Club News July - 2016

New Club in Paris Ontario

The “Prettiest Little Town in Canada” will be home to one of the newest clubs is District 86. Paris is approximately 15 minutes from Brantford, Ontario & home to wonderful shops and restaurants. It is home to the provincial head office for the Canadian Deafblind Association, Tigercat Industries, Darby Sportswear, Duff Packaging Machinery, and ABC Recreation. It’s over 11,000 residents enjoy some beautiful parks and trails.

Area 51 Director, and club sponsor Jennifer Aucoin is working with Brant Toastmaster’s Club immediate past president Ken Klunder and president Nate Friedman on promoting the club. A club launch meeting was held on Jun 7th, and was successful. Public relations efforts in other areas such as the Brant News are continuing over the summer. The club has formed a small group of interested people who will form the first executive. They are grateful that Tigercat Industries has offered the use of their meeting room at 40 Consolidated Drive. They expect to be meeting on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

Jennifer and her team are confident that the club will charter in the fall and become one of the Districts fall “blooms.”

Anyone interested in joining the Paris Toastmasters Grand Speakers should contact Jennifer through her District email address: area51director@toastmasters86.org.

A Twist to Inductions: New Members' Swag Bag

When we induct new members at Ambitious City, we try to make it memorable and fun. After the promises made by the new members and the club promises to support them, we give a swag bag: a zip-lock sandwich bag full of small items.

The items often change, but they are to illustrate a benefit of the club. Currently we offer:

DavidShawPic'Scaries' (the Hallowe’en version of Smarties) - Smarties so their intelligence shines through in their speeches, Scaries in the hope that they conquer their fear
Batteries – so that you’ll always get a charge out of the club
Push pin - so you always make your point
Excel gum - because we want you to excel
Box of Matches - so you can set the audience on fire with your words
A Hersey Hug – to remind you of the good fellowship of the club
Chocolate Coin – to remind you of the value of the club
Eraser – Remember: mistakes are expected but they can be corrected
This List - So even after the chocolate is eaten, the eraser worn away and the matches expended, you can remember the remaining value of Ambitious City Toastmasters.
TM Pin – To let the world know that you are a member of a great organization: Toastmasters International. And when people ask you about the pin, you can brag about the club and invite them to come as guests.

When there is more than one inductee, one gets the items one at a time, the rest just get the bag – except for the pin. That is pinned to the new member. To make it easy, the pin is attached to the top of the bag so it doesn’t have to be searched for.

David T. Shaw DTM
Ambitious City #1586 and McMaster #6307
District 86 Historian

Room To Grow

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Like many clubs, Ambitious City Toastmasters in Hamilton has struggled with maintaining membership, but we’ve experienced a dramatic turnaround. The inevitable ebb and flow, attrition vs attracting new members has kept Ambitious City’s numbers at around 11 for the last few yrs. We were certain we had something special in the club itself, we just weren’t able to reach our potential without a larger membership.

Last year we were more successful in attracting guests, but they were not joining. The executive brainstormed what we could do better and consequently conducted the workshop “Moments of Truth” to examine each facet of the club. The conclusion was that our guests and members enjoy a very positive experience. Guests are greeted warmly, receive an excellent guest package, the program is explained, and they are invited to join. After the meeting a follow up by the VP of Membership thanks them for coming and invites them to come back. Guests reported being surprised by how much fun they had. Still… they did not join. Our VP of Membership added a survey to the website asking for honest and anonymous feedback, but it yielded no suggestions.

Since it seemed we were doing almost everything right, we had to look elsewhere. It was noted that when we had more than one guest at a time as well as a good turnout of members, our meeting room felt cramped. In the past when considering guest perceptions we usually considered that our club appeared small. Finally, we agreed it was more likely that we appeared full, that guests may not feel comfortable because the room was crowded. I remembered learning that a fish kept in a small aquarium will not grow to its full potential, but remain a size relative to that of its environment. Our executive decided to consider a larger venue, to give us room to grow.

We were very fortunate that the retirement home where we meet decided they did not need a swimming pool after all, so created a large recreation room on top of it. We negotiated the use of the room and Ambitious City moved within the same building!
Soon after our move in the month of September, 4 guests joined! This turn of events was so dramatic, we feel confident in attributing it to the increase in our room size. By the new year we were up to 24 members!

