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!

SpiritAward DennisB

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.

We love stories! Do you have yours to tell?  Use this link to let us know about it

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.

SpiritAward DennisB

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

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

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