Club News October - 2015

Glen Abbey Toastmasters - Halloween 2015


Glen Abbey Toastmasters in Oakville (Area B-35) recently held their annual Halloween themed meeting - Monster's Ball - on October 28, 2015.  Everyone got into the spirit wearing their orange, black, purple, and masks. As always, it was lots of fun with spooky tales, haunting music, candy - and of course great speeches from great Toastmasters!.
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Mount Forest Motivators Open House

Exciting evening for the Toastmasters Club Mount Forest Motivators open house at the Wellington North library on Oct. 6th. Distinguished Toastmaster, Dorothy Dennis opened the evening with the singing of O Canada. Chairperson, Distinguished Toastmasters Caroline Beren delivered opening remarks followed by her introduction of Neil Dunsmore, guest speaker. Neil is a motivational speaker having been a salesperson, small business owner, correctional officer, hostage negotiator (10 years). He also promotes anti-bullying programs for businesses. He advocates using real life events into speaking activities. His address entitled "Does Your Elevator Go all the Way to the Top?"

Successful businesses require effective communication skills for both workers and owners.An address to business people is called an elevator speech - 60 seconds - or people will lose interest. An effective speech or presentation needs a great opening. You need a plan. Pay attention to the perception of your business. Poor miscommunication about a business will last for a long time. Consistently brand who you are! Customers need to know why you do what you do. Apple is number 1 in this department. What business customer service do you supply? Neil suggested that people write down daily happenings which, in turn, can be used in a speech or presentation. Good stories have a message with which the listener can relate.

Neil continued to explain that toastmasters is a world wide organization of over 332, 000 members in 15 000 clubs in 135 countries. Toastmasters helps members to discover their talents and create effectiveness in speaking.

During the break, people enjoyed refreshments and conversation. At this time, a specially decorated cake, marking Caroline Beren's 20th anniversary in Toastmaster was enjoyed by all. Caroline was seated in a special chair, complete with a tiara. Shawn Salokannel, Division W. Director, presented a brief history of Caroline's accomplishments in her 20 association with Toastmasters: 1994 - joined Listowel Linguistics, 2002 - organized and helped charter the Mount Forest Motivators, Charter member of an Advanced club. 2004 Area 18 Governor, 2005 Mentored Saugeen Toastmasters, 2006 received first DTM, 2010 Secretary to District 86 , 2011 received her second Distinguished Toastmaster, 2014 Mentored Centre Wellington Toastmasters, been on 3 District Conference planning committees and is presently the 2015 Area 65 Director and continues to be on the Mount Forest Motivator’s executive.

Shawn , Division Director, thanked Caroline for her many years of service. Caroline replied that a zest for life has helped her meet these milestones."Never give up! New people give you new energy and the solid long standing Toastmasters have been the encouraging, inspiring mentors for Toastmasters and life."

The impromptu portion of the meeting, known as Table Topics was led by Marge Seawright, president of the Mount forest Motivators, and Tammy Hunt from the Hanover Saugeen Toastmasters. They previously had given everyone a sheet of paper on which to write how Caroline had touched their lives. These were presented to Caroline in a memory box for her to read. She received a resounding round of applause. The meeting was concluded with this presentation.

Caroline Beren 20years

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Waterloo Open House

Join us at Lincoln Road Toastmasters OPEN HOUSE and learn what Toastmasters can do for you! Come hear international keynote speaker Bill Cassels speech, “The Competent Communication Manual; The key to Success, Wealth and Even Health.” He will leave you inspired and ready to persevere through life’s many challenges!

Bill joined Toastmasters at a time that he had a stammer so bad, he wrote notes on scraps of paper while in conversation. For him to join Toastmasters was insane. Nevertheless, after years of persistence he is now an International speaker. He has spoken in three countries, five U.S.states, five Canadian provinces, thee cruise ships and what makes it more surprising is that people his age are in retirement homes

Date: Tuesday October 20th, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Doors open at 6:45 PM
Location: Lincoln Road Chapel - 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Waterloo Speechcraft 

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Road Chapel - 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON

Would you like to become a better public speaker? Join us for this 6 week program that will run Tuesdays beginning on Nov. 3, 2015 from 7-9pm. During SpeechCraft you will learn through practice and by studying the materials provided. Your mentor will help you prepare for short talks. You will gain confidence in all aspects of communication, including written and impromptu speeches, body language and listening.
Your skills gained through SpeechCraft will improve your performance conducting and participating in business meetings, motivating people, interviewing, sales and problem solving. Cost is $50 and includes materials. Payment due at first meeting. Cheque or cash.

