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Public Relations Manager -  Joe Bresler, CC/ALS

Joe Bresler

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What attracted me to Toastmasters a few short years ago, was the desire to step back into public speaking, after taking a break for several years. Once I joined my first club meeting, I was hooked, not only because of the opportunity to practice and sharpen my skills in public speaking, but also because I quickly learned that Toastmasters would provide me with an amazing opportunity to refine my leadership skills, and to take control of my professional development more broadly.

Through serving in club and district leadership roles as Vice President of Public Relations, Area Director, and Division Director, I've found that I've been able to connect more deeply with the Toastmasters community at-large, and have had the opportunity to mentor, guide, and support others at all levels of the district and all stages of their professional development. It is very satisfying for me to continue in district leadership this year as the Public Relations Manager, which I see as a way to be able to give back to the individuals and the broader district that has supported me so well in my own personal journey.

This year, as I set up the District 4 Public Relations function, I'll be reaching-out to you for your input and ideas, and hope to foster an approach of open communication and collaboration. Likewise, I hope that you will feel comfortable with approaching me directly with your feedback and suggestions. We're all in this together, and I look forward to the dialog.

It is my personal goal this year to raise the visibility of District 4 among media and influencers, which in-turn will help us more broadly with supporting existing clubs and their members, as well as with building new clubs. To that end, I'm looking forward to your participation in PR-related committees and activities, whether tied to blogging, web/digital marketing, social media, video, or other communications vehicles. If you've already got the necessary PR and marketing-related skills, or simply have the curiosity and willingness to learn, I look forward to having you engage with me and with the D4 PR team. Together, we can help all our clubs and members meet and exceed their goals for the 2020-2021 year and beyond.

As part of the District's Top 4, I want to make the 2020-21 program year a very successful one for our entire Toastmasters family, and the larger community we serve.

-Joe Bresler (

Public Relations Awards
Submit your newsletter and/or Web page for these PR contests! Awards will be announced at the District 4 Annual Conference (past PR award recipients).

D4TM Social Media Mashup

Tim Carlisle

Program Quality Director - Tim Carlisle, DTM
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I joined Toastmasters because I needed to network outside of my IT department. I stayed in Toastmasters simply for the people I met, and how they poured their lives into me, although they didn't have to do so. I have since made it my mission to give back to the District which has helped me to transform beyond my wildest dreams. I am committed to serving others and making our organization and its people the best they can possibly be.

Change is simply a part of life – how one deals with change is critical to our success, both as leaders and communicators. When it comes to Club Growth, we need to expand our vision by starting new clubs, strengthening and retaining existing clubs and empowering motivated Toastmasters as coaches and mentors.

Please join the Quality team, and together, lets strive to improve the quality of Toastmasters programs in our District.

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?

District 4 is divided into six Divisions, with four to six Areas in each Division to support local Clubs. Each of the Divisions covers its own geographical area. The approximate locations are listed below and shown on our Club Locator Map which is color coded by Division.

Division Director Role
Division Directors lead and support their divisions through the supervision and support of the Area Directors. One of the primary goals of a Division Director is to ensure that each club achieves its mission and fulfills its responsibilities to its members. To achieve this, Division Directors coordinate division activities, set division goals, and assist in the training of area and club leaders.

Area Director Role
Area Directors serve as a liaison between the district and its clubs via semiannual area club visits to understand how clubs are fulfilling member needs and how the district is supporting each club.  

Clubs by Division

Division A   Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos.
Division B Daly City, Brisbane, Pacifica, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrea, Burlingame, .
Division C Southeastern portion of San Francisco.
Division D Western and northeastern portion of San Francisco.
Division E Financial District and lower Embarcadero portion of San Francisco.
Division F San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City.



