Become A Toastmasters Promoter

Do You Love Toastmasters?

Do you like to talk about it?  Are you a writer?  Do you have radio or television experience? Do you have design or event planning experience?  District 86 needs you.  New members in your clubs mean fresh voices and fresh ideas.

Become a Toastmasters Promoter.  Contact District 86 PRM Cathy Herschell to learn how!

10 Ideas To Promote Toastmasters In District 86

1. Create club business cards indicating your meeting time and place, and distribute them to friends and colleagues along with a personal comment on how Toastmasters training has benefited you. Use docbusiness card template and give them to all members. Club Business CardsPresent a speech on how to use this card. Help your members to become aware of opportunities to introduce themselves and share their successes in different situations. Help them to design and practice their elevator speeches (theme for Tabletopics). Remind members to listen first, find the ways ways to connect with the person, and then to share their story. Always have cards with you!

2. Brandwear. Use branded office supplies, branded tent cards, wear Toastmasters shirts, and badges. Order through the TI’s web store. 

3. Trophies. Display your Toastmaster trophies in a prominent place during your club meetings, in your home, and in your office. Use every possible opportunity to tell people about the Toastmasters.

4. Pins. Wear your Toastmasters pin! It's another great conversation starter.

5. Libraries, and offices in the neighbourhood. Ask your club members to share unused copies of the Toastmaster magazine, and submit them to the library's periodicals department. Attach your club's business card to every copy. Post fliers and ads on bulletin boards. Also, leave copies of magazines in the waiting rooms of the offices in your neighborhoods. People are always picking magazines to read while waiting for their appointments. Let’s them read your magazines, and learn about your club!

6. HR of your company. Make sure your corporate Toastmasters club mentioned during new-employee orientation seminars, annual performance reviews, and in professional development plans. Educate your HR department about Toastmasters program, and offer them help. Ask them to help you to help them.

7. Welcome Wagon packets. These are distributed to all new residents in a city and contain promotional materials from local merchants and organizations. Your ad or flier should be included in this package.

8. Universities and Community Colleges. Like cities, many Universities have internal cable TV and radio stations, as well as publications reaching students, staff and faculty. Arrange to have a Toastmaster give a presentation as a guest lecturer in a speech communication class. Or better yet, try to participate in communication-related campus events – like "Communications Week," for example – and be prepared to host a booth and offer promotional fliers. If your district already has a University club, make sure it is publicized in campus media, as well as in new-student or freshmen orientations. List of colleges in Ontario: List of campus radio stations:

9. High Schools. Organize or judge speech contests for seniors, or give seminars on career planning. Even if students don't join your club, this is an opportunity for media exposure and gives parents, staff and teachers a good impression of our organization. List of high schools in Ontario:

10. Speechcraft and YLP. Offer Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Programs. This is a great way of showing the public what Toastmasters is all about.

In addition to the above tips, help to promote your club and the Toastmasters program by constantly seeking for opportunities to speak at the community event, write an article, speak on a radio or TV, submit a news release.

Communities offer various events during summer time, when possible - seek for opportunities to have a table or a booth at these events. Promote your club, or cooperate with several clubs in your area.

Step Up, Speak Out, Have Fun!

Vitaliy Fursov, District 86 Club Growth Director


Toastmasters International Convention 2014 – Kuala Lumpur

This is the first time this conference will be held outside of North America - check it out!

The District Governor (DG) – Carolyn Hoxie, Lieutenant Governor Education & Training (LGET) – Janice McDonald, and the Lieutenant Governor Marketing (LGM) – Mike Proudlock are attending.

We know the team will get excellent training - new ideas and best practices from International colleagues. We’ll be able to share all of this with you, our members upon our return – to make our district even more successful this year.

Two important things we need to share with you:

1. Annual Business Meeting – Assign Us Your Proxies Please

On the last day of the Toastmasters International Convention, delegates will be casting their votes to elect the international officers and directors to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

  • If you don’t have a member attending, please assign your proxy to the District 86 Governor
  • If your club has a member attending that is not the President or VP Membership, please assign them your proxy.
  • If you are attending – please vote at the meeting

To assign your club votes, go to, login, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Assign/Delegate International Election Club Proxy.

