Member News January - 2015


Where are you in your Toastmaster Program?

Perhaps you have achieved your Competent Communicator and Competent Leader designations. Maybe you are unsure about the direction you want to take in your Advance Toastmaster Program. Are you feeling just a little bored? Have you become just a little complacent?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then it’s time to “Boost” your leadership potential; step outside your comfort zone; grow your leadership muscles and explore the opportunities available to you outside of your Toastmasters Club. Take your communication skills to the next level.

David Letterman always had a top 10 list; it’s time for District 86 to create one too.

Here it is: The Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Toastmaster Leadership Potential:

  1. Become a Test Speaker for one of the upcoming Club Contests
  2. Participate in the Toastmaster Learning Institute
  3. Explore and learn about upcoming executive positions in your club
  4. Attend Club Officer Training
  5. Get involved in the upcoming conference – join a committee
  6. Take on a role in the upcoming Area and Division Contests
  7. Participate in your own Club Contest
  8. Participate in the District 86 Face book discussions
  9. Become a mentor to a newer toastmaster
  10. Start a Youth Leadership Program

I am sure there are many more leadership opportunities that could be added to this list. Create your own. The Toastmaster’s Program has so much to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Boost your Leadership Potential now.

Veronica Hislop ACS, ALB
Area 34, B, District 86

Club News January - 2015


Soirée portes ouvertes du Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord
Sudbury, le 22 janvier 2015 - Le Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord de Sudbury convie la population à sa soirée portes ouvertes annuelle. Venez assister à une réunion typique du club, au cours de laquelle les membres apprennent à mieux communiquer en public et à devenir de meilleurs leaders.

La soirée se déroulera le mercredi 4 février, à 18 h 45, à l’École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier (37 boul. Lasalle, Sudbury). Des invités spéciaux présenteront des discours et chaque membre du club sera appelé à livrer une improvisation devant le public. Vous découvrirez comment les membres d’un club Toastmasters s'évaluent entre eux, afin d’acquérir des compétences de communicateur et de leader.
Et qui sait, Toastmasters est peut-être pour vous! Vous y apprendrez à :

  • Devenir un leader et un communicateur compétent
  • Inciter, motiver et convaincre votre auditoire
  • Maîtriser votre nervosité lorsque vous parlez en public
  • Développer votre confiance en soi
  • Améliorer votre français, corriger les anglicismes et les tournures de phrases fautives

Pour en savoir plus, visitez le
Nous vous y attendons en grand nombre!
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Agathe Dubé
Club Toastmasters Voix du Nord
RSVP au 705-822-6118

Presenting Award Winner: Shirkir Lakani

Learn How to Turn Your Club Into a Top Club with Lance Miller on February 28

Learn How to Turn Your Club Into a Top Club with Lance Miller on February 28

A Must Attend for Leaders 

Lance Miller, DTM is unique among the giants of the Toastmaster world. Not only is he the 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking, he is also a world champion club builder. His home club, Renaissance Speakers consistently ranks in the top 4 clubs of the world! Do you want to learn how to turn your club into a top club?

Please join Lance Miller and your District Leaders on February 28 - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Meadowvale Secondary School, 6700 Edebnwood Drive, Mississauga, On L5N 3B2.

Whats included?

  • Hot lunch
  • Lance Miller's Audio "How to Build a Champion Club"
  • Lance Miller in person presenting his tips on club building, promoting your club and speaking.

Meet your upcoming candidates for the Spring Election, here about the Realignment Report 2014-15 and updates from the Strategic Growth Committee with our 20/20 Vision program.

Leaders will not want to miss this. For more info on Lance Miller check out

Ticket Information 

Early Bird Tickets:

- $29.99 - includes audio CD "How to Build a Champion Club"

- $49.99 - includes 2 audio discs "How to Build a Champion Club" + "How to Promote and Market a Club"

Tickets close: February 15th or when SOLD OUT! Don't Delay

 Register Online Today 

Area and Division News December - 2014

Allied Global Toastmasters celebrates their Charter Party!

Division M is growing. Two corporate Toastmasters clubs have been officially chartered: The Allied Global – Leaders in Speech (Lunch) and Allied Global – Leaders in Speech (Dinner).

The event was well attended by the District Officials, Club Sponsors, Mentors and club members.

Allied charter party

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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015!

Leizyl Sobrinho, Division M Governor

Division A Toastmasters - "Together We Succeed!"

