Division News - January 2016

Reflections on Past D86 Toastmaster Events by Margaret Waechter

Area & Division Speech Contests - (Oct. 2nd and Oct. 16th, 2015)

It was autumn and Toastmaster Clubs all around the district were busy, gathering their top-notch presenters to compete in their Area and Division speech contests. Despite the low attendance at Area 61 and Division W speech contests, the audience thoroughly enjoyed these presentations and the fellowship during intermission. It’s disappointing that fellow Toastmasters slough off supporting those speakers participating in contests. When I compete, I draw energy from the audience and in some cases, the size does matter! You’d be surprised the number of speech ideas and new delivery techniques that I “pick up” when attending other Toastmaster events!

Division Club Officer Training – Round 2 - (Jan. 15th, 2016)

A great refresher for your Club Officer role AND a strategic move to entice “wannabe Club Officers” to hear what’s involved by serving in this capacity. It supplements what the potential new club officer hears straight from “the horse’s mouth”. Division W team did a good job in promoting this training event. The 2 presentations were insightful and entertaining; however, I felt not enough time was allocated to the Officer training sessions…more time (than 30 minutes) needed to network with fellow officers on what is working for them, what’s not working for them and any “new ideas” that have been implemented for the good of their club.

D86 Business Mtg at Conference - (Nov. 14th, 2015)

A GREAT improvement over the Spring 2015 business meeting!!! The entire format was well orchestrated and professionally managed. Kudos to all who prepared for this session of the Fall Conference. I certainly won’t begrudge attending future business meetings, so long as they continue with this style/format.

D86 Fall Conference in Blue Mountain - (Nov. 13-15th, 2015)

I admire those Toastmasters who put so much blood, sweat and tears into organizing and executing an event as encompassing as our District Conferences. If you found yourself grumbling about anything – volunteer your services next time. It is at these conferences that Toastmasters have an opportunity to SPEAK, LEAD and GROW. Where else can you network with others in a friendly, energetic and safe environment? Exchange ideas and gather tips or ideas for future presentations? Possibly glean solutions from others who have shared your Toastmaster challenges both inside the club or personally. This is where it all comes together – sharing….listening……implementing.

Judges Training Workshop – Division W - Oct. 24th, 2015

How does a club cultivate judges for future contests? How does a Toastmaster become proficient when judging speech contests? Is enough encouragement given to club members to develop these judging skills? When a Judges Training Workshop is announced in your Division, I urge you to participate in this type of workshop. Perhaps you’ve already attended a training session – years ago; so once is enough? Each time that I’ve attended, I picked up another facet of judging that, for some reason, flew in one ear and out the other at a previous training! Remember – judges are anonymous (should be) to the contestants and all comments/results are confidential. So what’s stopping you from stepping forward to offer your judging experience and skills at the next speech conference? Anchor your learnings by

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

Congratulations to The Division Fall 2015 Contest Particpants

Division ContestsCongratulations to the particpants of the nine division humorous and table topics contests! Those of you who attended these events will agree that they were indeed fun-filled! Thank you to the organizers and all those who helped with these events.

Come to Blue Mountain and cheer on the winners of each division's contest at the fall conference November 13-15 as they compete for the district titles. Time is running out before midnight November 6 (the registration deadline). http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences/fall2015

 Division  Humorous Speech   Table Topics 
A  Rowan Faludi  Mario Keriakedes   
 Gary Ford  Dennis Bartel
 Mohammed Zackria     Yvonne Horvat
D  Joe Pacak  Richard Lewis
L  Mo Carter  Joe Vanderkooi
M  Gianni D'Ambrosio  Annette Lavigne
N  Stephen Korski  George McVittie
S  Louise Dufresne  Lance Mercer
W  Sharon Sweeney  Sean Brown

District 86 Program Quality Director Mike Proudlock said when asked about why competing in speech contests is good for Toastmasters "When I think about memorable events in my own Toastmasters journey, the vast majority of them happened outside my clubs: either at Conferences or Speech Contests. Competing in a speech contest is fun, challenging, nerve-wracking, but most of all – rewarding! You learn so much about yourself and make new friends along the way."

