Distinguished Clubs in District 86 2014-15

Congratulations and thank you to the following clubs who are President’s Distinguished, Select Distinguished and Distinguished in District 86!

President’s Distinguished Clubs

Thornhill Club
Woodbridge Club
Advanced Speakers on the Hill
Markham SweetTalkers Club
Markham Toastmasters Club
Unionville Toastmasters Club
Golden Gavel Club
Fluid Communicators & Leaders
Hilltop Toastmasters
Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
Your Community Realty Toastmasters Club
Destiny Toastmasters Club
Momentum Toastmasters
Richmond Hill Toastmasters
Inclusive Toastmasters
Brampton Club
Hershaw Toastmasters Club
Chosen Voices Toastmasters
Point of Tale Toastmasters
Milton Club
Rogers Park Toastmasters
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Trafalgar Club
Glen Abbey Toastmasters
Horizon Toastmasters
First Oakville Toastmasters Club
Mansion Toastmasters Club
7120 Speakers Corner
Risky Business Club
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
Soar To Excellence Toastmasters Club
Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters
Port Credit Club
Speaking For Success Toastmasters Club
Creekbank Toastmasters Club
Trillium Toastmasters Club
Sheridan Bruins
Lakeview Toastmasters Club
Comfortably Speaking
Lambs To Lions
Brant Toastmasters
Honeymoon City Club
Skyway Toastmasters Club
Garden City Toastmasters of St. Catharines
Barrie Toastmasters Club
Sunshine Speakers Club
Barrie’s Small Business Club
Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club
Stouffville Toastmasters Club
The Court Of Blarney
Sudbury Toastmasters Club
Greater Sudbury Speakers
Strathroy Toastmasters Club
Thames Valley Club
London City Hall
London Talbot Club
Lambton Toastmasters Club
Riverspeak Toastmasters
Black Walnut Toastmasters Club
Energetics Toastmasters Club
Talk Of The Town Club
Grand River Toastmasters Club
Cambridge Toastmasters Club
Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club
Bluewater Toastmasters
Town and Gown Toastmasters
The Co-operators

Select Distinguished Clubs

IBM Toronto Lab Club
Nielsen Insightful Club
Region of Peel Toastmasters
Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters Club
Halton Hills Toastmasters
Speak To Inspire Toastmasters
IPC Toastmasters Club
Candu Toastmasters
Sheridan Park Toastmasters Club
Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club
City Centre Club
Trillium Health Partners -1)MIssissauga Hospital 2)Credit Valley
Stoney Creek Club
Niagara College Toastmasters
First Waterdown Club
St. Catharines Toastmasters Club
Huntsville Speakers Spotlight
Collingwood Toastmasters Club
Towns Of York Toastmasters Club
Simcoe Shores club
Troy Toastmasters Club
Porcupine Toastmasters Club
Cementation Toastmasters
Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club
London Western Club
London Speakeasy Toastmasters Club
Forest City Toastmasters
London TaxMasters Club
Hospitable Club
Podium Pros Club
Talbot Trail Toastmasters
CCRAzy Talkers Club
Lincoln Road Toastmasters

Distinguished Clubs

Markham’s Talk of the City Club
GE Markham Toastmasters
URS Toastmasters in Ontario
Chez Nous Toastmasters Club
Walmart Canada Toastmasters Club
Callisto Toastmasters
PepsiCo Canada Toastmasters
D + H Toastmasters Club
Tangri Toastmasters
Roche MVPs Club – Corporate
Hatch Mississauga
AMEC Foster Wheeler Oakville Toastmasters Club
Valley Town Toastmasters Club
Brock’s Talkers
First Burlington Toastmasters Club
MTO St. Catharines Toastmasters Club
Brock Toastmasters
Georgian Bay Toastmasters
Speak for Success York-Simcoe
Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club
Toast of Queens
Sarnia Club
City of Guelph
Guelph Public Speakers

Interview on RogersTV for Dufferin/Peel

Our Incoming DD Janice McDonald Talks about Toastmasters

Janice McDonald our incoming District Director for D86 will be appearing as a guest on RogersTV Dufferin/Peel talking about Toastmasters. ‪#‎rtvwomenatwork‬. (cable channel 10)
Watch as long-time Toastmaster and friend to D86, Dawn Frail, interviews Janice on the show. 

Visit Women at Work for more information on Dawn and her show!

Wednesday, June 24th @ 5:00pm & 11:00pm
Thursday, June 25th @ 11:00am
Sunday, June 28th @ 5:30pm

Give The Gift of Toastmasters This June


Has Toastmasters Made A Difference In Your Life?

Have the outstanding communication and leadership programs that Toastmaster’s offers helped you grow at work and in your community? Why not give the gift of Toastmasters to:

  • Your favourite high school or university grad – and help them gain confidence in their job interviews?
  • Your favourite relative – and help them hone their meetings facilitation skills in their community?
  • Your favourite friend – someone who would be fun to attend Toastmaster’s meetings with?
  • Your favourite retiree – someone who has extra time to help your club?
  • Your favourite alumni member – someone who made your club extraordinary in the past?

Make a difference in someone’s life today – and give the gift of toastmasters this June.

Here’s How

  • Work with your Club VP Membership and file the paperwork by June 27/15
  • Use the graphic below in an email to your gift recipient
  • Smile, and feel happy about what you are doing.

