Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters Elvis Gregov Wins 2019 Mary Heary Invitational Tall Tales Contests

Traditionally the Clubs in the Oakville area have been holding the Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests in the month of May for the past 10 years or so. The Tall Tales Contests would start at the club level in the month of April / May, and the club winner will go on to represent the home club. The contests venue would rotate from year to year amongst various, willing community clubs.

For the 2019 edition of the Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests, Area 83 Director Prashant Lal and Organising Team wanted to try something different from previous years. Let the contests venue be the pub! Accordingly, the Contests were held on Monday, May 27th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the Abbey Arms Pub Restaurant, 481 North Service Road W, Oakville.

Invited Oakville Clubs

The invited Clubs with the Representative in bracket, included the following:

• Glen Abbey Toastmasters (Krista Rowen)
• Horizon Toastmasters (Doug Flowers)
• Sheridan Bruins Oakville (Mashaal Effendi)
• Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters (Elvis Gregov)
• First Oakville Toastmasters (Rebecca Valero)
• Callisto Toastmasters (Muhammad Asif)
• Burloak Toasmasters (Did not participate)
• SUEZ Toastmasters (Victoria Oswell)
• Trafalgar Toastmasters (Iryna Boyco)
• Mansion Toastmasters (Paul Wouters)

Mary Heary Invitational Tall Tales ContestContestants Speaking Order

1 Victoria Oswell, SUEZ Toastmasters
2 Muhammad Asif, Callisto Toastmasters
3 Doug Flowers, Horizon Toastmasters
4 Mashaal Effendi, Sheridan Bruins Oakville
5 Iryna Boyco, Trafalgar Toastmasters
6 Rebecca Valero, First Oakville Toastmasters
7 Paul Wouters, Mansion Toastmasters
8 Elvis Gregov, OTM Oakville Toastmasters
9 Krista Rowan, Trafalgar Toastmasters

 

2019 Mary Heary Tall Tales Contests Winners

1st Place: Elvis Gregov, R E A F Remover
2nd Place: Iryna Boyko, A Careful Driver Appreciation Day
3rd Place: Rebecca Valero, The Micro Manager

Elvis Gregov Winning Speech R A E F Remover

The Winning Speech R A E F (read backwards as F E A R) Remover synopsis, per Elvis Gregov: “A travelling salesman comes into town with an invention, which will help the local town folk change their lives forever. Common fears like flying, going to the dentist office, and sleeping in the dark are tackled with this genius invention. There is a twist thought, we all have the individual power to remove F E A R, and not rely on a gadget to do this for us”.

Pub Environment Advantage

The Pub Owner did not charge for the venue. We enjoyed some fine British food and beer. The Pub Owner was happy to offer the venue on a Monday night, which unless there was a game, is usually a slow night for them. In a sense, it was a win for Toastmasters, a win for the Pub Owner. The positive experience from the many feedback received suggest that we will certainly entertain holding future contests in similar venues. Contestants are well advised to refrain from any alcohol consumption prior to their speeches. This guideline is not applicable to others. The rest of us can consume alcohol before, during and after the contests!

Acknowledgements

The 2019 Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests were a highly successful event. Kudos to the Organising Team, that includes Prashant Lal, Area 83 Director, Shelley Orchin, Area 87 Director, Carol Todd-Skuce, DTM, former Division L Governor, and Linda Rossi, DTM, Incoming Division D Director. Thanks and appreciation to Contest Team: Contest Chair Supritha Pai, Chief Judge George How Pak Hing, Timers and Ballot Counters Jeff Turk and Anna Meyers, the Internal and External Judges and Tie-Breaking Judge (that shall remain anonymous). Huge Thank You to the Contestants for giving their very best performance. Thank You to Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters for being there.
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George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters Founder & IPP

Town of Oakville Proclamation June 2019 as Toastmasters Month

On May 30, 2019 the Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton proclaimed June 2019 Toastmasters Month in Oakville. George How Pak Hing, DTM, Founder of Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters began the process by contacting the Mayor's office in April 2019. George was instrumental in getting the Town of Oakville Proclamation, three years in a row.

