District News November - 2014

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Hashtag for the Conference by Vitaliy Fursov, D86 PRO

Hashtags. What you need to know about them.

In June 2014 the new word hashtag was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Hashtag is a word or an unspaced phrase prefixed with the hash character, #. It is a type of metadata tag used in social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter. For example:

"District 86 Toastmasters will meet in London, ON on a weekend November 7-9, 2014 for traditional #TM86Fall2014 Fall Conference."

A hashtag allows grouping of similarly tagged messages, and also allows an electronic search to return all messages that contain it. As you've noticed, District 86 Fall Conference will be using #TM86Fall2014 as an official hashtag. When you'll be posting your pictures and updates in social media, please use #TM86Fall2014 hashtag. This will help us to promote the Toastmasters brand, and District 86 conference. It will make searching easy, and will certainly help fellow Toastmasters to stay connected.

District 86 General Business Meeting - November 8, 2014

Our District has seen unprecedented success over the past few years!  Come find out why at the District 86 General Business Meeting at the Fall Conference:

District 86 will present the latest international news from the 2014 International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, the District 86 success plans, annual budgets, and vote on important District 86 business.

It’s Time For Your Club To Vote

  • Each club has 2 votes.  These have been given to the President and VP ED
  • These votes can be assigned by PROXY to any active member who attends the General Business Meeting
    IN PERSON to vote.
  • One active member may carry both votes for the club.

Voting Proxies

  • To assign a proxy, download this proxy form:  pdfProxy Form - Nov 8 2014.pdf
  • Have the President and VP Ed complete the form and assign the proxy to the active member who will be attending the General Business Meeting.
  • Let the District know who the representing active member is by emailing dgov@toastmasters86.org.
    In the email, include: club name, club number, and representatives name.

Voting Process At The General Business Meeting

To vote, you must register at the Credentials Desk (next to registration desk). The Credentials Desk hours are:

  • Friday, November 7: 2:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Saturday, November 8: 7:00 am - 8:00 am and 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

The General Business Meeting starts at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 8. Register early as lines can get long at the last minute, and there must be sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish that we have quorum. Coffee will be available immediately outside the room as a courtesy.

If you are the President or VP Education, the credentials desk will give you your ballots.
If you are a representative from the club, please present your proxy forms, and you will be given your ballots.

For further information please see Toastmasters International information on credentials / voting / proxy’s.

We look forward to your participation in conducting important District Business at the General Business Meeting.

And while you're at the General Business meeting, why not consider staying for the whole conference?  Check out the Fall Conference page.

Member News October - 2014

The Joys of the Contest Season by Gerry Fryer

While remaining somewhat above the fray as the clubs and areas in my division held their contests this fall, I noticed several things which reinforced my belief in the Toastmasters program.

On the communications side,

  1. Members aged from 20 to 80 showed up as contestants. 
  2. There was one Table Topics contestant who was completely thrown by the topic. Nevertheless, her speech let us in on her struggles with it and her thought processes, and she won the hearts of a highly empathetic audience.
  3. Toastmasters from some clubs that were chartered in 2014 won at the area level and did well at the Division Contest.
  4. Unexpected things happened. Some inexperienced Toastmasters gave wonderful speeches and won prizes, while there were veteran members who just had bad days and were left to fight another day.
  5. The final winners of the Humorous and Table Topics contests had to be and were brilliant in order to emerge as representatives of Division A at the District 86 Fall Conference.

As for leadership, contests provide an opportunity for members to go beyond their comfort zones and do something they have not attempted before. With the material on the District’s website and assistance from other members, there is more support for these members than ever before.

The members who step up at contest time become the club officers, area governors and other district officers of tomorrow, because they prove something to themselves. Some examples:

  1. Toastmasters who are somehow transformed into calm and authoritative personalities when they are at the contest podium.
  2. Others who exercise their natural talents in finding resources, bringing people together and making decisions within a given timeframe.
  3. Those who gain confidence just by the discovery of their capabilities.

Contests are fun and sometimes mildly stressful. The payoffs, it seems to me, are the growth both in Toastmasters spirit and the capabilities of our members.

