District 13’s top leaders are an impressive group. Read their bios below.

District Director

Members Matter Most

Welcome Fellow Toastmasters to the 2017-2018 Toastmasters Year and the 75th Anniversary of our District!

That’s right. This is our Diamond Anniversary. For 75 years, our District has helped thousands of members step out of their comfort zone, building their confidence and helping them become better communicators and leaders.

I am honored to serve as your District 13 Director for 2017-2018 where our theme is “Members Matter Most.” I chose this theme because it is you, the member, that is the heart and soul of our organization and what makes the organization great today. For that reason the member sits at the top of our Toastmasters International Service Chart. You make the difference!

The mission of our District is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. I am passionate about the benefits this organization can provide to its members through its educational and leadership programs, and believe strongly that by focusing on meeting our member’s needs, our clubs, and our District will not only survive but thrive!

How will we do that? We will do this in two ways: By emphasizing the one hidden jewel we have in our Toastmasters tool box, the mentoring program, while we focus on the M.E.M.B.E.R!

Why should our clubs have a mentoring program? There is no better way to grow your club and yourselves than by offering a mentoring program. It’s a great way to engage your current, more experienced, or perhaps less active members. As Ralph Smedley stated: “Ours is the only organization I know dedicated to the individual; we work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply these skills to help others.” And we do just that through Mentoring.

The second way we will accomplish that is by Making Every Meeting Be Educational and Rewarding! (M.E.M.B.E.R) By focusing on the MEMBER, we will grow our members, our clubs, and ourselves to be the best communicators and best leaders we can be. And this year, I am excited to say we will take our educational and leadership programs to the next dimension with the introduction of our revitalized education program, Pathways, with the help of our Chief Ambassador and Past District Governor Stephanie Scott, DTM. Our Program Quality Director, Jennifer Sell, DTM, will be working with you to help ensure your clubs are working toward your educational and leadership goals by providing excellent training and resources for your clubs! Make sure to check out the Mentoring resources we have as well as the Document Library on our District 13 website!

By focusing on our member’s needs and ensuring they have the best experience possible not only helps the member grow, the club grow, but the district grow as well. You are the best advertisement for the benefits this program has to offer. Our Club Growth Director, Denise Etter, DTM, will be working with you to help grow our district and support the first part of our District Mission – to build new clubs. Make sure to look for more information coming from Denise in the coming months!
With your help, we will strengthen our existing clubs and make them sustainable, helping them grow through membership building contests, open houses, and mentoring, all while focusing on the M.E.M.B.E.R. and expanding our District through new club growth opportunities.

Happy 75th Anniversary District 13! This is our year to shine. Let’s make this 75th year the best one yet.
All the best,
Francine Milligan, DTM
District Director, 2017-2018

Program Quality Director

Hello District 13 Toastmasters!

As your Program Quality Director, I am honored to serve our members by bringing more awareness of the Toastmasters International educational programs. Our year together will focus on District Director’s, Francine Milligan, DTM, theme of Members Matter Most!

During these first few weeks of July, please examine your goals for your membership and what you seek to accomplish from your speeches, service to your club, and leadership roles. I challenge you to face your fears and step outside of your comfort zone.

Start working on your club’s Club Success Plan with your Club Executive Committee team right away to get your club off to a great start. You can always reach out to your Area Director, Division Director, or the Trio if you have questions, need resources, or are looking for guidance.

Our first major opportunity together will take place at the 2017 Fall Conference on October 27 – October 29, 2017 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry at 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046.

A Few Great Reasons to Attend the 2017 Fall Conference:

  • District 13 Toastmasters is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary!!
  • This is the last fall conference; starting in 2018-2019, there will only be a spring conference. There is no reason to worry; the district is looking into producing a fall event on a smaller scale.
  • 2017-18 District Council Business Meeting
  • 2017 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests
  • Six workshops to choose from (three in the morning and three in the afternoon)
  • District Awards Recognition Luncheon for Clubs and Members
  • Friday Fun Night: First Timer Reception and a Private Reception for New DTMs

I need YOUR help to make sure the 2017 Fall Conference is successful and need leaders and volunteers like yourself to help. Download and complete the Fall Conference Leaders and Volunteers Needed form and email it to me at d13PQD@d13tm.com.

Please explore the links below and embrace leadership through the engagement opportunities available through our wide range of programs and events.

Helpful Links

Moments of Truth

Constructive feedback is the greatest gift we can give in Toastmasters. Just as you take time to evaluate speakers and functionaries at a regular meeting, take time to evaluate the overall health of your club. Does your club provide a welcoming, supportive environment for members to achieve their goals? Are members getting what they need and want from the club?

