Greetings Fellow Toastmasters!

Can you believe it is September already? By a show of hands, how many parents are glad school is starting back up? I, for one, am glad it’s back-to-school season, the kids were starting to get squirrely! Coincidentally, this time of year is also dues renewal time. Are you excited to continue your self-development journey in Toastmasters? See the message below from our District 2 Dues Renewal Chair, Teresa Lindahl.

Club officer training has concluded for round 1. Below is an update from Linda Vorthman, Program Quality Director, with a list of the officers per club that attended training. Please take a look and reach out to Linda if you have any questions.

Is your club holding a special event? Celebrating a milestone? Or want people to know when you meet? Send me an ad to post in the Starburst. If there are topics you’d like to see in the Starburst, let me know, or better yet write articles you’d like to see and send them to me. Deadline for submissions is Friday at 5pm. If you miss the deadline, your article or club ad will be put in the next edition.


Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Amazing!

Baxter Kent, DTM, PDD

Starburst Editor



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If members of your club aren’t receiving the Starburst, forward it to them and they can signup to receive it by simply by emailing to be added to the distribution list. Please provide First Name, Last Name, Email address and at least 1 club name.


How to Submit an Ad to Starburst

Please read these submission guidelines and best practices before submitting an ad for Starburst.

  1. The deadline for submitting ads to Starburst is 5pm on Friday, no exceptions.
  2. The editor will only accept copy that is sent as an attached Word document or placed in the body of the e-mail. This is important as text in a graphic or picture does not translate in assistive reading technologies.
  3. Be sure to include your club name, event date with day of week, time frame, title, description, contact person, email, Zoom link and password (or let them know you’ll be emailing this out).
  4. One photo may be submitted with your ad. It must be sent as a jpeg or png. Please note: clipart does not fall within Toastmasters branding guidelines. In addition, please follow all other Toastmasters Brand & Trademark Design Guidelines. See the Brand Portal for more information
  5. Copy or photos sent in other formats will not be accepted.
  6. All events will be included in the Starburst until that event is over.
  7. Submit ads to


District News and Events

Over 650 District 2 Club Officer positions were successfully trained in round one which ended August 31st. By training at least four officers, many clubs have met Goal 9 of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP)


Several clubs also earned the $70 in Super 7 D2 Dollars for training all 7 positions.

Please double check the accuracy of training for your club on this spreadsheet:

This list will be reported to Toastmasters International to show on the club DCP goals within a week.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Vorthman, Program Quality Director, at



Dues Renewals

The window is now open for the Toastmasters membership renewal period.
We are privileged to have a self-development program at such a reasonable cost of $45 for 6 months of resources and activated learning.
As your District Dues Renewal Chair, I hope you find Toastmasters valuable and worthwhile to continue your membership.
You support your own personal growth in this journey and it provides stability for your club. I urge you to renew as soon as possible. The deadline is September 30, 2022.

Much Regard,
Teresa Lindahl, DTM
D2 Dues Renewal Chair 2022-23


New Club Sponsors/Mentors Request

Would you like to step out of that safe comfort zone at your home club and experience the challenge and thrill of being involved with other clubs?
Have you ever had the urge to help out some brand new Toastmasters learn what you have learned?
Then have I got the opportunity for you. My name is Bob King and I am the chair of the District 2 Sponsor and Mentor committee for the 2022-2023 TM year. We have a number of new clubs that need either Sponsors or Mentors. I am looking to fill those rolls soon.
Sponsors work with the club founders to recruit 20 members so that the club can charter. Sponsors serve until the club is chartered.
Mentors come along to guide the new club members in learning about meeting roles and club officer duties. Mentors serve for a 6-month term. Most of the tasks can be done online.
Let me know if you are interested in either role and I can link you up with a club.
This would be a great help to both me and to Tommy Price our district 2 Club Growth Director.
You can reach me at or 425-830-2602 (leave a message).

Thank you,
Bob King
Club Sponsor/Mentor Chair

Voice of the Week!

Monday, July 18th starts District 2’s “Voice of the Week!”

District 2 wants to amplify your voice through our two social media channels – Facebook and LinkedIn.

Do you want to share some advice, fun tidbit, memorable moment or even a challenge you overcame as a Toastmaster?

