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!

For those clubs submitting membership dues semi-annually - it is time start planning to submit dues to Toastmasters International.
 
The final due date for payments is March 31, 2018.
 
For Club Treasurers, please note the following:
  • 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

 

All Toastmasters should endeavour to pay dues on time to remain in good standing.

  • To be in good standing is defined in Article III, Section 8 of the Bylaws of Toastmasters International.
  • A paid member is one whose dues have been received by World Headquarters for the current dues period. An unpaid member is one whose dues have not been received by World Headquarters for the current dues period. Unpaid members are not considered to be in good standing by Toastmasters International.
  • Each member shall pay membership dues in advance, due April 1 and October 1 of each year.
  • An individual must be a paid member to be nominated for or to serve in any office or leadership role in Toastmasters International.

New Information - please read!

There is a feature within Club Central for club officers to create dues invoices for their new members and semi-annual dues. This feature is designed to be a faster, more on-demand option for club officers to obtain an invoice to expedite the dues payment process to World Headquarters. Below, we have included the steps a club officer would follow to generate this invoice:

Club Officers can now create custom invoices using Club Central. Renewal dues for current members are automatically added to each club’s online invoice 45 days before the new renewal period begins. If the club has no new, dual, or reinstating members to pay with their renewal invoice, they can skip to Step 2. If the club has new, dual and/or reinstating members to pay with their renewal invoice, they will start with Step 1.

  • Using the Club Central tool: Add Membership, first associate any new, dual, or reinstating members
  • Access the Club Central tool: Submit Payment
  • Add each renewing member to the cart
  • Only when applicable: Before adding any new, dual, or reinstating members to the cart, select their membership begin and end dates
  • Once all the members who need to be presented on the invoice are added to the cart, click “Continue to Payment Information”
  • Next, click “Print the Cart” which will open a new tab with a created invoice
  • The invoice can be printed or saved as a PDF document, to either be forwarded to the necessary party, or to World Headquarters (renewals@toastmasters.org) for further customization

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

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

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