Barrie Toastmasters 1603 Presents

Keynote Speaker: Brian Brennan, DTM has been a Toastmaster for almost 10 years, a member of Towns of York in Aurora. Outside of Toastmasters Brian works extensively with business owners to help them become better leaders and deliver better results in their organizations. He is regarded as an expert business coach and team developer. At Toastmasters you might have seen Brian competing in various contests. He is active in competitions and delivering educational workshops in District 86, and host of “Business Fix” which is currently airing on Rogers TV – York Region.

Keynote Speaker: Renaud Durand, CC was raised near Montreal and joined the Canadian Forces in 2004 and graduated Royal Military College in 2009. Currently working as an Aerospace engineer with the Canadian Forces and teaching the Aerospace engineer course to students who just completed university. Renaud joined Toastmasters when two different people talked about it in the same day. He placed 3rd in District 86 at the 2015 Spring International Speech Contest.

Live Music: Chantal Preston, after hearing her brother exult about his night after returning home from his Toastmasters meetings her father turned to Chantal and said that it might be helpful for her music career down the road. Chantal joined Toastmasters sometime in October ‘2014, experiencing what a lot of our guests say; It wasn’t at all what I expected!

Location: MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St., Barrie, ON L4M 3M2
Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Cost: $35.00 for tickets at the door ($30.00 for early bird)

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Club News September - 2015

Axis Communications Toastmasters Charter Party Celebration

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Congratulations To AXIS Communications Toastmasters! They celebrated their charter party on Monday, September 14, 2015
Guest Speaker Jocelyne Vezina, DTM did a speech called 'To be or not to be; it's your choice.'

Axis Communications chartered June 25, 2015

Celebrating 40 years with Bluewater Toastmasters!

Cake! Entertainment! Speeches!
Let's Celebrate 40 years with Bluewater Toastmasters

Location: St. Mary's Parish Hall, 554 15th St. East, Owen Sound
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Fee: Free

Chartered in October 1975, Bluewater Toastmasters is celebrating 40 years of helping people in Owen Sound, Grey and Bruce Counties to become better speakers and leaders. Join original charting members past and present Bluewater Toastmasters, Toastmasters from area clubs, local dignitaries and others in helping us celebrate 40 successful years. Make it a day or weekend outing by enjoying Owen Sound's lovely fall. For information on Owen Sound including accomodations, events, attractions, and where to eat, check out Owen Sound Tourism 

Or visit us on facebook

Meg Dean, ACB, 40th Anniversary Chair

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Woodstock Toastmasters News by Theresa Entz

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Zannatul Moiet Hasib and Nujhat Abedin came to Canada in 2011 and 2012 from Bangladesh.
They are a couple that has recently joined our club.

Anthony Galipeau is a university student.
We said farewell-for-now to Anthony as he heads off to Ottawa to continue with his education.

Mississauga Sales And Marketing Toastmasters Club Presents

The Art Of Selling II: Sales Leadership – Creating Order out of Chaos

Location: Youth Room at South Common Community Centre, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga
Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fee: Complimentary

Everyone is in sales and everyone is a leader. But not everyone has the skills to set them up as a top producer.

Sales is the most noble of professions and every one in "sales" aspires to being a “Top Producer”. There is no limit to the number of sales courses offered yet, there remains an
undefinable, almost chaotic, gap between those struggling to sell their ideas or wares and the Top Producers. This presentation will shed light on a top producers experience and insights
to teach how to create order out of the chaos.

If you want to be a "Top Producer" then this complimentary presentation is a must attend.

