Welcome to the 21st century

Since 2010 Toastmasters International has been working on a new educational program. After many delays and frustrating false starts, we finally have a new education program that, in my opinion, brings Toastmasters International in the 21st century. This program allows TI to compete with some of the best leadership skills programs on the market.

Pathways Learning Experience is a robust education program that will give you opportunities to grow your skills as a leader. The program is divided in five core competencies:

  1. Public speaking
  2. Interpersonal communication
  3. Strategic leadership
  4. Management
  5. Confidence

You will have a choice between ten paths:

  1. Dynamic leadership 
  2. Effective coaching 
  3. Innovative planning 
  4. Leadership development 
  5. Motivational strategies 
  6. Persuasive influence
  7. Presentation mastery
  8. Strategic relationships
  9. Team collaboration
  10. Visionary communication

Each path has five levels:

  1. Level 1. Mastering fundamentals. This level is the same for everybody regardless of the path you choose. That’s where you will do your Ice Breaker, learn how to evaluate and give feedback and acquire skills on how to research and present your topic.
  2. Level 2. Learning your style. On this level, you will be introduced to the Toastmaster mentoring program, you will start understanding your leadership/communication style.
  3. Level 3. Increasing knowledge. On this level, the projects are related to the path you have chosen. For example, if you have chosen Motivational strategies, on Level 3 you will learn about Emotional Intelligence.
  4. Level 4. Building skills. On that level, you will accelerate your understanding of the subject you choose. For Motivational strategies it means projects around motivating others.
  5. Level 5. Demonstrating expertise. On that level, you will be asked to reflect on the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the Path.

Starting on Level 3 you will be able to add electives to explore other areas you might be interested in that are not part of your path. For Motivational strategies for example, at Level 3 you can choose 2 electives among 12 suggestions. On Level 4 you can choose one among 8 suggestions and on Level 5 you can choose one among 6 suggestions.

Pathways is an exciting new way for you to gain new skills and competencies that you will use in your daily life. At your own pace, you will explore such subjects as: How to Create effective visual aids, how to Create a podcast or how to Prepare for an Interview.

See you on the Path!

Jocelyne Vezina

Pathways Chief Ambassador

Learn more at: https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview

The Town of Oakville Proclaims March 2017 Toastmasters Month in Oakville

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ProclamationwebOn February 13, 2017 the Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton proclaimed March 2017 Toastmasters month in Oakville. Area 35 Director George How Pak Hing, began the process by contacting the Mayor's office in December 2016.

A joint effort between Area 35 and Area 36 the following Toastmasters were on hand  to receive the proclamation. 

Tracey Harding (Division B Director) , George How Pak Hing (Area 35 Director), and Renata Noronha (Area 36 Director)

Chelsea Shen (Member of Trafalgar club), Nikolina Ivankovic (President Horizon Toastmasters), Taylor Poulin (President of Callisto Toastmasters), Ben Reimer (President of Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters), Allan Osborne (Member of First Oakville Toastmasters), Carol Edelkoort (President of Burloaks Toastmasters), and Paul Van Oosten (Member of GE Toasters).

Community and Corporate Clubs from Area Clubs in Area 35 and 36 that are in Oakville

  • Trafalgar Club
  • Horizon Toastmasters
  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
  • Callisto Toastmasters
  • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters
  • First Oakville Toastmasters
  • Burloaks Toastmasters
  • GE Toasters 

Wording on Proclmation

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A New Club in Oakville

Toastmasters Month is in conjunction with the launch of a new community-based club, Oakville Toastmasters. A first launch meeting was held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joshua's Creek Arenas, 1663 North Service Rd. E. Another launch meeting is scheduled for Feb 23 at same time and location. "Twenty members are required before the club can receive a charter" says George How, Area 35 Director. 

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and the First Toastmasters Club in Oakville was founded 60 years ago.

 

Have a Quality Club - Club Growth February 2017 Message

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

We are embarking into the 8th month of the Toastmasters year, with just 4 more months to go.  We have already started 9 new Toastmasters Clubs, and are working on several new prospective clubs! 

This is a crucial turning point for your club. It’s time to make sure you have a Quality Club with VFTM – Variety, Fun, Timely Meetings and Manual Speeches Time to check if all your officers have been trained and you’re on track for DCP!  Talk Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from Feb 1 to Mar 31, a chance to add members and win prizes.  Open Houses, Guest Packages, Incentive programs will get you there! You snooze you lose. Make sure you grab the chance to put your club in the winning spot! I can’t wait to see you on stage at Spring Conference and celebrate your success!

