Go For Bold Challenge

Go For Bold 2018 19 Challenge

How the Program Works

The Go For Bold program challenges you to step out of your normal every day routine and pushes you to discover areas of Toastmasters you have never tried before. It is an opportunity for you to increase your visibility, network, expand your knowledge base and gain the experience you need to serve and grow as an individual and leader in your District.

Go for bold and explore: Marketing Expo, Contest, Conference, Training, Event planning, Pathways, Mentoring, Travelling, Community outreach. Check the details.
Get each challenge initialed and dated as you complete it.

The more challenges you complete the bigger your personal growth and development reward.
Complete 10 or more and get a Toastmasters International (TI) $15 gift certificate.
Complete 15 or more and get a Toastmasters International (TI) $50 gift certificate.

A member only has one chance to do this challenge. No repeats. One award per person.
Scan & Send your submission to:

  1. Jacklyn Payne programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org
  2. Or place it in the Go For Bold Box at the Spring Conference registration desk

You can download a PDF copy of the Go for Bold card at the link below

GoForBoldChallenge.pdf

Lambs To Lions Toastmasters Club

Lambs To Lions Toastmasters Mississauga Youtube

Watch the above video to know why Lambs to Lions Toastmasters can be best choice for you.
 
Lambs to Lions is a friendly and culturally diverse volunteer-run club of about 17 members, who is looking to grow its membership.  We offer a fun and streamlined meeting format of 1.5 hours, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Mississauga Central Library on Burnamthorpe Road.  It's a great option for folks who are busy weekdays. 
 
We are a powerhouse of leaders - including the current District Club Growth Director, Area Directors, speech contest winners and mentors.  Evaluations of speeches and meeting roles are honest while being constructive - this is where growth occurs.

 

District 86 Marketing Expo September 29th, 2018

Marketing expo

You are invited to the first ever District 86 Marketing Expo! It will be a day full of learning, networking and fun, culminating in the “Of the Year” Awards.

When: Saturday September 29th, 2018

Where: Loblaw Head Office, 1 Presidents Choice Cr., Brampton (Vendor entrance)

Time: 8 AM to 6 PM

Registration start at: 8 AM

Cost: $21.50 per member

Please note early access is given to division directors, area directors and club officers (President /VP Education / VP Membership and VP Public Relations). This is due to the fire code regulations and we are limited to 200 seats. Registration for everyone is open on August 20th, 2018.

Click Here to Register*

Your Program Quality Director, Jacklyn Payne, your Marketing Expo Chair, Dean Moyer, and I are excited to present to you the first event of the year where our District Mission Statement is the focal point.

“We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence”

Toastmasters International supports our district mission by helping clubs achieve excellence. The Marketing Expo is the first event focused on building new clubs and increasing membership engagement.

Come learn how:

  • To organize your own successful Marketing Expo
  • To conquer Pathways
  • To run quality meetings
  • To build new clubs
  • To attract new members
  • To win the DCP game
  • To be a Sponsor, Coach or Mentor

Those workshops will certainly spur questions. We will have tables where you can meet with members to get answers and pick-up material that will be useful to you.

We will stop at 4 PM to take time to acknowledge you, the members who have reached excellence. The “Of The Year” Awards Ceremony is the opportunity to recognize excellence among our members.

Don’t miss the biggest event of the Fall! What a great way to set your club up for success!

Remember SEPTEMBER 29th! We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

The Marketing Expo Team.

Jacklyn, Jocelyne, Dean

 

 

 

Cast Your Vote: Annual Business Meeting 2018

Attention Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary,

Cast Your Vote

2018 Toastmasters International Convention – Chicago, Illinois, August 22-25 2018

Your club has an important vote to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention, Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors to the 2018–2019 Board of Directors as well as vote on Proposal A.