Conduct Club Business

2. International Speech Contest – Cheer on Rene Vander Pryt

ReneVanDerPrytMeet Rene Vander Pryt - the District 86 International Speech contest winner – and our finalist in the global International Speech contest. He will be competing against finalists in 90 other Districts.

Rene Vander Pryt is a member of D + H Toastmasters club in Mississauga where he works. He has been a member of Toastmasters for under two years.

Canada has produced 4 World Champions. Could this be our year again?

Contestants pay a significant portion of this journey themselves. We thank and appreciate D + H for their partial sponsorship as well as several of our clubs. If your club would like to support Rene in his journey either financially or with best wishes, he can be reached at:

Please join me in wishing Renee the best of luck in his journey!

Mr. Rene Vander Pryt shares his thoughts before trip to Malaysia on the 

District 86 Radio Talk Show with Vitaliy Fursov, District 86 PRO

District 86 News - July 2014

2014 District 86 Spirit Award Presentation to Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master

On July 15, 2014 Immediate Past District Governor Tony Bratschitsch presented the 2013 - 2014 District 86 Spirit Award to Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master For many years of unhesitating and unrelenting service as our District 86 Web Master . Dennis is the 2014 - 2015 Hershaw Toastmasters President and has been the webmaster for the past 5 years. 24 members and 6 guests came for the presentation including Area 31 Governor Sandra Sharpe and Brampton Toastmasters president Amanda Russon. Congratulations Dennis!

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District 86 launches it's first Radio Talk Show

Public Relations officer Vitaliiy Fursov Announces the launch of the District 86 Radio Talk Show. Our first program featured a newly promoted Distinguished Toastmaster John Ribeiro.  Here is the recorded show.

We love stories! Do you have yours to tell?  Use this link to let us know about it

The new Toastmasters year began July 1, 2015- Have you set your goals?

We're looking forward to the start of a great District 86 Toastmasters year! In order to get the most of your Toastmasters experience whether you're a brand new member, a seasoned Toastmaster, or an officer - here are some ideas to help you plan your year:

District and Club Recognition Programs
Understand the district and club Recognition Programs. Throughout the district, teams are working together to develop success plans using these resources:
Distinguished Club Program - Club success plans
District Recognition Program - Area, Division, and District Success Plans
Speak to your club presidents, area, and division directors to find out what the club, area, division and district program goals are - and how you can help.

Officer Training
Make sure all officers have gone to training.

Communication and Leadership Opportunities
What new communication and leadership opportunities will you explore?
We've outlined a number of opportunities beyond your clubs, and encourage you to try something new this year.

Area and Division Councils
Want to know what's happening in your area or division?
Speak to your area or division director and ask to be part of their area or division council. You'll meet new people, learn what's happening, and be able to offer your expertise beyond your clubs.

District Conference
District Conferences are amazing opportunities to learn, to connect with peers across the district, to be inspired by amazing speakers, and to have fun with other Toastmasters.
Are you signed up for the Fall Conference? If not, check out the Conference page, and sign up today.

Member Communication and Engagement


On April 1st 2014, the Member Communication and Engagement Committee kicked off a project to look at the COMMUNICATIONS processes, applications, technology, organization, and governance of District 86.  We started with a survey of all District Officers, Division Governors, Area Governors, and Club Presidents.  We learned a lot from you.  The top three items that came out of the survey were:

  • Make it easier to figure out who to contact for various needs
  • Make it easier to figure out how to do things within District 86 and Toastmasters
  • Make it easier to find out when things are

And we listened. 

Updating how we communicate on our website  - our new Digital Channel - was critical.  Today, June 30, 2014 - we are doing a soft-launch of this site.  This coming weekend at the District Executive Committee meetings, Division and Area Governors will add their information to all their pages - as part of our new "crowdsourcing content" strategy - one that will allow for more contributors,  and richer information for all members.

Over the next few weeks, the MCEC committee will be completing it's report, and starting a sustainable education process to help everyone get more out of District 86 via:

  • better information at your moment of need
  • better ways for you to contribute information to share your ideas, practices, and milestones.

