October Declared Toastmasters Month in Sudbury

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Special Thank you to Timmins Mayor Steve Black, North Bay Mayor Al McDonald, and Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger for helping Division N promote Toastmasters, and proclaiming October “Toastmasters Month” in your respective cities.

Mayor Brian Bigger proclaimed October as Toastmasters month in Sudbury.

Educational Webinars by Albert Chang

District 86 will be holding its first of several educational webinars beginning on Sep 27th.

To view the list of topics, please visit the webinar page http://www.toastmasters86.org/programs/program-quality/webinar  

Our first topic will be getting to know the Distinguished Club Program or commonly known as the DCP. The session will begin at 8pm, with a Q&A afterwards. 

If you are not able to attend, there's no need to worry as all webinars will be available for viewing on the webinar page afterwards. 

To join please use the following link: https://join.me/toastmasters86PQD
or you can dial in by phone 647 977 2648 & enter the conference ID 800 443 639 #

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

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

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