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


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!










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


Club News - July 2014

District 86 Spirit Award Presentation to Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master

On July 15, 2014 Immediate Past District Governor Tony Bratschitsch presented the 2013 - 2014 District 86 Spirit Award to Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master For many years of unhesitating and unrelenting service as our District 86 Web Master . Dennis is the 2014 - 2015 Hershaw Toastmasters President and has been the webmaster for the past 5 years. 24 members and 6 guests came for the presentation including Area 31 Governor Sandra Sharpe and Brampton Toastmasters president Amanda Russon.

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Speaking fo Success Toastmasters - Open House was a Success!

Great job Speaking For Success Toastmasters Club promoting open house event such widely!


Welcome to Investors Group London Toastmasters Club!

Investors Group London Toastmasters Club Charter Celebration - July 17, 2014 Welcome to District 86! Investors Group London is a closed, corporate club located at 745 Fanshawe Park Rd. W. in London.


Charter president is Carol Nicholson, 3rd from left, front row.

Simcoe Shores Toastmasters - 10th Anniversary

Come join the celebration of 10th Anniversary with Simcoe Shores Toastmasters on

  • Date / Time:  Monday, July 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location:  St. Pauls Anglican Church (corner of Hollywood Ave and The Queensway South in Keswick)
  • Guest speaker:Ross Mackay
  • Dinner / Door prizes

Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased by contacting: Jenny Walters at 905-830-8396
or Suzette Leeming at 289-231-5220. RSVP by July 23rd

Barrie Toastmasters - 50th Anniversary

In a few weeks, on August 1, 2015 Barrie Toastmasters Club #1603 will celebrate 50 years anniversary. Congratulations Barrie Toastmasters!!!

Speaking fo Success Toastmasters - Open House 

Come join this Toastmasters Open House Event with Champion Speaker Rene Vander Pryt

  • Date / Time:  July 30th 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Peel Chinese Community Service Hub
    Golden Square Centre (Central Pkwy & Burnhamthorpe)
    1177 Central Parkway West, Unit 81 (behind B-Trust Supermarket)
    Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 4P3
  • Guest speaker:Rene Vander Pryt

Please register for the event at this link

Meadowvale Toastmasters - Open House 

Come join this Toastmasters Open House Event with District International Speech Contest Winner Rene Vander Pryt & Susan Lamb-Robinson DTM semi-finalist of the World Championship of Public Speaking 2011

  • Date / Time:  July 24th 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Location: Meadowvale Library – (Meeting Room Inside of the Meadowvale Town Centre) 

    6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle

  • Guest speaker:Rene Vander Pryt and Susan Lamb-Robinson DTM

Note: Only 15 guests will be accepted from a draw. To register for this event click:

New Club Charters

Welcome to the team Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters! Check out their great video on YouTube!

Burloak Toastmasters Charter

Burloak Toastmasters Charter Celebration - July 9, 2014.  Burloak Toastmasters Club #3745363 is situated at the Burloak exit off the QEW, in the Canadian Tire Financial Services location.Congratulations!

You Are A Leader!

Division A Governor Gerry Fryer  - speech to 2014-15 Club Officers at Division A Officer Training - 06/26/14

On behalf of Division A and the more than 800,000 people in Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Markham who can benefit from what you do, thank you for being here. Today you have become leaders!

You may not yet realize the potential you now have as a club officer and leader. That’s what I’m going to talk about this evening.  All of you have my respect for stepping up to leadership. Give yourself a big hand for that! By the end of this training evening you will be on your way to giving back to the members of your clubs – that’s why they elected you, to serve them!

Our club mission statements include these words: “members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth”.

My fellow leaders, what you have signed up for this year is -- an exchange program. You have agreed to invest yourself in your club, and in return -- you will become a better person. Tonight that process begins.

How does a person become a leader? Long ago, it was a royal birthright. Or the leader may have been the strongest one – that’s the case in animal societies, after all. Money once dictated who got to the top, but even that circumstance is fading away.  In a society based on merit like ours, who emerges? Is it the child who takes the lead with others at home or in kindergarten? Is it the smartest one in the room? Or is it the quiet person who pays attention to what goes on around them, learns from experience, and gradually develops an understanding of what motivates people and what really works?

I first became a leader at the ripe age of 51. Earlier in life I believed I was the smartest guy in the room – until the room got a lot bigger, at university. It took a long time to polish my softer skills. I was an introvert and I had to learn how to relate to people. Along the way I became fascinated by the characteristics of good and bad leaders – in politics and in the workplace. I watched them and I read about them. I acquired mentors, formal and informal. Through this process, when my leadership opportunity finally arrived, I was ready to succeed.

