Not all Porcupines are Prickly

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate said “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Did you know that one Toastmaster, one District Leader, one Facebook post and one telephone conference can rejuvenate a Toastmaster club?

In the fall of 2016, Porcupine Toastmasters had only one member, Yvan Tremblay who posted to Facebook asking for help to save the Toastmaster club in Timmins. Told 3 former members were required and a total of 8 by April 1st 2017 the last man standing found the will to make it happen.

With much determination the club grew in diversity with a mix of new and former members and enthusiasm spilled out across Area 2 in Northern Ontario. The former Porcupine members were joined by 2 Toastmasters from Southern Ontario and 1 from the south of Area 2. By June 30, 2017 the club was 8 members strong, ready to start working as a team for an exciting 2017/2018 year.
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Round 1 COT Training

Read how Porcupine made it to President’s Distinguished in the next blog from Area 2.

Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters 2nd Anniversary and Open House

2ward Greatness!

Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters
2nd pic. Left to Right, Dragana Vulpic-Bork (Club Mentor), Melanie Pereira (President) & Glynis D’Souza (Club Sponsor)

We had an amazing 2nd Anniversary Celebration hosted by Katie Tran! Our theme was, ‘2ward Greatness’ and the Keynote Speaker, Glynis D'Souza, gave us an inspirational speech on 'The Terrific Twos', reminding us how lucky we are to have a Toastmasters Club at Ericsson and reminisced fondly on the hard work put in by our Sponsors (Glynis D’Souza and Melanie Pereira) and Mentors (Dragana Vulpic-Bork and Maria Martinez) to make this happen!

Mark Henderson, the Chairman & Lawrence Roy, Program Director both, huge supporters of the Toastmasters program, encouraged Ericsson employees to take advantage of the in-house club and learn a thing or two about leadership while honing their communication skills.

The highlight of the event was a testimonial style, documentary film which was a labour of love, produced by Katie Tran, VP, Public relations. She recorded club members while interviewing them sharing their Toastmasters experiences and encouraged viewers to join. It was very well received and generated a lot of interest with the guests, some of whom, who have converted to club members!

Ericsson is a corporate club in Area 41, Division C, with approximately 20 members and achieved Select Distinguished Status in its first year, this year we are aspiring for President’s Distinguished!

- Melanie Pereira, Club President

Toastmasters at Work

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In April 2018, I started a new role with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as their Cycling Engineer.

I’m responsible to collaborate with internal stakeholders throughout MTO’s five Regions to develop standards, guidelines and training to design safe cycling facilities.  

Since starting in this position, I’ve applied everything I have learned so far in Toastmasters. I listen effectively to understand and learn about the issues and gaps. I applied my leadership skills to take initiative, challenge status quo and collaborate with my Team to develop solutions. I communicate with internal and external stakeholders to encourage dialogue and express myself clearly. As a Team, we have achieved so much over the past few months and was asked to present at a Highway Standards Branch meeting. Here’s the catch, the director is a Toastmaster, and he asked that I keep the presentation to 5 - 7 minutes! With all the Toastmaster experience I have, I rose to the challenge! I wrote out a script, reviewed it with him and once we agreed on the outline, I filled in the content. 

 

I was blessed to have the opportunity to practice my presentation with Port Credit Toastmasters, Speaking for Success Toastmasters and Clarkson Toastmasters. Something else I apply from Toastmasters…I rehearse my speeches and presentations, many times. What was amazing was that the director told me that there would be about 100 staff attending. Just before my presentation, I found out that there were 220 people at the meeting! I had rehearsed so many times, that although I was nervous, I knew I would be fine. Guess what, the presentation went well! I forgot some material, but no one in the audience would have known that, except my director! If you would like to learn tips on how to get the most out of your Toastmasters membership, or want to learn more about the benefits of Toastmasters, I encourage you to come on out to Clarkson Toastmasters Club! We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Crescent. 

Muktha Tumkur, ACG, ALS

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, District 86

Happy Birthday, District 86

On July 1, 2018 we turned exactly 10 years old! Although may I say – with due modesty – that we don’t look a day over five!

Yes, it was exactly ten years ago when District 60 gave birth to a new district under the leadership of our first District Governor (now called District Director) Lori Lococo. Maybe we should have been scared of venturing out on our own – but we weren’t. We had strong, experienced leaders – Bill Bienia, Ross Mackay, John MacDonald, Joan Binetti, Jean McAllister, Gina Cook, Ralph Williamson, Harold Usher, just to name a few.

Toastmasters of the new District 86 were in large measure the heart and soul of the old District 60. In many ways, one could think that the “new” district was the reconstituted District 60, rather than the “official” new District 86. Not just because of our leadership, but also the nature of the districts themselves. District 86 became a mix of urban and rural, stretching from Niagara Falls to northern Ontario (eventually including Sault Ste. Marie); District 60 became a heavily urban district, centred mostly (but not exclusively) on the City of Toronto. Which of these districts was markedly different from the old District 60? I would say the reconstituted District 60!

