87th Annual Toastmasters Convention

The 87th annual Toastmasters Convention was a great experience. I recommend that every Toastmaster attend one International Convention in their life time.

Hosting a conference of this size requires lot of planning and commitment. The Convention was attended by over 2,000 delegates from all over the world. There were 500 helping hands. I was very lucky to be part of the Helping Hands Team, which included over 10 people from District 86. I was also lucky to cover the events in the convention. I promoted the various events via Facebook posts in the group page. This year, more than 30 people attended the convention. We all wore our red and white on the inaugural day. We proudly supported our country and the District. The national anthem of the US was followed by the Srilankan anthem. The flag procession was an epic scene. It was indeed an awesome and beautiful sight.

Kristina Johnston, our District 86 Director, was recognized in the “Excellence in Program Quality for 2017-2018”. Outgoing International President Balaraj Arunasalam presented this award. There were 105 recipients this year. This was presented at the Hall of Fame Awards. Jocelyne Vezina Club Growth Director presented the new International President, Lark Doley with New Club charter papers.

Roger Caesar did our District 86 proud as one of 106 semifinalists around the world. Roger has represented our District for the third time. Dennis Bartel, Cindy Tate and the team back here organized great viewing event, partnering with the Brampton Library for Roger’s speech. Roger's family joined the party. There were over 60 people who saw this via live streaming. This was a District PRM initiative.

With a speech titled, 'Still Standing' Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, August 25th. For the first time in the Contest's history, female competitors swept the top three positions. Smith is only the fifth woman to capture the World Champion of Public Speaking title since the contest began in 1938. The second place was taken by Zifang Su D88, China and Third Place, Anita Fain Taylor D47, USA.
The finalists were:
Ramona J. Smith, D56
Zifang Su, D88
Anita Fain Taylor, D47
Wiwiek Najihah Binte Hairudin, D80
J. A. Gamache, D61
Kenny Ray Morgan, D6
Eric Feinendegen, D30
Al Frederick Lacorte, DF
Kwong Yue Yang, D89
Kevin Matthew Johnson, D37

Some of the other features in the Convention were:

  1. An amazing presentation by Keith Ferrazzi, 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient. Ferrazzi's extensive influence in encouraging individuals and organizations to build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships. As chairman and founder of ‘Ferrazzi Greenlight’, a research institute focusing on behavioral science and its effects on business, Ferrazzi works to determine how companies can eliminate behaviors that hinder progress and instead adopt those that foster growth. His research on relationships, along with decades of experience as an entrepreneur and chief marketing officer for multinational corporations, helped him develop his influential leadership techniques for “Leading Without Authority”. Ferrazzi says connection is the driving force behind all success both personal and professional.
  2. The other Convention presenters were: Pat Johnson, Steve Gilland, Sarah Khan, Johnny Campbell, Michelle Tillis-Lederman, Lars Sudman, Mohammed Murad and Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez.
  3. There was the 'Smedley Step Challenge' to promote the Smedley Foundation.
  4. There were networking lunches.
  5. The marketplace, and the candidates' corner was awesome:
    • We learned so much about leadership by just attending the candidates’ corner. 
    • We met the various Regional Advisors, International Presidents and our very own Canadian Second Vice President, Margaret Page. 
    • We have a new International Director now, thank you Vera Johnson for an awesome job! 
    • Carol Prahinski is the new International Director Region 6 who has joined the Board of Directors. 
    • Melissa McGavick joined Jeff Sobel as Region 6 Advisor.
  6. The hotel and the river tour were great, it was an awesome experience.

The next Toastmasters Convention is at headquarters, Denver, Colorado. Thereafter it will be in Paris so, hopefully after reading this, that you will plan your next convention.

Mallika Sothinathan  DTM
District 86, PRM

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Announcing District 86’s 2017-18 “Of The Year” Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the nominees for an OF THE YEAR award for dedication, commitment, and contribution towards achieving the District mission. The recipient of each award will be announced and awards presented at the District 86 Marketing Expo on September 29th, 2018. CONGRATULATIONS! 

Publicist Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions
Club Coach of the Year: Deridor Collier Ambitious City | Jeanie Lai Sheridan Park
President Of The Year: Millie Leng DHL # 06545120 | Sonia McGregor Creekside TD # 864603 | Yoshith Perera Brampton # 2347
Area Director Of The Year: Lou Mulligan Area D87 | Cindy Tate Area 34 | Muktha Tumkur Area D82
Division Director Of The Year: Maheeza Mohamed Division B | Kyla Werrett DTM Division D | 
Club Of The Year: Brampton # 2347 | Energetics # 4826 | Port Credit # 1474
Toastmaster Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions | Mark Hayes DTM Port Credit/ Sheridan Park | Thomas Mathai Mississauga Sales and Marketing

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

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

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 5 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)

Happy Birthday, District 86

Happy Birthday, District 86

On July 1, 2018 we turned exactly 10 years old! Although may I say – with due modesty – that we don’t look a day over five!