My leadership guru, the great Warren Bennis, says that the most important ingredient for a great leader is Trust. Here are 3 principles under that umbrella:

  • Leaders are Authentic – they are the same as leaders as they are in the rest of their lives.
  • They are Reliable – they support their co-workers, or the people in their club, when it matters.
  • They have Integrity – leaders honour their commitments and promises.

I recommend Mr. Bennis’ book “On Becoming a Leader” to you, as you develop into a more effective leader in the safe Toastmasters space.

But wait – you thought you were coming to a training session and tonight’s program is headed ‘Generating Club Excellence (by Training Committed Club Officers).’ Is this a trick? Not really. Our ultimate goal is having excellent clubs in Division A; you are the catalysts for achieving that excellence; and tonight’s training will help you become a catalyst in your club.

What will you come away with after tonight? Your training will be relevant to your specific role in your club. You will learn how. 

  • To lead by example
  • To serve the members of your club
  • To help to plan and then drive the success of your club throughout the year, and
  • To make your life easier as a club officer by using Toastmasters resources efficiently.

John Quincy Adams said: If your actions inspire others to dream more…learn more…and become more, then you are a leader.

I urge you…

The new Toastmasters year began July 1, 2015- Have you set your goals?

We're looking forward to the start of a great District 86 Toastmasters year! In order to get the most of your Toastmasters experience whether you're a brand new member, a seasoned Toastmaster, or an officer - here are some ideas to help you plan your year:

District and Club Recognition Programs
Understand the district and club Recognition Programs. Throughout the district, teams are working together to develop success plans using these resources:
Distinguished Club Program - Club success plans
District Recognition Program - Area, Division, and District Success Plans
Speak to your club presidents, area, and division directors to find out what the club, area, division and district program goals are - and how you can help.

Officer Training
Make sure all officers have gone to training.

Communication and Leadership Opportunities
What new communication and leadership opportunities will you explore?
We've outlined a number of opportunities beyond your clubs, and encourage you to try something new this year.

Area and Division Councils
Want to know what's happening in your area or division?
Speak to your area or division director and ask to be part of their area or division council. You'll meet new people, learn what's happening, and be able to offer your expertise beyond your clubs.

District Conference
District Conferences are amazing opportunities to learn, to connect with peers across the district, to be inspired by amazing speakers, and to have fun with other Toastmasters.
Are you signed up for the Fall Conference? If not, check out the Conference page, and sign up today.

Member Communication and Engagement


On April 1st 2014, the Member Communication and Engagement Committee kicked off a project to look at the COMMUNICATIONS processes, applications, technology, organization, and governance of District 86.  We started with a survey of all District Officers, Division Governors, Area Governors, and Club Presidents.  We learned a lot from you.  The top three items that came out of the survey were:

  • Make it easier to figure out who to contact for various needs
  • Make it easier to figure out how to do things within District 86 and Toastmasters
  • Make it easier to find out when things are

And we listened. 

Updating how we communicate on our website  - our new Digital Channel - was critical.  Today, June 30, 2014 - we are doing a soft-launch of this site.  This coming weekend at the District Executive Committee meetings, Division and Area Governors will add their information to all their pages - as part of our new "crowdsourcing content" strategy - one that will allow for more contributors,  and richer information for all members.

Over the next few weeks, the MCEC committee will be completing it's report, and starting a sustainable education process to help everyone get more out of District 86 via:

  • better information at your moment of need
  • better ways for you to contribute information to share your ideas, practices, and milestones.

Just like the Toastmasters journey, this will take some patience and time.  We look forward to your support.

Member Communications and Engagement Committee
Reema Duggal (Chair), Dennis Bartel, Justin O'Donnell, Tuula Redditt,  Chris Brown, Craig French, Hitesh Parmar

Congratulations To All Distinguished Clubs - 2013/2014

Congratulations to all clubs that achieved President's Distinguished, Select Distinguished, and Distinguished status this year.  We know it takes a lot of hard teamwork and focus to get there - well done!

