District 86 Fall Conference Communication & Leadership Recipient Chris Moss

After 23 years working in the nonprofit sector, Chris Moss has worked with many types of organizations to help create a positive yet lasting impact in people's lives. Working on the front line caring for people with significant physical disabilities, mental health issues, homelessness and housing concerns and teenage parents taught her a lot about her own leadership. Now, as a new business owner and consultant in the areas of community and leadership she works to develop young leaders, reenergize older leaders and create caring, innovative and authentic leaders who work with our most vulnerable populations. Always wanting to shake up the status quo and help people to look at life in new ways, Chris strives each day to challenge people to do more than they ever imagined was possible.


Chris Moss, M.A.
Moss Leadership Consulting

Tips for Contest Time

Attention Contest Organizers & Contest Chairs

I wish to draw your attention to the following 3 contest rules and 1 common practice.

1. How to introduce contestants?
Stating the numerical order for contestants is the wrong way to introduce them. Do not make the numerical placement part of your introduction for a contestant. Only state Name, Title, Title, Name.

Wrong way:
Our second contestant is Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.

Correct way:
Please welcome Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.

2. Contests with 3 Contestants, no time disqualifications – who to announce?

Wrong way:
Only the 1st place winner is announced publicly. The 2nd place winner is told privately afterwards.

Correct way:
2nd place winner announced
1st place winner announced

3rd place winner is not announced

3. Who sets up/takes down contestant’s props?

Wrong way:
• Sergeant at arms connects with each contestant to find out what, if any, props, he or she needs help with.
• A contestant expects the sergeant at arms to automatically take care of his or her props.

Correct way:
• A contestant connects with the sergeant at arms in plenty of time before the contest to see if the sergeant at arms can help set up and take down his or her props.
• A contestant puts props in place quickly while judges are marking the minute before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.
• A contestant has someone else place props quickly in place before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.

Interviewing Contestants

There is no rule about interviewing a contestant only after the 2nd contest if the contestant is participating in both contests.

If two contests are being held on the same day, they should still be conducted as though they were on two separate days.

The contestant is to be interviewed after each contest.

Thank you for all your time and effort to follow the 2014 Rulebook and provide a professional and fun contest for every one!

Believe it or not… there are no losers at contests.  If you’re there, you win!

Janice McDonald, DTM - District 86 Lieutenant Governor Education

Spread the Word! October is Toastmasters Month in Brampton!

September 10th Brampton Proclmation

On September 10, 2014 during the Brampton City Council Meeting, Mayor Susan Fennell proclaimed October to be Toastmasters Month. Division B Governor Lorna Miller and Hershaw Toastmasters Club President Dennis Bartel accepted the proclamation.(above picture left) Hershaw Toastmasters Vice President Public Relations Jinisha Bhatt(above pictures right) and Vice President Mentoring Hulda Mullings were also in attendance, along with representation from City of Brampton and Brampton Toastmasters clubs. 

Click on Proclamation Image to view 

BramptonProclamationThumbNailWatch it on Rogers TV

It turns out that Rogers tapes city council meetings, and now the proclamation is on TV Online!

Watch it Online Here (See it from: 129.35)

Mayor Susan Fennell Reads the proclamation and Hershaw Toastmasters President Dennis Bartel accepts it and thanks her on behalf of the Members of Hershaw Toastmaters. Division B Governor Lorna Miller speaks on behalf of the clubs in Brampton and the importance of Toastmasters in the community.

City Councillor Grant Gibson recognizes the President of the City Of Brampton Toastmasters Cindy Tate, which meets at Brampton City Hall, for her contributions. 

City Councillor Bob Callahan comments on the importance of Toastmasters in the community. He has credited Toastmasters as the reason he went to law school and is a city Councillor, and believes the that program changes lives. 

Spread The Word

Share this article with follow Bramptonians. There are 12 Clubs in Brampton, with 7 of them open to the public. 

Grow Your Membership This Fall

Toastmasters International founder Dr. Ralph Smedley said it best. “We work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply these skills to help others."

Membership Is The Lifeblood Of Toastmasters.

Members provide the leadership, and undertake the work of conducting meetings and delivering programs, conferences and training. Members ensure the financial stability of the organization and also Toastmasters standing as a leading benefactor of society.

Your continuing challenge is maintaining steady, healthy membership growth in your club. When is the best time for clubs to get new members? ALWAYS! Why do clubs always need new members? Here’s why!

  • More people can fill meeting and officer roles
  • No one member is overburdened with responsibilities
  • Meetings are more fun, because more people are involved
  • It’s easier for a club to help members meet their educational needs
  • Make up for natural attrition

Resources To Help You In Your Membership Building Efforts:



Guides Manuals and Handbooks

Speaking of Dr. Ralph Smedley, the SMEDLEY CAMPAIGN ends September 30 – get your new members’ names into Toastmasters International and qualify for a ribbon and special website discounts!

Mike Proudlock, Lieutenant Governor Marketing

Celebrating 90 Years

90-years-video-with-play-buttonThis year Toastmasters International celebrates 90th anniversary. Toastmasters Founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley: "Toastmasters grew out of an effort to meet the needs of a group of men [...] [who] needed help in talking, when they were meeting other people. They had the ideas, but they didn't know how to express them. However, they did not want a formal class in public speaking. And when I've suggested a club in which they could learn the talk by talking, they've welcomed the idea." In 1924, a group of men met in a California basement to practice their speeches. 90 years later, men and women throughout the world continue to meet, speak, learn and grow.

