Timmins 2017/2018 Year

How do you take a club from 4 members to 14 and President’s Distinguished in one year?

It takes will, determination, diversity, enthusiasm and a LOT of team work. The Porcupine Toastmaster’s club did just that in 2017/2018.

Will
The 2016/2017 President took on the role because there was no one else, he had no interest in the role but worked with the area director and found 2 new members who had been with clubs in the past and got them back into Toastmasters. In the summer of 2017 we had 4 members, but we met all summer anyway.

Determination
With 4 members we set out to recruit. Having Open houses, attending the “Welcome to Timmins” night a trade show type event for all the service clubs in the Timmins area. We showed up ready to go at every meeting whether there were 2 or all 4 of us in attendance (driving through potholes or winter storms to get there at times). We used the meetings to practice and plan for upcoming events to increase club membership. Determined to get us back on the area and division map one of our members even braved the 4 to 5 hour drive to compete in speech competitions.

Diversity
In our original 4 members we were already diverse in career, management experience, country or origin, and religious beliefs. We continued that diversity while recruiting new members. We made sure that everyone who attended felt welcome and since we were such a small group we used each of their strengths right away. We had one member take over the electronics so that we could have members attend the meeting via skype. At times we had up to 4 members attending via skype. Now we had diversity in home town as well.

Enthusiasm
Even with only 4 people at meetings we found a way to keep it interesting. Some nights were all business and planning other nights were all table topics. We did our best to fill the roles but often there were not enough of us to do it, so we doubled up. The new member who helped with technology to bring people into meetings also took on the role of Facebook guru. Even our Area Director brought the enthusiasm. Joining our club for 6 months attended meetings in person and via skype (she lives 4 hours away).

Team Work
No matter what we did everyone took part. Each task was made easier by splitting the work. Each new member was brought into the mix right away, offering to help in whatever way possible. We ended the year with our election for the 2018/2019 season, one member moved to the Area Director’s role and we had multiple people signing up for each positon on the executive. We even had to have a vote for one position.

87th Annual Toastmasters Convention

The 87th annual Toastmasters Convention was a great experience. I recommend that every Toastmaster attend one International Convention in their life time.

Hosting a conference of this size requires lot of planning and commitment. The Convention was attended by over 2,000 delegates from all over the world. There were 500 helping hands. I was very lucky to be part of the Helping Hands Team, which included over 10 people from District 86. I was also lucky to cover the events in the convention. I promoted the various events via Facebook posts in the group page. This year, more than 30 people attended the convention. We all wore our red and white on the inaugural day. We proudly supported our country and the District. The national anthem of the US was followed by the Srilankan anthem. The flag procession was an epic scene. It was indeed an awesome and beautiful sight.

Kristina Johnston, our District 86 Director, was recognized in the “Excellence in Program Quality for 2017-2018”. Outgoing International President Balaraj Arunasalam presented this award. There were 105 recipients this year. This was presented at the Hall of Fame Awards. Jocelyne Vezina Club Growth Director presented the new International President, Lark Doley with New Club charter papers.

Roger Caesar did our District 86 proud as one of 106 semifinalists around the world. Roger has represented our District for the third time. Dennis Bartel, Cindy Tate and the team back here organized great viewing event, partnering with the Brampton Library for Roger’s speech. Roger's family joined the party. There were over 60 people who saw this via live streaming. This was a District PRM initiative.

With a speech titled, 'Still Standing' Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, August 25th. For the first time in the Contest's history, female competitors swept the top three positions. Smith is only the fifth woman to capture the World Champion of Public Speaking title since the contest began in 1938. The second place was taken by Zifang Su D88, China and Third Place, Anita Fain Taylor D47, USA.
The finalists were:
Ramona J. Smith, D56
Zifang Su, D88
Anita Fain Taylor, D47
Wiwiek Najihah Binte Hairudin, D80
J. A. Gamache, D61
Kenny Ray Morgan, D6
Eric Feinendegen, D30
Al Frederick Lacorte, DF
Kwong Yue Yang, D89
Kevin Matthew Johnson, D37

Some of the other features in the Convention were:

