District 86 DTM Recognition at Fall Conference 2016

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Congratulations to District 86 members who acheived Distinguished Toastmaster from Spring Conference 2016 to Fall Conference 2016. Medals were presented at the DTM Recognition Dinner and High Five Line at the Fall Conference on Friday November 25, 2016. 

Myrna Barthe

Caroline Beren

John Constant

Glynis D'souza

Reema Duggal

Rowan Faludi

Kerstine Franklin

Rick Guzik

Doreen Hillier

Veronica Hislop

Tinku  Iyer

Milton Jiang

Gina Kennedy

Ross Mackay

Saima Malik

Alexandre Matte

Deborah McGrath

Shawn Salokannel

Leizyl Sobrinho

Veronica Taylor

Dragana Vulpic-Bork

Leona Wilson

Claire Zheng

  

Check Out DTM Recognition Dinner Photos On Flickr

Fall Conference 2016 Speech Contest Winners

Fall Conference 2016 ContestsBeginning in September over 225 clubs held Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests sending the winners to the Area contest with anywhere from 5 to 8 competitors. Four to seven area winners then competed for the winning title at their respective Division Contests. The ten Division Contest winners of each contest competed at the District level at the Fall Conference November 25 to 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara, in Niagara Falls, ON.

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"Speech contests provide an opportunity for individuals to further develop their speaking skills by leaving the comfort of their home clubs and performing to larger audiences. The finalists at the fall conference contests are truly talented and the contests are sure to be very entertaining." - Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director District 86.

1st Place: Particia Williams, Division B, Area 31, Region of Peel Toastmasters

2nd Place: Tiberiu Puscas, Division A, Area 21, Woodbridge Toastmasters

3rd Place: Esther Song, Division D, Area 81, Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters

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1st Place: Sean Browne, Division W, Area 62, Black Walnut Toastmasters Club

2nd Place: David Lozowsky, Division B, Area 34, Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters

3rd Place: Ross Cunningham, Division S, Area 76, Strathroy Toastmasters Club

And the Winners are... Division L Contests Recap

Division L Humorous Speech Contest

Humorous Speech Contest - Friday November 4, 2016 
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Humorous Speech Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM

3rd Place Winner Mo Carter

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

2nd Place Winner Mark Mullins

 

Division L Table Topics Contest

Table Topics Contest - Friday November 4, 2016
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Table Topics Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM 
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM
Table Topics Chair John DeMarco

2nd Place Winner Paula Berketo

3rd Place Winner Neil Brodie

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

What's Happening This Fall at Saugeen Toastmasters!

Saugeen Toastmasters is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary This Fall 

To mark this celebration, thanks to our VP of Public Relations and Area 65 Director, Tammy Hunt, the Town of Hanover, the Municipality of Brockton and the Municipality of West Grey have proclaimed the month of October Toastmasters Month.

The Hanover Post, a weekly community newspaper, contacted Tammy for an interview for an article outlining our role in the community for the past 10 years.

We also wrote a letter to the editor of the Walkerton Times, another weekly edition, thanking the Municipality of Brockton for their recognition. The headline for the letter proclaimed Toastmasters Month.

The articles sparked interest in our club and we have had a number of guests and inquiries.

Saugeen Toastmasters has achieved much in 10 years. We have held several Speechcraft workshops and Youth Leadership Programs. We have hosted Officer Training and Area Contests.

Over the past 10 years we have had 5 Area Governors from our club and we have had members volunteer at the Division and District levels.

In fact our community club has 4 members who achieved the highest award in Toastmasters. Diane O’Brien, Dianna Snowden, Gemma Mendez Smith and Gregory C.N. Smith have all been awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster designation.

Thank you to Mount Forest Motivators for sponsoring our club 10 years ago. Marge and Caroline, remember when the first meetings were held in the home of our Charter President, Diane O’Brien? We were crowded around a dining room table but that didn’t deter us from running effective meetings.

Much has changed since that first crucial year, members and meeting places, but we always have fun and we always encourage each other.

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President and Charter Member
Saugeen Toastmasters

The Little Club That Could

Kincardine’s ‘To the Point’: The Little Club That Could

Many clubs have been there: Struggling to get new people in the door, teetering on the cusp of being a club in good standing, members having to wear several hats in order to fill meeting roles. The ‘To the Point’ club in Kincardine is no exception. We recently experienced turnover in senior members and the club was left with some inexperienced but eager rookies keeping the club on its feet.

