District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo



Do you have a fear of public speaking or impromptu speaking? Jennifer Hutter, a Toastmasters member, quoted “Interviews were a nightmare for me. My face would get red and my mouth would get dry. Suddenly, I forget how to speak. I join toastmasters 4 months ago because I’m sick of my nervousness getting way of my success.”

If this statement resonates with you, we are extending this invitation to you to attend District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo. at Markham Civic Centre in Canada the Room on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:30 PM for registration and commences promptly at 7 PM to 10 PM.

We are thrilled to announce that District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo will commence its very first Toastmasters Club meeting. Jennifer Jones McConnell, District 86 Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Markham Talk of The City Club President, Advance Communication Bronze and Advance Leadership Bronze, will conduct a workshop on the benefits of Toastmasters and a fun-filled Table Topics session.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasterson Twitter.

For more information: http://www.toastmasters86.org/district-86-contacts/division-a

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
  • Location: Markham Civic Centre | Canada Room | 101 Town Centre Boulevard | Markham | ON | L3R 9W3
  • Admission: Free

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Youth Leadership Program Cyril Clark Library Oct 20 to Dec 8th, 2018

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My name is Cal Lockhart and have on several occasions assisted and acted as a judge for Gavel Club (junior Toastmasters) speech contests. On these occasions, those kids are nothing short of amazing! Granted, in the contest arena we are treated to the ‘creme de la crème’ of the genre.
I was told of a previous Youth Leadership Program (YLP) that the Brampton Library had sponsored, where only 12 of the starters actually completed the program. Taking on this YLP I was astounded that of the 26 participants 24 completed the program! I arbitrarily added one whose father told me that his son was on the waiting list and was very anxious to be part of the program.
Our 9 week program was reduced to 8 weeks. I had planned the 9th session to include the representatives from the Brampton Library, Brampton City Council and other dignitaries from the Toastmasters Organization and district 86. The participants however, in one of the Parliamentary Procedures exercises, made a motion which was seconded, that we cancel the 9th session and that a simple Certificate Presentation Ceremony be held instead on the 8th week. The motion was discussed by the group, the question was called and passed by a huge majority. Hence, I "bowed to the will of the people" and cancelled my 9th session plan.
I must add that not since my experience as Assistant Scoutmaster, between the late 1950's and early 1970's, had I ever dealt with teenage boys, and I have never encountered teenage girls at all. To do so, in a quasi-academic situation was enlightening, to say the least! While I tried to treat the group as young adults, I was never certain that the approach was either proper or appropriate. Nevertheless, it was the 'road taken' and my approach never changed.
I was, therefore, absolutely astonished by the program evaluations from 21 of 24 participants of the program. It would appear that they not only heard an 80 year old man talk, they ACTUALLY LISTENED, and apparently learned! That is a measure of success!
With respect to our desire for 100% attendance, I'm very much of the view that such is an 'impossible dream'. Some of the reasons for this included pressing appointments with University of Toronto with possible ambitions to enroll as students for a coming term. Also withe the fast approaching holiday season, with its associated needs for shopping, parties and social events tends to rate much higher on 'Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs' than the requirement to listen to an old man talk!
In summary, in retrospect I think the program was far more successful than I had imagined to have ever thought possible. I am grateful by the encouraging comments provided by the participants, and I am appreciative of the opportunity afforded me by the Brampton Library and my home club 'Speak To Inspire Toastmasters'.

With my very best regards,
Cal Lockhart ALB, ACG

To view the PDF of evaluations click HERE.

Youth Leadership Program Four Corners Library Oct 20 to Dec 15, 2018

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Photo credit: Lyndsy Johnson

My name is Trinh Lu and have had the pleasure of helping out as Assistant Coordinator twice before for past Youth Leadership Programs but this is my first time running one, and it's definitely not my last.
I am glad I had a chance to plant a 'Toastmaster' seed in these kids' lives. I hope there are more Toastmasters running future programs because I truly believe in its benefits.
I can see first hand how our programs change shy, timid kids to becoming confident speakers. Their eyes light up after completing a speech, or an evaluation, or table topics well done. The joy in their parents' eyes watching their kids' progress at the lectern is all worth it.
These kids now have the tools to succeed, to become the leaders of tomorrow. They now have gavel clubs to join, resources to go to when they need them. They can even become our club members in the future.
The last session we had 20 youth, 4 Toastmasters and 16 parents in attendance. I know I did the right thing when kids asked me to take pictures with them, and send me emails for christmas. Even the parents sent me thank-you notes and updates on their progress.