If your club would like to grow its numbers, I encourage you to reconsider the size of your meeting room. Does it feel tight for space as our former room did? As Toastmasters we are all striving to achieve our personal potential. Ambitious City is looking forward to this opportunity to work toward our potential as a club.

Dawn Claus
VP Education 2015-2016
& Past President

Member News July - 2016

Inside Outside of an Area Director by Anne Dockeray

As part of the Go Outside Your Club Contest I wanted to share with you as an Area Director some of things that I have found to be very positive and extremely helpful when trying to come from within yourself and out of the box. How do you sum up a year of a newly appointed Area Director? Well if you joined toastmasters to gain more knowledge in communication and in leadership, then you will fit in as an Area Director. Taking on this appointment was a challenge within myself. You see I have sights of the Distinguished Toastmaster!!! That alone helped to get out of my box to achieve my goals.

When I first agreed to take on this role I did not realize how much I would grow. There are plenty of highlights that I could share with you but the ones that stand out the most are Club Visits and Contests. Getting not only to meet new people but to feel their passion for the program was very uplifting. Also being able to share my passion for this program – you see that is so a leadership skill. You are doing it and you don’t realize the impact you have on others. This was so noticeable when trying to get other club members to come outside their box to our Area Club Contest. Just watching others excel, each member at different stages of their program. I think that most members join and think that the club level is all I need, but I feel you don’t get outside of your box to inside yourself unless you journey forward and try something new. This contest was a great stepping stone to see what others have done and to apply it to myself. Growing, growing is what stands out the most.

Thank you Toastmasters for an excellent learning year. Still more to come!!

In Praise in Going Beyond Your Club

I have always believed in going outside of my home club. Twenty-one years ago, when I joined Toastmasters, I visited two different clubs a few times before I made my decision on which to join.

I joined Ambitious City Toastmasters, a Hamilton club, on April 11th. On May 1st, I was in Kingston for a four month work contract. I was eager, I was motivated, I was bored in the evenings. I visited every club I could find. I made a discovery: every club is the same, and every club is different. At every club I found friendly, welcoming people. There was table topics, there were speeches, there were evaluations. Yet, there were differences as well. This club had the evaluators go to the lectern, that one had them evaluate from their seats. One club had a display table for guests, another had their names written on the front and back of the name tents. I had fun, and I learned a lot. I also went back to my home club in September with all these new ideas and implemented some of them. My club thought I was a genius.

I have never stopped visiting other clubs. This year I've been to five in my immediate geographical area and to several more anniversary parties as the District Historian. Always friendly people, good times and the chance to see a different way of doing things. There are also the contests, the conferences, and the officer training sessions. All fun, all a chance to see how large Toastmasters really is.

Now that a new Toastmasters year is upon us, it is a good time to set goals. I urge you, go beyond your club and see what is there. If you belong to an evening club, go visit a lunch time club, or vice versa. The experience is radically different, and yet comfortingly familiar. Go to a contest, attend officer training. Learn. Make new friends. Have fun. Happy New Year.

David T. Shaw DTM
Ambitious City #1586 and McMaster #6307
District 86 Historian

 

Congratulations Distinguished Clubs 2015-2016

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District 86 has achieved Presidents Distinguished for distinguished clubs with 126 clubs achieving distinguished or better for the 2015-2016!

