Club News March - 2015

Sales and Marketing Toastmasters Club in Mississauga Open House Celebration!

Sales and Marketing Toastmasters Club in Mississauga is having an Open House.

Date: Friday March 27, 2015
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Mississauga Real Estate Board (MREB) Offices
Address: 3450 Ridgeway Drive, Unit #1, Mississauga, ON
Registration: We ask to please register on the Eventbrite link. Admission is FREE!
Contact: Kim Dabrowski at or 416-845-0444

You don't want to miss this great event! We will be having a surprise guest speaker along with some food and familiar faces. Please join us on March 27th!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is having an OPEN HOUSE!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is having an OPEN HOUSE with guest speaker JUDY SUKE.  

Join us for refreshments and networking sfterwards.

When: Tuesday March 17th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lincoln Road Toastmasters, 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON
Cost: FREE

Tillsonburg Toastmasters Charter Party Celebration!

TillsonburgTM CharterParty

CONGRATULATIONS! to Tillsonburg Toastmasters on their Charter Party - March 16, 2015!

Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary - Come and Celebrate!


Cathy Herschell with Glynis Pereira D'souza and 17 others at Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary

Port Credit Toastmasters 60th Anniversary Celebration. We had an amazing evening with our Toastmasters friends, District leaders and special guest 2005 World Champion Lance Miller. Thank you organizers - Bob Yewchuk, Steve Elliot, Audrey Murphy, Kristina Johnston & club president Carl Naus. Speeches by Carolyn Hoxie, Cathy Herschell, Bob Yewchuk and John Wang, with special presentation to us from Lance Miller.

Open House Shows Sault Toastmaster Clubs Are Open for Business!


We had heart. We had passion...We had ONE HUNDRED in attendance at the inaugural Sault Area Toastmasters Open House on Feb 9, 2015 -- a collaborative effort of four Sault Ste. Marie clubs: OLG Lotto Talkers & Dr. Roberta Bondar (corporate clubs) and Algoma Toastmasters & Sault College Communicators (open clubs). Held at Sault College, approximately 100 people (incl. 14 local Toastmasters) with varied interests and backgrounds ventured out on a frigid evening to attend this event. Admission was courtesy of our umbrella organization “Superior Speakers”, to which all four clubs belong.

Toastmaster John Clement kept the audience entertained and interactive. Some in attendance even jumped right into Table Topics without hesitation. New members or not, we worked hard to advertise, advertise, and advertise, pushed for media resources and in the end, we got our message out there. What matters most is that 100 people who knew nothing about Toastmaster are now IN THE KNOW! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Our Open House Consultant, Vitaliy Fursov, was an invaluable resource along the way. Special thanks to our spectacular Open House planners and speakers: Leeann Wallenius, Allison Martin, Vladimir Yasenovskiy, Sarah Huckson, Pat Bolduc, Chelsea Osesky, Troy Woods, John Clement, Sean Clement, Susan Hunter, Jennifer Barton, Ryan Walker, George McVittie, Micki Wilding, Jennifer Barton, Craig Kohler, Lan Gao. Our next step is to document lessons learned, what went well, what went even better than expected, and how others can learn from us.

Our local Shaw TV station filmed the entire event along with interviews with Toastmasters, which will be aired all week. Check out some of our media coverage.
Soo Today
Sault Online
Local2 and Local2B  (scroll through clips to find Feb 9 City Council meeting, start at 6:00 mark and wait for the Mayor’s Proclamation!)

Yours In Toastmasters,
Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, Area 1 Governor, Open House Chair



A Family Adventure

A Family Adventure inside A Surprising Adventure!

Can it get any better than attending a Surprising Adventure? Yes, it can… You can make a Surprising Adventure a Family Adventure!
With Toastmasters District 86 Spring Conference conveniently located at Richmond Hill, just north of city of Toronto opportunities for a whole family to enjoy are endless… Some of special events happening in the Area during our Conference are:

