Club News November - 2014

Trafalgar Toastmasters Celebrates An Amazing 35 Years!


On Monday, November 10/2014, Trafalgar Toastmasters held their 35th Anniversary Celebrations in Oakville.  Over 40 current and alumni members attended to participate in a very special meeting that celebrated Trafalgar Toastmasters rich history.

David Howlett, Professional Speaker & former Trafalgar Toastmaster delivered a great speech entitled: What I Learned at Oakville Central Library.

Charter Founding Member Peter Crabtree spoke about a very important past member.  Every week, Trafalgar Toastmasters gives out the Betty Mackay spirit award in her honor to the Toastmaster who personifies the values of Toastmasters. Peter is still an active member of Trafalgar Toastmasters after 35 years!  He was also a past District 60 Governor, and the District 86 President's Award is named after him. 

Joan Graham, a member for 34 years shared the reasons she keeps coming back. She spoke of the interesting cast of characters that come through our doors. She truly enjoys meeting interactions, learning and mentoring people of all walks of life. Trafalgar Toastmasters makes her Top 5 great things that she's done in her life. 

Evening Chair and Club President Francine Landry led a great night of speeches, celebration and camaraderie.  Learn more about Trafalgar Toastmasters at


Free Advertising in The News Mississauga

The weekly free newspaper The News Mississauga which is delivered free with flyers has a page titled Community Calender in which we can give free public service announcements about our forthcoming meetings. I have seen announcements by Meadowvale Toastmasters, Port Credit Toastmasters, and Lakeview Toastmasters informing their weekly meeting days and times.

Asa a memeber of Tangri Toastmasters in Mississauga we will be releasing our announcements as it will also work as information to others. Brampton residents also must be receiving similar free newspaper. Something to consider.

By Noel Singh
New Member of Tangri Toastmasters in Mississauga

Members Making a Difference Award Recipient

It is my pleasure to announce that Kathie Weaver, DTM will be receiving the Members Making a Differnce Award at the Communication & Leadership Recipient Luncheon on Saturday November 8, 2014 at the 2014 District 86 Fall Conference

MMAD Award Recipient Kathie Weaver, DTM

Kathie Weaver DTM, Members Making a DifferenceIn August 2014, Toastmaster Kathie Weaver travelled to Cambodia with a team of 6 other individuals to host a day camp for approximately 70 Vietnamese children.

The Vietnamese people of Cambodia are a displaced community who live without state or status. This means they are unable to utilize government services or be employed. Typically, the main breadwinners of the family are the children who wander the streets pulling large wooden carts and rummaging through garbage cans or who sacrifice their innocence for money.  

Kathie participated in a program to allow these children ample time to complete their family obligations yet still have fun and learn. Kathie and her colleagues provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch for those who attended. Many of these children would eat a portion of it and then bag it up to take home and share with their families. 

Kathie and her colleagues provided lessons in computer skills and character building. Additionally, and most importantly, they provided the children with the much needed love, attention and care that they so deserved and desired; from playing games to tending to infected wounds, they did what they could to show these children that they were important. Kathie Weaver is a member of Destiny Toastmasters, Area 25 in Division A.  She has served as a Past President of Open to Speak and Lexmark and is a past Area Governor.  But more than that, she’s a member making a difference.

20 / 20 Campaign - Aiming For Charter Strength!

KeepCalmCharterStrengthToastmasters is about members working together to bring out the best in each other, their communities, and their corporations. This can only happen when clubs are healthy with a robust and growing membership.

Charter strength (20 members) is of critical importance! Members provide the leadership, and undertake the work of conducting meetings and delivering programs, conferences and training. Members ensure the financial stability of the organization and also Toastmasters standing as a leading benefactor of society.

Your continuing challenge is maintaining steady, healthy membership growth in your club. When is the best time for clubs to get new members? ALWAYS! Why do clubs need to get to charter strength?

  • That's the minimum number to ensure members don't get "burned out" and that all members get the variety of feedback and experience they need to reach their Toastmasters goals.
  • It may also be that your club has more than 20 members, but only a few of those members actually attend meetings on a regular basis.

