golden quill

The Golden Quill Award is presented at District Conference to the editor of the best club newsletter in the district.

What makes a good newsletter?
Many things, of course, go into making a good newsletter. The award is based on content that best promotes

  • Club DCP goals and the Club in general
  • Toastmasters International goals including speaking, communication, and leadership

and that has articles that appeal to any reader, whether another Toastmaster or a guest to your Club.

A newsletter is a great tool that helps you communicate with your members, as well as a promotional tool that a guest can take with them. The primary focus of this contest is on content, however layout and design do count.

The Golden Quill judging is based on the information in the "Produce a Club Newsletter and/or Web Site" section of the Club Leadership manual. The judges will look for the newsletters in District 4 that best meet that information. The judges will pick at most one winner per category (Club, Area, Division).

Judging Criteria

  • Club Information (10%)
    • Club name, officers' names, position & contact information
    • Meeting location, address, time, directions to the venue
    • Calendar / List of Events
  • Toastmasters Program (10%)
    • Announcements of District news
    • Toastmasters branding & mission
  • Layout & Presentation (30%)
    • Consistent use of typography, whitespace and color
    • Effective use of graphics
    • Overall creativity
  • Newsletter Content (50%)
    • Recognition of club members' achievements
    • News of recent and upcoming club activities
    • Message from the club's President or other officers
    • Educational value including tips and articles
    • Quantity of newsletters published

Submit the newsletters in PDF, HTML or JPG format via e-mail by April 30th to

The District winner(s) will receive a plaque, in recognition of their achievement, at the District 4 Conference. This is a great opportunity to promote yourself and your Club!