International Officer Candidates

International Director Candidates

Proposal A Info

Amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International. Please plan to attend on Saturday, August 25, at 10- a.m. (see onsite agenda for specific location) in the McCormick Place Convention Centre or Marriott Marquis Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. To learn and understand the roles, attributes and responsibilities, please review the Leadership Roles.  As provided in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article X, Section 1, a Toastmasters club in good standing is entitled to two votes at the Annual Business Meeting. To make your club’s vote count, assign your proxy and cast your votes in one of three ways:

1. Send a delegate from the club who is attending the Annual Business Meeting to carry your club votes.

2. Designate the 2018–2019 district director to act as your club proxy. The district director, program quality director and club growth director will be attending. If (and only if) the district director is not in attendance, the next senior district officer attending the Annual Business Meeting will act as your club proxy.

3. Designate an active member from another club to act as your club proxy.

NOTE: The club president or secretary must assign the club votes. If the votes are not assigned, they cannot be cast. Votes must be assigned even if you are assigning the votes to yourself. To assign the club votes, go to

www.toastmasters.org/clubcentral, log in, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Club Proxy.

Proxy FAQ

More information and resources here>>.

If you have any questions or need help please contact me.

Kristina Johnston, DTM
District 86 Director

Building a Quality Club

Creekside TD Toastmaster is a corporate club. In the 2017-2018 under the leadership of Club President Sonia McGregor, the club became President Distinguished Club. In the 12 year history (The club chartered in February 2006) this is the first time that award has been achieved, needless to say we are thrilled and wanted to share with the rest of D86 or best practices that we feel have contributed to our club's success.

I think it's important to state from the start that in many cases it may take several years to build a quality club, in our case it took about 3 years. The start of the 2015-2016 saw the club struggling to stay afloat with only 11 members, it was a challenge that the President and club executive faced head on and did not back down. By the start of the 2017-2018 year the club was flourishing again, and the new President continued to build on her predecessor's achievements. Once the club is at a certain level it's much easier to maintain that level than it is to build the foundation.

Here are some of the points that contributed to the success of Creekside TD Toastmaster.

  • Keep the club's mission and the member experience at the forefront
  • Focus on the Moments of Truth and let it be your guide to building a quality club
  • Club Success Plan – devote at least two club executive meetings to complete and review the plan at the start of the Toastmaster year
  • Follow the calendar in the Club Leadership Handbook
  • Encourage club executives to attend club officer training (including workshops which are very valuable) and share their feedback with fellow club officers. Implement best practices from the training workshops during the Toastmaster year
  • Refer to the Club Success Plan at the beginning of each club executive meeting to track against the DCP and leverage the contents of the plan to meet education and membership goals
  • Hold regular club executive meetings (at least monthly)
  • Inject variety into your Toastmaster meetings via themed meetings, workshops (speech writing, leadership series, evaluation workshop etc.), social events (i.e. holiday parties), guest speakers and invite other neighboring clubs wherever possible
  • Celebrate member educational achievements. At the last meeting for the 2018 year, we celebrated our members achievements:

Andrew Mertens – Distinguished Toastmaster
Hilgay Beckles – Advanced Communicator Bronze
Sonia McGregor – Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, & Advanced Leader Bronze
Karen Ryan – Advanced Communicator Gold, Triple Crown Achievement for obtaining three educational awards in a Toastmaster year (ACG, ACS, Pathways VC 1)

Pathways Level 1 completion:
Karen Ryan – Visionary Communication Path (VC1)
Glynis D'Souza – Dynamic Leadership Path (DL1)
Rathika Ravichandran – Effective Coaching Path (EC1)