For more information about this club visit us on Facebook

Soirée portes ouvertes avec Les Toastmasters Volubiles

Premier club Toastmasters francophone de Kitchener-Waterloo

Appel à tous les FRANCOPHONES ET FRANCOPHILES! Immerse yourself in a French speaking environment! ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • Vous voulez maintenir ou renforcer la qualité de votre langue française dans une atmosphère amicale?
  • Vous cherchez un emploi exigeant le bilinguisme? Vous aimez la culture française?
  • Venez rencontrer des francophones et francophiles et découvrez l’art de parler en public en français.

Venez êtes invités: Mardi le 15 septembre 2015 à 19h00
Hôtel-de-Ville de Kitchener, 200, rue King Est - Salle Héritage, rez-de-chaussée
Conférencier invité: Monsieur Jacques Brunet, DTM
Des breuvages et grignotines seront servis – l’entrée est gratuite

INFORMATION: Jean-Philippe Chartré  - 226-808-5132

Visit us on Facebook Les Toastmasters Volubiles

We're also on Meetup at MeetUp de langue française de Kitchener-Waterloo

How to Create a Blog News Site for your Club

How to Create a FREE Wordpress  News Blog Site Through Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International has gone ahead and made it easy to create a place for members of your club to add news about your club. Blogging has replaced the Newsletter because it is easy for anyone to access and read the news on their personal device or computer rather than downloading a huge file. It is also easy to add administrators so your officers can add news fulfilling the requirement of Newsletter editor or helping out with the Newsletter or website. This requirement in your Competent Leader manual is always hardest to achieve.

Simply follow the instructions on this page at Toastmasters International 

You can also download the pdf file to distribute to all your club members. In the instructions it teaches you to:

  • Sign up at  
  • Learn proper Toastmaster Policies and Protocol for creating your club's web presence
  • What Wordpress Themes to use
  • Where to access the proper Masthead for your site
  • Designing with Colors on Your Website
  • Adding Widgets

A great sample of a wordpress Blog News site is my club Speak to Inspire Toastmasters. Check it out and hopefully you too will be inspired to create your clubs outlet for great News.

If you have any questions or difficulties I will be happy to help you out. Contact at Just Ask Tuula

Tuula Redditt, DTM 
D86 Newsblog Editor


Club News August - 2015

Tillsonburg Toastmasters is in the News

Tilllsonburg Taostmasters is a new club and has recently been in the Tillsonburg News. Check it out!

What's Happening at Grimsby Toastmasters

Saturday July 25 was a hot one for Grimsby Toastmasters. Once again we set up a booth all day on the main street during our town’s summer festival – Happening at the Forty. It is always an interesting experience trying to engage people who are looking at the other booths selling things and other community groups. I am pleased to say that all of the volunteers did a great job and we ended up with contact information from a number of people who wanted to learn more. Since there is no time like the present, they were all contacted by email first thing on Monday morning and invited to our next club meeting!

The executive were particularly excited to unveil our new signs. They made it very clear to people who we were. Of course there is always the challenge of people not knowing what Toastmasters is, but getting that information out is one of the reasons we have the booth.

I challenge you to look around your own community and see if there are opportunities to get your club out in front of the general public. How about a fall festival, a farmers’ market, or even a job fair? Encourage your members to strike a committee to help with the organization so it doesn’t rest with one person (I have learned my lesson).

A big thank you to all of my volunteers including our Area Director Saima Malik for all the time and effort they put into making our booth a success.

Kristin O’Connor
VP Public Relations
Grimsby Toastmasters, Club #1415201, Area 53, Division L, District 86


Club News June - 2015

Toastmasters Share Skills with Stouffville Teenagers

Stouffville Toastmasters Club was in the Stouffville Sun-Tribune News for running a free youth leadership program for Stouffville’s young people during eight weeks this spring.

Twenty-one teenagers learned how to write and deliver prepared speeches with confidence, how to give positive, constructive peer feedback and have practised the art of impromptu speaking. Read more about this great article at Stouffville Sun-Tribune.

Cathy Herschell DTM 

Division D Governor 2014-2015
Incoming District 86 Public Relations Manager 2015-2016


Congratulations to Feel Free Toastmasters Club Charter Party

History in the making! Congratulations, Feel Free Toastmasters!!! Congratulations, Rose A Weinberg! Congratulations, Division A! Congratulations District 86!


