Announcing District 86’s 2016-17 “Of The Year” Awards

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At the Director’s Banquet on Friday, November 10th at the District 86 Fall Conference, in King City, at The Kingbridge Hotel and Conference Centre, Toastmasters of District 86 and guests applauded 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Award Finalists and honoured 2016 - 2017 Awards Recipients.

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Publicist Of The Year: Lyndsy Johnson, CC, ALB - Hershaw Toastmasters Club
Club Coach of the Year: Kelley McIntyre, CC, ALS - Progressive Toastmasters Club
President Of The Year: Yun Annie Bai, ACG, ALB - Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Area Director Of The Year: George How Pak Hing, ACS, ALS - dual member of Oakville Toastmasters Club and Horizon Toastmasters Club
Division Director Of The Year: Saima Malik, DTM - Markham SweetTalkers Club
Club Of The Year:  Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club Division C, Area 45 - President Yun Annie Bai, ACG, ALB
Membership: Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Education: Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Toastmaster Of The Year: Jocelyne Vezina, DTM - member of Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters, Comfortably Speaking and Lambs to Lions Clubs

These individuals and their clubs have gone above and beyond in their participation in the Toastmasters program. The efforts of these members have enabled them to shine as leaders in our District. Thank you for your service to District 86!

See more about awards and past winners here

Thank you to the “Of the Year Award” Committee listed below by their 2016-17 role titles.

Alvita Bennett, ACS, ALS, Administration Manager
Dennis Bartel, ACG, ALB, Public Relations Manager
Glynis D'Souza, DTM, Club Growth Director
Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director
Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District Director

Art of Effective Evaluation Workshop November 1, 2017

Michael McAra2Michael McAra, DTM, held a workshop on the Art of Effective Evaluations on November 1, 2017. He had 11 eager Toastmasters attend, all very interested to raise the bar on their evaluations. It was a very informative night and we also learned some history about Plato, Socrates and Aristotle! The purpose of the workshop was to understand the need and value of effective speech evaluations and to identify ways to improve our evaluation skills through group discussion. There was invaluable discussions through the evening. We were asked to keep in mind our own reasons for wanting to become a more effective speaker (how powerful - treat and respect others how we would expect to be treated and respected) and that we need to provide quality evaluations to help a speaker improve. Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, was a test speaker and with a “round robin” type of evaluation, the group offered both verbal and written feedback for the test speaker.

Through reflective exercise, we worked through a club “climate” questionnaire about how our own clubs address evaluations. We learned a lot of great evaluation tips to add to our toolbox. These tools will help us all to improve evaluations, but most importantly, improve the experience for the speakers who we evaluate. We learned tips on how to leave our speakers feeling motivated and inspired after an evaluation. We also discussed the importance of providing a key area of improvement that would elevate the quality of the speech.

We spent some time talking about how clubs should try to match the speech evaluator with the speaker, where possible (i.e. not preferred to assign a person who has completed one or two speeches to evaluate an advanced speaker, unless you know the person is capable). One thing that was stressed a lot was the point of responsibility of the speaker to contact the evaluator days before the speech to let them know about the speech topic and send them a scan of the project objectives and evaluation guide. The evaluator also has responsibility to prepare in advance by reading the material the speaker sends and to gauge if there are any areas of concern that the evaluator should be cognizant of during the speech.

The Workshop was well delivered, I look forward to improving my evaluations based on what I learned. Michael added his own personal flair which made the evening very interesting and engaging!

Please let me know if you need anything else!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

The Strong Silent Type

Carl NausYou know this type of person. It is someone at your workplace, in your neighbourhood or in your Toastmaster community. They are the type of person that keeps a low profile, yet they are so reliable and dependable and in their quiet way, they let you know that they are there to help you and you know you can always count on them. Carl Naus, ACS, ALB is that strong, silent Toastmaster type. He has Toastmaster years of experience behind him which he is willing to allow others to benefit from. He can always be seen taking on one role or another whether it be at a club, area, division or district level. Kyla Werrett notes, "Carl is also integral to every DEC meeting stepping in to help out as SAA or logistics coordinator. He's been at many Conferences. It’s a real honour to have Carl on the Division D Area Director team."

He is the epitome of what Toastmasters is all about. He doesn’t take on a major role just once like many of us do just to earn a credit. He mentioned to me that he takes these major roles on twice because it gives him the opportunity to apply what he learned from his first experience. As an example, he served as Area Director last year, but he took on the role again so that he can apply what he learned and truly grow from his experience. How many of us do that as Toastmasters?

To me, he is an example of someone who constantly goes beyond club, area, division and district boundaries fluidly helping in many forums. I’m sure like many of us, he has a busy life outside of Toastmasters, but he makes the time to help. He can also be found at so many events as an attendee, which is also another great way to support an event. He has helped me with several recent key events bringing projectors, timing devices or power bars. Thank you Carl, for everything that you do and for everything that you do for so many of us!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters Open House Event

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters is hosting an Open House on November 7th in Thornbury. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and learning.

When: November 7, 2017
Where: L.E. Shore Library Gallery, 173 Bruce St S, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Featuring Dr. George McMaster

Growth vs Fixed Mindset:
How to create and support success in yourself and others

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters invites you to this inspirational presentation by Dr. George McMaster. Dr. McMaster will share his passion for a growth mindset and the impact it can have on personal success in all areas of our lives including relationships, education, business and athletics. Read more...

Progressive Toastmasters FALL OPEN HOUSE - TUE OCT 24TH!

This fall kicks off the countdown to Progressive Toastmaster's in Waterloo, Ontario (formerly known as Lincoln Road Toastmasters) celebration of our 5th ANNIVERSARY, which is happening June 2018!! We are planning a great year of events and invite our friends, supporters, new or past members, and fellow Toastmasters to join us along the way to celebrate!