  1. An amazing presentation by Keith Ferrazzi, 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient. Ferrazzi's extensive influence in encouraging individuals and organizations to build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships. As chairman and founder of ‘Ferrazzi Greenlight’, a research institute focusing on behavioral science and its effects on business, Ferrazzi works to determine how companies can eliminate behaviors that hinder progress and instead adopt those that foster growth. His research on relationships, along with decades of experience as an entrepreneur and chief marketing officer for multinational corporations, helped him develop his influential leadership techniques for “Leading Without Authority”. Ferrazzi says connection is the driving force behind all success both personal and professional.
  2. The other Convention presenters were: Pat Johnson, Steve Gilland, Sarah Khan, Johnny Campbell, Michelle Tillis-Lederman, Lars Sudman, Mohammed Murad and Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez.
  3. There was the 'Smedley Step Challenge' to promote the Smedley Foundation.
  4. There were networking lunches.
  5. The marketplace, and the candidates' corner was awesome:
    • We learned so much about leadership by just attending the candidates’ corner. 
    • We met the various Regional Advisors, International Presidents and our very own Canadian Second Vice President, Margaret Page. 
    • We have a new International Director now, thank you Vera Johnson for an awesome job! 
    • Carol Prahinski is the new International Director Region 6 who has joined the Board of Directors. 
    • Melissa McGavick joined Jeff Sobel as Region 6 Advisor.
  6. The hotel and the river tour were great, it was an awesome experience.

The next Toastmasters Convention is at headquarters, Denver, Colorado. Thereafter it will be in Paris so, hopefully after reading this, that you will plan your next convention.

Mallika Sothinathan  DTM
District 86, PRM

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Announcing District 86’s 2017-18 “Of The Year” Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the nominees for an OF THE YEAR award for dedication, commitment, and contribution towards achieving the District mission. The recipient of each award will be announced and awards presented at the District 86 Marketing Expo on September 29th, 2018. CONGRATULATIONS! 

Publicist Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions
Club Coach of the Year: Deridor Collier Ambitious City | Jeanie Lai Sheridan Park
President Of The Year: Millie Leng DHL # 06545120 | Sonia McGregor Creekside TD # 864603 | Yoshith Perera Brampton # 2347
Area Director Of The Year: Lou Mulligan Area D87 | Cindy Tate Area 34 | Muktha Tumkur Area D82
Division Director Of The Year: Maheeza Mohamed Division B | Kyla Werrett DTM Division D | 
Club Of The Year: Brampton # 2347 | Energetics # 4826 | Port Credit # 1474
Toastmaster Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions | Mark Hayes DTM Port Credit/ Sheridan Park | Thomas Mathai Mississauga Sales and Marketing

These individuals and their clubs have gone above and beyond in their participation in the Toastmasters program. The efforts of these members have enabled them to shine as leaders in our District. Thank you for your service to District 86!

See more about awards and past winners here

Step it up at Chez Nous’ Open House – September 15

Back to school… back to Toastmasters!

With many clubs taking it easy over the summer, September is the perfect time to re-invest and re-invigorate!
One way (correction… a great way!) to do this? Attend Chez Nous’ Open House featuring guest speaker Jacques Brunet.

While this Open House (like all Chez Nous meetings) will be hosted in French, the team at Chez Nous welcomes all Toastmasters to join in. Bring a friend or colleague who shares your passion for communications and perhaps ‘la belle langue Française.’

Joignez-vous à notre séance d'information

Le Club Toastmasters Chez Nous vous offre une méthode éprouvée qui vous aide à mieux vous exprimer en français. Découvrez pour vous-même à notre séance d’information.

We look forward to welcoming you.
Le Club Chez Nous c’est pour vous!

Go For Bold Challenge

Go For Bold 2018 19 Challenge

How the Program Works

The Go For Bold program challenges you to step out of your normal every day routine and pushes you to discover areas of Toastmasters you have never tried before. It is an opportunity for you to increase your visibility, network, expand your knowledge base and gain the experience you need to serve and grow as an individual and leader in your District.

Go for bold and explore: Marketing Expo, Contest, Conference, Training, Event planning, Pathways, Mentoring, Travelling, Community outreach. Check the details.
Get each challenge initialed and dated as you complete it.

The more challenges you complete the bigger your personal growth and development reward.
Complete 10 or more and get a Toastmasters International (TI) $15 gift certificate.
Complete 15 or more and get a Toastmasters International (TI) $50 gift certificate.