  • Earth Day Massasauga Rattlesnake Workshop at Toronto’s Zoo
  • Samarkand and Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan exhibit at ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Elly’s Emotions, Location: Solar Stage Children's Theatre; A delightful play about a little girl, her emotions and the world of movement
  • JiggiJump: The World’s Greatest Machine, Location: Ontario Science Centre; This live show features aerobics and music. Guests are encouraged to help JJ Kangaroo find the World’s Greatest Machine
  • The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route, Location: Aga Khan Museum; A glimpse of life in the 9th century is seen through the artifacts of a shipwreck which happens to be the earliest example of a maritime trade route between two empires
  • Family Sundays @ AGO, Location: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has fun activity days for families every Sunday
  • Studio Tour King is a free community event that happens throughout King Township. Featured are local artists in studio;; Website
  • Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad, an exhibit at the Heritage Centre; On loan from the Welland Historical Museum, the Heritage Centre is pleased to offer this opportunity to travel back to the 1800s to learn about slavery, the escape route referred to as the Underground Railroad, and the challenges freedom-seekers faced once they reached their promised land – Canada; Location: Heritage Centre
  • Events at Ripley Aquarium 

    Visiting some of Toronto landmarks like CN Tower or Canada Hockey of Fame might be just something you are looking for. You can get “a little bit of shopping” done or check some of current fashion trends, as Hotel is surrounded by Malls hosting exclusive stores:

Hillcrest Mall | Vaughan Mills | The Promenade 

You will have a hard time deciding among variety of fine Restaurants in the Area:

Akasaka Japanese Restaurant | Alice Fazooli’s | China Buffet King | Fox in the Fiddle | Frankie Tomato’s | Jack Astors | Jake’s on Main | Kelsey’s | Lone Star Café | Mandarin | Marlowe | Moxies | Red Lobster
Restaurants- Casual Dining | Swiss Chalet | The Host | The Keg | Unionville Arms

Or if you feel like just taking a break and relaxing some of Hotel amenities include 2 indoor swimming pools | steam rooms | sauna and spa | racquetball | squash | tennis courts | table tennis | virtual golf | billiard tables are just some... Additionally there are organized Aerobic classes or Boot Camp and Aqua Fit.

I hope that some of information will get you to consider making a Surprising Adventure a Family Adventure. If you are interested in any of content listed, please please please “ASK ME!”…

Dragana, Hospitality Chair Toastmasters District 86 Spring Conference 2015, e-mail


Division A - Round 2 Club Officer Training An Outstanding Success!


Division M held the Round 2 Club Officer Training event this past Saturday February 21, 2015. Not even the weather could dissuade the enthusiastic crowd of leaders. With 84 attendees, it was a packed house.

We heard Tony Bratschitsch our past District Governor, kick off the session with an energizing and motivating Keynote - "Run With It!".

Merri Macartney, DTM, Professional Speaker, Author, Certified Coach, Past District 86 Governor, 2010-2011 gave a riveting workshop on “9 Qualities of Successful Teams”.

And the day would not have been complete or so successful without the powerhouse of leaders we have in District 86 leading the Executive Training Session

  • President – Louisa Steele, DTM - 2013 D86 Club President of the Year
  • VP, Educations – Carolyn Hoxie, DTM - District Governor 2014-2015
  • VP, Public Relations – Mike Proudlock, DTM - District 86 Lieutenant Governor of Marketing 2014-2015
  • VP, Membership – Eric Solowka, DTM - 2013 D86 Club Coach of the Year
  • Treasurer – Saqib Cheema, ACS/ALB - District 86 Treasurer 2014-2015
  • Secretary – Anne Irwin, DTM – Former Area Governor District 60 and District 86
  • Sergeant at Arms – Al Steele, DTM - District 86 SAA 2014-2015, 2013 D86 Toastmasters of the Year

I took on this task as my HPL and I had an amazing support team with my Division M Governor, Leizyl Sobrinho and fellow Area Governors, Robert Laurin, Al Steele, and Jim Chapman. Based on the feedback I received I think I more than met my vision for the Division M Round 2 Club Officer Training.

Thank you to everyone for your tremendous support.

Steven Zolnierczyk
Area 12 Governor and COT Round 2 Event Organizer

Toastmaster History in Colbourg

First Female Town Crier Appointed in Cobourg

Toastmasters is on the job as usually - it helped this Town Crier to nail her position. This is history in my small town of Cobourg.
This may be hard to read, but the gist of this in my opinion, emphasizes how Toastmasters allows one to tap into their own personality, creativity, self-assurance ... and change lives.

Cobourg Town Crier

Surprises & Adventure with SPEECHCRAFT

Workshop Presenter Caroline Beren, DTM Shares Her I.D.E.A. at the D86 Spring Conference

Caroline Beren DTM has been a Toastmasters for 20 years. As a leader she has continually faced surprises that led, willingly and not so willingly, into adventure. One adventure in Toastmasters is coordinating and supporting a Speechcraft program (not crafting a speech) with non members and members. Caroline has an I.D.E.A. to implement a Speechcraft program. New ideas are a part of the equation, but excellent execution is necessary for a Speeccraft success.