Presidents Distinguished

  • 7120 Speakers Corner
  • Advanced Speakers on the Hill
  • Ambitious City Toastmasters Club
  • Barrie Toastmasters Club
  • Barrie's Small Business Club
  • Black Walnut Toastmasters Club
  • Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club
  • Brampton Club
  • Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
  • Candu Toastmasters
  • City Centre Club
  • Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
  • Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
  • Cornell Markham Toastmasters
  • Creekbank Toastmasters Club
  • D + H Toastmasters Club
  • Destiny Toastmasters Club
  • DiverseCity Toastmasters
  • Energetics Toastmasters Club
  • Feel Good Toastmasters
  • First Oakville Toastmasters Club
  • First Waterdown Club
  • Fluid Communicators & Leaders
  • Forest City Toastmasters
  • Garden City Toastmasters of St. Catharines
  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
  • Golden Gavel Toastmasters
  • Grand River Toastmasters Club
  • Greater Sudbury Speakers
  • Halton Hills Toastmasters
  • Hershaw Toastmasters Club
  • Hilltop Toastmasters
  • Horizon Toastmasters
  • Inclusive Toastmasters
  • IPC Toastmasters Club
  • Leaders' Corner Toastmasters Club
  • London City Hall
  • London Speakeasy Toastmasters Club
  • London Talbot Club
  • Markham SweetTalkers Club
  • Markham's Talk of the City Club
  • Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
  • Milton Club
  • Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters
  • Momentum Toastmasters
  • Nielsen Insightful Club
  • Petrolia Toastmasters
  • Port Credit Club
  • Power Speaking Toastmasters Club
  • Region of Peel Toastmasters
  • Richmond Hill Toastmasters
  • Riverspeak Toastmasters
  • Rogers Park Toastmasters
  • Rose City Toastmasters
  • Skyway Toastmasters Club
  • Soar To Excellence Toastmasters Club
  • Speak To Inspire Toastmasters
  • Stouffville Toastmasters Club
  • Sunshine Speakers Club
  • Talk Of The Town Club
  • Thames Valley Club
  • The Court Of Blarney
  • Thornhill Club
  • Towns Of York Toastmasters Club
  • Trafalgar Club
  • Unionville Toastmasters Club
  • Walmart Visionary Leaders
  • Woodbridge Toastmasters
  • Your Community Realty Toastmasters Club

Select Distinguished

  • Brant Toastmasters
  • Brock Toastmasters
  • Callisto Toastmasters
  • Cambridge Toastmasters Club
  • Chosen Voices Toastmasters
  • Collingwood Toastmasters Club
  • Comfortably Speaking
  • Creekside TD Toastmasters
  • Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club
  • GE Markham Toastmasters
  • Guelph Public Speakers
  • High Noon Toastmasters
  • Honeymoon City Club
  • IBM Toronto Lab Club
  • Markham Toastmasters Club
  • Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club
  • Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club
  • MTO St Catharines Toastmasters Club
  • OLG Lottotalkers Toastmasters Club
  • Point of Tale Toastmasters
  • Risky Business Club
  • Speakwell
  • St Catharines Toastmasters Club
  • Stoney Creek Club
  • Strathroy Toastmasters Club
  • Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club
  • Town and Gown Toastmasters
  • Trillium Toastmasters Club

Distinguished

  • ACCESS Toastmasters
  • AECOMmunicators
  • Campus Communicators Club
  • Cementation Toastmasters
  • Chez Nous Toastmasters Club
  • City of Brampton Toastmasters
  • COMET Toastmasters Club
  • Desjardins Aurora Club
  • First Burlington Toastmasters Club
  • Hamilton No 1 Toastmasters Club
  • Hatch Mississauga
  • Lakeview Toastmasters Club
  • Lambs To Lions
  • LHSC Toastmasters Club
  • Linguists Of Listowel Club
  • London TaxMasters Club
  • London Western Club
  • Mansion Toastmasters Club
  • Nissan Canada Club
  • Positively Speaking Toastmasters
  • Roche MVPs Club - Corporate
  • Sault College Communicators
  • Speak for Success York-Simcoe
  • Speakers of the Hill
  • Sudbury Toastmasters Club
  • The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT)
  • Toast of Queens
  • TWTSO Leaders of Today Toastmasters Club
  • Valley Town Toastmasters Club
 

Member News June - 2016

Go Outside Your Home Clubs

As a member of 3 Toastmaster Clubs this term, I had an opportunity to participate in 16 events outside my clubs. I attended many of these events to support my TM friends and was given many opportunities that I would not normally get in a club environment. This included facilitating club officer training and being a (chief) judge at contests at all levels including at the District Conference. I was enriched with meeting new friends, experiencing different and better ways of performing roles and giving back.

My favourite event was performing a judge’s role at an Air Cadet’s Effective Speaking Competition in Richmond Hill. These youth have embraced Inspirational and Impromptu speaking at a high level with most members of the York Region Squadron competing.

In 2016-2017, Go Outside Your Club and gain amazing benefits.