Community and Corporate Clubs from Area Clubs in Area 83 and Area 87 that are in Oakville

  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • Horizon Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters (A83) (College)
  • Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • First Oakville Toastmasters (A87) (Community)
  • Callisto Toastmasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • Burloak Toastmasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • GE Toasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • Trafalgar Toastmasters (A87) (Community)

Oakville Proclamation

Sudbury Braves The Cold to Hold Area 3 International Speech and Evaluation Contest

Area 3 and Area 4 collaborated to hold back to back speech and evaluation contests at College Boreal in Sudbury on Sunday 27th January. Area 3 Contest 1 – 4pm and Area 4 from 4 – 5:20pm.

All clubs from Areas 3 and 4, were involved in the contest and 4 clubs had members competing in the Area 3 contest. Despite a -42C wind-chill there was a great turnout and fantastic speeches and evaluations.

Area 3 International Speech Contestants were Mickey Teed, Mary Ellen Shepley, Carla Gagne and Dan Vincent.

Area 3 Evaluation Contestants were Jennie Carroll, Shawna Kirkwood, Mette Kruger.

1st and 2nd placings proceed to the Division N Contest on Saturday 2nd March, 1-4pm at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University, Sudbury.

Area3ContestArea 3 International Speech Contest 27Jan2019 at College Boreal, Sudbury ON
L to R: (Photo by Natalie Champagne)
John Cooney (Chair), Mickey Teed (1st), Mary Ellen Shepley (2nd), Carla Gagne (3rd) and Dan Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Area 3 Speech Evaluation Contest 27Jan2019 at College Boreal, Sudbury ON
L to R: (Photo by Natalie Champagne)
John Cooney (Chair), Jennie Carroll (1st), Mette Kruger (3rd), Shawna Kirkwood (2nd), and Mickey Teed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to our Chief Judge Christine Lewis, Area 4 Director Melanie Mayer, College Boreal for use of the wonderful Jean Watters Auditorium, to all of our judges, sergeants at arms, ballot counters and timers. Thank you to all our contestants for preparing high quality speeches for this contest.
We wish all of those moving on to Division N the best of luck!

John Cooney
Area 3 Director/Contest Chair

What’s Next?

