Hello fellow Toastmasters
 
Toastmasters is a professional organization, but we are also a family and concerned about one another. Living in a global village, we are now faced with global ramifications from the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
I hope you all received the email from Toastmasters International with the video message from Deepak Menon, DTM, International President.  The email also contained a link to a webpage with more information.
 
As a district, clubs and members, we have to do what we feel is best for us, in accordance with Toastmasters policy. The Board of Directors has made an exception for certain districts to allow Speech Contests to be conducted online at the Club, Area, and Division levels. District 83 was not included in that list based on current conditions.   We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and local health departments regarding the spread of the virus. We are also in communication with Toastmasters International staff about concerns from members in our District.  In consultation with our Region Advisor and International Director and World Headquarters, we will proceed with in-person events unless either the states of New York or New Jersey or Toastmasters deem that we cannot do so.  The same is true for the District conference May 15-18, 2020.               
One of the core values of Toastmasters is Respect and no one should feel pressured to attend contests, club meetings or district events, if they do not feel comfortable doing so, especially if one is in an at-risk health group. Participation in contests is voluntary with the decision to compete and/or attend a personal choice.  As always. if a first-place contestant is not available to compete at the next level, a second or third place competitor can step up.
 
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Lynda B Starr, DTM  
District 83 Director 2019-2020     
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William F. Markert, ACB, CL
Program Quality Director 2019 - 2020
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Michelle Tropper, DTM
District 83 Club Growth Director 2019-2020
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Charter DateClub Name/Club Number
October 21st 2019AHS Toastmasters Club
7657889
November 20th 2019New World Toastmasters Club
7431646
November 12th 2019RobustWeatlh Toastmasters
7629055
December 16th 2019Oratory Toastmasters
7684765
December 27th 2019NJR Toastmasters
7606611
December 31st 2019Princeton Power Presenters
7619827

 

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