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Business Meeting at the Spring Conference – Mississauga (April 23, 2016)

MargaretWaechterIn all the years that I’ve attended District conferences, the Spring Business meeting has been a “bust”. Why is that? I’m thinking there’s MORE business to be dealt with such as District, Division and Area elections at the Spring conference and less free time before the dinner program begins. Mind you, the agenda items were adhered to and time allotments, in most cases, were honored. Janice McDonald did a fine job in keeping the elections flowing and the audience entertained. Deferring to Bill Bienia for rules of order only made me appreciate her concern for doing things right. In a way, the elections, this time were exciting – multiple people running for the same office. Clearly there’s interest by the membership to step forward to help continue to make District 86 strong, vibrant and appealing to our communities. Patience, tolerance and acceptance can be tough to exhibit, especially when the 2 hr meeting time came and passed. When the business meeting was over, one could hear a sigh of relief before dashing out of the room to get ready for dinner. Yes, business meetings can be “painful”; however, the outcome is for the good of Toastmasters. Something to be mindful of for the next time.

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

 Club Officer Training – Round 1 – Div.W – Guelph (June 18, 2016)

This may sound crazy but I look forward to this type of training. Learning, sharing and fellowship are evident at any Toastmaster function whether it’s workshops, speech contests or officer trainings. The beauty of it is that ANYONE can attend Club Officer training – from the newly elected club officers to those club members who want to know more about the role & responsibilities of a specific position before running for the next club election. Being a Club Officer S T R E T C H E S your competent leadership skills and your comfort zone. This training is invaluable to your club through you.

Open House – Agfa Cheers Club – Waterloo (June 22, 2016)

This Open House event taught me something – the importance of showing support to your fellow Toastmaster clubs. You’re probably saying to yourself: “Yeah, yeah, yeah – well, I’m busy with my own club activities and don’t have the time to go to other clubs or even workshops/conferences!” To me, Toastmasters is about encouraging others to grow in speaking & leadership skills, confidence and vision. If your club is thriving – that’s great. If you know of a club that is taking steps to augment their low membership – that’s when Toastmasters show their support by attending Open Houses. Experienced members are on hand to demonstrate to others the benefits of their Toastmasters training while at the same time doing a bit of public relations with the guests.

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

Club News June - 2016

Mississauga Valley  25th Charter Anniversary Celebration

Mississauga Valley # 8277 - 25th Charter anniversary celebration was held on June 7. Club President Richard Robart - Morgan and Club VPE Marisa and team did a great job organizing this event attended by new and long term toastmasters members. Special Guests included Founding member Joe Vanderkooi, Mississauga Ward 3 City Councillor Chris Fonseca, District 86 PRM - Cathy Herschell, Division D Director Mark Hayes.

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Rogers Toastmasters Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

June 14th, 2016 Rogers Toastmasters Club celebrated their 25th anniversary with a fantastic keynote speech by John Riberio, DTM. Dignitaries from District 86 and other clubs in the area joined to celebrate this happy occasion with awards presentations, champaign and cake. Congratulations!

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Region of Peel Toastmasters Club Open House Event

June 06/2016 Region of Peel Toastmasters Club had a fantastic Open House. Speakers included Mike Proudlock, Program Quality Director for D86, Roger Caesar, past and current International Speech Contest winner for D86 2 years running and Tuula Redditt, D86 blogmaster. Dennis Bartel, incoming Area Director for the region of Peel was also present. Thank you to all the members of the club and club president Leena Milton who helped put together this fantastic event.