I also want to thank the fellow Hershaw members whose help was much appreciated: 

David Burt (assistant coordinator), Sue Hopcroft, Alice Siefert, Ron Kosciolek, Sandeep Kainth, Colleen Dotson, Binu Cherian, and Veronica Headley.

by Trinh Lu


Check out the attched feedback from the Library and youth 

My Personal Growth Challenge with ‘Go For Bold’

ParveenJohalLast week while on a trip to Glasgow, Scotland I had an opportunity to visit Glasgow Toastmasters Club AND give a speech!! Glasgow Toastmasters made me feel hugely welcome, they are an amazing group of people and it felt very familiar. It’s the same kind of welcome I get when going to my own Cambridge Grand River Toastmasters Club in Canada. This is when I really noticed that the room and setup may be slightly different but the agenda and the positive vibe, the structure of the meeting and the fun that we always have at Toastmasters is not different at all! I would like to give a BIG thank you to #GlasgowToastmasters and especially to Alex Lewis (President), Dominika Bugajska, Sabine Munro and Gerry Dunn who was Toastmaster for the evening for making my visit so memorable and giving me an opportunity to give a speech, and to all the members and visitors that evening for the 17 speech evaluations I took home that night!

I originally joined Toastmasters in May 2014 and attended for about 8 months before I stopped as it conflicted with something else I was doing on same evening. I rejoined in May of this year and its been the best thing I could have done. I love my Tuesday night Toastmaster meetings and the amazing group of positive and supportive people that I get to share this with! I would never have thought about or probably have had the courage to speak at another club. So, what changed? Partly because of the confidence I’ve got with taking part in roles at my club and a big part because I was handed a card called ‘Go For Bold Challenge’ being run by District 86 Toastmasters. It’s amazing how much this can make you stretch yourself……. get out of your comfort zone! Why do we feel as though we can’t or that’s not me? Why do we hold back when really this is for our own self development? Don’t do this, cause you CAN! If I can do it, honestly, anyone can! My next goal is to help out at an area contest and attend the District 86 Spring Conference. Looking for inspiration? Check out Toastmasters International for your local club!

Parveen Johal
Grand River Toastmasters (Club 1908)
Area 92, Division T

Charting New Territory

Are you thinking of chartering a new club? After having been working on the sidelines of the Team that just chartered Clarkson Toastmasters Club, I can say that it is a lot of work. When you look for information in Toastmasters International or within the District 86, there isn’t a lot of published information with best practices or guidelines. This is probably because each club and situation is so unique. There were a lot of things that I learned in this process and I wanted to share what I learned.

Location, Location, Location
Our first launch meeting was May 22 when we were meeting at Christ Church in Mississauga. This Church is located within the Lorne Park community and it is literally nestled within a residential neighbourhood. While we were scouting for locations, this venue had a lot of great features like the grounds which would have been perfect for summer meetings, lots of free parking, storage for our Toastmasters paraphernalia which would mean that we could leave our things there from week to week. After our first few meetings we were having trouble getting people to the meeting because other than our social media forums we had no way to reach out to our audience. In September 2018, we moved our meeting to the Clarkson Community Centre. By the end of October, we reached charter strength. This speaks volumes to the importance of location!

Give Everyone a Role
It can take months to charter and while you work and wait patiently to get to charter strength you can’t afford to disengage the members who have signed up as a member. It is really important to keep them engaged. Since a key success factor for the club is getting members, create a Membership Committee and involve your newest members. You can also keep your members engaged by assigning them roles at the meeting. We encouraged members to present their Ice Breaker and then to deliver the speech again by incorporating their feedback.

There are many social media forums to promote the launch of a new club, but don’t make the mistake of creating a presence in so many forums that you lose track. Stick to the best ones which may include Facebook, Eventbrite, Snapd, LinkedIn. We also did the following to gain exposure:
1. Reach out to the local newspapers and wrote a short article
2. Contact our Ward Councilor and they welcomed an article for their newsletter
3. Contact ratepayer associations (your Ward Councilor would be able to help you find their contact information)
4. Put up posters in the local coffee shops

Chartering a new club is really exciting once you start to see the results. It can be a long process, so don’t forget to celebrate along the way and celebrate each new member you add. The big celebration comes with the official charter party, which we will hold in March (stay tuned for another blog!). Beyond this however, by successfully chartering a club you have left your community a better place than you found it and that is something to be very proud of!