Membership Contest

The Talk-Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from February 1 to March 31, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to host Open Houses, give out Guest Packages, run Membership Building Contests and earn prizes from both Toastmasters International and District 86 for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members. Prizes include a ribbon for your banner, 10% discount at the TI Shop and as a bonus, District 86 is offering a special prize of a $25 USD Gift Certificate to any club that adds 5 new members!

Officer Training and Incentives

If you and your fellow club officers haven’t had a chance to attend Club Officer Training, additional opportunities are available for Round 2 training until Feb 28, 2017. Pay renewals for all members to WHQ on or before March 15, 2017. Be one of the first clubs to do this or pay your full membership renewal for 20 or more members by March 15, 2017 and earn a chance to receive up to $100 USD in Gift Certificates! 

Please also encourage club members to sponsor five, 10 or 15 new members as part of Sponsor Awards where they receive a special pin from TI.

Hosting 2 Open Houses this term, adding 5 members and completing the year at charter strength of 20 or more members will also make the club eligible for $50 USD in Gift Certificates.

As your club adds new, dual or reinstated members, please make sure you help them complete and sign the latest approved Membership Application Form.

For more information about our District’s Club and Membership Incentives, click here. For a list of the Smedley Award and Membership Retention Awards winners, click here.

Thank you for all your efforts to ensure that all your members get the most out of their Toastmasters experience. I hope to see you at the Spring Conference in April in Kitchener where we can celebrate your success and hand out some of these prizes!   

Message From Club Growth Director December 2016

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing each of you the very best for the holiday season. Take time to celebrate your success in your Toastmasters journey this past year.

Congratulations go out to the Smedley Award winners for adding 5 or more members during August and September, and also to the clubs who renewed 100% of their members as well as those who renewed 80% or better. Your prizes will be given out during the upcoming TLI and COT sessions, and were also published in my handout at the recent Fall Conference in Niagara Falls. 

What a great conference!  I hope you enjoyed my presentation of my Club Growth Garden with the new club growth of 7 new clubs and healthy membership payments. We are looking forward to strengthening the existing clubs through our club coach program (if you’d like to be a coach please contact me as soon as possible) as well as open houses. We are offering training calls by Lance Miller on Monday nights as well as a series of other speakers.  We are committed to helping you arrange Membership Drives and Open Houses for your clubs in December and January.  Remember the New Year Resolution to join Toastmasters drives a lot of people to visit a club in January! 

Club Officers, please pay attention to the following matters:

  1. Now is the perfect time to plan for Club Special Events (Seasonal Parties, Club Contests & Open Houses). Remember to formally invite absent and past members and encourage active members to invite guests.  The variety in club meeting format will add fun, energize your membership, entice guests to join and remind past members what they are missing. Order prizes and tokens to appreciate your members and guests at www.toastmasters.org/shop.
  2. From Dec 19 to Jan 2, the TI Shop and Club Central will be closed for maintenance.  Charter kit shipments will be suspended and club officers will not be able to submit membership orders, new member fees, renewals or education awards online. Submit these prior to Dec 19th.
  3. Club Secretaries should "Update my club officer information" at www.toastmasters.org/clubcentral for changes to club officers roles due to six month elections or for club officers not in good standing due to unpaid renewal dues.

Smedley Award Winners As of September 30, 2016

Club Division/Area Club Name New Member Total Award

00002347 B 31 Brampton Club 5
00003869 N 03 Greater Sudbury Speakers 5
00004826 W 62 Energetics Toastmasters Club 5
00006307 L 51 McMaster Club 5
00897691 C 46 Speak, Spark, and Spirit Club 5
03071339 C 44 Maple Leaf Toastmasters 5
03830242 N 01 Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club 5

CONGRATULATIONS - 80% OR BETTER MEMBER RETENTION (Prize: CC CL Manuals)

Division Area Club Name Retention
A 25 URS Toastmasters In Ontario 85%
B 31 City of Brampton Toastmasters 96%
B 35 Horizon Toastmasters 81%
C 41 Baylis Medical Toastmasters 100%
C 42 Le Club Francais de Mississauga 90%
C 42 TWTSO Leaders of Today Toastmasters Club 97%
C 42 Unscripted Expressions Club 84%
C 44 Roche MVPs Club - Corporate 80%
D 81 Hatch Mississauga 83%
D 83 Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters 100%
D 84 City Centre Club 90%
D 84 COMET Toastmasters Club 86%
D 85 Lakeview Toastmasters Club 80%
L 53 Union Gas Stoney Creek Ramblers 100%
M 13 The Court Of Blarney 96%
M 14 The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT) 100%
S 73 One London Place Toastmasters 100%
S 73 Toast of Queens 84%
W 61 Talk Of The Town Club 80%
W 62 Manumax Toastmasters Club 100%
W 63 Intel Security Toastmasters 100%

 

Until we see each other at TLI or COT, have a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends. Thank you for all you did in 2016 and looking forward to more success and growth in 2017!!!