Charter strength is so important that this year, District 86 is providing an incentive program called "The 20/20 Campaign" to promote clubs getting to 20 members by December 20, 2014.

Clubs that started the year (July 1) with fewer than 20 members and achieve charter strength (20 members) as of December 20, 2014 will receive Newsletter and web recognition; also a RECOGNITION PRIZE! The 20/20 Campaign winning clubs will be revealed online with a few weeks of the contest ending.

So remember to always bring in new guests, keep your current members engaged, and reach out to members – and former members - whose interest may be lagging. And check out the D86 Marketing Page for tools and information!

District News November - 2014

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Hashtag for the Conference by Vitaliy Fursov, D86 PRO

Hashtags. What you need to know about them.

In June 2014 the new word hashtag was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Hashtag is a word or an unspaced phrase prefixed with the hash character, #. It is a type of metadata tag used in social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter. For example:

"District 86 Toastmasters will meet in London, ON on a weekend November 7-9, 2014 for traditional #TM86Fall2014 Fall Conference."

A hashtag allows grouping of similarly tagged messages, and also allows an electronic search to return all messages that contain it. As you've noticed, District 86 Fall Conference will be using #TM86Fall2014 as an official hashtag. When you'll be posting your pictures and updates in social media, please use #TM86Fall2014 hashtag. This will help us to promote the Toastmasters brand, and District 86 conference. It will make searching easy, and will certainly help fellow Toastmasters to stay connected.

District 86 General Business Meeting - November 8, 2014

Our District has seen unprecedented success over the past few years!  Come find out why at the District 86 General Business Meeting at the Fall Conference:

District 86 will present the latest international news from the 2014 International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, the District 86 success plans, annual budgets, and vote on important District 86 business.

It’s Time For Your Club To Vote

  • Each club has 2 votes.  These have been given to the President and VP ED
  • These votes can be assigned by PROXY to any active member who attends the General Business Meeting
    IN PERSON to vote.
  • One active member may carry both votes for the club.

Voting Proxies

  • To assign a proxy, download this proxy form:  pdfProxy Form - Nov 8 2014.pdf
  • Have the President and VP Ed complete the form and assign the proxy to the active member who will be attending the General Business Meeting.
  • Let the District know who the representing active member is by emailing
    In the email, include: club name, club number, and representatives name.

Voting Process At The General Business Meeting

To vote, you must register at the Credentials Desk (next to registration desk). The Credentials Desk hours are:

  • Friday, November 7: 2:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Saturday, November 8: 7:00 am - 8:00 am and 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

The General Business Meeting starts at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 8. Register early as lines can get long at the last minute, and there must be sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish that we have quorum. Coffee will be available immediately outside the room as a courtesy.

If you are the President or VP Education, the credentials desk will give you your ballots.
If you are a representative from the club, please present your proxy forms, and you will be given your ballots.

For further information please see Toastmasters International information on credentials / voting / proxy’s.

We look forward to your participation in conducting important District Business at the General Business Meeting.

And while you're at the General Business meeting, why not consider staying for the whole conference?  Check out the Fall Conference page.

Member News October - 2014

The Joys of the Contest Season by Gerry Fryer

While remaining somewhat above the fray as the clubs and areas in my division held their contests this fall, I noticed several things which reinforced my belief in the Toastmasters program.

On the communications side,

  1. Members aged from 20 to 80 showed up as contestants. 
  2. There was one Table Topics contestant who was completely thrown by the topic. Nevertheless, her speech let us in on her struggles with it and her thought processes, and she won the hearts of a highly empathetic audience.
  3. Toastmasters from some clubs that were chartered in 2014 won at the area level and did well at the Division Contest.
  4. Unexpected things happened. Some inexperienced Toastmasters gave wonderful speeches and won prizes, while there were veteran members who just had bad days and were left to fight another day.
  5. The final winners of the Humorous and Table Topics contests had to be and were brilliant in order to emerge as representatives of Division A at the District 86 Fall Conference.

