Lincoln Road Toastmasters - 2016 has been a great year!

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Welcome to 2017! The new year is such an exciting time - it always feels like the perfect time to renew commitments to ourselves and others, to take on new challenges to meet our goals for the year and to reflect on what worked and didn’t work in the past 365 days.

At Lincoln Road Toastmasters, we’ve had a great year. Our club changed locations in June, which was a bit of an undertaking. But we are now nicely settled into our new home at 170 Erb Street West in Waterloo, ON, and very happy with our location. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and would love for you to visit if you are in town.

Through the fall season, we had a number of our members away from the club for extended periods of time for work projects. Our club president, Kelley McIntyre, who was working over several months in New Brunswick, joined our meeting every week via skype! This was a challenging undertaking for us, leading to much experimentation with the available technology. Plus this was quite a commitment for her, as the time difference meant she was up later than us every Tuesday night.

The technology was a bit iffy at times but by the end of her time away, we had it all worked out and it was an interesting project for our group. We are now ready to go if we ever have members that need to be away for extended time periods but want to keep on attending our weekly meetings.

That said, we are very glad Kelley and the other members are all back on Waterloo soil (for now) and are able to attend meetings in person. It is definitely more enjoyable for them to attend in person.

To start out the new year on a high note, our club is hosting a Speechcraft program from January 24 - February 28th. We hope to bring a taste of Toastmasters to some new members in our community and potentially entice them to join us for the rest of the year, once they have completed their first 3 speeches in the program.

If someone you know is looking for a Speechcraft program in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, be sure to send them our way. Here is the link to sign up!

We are looking forward to a great year at Lincoln Road Toastmasters and we wish the same for you and your club in 2017!

Julie Tauro

Message From Club Growth Director December 2016

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing each of you the very best for the holiday season. Take time to celebrate your success in your Toastmasters journey this past year.

Congratulations go out to the Smedley Award winners for adding 5 or more members during August and September, and also to the clubs who renewed 100% of their members as well as those who renewed 80% or better. Your prizes will be given out during the upcoming TLI and COT sessions, and were also published in my handout at the recent Fall Conference in Niagara Falls. 

What a great conference!  I hope you enjoyed my presentation of my Club Growth Garden with the new club growth of 7 new clubs and healthy membership payments. We are looking forward to strengthening the existing clubs through our club coach program (if you’d like to be a coach please contact me as soon as possible) as well as open houses. We are offering training calls by Lance Miller on Monday nights as well as a series of other speakers.  We are committed to helping you arrange Membership Drives and Open Houses for your clubs in December and January.  Remember the New Year Resolution to join Toastmasters drives a lot of people to visit a club in January! 

Club Officers, please pay attention to the following matters:

  1. Now is the perfect time to plan for Club Special Events (Seasonal Parties, Club Contests & Open Houses). Remember to formally invite absent and past members and encourage active members to invite guests.  The variety in club meeting format will add fun, energize your membership, entice guests to join and remind past members what they are missing. Order prizes and tokens to appreciate your members and guests at www.toastmasters.org/shop.
  2. From Dec 19 to Jan 2, the TI Shop and Club Central will be closed for maintenance.  Charter kit shipments will be suspended and club officers will not be able to submit membership orders, new member fees, renewals or education awards online. Submit these prior to Dec 19th.
  3. Club Secretaries should "Update my club officer information" at www.toastmasters.org/clubcentral for changes to club officers roles due to six month elections or for club officers not in good standing due to unpaid renewal dues.

Smedley Award Winners As of September 30, 2016

Club Division/Area Club Name New Member Total Award

00002347 B 31 Brampton Club 5
00003869 N 03 Greater Sudbury Speakers 5
00004826 W 62 Energetics Toastmasters Club 5
00006307 L 51 McMaster Club 5
00897691 C 46 Speak, Spark, and Spirit Club 5
03071339 C 44 Maple Leaf Toastmasters 5
03830242 N 01 Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club 5

CONGRATULATIONS - 80% OR BETTER MEMBER RETENTION (Prize: CC CL Manuals)

Division Area Club Name Retention
A 25 URS Toastmasters In Ontario 85%
B 31 City of Brampton Toastmasters 96%
B 35 Horizon Toastmasters 81%
C 41 Baylis Medical Toastmasters 100%
C 42 Le Club Francais de Mississauga 90%
C 42 TWTSO Leaders of Today Toastmasters Club 97%
C 42 Unscripted Expressions Club 84%
C 44 Roche MVPs Club - Corporate 80%
D 81 Hatch Mississauga 83%
D 83 Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters 100%
D 84 City Centre Club 90%
D 84 COMET Toastmasters Club 86%
D 85 Lakeview Toastmasters Club 80%
L 53 Union Gas Stoney Creek Ramblers 100%
M 13 The Court Of Blarney 96%
M 14 The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT) 100%
S 73 One London Place Toastmasters 100%
S 73 Toast of Queens 84%
W 61 Talk Of The Town Club 80%
W 62 Manumax Toastmasters Club 100%
W 63 Intel Security Toastmasters 100%

 

Until we see each other at TLI or COT, have a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends. Thank you for all you did in 2016 and looking forward to more success and growth in 2017!!!

 

District 86 DTM Recognition at Fall Conference 2016

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Congratulations to District 86 members who acheived Distinguished Toastmaster from Spring Conference 2016 to Fall Conference 2016. Medals were presented at the DTM Recognition Dinner and High Five Line at the Fall Conference on Friday November 25, 2016. 

