Member News - July 2014

Mount Forest Motivators' Tall Tales Contest

July 29 in Mount Forest Motivators' contest winners
Winner: 1st Place Jafar Mirjalali
Winner: 2nd Place - Dorothy Reid

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District 86 SAA and Area 13 Governor Mr. Al Steele achieves his DTM

Al-Steele DTMCongratulations to our own District 86 Sergeant at Arms and Area 13 Governor Mr. Al Steele on becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster! Job well done, Al!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Ribeiro achieves his DTM

A newly promoted Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) John Ribeiro shares his story of achieving a pinnacle award in the Toastmasters educational program. Congratulations John!

Check out John's story on YouTube

 

The Travelling Toastmaster

BudBrownWhile on vacation in Nova Scotia, I was looking for an iconic background at which to get my picture taken holding my Toastmasters magazine. While touring the historic site of the fortress at Louisbourg I was looking for that backdrop scene when I walked into a barracks where three people, dressed in french uniforms of the period were sitting around a table (behind "the rope") as if waiting to go on duty. I told them that I am a Toastmaster and that we do this thing of getting our picture taken with the magazine around the world and that these pictures are on occasion published in that same magazine. "Would it be OK if I stepped over the rope and had my picture taken with all of you?" They said "of course!"

After several shots had been taken, the 'soldier' across the table from me asked "what is this Toastmasters" . . . . Of course, I said, "I'm glad you asked" and gave them my elevator speech about the best place in the world to learn both communication and leadership skills. If I hear about a Toastmasters club beginning in the town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia I want the credit for planting the seed.

Bud Brown - Area 61 Governor/Incoming Division W Governor

Excellence

Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude ................................................................................................. by Riya Chatterjee

Most of us are aware of the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking. To make this point clear, I share a small story with you.

Many years ago, two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here, - nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

This simple story explains to us how a single situation can be viewed in two different ways.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word –“ Excellence”. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Excellence should be MORE about fun, than about mediocrity. So friends, it is the approach or mindset that matters and the topic I present today is Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude.

Excellence lives in the present. We must maximize what we are doing now. Do not live in the glory of the past, drop your ego, accept criticism to expand and stretch to take up challenges. Excellence is doing things outside the box. Learn from your mistakes, and move ahead. Isn’t that Attitude?

I also believe excellence is about being lucky. You all may ask me how? What is luck? Luck is about making things happen for yourself. It is a combination of preparation and recognition so you can be ready for the opportunity when it comes. My coming to Canada and joining Toastmasters and connecting with the right people, isn’t it being lucky? I now know that Toastmasters will lead me to my Vision of being a Leadership and Management Trainer.

So Excellence is not a skill, it is an Attitude. I leave you with a thought to ponder-
Raise your level high and challenge yourself and you will be filled with a bountiful future.

Riya ChatterjeeRiya Chatterjee, new member/ Tangri Toastmasters

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

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