Cementation Toastmasters Club Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Cementation Toastmasters

Cementation Toastmasters Club (Division N Area 2 North Bay) Celebrates 10 Years and 500th Meeting April 12th, 2018

The members of Cementation Toastmasters were joined by guests from The North Bay Toastmasters and our Area Director (Colleen Charland) to celebrate our 500th meeting. The club was officially formed October 1st, 2007 by 28 founding members. The founding Club President (Lois Henderson) sent a recorded video message from her new home in Manitoba and we shared many happy stories about the past 10 years.

We thanked our corporate sponsor and company President/CEO Roy Slack for his continued support and we look forward to the new Pathways Programme.

We ordered a special cake to celebrate 10 years of the club, the 500th meeting and 20 years of Cementation Canada.

Cheers to the next 10 years of Cementation Toastmasters. Club President 2017-18 – John Cooney

Establishing Your Why

Why do the people do the things they do? Its because there is a reason. This idea came from me the other day after someone said “establish your why”.

Welcome Toastmaster readers....

Establishing your why is important. It gives you a reason to keep on going or maybe that decision to try something new.

My name is Shelly and I have been a Toastmaster since January 2016. I decided to join Toastmasters because I wanted to improve my communicating skills and I love talking!!

Toastmasters has given me the ability to become a more confident person and I have slowly applied what I have learned in my life. Fellowship with a great group of people, a better understanding of people and a great team work environment has been an added benefit of being a Toastmaster.

Working hard has always helped me find my way. I think we need that or at least I do. To have a purpose and even making/checking off lists. WORK IS DEFINITELY PART OF MY WHY!! As a Toastmaster I am here to work on my goals. I joined because I wanted to work on my public speaking. I didn’t realize that it would change my world.. Recently I was told by a fellow Toastmaster that “ we have one mouth and two ears and we need to listen twice as much”.... that has always been a challenge for me. What challenge you say? Thinking before I speak. I get excited most times and not think before I speak. Has Toastmasters helped with that? Yes it has but it has been a slow process in other aspects of my life. A saying by lots of people” keep it simple” and that is another goal I am working on.

Establishing your why is an important question in life. Its what keep you going. Having a goal and even if the plan changes the goal should not. That’s why establishing your why is important!!

Establishing my why? I need to work to make money, pay my bills, Toastmasters is a necessity so I can keep working on my communicating skills through listening/speaking. Fellowship with past, present and future people in my life.

Establishing your why is an important question one should ask themselves in starting a new venture!!

Establishing your why whether just to inspire yourself to become a better well rounded person is a last thought to leave you fellow Toastmaster readers.

Shelly Grant (1603 club secretary)

ShellyGrant

A Family Without Boundaries

Jeanie Lai blog

Do you know you have an extended family all over the world? Yes, you do! Toastmasters is a family without boundaries, and when you visit another country – of course, you have to visit your family over there!
And that is exactly what I did on my last trip to Hong Kong. It was great to connect with my (real) family, but I also dropped by a local Toastmasters club, TGIT – Thank God It’s Toastmasters Club, which is Hong Kong’s first advanced club. The theme of the meeting was “Masterchef” and, as promised, the meeting served up a delectable assortment of speeches. For example, I learned how to make a perfect cup of chai tea, and why steak should always, always be paired with potatoes. The advanced speeches were all from the Persuasive Speaking manual (under the traditional education program), which perfectly suited my palate because I have plans to work on that manual this year.
This visit resulted in a fun record of “firsts” for me: my first Toastmasters meeting outside Canada, my first visit to an advanced club, and, most delightfully, my first experience with a wine and cheese reception before a Toastmasters meeting. (Now, that’s food for thought!) I loved the congenial atmosphere of TGIT and I was greeted so warmly that I felt right at home with this new family.
The next time you travel, I encourage you to go see your extended Toastmasters family! This welcoming, worldwide family is a perk of being a Toastmasters member, so definitely go see them when you have the chance!

Jeanie Lai, ACB, ALB
Sheridan Park Toastmasters

Speech Marathon – Sneakers not required!

CST members

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters hosted a very special early morning meeting event a “Speech Marathon!” The theme of the meeting was “Life is a Marathon, not a Sprint.”

Lights, Camera, Action! The speaking event began, resulting in an exciting action packed morning, filled with fun as eight diverse speakers took to the stage from first timers to advanced speakers. The room was silent and a hush fell over the room as each speaker stepped forward to the lectern in an act of courage to take on their fear of public speaking! It’s a testament to how well Toastmasters works in a very supportive environment.