Karin Lindner

Presenting Karin Lindner with her 2013-14 Select Distinguished Area certificate at Richmond Hill Toastmasters.

Area 24 is in the News

We hit the news again! Amazing pictures from Area 24 Contests are published on the pages of SNAPD Richmond Hill.
Check us out on Snapd

Member News December - 2014

Congratulations - District 86 Legacy Award

ReemaDuggalLegacyAwardCongratulations to Reema Duggal, ACB, ALB (Glen Abbey Toastmasters) for being presented with the first ever District 86 Legacy Award. 

District Governor Carolyn Hoxie and Immediate Past District Governor Tony Bratschitsch presented the award at the 2014 Fall Conference.

The recognition is for a foundational achievement for her vision for a District 86 Member Communication / Engagement Strategy. From April 2014, she and the Member Communications and Engagement Committee have been worked to transform and improve the way the District communications processes, applications, technology infrastructure, organization, and governance work. 

The Member Communications and Engagement Committee includes: Dennis Bartel, Tuula Redditt, Chris Brown, Justin O'Donnell, Hitesh Parmar, and Craig French.

I Didn't Want To Be A Leader by Bud Brown, DTM - Division W Governor

I'm not a leader by choice. I feel I make a better second in command. The one behind the scenes who lines everything up and hands the primed tool to a leader who can take all the glory (and also deal with the people in the cheap-seats taking pot-shots).

When I joined Toastmasters, it wasn't for their leadership-building path. It was for their communication program. For my first year in Toastmasters, I was just along for the ride. I did my 10 speeches and was called "competent". What I did not realize was that in that year, I was being groomed for Leadership. They groomed my listening skills by asking me to count ums and ahs and to watch for the use of a word-of-the-day. They taught me to be more organized by making me first a timer, then a Toastmaster, then an General Evaluator.
They taught me how to assess abilities and give positive, constructive feedback with evaluations of all sorts. They taught me about team building through being a General Evaluator and a Toastmaster and finally by getting me to run a contest.

Then they sprung their trap! "Would you be willing to be the VP of Membership?" I looked around at my club which had 26 members at the time and thought, "How hard can it be?" Under my skilled leadership, I took a thriving club of 26 members and turned it into a starving group of 16 rugged individualists. Clearly, I had a lesson to learn about leadership. Then it hit me. I felt a need to learn about leadership. Without my planning for it, Toastmasters had turned me into a leader-in-training.

This isn't a bad thing; whether you are part of a business, a social club, a non-profit organization or even your own family, groups of people need leaders to help them have direction. Often, those leaders are not the people with the titles. Business guru Jim Rohn said, "A leader is someone that people follow". It sounds so obvious doesn't it? but often the people who are leading are doing it unconsciously. They are confident in how they approach things and people sense that. Some people become such leaders because they naturally go in that direction and any group is fortunate to have such people. But the need for leaders is great and only a few get into that role without thinking about it.

A couple of years after I joined Toastmasters, they introduced the Competent Leaders Manual which basically organized the knowledge I had been getting; just by belonging to the organization. The Competent Leaders Manual did three key things. It put into words, the lessons that people had been unconsciously learning, it motivated people to take on different roles at their meetings and it gave credit to people who learned the whole spectrum of basic leadership skills. Now, while striving to become competent communicators, Toastmasters gives us a focussed tool toward becoming competent leaders.

I am currently on my third time through the Competent Leaders Manual and just like the Competent Communicator manual I get more out of it each time I apply the lessons in that powerful book. Have you actually read your Competent Leaders Manual? This week, take a look at what role you’ll be taking in your meeting, then go to the Project Completion Record in your Manual and find that role, read what the project says about it and purposefully grow.

I still don't aspire to be a leader. Even in my present role within Toastmasters, I think of myself as a servant leader: someone who prepares the way for others to achieve their goals. Something has changed though. Now I recognize that even staying in the background, I am someone whose example people will follow. If I want things to go well, I had better pay attention to the example I am setting. That means purposefully handling various skills that are called "leadership": Listening, evaluating, providing feedback, building teams and motivating, just to mention a few.

Be the leader you didn't want to be.


St Catharines Toastmaster attends Moscow Free Speakers Club

Founded on the eve of Perestroika by an American in 1988, the Moscow Free Speakers Club is the oldest Toastmasters Club in Russia and numbers about 75 members. It is English speaking.

