District 86 Treasurers - Club Membership Dues Are Due!

Treasurers - You are performing a vital supporting role in helping your club achieve its club mission, DCP goals, and success plans.  For those clubs submitting membership dues semi-annually - it is time start planning to submit dues to Toastmasters International.
  • Community Clubs – please start collecting dues in February from individual members.
  • Corporate Clubs – please also begin processing membership payments now. We know it can sometimes take several weeks in large corporations to get approval / process payments.
The final due date for payments is March 31, 2017.
  • However - to save yourself time and anguish (and be a District 86 Hero), it is much better to pay the dues in early March before the Toastmasters International’s systems get incredibly busy
  • To pay dues, log into Club Central and follow the instructions
  • Please remind your club members in writing and at your next club meeting that dues are due now to you - so you can pay them by March to Toastmasters International
  • All clubs MUST submit a minimum of eight (8) memberships to remain in good standing
  • All clubs MUST have three (3) of the eight (8) members be renewing members

What does the status mean?

  • Verified complete – mm/dd/yyyy: Minimum payments have been made.  Your club is in good standing.  The payments must be post-marked by the deadline for your club to score the DCP goal #10.
  • Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met: Less than 8 payments have been made.  Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
  • Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met: Less than 3 renewals have been made.  Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
  • Renewals not here – No payments have been made.   Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
Thank you for your support and contribution to the success of your club and District 86.
District 86 Finance Manager - financemanager@toastmasters86.org

All That and More!

Reflections of the District 86 TLI in Mississauga - Jan 30th, 2016 

What a full program! A variety of training workshops & networking for the small cost of registration. I liked having the two Club Officer training sessions – morning & afternoon. It accommodated those Club Officers who couldn't attend for the full day and still be able to attend another “of interest” workshop – Revitalized Education Program, Youth Leadership, Club Coach, etc. Also, in the afternoon, you have the opportunity to “check out” another Club Officer position that might interest you. The only challenge that I had, was the lunch…speaking from experience – whenever I have pasta for lunch, at 2pm, the “brain fog” sets in and I want to have a snooze. I find it difficult to give my undivided attention to the presenter when my eyes want to close for a brief nap. Perhaps a soup/chili with salad and fruit & cheese trays make for a light & nourishing lunch. For the most part, I believe it was a day well spent! Glad to see a full house.

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 1

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 1

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

elections aheadEach year the district leadership committee (DLC) chair is appointed by the district director to ensure successful district elections and long-term district success. The DLC chair appoints the committee as directed by Toastmasters International and approved by the district director.

The District Leadership Committee:

- Has equal representation from each division within the district and committee members have not served on the committee the previous year.

- Seeks out prospective candidates for elected positions for division directors, club growth director, program quality director and district director.
- Evaluates and interviews candidates.

- Nominates one or two candidates each for the offices of district director and program quality director and one or more candidates for the office of club growth director and all division directors.

- As directed by Toastmasters International, once a member has served on the DLC, that member is not able to be approved, elected or appointed for any of the elected positions before or after the Annual Business meeting, even if the district leader position is vacant.

- Provides a complete report of the nominated candidates at the February 27th District Executive Council Meeting.

- The committee chair notifies candidates who were not nominated and advises them of their eligibility to seek office as floor candidates.

- Additional qualified candidates may be nominated from the floor at the district’s annual meeting. The appropriate paperwork must be filed with the district leadership committee chair.

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 2

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 2

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

elections ahead skyLet the Campaign Communication begin…

- A campaign mailing is any message, unsolicited by the recipient, which promotes or publicizes a candidate.

- Communications by the district in connection with a candidate’s presentation at a district conference and internal communication among campaign team members are not considered campaign mailings. Unsolicited subscriptions to information by or about a candidate are not permitted.

- District candidates shall only send two mailings, which are only sent to club presidents, club vice presidents education, and members of the district executive committee:

- The first mailing is sent between January 1 and March 31. All candidates can request a Mailing List from the administration manager at: adminstrationmanager@toastmasters86.org

- The second mailing is sent between the announcement of the district leadership committee results and the district’s annual meeting.

- A candidate may have a website to promote his or her candidacy.

- Candidates’ websites may be linked or referenced only on the candidate’s home club site and in campaign mailings.

- A blog may be included on a candidate’s website. Automatic notices are allowed.

- A district candidate may create campaign profiles on social media for the purpose of promoting his or her campaign.

- Campaign profiles are separate from any existing social media profiles the candidate has.

- Candidates may link from existing social media profiles to their campaign profiles and campaign site.

- Candidates may distribute campaign materials at the district conference and display campaign materials only in the Candidates’ Corner at the district conference.

- At district non-election meetings, such as area and division speech contests, candidates may distribute campaign materials, display campaign materials in a Candidates’ Corner where each candidate has equal access, and be introduced as long as all candidates present are introduced.

- Candidates may not present at any district non-election meeting.

- District executive committee members shall not take any action to endorse or officially support any district officer candidate.

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 3

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 3

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

ballotElection Day:

- The district director explains the election rules and procedures to the delegates.

- A candidate speaks on his or her own behalf. If a candidate is not present, an authorized representative may speak for the candidate. A representative speaker may not be a member of the district executive committee, a member of the nominating committee, the credentials chair, or any other meeting official.

- The DLC chair shall present its report. The chair announces the names of the committee members and reads the name and club number of each nominated candidate, in alphabetical order, for each of the offices of district director; program quality director; club growth director and division directors.

- For each office, the district director inquires whether there are additional nominations from the floor.

- Floor candidates or, in their absence, their designees state their eligibility qualifications.

- Floor candidates must be nominated by a member of the district council or their proxyholder.