Yes, it was exactly ten years ago when District 60 gave birth to a new district under the leadership of our first District Governor (now called District Director) Lori Lococo. Maybe we should have been scared of venturing out on our own – but we weren’t. We had strong, experienced leaders – Bill Bienia, Ross Mackay, John MacDonald, Joan Binetti, Jean McAllister, Gina Cook, Ralph Williamson, Harold Usher, just to name a few.

Toastmasters of the new District 86 were in large measure the heart and soul of the old District 60. In many ways, one could think that the “new” district was the reconstituted District 60, rather than the “official” new District 86. Not just because of our leadership, but also the nature of the districts themselves. District 86 became a mix of urban and rural, stretching from Niagara Falls to northern Ontario (eventually including Sault Ste. Marie); District 60 became a heavily urban district, centred mostly (but not exclusively) on the City of Toronto. Which of these districts was markedly different from the old District 60? I would say the reconstituted District 60!

District 86 has accomplished much over its first decade. Many “Distinguished District” honours have been achieved; our District has been represented on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors; the District has been incredibly well-represented at the World Championships of Public Speaking; but more importantly, members continue to set and achieve their goals to improve their speaking and leadership skills, as recently evidenced by our recent achievement of “Presidents Distinguished” for Distinguished Clubs.

Bring on the next 10 years! History is waiting to happen! Be a part of it – it’s up to you!

Michael Proudlock,DTM 

 

 

 

5 Ideas For A Great Open House

When is your open house? Start planning early for the best results. Here are some ideas to help you have the best one yet:


1- Organize a committee:

Find out who in your club needs a CL project
Organize or Help organize club special event
PR campaign - chair or help with
Membership contest
Befriend a guest at a meeting

2- Get all members involved

Share the plan
Review the moments of truth standards - these are found in your Club Leadership Handbook
All members greet guests
Arrange a fun themed meeting – all meeting roles filled in advance
Invite a guest speaker 5-7 minute manual speech with evaluator

3- Promote the event

Flyers - distribute to members to post in the community or at their workplace
Social media, Eventbrite, MeetUp.com
Local papers- press release, article
Community calendar, SNAP

4- Arrange for greeters

Have lots of guest kits made in advance
Ask guests how they found out about the meeting
Introduce both guests and members (30 seconds why they joined)

5- At the meeting

Have an easy fun table topics session, invite guests to try (ask them first)
Have an experienced member deliver the open house Powerpoint (download below)
Hold a special session for guests (VPM) during the break – explain the benefits of joining your club and answer questions

Measure your results

Process memberships promptly
Follow-up with guests
Invite guests to future meetings by phone or email

Open House Checklist

Timeline

Task

 

6-8 weeks

Assign a committee & set budget

Club Executive

     

6-8 weeks

Set date with VP Education, VP Membership & VP PR

Committee

Communicate date to Club Members

Plan Public Relations campaign - The key to your success!!!!

Invite local politician if appropriate

Arrange for Guest Speaker - creates buzz and excitement!

Approach experienced members for key roles - put on a good show.

Invite Area, Division & District dignitaries & put on agenda

Invite Past Members to attend - they might re-join

Invite Founding Members, Club, Sponsors/Mentors/Coaches

Ask Club Members to "Bring A Friend"

Pick an appropriate theme for the meeting (new beginnings, achievement etc.)

Pick a Word of the Day that matches the occasion

Prepare a suitable Table Topics session

Select speakers who will represent the club effectively

Prepare Open House packages/New member kits

Consider an incentive to join the day of Open House (with club approval)

     

2 weeks before

Name tags purchased/prepared

Committee

Finalize Agenda

Decorations? Make it fun & festive!

Cake? - (Yellow & Blue theme)

Food? (Consider dietary restrictions when planning)

Supplies for food (plates, forks, napkins, cups)

Finalize incentive if using (gift card, draw, slight discount to fees, etc.)

Print ample supply of "Agenda's"

     

1 hour before

Set up room theatre style & test AV equipment

SAA

Committee & Club Executive arrive early & set the welcoming tone

Guest Greeters to arrive early & set up welcome area

Guest Book, Open House Packets available

     

During Meeting

Welcome guests

Allow guests to participate in Table Topics

Explain all parts of the meeting and the purpose of it

Thank the guests and dignitaries

Thank the organizing committee

Invite everyone to sign up or come back (Call to action is needed)

     

 

Resources from Toastmasters:

Download Open House PowerPoint from TI
Consider Demo Meeting format
Digital brochures to put in Open House Packet
Digital Posters to promote event

Jocelyne Vezina, DTM
District 86 Club Growth Director 2018-2019
District 86 Toastmaster of the Year 2016-2017

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Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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