So when Daniil Maslyuk, Vice President of Public Relations of this club invited me to be General Evaluator of meeting no. 602 in Moscow, I leaped at the chance. “We definitely would love to experience the Canadian style :-)” he had emailed in perfect English.

Having loved visiting Toastmasters in Paris and New York, Russia was not to be missed.

The meeting was scheduled for 7 pm on October 16th the day of my arrival in Moscow. I wasn’t sure to make it. Luckily I had just spent two weeks in Paris, my birthplace, so jetlag was not a problem and neither was my carry-on luggage. And with two extra hours to my day, (Moscow is two hours behind Paris) I felt the night was young.

But soon it was dark, cold and windy. The rain seemed to fall horizontally as we made our way by taxi to the Famous Gorny Institute of Mining where the Moscow Free Speakers Club gathers bi-weekly. With neither signs nor streetlights, the venue was difficult to find. Eventually, thanks to her flawless Russian, my long time friend Marie Stock found the correct classroom. She and her husband Bob had also agreed to experience Toastmasters in Moscow.

The room was packed. Heads turned. Toastmaster Mikhail Petrov CC greeted us warmly. A great Icebreaker for guests, we were asked to line up in the front, face the audience and speak! No was not an option. Names, occupation and what brought us there. An attentive Grammarian named Natalya Lapitskaya announced she would be listening for sentence structure and correct grammar. This it turned out she did to a tee and was more exacting than most native English speakers. The Table Topics led by Ilya ensued at a humorous clip, followed by two speeches. Given they were delivered in a foreign language (English) and with no notes, these were impressive as were the evaluations.

The meeting was high energy, positive, and well organized. Without exception, members were friendly and welcoming. In addition, Moscow Free Speakers Club has a superb website in flawless and fluid English. A top Toastmasters Experience to be sure, participating in this meeting was a highlight of 2014.

Marie Betteley CC CL President
St Catharines Toastmasters

Marie Betteley at Moscow Free Speakers Club


The Failed Experiment | Medical Researcher Sheetal Pundir | TEDxNickelCity

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sheetal Pundir walks the audience through her experiences growing up in India. As a female growing up in India the concept of educating women doesn't exist. Despite the personal challenges and several failed experiments as a PHD student Sheetal believes these experiences played an important role in her research and the idea to redesign existing drugs that would improve its anti-cancer activity. As a result of Sheetal Pundirs research a US patent for novel anticancer drugs has been filed and the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada will be establishing a start-up Pharma in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Award winning Public Speaker & Biochemistry Researcher Sheetal Pundir is a dynamic storyteller who captivates audiences all over with her experiences in India. Born and raised in India, Sheetal came to Canada in 2009 to pursue her doctoral studies in biochemistry. She is currently conducting research on the design and use of novel anti-cancer drugs at the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada in Sudbury.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
View this presentation on youtube

Meet District 86 Toastmasters!

Heather Skolls (Area 25) and her husband Ken (President of Golden Gavel) along with Rose Weinberg (Area 24 Governor). Heather received a MADD award in the Spring for her work on this cause. Check them out on snapd!

Holiday Seaon Food Drive Success Story by Mark McKenzie, DTM

As many of you know since 2013 I have been doing the Holiday Season Food Drive for the benefit of the Salvation Army of Brampton. On the 27th of November Tuula Redditt from Speak to Inspire Toastmasters and Bolton Banter Toastmasters delivered about 140lbs of non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army of Brampton. Today I delivered another 240lbs and we are on track to collect roughly 3000lbs of non-perishable food items for the benefit of the Salvation Army of Brampton.

On Saturday I delivered a speech at Lambs to Lions at the Mississauga Main Library. In my speech I gave specific data and statistics that need to be considered. Check out my speech from Saturday on YouTube for some of these details that were discussed.

Why do I share this information? We are better communicators and we are better leaders....what social issues will you lend your voices to? Or will we sit by and be unsatisfied by the excessiveness of some of those who run charities?

We are leaders! We are better communicators! One way for us to change the matrix is to get directly involved. Our annual Food Drive is one of many ways that you can make a difference.

I want to thank the many members of Toastmasters that have been a tremendous help towards our efforts so far this year....and when we are done ...we will wheel and come again next year!

Thanks again!
Mark McKenzie, DTM
City Centre Toastmasters

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

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