If you don't ask, you will never know.

We don’t quit
Wendy touches on the District Conference to be held this year in Taupo. We would like to see a bumper attendance as it has been far too long since we last met, as a District, in person. My mission is to deliver the Taupo conference with in-person contests.

Other Districts have changed to online conferences this year. 

The following quote reflects my thoughts.

"It's not over when you lose. It's over when you quit." We, as a District, have not quit.

Messages from Toastmasters International 
Our International President Margaret Page reminded us in her message to deliver quality club meetings and to be an uplifting and caring community. The future will involve hybrid, online and in-person meetings, and contrary to some thoughts, we have experienced around one million virtual meetings. We have years of know-how and an opportunity to utilise this experience to grow our club meeting experience. She also said, "The way forward is not the way back."

Matt Kinsey, the International President-elect, said, "We will accomplish more by doing less." In other words, concentrate your efforts, and live a balanced life.

Great Advice
Finally, the following is advice I intend to practice as much as possible:

"Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble," Frank Tyger.


Welcome back, enjoy your New Year, New You experience and embrace the new norm.


Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.

Stephen Budai, DTM
027 585 4084
District Director 2021-2022
Program Quality Director Wendy Wickliffe DTM

Program Quality Director Update January 2022

Greetings Toastmasters, welcome to 2022. I hope you had a nice break and have enjoyed the glorious summer.


Key Messages

Goal Setting
New Year is a great time to review your purpose and set goals for the year. New year, a New You! Toastmasters International, every January, publishes articles on goal setting strategies which I always find inspiring. January 2022 article link - Connecting the Dots From Goals to Purpose.

Have you set your goals yet? What do you want to achieve at your Toastmaster club/s this year?

Are you working towards your Triple Crown Pin (three completed pathway project levels) or your DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award – two paths, officer role, district officer, mentor/coach, club sponsor/speechcraft/youth leadership and DTM project – see DTM criteria) or are you considering an officer role in 2022?

Whatever your goals are for this year, look at Pathway projects you could complete to achieve your goals, plus earn educational awards for you and your club.

Pathway Resources
See our pathways D112 website page for Pathway resources

If you have completed a level four or five project, please share your projects for other members to be inspired -

Our webmaster Mike welcomes feedback about the website; add your suggestion here

Goal Setting Template
Looking for a template to help you set your goals? The member goal sheet is downloadable from the D112 website. (Go to officer page, expand the Vice President Education section, click on the link Member Goal Sheet, download as PDF).

Then book a time to discuss with your Vice President of Education what help you might need this year and even what help you can give back to other members in your club or other clubs.


Upcoming Training 
Area Directors – 2 Sessions – See Zoom Registration links on D112 Calendar

Session 1: Contest Planning, Rules, Contest Official preparation – Mon 24/1/22 or Thu 27/1/22

Session 2: Club Visit/Support – Mon 21/2/22 or Thu 24/2/22


Club Officer Training Round Two Update

✔️ 35 clubs have received a Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goal – well done.

✖️127 clubs who have not had four officers (or more) attend yet. 

Four sessions of round two are left for this Toastmaster year. Please see the details in the table below of the workshop topics, times and registration links. The training is open to all members and not just club officers. 

Reminder – officers with multiple officer roles must attend one COT, including an officer breakout session and one more officer breakout session (only). Some exceptions email me if you have a question.

You can check your club status here: COT Club Register.

Club Officer Training – Round Two – February 2022

Date and Registration Link



Tuesday, 8 February 2022

6 pm

Club Officer Tools and Support


Zoom Registration Link 8 Feb

7 pm

Attracting and Retaining Members 


8 pm

Club Officer Breakout Sessions (combined officer roles) 

Saturday, 12 February 2022

9 am

Club Officer Breakout Sessions (combined officer roles)

Zoom Registration Link 12 Feb

10 am

Quality Clubs - Pathways


11 am

Club Officer Tools and Support

Thursday, 17 February 2022

6 pm

Quality Clubs - Pathways

Zoom Registration Link 17 Feb

7 pm

Club Officer Breakout Sessions (combined officer roles)


8 pm

Attracting and Retaining Members 

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

6 pm

Club Officer Tools and Support

Zoom Registration Link 23 Feb

7 pm

Quality Clubs - Pathways


8 pm

Club Officer Breakout Sessions (combined officer roles)


The sessions are conducted as separate workshops so that you can pick and choose days and times based on your availability. Please register in advance for the date or dates you will be attending.

Please arrive at least ten minutes before the start of the workshop. Our zoom team will monitor the zoom waiting room.