Post Election News by Steve Elliot Area 83 Director 

The club election is over! I know what most of you are saying to yourselves…” Whew my work here is done.” Not quite done yet. There is more important work that should be happening post election that will set the new incoming executive up for success. In this blog I will share what next steps clubs should be taking post election.
First up, I always find it a nice touch if the current President sends a mass email to the club members and notifies of them of the new officers and offers to support them in the transition period. This will also put members who didn’t make the election an understanding of the new executive of the club.
Next, I would suggest that someone from the current executive team notifies Toastmasters International of the incoming officers. Head to Toastmasters.org and login to Club Central. Once there scroll to Club Administration you will select Club Officer Assignment. Enter in all the new officers for your club. After that you will be asked to provide the incoming President address. Why? Toastmasters will mail out the Distinguished Club Program manuals for the new executive to create their Distinguished Club Plan. By doing this work you are earning your club a point on the next year Distinguished Club Plan.
If your club uses Easy Speak, don’t forget to update the officer list for the coming year. Otherwise the officers won’t have the current access to Easy Speak. If your club uses the VP membership as the contact info of the club make sure that is changed once the new group takes over.
The incoming President should be reaching out to his/her incoming fellow executives and making them aware of the wonderful Officer Training. Encourage as many to attend the Toastmaster Learning Institute as possible. This is organized by the district and is the most comprehensive training. If your club budget or company budget (if you are a corporate club) can afford it all officers attending the training should be compensated for their ticket. The officers are giving up their time to attend the training and it will benefit the club greatly. Obviously, this can only occur if the club can afford to do so. By the way, every Division should have make up training if any officers can’t make the TLI on May 26th. Reach out to your Area Director for more details.
We now need some team work! The reason the elections are held in May and the new officers don’t take their positions till July is so that job shadowing can happen! It’s a great idea for the next few weeks if the incoming and current executive work together. For example, the current SAA can have the incoming SAA help with room set up, show the person where supplies are stored, etc. The current and incoming and current Club President should also schedule a joint executive meeting. This is a great way for the current group to share status updates and any other relevant information.
One of the final duties of the current President is to arrange the installation of the incoming team and discharge of the current team. This will usually happen at the last club meeting in June. Make sure you have ordered new club officer pins for the new team (if club finances allow), or make sure the current officers provide their pins back before the installation so they can be handed to the new executives. There are lots of sample scripts on the internet that you can use for the ceremony. This is also a great time to recognize the hard work of the current executives and thank them for their service to the club.
There are two administration tasks that require a good deal of diligence and time. First up the club bank account will need to be updated. The current President will need to arrange for the out-going President, Vice President of Education and Treasurer signing authority removed and then the Incoming President, Vice President of Education and Treasurer added. Having been involved in this process a few times I can say it can be time consuming and difficult to arrange. My suggestion would be to reach out to the bank and ask what will be required. Some questions to ask…who needs to be present when adding or removing signatures from the account? Can it be done at the same time or over time if not everyone can attend? What if any paperwork will be required? For example, our club bank requires the document be on Toastmaster International letter head.
The second task that should be undertaken is an audit of the club books and finances. This will involve the out-going President and Treasurer and the Incoming Treasurer and President. The current team should get someone to perform the audit. This person doesn’t need to have an accounting background, but it would help. The “auditor” shouldn’t be anyone on the current executive. It can be a current member of the club, it can also be someone from outside the club. The process is to just review the bank statements, balance sheets and expenses from the previous year. Looking for proper accounting processes are followed. Once they sign off the new team takes over.
I find this step can take time. First you need to find a volunteer to go over the books. Then you need to co-ordinate this with all the people that would be involved. It’s a great way to make sure that nothing has fallen through the cracks and that all expenses have been properly accounted for.
Now the work is almost done! The end is in sight for those that have served their clubs! An excitement builds as the new team is ready to assume office. It’s a great time of year and a busy time of year for Toastmasters! Which ever side you find yourself, enjoy the process!

OPENHOUSE Hosted by District 86 Division,“C”

“Welcome Everyone!”

We will be featuring the 2018 District 86 International Speech Champion ROGER CAESAR

Roger Caesar

  • Date: Thurs, June 7th/2018
  • Event Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Location: Meadowvale Community Center
  • Address: 6655 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga, ON L5N 3L4
  • Admission: FREE Please register your attendance on eventbrite

| Come early for opportunities to Network with the professionals |
| Toastmaster - ‘Meeting Introduction & Toast’ by Melanie Pereira |
| District Leadership by Jacklyn Payne – ‘Club Growth Initiatives’ |
| Youth Gavel speaker- Sara Bale |
| Star Speech by Roger Caesar D86 International Speech Champion 2018 |
| Table Topics Fun with Sharon D’Souza & Brahm Memone |
| You’re in for a ‘SURPRISE’ with our Test Speaker |
| The Motivational Evaluator, Anne Varghese |
| General Evaluations by William Mosley |

Come join us for an evening Inspiration, Motivation and FUN!

For more information Contact: Mallika Sothinathan at mallikab1968@gmail.com or Phone: +1 289-654-0618

Take a look at the attached AGENDA for more details 

Great Contest In All Its Glory

March 19, 2018 … the Division B Evaluation and International Speech Contest was held at Maple Leaf Foods.

What a contest! An extraordinary evening filled with laughter, fun, seasoned speakers, so many dignitaries including our District Trio, great venue, and awesome food. A wonderful networking event for Division B Toastmasters.