Region of peel open house

Welcome the Incoming District 86 Team for 2016-2017

District Leader Role Name
District Director Vitaliy Fursov, DTM
Program Quality Director Cathy Herschell, DTM
Club Growth Director Glynis D'souza, ACG, ALB
Adminstration Manager Alvita Bennett, ACB, ALB
Finance Manager Ron Gorospe, CC, ALB
Public Relations Manager Steve Elliot, ACB, ALB
Logistics Manager Carl Naus, ACB, ALB
Parliamentarian Bill Bienia, DTM
Immediate Past District Director Janice McDonald, DTM
Credentials Chair Janice McDonald, DTM
Web Master Doug Daye, DTM
Assistant Web Master Duncan McRae
Blog Editor Tuula Redditt, DTM
Social Media Coordinator  
Meetup Coordinator  
Speakers Bureau Chair  
Photographer Neila Gopaul Penn, DTM
AV Systems & Online Technology Jeffrey A. Smith, CC
Historian David T. Shaw, DTM
Education Committee Chair Mark Hayes, DTM
Fall Conference Chair Anne Dockeray, ACG, ALB
Spring Conference Chair Kristina Johnston, DTM
Easy-Speak Coordinator Al Steele, DTM
Club Extension Chair Jacklyn Payne, DTM
Club Sponsor/Mentor Coordinator Sharon D'Souza, DTM
Special Events Chair Matthew Di Marco, CC, CL
Club Coach Coordinator Kristina Johnston, DTM
Speechcraft Coordinators Hulda Mullings, ACB, CL; Veronica Hislop, ACS, ALB
Youth Leadership Program Coordinator Chandra Movva
Membership Contests Coordinator Myrna Barthe, ACS, ALS
Membership Dues Submission Coordinator Rick Guzik, ACS, ALB
Financial Review Committee Chair Lorna Miller, ACS, ALB
District Leadership Committee Chair  
Alignment Chair  
 
Division Director, Division A Saima Malik, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 21 Lisa des Vignes, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 22 Cheryl Trikha, CC
Area Director, Area 23 Hitesh Parmar, ACB, CL
Area Director, Area 24 Sue Faludi, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 25 Ilana Fisher, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 26 Michael Whitehead, ACB, ALB
 
Division Director, Division B Tracey Harding, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 31 Dennis Bartel, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 32 Mallika Sothinathan, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 33 Matthew Ogbulafor, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 34 Maheeza Mohamed, CC
Area Director, Area 35 George How Pak Hing, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 36 Susan Hopcroft
 
Division Director, Division C Jane Harnadek, DTM
Area Director, Area 41 Richard Robart-Morgan, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 42 Anton Adashkevich, CL
Area Director, Area 43 Jamshaid Gul, DTM
Area Director, Area 44 Nasir Shad, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 45 Mina Yoon, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 46 Mohammed Zackria, ACG, ALB
 
Division Director, Division D Leona Wilson, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 81 Richard Lewis, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 82 Tracy L. Zhang ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 83 Larry Li, ACB, CL
Area Director, Area 84 Jeanie Lai, ACB, CL
Area Director, Area 85 Robert Moore
Area Director, Area 87 Albert Chang, CC, ALB
 
Division Director, Division L Veronica Taylor, ACG, ALB
Area Director, Area 51 Jennifer Aucoin, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 53 Susan Antoft, ACS, CL
Area Director, Area 54 John De Marco, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 55 Charles Kennedy, ACG, ALB
Area Director, Area 56 Mike McNeil, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 57 Erica Jurus, ACB, ALB
 
Division Director, Division M Dragana Vulpic-Bork, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 11 Fleurette Knaggs, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 13 Theresa Kennedy, ACG, ALB
Area Director, Area 14 Tammy Hall, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 15 Catherine O'Connor, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 16 Patricia Burness, CC
 
Division Director, Division N Pat Bolduc, CC, CL
Area Director, Area 1 Maria Iuliano
Area Director, Area 2 Alain Lemay
Area Director, Area 3 Lisa Hennessy, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 4 Joanne C. Carriere, CC
 
Division Director, Division S Diane Gordon, ACB, CL
Area Director, Area 71 Doug Daye
Area Director, Area 72 Jean Perdu, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 73 Chris Burns, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 74 Elizabeth Bainbridge, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 75 Valerie Durston, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 76 Nancy Cunningham, CC, ALB
 
Division Director, Division T Cynthia Ayres, DTM
Area Director, Area 91 Jeremiah Bell, ACB, CL
Area Director, Area 92 Nancy Movrin, ACS, CL
Area Director, Area 93 Matthew Di Marco, CC, CL
Area Director, Area 94 Satinder Chane, CC, CL
 
Division Director, Division W Steven Karnis, ACS, ALB
Area Director, Area 61 Deborah Daub, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 62 Chris Brown, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 63 Clifford R. Graham, ACB, ALB
Area Director, Area 64 Nancy Underwood, CC, ALB
Area Director, Area 65 Tammy Hunt, ACB, ALB

1st Youth Inspirational Speech & Evaluation Contests from Gavel Clubs a Success

BRAMPTON, ON, May 16th, 2016

The first public speaking contest that brought together all existing Gavel clubs in Brampton and Mississauga was held Sunday at the head office of Loblaw Companies Limited, to showcase the public speaking talents of the young members in the clubs.

