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Welcome to District 101 Toastmasters!

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District 101 serves the area from Mountain View to King City, including Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties and most of Santa Clara county – we call it “Silicon to Surf”.

Message from the District Director

In this year, I invite you all to set new goals, higher than ever, and get engaged, more than ever, with your clubs and with District 101 Toastmasters. Let this year be your year, where you amplify your learnings and find consistent value in your Toastmasters meetings.

When I joined my first Toastmasters club, I was encouraged to explore what goes on beyond the club level. I was asked to be a timer at an Area Contest and I gladly said yes! I was happy I did, since it allowed me to network with several other Toastmasters members and leaders and provided me opportunities to develop new skills. From there on, it only got better as I began to take advantage of the various events that happen within District 101. 

I would like each of you to explore and Expand Your Horizons, our District theme this year, and realize the full potential of the benefits that Toastmasters has to offer. Be it through delivering speeches, giving evaluations, leading Table Topics, participating in educational events, being a club officer or organizing a club or District event, there are always a multitude of opportunities for each of us to go past (Expand) our set goals (Horizons) and push ourselves higher.

As we continue our journey, I wish you all success and strongly encourage you to Expand Your Horizons and aspire to achieve more. Let’s work together to Expand our Horizons and experience the true value of our Toastmasters membership. Feel free to contact me at to find out more about the various opportunities within District 101. 

Pavan Datla, District Director


Dealing with Payment Services

PayPal will be sending 1099-K forms if transactions are above $600/year starting 2023. If you have registered your club using SSN, it might get counted as your income. While using Venmo, ensure it is linked to a non-profit PayPal account.

Making Table Topics Fun

Youth Leadership Program

A COVID-time Youth Leadership Program That Challenged Us as well as the Youths It was 7:00 pm, Friday, January 7, 2022, at a local park building, with 15 girls sitting in front of me and my copilot, Rovina Suri, DTM, joining via Zoom. Each of the girls was asked to go...

Making Table Topics Fun

Get on Deck with Slides

Would you like to know the most important question about using a slide deck in a speech? That question is:Do you need slides? I know we’re talking about how to use slides, but the first consideration when choosing any public speaking tool is: does it benefit the...

Making Table Topics Fun

Dealing with Criticism

hat! "Well - I think it looks like an avocado with a sperm in it." Wow! That is what a close friend declared about something I had just painted. And it was in front of a group of friends. I had envisioned a seed planted deep in the dirt, preparing...

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