Just like the Toastmasters journey, this will take some patience and time.  We look forward to your support.

Member Communications and Engagement Committee
Reema Duggal (Chair), Dennis Bartel, Justin O'Donnell, Tuula Redditt,  Chris Brown, Craig French, Hitesh Parmar

Congratulations To All Distinguished Clubs - 2013/2014

Congratulations to all clubs that achieved President's Distinguished, Select Distinguished, and Distinguished status this year.  We know it takes a lot of hard teamwork and focus to get there - well done!

President's Distinguished

Club Name
Thornhill Club A - 21
Woodbridge Toastmasters A - 21
Advanced Speakers on the Hill A - 21
Markham's Talk of the City Club A - 22
Markham SweetTalkers Club A - 23
Unionville Toastmasters Club A - 24
Golden Gavel Club A - 24
Fluid Communicators & Leaders A - 24
Hilltop Toastmasters A - 24
Destiny Toastmasters Club A - 25
Markham Toastmasters Club A - 25
Richmond Hill Toastmasters A - 26
Momentum Toastmasters A - 26
Inclusive Toastmasters A - 26
Brampton Club B - 31
Hershaw Toastmasters Club B - 31
Region of Peel Toastmasters B - 31
Meadowvale Toastmasters Club B - 32
Speaking For Success Toastmasters Club B - 33
Maple Leaf Toastmasters B - 33
Rogers Park Toastmasters B - 34
Chosen Voices Toastmasters B - 36
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club B - 37
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters B - 37
Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club C - 41
Creekbank Toastmasters Club C - 41
PepsiCo Canada Toastmasters C - 41
City Centre Club C - 42
Port Credit Club C - 43
Soar To Excellence Toastmasters Club C - 44
Comfortably Speaking C - 45
Brant Toastmasters L - 51
First Oakville Toastmasters Club L - 52
Trafalgar Club L - 52
Glen Abbey Toastmasters L - 52
Horizon Toastmasters L - 52
Honeymoon City Club L - 55
Niagara College Toastmasters L - 55
Skyway Toastmasters Club L - 56
First Waterdown Club L - 56
Barrie Toastmasters Club M - 11
Sunshine Speakers Club M - 11
The Court Of Blarney M - 14
Greater Sudbury Speakers N - 3
London Western Club S - 71
Thames Valley Club S - 72
London City Hall S - 72
Forest City Club S - 73
Lambton Toastmasters Club S - 74
Riverspeak Toastmasters S - 74
Black Walnut Toastmasters Club W - 61
Energetics Toastmasters Club W - 61
CCRAzy Talkers Club W - 61
Grand River Toastmasters Club W - 64
Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club W - 65
Town and Gown Toastmasters W - 66

Select Distinguished

Club Name
Division - Area
DSC Toastmasters Club A - 21
IBM Toronto Lab Club A - 22
Nielsen Insightful Club A - 23
7120 Speakers Corner B - 31
Risky Business Club B - 33
Unscripted Expressions Club B - 35
Point of Tale Toastmasters B - 36
Leaders' Corner Toastmasters Club B - 36
Milton Club B - 37
IPC Toastmasters Club C - 41
Trillium Toastmasters Club C - 42
Sheridan Bruins C - 42
Candu Toastmasters C - 43
Hatch Mississauga C - 43
AMEC Oakville Toastmasters Club C - 43
Stoney Creek Club L - 53
Brock's Talkers L - 54
HatchMasters L - 55
NextNiagara L - 57
Brock Toastmasters L - 57
Barrie's Small Business Club M - 11
Collingwood Toastmasters Club M - 12
Towns Of York Toastmasters Club M - 13
Stouffville Toastmasters Club M - 13
Speak for Success York-Simcoe M - 14
Troy Toastmasters Club M - 14
Sudbury Toastmasters Club N - 3
Voix du Nord N - 3
Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club N - 3
Strathroy Toastmasters Club S - 71
London TaxMasters Club S - 73
Podium Pros Club S - 75
Talbot Trail Toastmasters S - 75
Talk Of The Town Club W - 61
Cambridge Toastmasters Club W - 64
Linguists Of Listowel Club W - 65
Guelph Public Speakers W - 67