A great start with SAA, Dennis Bartel doing a headstand. Contest Chairs Yoshi Perera (Brampton Club President) and Patricia Williams (2016 Humorous Speech Contest Winner) were wonderfully engaging and made the evening a lot of fun. Contestants delivered inspirational and motivational speeches. The Evaluators each brought their unique style and did not make it easy for the judges.
This contest will not only be remembered for all of its glory but also for how the lights unexpectedly went off when the winner was announced. The contestants and audience were true Toastmasters, switching on cellphone lights to help successfully finish the evening!

I was very proud to have had the opportunity to organize an event of this magnitude as my HPL project. When I started planning the contest, I never imagined what a great experience it would be with the chance to lead a team of volunteers from different clubs to deliver a successful contest and have loads of fun!

Maheeza MohamadA big thank you to Maheeza Mohamed, (shown to the left) Division B Director, for her leadership, encouragement, and support. Thank you to all the District Leaders who attended and helped, everyone on my guidance and action committee, to the many volunteers who took roles to help make it a success … could not have done it without you!!

I wish the Contest Winner for both Contests, Roger Caesar, all the very best and look forward to cheering him on at the District contest.

Marisa Fernandez, ACB, ALB
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Brampton Talks Toastmasters – 2017-18 Club Treasurer

Area 55 (Niagara Falls and Welland) Evaluation and International Speech Contests

Area 55 Eval Speech Contest

On Wednesday March 7, 2018, Honeymoon City Toastmasters Club opened its arms to warmly host the Area’s Contests in Niagara Falls. Rose City Toastmasters Club’s President, Greg Lewis, DTM, walked off with the hardware for both contests, and advances to the March 22 Division L Contests!

Our second place winners were Lou Anne Reddon, ACB, ALB from the Honeymoon City Club for the Evaluation Contest, and Joanne Gray, ACS, ALB from the Rose City Club for the International Contest.

Thank you to the huge community of volunteers who made the Contests such a success!

Eve McDonald, ACG, ALB

Area 55 Director

Silent Auction Gift Basket Challenge

Seeking Member, Corporate and Club Donations For Our Silent Auction

To help defer costs and have some fun I’ve put out a challenge to all Toastmasters in the District to form Division teams fill their baskets, boxes, or containers with items and creativity to be auctioned off at the District Conference Division Challenge. 

Corporate sponsors will have Recognition at the Conference.

We are accepting silent auction items of almost any description, not limited to the following items…but we hope to spark ideas and your generosity:
Silent Auction Sample2

  • Gift cards (movie, dinner..)
  • Spa package (massage, pedicure..)
  • Travel voucher (hotel, train… )
  • Food bundles (coffee, sweets..)
  • Unique experience (events, theatre..)
  • Art & Home Decor (own creation or re-gifted..)
  • Re-gifted items (new items..)
  • Services (car wash, hair cut..)
  • Speech training (workshop, training..)

Division Challenge

Game plan: One to two items from each club, put like items together you may have more than one container, baskets, etc.
Division directors please have your baskets ready by the March DEC meeting  

  • Individual donations will be recognized at the Conference for their donations
  • To make a donation please coordinate with your Area or Division Director. Suggest presenting your club donation at your Area and Division contests
  • For Corporate donations please contact me, or fellow Toastmaster who shared this opportunity with you

Please include contact information:
With name and email, Division and Director or Individuals name contact & Division.
For Corporate, business name and contact information.
We would like to recognize our contributors for their generosity.

How Does A Silent Auction Work?

  • Tables at the Spring Conference will have tables with items in two groups.
  • Print your name and bid on the list in front of item being auctioned off. (A minimum bid and/or suggested cost of item with description will be displayed)
  • One group will be auctioned off before the business meeting on Saturday. (This gives members to purchase items who are attending Option1 of the conference)
  • The 2nd group of items will be auctioned off at the end of the conference on Sunday.
  • Register your name and contact at the Silent Auction desk (for committee to contact you if your bid won)
  • Pick up and payment of highest bidder can be made before you leave the conference before the business meeting or following conference on Sunday

Eva Britton
Silent Auction Chair
silentauctionchair@toastmasters86.org
District 86 Spring Conference

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