Spring 2016 District 86 Evaluation & International Speech Contests

SpeechContestWinners 2016

The District Contests were held at the Spring Conference April 22-24, 2016.

Evaluation Contest - Saturday April 23

 Sp 2016 Evaluation Contest collage

1st  -  Brian Brennan
2nd -  Andrew Mertens
3rd -  Glen Oxford

Contest chair - Harry Ansara,  Chief Judge - Karim Premji,  District Director - Janice McDonald

Special thank you to test speaker - Rhonda Mauer

International Speech Contest - Sunday April 24

Spring 2016 International Collage


1st -  Roger Caesar
2nd - Chris OBrien
3rd -  Steve Elliot

Contest chair - Jacques Brunet,  Chief Judge - Karim Premji,  Spring Conference Chair - Cynthia Ayres


Member Making a Difference Award M.M.A.D.

Amparo Cifuentes DTM

Amparo MMAD

Amparo Cifuentes is a proud Canadian of Colombian origin, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and of course, English. She has a degree in Advertising and more than 20 years of experience in her career as Executive Assistant.

She joined Toastmasters in 2010 and during that time she has taken several club officer positions including president. As a member of her first club, Chosen Voices Toastmasters, she helped organize and then mentor Point of Tale Toastmasters, where she is currently sergeant at arms. She sponsored and helped charter Chez Nous Toastmasters, a specialty club for French speakers. She is Webmaster of those three clubs. Amparo obtained her DTM designation in April 2015.

Amparo became Area Governor for the 2013-2014 year and since that time she has had the opportunity to deliver presentations to several groups outside of her club, including several workshops throughout the District including her Loblaw office, the Leadership Council of "My Life Centre" for young women plus the 'Hit Squad' networking group 2015.

Since November 2014 she has been Chief Spanish Translation Reviewer for Toastmasters International, leading an international team to help ensure educational materials are correctly translated into Spanish.

Amparo is also Counselor for the Junior Masters Gavel club since September 2014. The club is open to youth between 10 to 17 years of age, where she works with a team of members from her adult clubs to help the kids develop their communication and leadership skills following the Toastmasters Educational program.


30 Members By June 30th 2016

3030 JUN 2016
If you are a member of a club with less than 12 members, you probably believe that increasing membership in your club is challenging, if not impossible.
On the other hand, if you are a member of a club with 25 or more members, you will likely agree that acquiring new members is a simple and fun process! It seems that these clubs spend little effort promoting their meetings, yet the guests keep showing up!

What is the secret? 

Obviously, there is a secret. Perhaps you have already figured out that it has nothing to do with luck and very little to do with numbers. It’s all about the guests.
Consider these tips to help your club increase membership:

  1. Before launching any new member campaign, improve the quality of your meetings. Getting guests is easy! Impressing them enough so that they join the club or even want to come back for a second visit – that is the challenge!
  2. Separate duties between the VP Membership and VP Public Relations. Consider the idea, the VP Public Relations “gets the guests in the door” and the VP Membership converts them from being guests to members.
  3. Have a member create and maintain a small and simple web site for your club. It has been estimated that up to 80% of all club visitors find a club to visit through the Internet. There are many free web-hosting sites available! Learn more here>>>
  4. Be sure to notify Toastmasters International and District 86 of your new website address, so it can be added to their sites.
  5. Put your club’s web site address on all promotional materials.
  6. Provide a member’s name (typically the VP Public Relations), e-mail and phone number on your web site and encourage visitors to contact them with any questions.
  7. Ask your sergeant at arms to arrive 30 minutes before each meeting. Guests typically show up 15 to 20 minutes early. If no one is there, they might think the meeting was canceled.
  8. Ask your sergeant at arms (and other members!) to always be on the lookout for visitors. Learn how to greet guests warmly and show your fellow club members how to do the same. Assign members to the role of greeter for every meeting.
  9. Ask the greeters to “partner up” each guest with a member who will introduce them to the meeting at the beginning of it and will be able to answer any questions throughout the meeting.
  10. Educate the club members on how important it is that everyone shake hands with the guest before the meeting. This makes people feel welcome and comfortable.
  11. Always offer participation in Table Topics as an “option” to guests. Don’t ask a guest to participate in Table Topics until all the eligible members have participated.
  12. Ask guests to provide a short comment toward the end of the meeting. Consider asking them the following question: “Now, after having experienced our Toastmasters meeting, do you think participating in Toastmasters could help you to achieve your goals?”
  13. If your club has 12 or fewer members, request a club coach!

What many people do not realize is that even the large clubs can run into trouble with membership. Usually, a dip in membership is the result of a slight decline in meeting quality. Make sure you have a good product before trying to get others to buy into it and your club will be at membership capacity in no time!

Looking for more resources? Visit the District 86 How To page for answers and ideas.
Clubs achieving the milestone of having 30 members by June 30th 2016 will receive prizes from the District. Are you in for this challenge? 