District 86 has accomplished much over its first decade. Many “Distinguished District” honours have been achieved; our District has been represented on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors; the District has been incredibly well-represented at the World Championships of Public Speaking; but more importantly, members continue to set and achieve their goals to improve their speaking and leadership skills, as recently evidenced by our recent achievement of “Presidents Distinguished” for Distinguished Clubs.

Bring on the next 10 years! History is waiting to happen! Be a part of it – it’s up to you!

Michael Proudlock,DTM 

 

 

 

5 Ideas For A Great Open House

When is your open house? Start planning early for the best results. Here are some ideas to help you have the best one yet:


1- Organize a committee:

Find out who in your club needs a CL project
Organize or Help organize club special event
PR campaign - chair or help with
Membership contest
Befriend a guest at a meeting

2- Get all members involved

Share the plan
Review the moments of truth standards - these are found in your Club Leadership Handbook
All members greet guests
Arrange a fun themed meeting – all meeting roles filled in advance
Invite a guest speaker 5-7 minute manual speech with evaluator

3- Promote the event

Flyers - distribute to members to post in the community or at their workplace
Social media, Eventbrite, MeetUp.com
Local papers- press release, article
Community calendar, SNAP

4- Arrange for greeters

Have lots of guest kits made in advance
Ask guests how they found out about the meeting
Introduce both guests and members (30 seconds why they joined)

5- At the meeting

Have an easy fun table topics session, invite guests to try (ask them first)
Have an experienced member deliver the open house Powerpoint (download below)
Hold a special session for guests (VPM) during the break – explain the benefits of joining your club and answer questions

Measure your results

Process memberships promptly
Follow-up with guests
Invite guests to future meetings by phone or email

Open House Checklist

Timeline

Task

 

6-8 weeks

Assign a committee & set budget

Club Executive

     

6-8 weeks

Set date with VP Education, VP Membership & VP PR

Committee

Communicate date to Club Members

Plan Public Relations campaign - The key to your success!!!!

Invite local politician if appropriate

Arrange for Guest Speaker - creates buzz and excitement!

Approach experienced members for key roles - put on a good show.

Invite Area, Division & District dignitaries & put on agenda

Invite Past Members to attend - they might re-join

Invite Founding Members, Club, Sponsors/Mentors/Coaches

Ask Club Members to "Bring A Friend"

Pick an appropriate theme for the meeting (new beginnings, achievement etc.)

Pick a Word of the Day that matches the occasion

Prepare a suitable Table Topics session

Select speakers who will represent the club effectively

Prepare Open House packages/New member kits

Consider an incentive to join the day of Open House (with club approval)

     

2 weeks before

Name tags purchased/prepared

Committee

Finalize Agenda

Decorations? Make it fun & festive!

Cake? - (Yellow & Blue theme)

Food? (Consider dietary restrictions when planning)

Supplies for food (plates, forks, napkins, cups)

Finalize incentive if using (gift card, draw, slight discount to fees, etc.)

Print ample supply of "Agenda's"

     

1 hour before

Set up room theatre style & test AV equipment

SAA

Committee & Club Executive arrive early & set the welcoming tone

Guest Greeters to arrive early & set up welcome area

Guest Book, Open House Packets available

     

During Meeting

Welcome guests

Allow guests to participate in Table Topics

Explain all parts of the meeting and the purpose of it

Thank the guests and dignitaries

Thank the organizing committee

Invite everyone to sign up or come back (Call to action is needed)

     

 

Resources from Toastmasters:

Download Open House PowerPoint from TI
Consider Demo Meeting format
Digital brochures to put in Open House Packet
Digital Posters to promote event

Jocelyne Vezina, DTM
District 86 Club Growth Director 2018-2019
District 86 Toastmaster of the Year 2016-2017

Guest Kit Checklist

Guest Kit Checklist
District 86 July 2018

Mandatory Items
 Toastmasters Application Form
 About the Club Welcome letter
- history of TM Club / Toastmasters International
- About weekly meetings
- About meeting roles
- About Membership Dues
- How to contact Club Officers
- Reasons to Join Toastmasters
 Pathways -- Overview of 10 Paths
 Features/Benefits/Value Chart
 Brochures: Find your Voice and Confidently Speaking
 Benefits of Toastmasters Membership


Optional Items
 a copy of the Toastmasters monthly magazine
 List of Fees
 Ice Breaker: Speech outline
 Ice Breaker: Evaluation form
 Welcome letter from Club President
 Testimonials from Membership

 

Club Growth Team | District 86

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

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