  • Encourage club officers to deliver presentations from the Successful Club Series
  • Focus on building a robust mentoring program – leverage the internet for resources on how to mentor under Pathways
  • For mature clubs consider a Co-VP Ed role (Traditional Path and Pathways)
  • Hold Open Houses a couple times a year
  • Run a Speechathon and sponsor a YLP a couple times a year if possible
  • Publish a club newsletter (at least annually or biannually)-these have been published on the D86 FB site
  • VP Membership follows up with each guest after every meeting
  • Encourage members to participate in speech contests
  • Take photos of club events and post them to Easyspeak and/or your Facebook or intranet site
  • Prepare a club budget and review it regularly during the Toastmaster year
  • Treasurer and/or VP Membership reaches out to everyone prior to the renewal period to encourage membership retention
  • Consider a SharePoint or shared drive where content can be stored for reuse in subsequent years


Sonia McGregor -Past Club President -Creekside TD Club (2017-2018)
Hilgay Beckles -Past Area Director -Area 47
-Past Club President -Creekside TD Club (2015-2016, 2016-2017)

Swearing-In Speech @ Port Credit Toastmasters Club by Philip Lai (President, 2018-19)

I will talk about our Club Vision, the Distinguished Club Program, etc. in a later meeting when our Team has a chance to sit down, discuss and agree to the business plan. For now, let me just tell you a story.

Several weeks ago, I invited a Toastmasters member whom I had never met to give a speech at the Clarkson Toastmasters Club of which I’m one of the sponsors. She promptly accepted the invitation with a simple yes in her email. Last week, she showed up quietly, on time, brought along with her a large and heavy bag of stuff she’s going to use in her speech. And most of all she looked very pregnant!

Her speech was well prepared. Her message was crystal clear. The delivery was impeccably polished. That bag of stuff turned out to be all kinds of beans and they were part of her speech, and we all had learned much about the nutritional value of beans from her 6 min 45 sec speech (I was the timer, that’s why I remember). Without any doubt, she is an eloquent speaker and an experienced Toastmaster.

But I have seen something more than that. I see in her low-key appearance, sincerity, humility, commitment and fun-loving. If I were in her shoes, I would have thought of many good reasons not to accept an invitation from a stranger. She really didn’t have to in every sense of the word. But, she did, and she did it because of her own commitment. She reminds me of why we joined Toastmasters and why we choose to serve the Club. Becoming a better communicator and leader is the only reason we’re here. The way to grow in Toastmasters is to try, to learn, to make mistakes in the trying and learning, taking on challenging responsibilities, and to do our best to support each other. To me, what I saw in this person is the pinnacle and true spirit of Toastmasters. I want and I need the qualities I saw in her, and I don’t mind achieving a DTM along the way!

Finally, I want to say that I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to serve this great Club together with the remarkable people in the team. Thank you for saying yes to the responsibilities. We didn’t have to do this, but we all choose to step forward because of our own commitment to continuous growth. Individually, we are all very strong in our capability and we all have a certain way to get things done. What you’re going to bring to the team are invaluable and will be much appreciated. I really hope we all emerge a better leader and most of all a better team player by our working together. And to my fellow members, please support and help us to help you in our toastmasters journey. Last but not the least, I want to thank Hollis and his team for the hard work and contributions to the Club. Together we’ll make Port Credit Club Great Forever!

Not all Porcupines are Prickly

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate said “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Did you know that one Toastmaster, one District Leader, one Facebook post and one telephone conference can rejuvenate a Toastmaster club?

In the fall of 2016, Porcupine Toastmasters had only one member, Yvan Tremblay who posted to Facebook asking for help to save the Toastmaster club in Timmins. Told 3 former members were required and a total of 8 by April 1st 2017 the last man standing found the will to make it happen.

With much determination the club grew in diversity with a mix of new and former members and enthusiasm spilled out across Area 2 in Northern Ontario. The former Porcupine members were joined by 2 Toastmasters from Southern Ontario and 1 from the south of Area 2. By June 30, 2017 the club was 8 members strong, ready to start working as a team for an exciting 2017/2018 year.
PorcupineToastmasters

Round 1 COT Training

Read how Porcupine made it to President’s Distinguished in the next blog from Area 2.

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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