At my club meeting last night, a member remarked that the "competition" in speech contests isn't really "against" others – it's a competition "against" yourself! How good can you be? Are you improving? What can you learn from other speakers? We're all in Toastmasters to improve our leadership and communications skills – entering a speech contest helps us do just those things!"

If you unable to attend the conference you can still attend the individual speech contests and pay at the door. Check the Fall Conference website for times and registration information.>>>

Division News November - 2015

Hello Division W Members!

Our contests are done, the conference is just around the corner! What talent we have in Division W! Can’t wait to see how we do at the conference!

What’s happening in Division W this month?

  • Please join me in celebrating the newest club to division W – Les Toastmasters Volubiles chartered October 1st. Charter Party is December 16th!
  • November we increased our numbers by 51 members – to date 70 new members since July 1st! Wonderful news! Current membership count is 520. We started in July with 584 so we are getting close to our starting numbers! I want to encourage all clubs to set a goal of 1 new member a month! Consider speech crafts, many clubs are having success with this program!
  • Moments of truth – remember all clubs should have at a minimum 1 moments of truth session every year. Good time to check in and reflect how your club is doing!
  • Have you handed your club proxy’s to someone attending this year’s club conference? If you’re a VP of Ed or President, please make sure if you’re not attending to give your signed someone who can attend the business meeting at the conference – let your voice be heard!
  • The conference is one week away! Sign up and come out. Some members from Division W are hosting workshops!
  • Remember aim to be at +5 over your membership base on July 1st or be at 20 by year’s end – aim for distinguished!
  • January 30th – Officer training is scheduled in Mississauga. Division W’s date will be set shortly, a communication to follow. Make sure at a minimum 4 officers are trained so that you can wrap up your next DCP point!
  • All clubs have a minimum of one DCP point or higher on the board – congrats! Aim for 5.
  • We are looking for club coaches to help some of our clubs – if you have experience getting members in their door – speak with me and I’ll explain how the role works!

There is a new version of an advanced club coming to Division W.
Ryan Avery has created a new advanced club formula based on evaluating speeches and table topics using the contest judging forms. There will be education sessions and round robin evaluations. I am collecting names for now of all those that may be interested so please email me directly if you’re interested in exploring this new format… like any club, we need 20 members to charter a new club!

Have a great month! Let’s cheer for Division W at the conference!

Shawn Salokannel
B. Comm. OMDP, Adult Educ, ACS, ALS
Division W Director

Division News October - 2015

Hello Fellow Toastmasters…this month’s message - REFLECTION

I have delayed my October message until I have had a moment to visit our renewal numbers and completed attendance of as many area contests as I was able to get to.

Reminder Division W contest is around the corner:

Date: October 16 2015
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Cambridge School of Architecture
Cost: $10 at the door.

Hope to see you all there!

October Celebrations

  • Les Volubiles – Div W’s first French club has submitted its charter papers! Just waiting on the final step! Congratulations!
  • Waterloo Silver tongues celebrates 25 years with Toastmasters this month
  • Great job at the area contests I was able to attend – looking forward to Oct 16th

Division W Needs Help!

  • We have many new members in clubs that don’t have mentors as there are not enough seasoned TM’s in those clubs. I am in the process of putting together a list of members from other clubs who can serve as mentors to members in other clubs. Remember with technology you can IPHONE chat with someone, SKYPE, and a number of other means to help new members out in other clubs – Please let your area director or myself know if you can become a mentor to a new member of TM’s. Let’s not let them down!
  • Division W is in need of club coaches – please let myself or Paul Lynott  if you are able to help. Club Coach is hard work, but very rewarding and definitely helps you “stretch”.

