District 103 History

On July 1, 2017, District 103 became an official district within Toastmasters International. It also became the second district serving members in Chicago and the Chicagoland areas.

District 103 Toastmasters has a mission to “build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.” In addition, the purpose of District 103 Toastmasters is “to enhance the quality and performance and extend the network of the member clubs of Toastmasters International within the boundaries of the district, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters’ educational program…”

From downtown Chicago to the Southside of Chicago, District 103 Toastmasters fulfills its mission and purpose.

Did you know?

Long before the official beginning of Toastmasters International in California, Illinois was at the heart of Toastmasters?

In Bloomington, Illinois, on March 24, 1905, Ralph Smedley introduced the concept of Toastmasters as Educational Director at the Bloomington YMCA. Several years later, in 1936, the Lincoln-Douglas Club #51 in Springfield became the first club to chart in Illinois. Club #96 was the first club to charter in the Chicagoland area.

This history of Toastmasters continues in Illinois with the forming of the brand-new District 103 on July 1, 2017.

District 103 Toastmasters will focus on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational and membership goals, ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its individual members, and providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district leaders.


The 2018-2019 District 103 theme is “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.”

  • SEE your goal
  • UNDERSTAND the obstacles
  • CREATE a positive mental picture
  • CLEAR your mind of self-doubt
  • EMBRACE the challenge
  • STAY on track
  • SHOW the world you can do it!

Focus on S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in your role as club member, club officer, and/or district leader during the 2018-2019 club year. Be prepared to demonstrate that S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at an upcoming District 103 event.

NOTE: Don’t have a theme for your club this year? Feel free to use “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.


See also: Past District Directors


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. all started for me about 2007, when a co-worker, Elta Marquez, was giving her 10th speech from the Competent Communication manual as a member of Knowledge Speakers. She asked me to attend the meeting as a guest. I enjoyed the meeting and joined Toastmasters the following year and have been a member ever since. I have belonged to as many as nine (9) clubs, currently I belong to two (2) clubs. I have served in all seven (7) club officer roles several times. I have served as Club President for three (3) President’s Distinguished Clubs. I have earned over 100+ educational awards in District 30 and District 35 combined, including two (2) DTM’s (I’m currently working on my 3rd and 4th DTM’s). I have served on the ACE committees with Stella Lorens to help select district conference keynote speakers. I was the 2009-2010 Distinguished Area 25 Governor, 2010-2011 President’s Distinguished Southwest Division Governor, 2011-2012 Select Distinguished South Division Governor, President’s Distinguished Area 56 Governor and District Education Recognition Chair. In 2012-2013, I served as District Public Relations Officer and Newsletter Editor. I was also appointed the 2013-2014 District Logistics Chair. In 2014-2015, I served as the Administrative Assistant to the District Governor. In 2015-2016, I was the Central North Division Director. In 2016-2017, I served as the Administrative Assistant to the District Director, as well as, District Club Extension Chair. And for 2017-18, I served as Club Growth Director for District 103.


With an interest in helping others build their Leadership Skills, Ivory helped build two AT&T Toastmasters clubs in the Chicagoland area. AT&T Chicagoland Toastmasters Club has been distinguished for 12 years.  As an AT&T Senior System Engineer, Ivory developed and implemented Websites and tools through the delivery of customer focused solutions to help analyze AT&T Systems and Application across global markets. His focus on executing with excellence is underscored by a commitment to employee Mentoring and engagement. Prior roles include Technical Oversight Manager Leading teams in India, Israel and Mexico.  He has been a part of Community Engagement leading project such as “All Children Must Have Shoes” — look at the neediest kids in the Chicago Area and take them out to a local shoe store and buy them a pair of shoes, feed starving children and send out food to starving nations.  And his latest project “Believe Chicago” helps develop kids’ communication skills in Chicago’s 19 most needy communities. He enjoys exercise, especially CrossFit and running.


Became a Toastmaster in October, 2011, and earned my DTM in September, 2015. Have earned a total of 27 education awards for 5 clubs. Served at least one year in each of the club officer roles, except for Secretary, which is my current role for Lemont Toastmasters. Currently serving as President for Broadview Toastmasters. Served as: Pathways Ambassador and Guide in 2017-2018; District 103 Club Extension Chair in 2017-2018; Area Director for South 57 in 2016-2017, earning PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED AREA; District 30 Club Extension Chair in 2015-2016; Division Governor for the West Division in 2014-2015, earning DISTINGUISHED DIVISION. As President of Lemont Toastmasters, earned DISTINGUISHED CLUB in 2016-2017; as President of The Center Toastmasters, earned PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED CLUB in 2013-2014. The divisions that currently make up District 103 have had a net loss of members in each of the past four years. As Club Growth Director, my goal is to have a net gain in the number of clubs, as well as a net gain in total membership; however, I will strive to go well above my goal in order to assist Don and Bill in their quest to make District 103 a PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED DISTRICT.