Do you want to become a member of our zoom team? If so, email Troy

Contest Time
Good luck to all contestants and contest officials in the upcoming club contests, area and division contests. Remember to keep up to date with the contest rule changes. See D112 website for the rulebook and speech contest FAQ links -

Banner for Taupo 2022: Erupt your potential. Toastmasters District 112 Conference. May 6-8, 2022. Lake Taupo, New Zealand.

District Conference – Taupo 6-8 May 2022 Erupt Your Potential 

Please see the following update from our Conference Convenor, Wendy Booth, DTM.

Fewer than five months to go now to the Conference, and we have a stimulating programme for you to enjoy – check out the Conference pages on the District 112 website.

Register to win
I hope you have registered already or will do so in the next few weeks. To encourage you to register, we have two draws for $100 of petrol vouchers—sponsored by Sharrp Kitchens Ltd.—the first on 28 February and the second on 31 March. All you have to do to be in the draw is register and pay before these dates. 

Virtual Banner Parade
This year, we plan to have a virtual banner parade.  We will celebrate the clubs with a photographic montage on a large screen at the Opening Ceremony and periodically throughout the Conference. This is where we need your help.

Can all Clubs please take a photograph of their members with their banner? 

NB. Permission of individuals for this photo to be screened will be deemed to be given by inclusion in the photo. If a person does not want their picture to be screened, they should not appear in the photo.

The photos can then be sent to me at - identifying the Club name and Area.

I would appreciate it if all photos could be sent before 31 March 2022 to be organised well in advance of the Conference. 

We would also like pictures of the Division and Area Directors, with names and designations.

Lastly, if anyone knows of any businesses, corporate clubs or individuals who would be willing to provide sponsorship - pens, speaker gifts, speaker accommodation, spot prizes, and the dinner and dance, etc. Sponsors’ names will be displayed throughout the Conference. Attendees come from all over the North Island and some from the South Island, so there would be an excellent opportunity for exposure to a wide audience. Expressions of interest can be sent to me.

See you all in Taupo.

Wendy Booth, DTM
Conference Convenor


Wendy Wickliffe, DTM 
Program Quality Director 2021-2022
021 599 765
Club Growth Director James Hippolite DTM

Club Growth Director Update January 2022

Town Hall Gathering

Friday 25 February at 7pm will be our third D112 Town Hall, hosted by yours truly.  The focus this time will be on Succession Planning and focusses (foci) for the next 3-4 months.  Come along with your curly questions and your Trio will be happy to answer them.  Meeting ID: 705 724 0923. Passcode: D112TM


Talk Up Toastmasters

1 February to 31 March demarks the Talk Up Toastmasters membership-building program.  This is the time of the year where we strongly encourage Club Executive Teams to focus on advertising and encouraging members to invite guests to open meetings.  Why?

• Open meetings are where prospective members can learn about the many benefits Toastmasters has to offer.
• Signing up in March means the new member is likely to stick around during the October renewals, in order to see through their new commitment to year end.
• Add five new, dual or reinstated members within the specified period, and you’ll receive a special Talk Up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your club’s banner.


Meeting with District 72

This month your Trio will be meeting with the Trio from District 72 (New Zealand South) to work together on a marketing approach to benefit both Districts.  You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened.  Some of you wanted a nationwide advertising campaign, so we’re going to investigate the possibility.  Stay tuned for some exciting announcements to come.


What’s Coming Up?

A reminder that our usual Area Director Peer Group Meeting is being superseded in January and February, with some additional AD training.  Refer to the above PQD newsletter for links.  


The following event is open for all members with an interest in coaching:




   Meeting ID       


   Thu 20 Jan

   8:00 PM

   Club Coach Peer Group Meeting

   705 724 0923


James Hippolite, DTM 
Club Growth Director 2021-2022
027 461 2646

Toastmasters International logo. Taupo 2022: Erupt your potential. Toastmasters District 112 Conference May 6 - 8, 2022. Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Why attend? “It’s Toastmasters, the organisation, on steroids” - Mike Diggins (and photo of him in a suit). Register here. Great Lake Centre, Taupo.

Thank you

A special thanks to Rob Wightman DTM, this year's newsletter coordinator, and Toni Sharp DTM, our much-appreciated proofreader, for their help in producing a quality monthly newsletter. Please see the incredible work done by our District webmaster, Mike Diggins DTM, and give regular feedback and updates.

Jane Stephen is helping us with the designs of pamphlets (see above insert) for the District Conference and we sincerely thank her!

For more information, you are welcome to contact me, the Public Relations Manager. You are welcome to phone me again, since I’m back in New Zealand after an unexpected seven month sojourn.
Kind regards,
Elizabeth Viljoen

District 112 Public Relations Manager 2020-2021
phone: 0212298577 (WhatsApp only)

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