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.

Hanover Toastmasters monthTrudy Baran
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.

To the Point TM

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!

Fall Conference 2016 Communication & Leadership Award Recipient

Elaine Barnes C&L Receipent

Congratulations to Elaine Barnes, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient

The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values.

The recipient for the 2016 Fall Conference is Elaine Barnes, Volunteer Services Organizer at Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton.

Elaine will be honored by District 86 Toastmasters for her achievement in the field of communication and leadership. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday November 26, during the District 86 Fall Conference November 25 to 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara, In Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Barnes leads volunteers and incarcerated men to become better communicators, citizens, and leaders. Elaine is the Volunteer Services Organizer (VSO) for the Ontario correctional institute (OCI) which houses approximately 200 incarcerated men receiving rehabilitation treatment. Much of this rehabilitation treatment is delivered through volunteer run programs – Elaine leads and communicates with the 189 volunteers that run and support these numerous programs. These programs foster person growth, leadership, communication, and fellowship. Elaine has been VSO since Feb 2008. These volunteer programs including Toastmasters help inmates become better communicators and leaders before they reenter society.

"Through her on-­‐going, dedicated effort, Elaine is a shining example of communication and leadership in District 86 and she has touched and changed the lives of many incarcerated men and volunteers for the better. " says District 86 Public Relations Manager Dennis Bartel.

The Toastmasters program at OCI is the oldest running volunteers program, and has been in place for over 33 years. Elaine has been the biggest supporter of the program. OCI Toastmasters has seen tens of thousands of men go through the program, some of which later became members of Toastmasters club within the community. Every year at the volunteers dinner, Elaine has selected inmates that were members of OCI Toastmasters as Masters of Ceremonies and speakers. These men acknowledge that this was made possible by their time in Toastmasters.

Elaine is constantly receiving ongoing leadership, communication, and rehabilitation training. Elaine also conducts training and orientation for volunteer and resolves problems that may arise between the men, volunteers and staff. She also conducts training and orientation for  volunteers and resolves problems that may arise between the men, volunteers, and staff.

 

 

An Experiment in Learning From One Another

Area 31 Club Ambassador Program

Ambassador Visit

When I started my club visits in Area 31 in July, I heard again and again, “we want to work with the other clubs.” And, that’s just what we’re going to do!

In that spirit of getting to know one another and learn from each other, we had a brainstorming session at our first area council meeting and came up with the Area 31 Club Ambassador Program. Over the next few months, each of the area clubs will send one or two representatives to each of the other clubs. During their visits, each Ambassador will take on the role of speaker, evaluator or general evaluator. They’ll also make a report to the club they’re visiting as well as their home club of what was done a little differently, what they liked and what new ideas they’ll be taking back home with them. And, perhaps more importantly, they’ll have fun and make some new friends.

Gloria Whittaker (pictured), President of City of Brampton Toastmasters, was the first Area 31 Club Ambassador to visit Hershaw Toastmasters.

Want to try it yourselves? I’d be happy to share the details with you. Just email me at Area31Director@toastmasters86.org.

Sue Hopcroft
Area Director, Area 31

Energetics Toastmasters Club in Waterloo

Promoting our Club by Scarlett Sheng

The Energetics Toastmasters Club was founded by Tony Nelson and Greg Kay on May 1, 1994. The Energetics meets every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the Sun Life Building on 227 King Street South in Waterloo Ontario. As the club name indicates, you will feel energized immediately when you walk into the room.

Energetics has been a President’s Distinguished Club for 5 consecutive years. Six new members have joined the club in the past 3 months brining current active membership to 21. Energetics is proud to have a strong and structured Mentorship Program. When a new member joins, the Mentorship Coordinator will assign a mentor to answer any questions the new member may have and help him/her through the Toastmaster experience.

Last year was a hallmark year for Energetics. We had three Triple Crown Winners – Andrea D’Ambrosio, Cliff Graham and Chris Brown. Suzanne Dansereau became the first home grown DTM, and the club is expecting up to 6 more DTMs in the next 2 years.

Energetics is the home of Division W, Area Directors. Our Immediate Past President - Chris Brown and Sergeant at Arms - Clifford Graham are current Area 62 and Area 63 Directors. Doris Tuckett and Suzanne Dansereau were Area Directors in previous years.

Energetics is also very active in Area Contests and District Conferences. Energetics regularly hosts and helps organize the Area Contests, and has sent in contestants every year. Many Energetics members have presented at the District Conferences. For example, Carolyn Wilker facilitated the workshop “ASK for Directions: Mentoring” in Blue Mountain in Fall 2015. At this Fall Conference, Cliff Graham will be giving a presentation on adjusting leadership styles to different individuals’ behavioural styles.

Energetics is truly energetic! It’s not just a place to learn, but also a great place to have fun! Come and check us out soon!

Facebook: @EnergeticsToastmasters
Twitter: @Energetics_TM
Website: http://energetics.toastmastersclubs.org/

Scarlett Sheng
VP, Public Relations
Energetics Toastmasters Club

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