Club News - August 2014

Petrolia Toastmasters - Open Houses 

Come join this Toastmasters looking to charter Open House Events in Petrolia

  • Dates / Time: Tues., Aug. 26th & Wed., Sept. 17th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  The Oil Heritage Community Centre at 360 Tank St., Petrolia, ON

That's right - we are doing two trial evening meetings to accomodate YOUR schedule. Come on out and change your life! In Toastmasters you'll learn to speak so others will listen. You'll become a superb listener. You'll also meet great people from your community and enjoy yourself. See YOU there!

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Happy 34th Anniversary London Western Toastmasters!

London Western Toastmasters

Thank you London Western Toastmasters for recognizing myself Rachel Lacey and many others for their achievements last night. Sue Storie had a trophy named in her honour, Chris won the Toastermaster of the Year Award, and I received Speaker of the Year (very unexpectedly). Wether you win a big award or win best speaker, best evaluator, or most enthusiastic of the night, I think is so wonderful that everyone is recognized. Congrats also to Sue, Scott & Riz for their awards of the evening. I am so proud to be a part of this great club.

Member News - August 2014

London resident is semifinalist in the world’s largest speech contest!

Posted on PRLog - Aug. 14, 2014 - LONDON, Canada -- Rene Vander Pryt of London, Ontario outshined more than 650 local participants to win the District 86 level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest April 5th, 2014 representing South-Western, Central and Northern Ontario.  Mr. Vander Pryt has qualified to advance to the semifinal round of the contest being held at the Toastmasters International Convention Thursday, August 21 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is vying for one of nine spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking final to be held Saturday, August 23 at the same venue.

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Congratulations Jude Heather - Distinguished Toastmaster Award Recipient!

Jude Heather

Congratulations to our D86 Distinguished Toastmaster Award Recipients!

Karim Premji, Dianne M. Yungblut, Carolyn Bray, Charmain Grace


Speech Contest Planning


It's that wonderful time of the year again, when ...

  • Members step up and do something they've never done before – they enter a contest for the very first time!
  • Members dream of competing at a higher level than they've ever reached before – they advance to area, division or district level!
  • Members heighten their ability to speak off the cuff – they sign up for the Table Topics Contest!
  • Members enjoy making others laugh – they enter the Humourous Speech Contest!

Do you see yourself in one of the above four scenarios? Or do you say, "I didn't join Toastmasters to compete."?  I hear you.  I felt the very same way when I joined. I joined Toastmasters to learn how to present - not to compete. However, I tried it and I liked it because I learned so much. It was like taking the fast track and improving by leaps and bounds rather than by baby steps.

Participate As A Speech Contestant

Try It, You'll Like It! This is one of the most beneficial opportunities the Toastmasters organization provides to YOU! Think of competing as simply Being At Your Best in front of a larger than usual audience. It's an opportunity for you to shine and prove to yourself that you can step out of your comfort zone!

Participate As A Speech Contest Organizer

Throughout the District, we're looking for people to step up and become contest chairs, chief judges, contestants, judges, timers, counters and support to promote and organize the club, area, and division Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests.  These contests will occur in September and October.

Fabulous Tools for Speech Contest Planning

Toastmasters Speech Contests - toastmasters86 2014-08-15 02-21-43 copyWe've assembled a great set of tools to help clubs plan and deliver great speech contests. Two very important tools include:

- How to Organize a Club Contest (And not lose your mind or your cool!)
- Newly Revised Speech Contest Scripts

You will find them here: .

We look forward to cheering on our contestants and hearing the best of the best at the District Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests at our District 86 Fall Conference on November 8 + 9, 2014 in London, ON. 

If you haven't registered yet - check out the Fall Conference page - we hope to see you there.

Smedley Award

Program Dates: August 1 – September 30

In honour of Toastmasters founder Ralph Smedley, can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30? By doing so you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members who join between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for August or September. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Smedley Award” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs in District 86 should allow up to 21 business days.

What’s in it for your club?

  • More people can fill meeting and officer roles
  • No one member is overburdened with responsibilities
  • Meetings are more fun, because more people are involved
  • It’s easier for a club to help members meet their educational needs
  • More members means more people benefitting from Toastmasters!
  • Ribbon for your club banner!

Become A Toastmasters Promoter

Do You Love Toastmasters?

Do you like to talk about it?  Are you a writer?  Do you have radio or television experience? Do you have design or event planning experience?  District 86 needs you.  New members in your clubs mean fresh voices and fresh ideas.

Become a Toastmasters Promoter.  Contact District 86 PRM Cathy Herschell to learn how!

