Club News July - 2016

New Club in Paris Ontario

The “Prettiest Little Town in Canada” will be home to one of the newest clubs is District 86. Paris is approximately 15 minutes from Brantford, Ontario & home to wonderful shops and restaurants. It is home to the provincial head office for the Canadian Deafblind Association, Tigercat Industries, Darby Sportswear, Duff Packaging Machinery, and ABC Recreation. It’s over 11,000 residents enjoy some beautiful parks and trails.

Area 51 Director, and club sponsor Jennifer Aucoin is working with Brant Toastmaster’s Club immediate past president Ken Klunder and president Nate Friedman on promoting the club. A club launch meeting was held on Jun 7th, and was successful. Public relations efforts in other areas such as the Brant News are continuing over the summer. The club has formed a small group of interested people who will form the first executive. They are grateful that Tigercat Industries has offered the use of their meeting room at 40 Consolidated Drive. They expect to be meeting on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

Jennifer and her team are confident that the club will charter in the fall and become one of the Districts fall “blooms.”

Anyone interested in joining the Paris Toastmasters Grand Speakers should contact Jennifer through her District email address:

A Twist to Inductions: New Members' Swag Bag

When we induct new members at Ambitious City, we try to make it memorable and fun. After the promises made by the new members and the club promises to support them, we give a swag bag: a zip-lock sandwich bag full of small items.

The items often change, but they are to illustrate a benefit of the club. Currently we offer:

DavidShawPic'Scaries' (the Hallowe’en version of Smarties) - Smarties so their intelligence shines through in their speeches, Scaries in the hope that they conquer their fear
Batteries – so that you’ll always get a charge out of the club
Push pin - so you always make your point
Excel gum - because we want you to excel
Box of Matches - so you can set the audience on fire with your words
A Hersey Hug – to remind you of the good fellowship of the club
Chocolate Coin – to remind you of the value of the club
Eraser – Remember: mistakes are expected but they can be corrected
This List - So even after the chocolate is eaten, the eraser worn away and the matches expended, you can remember the remaining value of Ambitious City Toastmasters.
TM Pin – To let the world know that you are a member of a great organization: Toastmasters International. And when people ask you about the pin, you can brag about the club and invite them to come as guests.

When there is more than one inductee, one gets the items one at a time, the rest just get the bag – except for the pin. That is pinned to the new member. To make it easy, the pin is attached to the top of the bag so it doesn’t have to be searched for.

David T. Shaw DTM
Ambitious City #1586 and McMaster #6307
District 86 Historian

Room To Grow


Like many clubs, Ambitious City Toastmasters in Hamilton has struggled with maintaining membership, but we’ve experienced a dramatic turnaround. The inevitable ebb and flow, attrition vs attracting new members has kept Ambitious City’s numbers at around 11 for the last few yrs. We were certain we had something special in the club itself, we just weren’t able to reach our potential without a larger membership.

Last year we were more successful in attracting guests, but they were not joining. The executive brainstormed what we could do better and consequently conducted the workshop “Moments of Truth” to examine each facet of the club. The conclusion was that our guests and members enjoy a very positive experience. Guests are greeted warmly, receive an excellent guest package, the program is explained, and they are invited to join. After the meeting a follow up by the VP of Membership thanks them for coming and invites them to come back. Guests reported being surprised by how much fun they had. Still… they did not join. Our VP of Membership added a survey to the website asking for honest and anonymous feedback, but it yielded no suggestions.

Since it seemed we were doing almost everything right, we had to look elsewhere. It was noted that when we had more than one guest at a time as well as a good turnout of members, our meeting room felt cramped. In the past when considering guest perceptions we usually considered that our club appeared small. Finally, we agreed it was more likely that we appeared full, that guests may not feel comfortable because the room was crowded. I remembered learning that a fish kept in a small aquarium will not grow to its full potential, but remain a size relative to that of its environment. Our executive decided to consider a larger venue, to give us room to grow.

We were very fortunate that the retirement home where we meet decided they did not need a swimming pool after all, so created a large recreation room on top of it. We negotiated the use of the room and Ambitious City moved within the same building!
Soon after our move in the month of September, 4 guests joined! This turn of events was so dramatic, we feel confident in attributing it to the increase in our room size. By the new year we were up to 24 members!

