The Conference Experience by Carl J Naus

Are you getting the most from Toastmasters?

You can get added value by attending the District’s Conference where we come together to compete, learn, network and socialize. You will see inspiring keynote speakers, learn through educational workshops and experience fantastic speech contests. (The speech contest may inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and compete yourself). You will learn from each other's best practices and how to enhance your club experience (practical ideas that you can take back to your club). Corporations can sponsor their members who will be invigorated by the great speakers they will see. Personally, I have attended over 10 Conferences and have always enjoyed myself. I have gained so much from the workshops and have been inspired to become a better speaker.

The Conference is at the Hilton Meadowvale April 24-April 26, 2020 and is valued at $299.00 until Dec 31 when prices will rise!

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Carl J Naus
District 86 Spring Conference Sponsorship Chair

D86 Douglas Barclay Award Recipient 2018-2019

Tony Bratschitsch, DTM is the most recent recipient of the Douglas Barclay Award. He is a Past District Governor (2013-2014) in which District 86 achieved Distinguished District status. As well, for over ten years, Tony has been very active in the community as a volunteer. Some of his experiences are:

Royal Canadian Legion

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The Royal Canadian Legion was created by an Act of Parliament two years after the founding of Toastmasters. The Legion has official responsibilities for supporting veterans and their families and in honouring Remembrance of the men and women who served, suffered and died doing their duty to our country.

Tony Bratschitsch has been a member of the Legion for twelve years and he has been the Dundas Branch's Chair of the Youth Education program for six years. Tony has been a member of the Branch's executive for five years. He is also a member of the Colour Party which is always front and centre of any Remembrance or other Legion public activity. His participation in the Legion is related to that of Toastmasters because the two organizations in the Town of Dundas have supported each other in many ways.

Tony was asked to be the Chair of the Youth Education program because he was a Toastmaster. During his duration as Chair, Tony has promoted the venerable Annual Poster & Literary Contest to the students and schools in the Dundas, Ancaster and West Hamilton area. This was something that he experimented with by trying different techniques in getting the Grade 1 - 12 students involved and excited about participating in the contests with their poems, essays and posters.

The way it's turned out, unknown to Tony at the beginning, is that he got involved, because he was a Toastmaster, the following has developed:

  • more students, teachers and their families got involved
  • many more students blossomed with recognition for their submissions
  • He had to make different types of presentations to the students
  • sometimes as many as eight in one day in individual classes
  • sometimes if front of large assemblies of approximately 650 people 
  • uniquely, at one exceptional family's home (home-taught students) for five straight years. Their mother recently told Tony that her kids no longer consider him as "the Legion guy" but as "their friend" - a very high compliment presentations made at Legion award ceremonies

Tony came home one day and found himself on the front cover of the Dundas Star. This is just one of many media news releases that the local newspapers have provided. Three years before, the Ancaster News posted another separate picture of Tony with students on its front page.

Of the seven Legion Branches in our Zone (Hamilton, Burlington, Dundas, Stoney Creek), Tony's Branch students win 70% of the awards, consistently.

Mohawk College
Eleven years ago, Tony was contacted by a professor at Mohawk College to provide a 45-minute presentation on public speaking. Since then, members of his club, Valley Town Toastmasters, have made such presentations every year - except for the year of the provincial strike - in which they also heavily promoted the Toastmaster program. One year, Tony and his club members made nine separate presentations at Mohawk. This past February, Tony and two more members presented to a packed-room audience of 73 students. Over the years, Tony had personally received plenty of "thank you notes" from students. One of his newer neighbors was a student in one of the presentations five years ago and she clearly remembered Tony and Toastmasters.

Air Cadets
Ten years ago, Tony was referred to the Southern Ontario Air Cadet organization because he was a Toastmaster. Since then, every year near the end of April, local Toastmasters have been judging their annual debates at Mohawk College. Last April, Tony was recognized by the Chief Judge in front of 30 other judges for his contributions. There is a photo of Toastmasters posing with Air Cadets attached to this email.

Cactus Festival Parades
In 2008, Tony initiated his club's participation in the annual Cactus Festival Parade during August in Dundas. Other local clubs have supported this initiative as well. This has brought great awareness of the Toastmaster program in the area and members have learned over the years that some people joined various clubs because they saw Toastmasters in the parade. There is a photo from the most recent parade attached.

Arthritis Society of Canada
Eleven years ago, a coordinator from the Arthritis Society of Canada sent emails to local Toastmaster clubs looking for volunteer presenters. Since then, Tony has done approximately 30 two-hour presentations on managing chronic pain. In 2015, he received the Ontario Provincial award for excellence (see the photo of him with the bouquet and trophy with the young lady). A few years ago, the Society's HQ asked for Tony, the "Toastmaster", to be the MC at a local fundraising walkathon.