What This Means For The District

In giving the gift of Toastmasters, you will help District 86 achieve Distinguished District status and achieve Leadership Excellence. That is something to be very proud of – and something that will keep the momentum of success going into next year.




Submit Your Newly Elected Club Officer Lists Today

Finish the year strong! Let the new team get involved with the current team to the end of the year.

Elections are normally held the first week of May. Haven’t had your elections yet? There's still time! Once elected these officers need to be submitted to TI on Club Central by June 30th, register and attend club officer training, and plan for the new year. 

More on elections can be found here and also in the Club Leadership Handbook

More on the Distinguished Club Program can be found here.  Strategies on how to achieve your goals can be found here

Is Your Club At Charter Strength?

Toastmasters is about members working together to bring out the best in each other, their communities, and their corporations. This can only happen when clubs are healthy with a robust and growing membership.

Charter Strength = 20+ Members

Charter strength (20 + members) is of critical importance!. 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 need to get to charter strength?

  • That’s the minimum number to ensure members don’t get “burned out” and that all members get the variety of feedback and experience they need to reach their Toastmasters goals.
  • It may also be that your club has more than 20 members, but only a few of those members actually attend meetings on a regular basis.

Charter strength is so important that this year, District 86 is providing two programs to encourage clubs to get to recruit new members:

RaptorsNothin But Net

Clubs that achieve a NET increase of five (5) members from their 2014-2015 base membership as of June 30, 2015 will receive newsletter and web recognition; they’ll also be entered into a draw for tickets to a Toronto Raptors game! And if the club increases their net membership by ten (10) members – the club will be entered into the draw TWICE!

BeatTheClockBeat The Clock

And of course, we have the Toastmasters International Beat The Clock Campaign.  Every club adding five (5) new, dual, or reinstated members by June 30, 2015 will receive a ribbon and 10% TI store discount!

So remember to always bring in new guests, keep your current members engaged, and reach out to members – and former members - whose interest may be lagging. And check out the D86 Marketing Page for tools and information!

Beat The Clock - Membership Contest!


Toastmasters are taught to run meetings on time, finish speeches on time and reach membership goals on time. In that spirit, "Beat the Clock" is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—and with a bang!

Program Dates: May 1 to June 30

The goal for your club is to earn the "Beat the Clock" award! Make this a contest in your club to encourage every member to get involved. Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members during May and June receive a "Beat the Clock" ribbon to display on the 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 May 1 and June 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than June 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for May or June. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward "Beat The Clock 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 benefiting from Toastmasters!
  • Ribbon for your club banner!

Step Up, Speak Out, Have Fun!

Congratulations to Our District86 Contest Winners!

District86 Conference Contest Highlights

Thank you to all clubs, areas and divisions who held their contests leading up to the District 86 International Speech and Evaluation Contests.

Congratulations to all those who participated at every level and especially to the following members who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the District contests held this past weekend in Richmond Hill, at the Spring Conference, A Surprising Adventure!

contest-winnersDistrict 86 International Speech Contest
1st place Roger Caesar
2nd place Mario Keriakedes
3rd place Renaud Durand

District 86 Evaluation Contest
Thank you to our test speaker - Mark Hudon
1st place Neil Dunsmore
2nd place Brian Brennan
3rd place Sandra Gass

Thank you for your dedication to Toastmasters and your desire to improve your skills by entering the contests.
You inspired us and we congratulate and celebrate this major accomplishment with you. Well done!

We wish Roger Caesar the very best as he advances to the International stage at the International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada!
We invite the members of District 86 to attend the International Convention and support Roger in his quest to be the 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking!
Please let Janice know if you will be attending.

Cheering Roger on!

Janice McDonald, DTM
District 86 Director Elect 2015-16

Heather Skoll ACS, ALB Workshop Presenter at the D86 Conference

“Make Speaking a More Peaceful Experience”


Wake up with Heather on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at a 9am workshop at the District 86 Spring Conference. 
Learn 3 memorable YOGA tips that can help with speaking and with life!

Heather’s journey as a Toastmaster has been transformational. She has grown from yoga teacher and body-mind therapist to workshop leader, speaker and social activist working in partnership with businesses and agencies in York Region, Ontario. Heather is the creative director of LifeNotes Wisdom Inc supporting youth and young adults to Find, Face and Follow their PATH which has developed and grown as a result of her confidence as a Toastmaster.

Heather has inspired youth as founder of We Can Change the World Day. Events and fundraisers have promoted volunteerism, leadership and activism in support of the village of Oloirien, Kenya adopted through Free the Children. Heather received the MMAD Award at the 2014 Spring Conference for her involvements through We Can Change the World Day.

Heather says “When you bring what you have learned to new experiences, a new synergy can be created”. Heather integrates 15 years of teaching yoga along with her 6 years as a Toastmaster. Who ever thought that you can speak and practice yoga all at once! Let Heather show you how so you, too, can make speaking a peaceful experience.

“I have the privilege of knowing Heather as a friend, yoga teacher and fellow Toastmaster who inspires me by her generosity and inner strength. Heather is not only a warm and engaging teacher, leader and presenter; she also has a gift for helping people discover their talents, find their inner peace and strength and inspires them to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Louisa Steele, DTM I have the privilege of knowing Heather as a friend, yoga teacher and fellow Toastmaster who inspires me by her generosity and inner strength. Heather is not only a warm and engaging teacher, leader and presenter; she also has a gift for helping people discover their talents, find their inner peace and strength and inspires them to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.” 
Louisa Steele, DTM

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Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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