Club News April - 2015

TopDrawer Advanced Toastmasters Club is having an OPEN HOUSE

Spring Tune-Up
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Meeting Location: Allan Reuter Centre, 507 King Street East, (Preston)
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 3N4
Free parking at municipal parking lot

We all need a tune-up from time to time. Come and hone your evaluation skills!
Meet us at TopDrawer Experience Exceptional Evaluations
All Toastmasters Welcome!
Refreshments will be provided


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Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club Invites You to a Celebration of Women

Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club Invites you to an Afternoon of Tea & Celebration!

Date: Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Time: 2:30-5:30PM
Location Venue: St James Anglican Church,
6025 Old Church Rd, East Caledon
Tickets $20

For information on ordering tickets
contact Carol Dowell at

Club News March - 2015

Sales and Marketing Toastmasters Club in Mississauga Open House Celebration!

Sales and Marketing Toastmasters Club in Mississauga is having an Open House.

Date: Friday March 27, 2015
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Mississauga Real Estate Board (MREB) Offices
Address: 3450 Ridgeway Drive, Unit #1, Mississauga, ON
Registration: We ask to please register on the Eventbrite link. Admission is FREE!
Contact: Kim Dabrowski at or 416-845-0444

You don't want to miss this great event! We will be having a surprise guest speaker along with some food and familiar faces. Please join us on March 27th!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is having an OPEN HOUSE!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is having an OPEN HOUSE with guest speaker JUDY SUKE.  

Join us for refreshments and networking sfterwards.

When: Tuesday March 17th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lincoln Road Toastmasters, 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON
Cost: FREE

Tillsonburg Toastmasters Charter Party Celebration!

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CONGRATULATIONS! to Tillsonburg Toastmasters on their Charter Party - March 16, 2015!

Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary - Come and Celebrate!


Cathy Herschell with Glynis Pereira D'souza and 17 others at Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary

Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary Celebration. We had an amazing evening with our Toastmasters friends, District leaders and special guest 2005 World Champion Lance Miller. Thank you organizers - Bob Yewchuk, Steve Elliot, Audrey Murphy, Kristina Johnston & club president Carl Naus. Speeches by Carolyn Hoxie, Cathy Herschell, Bob Yewchuk and John Wang, with special presentation to us from Lance Miller.

Open House Shows Sault Toastmaster Clubs Are Open for Business!


We had heart. We had passion...We had ONE HUNDRED in attendance at the inaugural Sault Area Toastmasters Open House on Feb 9, 2015 -- a collaborative effort of four Sault Ste. Marie clubs: OLG Lotto Talkers & Dr. Roberta Bondar (corporate clubs) and Algoma Toastmasters & Sault College Communicators (open clubs). Held at Sault College, approximately 100 people (incl. 14 local Toastmasters) with varied interests and backgrounds ventured out on a frigid evening to attend this event. Admission was courtesy of our umbrella organization “Superior Speakers”, to which all four clubs belong.

Toastmaster John Clement kept the audience entertained and interactive. Some in attendance even jumped right into Table Topics without hesitation. New members or not, we worked hard to advertise, advertise, and advertise, pushed for media resources and in the end, we got our message out there. What matters most is that 100 people who knew nothing about Toastmaster are now IN THE KNOW! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Our Open House Consultant, Vitaliy Fursov, was an invaluable resource along the way. Special thanks to our spectacular Open House planners and speakers: Leeann Wallenius, Allison Martin, Vladimir Yasenovskiy, Sarah Huckson, Pat Bolduc, Chelsea Osesky, Troy Woods, John Clement, Sean Clement, Susan Hunter, Jennifer Barton, Ryan Walker, George McVittie, Micki Wilding, Jennifer Barton, Craig Kohler, Lan Gao. Our next step is to document lessons learned, what went well, what went even better than expected, and how others can learn from us.

Our local Shaw TV station filmed the entire event along with interviews with Toastmasters, which will be aired all week. Check out some of our media coverage.
Soo Today
Sault Online
Local2 and Local2B  (scroll through clips to find Feb 9 City Council meeting, start at 6:00 mark and wait for the Mayor’s Proclamation!)

Yours In Toastmasters,
Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, Area 1 Governor, Open House Chair



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

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