International President 2008-2009 Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS: "We inspire each other to move beyond whatever is holding us back. What's holding you back? Be it personal, or professional, large or small, we must first believe that we can. And Toastmasters can instill that belief in us, if we let it." What's holding you back? Would you let Toastmasters to help you?

Executive Director 1958-1967, Maurice Forley: "While many Toastmasters become excellent public speakers, this is not the purpose of the program. The purpose of Toastmasters is to help all its members help themselves by learning to speak effectively and with confidence at any time and under any circumstance." Why not you? Why not now?

International president 2009-2010, Gary Schmidt, DTM: "We provide service to our clubs and our members within this outstanding organization, but most importantly, we provide service to the world. We take the skills and talents we learn in Toastmasters, and make our professions better, our communities better, our families better, and ultimately, we change and improve the world." How does that sound to you? Do you have a dream of a better community, a better family, a better you? Join us. Together let's make your dream a reality.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. "Many thousands of men throughout the free world have profited by Toastmasters training, and have been led into more productive living, more satisfactory living by these means." (Dr. Ralph C. Smedley)

Toastmasters Resources - History, 90 Years, and Promotion Ideas

District 86 News - August 2014

District 86 Trio is in Kuala Lumpur

Today Carolyn, Mike and I were blessed to have our awesome taxi driver, Nash, take us to local spots to eat Malaysian food and see the people. We visited Aviary, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, pewter place, Butterfly sanctuary, Batu Caves - 272 stairs! Very full day!

D86 in Kuala Lumpur

Day 3 in Kuala Lumpur We have been interviewing International Director candidates today for Regions 4, 6, 8,10,12 & 14

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Day 4 & 5 Kuala Lumpur - District Leader Training. When training finished we were able to get our registration packages for the Convention. Excited to be able to attend the 83rd Toastmasters International Convention tomorrow!!

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Live and On-Demand Video of the Toastmasters International Convention in Malaysia

Can't make it to Malaysia for the ‪Toastmasters‬ International Convention this year? Live and On-Demand Video is the next best thing.

Enjoy the 2014 Convention from your home. We're live streaming almost everything. Don’t miss a thing. Check it out!

District 86 Radio Talk Show with Heather Skoll - Aug 14, 2014

Dedicated Toastmaster and social activist District 86 Area 25 Governor Heather Skoll shares her experiences, goals, and dreams.

Check it out on YouTube!

Promote Your Club with Tips from Vitaliy's PRO Corner

Here is the recording from the PRO Corner call on Monday, August 11, 2014. There was no video, only audio for this call. Tips on how to promote your club is discussed in this talkk show. We review what Public Relations is all about and discover how important it may be to work with former Toastmasters, Toastmasters Alumni's, as they may give really effective testimonials.

Check us out on YouTube!

District 86 Radio Talk Show with Ryan Avery, DTM (part 1)

2012 World Champion of Public Speaking Ryan Avery is sharing brilliant thoughts and personal experiences. How to get rid of filler words in you speech. How to set goals, stay focused, and keep your focus in what you want to do now. How to stay happy in marriage. How to make spouse joining Toastmasters. How to overcome struggles in life. How come communication matters for success in anything. How come listening is the essential part of communication. Why public speaking is the best job in a world. How to organize an effective blog. Why is it great to always stay happy, but never be satisfied. Why to dream, and why to dream big.

Watch it on YouTube!

Speech Contest Planning


It's that wonderful time of the year again, when ...

  • Members step up and do something they've never done before – they enter a contest for the very first time!
  • Members dream of competing at a higher level than they've ever reached before – they advance to area, division or district level!
  • Members heighten their ability to speak off the cuff – they sign up for the Table Topics Contest!
  • Members enjoy making others laugh – they enter the Humourous Speech Contest!

Do you see yourself in one of the above four scenarios? Or do you say, "I didn't join Toastmasters to compete."?  I hear you.  I felt the very same way when I joined. I joined Toastmasters to learn how to present - not to compete. However, I tried it and I liked it because I learned so much. It was like taking the fast track and improving by leaps and bounds rather than by baby steps.

Participate As A Speech Contestant

Try It, You'll Like It! This is one of the most beneficial opportunities the Toastmasters organization provides to YOU! Think of competing as simply Being At Your Best in front of a larger than usual audience. It's an opportunity for you to shine and prove to yourself that you can step out of your comfort zone!

Participate As A Speech Contest Organizer

Throughout the District, we're looking for people to step up and become contest chairs, chief judges, contestants, judges, timers, counters and support to promote and organize the club, area, and division Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests.  These contests will occur in September and October.

Fabulous Tools for Speech Contest Planning

Toastmasters Speech Contests - toastmasters86 2014-08-15 02-21-43 copyWe've assembled a great set of tools to help clubs plan and deliver great speech contests. Two very important tools include:

- How to Organize a Club Contest (And not lose your mind or your cool!)
- Newly Revised Speech Contest Scripts

You will find them here: 
www.toastmasters86.org/programs/education#speech .

We look forward to cheering on our contestants and hearing the best of the best at the District Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests at our District 86 Fall Conference on November 8 + 9, 2014 in London, ON. 

If you haven't registered yet - check out the Fall Conference page - we hope to see you there.

Smedley Award

Program Dates: August 1 – September 30

In honour of Toastmasters founder Ralph Smedley, can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30? By doing so you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members who join between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for August or September. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Smedley Award” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs in District 86 should allow up to 21 business days.

What’s in it for your club?

  • More people can fill meeting and officer roles
  • No one member is overburdened with responsibilities
  • Meetings are more fun, because more people are involved
  • It’s easier for a club to help members meet their educational needs
  • More members means more people benefitting from Toastmasters!
  • Ribbon for your club banner!

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

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