District 86 News - July 2015

July 11th District 86 DEC Meeting Participants


Some of the topics discussed at the meeting were the District Success Plan by our District Director Janice McDonald. DTM, website traing by webmasters: Chris OBrien, CC / Dennis Bartel, ACS ALB, and conducting quality speech contests by Mike Proudlock, DTM Program Quality Director. Also a great presentation by our D86 International speech contest winner, Roger Caesar as he prepares for his big debuit at the International Convention in Las Vegas's Caesars Palace.  
Glynis Pereira D'souza wrote ... The DEC meeting was very well organized, informative and helpful. Breakfast, lunch, venue, meeting room and all other logistics were way above expectations. Well done Janice McDonald and team!

August 2015 Annual Business Meeting - Assign your Club's Proxy by August 12th.

Las Vegas August 12-15, 2015
The 2015 Toastmasters International Convention will be held in one of the most exciting cities in the world—Las Vegas, Nevada!
District Director (DD) – Janice McDonald, Program Quality Director (PQD) – Mike Proudlock, and Club Growth Director (CGD) – Vitaliy Fursov will be celebrating 90 years of Toastmasters history!

They will be attending excellent training, learning new ideas and best practices from International colleagues to enable District 86 to grow and be even more successful.

An important item to bring to your attention:

The Annual Business Meeting! Assign your club proxy before August 12th to either

    • An attending club member
    • 2015-16 District Director
    • Another attending, active Toastmaster

If a member of the club is attending the Annual Business Meeting, the member may be the delegate.
For further instructions on how to do that click here FAQ Proxy 
If no one from the club is attending the Annual Business Meeting, the club customarily designates the 2015-2016 District Director as the club's proxy holder. The district director will ensure the club's vote is cast at the meeting.
If no one from the club is attending the Annual Business Meeting, the club may choose as its proxy holder an active Toastmaster from another club who is planning to attend.

To assign your two club votes, go to Club Central, login, choose the club(s) you are assigning the proxy for and click on Assign/Delegate International Election Club Proxy.

Please assign your proxy as soon as possible.

On August 15th, delegates will be casting their votes to
Elect the International officers and directors to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors
Amend the Bylaws of Toastmasters International – Cast your Vote for Proposal A

Refer to June 2015 Toastmaster magazine pp. 28-29 for further information.
Questions? Contact Janice McDonald, District Director, 2015-16 districtdirector@toastmasters86.org

How to Assign Your Club's Proxy

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Distinguished Young Clubs in District 86 2014-15


When a new club becomes chartered it can take a little bit of time before they become fully aware and are intentionally following the Distinguished Club Program.

The following clubs are being especially congratulated and recognized for their outstanding effort in the Distinguished Club Program:

Mississauga Sales & Marketing - President’s Distinguished and chartered only 4 ½ months ago on February 12, 2015!

Huntsville Spotlight Speakers – Select Distinguished and chartered only 4 ½ months ago on February 16, 2015!

Congratulations as well to the following young clubs who also achieved in the Distinguished Club Program.

Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
Walmart Canada Toastmasters Club
Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters Club
Callisto Toastmasters
Georgian Bay Toastmasters
City of Guelph
Chez Nous Toastmasters Club

Well done!


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!

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

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