President's Distinguished

Club Name
Thornhill Club A - 21
Woodbridge Toastmasters A - 21
Advanced Speakers on the Hill A - 21
Markham's Talk of the City Club A - 22
Markham SweetTalkers Club A - 23
Unionville Toastmasters Club A - 24
Golden Gavel Club A - 24
Fluid Communicators & Leaders A - 24
Hilltop Toastmasters A - 24
Destiny Toastmasters Club A - 25
Markham Toastmasters Club A - 25
Richmond Hill Toastmasters A - 26
Momentum Toastmasters A - 26
Inclusive Toastmasters A - 26
Brampton Club B - 31
Hershaw Toastmasters Club B - 31
Region of Peel Toastmasters B - 31
Meadowvale Toastmasters Club B - 32
Speaking For Success Toastmasters Club B - 33
Maple Leaf Toastmasters B - 33
Rogers Park Toastmasters B - 34
Chosen Voices Toastmasters B - 36
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club B - 37
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters B - 37
Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club C - 41
Creekbank Toastmasters Club C - 41
PepsiCo Canada Toastmasters C - 41
City Centre Club C - 42
Port Credit Club C - 43
Soar To Excellence Toastmasters Club C - 44
Comfortably Speaking C - 45
Brant Toastmasters L - 51
First Oakville Toastmasters Club L - 52
Trafalgar Club L - 52
Glen Abbey Toastmasters L - 52
Horizon Toastmasters L - 52
Honeymoon City Club L - 55
Niagara College Toastmasters L - 55
Skyway Toastmasters Club L - 56
First Waterdown Club L - 56
Barrie Toastmasters Club M - 11
Sunshine Speakers Club M - 11
The Court Of Blarney M - 14
Greater Sudbury Speakers N - 3
London Western Club S - 71
Thames Valley Club S - 72
London City Hall S - 72
Forest City Club S - 73
Lambton Toastmasters Club S - 74
Riverspeak Toastmasters S - 74
Black Walnut Toastmasters Club W - 61
Energetics Toastmasters Club W - 61
CCRAzy Talkers Club W - 61
Grand River Toastmasters Club W - 64
Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club W - 65
Town and Gown Toastmasters W - 66

Select Distinguished

Club Name
Division - Area
DSC Toastmasters Club A - 21
IBM Toronto Lab Club A - 22
Nielsen Insightful Club A - 23
7120 Speakers Corner B - 31
Risky Business Club B - 33
Unscripted Expressions Club B - 35
Point of Tale Toastmasters B - 36
Leaders' Corner Toastmasters Club B - 36
Milton Club B - 37
IPC Toastmasters Club C - 41
Trillium Toastmasters Club C - 42
Sheridan Bruins C - 42
Candu Toastmasters C - 43
Hatch Mississauga C - 43
AMEC Oakville Toastmasters Club C - 43
Stoney Creek Club L - 53
Brock's Talkers L - 54
HatchMasters L - 55
NextNiagara L - 57
Brock Toastmasters L - 57
Barrie's Small Business Club M - 11
Collingwood Toastmasters Club M - 12
Towns Of York Toastmasters Club M - 13
Stouffville Toastmasters Club M - 13
Speak for Success York-Simcoe M - 14
Troy Toastmasters Club M - 14
Sudbury Toastmasters Club N - 3
Voix du Nord N - 3
Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club N - 3
Strathroy Toastmasters Club S - 71
London TaxMasters Club S - 73
Podium Pros Club S - 75
Talbot Trail Toastmasters S - 75
Talk Of The Town Club W - 61
Cambridge Toastmasters Club W - 64
Linguists Of Listowel Club W - 65
Guelph Public Speakers W - 67


Club Name
Power Speaking Toastmasters Club A - 22
URS Toastmasters In Ontario A - 25
Speakers of the Hill A - 26
City of Brampton Toastmasters B - 31
Speakwell B - 32
Halton Hills Toastmasters B - 37
COMET Toastmasters Club C - 42
HP Powerspeakers C - 44
TELUS Mississauga Toastmasters C - 44
Valley Town Toastmasters Club L - 51
Grimsby L - 53
Midday Marauders Club L - 54
Mansion Toastmasters Club L - 56
Garden City Toastmasters L - 57
Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club M - 12
State Farm Club M - 13
Simcoe Shores Club M - 14
Cementation Toastmasters N - 2
Campus Communicators Club S - 71
University of Waterloo Toastmasters W - 62
Concordia Club W - 63
The Co-operators W - 66

Club News - June 2014


Glen Abbey Toastmasters held their 22nd Anniversary Charter Party.  We had over 35 members and guests attend.  2013/2014 Glen Abbey Toastmaster of The Year - Paul Dubal in upper right.

Club Toastmasters FrancoFun chartered June 20, 2014

District 86 2013-2014 SPIRIT Awards


left to right:  1 - Charlene Norman, Mike Proudlock. 2 - Mike Proudlock, Region of Peel Chair Emil Kohl, District 86 Governor Tony Bratschitsch, 3 - Dennis Bartel's plaque held by District 86 Governor Tony Bratschitsch (Dennis' presentation will be made at Hershaw Toastmasters).

Three SPIRIT Awards were recently announced at the District 86 Celebration at Erin Park in Mississauga on June 21st, 2014. The inaugural awards were sponsored by District Governor Tony Bratschitsch and were dedicated to three Toastmasters serving in non-elected positions.

The recipients for 2013 / 2014 are:

Charlene Norman, DTM District Treasurer
For unending dedication in managing District 86's finances with the highest standard of integrity and accountability

Mike Proudlock, DTM Realignment Chair
For courageous and inspirational leadership in realigning District 86 for greater future growth

Dennis Bartel, ACB, ALB District Web Master
For many years of unhesitating and unrelenting service as our District 86 Web Master

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

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