Club Name
Power Speaking Toastmasters Club A - 22
URS Toastmasters In Ontario A - 25
Speakers of the Hill A - 26
City of Brampton Toastmasters B - 31
Speakwell B - 32
Halton Hills Toastmasters B - 37
COMET Toastmasters Club C - 42
HP Powerspeakers C - 44
TELUS Mississauga Toastmasters C - 44
Valley Town Toastmasters Club L - 51
Grimsby L - 53
Midday Marauders Club L - 54
Mansion Toastmasters Club L - 56
Garden City Toastmasters L - 57
Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club M - 12
State Farm Club M - 13
Simcoe Shores Club M - 14
Cementation Toastmasters N - 2
Campus Communicators Club S - 71
University of Waterloo Toastmasters W - 62
Concordia Club W - 63
The Co-operators W - 66

District 86 2013-2014 SPIRIT Awards


left to right:  1 - Charlene Norman, Mike Proudlock. 2 - Mike Proudlock, Region of Peel Chair Emil Kohl, District 86 Governor Tony Bratschitsch, 3 - Dennis Bartel's plaque held by District 86 Governor Tony Bratschitsch (Dennis' presentation will be made at Hershaw Toastmasters).

Three SPIRIT Awards were recently announced at the District 86 Celebration at Erin Park in Mississauga on June 21st, 2014. The inaugural awards were sponsored by District Governor Tony Bratschitsch and were dedicated to three Toastmasters serving in non-elected positions.

The recipients for 2013 / 2014 are:

Charlene Norman, DTM District Treasurer
For unending dedication in managing District 86's finances with the highest standard of integrity and accountability

Mike Proudlock, DTM Realignment Chair
For courageous and inspirational leadership in realigning District 86 for greater future growth

Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master
For many years of unhesitating and unrelenting service as our District 86 Web Master

CASL - Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

District 86 received the following information from Toastmasters International Legal Department.  We encourage all members to understand the information below and comply with the legislation as explained.


New Anti-Spam Legislation passed in Canada that will go in effect on July 1, 2014.  This legislation will affect how Toastmasters members send their emails, texts, and social media messages. World Headquarters is here to help guide you through the transition process.


Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) defines a Commercial Electronic Message (“CEM”) as a message that encourages participation in a commercial activity. This includes advertisements and information about promotions, offers, business opportunities, events, etc.  Under CASL, the following are identified as CEMs:

  • Email messages;
  • Messages sent through social networking accounts (such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter messages), instant messaging; and
  • Text messages sent to a mobile phone

Compliance with CASL

To be in compliance, starting July 1, 2014 all CEMs must include a signature block with an Unsubscribe notice. A sample signature block with an Unsubscribe notice is provided below:

  • Your Name
  • Member
  • Your Club Name
  • Your club address
  • Your club city, state, country, zip code 
  • Telephone: Your telephone number
  • Your Toastmasters email address
  • This message was sent to you by YOUR NAME, member, on behalf of YOUR NAME at YOUR CLUB NAME. Please contact us at YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS or at YOUR CLUB’s MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not wish to receive electronic messages from YOUR NAME/YOUR CLUB NAME, please reply by email and write “Unsubscribe.” Unsubscribing will remove any emails sent to you in the future.

Unsubscribe Process

If someone requests to Unsubscribe, within 10 business days, you must ensure that no further messages are sent to that individual and keep a record of it. We suggest that the club/district secretary keep a log in an excel spreadsheet with the date and name of the unsubscriber for recordkeeping purposes.

Please note text messages and social media messages (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter messages) are also considered CEMs. A good rule of thumb is to avoid sending any unsolicited commercial electronic messages.

As long as you are sending CEMs to members within the Toastmasters organization and the CEMs concern the activities of the organization, you are CASL compliant. 

Action Required

We are requesting that Toastmasters Club, District, and Division leaders acknowledge that your club, division, or district understands members must be in compliance with the requirements.  (Emails were sent to all offcers)

As we continue to research the laws, World Headquarters may send future updates to assist members, including sharing tips on other key components of the new legislation as it relates to members and prospective members. For more information, please visit If you should have any questions, please contact

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