The Simple Finesse of Very Effective Evaluations!

Mississauga Sales and Marketing TM

Muktha Tumkur, ACG, ALB delivered a workshop on the Art of Effective Evaluations on December 1. There was a terrific turnout of 25 Toastmasters all eager to elevate their speech evaluation skills many levels up. Many thanks have to be given to Mississauga Sales and Marketing Toastmasters Club # 4353901, for providing the venue at no charge.

Although this workshop is part of a series of prepared presentations, Muktha added life and depth to the material by adding her perspective, making it interesting. From the beginning she made it very clear that this workshop is for speakers and evaluators and how we as individuals as speakers have a lot of power to control the quality of our clubs.

Two test speakers were in attendance to deliver speeches from which the workshop activities were based. The evening included a lot of “hands on” exercises where we had the ability to complete evaluations in real time. There were “ah-ha” moments for many of us when we completed the survey on how effectively our own clubs handle evaluations.

The workshop stressed that the relationship between the speaker and the evaluator begins days before the speech is delivered, not just minutes before. When the speaker contacts their evaluator in advance, the speaker can identify if their evaluator is even attending the meeting. This gives time for course correction and improves the quality of the meetings.

The role of the evaluating the evaluators was also stressed and how this individual is key to further elevate any speech evaluations, but most importantly, to draw attention for needed improvement on any of the evaluations. At the end, Muktha challenged us as speakers and evaluators to use the tools from the evening’s workshop to help elevate the quality of our speech evaluations. We need to ensure that each speaker is left uplifted! After all, if we don’t leave speakers eager to present again, we have not done our jobs.

George How Pak Hing, P.Eng., ACS, ALS

What on Earth is a Gavel Club?

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If you have ever heard about Toastmasters clubs, you probably know they are clubs in which adults have the opportunity to grow their confidence by developing public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment. I have been a Toastmaster for almost ten years, and although I had heard the term, “Gavel club”, I had no idea until a few weeks ago what on earth they are.

Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, inability to pay dues or other circumstances. Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, Gavel clubs use club officer titles and education manuals. However, Gavel clubs are only considered an affiliate of Toastmasters International and their members are referred to as “Gaveliers”. Imagine that! Toastmasters Clubs for youth! Gavel clubs truly are the hidden gem of Toastmasters International….

To form a Gavel club, a group must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club or must include members who are under 18. Since youths are typically involved in Gavel clubs, Toastmasters International does not promote the names of Gavel clubs to protect the safety of children.

There are only five Youth Gavel Clubs in the GTA and they are run by volunteers from the adult Toastmasters clubs. These clubs bring so much value and benefits to their members who learn valuable communication and leadership skills that they can take with them to become leaders within school and local community today and become the global leaders tomorrow. These clubs offer so much value that there is a waiting list almost as long as each gavel club membership list for new kids to enroll.

Running a Gavel club requires a lot of commitment since the clubs typically hold weekly meetings, but it is a very fulfilling experience. They provide regular Toastmasters members and clubs with an excellent opportunity for community service. It is also a great way to put the leadership skills you learned through Toastmasters to good use. Moreover, mentoring a Gavel club can also be used towards fulfilling your High Performance Leadership project.

Amparo Cifuentes (Junior Masters Gavel Club), Annie Bai (Mississauga Gavel Club), and Ryan Belluz (Brampton Gavel Club) are Toastmasters District 86 members who have been involved for a number of years as the main adult coordinators of their respective Youth Gavel Clubs. In addition, they have been organizing Inter-Youth Gavel Club speech contests together since the spring of 2016. They intend to continue supporting their own clubs and these contests because they believe the earlier our youth gets the chance to grow their confidence, leadership and communication skills, the greater the positive impact they and their communities will experience. These contests give the Gaveliers a greater chance to further develop those skills through healthy competition. It is indeed a labour of love and dedication that many youth in the GTA can benefit from. However, more awareness and interest needs to be created among Toastmasters club members, to organize additional Youth Gavel Clubs.

The costs to set up a gavel club are much lower than the costs to set up a regular Toastmasters club. Many Toastmasters already know about the benefits of the Toastmaster Youth Leadership Program (YLP). However, the YLP is only eight weeks long. A Gavel club, much like a Toastmasters club, does not have an “ending” period. It is the answer to that age-old question that many youth and parents and ask after a YLP, “What’s next? Is there anything offered by Toastmasters?” The invaluable benefits for youth to develop their communication, leadership, and confidence are paramount. There are no other skills that will positively affect a child throughout their lives such as these. Imagine how beneficial such a club could be in your community schools or places of worship. This is a tremendous opportunity to help develop many successful leaders in our communities. If you would like more information about starting new gavel clubs, please visit https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/how-to-start-a-new-club/gavel-clubs.

Muktha Tumkur, ACG, ALB with contributions from:

Amparo Cifuentes, DTM

Annie Bai, ACG, ALB

Ryan Belluz, ACB, ALB

Congratulations Distinguished Toastmasters and Contest Winners

Congratulations on all those who achieved their Distinguished Toastmaster Award from the 2017 Spring Conference to the 2017 Fall Conference. There were 30 people who earned their medal during this time. The medals were presented at the Friday DTM Dinner & Director Banquet. Each recipient then celebrated their achievement with the High 5 line.