Ramindar Kaur delivered her ice breaker on Life without Limits and inspired us with her courage and her journey chronicling various episodes of her life, weaving personal heartfelt stories with valuable life lessons. The audience was inspired with hope, faith, self-acceptance, attitude and courage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Paul Dubal took on the role of a Public official fielding a controversial topic “Glen Abbey Golf Course Development,” speaking to a ‘hostile’ audience. The speech took an exciting turn of events with members taking their roles seriously, challenging Paul as he skillfully acknowledged each argument. We have the makings of a politician in Paul, perhaps the next Prime Minister? Move over Justin Trudeau!

Lolo Franscisco introduced the “Big Red Jolly Bee,” a fast food store, the pride, joy and heritage of the Philippines that gives “McDonalds” a run for its market share. It was very entertaining and had the audience salivating over the menus. Just you wait, Iolo informed us the next location is opening right here in Mississauga.

Loubna Nejjari inspired the audience with her road map to success with four key points: Believe you can succeed, vaccinate yourself against fear (and do it anyway), Go first class and think like a leader! All of us left inspired by her quote by Derek Bok “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Karen Mewa Ramcharan read us a story by Nick Vujick from his book “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.” Karen took us on a journey of hope and courage with a core message, that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome!

Chelsea Zheng showed us how her lessons learned from a sprained ankle and the kindness of strangers can make a difference. Her smile, vivid imagery and personal stories had the audience hanging on to her every word.

Hamedeh Razavi enthralled us all the way to Persia with beautiful pictures of Iran, the land of Pearls, Perfume, Spices, Silver and Mystery. Together we discovered Iran's breathtaking landscapes, ancient monuments, dazzlingly beautiful mosques and magnificent imperial palaces from Shiraz to Tehran, Isfahan to Kashan, by way of Persepolis and Yazd. We learned about Cyrus the Great, the first King of Persia, an Eastern monarch that issued a charter considered to be the oldest known declaration of human rights.

Usama Mubashir unveiled a surprise slide show with pictures and food and music and together we wished our president Paul Dubal au revoir on his journey to Abu Dhabi in the Middle-East with a famous quote "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Paul may you enjoy every step!”

The outstanding speeches received advanced evaluations from Anna Malinowska, Swamy Maheswarn, Hanson Diao, Connie Yuen, Iona Rodricks and Byron Qu.

Fun and camaraderie filled the room! Our speakers in this speech marathon event showed us the strength and determination needed in the journey to become better communicators by one of the most outstanding Toastmaster clubs in District 86! Together we blazed new trails!

Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Mississauga Central Library
from 9.15 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Respectfully submitted,

Iona Rodricks, DTM
D86 Pathways Guide 2017-2018
Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters / District 86 / Division D / Area 85 / Club 01120086

What a Treat!

Thanks to the kind invitation by fellow toastmaster Ryan Belluz, I had the opportunity to attend my first ever Gaval Club meeting on April 21, 2018. As the test speaker at the Brampton Gaval Club’s Spring Speech Contest, It was such a treat and learned a great deal.

The speech contest ran smoothly and I had the opportunity to reflect on the enormous amount of preparation required behind the scenes by the organizers who were so dedicated. The various roles for the contest were executed seamlessly by the members who had seized the opportunity to polish and demonstrate their speaking skills and leadership.

As test speaker, I received so much constructive feedback from the 7 contestants, and was very much impressed by the youngsters’ sincerity, insights, and eloquence. Where on earth could we find a place where one speaks and others listen, and most of all they listen with the intent to understand and motivate? Only in Toastmasters!

While Toastmasters is where leaders are made, it is also where understanding happens. When we truly understand, we are empowered to respond meaningfully and purposefully. Understanding is exactly what we need more at home and work today.

By Philip Lai, ATMB
Member of Port Credit Club (1474)

Toastmasters with Differing Abilities by Cathy O'Connor

As a Toastmaster with a hearing loss and a (hopefully temporary) physical disability, I see the need for occasionally having to accommodate those with differing abilities. A friend of mine is blind; nothing annoys her so much as when some well-meaning Toastmaster tells her she needs to improve her eye contact. She can’t see. How can she improve something she simply cannot do? It is like asking a fish to climb a tree. Fish can swim really well. They leave the tree climbing to others.

As Toastmasters, it is our duty as leaders to know how to incorporate an accommodation. The simplest way is to ask the person what s/he needs or wants. I am hard of hearing. I don’t require much in the way of accommodation, but some of my hard of hearing friends may need everyone in the club to use a microphone. Someone else with a mobility disability may need a wide aisle to go down to accommodate a scooter, a wheelchair or a service animal.