- Floor candidates must sign the Officer Agreement and Release Form, which will be sent to World Headquarters by the district director.

- When nominations are complete, the district director declares the nominations for that office closed.

- The balloting for each office takes place immediately following the close of nominations for the office and then the winner is announced.

- If there is only one candidate for the office, the district director may entertain a motion to dispense with the secret ballot for the uncontested office or instruct the secretary to cast a single ballot for the candidate.

- The candidates are expected to assign one member to observe the counting of the ballots.

- Each election is completed and the winner announced before moving to the subsequent office.

- Candidates nominated for one office and not elected to the office may be nominated from the floor for subsequent offices.

- Upon adjournment of the district’s annual meeting, all election results are final.

- Results of the election are displayed in the registration area as soon as possible following adjournment of the meeting.

Announcing Jocelyne Vezina, DTM - New REP Chief Ambassador

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Revitalized Education Program Chief Ambassador – Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

We heartily thank Justin O'Donnell, DTM for his leadership thus far in engaging us in this new education program directive from Toastmasters International.

We are excited to announce Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, as officially appointed as the new District 86 Chief Ambassador. Jocelyne has demonstrated her leadership skills as the Co-chair of the Fall 2015 Conference. She and her team of Education ambassadors will be providing constant updates to the District as the Revitalized Education Program is unrolled over the next few years. We look forward to learning when it will reach District 86! We thank Jocelyne and her team for their passion and commitment to enabling us to implement this new education program!

Janice McDonald, DTM
District 86 Director

Revitalized Education Program

In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters is revitalizing our education program. This effort aligns with the directive for a renewed focus on leadership and communication in the Board of Directors' 2010 Strategic Plan.

Read more about the Revitalized Education Program at Toastmasters International>>>

District 86 Fall 2015 Humorous & Table Topics Contest

Congratulations to Gary Ford! In front of a packed ballroom, his humorous speech "It's not my fault, it's the testosterone!" was a winner! Many Toastmasters feel the Humorous Speech contest is the most difficult of the four speech contests held in District 86 (Humorous, Table Topics, International, and Speech Evaluation), so congratulations are in order for ALL Toastmasters who participated in the contest at any level!

Congratulations to Richard Lewis! His approach to the topic "Relax" was judged the best of a very talented and accomplished group of competitors. Table Topics is challenging at the best of times; the District 86 Table Topics Championship showed how the best speakers in District 86 can give polished speeches with no preparation. It was truly inspiring!

Mike Proudlock Program Quality Director


Humorous Contest Fall 2015

District 86 Humorous Speech Contest - At the Fall 2015 Conference at Blue Mountains Ontario. Saturday November 14 2015.

1st place - Gary Ford , 2nd place - Sherrie Sweeney , 3rd place - Mo Carter along with Janice McDonald District 86 Director, Mike Proudlock Program Quality Director and Roger Caesar Contest Chair.

table topics contest fall 2015

District 86 Table Topics Contest - Sunday November 15, 2015.

1st place - Richard Lewis, 2nd place - Lance Mercer, 3rd place - Joe Vanderkooi  Contest Chair Brian Brennan

2014-2015 Of The Year Awards

The District 86 Of The Year Awards for achievements for the year 2014-2015 were presented by Carolyn Hoxie, DTM Immediate Past District Governor at the Directors Banquet Saturday November 14 at the District 86 Fall Conference at Blue Mountains, Ontario.

Toastmaster Of The Year  Leizyl Sobrinho, ACB ALS 
Division Governor Of The Year Cathy Herschell, DTM
Publicist Of The Year Lorna Miller, ACB ALB
Spirit of 86 Awards Tuulla Redditt, DTM
  Robert Laurin, CC ALB
  Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, DTM
Area Governor Of The Year  Kristina Johnston, DTM
Club Coach Of The Year Shawn Salokannell, ACS ALS, 
President Of The Year Amanda Russon, CC ALB - Brampton Club
Club Of The Year Port Credit Toastmasters Club
Education Leadership Riverspeak Club
Membership Leadership Brampton Club

TM OTY 2014 2015

Leizyl Sobrinho D86 Toastmaster of the Year 2014-2015 with Gary Schmidt Past International President 2009-2010

Here is the excerpt from Leizyl's Toastmaster Of The Year Acceptance Speech

Part 1: Thank You's
Part 2: The Message

Do dreams come true?
Six years ago, I saw myself holding the beautiful trophy of District Toastmaster of the Year. Tonight, it's a great joy to have this in my hands. I am deeply honoured.
Six years ago, I had my first September issue of TM magazine and read about the President's article.
I was impressed and dreamt to meet the President and be mentored--- at that time it was impossible!
And tonight, he is here with us to celebrate with me, with you, with us....Past International President Gary Schmidt -my marvelous mentor! A true servant leader!
Making impossible dream to BECOME possible!

As Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it!"

Never stop dreaming! Big dreams, small dreams –make it into a reality! Navigate for excellence and reach for the stars!

Leizyl Sobrinho, ACB ALS

OTY Club PCTMClub Of The Year - Port Credit Toastmasters Club

OTY Brampton Club 2

President Of The Year - Amanda Russon, CC ALB - Brampton Club
Membership Leadership Award - Brampton ClubGovernors OTY 3

 Area Governor Of The Year - Kristina Johnston, DTM
 Division Governor Of The Year - Cathy Herschell, DTM


Club Coach Of The Year - Shawn Salokannel, ACS ALS
Publicist Of The Year - Lorna Miller, ACB ALB
Club Education Award - Riverspeak Club


District 86 Sprit Awards - Robert Laurin, CC ALB, Tuulla Redditt, DTM, Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, DTM

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

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