The Spring Conference in April is Fast Approaching

Spring is in the Air!

Groundhog Day has passed us by and we are now only TEN weeks from A Surprising Adventure, our District Spring’15 Conference!

We are finding the Conference team experience to be a very fulfilling and challenging journey, fraught with surprises and many opportunities for leading and learning while making plans and preparations. Have you had a look at the beautiful Conference page on the District 86 website lately? It is a vivid and vibrant advertisement of the value and variety coming your way at the Sheraton in April.

We would like to offer a PERSONAL INVITATION to every Toastmaster we meet and introduce the Conference 5 W’s as we see them.

  • WHO – you will learn from – workshop presenters, and keynotes – especially Craig Valentine DTM, 1999 WORLD Champion of Public Speaking
  • WHAT – attending the International Speech and Evaluation Contests will provide to you inspiration and delight!
  • WHERE – The Sheraton Parkway, paradise right in the midst of the big city. A fabulous venue for you to bring your family to celebrate spring.
  • WHEN – April 24, 25, 26 – the gateway to great Canadian weather!
  • WHY – The Spring’15 Conference will be a once in a lifetime experience – A Surprising Adventure!

Register now – you’ll be glad you did!

Spring’15 Conference Co-Chairs
Frank Gustin DTM
Gail Gustin DTM

Opportunity to Sell your Books, CDs and DVDs at the Spring Conference 2015

Our District 86 Spring’15 Conference, A Surprising Adventure! Is just weeks away, April 24 to April 26. We look forward to hearing your educational presentation and are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop. We are excited to offer you and other Toastmasters the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.

See the guidlines on the Spring Conference Page

April 1, 2015 is the DEADLINE. Please remit all your information today!!

Thank you, Jale Fancey ACS, ALB Author's Corner Chair

Explore The District 86 Website!

We've created a 4 minute video for all District 86 members to take a quick tour of the District 86 website.  There are tons of resources on this website to help you run successful clubs.  We hope you'll watch and share with all club members.

Learn How to Turn Your Club Into a Top Club with Lance Miller on February 28

Learn How to Turn Your Club Into a Top Club with Lance Miller on February 28

A Must Attend for Leaders 

Lance Miller, DTM is unique among the giants of the Toastmaster world. Not only is he the 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking, he is also a world champion club builder. His home club, Renaissance Speakers consistently ranks in the top 4 clubs of the world! Do you want to learn how to turn your club into a top club?

Please join Lance Miller and your District Leaders on February 28 - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Meadowvale Secondary School, 6700 Edebnwood Drive, Mississauga, On L5N 3B2.

Whats included?

  • Hot lunch
  • Lance Miller's Audio "How to Build a Champion Club"
  • Lance Miller in person presenting his tips on club building, promoting your club and speaking.

Meet your upcoming candidates for the Spring Election, here about the Realignment Report 2014-15 and updates from the Strategic Growth Committee with our 20/20 Vision program.

Leaders will not want to miss this. For more info on Lance Miller check out

Ticket Information 

Early Bird Tickets:

- $29.99 - includes audio CD "How to Build a Champion Club"

- $49.99 - includes 2 audio discs "How to Build a Champion Club" + "How to Promote and Market a Club"

Tickets close: February 15th or when SOLD OUT! Don't Delay

 Register Online Today 

Give the Gift of Toastmasters

SpringConference-2015 gift

Twas the Gift of Toastmasters

Twas the Eve of the 25th, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
There were socks by the chimney, hung all in a row,
In hopes they’d have Toastmaster gifts by tomorrow.

Toastmasters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Toastmaster mugs danced in their heads.
Gail Gustin in her ‘kerchief, and Frank in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Gail sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window she flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A Surprising Adventure Spring Conference next year.

A man had appeared, I thought was a prank
She knew in a moment that it was just Frank.
More rapid than eagles other Toastmasters came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"There was Janice, Mike, Vitaliy and Dawna!
Oh and Carolyn, Sarrah, Myrna and Tuula!
Up a ladder then up the side of the wall!
Climbed Frank with his Toastmasters haul!

And then, in a twinkling, Gail heard on the roof
The struggling and grunting and then a big “OOF”!
As she drew in her head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Frank came with a bound.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the cap on his head was now covered in snow.

He was jolly and proud, a real Toastmaster elf,
Gail laughed when she saw him, in spite of herself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Letting her know she had nothing dread.

He spoke the whole time, like a Toastmaster does,
And filled all the stockings, with Toastmaster stuff.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
He gave me a nod, and up the chimney he rose!

He climbed down the ladder, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
As they drove out of sight I heard him sing,
"A Surprising Adventure, awaits you this Spring.

Stuck for ideas on what to give that favourite Toastmaster this holiday season?

Check out Toastmasters International online store or simply go to our Spring Conference page and maybe give the gift of a Spring Conference Admission Ticket. 

Shopping this year is at your finger tips. Simply sit back with your mug of hot chocolate and wait for the surprised look on the face of your favourite Toastmaster.


Spring Conference 2015 – Leadership Opportunities

A surprising adventure logo

Planning for the Spring 2015 Conference is underway. Over 300 District 86 Toastmasters will be coming together to embark on A Surprising Adventure. The conference will be at the beautiful Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill from April 24-26/2015.

Leadership Opportunities

Our first team meeting is happening this Saturday, November 22nd at the Conference venue. We have more than 30 leadership opportunities for Toastmasters to collaborate over the next six months and create an exciting Spring Conference that will truly be 'A Surprising Adventure'.

Would you like to be part of this Adventure? You will be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities you will have to expand your goals. We welcome you to step up and take advantage of this opportunity to grow as leaders.

Check out all the Spring Conference page and VOLUNTEER today!

Your journey begins now so MAKE attending the Conference your personal goal and MOTIVATE others to join you and finally don't forget to MARK your calendars April 24-26/2015. Find Adventure in leading others!

2014 Fall Conference

And if you’re interested in knowing what happened at the 2014 Fall Conference – check out the Fall Conference recap page. You’ll see the amazing program, lineup of speakers, and make sure you click on the Check Out the Photos On Flickr button to see the photos.

Smile, Speak, Shine!

Frank Gustin DTM / Gail Gustin DTM
Co-Chairs District 86 Spring’15 Conference

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

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