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



Club News February - 2015

Newly Chartered Mississauga Sales And Marketing Toastmasters Club's First Meeting

Our first meeting went well with 2 Ice Breaker speeches, 2 evaluations, 7 table topics, business session with 3 motions and 1 amendment, and of course, plenty of fun! Meet and greet.

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Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters Club members with Club Mentor Jocelyn Vezina, DTM

Visit us on our Facebook Page!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House Event

Guests and members are invited to out to hear Judy Suke present at Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House

Date: Tuesday March 17th.
Time: Meeting starts at 7 pm ends at 8:30.
Location: Lincoln Road Toastmasters_145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo - Mandarin Room (#235)
Cost: Free! Reserve yourself a spot on eventbrite

Members are encouraged to bring guests to hear about Toastmasters. There will be a demonstration meeting with a speaker, evaluation and table topic session.  Please spread the word and let’s fill the room for Judy!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is Hosting it's Second Speechcraft Event

Dates: starting Tuesday March 24th ending the last week of April
Time: Meeting starts from 7 ending at 9pm
Cost: $50.00 or 6 weeks.

Supplies will be provided, if unable to pay online, payments can be accepted at the first night of the workshop.
Any questions please contact Kelley McIntyre at

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Register for this event on Eventbrite!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Port Credit Toastmasters Celebrates 60 Years

Come and celebrate as Port Credit Toastmasters turns 60 years old. We are the oldest Toastmaster club in Mississauga and one of the oldest in District 86. There will be some special speeches, some appetizers and a special cake cutting ceremony. 

  • Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 6:45 and festivities start at 7:15, ending around 8:30pm
  • Location: Port Credit Memorial Arena, 40 Stavebank Rd N, Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario L5G

Visit us on Facebook!

Please RSVP to Kristina Johnston

Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club Celebrates with Their Charter Party

The Celebration was held in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!


Club News January - 2015


Soirée portes ouvertes du Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord
Sudbury, le 22 janvier 2015 - Le Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord de Sudbury convie la population à sa soirée portes ouvertes annuelle. Venez assister à une réunion typique du club, au cours de laquelle les membres apprennent à mieux communiquer en public et à devenir de meilleurs leaders.

La soirée se déroulera le mercredi 4 février, à 18 h 45, à l’École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier (37 boul. Lasalle, Sudbury). Des invités spéciaux présenteront des discours et chaque membre du club sera appelé à livrer une improvisation devant le public. Vous découvrirez comment les membres d’un club Toastmasters s'évaluent entre eux, afin d’acquérir des compétences de communicateur et de leader.
Et qui sait, Toastmasters est peut-être pour vous! Vous y apprendrez à :

  • Devenir un leader et un communicateur compétent
  • Inciter, motiver et convaincre votre auditoire
  • Maîtriser votre nervosité lorsque vous parlez en public
  • Développer votre confiance en soi
  • Améliorer votre français, corriger les anglicismes et les tournures de phrases fautives

Pour en savoir plus, visitez le
Nous vous y attendons en grand nombre!
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Agathe Dubé
Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord
RSVP au 705-822-6118

Presenting Award Winner: Shirkir Lakani

Club News November - 2014

Trafalgar Toastmasters Celebrates An Amazing 35 Years!


On Monday, November 10/2014, Trafalgar Toastmasters held their 35th Anniversary Celebrations in Oakville.  Over 40 current and alumni members attended to participate in a very special meeting that celebrated Trafalgar Toastmasters rich history.

David Howlett, Professional Speaker & former Trafalgar Toastmaster delivered a great speech entitled: What I Learned at Oakville Central Library.

Charter Founding Member Peter Crabtree spoke about a very important past member.  Every week, Trafalgar Toastmasters gives out the Betty Mackay spirit award in her honor to the Toastmaster who personifies the values of Toastmasters. Peter is still an active member of Trafalgar Toastmasters after 35 years!  He was also a past District 60 Governor, and the District 86 President's Award is named after him. 