We would LOVE to invite you to visit us at our fall open house next week!

When: Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm
Where: 170 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON, in the activities room of the Waterloo Heights Retirement Apartments
What: A fun evening of speakers, table topics and refreshments. We have a keynote speaker, Craig Dubecki, presenting a speech for us during the festivities.
As well, one of our NEWEST members will be presenting an ice breaker speech (and she has an AMAZING story to tell). We will have a fun evening and of course, will be having a chance to win the honour of the "best table topics presenter' at our open house (the designation doesn't come with a cash reward or an Oscar, but you will always have the pride in the accomplishment, we are sure!)

Please join us for a fun evening of sharing and learning and help us kick off our celebrations for our anniversary!

Check us out on Meetup!

Going Beyond Boundaries to celebrate Toastmaster Month

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In honour of Toastmasters month, Dennis Bartel, provided the City of Brampton with a plethora of information about the positive impact Toastmasters makes for the residents of the City and asked that they declare October Toastmasters Month. Brampton City Council voted to grant this request and provided a framed proclamation which Dennis took on a tour spanning five areas and encompassing all fifteen clubs located in the City of Brampton.

The October 2017 is Toastmasters Month in Brampton tour was launched at the newest, soon to be chartered club, Brampton Talks Toastmasters on September 19th. Over the course of twenty-four days, Dennis visited all the clubs in the city making sure that everyone had an opportunity to celebrate Toastmasters month with the proclamation in attendance. Every visit was documented with photos and commentary posted to Facebook to further promote Toastmasters in the City. He wrapped up his tour at Brampton Speakeasy on October 12th.

 

District 86 Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contests Toastmasters

Brampton, Ontario, October 15, 2017 by Alvin Abawan

Edited by Lee Fraser

It was an entertaining evening where contestants made the club members, students, professors and guests laugh in the Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contest!

There were five Toastmasters Club competing in the Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contest. These were Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Bruins Davis Toastmasters and Tangri Toastmasters.

Both contestants from DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, a newly chartered and brand new Toastmasters Club, won the Area B-35 Contests held at Sheridan Davis Campus on October 15, 2017.

Millie Leng, President of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Humorous Speech Contest and Lee Fraser, Vice President of Public Relation of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Table Topic Speech Contest. Both are Charter Members of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, which chartered in June 21, 2017.

Both Millie and Lee were participating in their first ever contest. Both contestants seized first place and will compete in the District 86 Division B Contests held at Region of Peel Headquarters.

The Mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, been invited to attend to the District 86 Division B Contest and with over 400 Toastmasters members. We invite you to join in the fun, as well as support and cheer both contestants from District 86 Division B Area 35!

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $10 (Early Bird Online) or $15 at the door
Location: Region of Peel Headquarters
10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A (Brown Building)
Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4B9


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Area35 Contest
Picture 1 - First place winner Lee Fraser and Millie Leng along with Past Area 31 Director Sue Hopcroft, two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar, DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Claudia Garraway, Susanita Humphries, Rita Kissoon, Najeeb Yardam and Tim Elevazo.
Picture 2 - First place winner Millie Leng, second place winner Anil Dhawan along with
Picture 3 - DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Karen Williams, Millie Leng, Tim Elevazo and Kim Bayley.
Picture 4 - First place winner Lee Fraser, second place winner Ron Fitzgerald, third place winner Anisha Akhtar along with two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar and Club Growth Director District 86 Jacklyn Payne.

Nouvellement affrétés Toastmasters remporte District 86, des secteurs B-35 Toastmasters concours

Brampton (Ontario), le 15 octobre 2017 par Alvin Abawan

Édité par Ezra Reyes

C'était une soirée divertissante où les participants ont fait rire les membres du club, les étudiants, les professeurs et les invités dans le concours de Humorous et Table Topics Speech

Il y avait cinq Toastmasters Club qui étaient en compet pour Humoristique et de Table Topics discours concour dans le district 86 Secteur B-35. Il s'agissait d'Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters et Tangri Toastmasters.

Les deux candidats de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, un tout nouveau club Toastmasters, ont remporté les concours dans le district 86 Secteurs B-35 au Sheridan Davis Campus le 15 octobre 2017.

Millie Leng, présidente du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours humoristiques et Lee Fraser, vice-présidente des relations publiques du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours sur le thème de la table. Les deux sont des affrétés membres de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, affrétés le 21er juin 2017.

C'était le premier concours de Millie et Lee. Les deux concurrents ont pris la première place et participeront aux concours du district 86, division B Concours, tenus au quartier général de la région de Peel.

Linda Jeffrey, le Maire de Brampton a été invitée à participer la district 86 Division B concours et il y a plus de 400 membres Toastmasters. Nous vous invitons au concours du District 86 division B!

Date: Le vendredi 20 octobre 2017 à 19h00 - 22h00
Coût: 10 $ (Early Bird Online) ou 15 $ à la porte
Lieu: région de Peel Quartier général de la 10, promenade Peel Centre, suite A (bâtiment Brown)
Brampton (Ontario) L6T 4B9

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District 86 Council Business Meeting - November 11, 2017

Come to the best part of the Fall 2017 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Where: Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute

Address: 12750 Jane Street, King City, ON   L7B 1A3 ( Google Map)

You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to wonderful King City, Ontario! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and participate in discussing District related matters and decisions.

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. November 11, 2017

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG at programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org.
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 11, 2017, Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, November 10: 2:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 11: 7:00 AM - 7:50 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:00 PM on Saturday November 11, 2017. If you arrive at 3:15 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:15 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. 

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is November 3, 2017. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

pdfDistrict Council Meeting November 11, 2017 Agenda.pdf

pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes April 29, 2017

 

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