Hamilton SMOG Hockey Team
Team SMOG Champions 2016This may appear to be unrelated, however, it was significant for older hockey players. As captain of the Hamilton SMOG, Tony facilitated co-ed (male and female) participation in a men's league. One year, his team won a tournament in Newmarket with a good mix. See the two photos. Activities like this are important to "social" improvement.

Young Taiwanese Merchants Association
This is one of Tony's favourite stories. At the last minute, he was "promoted" to be the primary keynote speaker at a conference for the Young Taiwanese Merchants Association of Toronto. Instead of presenting to a smaller group in a classroom, Tony made a longer presentation on "Overcoming the barriers to multi-cultural communication" in a large ballroom in front of 160 attendees, television, radio and newspaper crews. There is a photo of a newspaper article in a Chinese newspaper attached. Tony was also personally interviewed on the radio.

Over the years, Tony has also made presentations to the City of Hamilton Health Unit (6), Free Masons of Hamilton and the Women's Institute of Canada. He has also been called upon to provide advice on many speech contests and debating activities by volunteer organizations.

HOIST - Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters


Ever since we lost our Fall Conference, there has been a very noticeable void in the District's social calendar between September and December. No worries, the District's Toastmasters are very social people and will always find a party. This is what happens at every single Open House that is hosted by my home club, Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters. This is how HOIST - Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters - was born.

As Area D83 Director, I decided to host a truly Interclub meeting with all 4 clubs from Area 83. The goal was to have an event where Toastmasters within Area 83 could meet, listen to great speeches, and network. Our success was measured by having an event where all clubs were represented on the agenda and all Toastmasters enjoyed themselves in a productive environment. One barrier we successfully removed was having individuals pay an admission fee. This was done be the generous donations from clubs. All in all, the Toastmasters and guests that did come, enjoyed the speakers, food, and especially the Games.

Every club participated and better yet, all 4 clubs sponsored the event to keep admission free with great food, drinks, and prizes. Krista Rowan, expertly delivered the appropriate theme, Community. Furthermore, I'd like to acknowledge the off-the-day participants:

Krista Rowan, President Glen Abbey Toastmasters - Toastmaster/ MC
Doug Flowers, President, Horizons Toastmasters - TableTopics Master
Zach Gray, President, SAA
Sasha-Li Chinloy, Area 83 Keynote Speaker,
Alisha Braund, Glen Abbey Toastmasters Speaker & Madonna fan
Shobith Johnson, Own the Moment Toastmasters, Speaker
Rosanne Garrido, Keeping-Everyone-Fed-and-Happy-Master
Elvis Gregov, FunMaster, Name that Tune
Peter Day, AudioMaster

Special shout-out goes to Sheridan Trafalgar Toastmasters. This club was the second-most represented club, behind only the host club. This is especially big since the event was hosted during Reading Week at Sheridan College.

While we had fancy equipment and great speeches and interactive games, the success of the event is, without question, because of the great people at this Toastmasters event. Elvis Gregov's, "Name That Tune" got everyone energized and competitive. We had 3 guests come to this event and 2 returned the very next Thursday at Own the Moment to join. This may very well become an annual event.

Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACS ALB
Area D83, Area Director, Own the Moment Toastmasters, IPP
November 1, 2019

Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648 Holds Fall Open House

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Algoma Toastmasters had a successful Open House utilizing their regular scheduled meeting time and location. Although only 2 guests attended, one has since joined the club and the other has attended 2 subsequent meetings with intentions to join! Given that conversation rate, Algoma Toastmasters is incredibly proud of the success of this event.

Wanting to give guests the complete Toastmasters meeting experience, a full agenda was planned with inclusion of all the typical meeting roles. The Word of the Day – ‘Actualize’ was chosen by the executive in advance, allowing the regular members to incorporate the theme into their roles easily and also providing a theme for the night. Table Topics were based around inspirational quotes one could use to ‘Actualize’ their potential! The planning process was led by V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 – who used this event to complete his High Performance Leadership project.

For speeches, 2 educational presentations were given from members of the executive, first an overview of the benefits of Toastmasters membership by President Matthew Lance, CC, CL, IP1. Next our V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 delivered a deep dive into the Pathways Program. Finally, we had an example of a typical speech given by one of our newest club members, Kelly Legault. All of the speeches and roles were trialed at the previous weeks’ meeting. This allowed our speakers to get valuable feedback from their fellow Toastmasters before the day of the event. We were quite happy with the extra preparation we took for this event, as it ensured smooth sailing and a professional presentation for our guests.