If your club would like to grow its numbers, I encourage you to reconsider the size of your meeting room. Does it feel tight for space as our former room did? As Toastmasters we are all striving to achieve our personal potential. Ambitious City is looking forward to this opportunity to work toward our potential as a club.

Dawn Claus
VP Education 2015-2016
& Past President

Club News June - 2016

Mississauga Valley  25th Charter Anniversary Celebration

Mississauga Valley # 8277 - 25th Charter anniversary celebration was held on June 7. Club President Richard Robart - Morgan and Club VPE Marisa and team did a great job organizing this event attended by new and long term toastmasters members. Special Guests included Founding member Joe Vanderkooi, Mississauga Ward 3 City Councillor Chris Fonseca, District 86 PRM - Cathy Herschell, Division D Director Mark Hayes.


Rogers Toastmasters Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

June 14th, 2016 Rogers Toastmasters Club celebrated their 25th anniversary with a fantastic keynote speech by John Riberio, DTM. Dignitaries from District 86 and other clubs in the area joined to celebrate this happy occasion with awards presentations, champaign and cake. Congratulations!


Region of Peel Toastmasters Club Open House Event

June 06/2016 Region of Peel Toastmasters Club had a fantastic Open House. Speakers included Mike Proudlock, Program Quality Director for D86, Roger Caesar, past and current International Speech Contest winner for D86 2 years running and Tuula Redditt, D86 blogmaster. Dennis Bartel, incoming Area Director for the region of Peel was also present. Thank you to all the members of the club and club president Leena Milton who helped put together this fantastic event.

Region of peel open house

Club News May - 2016

Goals by Bud Brown

Tomorrow I will be going to our District Club Officer Training. As the incoming President of my club, I expect that I will hear about creating a club success plan. Now anyone who has read the club success plan manual knows that the club success plan is a lengthy document that addresses all the areas in which clubs should attempt to grow and improve to make their program strong and effective. When I was an Area Governor (before they were called Area Directors), I expressed the opinion that I couldn’t create an Area Success plan until I had seen all of my Area’s clubs’ plans. After all, I couldn’t cram my ideas of what the clubs ought to do down their throats could I?

Now I realize that the initial plan of a Club, and Area, and Division, even a District is a ready-fire-aim kind of a deal. Create a plan that assumes the best of everyone and then share that vision with the people you are leading to inspire their plans. Once they complete their plans you may need to tone yours down a bit but don’t begin with the toned-down version. As Stephen Covey taught me, “Shoot for the eagle so you can bag the pheasant then you don’t eat crow”.

Back to my club plan. I will sketch out an overview of my plan for the club to present to my club officers. Then I will ask them to flesh it out by filling in the blanks I have left. I am not saying that the club success plan format provided by Toastmasters International is the only way to plan for success but it does cover all of the key points and if you complete that plan, you will have a very good roadmap to success.

Once my executive have fleshed out the club success plan I plan to share it with all of the members of the club and then ask them what part of the plan they want to help with: I am going to ask them to create their own personal success plan.

At that point, having paved the way, I will hand the process off to my VP of Education. He will find it a lot easier at that point to ask members for their personal goals and to help them establish how they plan to achieve those goals.

It sounds so simple and it is but it will not be easy. As with anything worthwhile, it will be a bit of hard work but I expect that by next June, it will have proved to be worth it.

It is going to be a terrific year!

MCBP Gavel Club receives the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award!


Left to Right: Jamshaid Gul (Club Counsellor), Anisha Akhtar (President), Hunyah Irfan, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Yathindra Shivakumar (Active Member), Uzma Irfan (Future Steering Committee, MCBP), Madan Chauhan (Club Coordinator)

The Mississauga Youth Action Committee hosted its annual Youth Achievement Awards on May 7th, 2016 to present four very prestigious awards: Mississauga Young Citizen of the Year, Mississauga Library Jim Wilde Young Volunteer Award, TD Sponsored Community Citizenship Award and the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award.
The Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award is presented to one exceptional individual and one group of individuals who have successfully undertaken large-scale projects and initiatives. The recipients play leadership roles in their community and serve as ideal role models to others. The MCBP Gavel Club was the group recipient for this distinguished award.
Malton Community Building Project (MCBP) Gavel Club is an affiliate of Toastmasters International and has been serving the youth of Malton since June, 2014. MCBP Gavel club is aimed to equip the community’s youth with effective communication and leadership skills under the mentorship of seasoned Toastmasters. The club provides mutually supportive learning in a friendly environment to develop the members’ public speaking abilities and leadership skills through speeches, evaluations and impromptu speaking. Over the past two years, the MCBP Gavel Club has trained over 85 community youth and hosted two large-scale conferences as well.
Club members sent the following video submission for the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award and were selected among applicants from all over the city of Mississauga: Youtube

Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club Celebrates their 10th Anniversary

Congratulations Bolton Banters!!
On May 5th, 2016 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our club! Thanks to our charter members for coming out to celebrate with us and for all of our Toastmaster friends, members and guests!!! It was also a pleasure to have Mike Proudlock and his wife attend this special occasion. 

BB 10th

On the top right: we have 4 original charter members Brendan Dineen, Club founder Eric Solowka, Carol Dowell, and Val Koncan
On the bottom: we have Bolton Banters Executive Team Patricia, Brendan, Eric, Carol, Laurie, Zana, Val, Bart and Phil

Club News April - 2016

Trillium Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Trillium Toastmasters Club celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 1 at Ancila’s Restaurant, where former and current members of the club mingled at the sold-out event. Opened with a toast by Paul Daniel, the club’s longest-attending member of over 30 years, the celebration also featured a keynote speech by former club president Harry Ansara. David Booth, the club’s current president, accepted a certificate of achievement from Toastmasters International on behalf of the club. A raffle draw, thanks to numerous sponsors of the event, exciting “minute to win it” games, and an anniversary cake (made by our very own Melissa Kosterman of Yellow Tulip Cake Company) rounded out the club’s memorable milestone celebration.

40th anniversary photo for blog

1) Group photo
2) Current and past presidents of Trillium (from left: Rima, Harry, Paul, Brenda, Brahm, Paul, Bruce, Geoff, Mike, Rakesh, Tim, Dave and Rocco)
3) Anniversary cake in the shape of a lectern + gavel
4) MCs: Nicole Anderson and Anil Maudhoo

Club News March - 2016

Recruitment Can Be Fun!

The Woodstock Toastmasters participated in the Community Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Cowan Park in Woodstock on Sunday, March 20th. Several of our members were in attendance and available to assist with questions. Valerie Durston from the Tillsonburg Toastmasters was also there to help out!
We had a lot of people stop by our table. Some people had heard about Toastmasters and wanted further information on becoming potential members, others did not know of our organization and were curious to learn more. Two people from this event stopped in as guests at our regular scheduled meeting the next night!
We even captured a picture of Woodstock Mayor, Trevor Birtch at our table! It was certainly well worth the effort to participate in an event such as this.


Grand Rivers Toastmasters 30th Anniversary Celebration

We are thrilled to invite you to our club’s is 30th Anniversary Party.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Friday April 8th 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Venue: Grand Valley Golf Course
Address: 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S3
Tickets: $35/ticket + cash bar + prizes

Keynote Speaker Rob Nickel
We are pleased to present our keynote speaker Rob Nickel, former Grand River Toastmaster. He also appeared on Oprah and the Dr Phil Show!


To order tickets Contact Brant Danard at 519-620-1855 or email

Trillium Toastmasters 40th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday | April 1st | 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:30 pm | call to order 7:00pm
Venue: Ancila's Restaurant
Address: 6905 Millcreek Drive | Mississauga
Tickets: $35/ticket | cash bar | Order tickets online at eventbrite

The evening will be filled with food, fun, speeches and prizes!

Are you a current member, former member, or friend of Trillium? No matter how your life intersected with Trillium Toastmasters, we invite you to join us in celebration of this milestone year.

Cocktails will be at 6:30pm and call to order at 7pm. A detailed agenda is being planned, but there will be food! There will be fun! And there will be prizes!

There might even be some speeches.

Guests are welcomed. We look forward to seeing you there!

Random fun fact: We share the same "birthday" as Apple Computers! (Apple Inc. was founded on April 1st, 1976!)