Myrna Barthe

Caroline Beren

John Constant

Glynis D'souza

Reema Duggal

Rowan Faludi

Kerstine Franklin

Rick Guzik

Doreen Hillier

Veronica Hislop

Tinku  Iyer

Milton Jiang

Gina Kennedy

Ross Mackay

Saima Malik

Alexandre Matte

Deborah McGrath

Shawn Salokannel

Leizyl Sobrinho

Veronica Taylor

Dragana Vulpic-Bork

Leona Wilson

Claire Zheng

  

Check Out DTM Recognition Dinner Photos On Flickr

Fall Conference 2016 Speech Contest Winners

Fall Conference 2016 ContestsBeginning in September over 225 clubs held Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests sending the winners to the Area contest with anywhere from 5 to 8 competitors. Four to seven area winners then competed for the winning title at their respective Division Contests. The ten Division Contest winners of each contest competed at the District level at the Fall Conference November 25 to 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara, in Niagara Falls, ON.

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"Speech contests provide an opportunity for individuals to further develop their speaking skills by leaving the comfort of their home clubs and performing to larger audiences. The finalists at the fall conference contests are truly talented and the contests are sure to be very entertaining." - Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director District 86.

1st Place: Particia Williams, Division B, Area 31, Region of Peel Toastmasters

2nd Place: Tiberiu Puscas, Division A, Area 21, Woodbridge Toastmasters

3rd Place: Esther Song, Division D, Area 81, Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters

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1st Place: Sean Browne, Division W, Area 62, Black Walnut Toastmasters Club

2nd Place: David Lozowsky, Division B, Area 34, Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters

3rd Place: Ross Cunningham, Division S, Area 76, Strathroy Toastmasters Club

And the Winners are... Division L Contests Recap

Division L Humorous Speech Contest

Humorous Speech Contest - Friday November 4, 2016 
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Humorous Speech Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM

3rd Place Winner Mo Carter

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

2nd Place Winner Mark Mullins

 

Division L Table Topics Contest

Table Topics Contest - Friday November 4, 2016
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Table Topics Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM 
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM
Table Topics Chair John DeMarco

2nd Place Winner Paula Berketo

3rd Place Winner Neil Brodie

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

What's Happening This Fall at Saugeen Toastmasters!

Saugeen Toastmasters is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary This Fall 

To mark this celebration, thanks to our VP of Public Relations and Area 65 Director, Tammy Hunt, the Town of Hanover, the Municipality of Brockton and the Municipality of West Grey have proclaimed the month of October Toastmasters Month.

The Hanover Post, a weekly community newspaper, contacted Tammy for an interview for an article outlining our role in the community for the past 10 years.

We also wrote a letter to the editor of the Walkerton Times, another weekly edition, thanking the Municipality of Brockton for their recognition. The headline for the letter proclaimed Toastmasters Month.

The articles sparked interest in our club and we have had a number of guests and inquiries.

Saugeen Toastmasters has achieved much in 10 years. We have held several Speechcraft workshops and Youth Leadership Programs. We have hosted Officer Training and Area Contests.

Over the past 10 years we have had 5 Area Governors from our club and we have had members volunteer at the Division and District levels.

In fact our community club has 4 members who achieved the highest award in Toastmasters. Diane O’Brien, Dianna Snowden, Gemma Mendez Smith and Gregory C.N. Smith have all been awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster designation.

Thank you to Mount Forest Motivators for sponsoring our club 10 years ago. Marge and Caroline, remember when the first meetings were held in the home of our Charter President, Diane O’Brien? We were crowded around a dining room table but that didn’t deter us from running effective meetings.

Much has changed since that first crucial year, members and meeting places, but we always have fun and we always encourage each other.

Hanover Toastmasters monthTrudy Baran
President and Charter Member
Saugeen Toastmasters

The Little Club That Could

Kincardine’s ‘To the Point’: The Little Club That Could

Many clubs have been there: Struggling to get new people in the door, teetering on the cusp of being a club in good standing, members having to wear several hats in order to fill meeting roles. The ‘To the Point’ club in Kincardine is no exception. We recently experienced turnover in senior members and the club was left with some inexperienced but eager rookies keeping the club on its feet.

While we should all be striving to get as many people out to meetings as possible, I couldn’t help but observe that one of the charms of our club is that it is small, but mighty. Almost every member fills a role on executive team, and this year, each member attended training to improve the club. One of the benefits of having a small group is that people receive a lot of individual attention and there is usually a lot of time for feedback and discussion. If we all do one thing spectacularly, it’s ensuring that new comers feel that Toastmasters is a safe environment to grow speaking and leadership skills.

Take Ron for example, his journey began three years ago. Ron was a sales representative, and during work meetings, he would often sit back and hope to not have to share or speak to the team. He began to realize he could be a better team member if he improved on his public speaking skills and decided to give the ‘To the Point’ Club a try. What Ron remembers most about his Icebreaker speech was realizing during the evaluation portion that Toastmasters was a place that offered a genuine and non-threatening place to grow together. Ron has since proven himself as an accomplished public speaker, competing in area and district contests and recently received his Advanced Communicator Bronze title.

Ron’s is just one story in a club that has been around for over 25 years! Membership has been up and down over the years, but one thing remains the same: The people are what make the club great – and we could use a few more of them! There’s something quaint and personable about our small yet determined club. Come out to a meeting and see what we mean.

To the Point TM

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