For more information on Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648, visit

by Maggie Gasparett

Division A & B Laugh Off LOL Festival

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LOL?  Yes, Laughing Out Loud.... A Laugh Off Festival! Against Division B. Division B will bring their four (4) best speakers to “laugh off” Against our four (4) best Division A-Speakers.



  • Date: THURSDAY, OCT 24TH 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Admission: $10.00 PER PERSON Before October 16 | $15.00 at the Door | First Come, First Served Only 150 Seats
  • Refreshments will be served

Register and get your tickets on Eventbrite to reserve your seat

Here is a sneak peak at the Division B presenters:

Patricia Williams BPatricia has been a Toastmaster for 3 years. She is a Business Operations Analyst at the Region of Peel, and is currently the President of the Region of Peel Toastmasters Club. She loves rock concerts and fast cars.





Dennis Bartel DTM CDennis joined Hershaw Toastmasters in Oct of 2007, achieving his DTM on December 8th, 2017. He has competed in all four contest types at club, area, becoming the Division B 2017 Humorous Speech Contest Champion, and Division B 2015 Table Topics Champion. Dennis has received the 2009-2010 District 86 President of the Year, 2014 & 2018 Spirit of District 86 Award, and 2017-2018 Publicist of the Year  Award. He also served as the District 86 Webmaster from 2010 to 2016 and as the 2016-2017 Public Relations Manager. Along with Sue Hopcroft Co-Founded Brampton Talks Toastmasters. Dennis also designed the District 86 10-year logo, Toastmasters Flag for the 2017 Spring Conference, and various conference logos and printed programs. He has served as club President 3 times. 


Tuula Redditt DTM BTuula started her Toastmaster journey in November of 2006. Working as a digital media and fine artist for Atlantis Aerospace in Brampton they chartered a corporate toastmaster club. Since then the company closed and the club continued as a public club changing the name to Speak to Inspire Toastmasters in Brampton. Tuula received her DTM award in 2013 and the District 86 Spirit Award in 2015. She is the District 86 Blogmaster and newsletter editor and continues to support the conference committee with graphics and program support. 



Cal Lockhart DTM BCal has been retired since May, 2000 and has been a Toastmaster since May, 2012. He has been a member of two clubs for most of that period and is currently a member of his home club "Speak to Inspire". His 2nd club is "Brampton Alpha" and his 3rd club is "Raisng Champions Advanced Toastmasters. He has had the honour of serving as VPE for 4 terms between clubs. In addition he served for two terms as Sergeant At Arms for Medix Toastmasters (now Brampton Alpha). Cal has also served as a new Club Mentor for Citi Orators TM and was area 34 Director in 2018-19. He was awarded a DTM in July of 2019.


Is West Nipissing Ready For A Toastmasters Club?

West Nipissing, a municipality of amalgamated towns and villages with a population of 14,000 is very bilingual and is in the news. Check it out!

Colleen Charland, DTM PM4
North Bay & Area Toastmasters

Toastmasters Tribune

High Performance Leadership

The High Performance Leadership Project continues to take our Toastmasters program to new levels by expanding our leadership skills into the public eye. David Lozowsky did just that by embarking on spreading the news about Toastmasters to the public.

14 members from 7 different clubs pitched in to help publicize Toastmasters in Brampton at the Downtown Farmers market on September 14th 2019. We distributed 500 color trifold pamphlets. This was a great opportunity for clubs to talk about their clubs and draw in new members. The lovely collage below has glimpses of this event.


Top Left to Right: David and Mayor Patrick Brown | Pam from Hershaw accepting the flyers to distribute | Michael from Brampton and Dharmesh from Brampton Talks ready to promote their clubs 
Bottom Left to Right: Felicia from Speak to Inspire excited to be speaking with someone | Matthew from Rogers Park listening to a prospect

Speak to Inspire TM Pizza Picnic

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What a fantastic day we had at Chingacousy Park on Aug 21st at noon. This is our club's 3rd annual picnic in the park and this year we had a bonus gift certificate ($50 Pizza party gift certificate) from District 86 for recieving 5 new members in May and June. Congratulations everyone for your hard work. Not only was the weather amazing we had members from our area's clubs attend and many other visitors. Thank you everyone for the delicious food and speeches. Our club knows how to put on a celebration with so many education awards. 

  • Cal Lockhart was presented with his DTM pin and ACG award
  • Phil Coakley recieved his ACG pin
  • Gerry Phillips received his CC pin and presented his ice breaker speech called 'In The Beginning'
  • Tuula Redditt received her MS level4 certificate
  • Adebanjo Owoaje received his LD Level 1 certificate
  • Our club was also presented with our home od Area Director Ribbon by Firdaus Walele our Area Director

Keep up the great work and we have an amazing start to becoming distinguished again after a Presidents Distinguished Year.

Your Truly Tuula Redditt DTM, MS 4
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