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

District 86 Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contests Toastmasters

Brampton, Ontario, October 15, 2017 by Alvin Abawan

Edited by Lee Fraser

It was an entertaining evening where contestants made the club members, students, professors and guests laugh in the Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contest!

There were five Toastmasters Club competing in the Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contest. These were Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Bruins Davis Toastmasters and Tangri Toastmasters.

Both contestants from DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, a newly chartered and brand new Toastmasters Club, won the Area B-35 Contests held at Sheridan Davis Campus on October 15, 2017.

Millie Leng, President of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Humorous Speech Contest and Lee Fraser, Vice President of Public Relation of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Table Topic Speech Contest. Both are Charter Members of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, which chartered in June 21, 2017.

Both Millie and Lee were participating in their first ever contest. Both contestants seized first place and will compete in the District 86 Division B Contests held at Region of Peel Headquarters.

The Mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, been invited to attend to the District 86 Division B Contest and with over 400 Toastmasters members. We invite you to join in the fun, as well as support and cheer both contestants from District 86 Division B Area 35!

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $10 (Early Bird Online) or $15 at the door
Location: Region of Peel Headquarters
10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A (Brown Building)
Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4B9


Eventbrite:

Area35 Contest
Picture 1 - First place winner Lee Fraser and Millie Leng along with Past Area 31 Director Sue Hopcroft, two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar, DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Claudia Garraway, Susanita Humphries, Rita Kissoon, Najeeb Yardam and Tim Elevazo.
Picture 2 - First place winner Millie Leng, second place winner Anil Dhawan along with
Picture 3 - DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Karen Williams, Millie Leng, Tim Elevazo and Kim Bayley.
Picture 4 - First place winner Lee Fraser, second place winner Ron Fitzgerald, third place winner Anisha Akhtar along with two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar and Club Growth Director District 86 Jacklyn Payne.

Nouvellement affrétés Toastmasters remporte District 86, des secteurs B-35 Toastmasters concours

Brampton (Ontario), le 15 octobre 2017 par Alvin Abawan

Édité par Ezra Reyes

C'était une soirée divertissante où les participants ont fait rire les membres du club, les étudiants, les professeurs et les invités dans le concours de Humorous et Table Topics Speech

Il y avait cinq Toastmasters Club qui étaient en compet pour Humoristique et de Table Topics discours concour dans le district 86 Secteur B-35. Il s'agissait d'Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters et Tangri Toastmasters.

Les deux candidats de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, un tout nouveau club Toastmasters, ont remporté les concours dans le district 86 Secteurs B-35 au Sheridan Davis Campus le 15 octobre 2017.

Millie Leng, présidente du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours humoristiques et Lee Fraser, vice-présidente des relations publiques du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours sur le thème de la table. Les deux sont des affrétés membres de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, affrétés le 21er juin 2017.

C'était le premier concours de Millie et Lee. Les deux concurrents ont pris la première place et participeront aux concours du district 86, division B Concours, tenus au quartier général de la région de Peel.

Linda Jeffrey, le Maire de Brampton a été invitée à participer la district 86 Division B concours et il y a plus de 400 membres Toastmasters. Nous vous invitons au concours du District 86 division B!

Date: Le vendredi 20 octobre 2017 à 19h00 - 22h00
Coût: 10 $ (Early Bird Online) ou 15 $ à la porte
Lieu: région de Peel Quartier général de la 10, promenade Peel Centre, suite A (bâtiment Brown)
Brampton (Ontario) L6T 4B9

Eventbrite:

Area 42 Celebration Event

Area42Celebration

Area 42 held a Special Celebration on May 16th to celebrate the significant contributions, leadership and achievement of Andy Mayhew, a prominent Toastmaster in Area 42, well known for his Signature Lunch Hour Officer Training Sessions. Representatives of all local clubs and beyond were in attendance, as well as many former and current dignitaries.
Wonderful testimonials were shared on how Andy touched the hearts and souls of everyone he worked with and shared his Toastmasters passion with.
All the best to Andy! He is a wonderful role model and example of kindness and a True Gentleman!

Thank you to CRA English and French Clubs Teams our Fabulous Event Organizers (on the left)

Andy Mayhew & Anton Adashkevich (Former and Current Area 42 Directors on the right) 

When An Area Comes Together

Joint meeting resized

Usually, when area clubs come together, it’s for a contest. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to have area clubs come together to collaborate rather than compete? Area 31 held their annual joint meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. Historically, this has been a joint meeting of the two community clubs, but this year, for the first time, all four area clubs came together for a meeting. And what a meeting it was!

There were four speakers and four evaluators – one from each of the clubs. The clubs shared the meeting roles. There was a debate about whether students should be allowed cell phones in the classroom. Table topics was modified ever so slightly to ensure that every person in the room had a chance to speak. And at the insistence of everyone present, even our Table Topics Master, Ron Kosciolek, had a turn. There was lots of laughter, great food and an extraordinary opportunity for toastmasters to provide a positive and supportive environment for everyone in the area.

If you’d like to have this amazing experience for yourselves, talk to your area director and bring your clubs together. You’ll be glad you did!

Sue Hopcroft
Area Director, Area 31

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

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