Caroline inspired the chartering of the Mount Forest Motivators and has been a mentor to Saugeen and Centre Wellington Toastmaster clubs. She has held many executive roles within her club and held District positions. She has completed two DTM’s and #3 is within sight. Through all her experiences in Toastmasters, she believes Speechcraft is a surprising jewel in the Toastmaster program. Learn how to stretch leadership skills, develop membership, raise community awareness, and inspire surprising outcomes from Speechcraft participants. Caroline’s I.D.E.A. Speechcraft... A surprising adventure!

Don't miss Caroline at the District 86 Spring Conference on Saturday April 25, 10:15 am 


Club News February - 2015

Newly Chartered Mississauga Sales And Marketing Toastmasters Club's First Meeting

Our first meeting went well with 2 Ice Breaker speeches, 2 evaluations, 7 table topics, business session with 3 motions and 1 amendment, and of course, plenty of fun! Meet and greet.

MississaugaSAM TM

Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters Club members with Club Mentor Jocelyn Vezina, DTM

Visit us on our Facebook Page!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House Event

Guests and members are invited to out to hear Judy Suke present at Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House

Date: Tuesday March 17th.
Time: Meeting starts at 7 pm ends at 8:30.
Location: Lincoln Road Toastmasters_145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo - Mandarin Room (#235)
Cost: Free! Reserve yourself a spot on eventbrite

Members are encouraged to bring guests to hear about Toastmasters. There will be a demonstration meeting with a speaker, evaluation and table topic session.  Please spread the word and let’s fill the room for Judy!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is Hosting it's Second Speechcraft Event

Dates: starting Tuesday March 24th ending the last week of April
Time: Meeting starts from 7 ending at 9pm
Cost: $50.00 or 6 weeks.

Supplies will be provided, if unable to pay online, payments can be accepted at the first night of the workshop.
Any questions please contact Kelley McIntyre at

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Register for this event on Eventbrite!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Port Credit Toastmasters Celebrates 60 Years

Come and celebrate as Port Credit Toastmasters turns 60 years old. We are the oldest Toastmaster club in Mississauga and one of the oldest in District 86. There will be some special speeches, some appetizers and a special cake cutting ceremony. 

  • Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 6:45 and festivities start at 7:15, ending around 8:30pm
  • Location: Port Credit Memorial Arena, 40 Stavebank Rd N, Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario L5G

Visit us on Facebook!

Please RSVP to Kristina Johnston

Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club Celebrates with Their Charter Party

The Celebration was held in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!


The Spring Conference in April is Fast Approaching

Spring is in the Air!

Groundhog Day has passed us by and we are now only TEN weeks from A Surprising Adventure, our District Spring’15 Conference!

We are finding the Conference team experience to be a very fulfilling and challenging journey, fraught with surprises and many opportunities for leading and learning while making plans and preparations. Have you had a look at the beautiful Conference page on the District 86 website lately? It is a vivid and vibrant advertisement of the value and variety coming your way at the Sheraton in April.

We would like to offer a PERSONAL INVITATION to every Toastmaster we meet and introduce the Conference 5 W’s as we see them.

  • WHO – you will learn from – workshop presenters, and keynotes – especially Craig Valentine DTM, 1999 WORLD Champion of Public Speaking
  • WHAT – attending the International Speech and Evaluation Contests will provide to you inspiration and delight!
  • WHERE – The Sheraton Parkway, paradise right in the midst of the big city. A fabulous venue for you to bring your family to celebrate spring.
  • WHEN – April 24, 25, 26 – the gateway to great Canadian weather!
  • WHY – The Spring’15 Conference will be a once in a lifetime experience – A Surprising Adventure!

Register now – you’ll be glad you did!

Spring’15 Conference Co-Chairs
Frank Gustin DTM
Gail Gustin DTM

Opportunity to Sell your Books, CDs and DVDs at the Spring Conference 2015

Our District 86 Spring’15 Conference, A Surprising Adventure! Is just weeks away, April 24 to April 26. We look forward to hearing your educational presentation and are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop. We are excited to offer you and other Toastmasters the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.

See the guidlines on the Spring Conference Page

April 1, 2015 is the DEADLINE. Please remit all your information today!!

Thank you, Jale Fancey ACS, ALB Author's Corner Chair

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Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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