The Moments of Truth module from The Successful Club Series is an excellent place to start. This special presentation outlines six key criteria for sustaining a strong and healthy club. How does your club measure up? What can you do to improve?

Thank you to all who have worked with your clubs to enrich and, in some cases, revive them. Remember why you joined. Why do you stay? Share your experiences and knowledge with new members. To all our many new members, seek out others to help you reach your goals. Lifelong learning never ends. We are all in this together. My team is here to listen and find ways to help you make a difference in your life and perhaps in the lives of others.

Look for me at upcoming events where you can feel free to share with me in person, your goals, your accomplishments, and how our District can continue to better serve you.


Jennifer Sell, DTM
Program Quality Director 2017-2018

Club Growth Director

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your 2017-2018 District13 Club Growth Director.

The District 13 mission is to build new clubs and to support all clubs and members in achieving excellence, and as declared by our District Director: ‘Members Matter Most.’

As Club Growth Director I am responsible for all aspects of marketing, club building, and club retention efforts within the district.

Serving in Toastmasters is a wonderful learning opportunity, both personally and professionally, and there are many roles within the District that allow you to become more involved and further your leadership and communication skills.

Please consider joining the Club Growth Team. There will be four club growth teams working together to ensure our club support, club building, and member successes. All teams will work with our Area and Division Directors. Consider acting as a sponsor or a mentor for a new club or become a club coach for a struggling club in our district. The Club Growth Team roles can be your HP Leadership Project and some roles can be applied towards your Advanced Leadership Silver goal.

The Club Retention Team will ensure clubs retain their membership and that their members’ needs are being met.

The Club Coach Team will recruit and place club coaches and will review the area reports and club coach reports.

The Club Retention and Club Coach Teams will work closely together.

The Club Extension Team will recruit and train sponsors and mentors and will provide guidance to our demo teams.

The New Club Development Team will help District 13 grow by cultivating and researching new club leads and then qualifying those leads based on the type of club request and location.

The Club Extension and New Club Development Teams will work closely together.

I look forward to further developing our Teamwork skills as we celebrate all of our club support, member, and club building successes and to learning from and working through the occasional obstacles.

I encourage you to pick your leadership role within your club or your district; apply your best self and do that role with great passion and determination. Most of all enjoy what you are doing and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow team members! As Toastmasters, we all look forward to enhancing the Toastmaster experience.

In closing: I admire the commitment each of you makes to Toastmasters!

  • Let’s continue to share the Toastmasters experience.
  • Let’s continue be a positive leadership influence in our communities and our work places.
  • Let’s continue to expand our communication and leadership networks both professionally and socially.

All the best to you!
Denise Etter, DTM
District 13 Club Growth Director, 2017-2018

“Real communication is impossible without listening.” Dr. Ralph Smedley

Public Relations Manager

Hello District 13!

As your District Public Relations Manager, I am greatly honored to serve the district as a whole, the clubs in the district, and most importantly the members. Regardless of anybody’s role in Toastmasters: a club officer, a club member, a district officer, or even a guest interested in Toastmasters, Members Matter Most, and members are what makes Toastmasters International so very great in helping others achieve their communication and leadership goals and improve their self-confidence.

My role as the Public Relations Manager encompasses working with the district leadership to accomplish the following:

  • Maintain and enhance communication between the district and its members
  • Work to increase public awareness of Toastmasters International through media
  • Prepare a public relations program designed to achieve goals for membership growth, club growth, and educational achievements in clubs, not to mention the Distinguished Club Program
  • Promote district conferences, events, and also leadership training opportunities (TLI sessions)

My vision to accomplish the above-mentioned includes the following:

  • To create and implement various tools and resources that sustain and enhance open channels that VPPRs (Vice President of Public Relations Club Officers) have with District 13 to aid in the growth of their individual district clubs
  • Augment member and educational achievement recognition within the district
  • Provide resources, support, and encouragement to help members in their Toastmasters journeys
  • Retention of core components of the previous year’s PRM Strategy with scalable enhancements to remain a district with a distinguished online presence that fosters a great sense of community
  • Implement and provide timely promotional media to members of the district pertaining to district conferences, speech contests, TLI sessions, and any other relevant district events

My call to action to you is to attend one of your club’s executive committee meetings and see what your club’s PR goals are for the 2017-2018 year. If you are not a VPPR club officer, see if you can help your club’s VPPR and even your club’s VPM (Vice President of Membership) with projects such as open houses, speech contests, or just simple online and community media to help your club reach new heights and grow.

If you have any questions, need resources, need assistance, or are looking for guidance feel free to reach out to me at d13PRM@d13tm.com or the other members of the Quad. Feel free to share with me how our District can better serve you or your club.


Max Lieberth, CC, Public Relations Manager, 2017-2018