Questions? Contact Nicole at 416-886-5904 or

Trillium 40th anniversary flyer

Les Toastmasters Volubiles Open House

Premier club Toastmasters francophone de Kitchener-Waterloo

Porte ouverte mars 2016

Contact: Suzanne Dansereau by email: or call: 519.589.8805

Club News February - 2016

Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters Invites You to Our Open House

"Stepping Up, Speaking Out and Having Fun"

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Town of Aurora - Leksand Room
Address: 100 John West Way, Aurora, ON L4G 6I1

What is an Advanced Toastmaster Club?
We are an Advanced Toastmaster Club where members have achieved their Competent Communicator Award and are looking for more in depth feedback to further improve their speaking and presentation skills.
We also welcome Toastmasters who may not have completed their CC but we are advanced speakers who could benefit from our special evaluation formats and are willing to audition for membership. We also welcome guest speakers who feel they could benefit from our thorough evaluation formats.

Ross MackaySpecial Presentation by Ross Mackay

Tips on how to make it to the International Stage:
In 1995, Mackay took 3rd place in the Toastmaster World Championship of Public Speaking.




Featured Speakers: Susan Armitage & Colin Ross

Susan Armitage


Susan Armitage: Susan Armitage, M.Div., R.M.F.T. has a masters of Divinity degree with a major in counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT). Susan is one of the newest members of the Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters club.


Colin Ross


Colin Ross: Colin is President of DTG, a UGL Company. He joined Northern Lights Toastmasters in July 2015 and is currently working his way through the Competent Communicator manual with
a goal of improving his public speaking ability and completing the manual in 2016.


This is a MUST SEE EVENT!!!
For more information and RSVP contact: Cindy Stradling, DTM - VP Public Relations  416-290-5227

Club News January - 2016

Snapd Caledon Visits Bolton Banter Toastmasters Open House

Once again Bolton Banter Taostmasters is in the news. This is fantastic publicicty for the city of Bolton and Bolton Banter Toastmasters.

Check out the article in snapd Bolton.

The Welcoming Club by Jennifer Aucoin

As VP of Education for Brant Toastmasters, and a graduate of the Disabilities Studies program at Ryerson, I often present workshops on inclusion and accommodations for people with disabilities.

It has been said that you have 7 seconds to create a first impression. Our clubs make a good impression in many ways. We may have a greeter, we have welcome packets, and a plethora of introductory information on our websites, magazines, print and social media. Our district 86 clubs can consider themselves some of the most welcoming and comfortable clubs for visitors & new members.

There may be one more area where our clubs can become even more welcoming. Our clubs can be even more inclusive by working to make Toastmasters more welcoming for people with disabilities. Did you know that Toastmasters has large print manuals, and some of our clubs are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is even more that we can do. Some of our visitors and members may be sensitive to scents. In our smaller rooms, the smell can be overpowering. Clubs can consider noting on their meeting information that they adhere to scent free environment. Some people may be uncomfortable with extended eye contact. This can be easily ignored during parts of the meeting that are not evaluated. If the member is being evaluated, then this can be excluded from the evaluation.

There are many ways to become a more welcoming and inclusive club. Most of these are available at little or no cost, or can be created. A little outside the box thinking can go a long way to making our clubs more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

Thank you
Jennifer Aucoin, VP Education, Brant Toastmasters

Stoney Creek Celebrates 25th Anniversary

“Stoney Creek Toastmasters has celebrated an incredible milestone in November 2015, with 25 years of service to the community. The theme for the anniversary meeting was “Celebrate!”. The meeting was different than the normal Toastmasters events our club is used to as it centered around what we do and how we do it. A larger than normal break allowed for networking. We saw a huge turnout for our club that evening and we welcomed guests, both new and current members as well as some alumni. A great night had by all with very interesting speeches, table topic participation and toasts!

Stoney Creek TM

Meadowvale Toastmasters is in the News

In December 2015, the first ever Credit Valley Hospital Youth Leadership Program, run by Meadowvale Toastmasters : Aman Sangha and Ananthalakshmi Krishnaswami came to a very successful conclusion!
This was sponsored by the Trillium Health Partner Volunteer Board. At the final session Cathy Herschell and Rick Guzik joined me in acknowledging both the students and Aman and Anathalakshmi for their terrific efforts. So very proud of you!!!!
Check us out on Snapd


Club News December - 2015

OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters Celebrates!

Congratulations to Charter Club President Eddy Day and OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters on your Charter Party December 15, 2015! It was a great event!


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

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