Miriam Kojnok, District 4 Governor, and many of the newly elected district officers showing their support. (Photo by Robert Tang, DTM)


Imagine you are one club in District 4. We have 242 clubs between San Francisco and Monterey where we have been distinguished 4 times in a row. With our core values of integrity, communication, creativity and teamwork, this year we will take a chance to become President’s Distinguished district for the 1st time in more than 10 years…

That’s how we started the presentation of our 5 year strategic plan at the District Leadership training in Orlando in August. All 88 districts around the world had to prepare a 7 minutes presentation about their goals, core values and action plan. Each team competed to have the best presentation among the Districts in their region. We had everything ready: a great presentation, slides, and the details to back our plan. Everything except for one item: a BRICK. In our Powerpoint slides, we used a brick to represent a single club and a beautiful brick house to represent President’s Distinguished District 4. We needed a prop to underscore the importance of a successful club.

I walked around the Bonnet Creek Resort hoping to find a brick somewhere on the ground, no luck. I asked the front desk and hotel manager, no luck. I went to talk to the concierge desk and they confirmed that any extra material is kept with a 3rd party supplier. However, they saw the enthusiasm and excitement in my eyes and really wanted to help. Tricia, the concierge supervisor, called a recreation manager, Jeanne, and ten minutes later we had our brick. We won the competition. It was an incredible experience.

What chances have you taken since we last connected? This year is all about taking chances and becoming better than last year. I can’t wait to hear your story. Email me at  dg@d4tm.org. We will feature the best chance story in each Fourcaster issue.

Take a chance… brick by brick. It’s worth it. 


lucky7Congratulations to our Lucky 7 Winners!

Congratulations to the 109 clubs that trained all 7 of their officers!


Adelante Toastmasters Club Optical Orators
Adlibmasters Club Orbiters Toastmasters Club
Agile Articulators - Speech and Debate Pacifica PM Club
AMD Speak Peninsula Pros Club
Asian Express Toastmasters Club Planet Ord Toastmasters Club
B.L.T. Club Pro Masters Toastmasters Club
Bayview Club Rainbow Toastmasters Club
Brisbane Club: Speaking Under the Stars Rollertoasters Club
Cable Car Toastmasters Club Salinas Sunrise Toastmasters Club
Cadence AHgorithms Club San Carlos-Belmont Club
Chamber Speakers Circle Club San Francisco Club
Cisco Speaks Toastmasters Club San Francisco Mandarin English
Classy Toasters San Mateo Toastmasters Club 191
Coherent Communicators Toastmasters Club San Pedro Squares Toastmasters Club
CSUMB Communications Santa Cruz Downtown Toastmasters
Cupertino Toastmasters SAP Toastmasters Club
Daly City Toastmasters Saratoga Toastmasters Club
Dedupe This Securely Speaking
Downtown 65 Club Shield Speaks Toastmasters Club
Early Risers Club Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese-English)
EPA Speak Easy Silicon Valley Toastmasters
ESL Talk Silver Tongued Cats Club
ESV SoMa Toastmasters
Evening Stars Spartans Toasmtasters - SJSU
Everybody Speaks Club Speakeasy Club
Excalibur Toastmasters Club SpeakEasy@Sun Club
Fair Oaks Club Speeches with Friends
Foster City Club SRI Organon Club
Genentech Toastmasters Club Stagecoach Speakers - 525 Market
Golden Gate Toastmasters Club Stagecoach Speakers Frontier
GToast Startup Speakers
Hi Definition Speakers Sunnyvale Speakeasies Club
High Spirits of Toastmasters Surf City Advanced Club
Hot Buttered Toastmasters Club SWAN Toastmasters Club
HP Communicators Club Switch-On Toastmasters Club
ICC ArtICCulators Club SynapTalks
IMPACT Toastmasters Tandem Toastmasters Club
Intuitively Speaking Toastmasters Club Toast Twisters Toastmasters Club
Juniper Jabbers Club Toasters R Us Club
Laser Sharp Speakers Club Toastmasters Insiders Club
Lee Emerson Bassett Club True Talking Toastmasters (TTT) Toastmasters Club
Life Technologies Toastmasters Club Twenty-Five Alive Club
Loudspeakers Club UC Oracles Toastmasters Club
LSI Speaks Club United We Speak Club
MacinTalkers Club Vakpatugalu
Mandarin English Toastmasers San Jose Vanguard Toastmasters
Mandarin English Toastmasers Silicon Valley Ventritalks
MCA Toastmasters Club Voice Box
Memory Masters Walmart.com Dot.com-municators
Millbrae'ers Club Wharton QuakeMasters
Monterey Institute Toastmasters Wry Toastmasters
Naval Postgraduate School Club Xtreme Toastmasters (not yet chartered)
Next Step Toastmasters Club Yahoo! Yapsters Club
North Valley Toastmasters


brocade-communicatorsMeet Our Newest Toastmasters Club

Brocade Communicators chartered July 2012

"The Toastmasters program has greatly enriched our group of employees at Brocade. Not only do we get to practice our public speaking and leadership skills, we have familiarized our budding community with each other through the table topics and ice breakers." 
- Venkatesh Subramanian, President, Brocade Communicators


gold-sponsorBECOME A 20KT SPONSOR

by Sponsoring a New Club in September! 
Have an idea for a new Toastmasters club? Would you like to introduce Toastmasters to your workplace or a community? Here's your CHANCE to earn $100 D4TM credit if you sponsor a chartered Toastmasters club before September 30 2012. Contact Atul Nayak at LGM@D4TM.ORG.

smedleyADD 5 AND WIN

Add 5 new members between August 1 and September 30 and receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, a 10% discount at the Toastmasters Store and a four volume set of The Writings of Dr. Smedley for you club library! Email Atul Nayak for more information: lgm@d4tm.org

early-achievers1EARLY ACHIEVERS


Achieve 5 DCP Points by October 30th and your club will be recognized with a $150 credit from District 4!


A great BIG SHOUT-OUT to clubs celebrating their chartering anniversary in September!

  • Gold Brickers (35 years)
  • Xilinx Xpressionists (15 years)
  • Shield Speaks (5 years) 

Take a chance, share the news! 


Your District 4 Leaders
Miriam, Rita, Atul and Bernard 

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