Division A
Division A Director Alex Kalinin   Email
Area A1

Area A1 Director

Ann-Hoa Nguyen
Area A1 Director

2117 Early Risers Club
937505 Virtual Speak Toastmasters Club
2784455 Superspace Toastmasters
7553405 Varian Toastmasters
7165655 Bill Dot Toast
Area A2

Area A2 Director

Nancy Giere
Area A2 Director

9913 Electric Toasters Club
596069 SAP Toastmasters
3989851 A9 Toastmasters
6671684 Open Space Orators
7222791 Uber Palo Alto
Area A3

Area A3 Director

Kevin Shea
Area A3 Director

8218 Palo Alto Toastmsters
1573264 Move Fast and Say Things
5048211 AWEsome Toastmasters
6671684 Slalom Silicon Valley Toastmasters Club
Area A4

Area A4 Director

Mahi Saraf
Area A4 Director

33 Lee Emerson Bassett Club
1372 Menlo Park Toastmasters Club
1435 SRI Organon Club
4515 HP Hilltop Speakers Club

The map shown here is for the Toastmaster year that begins July 1, 2020. This club alignment was approved by the Distric Council at the Annual Business Meeting, Saturday May 16, 2020. For details, see the 2020-21 Realignment Report and Approved Realignment.

Club and meeting details are from information supplied by clubs to Toastmasters International. To make corrections, club officers should login to the Toastmasters International website and and select Club Central on the left side of the Members home page to update club meeting information.

Once corrected, please send email request to update map page to District 4 Webmaster at

Jennifer Perry-RuzicClub Growth Director - Jennifer Perry-Ruzic, MS5, EH1
Contact Jennifer at

As your Club Growth Director, my vision is to support and grow our clubs by

• Enabling and encouraging club coaches and mentors
• Listening and developing ideas and solutions
• Encouraging the use of a Speechcraft program

In my time in Toastmasters, I have learned the importance of working in teams and listening. Many times there are problems that can be solved by getting the right person involved. I hope by listening and working with our clubs and members we can build a strong district.

As a club mentor, I learned the importance in how you phrase something and was able to build a strong relationship with the club, even a year later, I still talk to them and help them to improve. This is what I hope to accomplish as Growth Director
Here are some specific programs that help with club growth. Please browse through the links and let us know if you have questions about Club Growth, or if you have ideas that could help us.

  • Club Extension Team: Scouts in the lookout for opportunities for a new club, in our District. Prospective sponsoring organizations could be those with 300 or more employees, which never had a Toastmaster club OR had one in the past.
  • Club Sponsors: Have an idea for a new club? Let's make it happen! Don't worry--you don't have to do it alone. The new clubs team will work closely with you and help you throughout the process. And you'll get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Mentors: Mentors work with a newly chartered club for 6-12 months, helping that club establish itself. Your guidance assists the new club to begin on a solid footing. You'll also get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Consultants: Consultants will work on with clubs having 13-19 members, identify 1-2 areas where the club could improve so that membership goes up. Enhance your leadership skills and PR skills, while helping a club.
  • Club Coaches: Coaches work with clubs having fewer than 12 members to grow membership and increase momentum, so that the club becomes Distinguished. Successful Club Coaches get official recognition from Toastmasters International. As per the update to the Club Coach program by Toastmasters International, currently active (started in or after January 2018) or new Club Coaches, will be awarded two DTM credits, on successful completion of their assignment latest by 30 June 2021. The two DTM credits awarded are:
    1. Club Coach credit
    2. Credit for one year of District Leadership
    This can be applied to Legacy or Pathways or split into one credit towards each program. Any Club Coach completing their assignment after 30 June 2021 will be awarded only one credit.
  • Club Ambassadors: Want to step outside your club and visit others? The Club Ambassador Program enables you to visit other clubs and share your unique insights with the District! Participation in other club meetings helps spread best practices across the District, and helps you to broaden you own Toastmasters experience.
  • Club Open Houses: Hold an Open House to spread awareness of your club and its unique culture in your community, adding new members in the process. Planning and having an Open House is a great exercise in leadership and team building for your club, and it also helps strengthen your membership.
  • Speechcraft Program: Present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-Toastmasters over 4 to 8 sessions. This is also an excellent way to grow your club's membership as Speechcraft graduates often join the club and currently get credit for the IceBreaker speech in Pathways. Under Pathways being a Speechcraft coordinator counts toward the Pathways DTM.
  • Youth Leadership Program: Bring the benefits of Toastmasters to a younger generation! YLP coordinators run 8 weekly Toastmasters sessions with students ranging in age from older elementary school children through younger high school students.


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