Muktha Tumkur, DTM

The Most Beautiful Word

Gaby MammoneWhen involved in a conversation with someone, there is one word that you can say to have the other person feel more respected and valued. In business, this word can help make a difference how the person feels about you and your organization. In school, this word removes barriers and allows children to be themselves. What’s the word you ask? A name.

Using a person’s name in conversation creates a discussion based on respect and consideration. We all have pride in our name as it’s our identity and is used to express our individuality. Personally, if someone pronounces my name correctly, I will be more attentive as I feel that personal touch.

At work, if someone’s name is pronounced correctly, it creates an environment where they can be themselves. If you are uncertain how to pronounce the person’s name correctly, be sure to ask. As they depart, say the name again several times silently to yourself to help you remember. Using someone’s name after you meet them shows how that person has made a positive impression on you. People appreciate when you use their name to greet them such as saying, “It’s nice to see you again, George.”

Using someone’s name is also a great way to grab someone’s attention. If you are having difficulty breaking into the conversation or you need to intervene, saying their name can be an effective way to interject. “Andy, that’s a good point. I would like to add to your thoughts by saying…”.

Dale Carnegie, legendary author of How to Win Friends and Influence People once said: “A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

A person’s name is the one word that creates a strong connection. Using someone’s name in a conversation is a skill that you can master with self discipline and resilience. It may take time and effort, but the results in cultivating true relationships will be worth it.

Blog submitted by: Gaby Mammone
Gaby is an award-winning business executive recognized as an advocacy leader in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors. She writes blogs for many publications in the topics of adversity, communication, diversity and inclusion. Gaby is the President at City Centre Toastmasters, Club 6288.

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The Gift Of Toastmasters

All I Want for Christmas is to go to the Conference by Tuula Redditt DTM

Conference2When asked by my husband Paul (a non-toastmaster) what I wanted for Christmas I went through my list of regular items like Tweety Bird Pajamas and Body Shop Body Butter. Instead I asked what he thought of registering me for Option 1 at the Spring Toastmasters Conference. I would really like to go. Finances were a little tight this year and I said that's all I want for both my birthday and Christmas which are only a few days apart. He agreed since it was still early bird pricing. I was elated! 

We often think the cost of going to the conference something we can all afford but for many of us like myself its not so easy. Being part of the Conference Committee and helping out with the visual graphics like the program, logos and websites has always been a passion of mine. I work from our home business Sky Studio and give of my time generously towards Toastmasters and so do all our leaders. I am greatful to be part of such an amazing team. My journey as a toastmaster and an artist has given me so many opportunities to explore my creative skills. Thank you all for giving me those opportunities. 

If you are thinking of ideas to get your spouse or other half consider the gift of Toastmasters?

Register today  before Dec 31st for your early bird special!

Are you ready for your guests

Are you ready for your guests?

“Honey? Honey? Hooooneeyyyyy?”


“I just got off the phone with Mom. She’ coming to visit for the Holidays!”

When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Okay, beside the “OH NO!”

No not Panic! Planning. You need to know what you will cook; how will you entertain her? Where is she going to sleep? When is she coming? How long is she staying? All kinds of questions whose objective is to plan so your guest’s stay is enjoyable. You put together a checklist, so everything is ready for your guest arrival.

Are you putting that much time an effort for the guests that show-up at your club?

How are the guests finding you? Do you have a website? Is it up to date with the latest names for the Officers? Do the links still work properly? Are the day, time and location of your meetings still accurate? If you don’t have a website, how do guests find you?

Do you have an email address? If so, how long does it take before you answer? Whose responsibility is it to reply to a guest’s request for information? On the email, do you invite the guest? What kind of documents do you attach to your email? Do you send a reminder the day prior to your meeting so your guests don’t forget? If you don’t have an email address, how do guests find you?

Are you on Meetup? WhatsApp? How do guests find you?

Cathy Herschell, our Immediate Past District Director, brought to my attention that some of our clubs’ websites were not up to date. In today’s world, searching for a club is often done on the World Wide Web. Take advantage of that tool. You never know, your next member might come from the WWW! What have you got to lose by maintaining your website and making sure you answer those emails from guests promptly? You never know, your Mom might come for a visit!


Jocelyne V

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

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