While we should all be striving to get as many people out to meetings as possible, I couldn’t help but observe that one of the charms of our club is that it is small, but mighty. Almost every member fills a role on executive team, and this year, each member attended training to improve the club. One of the benefits of having a small group is that people receive a lot of individual attention and there is usually a lot of time for feedback and discussion. If we all do one thing spectacularly, it’s ensuring that new comers feel that Toastmasters is a safe environment to grow speaking and leadership skills.

Take Ron for example, his journey began three years ago. Ron was a sales representative, and during work meetings, he would often sit back and hope to not have to share or speak to the team. He began to realize he could be a better team member if he improved on his public speaking skills and decided to give the ‘To the Point’ Club a try. What Ron remembers most about his Icebreaker speech was realizing during the evaluation portion that Toastmasters was a place that offered a genuine and non-threatening place to grow together. Ron has since proven himself as an accomplished public speaker, competing in area and district contests and recently received his Advanced Communicator Bronze title.

Ron’s is just one story in a club that has been around for over 25 years! Membership has been up and down over the years, but one thing remains the same: The people are what make the club great – and we could use a few more of them! There’s something quaint and personable about our small yet determined club. Come out to a meeting and see what we mean.

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District 86 Council Business Meeting - November 26, 2016

Come to the best part of the Fall 2016 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Where: Marriott on the Falls, Oakes South room

Address: 6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7

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You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to Niagara Falls! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the final selection of the District 86 Mascot. Discover how your club can benefit from participating in our new District 86 game. We will be creating new memories for District 86. Come and join us, for this once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. November 26, 2016.pdf

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, District 86 Immediate Past District Director, Janice McDonald, DTM at IPdistrictdirector@toastmasters86.org  
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 14, 2015, Blue Mountains); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, November 25: 2:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 26: 7:00 AM - 7:50 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:20 PM on Saturday. If you arrive at 3:45 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:45 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. Coffee will be available as a courtesy.

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is November 18, 2016. You can register here.

One event in particular you can't afford to miss is our District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to Niagara Falls! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the final selection of the District 86 Mascot. Discover how your club can benefit from participating in our new District 86 game. We will be creating new memories for District 86. Come and join us, for this once in a lifetime opportunity! We look forward to seeing you there!

 pdfDistrict Council Meeting Nov 26 2016 Agenda.pdf

 pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes April 23, 2016.pdf

 

Announcing District 86’s 2015-16 “Of The Year” Awards

Congratulations to the 2015-16 “Of the Year” Award Recipients and their clubs who have supported them in their Toastmasters endeavors!

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!

Please join me in congratulating and honouring these individuals by applauding their efforts at the Director’s Banquet on Saturday, November 26th at the District 86 Fall Conference, in Niagara Falls, at the Marriott on the Falls. 

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Club Coach Of The Year : Caroline Beren, DTM for Linguists Of Listowel Club, Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club
Publicist Of The Year: Yoshith Perera, ACB, ALB - Brampton Club
President Of The Year: Roger Caesar, ACS, ALB - Brampton Club
Area Director Of The Year: Claire Zheng ACS, ALS - Momentum Toastmasters and Power Speaking Toastmasters Club
Division Director Of The Year: Jacklyn Payne, DTM Division A Director - Brampton Club
Club Of The Year: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club, Division C, Area 45 - President Leona Wilson, DTM
Membership: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
Education: Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
Toastmaster Of The Year: Mohammed Zackria, ACG, ALB - D + H Toastmasters Club and Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters

See more about awards and past winners here

Thank you to the “Of the Year Award” Committee listed below by their 2015-16 role titles.

Paul Lynott DTM, Club Coach Coordinator
Lorna Miller ACS ALB, Administration Manager
Cathy Herschell DTM, Public Relations Manager
Vitaliy Fursov DTM, Club Growth Director
Mike Proudlock DTM, Program Quality Director
Janice McDonald DTM, District Director

See you at the conference! Register here: http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences/fall2016

Advanced Toastmasters Club Launches In Mississuaga

After 3 launch meetings spanning 4 months of hard labour and a final push by Toastmasters 86 District Director Vitaliy Fursov, an advanced club in Mississauga was born on 30th September 2016 in District 86. Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters Club submitted charter with 23 member and will have their first meeting on October 18, 2016.

This advanced Toastmasters club requires that members have completed their Competent Communicator award and hold a dual membership in their home club. Unlike a regular, which usually meets weekly, this advanced club meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month in the Streetsville area at 1965 Britannia Rd W #201 Mississauga, ON L5M 4Y4

This club will enhance and sharpen the skills of experienced Toastmasters by providing round robin evaluations, videotaped speeches and informative workshops.  Come visit as a guest or join if you'd like to sharpen your skills!

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

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