10 Ideas To Promote Toastmasters In District 86

1. Create club business cards indicating your meeting time and place, and distribute them to friends and colleagues along with a personal comment on how Toastmasters training has benefited you. Use docbusiness card template and give them to all members. Club Business CardsPresent a speech on how to use this card. Help your members to become aware of opportunities to introduce themselves and share their successes in different situations. Help them to design and practice their elevator speeches (theme for Tabletopics). Remind members to listen first, find the ways ways to connect with the person, and then to share their story. Always have cards with you!

2. Brandwear. Use branded office supplies, branded tent cards, wear Toastmasters shirts, and badges. Order through the TI’s web store. 

3. Trophies. Display your Toastmaster trophies in a prominent place during your club meetings, in your home, and in your office. Use every possible opportunity to tell people about the Toastmasters.

4. Pins. Wear your Toastmasters pin! It's another great conversation starter.

5. Libraries, and offices in the neighbourhood. Ask your club members to share unused copies of the Toastmaster magazine, and submit them to the library's periodicals department. Attach your club's business card to every copy. Post fliers and ads on bulletin boards. Also, leave copies of magazines in the waiting rooms of the offices in your neighborhoods. People are always picking magazines to read while waiting for their appointments. Let’s them read your magazines, and learn about your club!

6. HR of your company. Make sure your corporate Toastmasters club mentioned during new-employee orientation seminars, annual performance reviews, and in professional development plans. Educate your HR department about Toastmasters program, and offer them help. Ask them to help you to help them.

7. Welcome Wagon packets. These are distributed to all new residents in a city and contain promotional materials from local merchants and organizations. Your ad or flier should be included in this package.

8. Universities and Community Colleges. Like cities, many Universities have internal cable TV and radio stations, as well as publications reaching students, staff and faculty. Arrange to have a Toastmaster give a presentation as a guest lecturer in a speech communication class. Or better yet, try to participate in communication-related campus events – like "Communications Week," for example – and be prepared to host a booth and offer promotional fliers. If your district already has a University club, make sure it is publicized in campus media, as well as in new-student or freshmen orientations. List of colleges in Ontario: List of campus radio stations:

9. High Schools. Organize or judge speech contests for seniors, or give seminars on career planning. Even if students don't join your club, this is an opportunity for media exposure and gives parents, staff and teachers a good impression of our organization. List of high schools in Ontario:

10. Speechcraft and YLP. Offer Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Programs. This is a great way of showing the public what Toastmasters is all about.

In addition to the above tips, help to promote your club and the Toastmasters program by constantly seeking for opportunities to speak at the community event, write an article, speak on a radio or TV, submit a news release.

Communities offer various events during summer time, when possible - seek for opportunities to have a table or a booth at these events. Promote your club, or cooperate with several clubs in your area.

Step Up, Speak Out, Have Fun!

Vitaliy Fursov, District 86 Club Growth Director


Toastmasters International Convention 2014 – Kuala Lumpur

This is the first time this conference will be held outside of North America - check it out!

The District Governor (DG) – Carolyn Hoxie, Lieutenant Governor Education & Training (LGET) – Janice McDonald, and the Lieutenant Governor Marketing (LGM) – Mike Proudlock are attending.

We know the team will get excellent training - new ideas and best practices from International colleagues. We’ll be able to share all of this with you, our members upon our return – to make our district even more successful this year.

Two important things we need to share with you:

1. Annual Business Meeting – Assign Us Your Proxies Please

On the last day of the Toastmasters International Convention, delegates will be casting their votes to elect the international officers and directors to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

  • If you don’t have a member attending, please assign your proxy to the District 86 Governor
  • If your club has a member attending that is not the President or VP Membership, please assign them your proxy.
  • If you are attending – please vote at the meeting

To assign your club votes, go to, login, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Assign/Delegate International Election Club Proxy.

Conduct Club Business

2. International Speech Contest – Cheer on Rene Vander Pryt

ReneVanDerPrytMeet Rene Vander Pryt - the District 86 International Speech contest winner – and our finalist in the global International Speech contest. He will be competing against finalists in 90 other Districts.

Rene Vander Pryt is a member of D + H Toastmasters club in Mississauga where he works. He has been a member of Toastmasters for under two years.

Canada has produced 4 World Champions. Could this be our year again?

Contestants pay a significant portion of this journey themselves. We thank and appreciate D + H for their partial sponsorship as well as several of our clubs. If your club would like to support Rene in his journey either financially or with best wishes, he can be reached at:

Please join me in wishing Renee the best of luck in his journey!

Mr. Rene Vander Pryt shares his thoughts before trip to Malaysia on the 

District 86 Radio Talk Show with Vitaliy Fursov, District 86 PRO

District 86 News - July 2014

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. Congratulations Dennis!

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District 86 launches it's first Radio Talk Show

Public Relations officer Vitaliiy Fursov Announces the launch of the District 86 Radio Talk Show. Our first program featured a newly promoted Distinguished Toastmaster John Ribeiro.  Here is the recorded show.

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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


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