Welcome to YACT! Most of the content on this website is accessible without a membership. If you are a member of a Toastmasters Club in Alaska or the Yukon Territory as a benefit included with your Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters dues, you can click the 'Join Now' link on the menu bar above (we'll check our membership list and approve you for access to start your own blog, start posting your powerpoint and video presentations, Toastmaster picture albums, webcasting, audioconferencing, video-chatting with other members etc.) Northern Outlook (YACT Newsletter): YACT News: Learn more about YACT joining the larger Toastmasters family on the effective July 1, 2015 merger web page. This merger opens up communication and leadership opportunities for our members beyond the council level. Transition meetings are taking place to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible. Updates will be added as more information becomes available. Have a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Don't see an answer to your question? Submit your question via our FAQ page. Check out the following pages for more information:
Upcoming Events: 1. YACT 2015 Spring Conference Dates: April 17-19, 2015 Location: Yukon Inn, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Keynote Speakers: Gary Schmidt, DTM, 2009-2010 Toastmasters International President Tom Jones, DTM, 2013-2015 Region 1 International Director AND Theme:Unleash Your Superpower: Lead and Speak with Confidence Registration Form This will be our last conference as a Territorial Council. Come to the Yukon Territory and celebrate with us! If you don't have a passport yet, it is not too early to apply for one! UPDATE: The registration form is available on the spring conference page! Recently posted information: Whitehorse attractions, travel options, and draft agenda 2. District 96 2015 Spring Conference 3. District 32 2015 Spring Conference Date: May 16, 2015 Location: Pacific Luthern University, University Center, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447 Theme: Change! Excel! Grow! Early-bird registration is $73 until May 2, and $78 after that. Registration and additional information is available at: http://d32.toastmastersdistricts.org/Spring_Conference.html Interested in attending? District 32 is rolling out the welcome mat for us! Lodging opportunities include staying with members in Western Washington or staying in lodging. If we can give District 32 an idea of the number of YACT members attending, they will arrange a block of rooms for us. Contact Brian Bezenek if you plan on attending. YACT Deadlines and Reminders: 1. District 32 Officer Nominations - March 15, 2015 Are you interested in serving as a district officer during the upcoming Toastmaster year? You are eligible to nominate yourself and/or a member of an Alaska club to serve as a District 32 (D32) officer for 2015-2016! Review the officer positions and descriptions for qualifications. NOTE: The Toastmasters Board of Directors decided on new district leader titles that will take effect on July 1, 2015, when the incoming district leaders assume their new leadership roles. They will be the first generation of leaders to carry the new and contemporary district leader titles. A graphics of the current and new titles is available on TI's website and is also on the YACT officer page. Per Toastmasters International District Services we will be members of D32 as of July 1, 2015, therefore, we do not have to join a D32 club prior to being nominated / elected for a district officer position. Even if you are just thinking about it but haven't decided yet, we can talk about it. We will need your application before March 15th. Now is the opportunity to fill out the application for yourself, or the person you want to nominate. Please send your applications to Angela Ritchey to Sherrie Kenyon (D32 Nomination Chair). District officer positions and descriptions District officer nomination form 2. Taped Speech Contest submissions - March 31, 4pm AK This is our last opportunity to compete in the taped speech contest. Undistricted clubs across Toastmasters can submit a recording of their club's first place winner of their International Speech contest. The results of the contest are announced during the World Championship of Public Speaking competition held at the Toastmasters Convention. In 2014 YACT members won first, second, and third place! We have very talented speakers!! If we have as many or more submissions can should be able to achieve the same results and go out with a bang!! Make sure your club's submission is received by Toastmasters International before the deadline -- March 31st, 4pm Alaska Time. Submissions should be mailed to: Toastmasters International, ATTN: Taped Speech Contest, 23182 Arroyo Vista, Santa Margarita, CA, Rancho 92688-2620, USA. Check out the 2014 Speech Contest Rulebook for more information.
Club Deadlines and Reminders: 1. Prepare for Club Officer Kit Mailing - Deadline March 15th In May and June, club presidents will receive seven copies of the Club Leadership Handbook to distribute to incoming officers. These handbooks are part of the Club Officer Kit, which will be sent to your club mailing address on record. Clubs that choose to receive their handbooks in English will receive their kit in May, and clubs that choose another language will receive their kit in June. To ensure your materials arrive at the correct address and in the correct language, please complete the following steps by March 15: Log in to Club Central using your username and password. Select your club name and number and then click Update my club mailing address. Confirm or update your mailing address and language preference for officer manuals. If you enter changes, click Save at the bottom of the page. Otherwise, if no changes are needed, click Return to Conduct Club Business. 2. Submit Dues Renewals in March Beginning February 27, club officers may submit renewals through Club Central. Look for a reminder email from World Headquarters on February 26. 3. Talk Up Toastmasters Do you enjoy being a Toastmaster? Let prospective members know! The Talk Up Toastmasters membership building program runs February 1 through March 31. Get a special ribbon to display on your club banner and a 10% discount on a club order when you add five new, reinstated or dual memberships to your roster. Start a conversation by wearing the “Ask Me About Toastmasters" button. February special: When ordering a button, use the promotional code TALK to receive a 10% discount.
Why join a Toastmaster club? Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Not a club member yet? Go to www.toastmasters.org to find a club in your area*. Visit a few clubs, join the one you feel comfortable in. *Search results: select clubs are 'Closed' or only available to employees of a certain organization. Most clubs are 'Open' to all. Through our clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind. At Toastmasters, we learn by doing, and we help each other learn valuable skills that last a lifetime. Learn what works, and what doesn't Work at your own pace Focus on the areas that are important to you Share what you have learned by mentoring newer members Make friends with many improvement-oriented, positive people! Toastmasters empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams! By working our educational program - and getting feedback step-by-step, people throughout the world improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.
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