A member only has one chance to do this challenge. No repeats. One award per person.
Scan & Send your submission to:

  1. Jacklyn Payne programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org
  2. Or place it in the Go For Bold Box at the Spring Conference registration desk

You can download a PDF copy of the Go for Bold card at the link below

GoForBoldChallenge.pdf

Lambs To Lions Toastmasters Club

Lambs To Lions Toastmasters Mississauga Youtube

Watch the above video to know why Lambs to Lions Toastmasters can be best choice for you.
 
Lambs to Lions is a friendly and culturally diverse volunteer-run club of about 17 members, who is looking to grow its membership.  We offer a fun and streamlined meeting format of 1.5 hours, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Mississauga Central Library on Burnamthorpe Road.  It's a great option for folks who are busy weekdays. 
 
We are a powerhouse of leaders - including the current District Club Growth Director, Area Directors, speech contest winners and mentors.  Evaluations of speeches and meeting roles are honest while being constructive - this is where growth occurs.

 

District 86 Marketing Expo September 29th, 2018

Marketing expo

You are invited to the first ever District 86 Marketing Expo! It will be a day full of learning, networking and fun, culminating in the “Of the Year” Awards.

When: Saturday September 29th, 2018

Where: Loblaw Head Office, 1 Presidents Choice Cr., Brampton (Vendor entrance)

Time: 8 AM to 6 PM

Registration start at: 8 AM

Cost: $21.50 per member

Please note early access is given to division directors, area directors and club officers (President /VP Education / VP Membership and VP Public Relations). This is due to the fire code regulations and we are limited to 200 seats. Registration for everyone is open on August 20th, 2018.

Click Here to Register*

Your Program Quality Director, Jacklyn Payne, your Marketing Expo Chair, Dean Moyer, and I are excited to present to you the first event of the year where our District Mission Statement is the focal point.

“We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence”

Toastmasters International supports our district mission by helping clubs achieve excellence. The Marketing Expo is the first event focused on building new clubs and increasing membership engagement.

Come learn how:

  • To organize your own successful Marketing Expo
  • To conquer Pathways
  • To run quality meetings
  • To build new clubs
  • To attract new members
  • To win the DCP game
  • To be a Sponsor, Coach or Mentor

Those workshops will certainly spur questions. We will have tables where you can meet with members to get answers and pick-up material that will be useful to you.

We will stop at 5 PM to take time to acknowledge you, the members who have reached excellence. The “Of The Year” Awards Ceremony is the opportunity to recognize excellence among our members.

Don’t miss the biggest event of the Fall! What a great way to set your club up for success!

Remember SEPTEMBER 29th! We hope to see you there!

marketing expo 2018 agenda

Cheers,

The Marketing Expo Team.

Jacklyn, Jocelyne, Dean

Click HERE to view the agenda

 

 

 

Cast Your Vote: Annual Business Meeting 2018

Attention Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary,

Cast Your Vote

2018 Toastmasters International Convention – Chicago, Illinois, August 22-25 2018

Your club has an important vote to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention, Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors to the 2018–2019 Board of Directors as well as vote on Proposal A.

International Officer Candidates

International Director Candidates

Proposal A Info

Amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International. Please plan to attend on Saturday, August 25, at 10- a.m. (see onsite agenda for specific location) in the McCormick Place Convention Centre or Marriott Marquis Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. To learn and understand the roles, attributes and responsibilities, please review the Leadership Roles.  As provided in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article X, Section 1, a Toastmasters club in good standing is entitled to two votes at the Annual Business Meeting. To make your club’s vote count, assign your proxy and cast your votes in one of three ways:

1. Send a delegate from the club who is attending the Annual Business Meeting to carry your club votes.

2. Designate the 2018–2019 district director to act as your club proxy. The district director, program quality director and club growth director will be attending. If (and only if) the district director is not in attendance, the next senior district officer attending the Annual Business Meeting will act as your club proxy.

3. Designate an active member from another club to act as your club proxy.

NOTE: The club president or secretary must assign the club votes. If the votes are not assigned, they cannot be cast. Votes must be assigned even if you are assigning the votes to yourself. To assign the club votes, go to

www.toastmasters.org/clubcentral, log in, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Club Proxy.

Proxy FAQ

More information and resources here>>.

If you have any questions or need help please contact me.

Kristina Johnston, DTM
District 86 Director

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

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