Areas of Opportunity

  • Renewals took a big hit – in Division W we decreased by 193 members that’s a 30% drop.
  • 89 of those who did not renew were Toastmasters who signed up in the last year.
  • Number of clubs 12 or under has increased to 18 from 10 at the start of the year – that’s almost half our clubs 34+1 coming

Seeing these numbers I would like to encourage all the clubs to consider and reflect upon the following:

  • Have you completed a moments of truth? Don’t know what that is? Check TI there is downloadable material. Should be held at least once a year! Some clubs are having none at all.
  • Do you have a greeter at the door? Do you have a guest book? Does the VP of Mem Follow up with the names in the guest book? Do the guests get a guest kit? A name tag? An explanation of how TM’s works? If not make sure at every meeting there is someone there to talk a guest through this. A guest should never be left alone at break! Make them feel welcome.
  • Is your Facebook, website, easy speak up to date and current? I’m alarmed to see the number in division w that are not and encourage all of you to make this happen quickly.
  • Do you have CC’s and CL’s on hand when new members start? Once you vote in and sign a member up, they should leave with their CC and CL in hand. Remind them when theirs comes in to return them, get them started on the program right away.
  • Are you registering new members right away? I understand the concern around the Rate of exchange, however, not registering a new member prevents them from receiving the TM’s magazine and access to other TM information.
  • Are you holding the 3 annual membership drives? If not why not? Don’t know how? Reach out to your area director or another club. There are lots of sources available.  Are you holding at least one open house a year? There are people here to help.
  • If you’re membership numbers are low, have you considered holding a speech craft? A great way to get new members in to complete 3 of their first 10 speeches! Don’t know how? Reach out there are resources here to help you!
  • Are your meetings themed and planned out ahead? Have you tried the backwards meeting, take me out to the ballgame? Fishbowl, Christmas in july? These should be standard every year! There lots of fun!
  • Are you using the educational series available? Especially when your club has a lot of new members your primary focus should be on educating them how to prepare for a speech, how to prepare for a role. I’ve been very surprised by the number of clubs not having education sessions at least once a month, or that didn’t even know these books existed. Schedule 10 minutes/month or weekly for this important information. Download all the manuals for free off of TM’s international!
  • Are your executive team’s meeting monthly or bi monthly? I have heard some have not met at all or once or twice a year! The executive is critical to the vision and direction the club takes, so please make these meetings happen!

There are solutions to our club’s membership issues, but sometimes it requires a deep hard look at what we’re doing in our clubs currently and ask ourselves what needs to be changed then make that happen.
My challenge to all of the clubs in division w for the remainder of the year is to sign up 1 guest a month, that would take us from October to June, a total of 9 months. 9 months and 34 clubs means 306 potential new members. That would put us into the 700 club!
Your area directors and myself will be meeting to put together an action plan to help, but I want to reach out to all of you to get this vision started! 

With contests out of the way, let’s make this our focus for the upcoming months!

Shawn Salokannel

Division W Director

Division News June - 2015

Division M finishes strong this year and achieved Presidents Distinguished Division! By Leizyl Sobrinho - Division M Governor 2014-2015

Division M celebrated the remarkable year with numerous successes in a boat cruise at Georgian Bay during the Division M Council Meeting attended by Leizyl Sobrinho (Division M Governor) , Carolyn Hoxie (District Governor) and Area Governors: Robert Laurin, Steve Zolnierczyk, Al Steele and Jim Chapman.

As Division Governor. it is a great experience to lead this team to soar to greater heights to achieve greatness and success. Each one of you is part of it and contributed to the success! What a GREAT team! The experiences and memories are priceless that I will cherish in my lifetime.

As Vince Lombardi once said. "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”


News from Division M Governor – Leizyl Sobrinho

Division M International Speech and Evaluation Contest - March 28, 2015

Division M strikes again in providing another Memorable event. Our contestants were spectacular and our winners stand a very good chance to win at the District level. Good luck to Brian Brennan (Evaluation contest) and Renaud Durand (International Speech contest).

A true example of leadership and communication skills. As our Division Governor, Leizyl Sobrinho so nicely described, all yet again flourished in their own ways as flowers do naturally.