 

District 86 DTM Recognition at Fall Conference 2016

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Congratulations to District 86 members who acheived Distinguished Toastmaster from Spring Conference 2016 to Fall Conference 2016. Medals were presented at the DTM Recognition Dinner and High Five Line at the Fall Conference on Friday November 25, 2016. 

Myrna Barthe

Caroline Beren

John Constant

Glynis D'souza

Reema Duggal

Rowan Faludi

Kerstine Franklin

Rick Guzik

Doreen Hillier

Veronica Hislop

Tinku  Iyer

Milton Jiang

Gina Kennedy

Ross Mackay

Saima Malik

Alexandre Matte

Deborah McGrath

Shawn Salokannel

Leizyl Sobrinho

Veronica Taylor

Dragana Vulpic-Bork

Leona Wilson

Claire Zheng

  

Check Out DTM Recognition Dinner Photos On Flickr

District 86 Council Business Meeting - November 26, 2016

Come to the best part of the Fall 2016 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Where: Marriott on the Falls, Oakes South room

Address: 6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7

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You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to Niagara Falls! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the final selection of the District 86 Mascot. Discover how your club can benefit from participating in our new District 86 game. We will be creating new memories for District 86. Come and join us, for this once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. November 26, 2016.pdf

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, District 86 Immediate Past District Director, Janice McDonald, DTM at IPdistrictdirector@toastmasters86.org  
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 14, 2015, Blue Mountains); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, November 25: 2:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 26: 7:00 AM - 7:50 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:20 PM on Saturday. If you arrive at 3:45 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:45 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. Coffee will be available as a courtesy.

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is November 18, 2016. You can register here.

One event in particular you can't afford to miss is our District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to Niagara Falls! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the final selection of the District 86 Mascot. Discover how your club can benefit from participating in our new District 86 game. We will be creating new memories for District 86. Come and join us, for this once in a lifetime opportunity! We look forward to seeing you there!

 pdfDistrict Council Meeting Nov 26 2016 Agenda.pdf

 pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes April 23, 2016.pdf

 

Announcing District 86’s 2015-16 “Of The Year” Awards

Congratulations to the 2015-16 “Of the Year” Award Recipients and their clubs who have supported them in their Toastmasters endeavors!

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!

Please join me in congratulating and honouring these individuals by applauding their efforts at the Director’s Banquet on Saturday, November 26th at the District 86 Fall Conference, in Niagara Falls, at the Marriott on the Falls. 

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Club Coach Of The Year : Caroline Beren, DTM for Linguists Of Listowel Club, Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club
Publicist Of The Year: Yoshith Perera, ACB, ALB - Brampton Club
President Of The Year: Roger Caesar, ACS, ALB - Brampton Club
Area Director Of The Year: Claire Zheng ACS, ALS - Momentum Toastmasters and Power Speaking Toastmasters Club
Division Director Of The Year: Jacklyn Payne, DTM Division A Director - Brampton Club
Club Of The Year: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club, Division C, Area 45 - President Leona Wilson, DTM
Membership: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
Education: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
Toastmaster Of The Year: Mohammed Zackria, ACG, ALB - D + H Toastmasters Club and Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters

See more about awards and past winners here

Thank you to the “Of the Year Award” Committee listed below by their 2015-16 role titles.

Paul Lynott DTM, Club Coach Coordinator
Lorna Miller ACS ALB, Administration Manager
Cathy Herschell DTM, Public Relations Manager
Vitaliy Fursov DTM, Club Growth Director
Mike Proudlock DTM, Program Quality Director
Janice McDonald DTM, District Director

See you at the conference! Register here: http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences/fall2016

Advanced Toastmasters Club Launches In Mississuaga

After 3 launch meetings spanning 4 months of hard labour and a final push by Toastmasters 86 District Director Vitaliy Fursov, an advanced club in Mississauga was born on 30th September 2016 in District 86. Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters Club submitted charter with 23 member and will have their first meeting on October 18, 2016.

This advanced Toastmasters club requires that members have completed their Competent Communicator award and hold a dual membership in their home club. Unlike a regular, which usually meets weekly, this advanced club meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month in the Streetsville area at 1965 Britannia Rd W #201 Mississauga, ON L5M 4Y4

This club will enhance and sharpen the skills of experienced Toastmasters by providing round robin evaluations, videotaped speeches and informative workshops.  Come visit as a guest or join if you'd like to sharpen your skills!

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

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