Farewell to a Great Speakeasy Toastmasters Member Malcolm Jones

Dear Toastmasters, dignitaries and former Toastmasters,

On Thursday, former Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters President Malcolm Jones will be sharing his last Toastmasters meeting with our club. We invite all of you to attend the Thursday October 30th meeting to honour Malcolm Jones.

Malcolm will be moving to Tillsonburg shortly, a small town outside of London ON. A jolly, heart-warming Toastmaster, Malcolm is one of the founding members of Brampton Speakeasy. His personality is highly reflected in our club culture, which has, arguably, driven the success of this club.

Malcolm joined Toastmasters in 2009. He was the original VP of PR for Brampton Speakeasy, and was elected SAA soon after. As President, led the club to President's Distinguished before December of his term. His speeches were thought-provoking and endearing. His comments are witty, and he is absolutely hilarious. Malcolm successfully launched the Brampton Gavel Club, which has grown remarkably through his leadership. Many youth are completing the leadership programs and actively participating in the Gavel Club because of his mentoring and his fantastic management. Truly, if anything else, Malcolm is a polished manager. He is always on-time, on-point and dedicated to his role.

Last but not least, he always provided a helping hand. Malcolm frequently visited clubs and contests around District 86, either to fill a role or simply, say hi. Most recently, he was spotted in Milton supporting our contestants at the Division B contest. Malcolm is a mentor, he is a leader, and he embodies the values of a Toastmaster and a good friend. For anyone that has ever met Malcolm Jones, you know that his presence is memorable. He starts with a big hello, gives a sweeping hug or a solid handshake, and he makes you feel engaged, involved and welcomed into the family.

So, please come out and join us as we celebrate Malcolm Jones and his legacy with Toastmasters.

Time: 7:00 pm sharp
Location:  Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters, the Upper Floor Community Room at Fortinos Brampton, 35 Worthington Ave, off of Bovaird and west of Chinguacousy
Contact: Radha Tailor 647 407 9877 or email me at tailor.radha@gmail.com.

Warmest regards,
Radha Tailor

Mark McKenzie Rhb, DTM Shares his 90th Anniversary Experience

At the start of 2014 I had 2 simple related goals. One was to complete the requirements for DTM and the other was to break into the professional speakers' space/market. In May 2014 I was awarded my DTM by Toastmasters International. Today I spoke with about 300 grade 6 students at Sunny View Middle School in Brampton. This for me is both monumental and memorable as my accomplishments coincide with Toastmasters 90th Anniversary. So today like hundreds of thousands around the globe in more than 116 countries I say, "Here's to the vision of Ralph Smedley and the mission of Toastmasters."

2013-14 CHARM Marketing Team Area & Division Governors

Clubs Helping Areas Reach Milestone (C.H.A.R.M.)

Division A
Division Governor Karim Premji, DTM: AECOMmunicators; Dr. Roberta Bondar; all new clubs in Division A
• Rowan Faludi: Your Community Realty Toastmasters, Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
• Gerry Fryer: Speechcraft at GE Markham
• Roy Menezes: AECOMmunicators
• Heather Skoll: AECOMmunicators
• Tracey Chan: GE Markham

Division B
• Vitaliy Fursov: Walmart Canada Toastmasters, Walmart Visionary Leaders and TCET
• Amparo Cifuentes: Chez Nous
• Michael Bonnick: Sheridan Davis Bruins
• Jane Harnadek: Leaders In Action
• Veronica Hislop: Walmart Canada Toastmasters
• Lorna Miller: Sheridan Davis Bruins

Division C
• Odecca Ordonez: Sheridan Davis Bruins, Sheridan Oakville Bruins
• Rob Belsby: Leaders in Action
• Cathy Herschell: Suncor
• Kristina Johnston: Sheridan Oakville Bruins
• Mark Hayes: Sheridan Oakville Bruins

Division L
• Division Governor Carol Todd-Skuce: GE Toasters, Callisto
• John Constant: GE Toasters & GE Markham
• Don Knowles: GE Toasters
• Diana Parker: Brantford Laurier

Division M
• Division Governor Rosario Dizon: Honda, GE Markham, Gwilliambury
• Leizyl Sobrinho: GE Markham
• Al Steele: Allied Global Holdings