As for leadership, contests provide an opportunity for members to go beyond their comfort zones and do something they have not attempted before. With the material on the District’s website and assistance from other members, there is more support for these members than ever before.

The members who step up at contest time become the club officers, area governors and other district officers of tomorrow, because they prove something to themselves. Some examples:

  1. Toastmasters who are somehow transformed into calm and authoritative personalities when they are at the contest podium.
  2. Others who exercise their natural talents in finding resources, bringing people together and making decisions within a given timeframe.
  3. Those who gain confidence just by the discovery of their capabilities.

Contests are fun and sometimes mildly stressful. The payoffs, it seems to me, are the growth both in Toastmasters spirit and the capabilities of our members.

Farewell to a Great Speakeasy Toastmasters Member Malcolm Jones

Dear Toastmasters, dignitaries and former Toastmasters,

On Thursday, former Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters President Malcolm Jones will be sharing his last Toastmasters meeting with our club. We invite all of you to attend the Thursday October 30th meeting to honour Malcolm Jones.

Malcolm will be moving to Tillsonburg shortly, a small town outside of London ON. A jolly, heart-warming Toastmaster, Malcolm is one of the founding members of Brampton Speakeasy. His personality is highly reflected in our club culture, which has, arguably, driven the success of this club.

Malcolm joined Toastmasters in 2009. He was the original VP of PR for Brampton Speakeasy, and was elected SAA soon after. As President, led the club to President's Distinguished before December of his term. His speeches were thought-provoking and endearing. His comments are witty, and he is absolutely hilarious. Malcolm successfully launched the Brampton Gavel Club, which has grown remarkably through his leadership. Many youth are completing the leadership programs and actively participating in the Gavel Club because of his mentoring and his fantastic management. Truly, if anything else, Malcolm is a polished manager. He is always on-time, on-point and dedicated to his role.

Last but not least, he always provided a helping hand. Malcolm frequently visited clubs and contests around District 86, either to fill a role or simply, say hi. Most recently, he was spotted in Milton supporting our contestants at the Division B contest. Malcolm is a mentor, he is a leader, and he embodies the values of a Toastmaster and a good friend. For anyone that has ever met Malcolm Jones, you know that his presence is memorable. He starts with a big hello, gives a sweeping hug or a solid handshake, and he makes you feel engaged, involved and welcomed into the family.

So, please come out and join us as we celebrate Malcolm Jones and his legacy with Toastmasters.

Time: 7:00 pm sharp
Location:  Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters, the Upper Floor Community Room at Fortinos Brampton, 35 Worthington Ave, off of Bovaird and west of Chinguacousy
Contact: Radha Tailor 647 407 9877 or email me at

Warmest regards,
Radha Tailor

Mark McKenzie Rhb, DTM Shares his 90th Anniversary Experience

At the start of 2014 I had 2 simple related goals. One was to complete the requirements for DTM and the other was to break into the professional speakers' space/market. In May 2014 I was awarded my DTM by Toastmasters International. Today I spoke with about 300 grade 6 students at Sunny View Middle School in Brampton. This for me is both monumental and memorable as my accomplishments coincide with Toastmasters 90th Anniversary. So today like hundreds of thousands around the globe in more than 116 countries I say, "Here's to the vision of Ralph Smedley and the mission of Toastmasters."

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


District 86 Fall Conference Communication & Leadership Recipient Chris Moss

After 23 years working in the nonprofit sector, Chris Moss has worked with many types of organizations to help create a positive yet lasting impact in people's lives. Working on the front line caring for people with significant physical disabilities, mental health issues, homelessness and housing concerns and teenage parents taught her a lot about her own leadership. Now, as a new business owner and consultant in the areas of community and leadership she works to develop young leaders, reenergize older leaders and create caring, innovative and authentic leaders who work with our most vulnerable populations. Always wanting to shake up the status quo and help people to look at life in new ways, Chris strives each day to challenge people to do more than they ever imagined was possible.


Chris Moss, M.A.
Moss Leadership Consulting

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