Joan Graham, a member for 34 years shared the reasons she keeps coming back. She spoke of the interesting cast of characters that come through our doors. She truly enjoys meeting interactions, learning and mentoring people of all walks of life. Trafalgar Toastmasters makes her Top 5 great things that she's done in her life. 

Evening Chair and Club President Francine Landry led a great night of speeches, celebration and camaraderie.  Learn more about Trafalgar Toastmasters at


Free Advertising in The News Mississauga

The weekly free newspaper The News Mississauga which is delivered free with flyers has a page titled Community Calender in which we can give free public service announcements about our forthcoming meetings. I have seen announcements by Meadowvale Toastmasters, Port Credit Toastmasters, and Lakeview Toastmasters informing their weekly meeting days and times.

Asa a memeber of Tangri Toastmasters in Mississauga we will be releasing our announcements as it will also work as information to others. Brampton residents also must be receiving similar free newspaper. Something to consider.

By Noel Singh
New Member of Tangri Toastmasters in Mississauga

Club News - October 2014

Celebrating 90 years at Balck Walnut Toastmasters Club in Kitchener 

KITCHENER, ON – October 22, 2104, 90 years to the day after Toastmasters' founder Ralph C. Smedley held the first Toastmasters meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, Calif., the Black Walnut Toastmasters Club in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada celebrated with cake.
After an enthusiastic introduction by Sergeant-At-Arms Melissa Kristensen, Wayne Kuhn – the longest currently serving member of Black Walnut – opened the meeting at 7:30am by welcoming members and visitors. One hour later, after two prepared speeches and Table Topics (an impromptu speaking activity), the club dined on cake brought in by the club's sitting president, Matt DiMarco.
Division Governor Bud Brown remarked, "Any time of day is a great time to celebrate 90 years of helping people to improve their Communication and Leadership skills." Here's what other club members had to say:
"Mmmblufwerp buphwlm hrginyung.” - Chris OBrien, Vice President, Education (translation: This is definitely not 90 year old cake)


Mississauga Sales and Marketing Toastmasters

by Dr. Krupa Shankar, MD

Dear Friends,

We have reason to believe we are independent, but in reality we are interdependent. The interdependence is through interaction. Better the interaction, better the chances of all stake holders emerging winners. Money is the tool of interaction. Proper communication is the means. Money may make the world go round, but money is only secondary to the means.

All of us live by selling products or services. Scientists produce insights, which is a kind of service for humanity at large. No matter what we do for a living, be it profession trade or charity, we need to know sales and marketing.

Toastmasters International has been around for 90 years and is currently operating in 128 countries with over 500,000 members. It is probably one of the most useful and successful non-for-profit organizations today, in terms of the use it has been to its members and the ways in which it has contributed to their success. It is built around the principle of enhancing leadership through honing of speaking skills.

Speaking well is more than making entertaining noises. It produces a positive feedback loop in the brain and gets one to become better at thinking, planning and execution. Speaking well is a basic life skill. Sales involves selling what is in stock and marketing involves studying the market from the customers’ point of view. They are the two sides of the coin that constitutes business, but try as much as we would, we can see only one side of a coin at a time. The best one can do is flipping the coin over swiftly and see the 2 sides at the shortest possible intervals. It is necessary to do this as this coin of sales and marketing changes daily, if not hourly. This requires the cultivation of fleet footedness.

District 86 has decided to have a specialty Toastmasters club to focus on sales and marketing for this very reason. This club will focus on skills required for this purpose through mentoring, networking, and role assignment and a structured method of interaction that will permit you to test out your ideas before executing them in your workplace. Each meeting will be like a lab where you can learn through interaction and feedback and maximize your success out there in the real world.

dr Krupa shankarWe welcome you to the first meeting on November 3rd at Mississauga Board Of Trade, 701-77 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1M5 from 6pm to 7pm. We have room only for 35 guests. Please register in advance at eventbrite.  

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

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