Division N
• Division Governor Iad Abdul-Rahman: Dr. Roberta Bondar
• Shelli Donofrio: Algoma University
• Brian Windsor: Timmins Economic Development Corporation

Division S
• Division Governor Sue Storie: Investors Group, Tecumseh
• Julie Whitely: Petrolia
• Scott Bowron: Investors Group
• Jim Martin: Investors Group, Tecumseh
• Karen Reese: Investors Group, Tecumseh

Division W
• Division Governor Dave Weber: Laurier Toastmasters
• Bud Brown: Laurier Toastmasters
• Mohannad Hussain: Laurier Toastmasters
• Cynthia Ayres: Laurier Toastmasters
• Mary Lynn McPherson: Laurier Toastmasters
• Grace Rasmussen: City of Guelph


District 86 Fall Conference Communication & Leadership Recipient Chris Moss

After 23 years working in the nonprofit sector, Chris Moss has worked with many types of organizations to help create a positive yet lasting impact in people's lives. Working on the front line caring for people with significant physical disabilities, mental health issues, homelessness and housing concerns and teenage parents taught her a lot about her own leadership. Now, as a new business owner and consultant in the areas of community and leadership she works to develop young leaders, reenergize older leaders and create caring, innovative and authentic leaders who work with our most vulnerable populations. Always wanting to shake up the status quo and help people to look at life in new ways, Chris strives each day to challenge people to do more than they ever imagined was possible.


Chris Moss, M.A.
Moss Leadership Consulting

Division News - October 2014

South Mississauga Toastmasters Speech Contests is on snapd

District 86 Toastmasters, South Mississauga Division D, held a competition in mid-October. The winners of the contest earned a spot in the District contest at the Fall Conference in London, Ontario. Aside from all of these high stakes, however, the evening was extremely fun as well! There were two categories: table topics and humorous speech. Each contestant could be seen before the competition started, preparing to do a great job on stage! Of course, there was also an enthusiastic and supportive audience present. Everyone came together to enjoy some refreshments, mix and mingle and watch some great competition! These contests are a part of Toastmasters’ educational program.

Photos by Alizeh Jaffrey

We just wanted to let you know that the event you submitted to SNAP South Mississauga has been published! You can view and share the photos online here: snapd

What's Happening in Division A!

With just 3 months gone in the 2014-15 year, Division A members and clubs can be proud of all these accomplishments:

  • 24 of 27 active clubs had at least 4 of their club officers trained in June. Unionville and Hilltop trained all 7 officers – congratulations!
  • We earned 42 Educational Awards, from CC and CL all the way to DTM, along with 2 HPL projects (a 24% increase from last year).
  • All 27 continuing clubs submitted their dues on time.
  • 2 new clubs – GE Markham and FrancoFun - had their charter parties.
  • 3 clubs – Thornhill, Destiny and FC&L - have 5 or more DCP points already! Fluid Communicators and Leaders even paid its second renewal for 20 members in order to become Distinguished.

We have 4 additional DTM’s in the Division:

  • Karim Premji; Carolyn Bray; Gerry Fryer; and Tessa Benn-Ireland.

Three Toastmasters have earned the Triple Crown Pin by achieving 3 awards in the same year:

  • Karen Walters; Karim Premji; and Gerry Fryer.

These Division A champions have been selected for District 86 awards based on their great efforts last year:

Division Governor of the Year: Karim Premji, DTM

Area Governor of the Year : Rowan Faludi, ACG, ALB

Club Coach of the Year : Paul Lynott, DTM

We have also been active in running many contests, and will be doing more, culminating in the Division Contest on October 16th.