Sometimes certain prerequisites required to attain certain educational awards may have to be modified, or even eliminated altogether. A case in point. As a child I joined Girl Guides. Because of my severe ADHD and other learning disabilities, I simply could not and cannot tie anything more convoluted than a sheet-bend knot. A clove hitch is beyond me; don’t even talk to me about a bowline or a prusik knot! Back in the 60s, there were no accommodations. One either passed or failed in Guiding. As a result of this one thing, I was not able to attain the highest level in Guiding, and thus was never able to meet Prince Philip who handed out All Round Cords, Gold Cords and Canada Cords.

These days, my disability would be accommodated, and I could substitute another project of similar scope in its place. This is something that also needs to occur in Toastmasters.

If someone, for some reason, cannot handle the job of timing (whether because of the physical ability to reach or manipulate the switches on the timing mechanism, or cannot see well enough to watch a stop watch, get the person to do something else and give them “credit” for timing. Someone may love the role of general evaluator. Within this position the general evaluator has to know about, and demonstrate, the importance of time in the meeting, and is in charge of the timer of the meeting, among other people. If the person loves the role of general evaluator, but cannot perform the role of timer, switch them out. Don’t let something like this hold someone back.

What if someone with a disability wants to become an area director? That can happen. If the position needs to be modified, or if something needs to be put in place in order for the person to be accommodated, sit down with the person and find out what needs to happen. A person may make a perfectly good area director, and may need to fulfill this role in order to attain the educational level of ALS in the legacy program, or one of the higher levels of the Pathways paths. Traditionally the area director needs to visit the clubs twice and write up a report. If the person doesn’t drive because of a disability, a couple of things can possibly be put in place to accommodate (again, with the person’s input – never make a decision on behalf of a disabled person and expect to be praised!). Either arrange for a team of volunteer chauffeurs, or arrange to have the area director participate via virtual meetings. Set up a computer on an overhead projector, and invite the person to participate via the web. There are many programs available online to do this. Again, always ask the person, who knows best what works for him or her.

Don’t be afraid to ask us what we need. We don’t bite. Well, usually. In fact, being asked makes us feel part of the club. All too often, people are afraid to interact with us because they don’t want to say the wrong thing. The result of this is that we end up feeling alone and isolated. Something that should never happen at a Toastmasters meeting. You don’t need to know how to accommodate. Just treat as as you would want to be treated, which is with dignity and respect. After all, the Toastmasters Club Mission sums it up perfectly:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Roger Caesar speaks at Grand River Toastmasters Open House Event

Grand River Toastmasters are hosting an Open House on May 1st in Cambridge. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and learning.

  • When: May 1st, 2018
  • Where: Allan Reuter Centre, 507 King St E, Cambridge, ON (MAP)
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Featuring Roger Caesar
Roger Caesar is a two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking. A truly amazing speaker. Along with hearing Roger Caesar, members and guests will enjoy Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches) and information about Toastmasters, refreshments and door prizes.

Great Contest In All Its Glory

March 19, 2018 … the Division B Evaluation and International Speech Contest was held at Maple Leaf Foods.

What a contest! An extraordinary evening filled with laughter, fun, seasoned speakers, so many dignitaries including our District Trio, great venue, and awesome food. A wonderful networking event for Division B Toastmasters.

A great start with SAA, Dennis Bartel doing a headstand. Contest Chairs Yoshi Perera (Brampton Club President) and Patricia Williams (2016 Humorous Speech Contest Winner) were wonderfully engaging and made the evening a lot of fun. Contestants delivered inspirational and motivational speeches. The Evaluators each brought their unique style and did not make it easy for the judges.
This contest will not only be remembered for all of its glory but also for how the lights unexpectedly went off when the winner was announced. The contestants and audience were true Toastmasters, switching on cellphone lights to help successfully finish the evening!

I was very proud to have had the opportunity to organize an event of this magnitude as my HPL project. When I started planning the contest, I never imagined what a great experience it would be with the chance to lead a team of volunteers from different clubs to deliver a successful contest and have loads of fun!

Maheeza MohamadA big thank you to Maheeza Mohamed, (shown to the left) Division B Director, for her leadership, encouragement, and support. Thank you to all the District Leaders who attended and helped, everyone on my guidance and action committee, to the many volunteers who took roles to help make it a success … could not have done it without you!!

I wish the Contest Winner for both Contests, Roger Caesar, all the very best and look forward to cheering him on at the District contest.

Marisa Fernandez, ACB, ALB
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Brampton Talks Toastmasters – 2017-18 Club Treasurer

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