Alvita L. Bennett                                       Mallika Sothinathan
Anthony Delvecchio                                 Mark Hayes
Cheryl D. Bates                                       Muzaffar H. Matloob
Chris Brown                                             Hulda Mullings
Chris Burns                                              Nikita Pchelin
Clifford Robert Graham                           Orest Nahacziwec
David Bruce Bray                                     Richard H. Lewis
David R. Weber                                        Robert G. Moore
Doris Tuckett                                            Steven Karnis
Glen Oxford                                             Tammy M. J. Hunt
Joanne Houston                                      Theresa D. Kennedy
Keith Rabey                                             Tracey L. Harding
Lena Shaw                                              William A. Brodie
Linda P. Rossi                                          Zack Dawood
Lisa Hennessy

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Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contest Winner Announcement

Saturday November 11 was a day full of fantastic speech competitions. In the morning we had the Table Topic Contest chaired by Sean Browne (2016 District Table Topics Winner) and in the afternoon we had the Humorous Speech Contest chaired by Patricia Williams (2016 District Humorous Speech Winner). The competition was fierce and every competitor did an amazing job. The auditorium was filled to capacity for each contest and the energy in the room was infectious.

A big thank you goes to the Contestant Chair Carl Naus and the Judges Chair Al Steele for coordinating the contestants and the volunteers. A big thank you also goes to all the ballot counters, timers, judges, and SAAs who helped.

The winners of the Contests were:

Table Topics:
1st: Tammy Hunt, Division T
2nd: Sherrie Sweeney Division W
3rd: Joe Vanderkooi, Division L

Humourous Speech:
1st: Jonathan Siegel, Division C
2nd: Hassan Wadi, Division D
3rd: Mario Keriakedes, Division A

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Fall is a Time for Change

The last Fall Conference for District 86 went out with a bang! The Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City was an idyllic venue because it was somewhat 'remote' but close enough to be a reasonably short drive. I have been to this venue for other professional conferences and have formed a lot of fond memories here. Built as a spa in 1989, the buildings have many quiet nooks where I could tuck myself away with a good book or just enjoy the beautiful view outside. The food throughout the weekend was delicious!

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I enjoyed the two day layout for the Conference because the Friday evening was 'downtime' for all Toastmasters to rekindle friendships and networking. November 10th was sold out with all of the great events that were planned. The TM Talks was a new event and very engaging and we learned about self-development, the impact of our appearance on first impressions and Pathways. The Parade of Banners kicked off the Opening Ceremonies and it was wonderful to see that we have four new Clubs, namely, Algoma Steel Makers, The Blue Mountains, City of Burlington and Toronto PCL. The DTM Recognition Dinner had 30 new Distinguished Toastmasters getting 'high-fived' by current DTMs. The 'Of the Year Awards' was uplifting to see the people and Clubs be recognized for being committed to the Toastmasters Vision. I had the pleasure of meeting George How Pak Hing earlier this year and was proud and happy to see him receive 'Area Director of the Year'. He has helped countless clubs with one thing or another so this award was well deserved!

The awards ceremonies closed off with the masquerade ball and the DJ had Toastmasters dancing until close to 1:00 am!

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Day Two offered more highlights with the day starting off with a Plenary Humorous Workshop presented by NRG (Neil Dunsmore, Roger Caesar and Gregory C N Smith). All three presenters gave us great tips on how to continue uplifting our audiences, but interjected so much laughter. We learned great pointers such as helping your audience feel your story, caring about your audience, personalization, practicing and how being in the moment through your day will help you see that you have many great speech topics right under your nose. Forrest Willett delivered an impactful keynote address and I don’t think that there was one dry eye in the audience… Forrest’s message showed us “how to get from where we are to where we want to be”, showing gratitude, success principles and that in order to get what we want, we need to give it away. Forrest also mentioned how our lives can be very different if we help ourselves, our family and strangers everyday. Fall is a time for change, we have so many opportunities through Toastmasters to improve our communication and leadership skills, embrace it!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

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
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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

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 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

 

Welcome Message from D86 Historian 2017-18 Mike Proudlock

I first want to thank District Director Cathy Herschell for honouring me with the appointment of District 86 Historian. I also want to thank previous District 86 Historian David T. Shaw for his many years of service in this role.

So far as my own relevant background is concerned, I have an Honours BA Degree in History from York University. I also earned certifications in both Archives Management and Records Management and served as both Regional Archivist and Corporate Records Manager for the Regional Municipality of Peel during my 34-year career at that institution. My most recent role in Toastmasters was as District 86 Program Quality Director (2015-2016).

The District Director and I will be working to document specific responsibilities with respect to information/document/records management for both this position (Historian) and also for clubs. I do want to emphasize that responsibility for managing club records will remain with the clubs themselves. More on this in the future.

You may be aware that July 1, 2018 will mark the 10th Anniversary of District 86! We are looking for “a few good Toastmasters" to coordinate recognition of this important event! It could even be an HPL project for a person willing to head up this initiative!

Are you interested? Are you keen to see our history celebrated? Want to get involved and have a fun experience with other Toastmasters? Just email me historian@toastmasters86.org to indicate your interest - and we're also accepting ideas on HOW to celebrate our Anniversary, so put on your Thinking Caps!

Mike Proudlock DTM
District 86 Historian

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

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