Let’s build on this fine beginning to construct a fabulous year in 2014-15!

picmonkey imageGerry Fryer, DTM
Division A Governor
District 86 Toastmasters

Club News - October 2014

Celebrating 90 years at Balck Walnut Toastmasters Club in Kitchener 

KITCHENER, ON – October 22, 2104, 90 years to the day after Toastmasters' founder Ralph C. Smedley held the first Toastmasters meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, Calif., the Black Walnut Toastmasters Club in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada celebrated with cake.
After an enthusiastic introduction by Sergeant-At-Arms Melissa Kristensen, Wayne Kuhn – the longest currently serving member of Black Walnut – opened the meeting at 7:30am by welcoming members and visitors. One hour later, after two prepared speeches and Table Topics (an impromptu speaking activity), the club dined on cake brought in by the club's sitting president, Matt DiMarco.
Division Governor Bud Brown remarked, "Any time of day is a great time to celebrate 90 years of helping people to improve their Communication and Leadership skills." Here's what other club members had to say:
"Mmmblufwerp buphwlm hrginyung.” - Chris OBrien, Vice President, Education (translation: This is definitely not 90 year old cake)


Mississauga Sales and Marketing Toastmasters

by Dr. Krupa Shankar, MD

Dear Friends,

We have reason to believe we are independent, but in reality we are interdependent. The interdependence is through interaction. Better the interaction, better the chances of all stake holders emerging winners. Money is the tool of interaction. Proper communication is the means. Money may make the world go round, but money is only secondary to the means.

All of us live by selling products or services. Scientists produce insights, which is a kind of service for humanity at large. No matter what we do for a living, be it profession trade or charity, we need to know sales and marketing.

Toastmasters International has been around for 90 years and is currently operating in 128 countries with over 500,000 members. It is probably one of the most useful and successful non-for-profit organizations today, in terms of the use it has been to its members and the ways in which it has contributed to their success. It is built around the principle of enhancing leadership through honing of speaking skills.

Speaking well is more than making entertaining noises. It produces a positive feedback loop in the brain and gets one to become better at thinking, planning and execution. Speaking well is a basic life skill. Sales involves selling what is in stock and marketing involves studying the market from the customers’ point of view. They are the two sides of the coin that constitutes business, but try as much as we would, we can see only one side of a coin at a time. The best one can do is flipping the coin over swiftly and see the 2 sides at the shortest possible intervals. It is necessary to do this as this coin of sales and marketing changes daily, if not hourly. This requires the cultivation of fleet footedness.

District 86 has decided to have a specialty Toastmasters club to focus on sales and marketing for this very reason. This club will focus on skills required for this purpose through mentoring, networking, and role assignment and a structured method of interaction that will permit you to test out your ideas before executing them in your workplace. Each meeting will be like a lab where you can learn through interaction and feedback and maximize your success out there in the real world.

dr Krupa shankarWe welcome you to the first meeting on November 3rd at Mississauga Board Of Trade, 701-77 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1M5 from 6pm to 7pm. We have room only for 35 guests. Please register in advance at eventbrite.  

Tips for Contest Time

Attention Contest Organizers & Contest Chairs

I wish to draw your attention to the following 3 contest rules and 1 common practice.

1. How to introduce contestants?
Stating the numerical order for contestants is the wrong way to introduce them. Do not make the numerical placement part of your introduction for a contestant. Only state Name, Title, Title, Name.

Wrong way:
Our second contestant is Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.

Correct way:
Please welcome Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.

2. Contests with 3 Contestants, no time disqualifications – who to announce?

Wrong way:
Only the 1st place winner is announced publicly. The 2nd place winner is told privately afterwards.

Correct way:
2nd place winner announced
1st place winner announced

3rd place winner is not announced

3. Who sets up/takes down contestant’s props?

Wrong way:
• Sergeant at arms connects with each contestant to find out what, if any, props, he or she needs help with.
• A contestant expects the sergeant at arms to automatically take care of his or her props.

Correct way:
• A contestant connects with the sergeant at arms in plenty of time before the contest to see if the sergeant at arms can help set up and take down his or her props.
• A contestant puts props in place quickly while judges are marking the minute before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.
• A contestant has someone else place props quickly in place before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.

Interviewing Contestants

There is no rule about interviewing a contestant only after the 2nd contest if the contestant is participating in both contests.

If two contests are being held on the same day, they should still be conducted as though they were on two separate days.

The contestant is to be interviewed after each contest.

Thank you for all your time and effort to follow the 2014 Rulebook and provide a professional and fun contest for every one!

Believe it or not… there are no losers at contests.  If you’re there, you win!

Janice McDonald, DTM - District 86 Lieutenant Governor Education

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

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