Special thanks to all contestants and volunteers that made this event a brilliant success.

Thank you, Robert Laurin Area 11 Governor and Event Organizer for Division M International Speech and Evaluation Contest


Congratulations to all the winners and the contestants!

This is a great milestone in your Toastmasters journey.
Division M successfully delivered all the Area contests for Spring 2015. It was a great team planning and team collaboration that produced excellent results! Together we achieve greatness and success!
As Aristotle once said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Please continue to support the winners at the Division M contest on March 28 @ 9:00am-1:00pm at the Council Chamber, Town of Newmarket.
Winners at the Division level will advanced to the District competition at the District Spring Conference on April 24-26, Sheraton Hotel, RIchmond Hill.

Area 11 Winners!



Area 12 Winners & Participants!



Area 13 Winners!


Area 14 Participants and Winners!



Area and Division News December - 2014

Allied Global Toastmasters celebrates their Charter Party!

Division M is growing. Two corporate Toastmasters clubs have been officially chartered: The Allied Global – Leaders in Speech (Lunch) and Allied Global – Leaders in Speech (Dinner).

The event was well attended by the District Officials, Club Sponsors, Mentors and club members.

Allied charter party

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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015!

Leizyl Sobrinho, Division M Governor

Division A Toastmasters - "Together We Succeed!"

Karin Lindner

Presenting Karin Lindner with her 2013-14 Select Distinguished Area certificate at Richmond Hill Toastmasters.

Area 24 is in the News

We hit the news again! Amazing pictures from Area 24 Contests are published on the pages of SNAPD Richmond Hill.
Check us out on Snapd

2013-14 CHARM Marketing Team Area & Division Governors

Clubs Helping Areas Reach Milestone (C.H.A.R.M.)

Division A
Division Governor Karim Premji, DTM: AECOMmunicators; Dr. Roberta Bondar; all new clubs in Division A
• Rowan Faludi: Your Community Realty Toastmasters, Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
• Gerry Fryer: Speechcraft at GE Markham
• Roy Menezes: AECOMmunicators
• Heather Skoll: AECOMmunicators
• Tracey Chan: GE Markham

Division B
• Vitaliy Fursov: Walmart Canada Toastmasters, Walmart Visionary Leaders and TCET
• Amparo Cifuentes: Chez Nous
• Michael Bonnick: Sheridan Davis Bruins
• Jane Harnadek: Leaders In Action
• Veronica Hislop: Walmart Canada Toastmasters
• Lorna Miller: Sheridan Davis Bruins

Division C
• Odecca Ordonez: Sheridan Davis Bruins, Sheridan Oakville Bruins
• Rob Belsby: Leaders in Action
• Cathy Herschell: Suncor
• Kristina Johnston: Sheridan Oakville Bruins
• Mark Hayes: Sheridan Oakville Bruins

Division L
• Division Governor Carol Todd-Skuce: GE Toasters, Callisto
• John Constant: GE Toasters & GE Markham
• Don Knowles: GE Toasters
• Diana Parker: Brantford Laurier

Division M
• Division Governor Rosario Dizon: Honda, GE Markham, Gwilliambury
• Leizyl Sobrinho: GE Markham
• Al Steele: Allied Global Holdings

Division N
• Division Governor Iad Abdul-Rahman: Dr. Roberta Bondar
• Shelli Donofrio: Algoma University
• Brian Windsor: Timmins Economic Development Corporation

Division S
• Division Governor Sue Storie: Investors Group, Tecumseh
• Julie Whitely: Petrolia
• Scott Bowron: Investors Group
• Jim Martin: Investors Group, Tecumseh
• Karen Reese: Investors Group, Tecumseh

Division W
• Division Governor Dave Weber: Laurier Toastmasters
• Bud Brown: Laurier Toastmasters
• Mohannad Hussain: Laurier Toastmasters
• Cynthia Ayres: Laurier Toastmasters
• Mary Lynn McPherson: Laurier Toastmasters
• Grace Rasmussen: City of Guelph


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