Qualified Clubs
Division  Area Club # Club Name Membership on June 30
B 31 2347 Brampton Club 60
C 45 5456 Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club 56
C 45 585043 Meadowvale Toastmasters Club 54
A 23 4782 Markham Toastmasters Club 49
B 33 4778 Milton Club 48
A 21 1015141 Woodbridge Toastmasters 47
A 26 1963 Richmond Hill Toastmasters 43
B 31 5961 Hershaw Toastmasters Club 43
B 36 2245 First Oakville Toastmasters Club 43
A 21 8517 Thornhill Club 40
B 34 1460785 Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters 40
D 87 1474 Port Credit Club 38
D 81 4353901 Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters 37
A 24 1697108 Hilltop Toastmasters 36
A 26 1448795 Advanced Speakers on the Hill 36
B 35 4080 Trafalgar Club 36
B 35 8644 Glen Abbey Toastmasters 36
D 83 1337454 Creekbank Toastmasters Club 36
C 44 5139 Risky Business Club 35
A 24 698843 Golden Gavel Toastmasters 34
B 31 583417 Region of Peel Toastmasters 34
S 72 916925 London City Hall 34
S 73 2729 Forest City Toastmasters 34
C 43 2289206 7120 Speakers Corner 33
M 13 1609 Towns Of York Toastmasters Club 33
B 33 5260 Halton Hills Toastmasters 32
B 35 2380608 Horizon Toastmasters 32
D 83 5278183 Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters 32
D 84 3419 Trillium Toastmasters Club 32
D 85 4486929 Axis Communications Toastmasters 32
L 56 3301 Skyway Toastmasters Club 32
N 3 2152194 Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club 32
S 73 964201 Toast of Queens 32
A 23 640216 Unionville Toastmasters Club 31
A 24 1115199 Fluid Communicators & Leaders 31
D 83 8277 Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club 31
L 56 3074 First Burlington Toastmasters Club 31
M 13 684023 Stouffville Toastmasters Club 31
N 3 3869 Greater Sudbury Speakers 31
B 34 8267 Rogers Park Toastmasters 30
C 42 2825443 D + H Toastmasters Club 30
W 61 6234 Talk Of The Town Club 30

Remembering Blake Kurisko

Blake Kurisko – An Appreciation

area66directorIt is great to see such a good turnout this evening – but there is one person missing who, had things been different, I know would have been here. I’m referring, of course, to BLAKE KURISKO who, as many of you now know, passed away last Saturday as a result of injuries received in a fall. Therefore I would like to take a few minutes to remember and pay tribute to our Toastmasters colleague, Blake.

I first met Blake when he became a member of Town & Gown Toastmasters and from the beginning he took an active role in our club. He was always willing to learn; quickly became a Mentor to new members and then provided guidance and leadership when needed. He was an excellent and thorough Speech Evaluator and many times represented our group in the annual contests at the Area, Division and District levels. His speeches ranged from serious to very funny. On one occasion, at our early Wednesday morning meeting, Blake treated us to a demonstration of Zumba Dancing. At another he was talking about “exercising and keeping fit”. Instead of having power-point to support his remarks, he simply held up a photograph of himself as a young man – standing next to some guy called Arnold Schwarzenegger! Good examples of how to get and keep the attention of your audience!

He was very passionate about Toastmasters and this was obvious since he was also a member of a second club – Guelph Public Speakers. At the time of his death he was the Area 66 Director and I understand in June, upon finishing his term of office, he would have completed all the requirements for his Distinguished Toastmaster designation. Hopefully that is still possible, albeit, posthumously.
Despite dealing with health challenges Blake always had a positive outlook. Last autumn when he asked me to help organize the Area 66 contests I got to realize just how focused and meticulous he was in his role as Area Director. After the contests I spent an hour the next day deleting his numerous emails!!! He really was a pleasure to know and work with.

Blake was not only a contestant in Toastmaster contests but consistently volunteered for other roles too. Just a few weeks ago he was the Chief Judge at the Area 66 event. He hadn’t been able to attend our Town & Gown meetings for the past couple of months, but when I met him at the Area 66 contests he told me he was planning to return to our club on the 30th March. Sadly, that would not happen.
Blake contributed greatly, not only to both his clubs, but the Toastmaster “family” in this Division. He will be remembered and very much missed.

Thank you, Blake.

Spring Conference 2016 Communication & Leadership Award Recipient

Jonathan Hood

Congratulations to Jonathan Hood, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient

The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values. The recipient for the 2016 Spring Conference is Jonathan Hood, former CFL athlete, motivational speaker, youth mentor, and corporate goal coach.

Jonathan began his professional football career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2009. Later, he went on to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010, and finally the Toronto Argonauts in 2013. He retired in May of 2015 and has since been focused on shifting his on-field experiences to developing and inspiring people off the field.  

Read more about Jonathan and Spring Conference 2016 

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.

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

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