We thought so!

Please use the following form to submit your chance to appear as District 2’s “Voice of the Week!”

Voice of the Week Submission Form

Use your voice to inspire, encourage or even make your fellow Toastmasters laugh.


We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!


Be sure to follow District 2 Toastmasters on Facebook and LinkedIn.


If you have any questions or have any issues with the form, please reach out to District 2’s Public Relations Manager, Anu Jokinen at


Congratulations and much gratitude to Randy Winn who achieves excellence as he serves our district as a Speakers Bureau member!

“I first joined the Speaker’s Bureau to get more of the stagetime we all need to be better public speakers. But when I visited Digital Transformation, I discovered a roomful of new friends, and re-connected with people I know mostly through District competitions.

Throughout the meeting, we shared ideas through evaluations, Table Topics and in conversation afterwards. I realize now it’s not just about a speech; it’s about sharing a supportive environment.” – Randy Winn, D2 Speakers Bureau Member


Roxanne Spring scheduled a D2 Speakers Bureau guest speaker for Digital Transformation, here’s her feedback.

“The D2 Speakers Bureau is an incredible resource! The ease and proficiency of bringing a thoroughly prepared speaker to enhance our meeting was phenomenal. In addition to an amazing speech we were very pleased to have a Q & A where guest speaker Randy Winn inspired us by sharing resources and perspectives of becoming a champion speaker. Quite frankly, knowing we have our District 2 Speakers Bureau available to bring forth excellence increases my confidence in leadership.” – Roxanne Spring, VPE Digital Transformation, Event Organizer


Do you want to enhance your club meetings?

Do you want to inspire your members and guests?

Do you want to fill every speaking spot and accelerate your member and club growth?

If so, schedule a guest speaker from the D2 Speakers Bureau!

We have eager speakers prepared to deliver speeches that will entertain, encourage, and excite your members and guests.

To schedule a speaker email

Subject Line: Speakers Bureau Request
Please include the following information so we can match a speaker to your club and your purposes:
Club/Organization Name:
Contact person: name, email, phone number
Date and Time of your event:
Type of Event: Club Meeting, Open House, Speechcraft etc.
Speech Length: i.e. 5-7, 8-10, 16-18 minutes
Location: Online Zoom link or physical address – please make it very clear if this is an online or in person event
Purposes: What 1, 2, or 3 things would you like to accomplish?
Uniqueness: Is there anything unique about your club that would be helpful for the speaker to know?
We look forward to serving your club!


Education Awards


Congratulations Educational Awards Recipients for August 29 thru September 4, 2022. Click here to see the list of recipients.


Club Anniversaries

Congratulations to the 8 clubs celebrating anniversaries in September.

Club NameCharter Date# Of Years
WRY Toastmasters Club9/1/198141
Freely Speaking Toastmasters9/1/198834
Burlington Better Speakers9/1/199329
City Toasters Club9/1/199824
PSE Energizers9/1/200022
Marsh USA Toastmasters Club9/1/200022
Story Weavers Toastmasters9/1/200517
Speakers of the House9/6/20166

Club Highlight: WRY Toastmasters,

Chartered 9/1/1981, 41 years

(Visit the club website)

“WRY Toastmasters offers value, energy and innovation for members to achieve their communication and leadership goals.

We bring a spirit of energy and innovation — and of course, our own unique Wry sense of humor. It’s this innovation, as well as our genuine interest in one another’s growth, that inspires speakers to achieve their personal goals.

Speakers and leaders of every level — from beginners to professionals — have seen the value of WRY and have called our club home. We are district leaders, International finalists, and professional speakers. We are also professionals, small-business owners, students, and retirees pursuing new avenues of growth. Whoever you are, you will find a home at WRY! Wry takes partial credit for members’ pay raises and moving into the corner office with the view.”

If you’d like to visit WRY Toastmasters, click on the link to their website above to find out more information.

I encourage you to visit any of the clubs celebrating an anniversary this month, or any other District 2 clubs to meet your fellow Toastmasters! You can find club information by visiting the “Find a Club” link on the Toastmasters International website.

Thank you,
Baxter Kent
Starburst Editor

Special Events

Open House & Game Night!