The Traveling Gavel

District 46 Traveling Gavel

Have fun, meet new people, share the Toastmasters experience.

The Traveling Gavel began its journey at the home club of the District Director. From there, it's up to you and your fellow Toastmasters to help it wend its way throughout the District.

Advanced Debaters #3313240, New York, NY, captured the Traveling Gavel on November 15, 2018

We made it through the snow and were warmly welcomed by the marvelous LACE club members. Thank you to President Christina and to great speakers Natsuyo and Islamia! It was fun sparring with you during the mini debate session!

To capture the Gavel from this club contact Cathe McGowan, (917) 656-9779
Click to view meeting and contact information for this club.

The History

It all started back in the time of Regional Conferences in the summer of 2008. District 53 launched one in each of their divisions. They had so much fun with them - one club set out to capture all of them - that they made one for each district in the region and gave one to D46 at a regional conference. They did it with a lot of fanfare, beeping bicycle horns and a big monster gavel cart.

The Objectives

  • Encourage joint Toastmaster Club meetings
  • Share talents and knowledge of communication and leadership
  • Extend the fellowship of Toastmasters

The Process

  • 1
    Three (or more) Toastmaster members, from the same club, visit the target club that currently holds the Traveling Gavel. Please call ahead to announce your intent to visit and offer to help with the program.
  • 2
    The visiting Toastmasters must participate in the target club’s meeting in some way.
  • 3
    The visiting Toastmasters ‘Capture’ the Traveling Gavel at the end of the meeting. They sign and date the Gavel Log, and take the captured Traveling Gavel and Gavel Log for display at their home club's next meeting.
  • 4
    As soon as the Traveling Gavel is captured, the visiting Toastmasters must announce the Gavel’s new place of residence on this website.
  • 5
    The Traveling Gavel and Gavel Log will be displayed at each subsequent club meeting, or until it is captured by visiting Toastmasters from another club.
  • 6
    Clubs may capture the gavel more than once, but a club may not capture the gavel right back from the club that captured it from them.

The Prizes

  • 1
    Fun, Fun, Fun, and More! First, the experience you and your fellow members will have when you capture the Traveling Gavel from the club where it resides.
  • 2
    Second, the excitement generated when three or more members of another club visit your meeting to capture the Gavel.
  • 3
    The special trophy and additional prizes to be awarded your club just for capturing the Traveling Gavel.

Click the Button Below to Record Capture

Clubs Capturing the Traveling Gavel
DateClub Number & NameVisiting Members
November 15, 20183313240 Advanced Debaters, New York, NYCathe McGowan, Kedeesha Simpson, Rafael Ovalle
October 12, 20185633253 L.A.C.E. Toastmasters, Brooklyn, NYPenelope Boehm, Linda Bialecki, Islamia Adbiji, Lois Lynn
September 4, 20185002 Omni Toastmasters Club, Brooklyn, NYRaoul Yacinthe