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!

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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: .

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!

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.

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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.

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