YLP Contest

Three groups of six students each competed for first, second and third place awards; two groups participated in a “Inspirational Speech Contest” for Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12 categories, and one group competed in a “Speech Evaluation Contest”.

Ryan Belluz, coordinator for the Brampton Gavel Club, Amparo Cifuentes, coordinator for the Junior Masters Gavel Club at Loblaw and Annie Bai, coordinator for the Mississauga Gavel Club, said the students did a great job showcasing the public speaking and critical thinking skills they are developing in their clubs, where members follow the Toastmasters International educational program.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to continue building their confidence and speak about topics they are passionate about,” Amparo said.

The event also featured keynote speaker Neil Dunsmore, Winner of Toastmasters District 86 Humorous Speech Contest (2011) & Evaluation Contest (2015), and counted with the support of many dignitaries and volunteers from the District. Youth Gavel clubs provide the Toastmasters experience to students under 18. Meetings are typically held weekly, and the clubs operate in the same way adult Toastmasters clubs do. Members follow similar Toastmasters club protocols, use club officer titles and education manuals, but members are called “Gaveliers”. Participants increase their self-confidence as they become better speakers and leaders.

YLP 002Evaluation Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Kayla Vitor and Vanessa Nguyen, Contest Chairs; 1st Place Winner, Shane Sun; 2nd Place Winner, Somesh Karthi; 3rd Place Winner, Eddy Ji

 

 

 

 

YLP 003Grades 9-12 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Neha Singh, Contest Chair; 1st Place Winner, Lily Liu; 2nd Place Winner, Roaa Shahbaz; 3rd Place Winner, Hannah Tang;
Contest Chair, Joseph Wu.

 

 

 

 

YLP 004Grades 5-8 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Joseph Wu, Contest Chair; 3rd Place Winner, Sarthak Das; 2nd Place Winner, Zaynah Bhanji; 1st Place Winner, Nathan
Nambiar; Contest Chair, Neha Singh.

Club News May - 2016

Goals by Bud Brown

Tomorrow I will be going to our District Club Officer Training. As the incoming President of my club, I expect that I will hear about creating a club success plan. Now anyone who has read the club success plan manual knows that the club success plan is a lengthy document that addresses all the areas in which clubs should attempt to grow and improve to make their program strong and effective. When I was an Area Governor (before they were called Area Directors), I expressed the opinion that I couldn’t create an Area Success plan until I had seen all of my Area’s clubs’ plans. After all, I couldn’t cram my ideas of what the clubs ought to do down their throats could I?

Now I realize that the initial plan of a Club, and Area, and Division, even a District is a ready-fire-aim kind of a deal. Create a plan that assumes the best of everyone and then share that vision with the people you are leading to inspire their plans. Once they complete their plans you may need to tone yours down a bit but don’t begin with the toned-down version. As Stephen Covey taught me, “Shoot for the eagle so you can bag the pheasant then you don’t eat crow”.

Back to my club plan. I will sketch out an overview of my plan for the club to present to my club officers. Then I will ask them to flesh it out by filling in the blanks I have left. I am not saying that the club success plan format provided by Toastmasters International is the only way to plan for success but it does cover all of the key points and if you complete that plan, you will have a very good roadmap to success.

Once my executive have fleshed out the club success plan I plan to share it with all of the members of the club and then ask them what part of the plan they want to help with: I am going to ask them to create their own personal success plan.

At that point, having paved the way, I will hand the process off to my VP of Education. He will find it a lot easier at that point to ask members for their personal goals and to help them establish how they plan to achieve those goals.

It sounds so simple and it is but it will not be easy. As with anything worthwhile, it will be a bit of hard work but I expect that by next June, it will have proved to be worth it.

It is going to be a terrific year!

MCBP Gavel Club receives the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award!

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Left to Right: Jamshaid Gul (Club Counsellor), Anisha Akhtar (President), Hunyah Irfan, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Yathindra Shivakumar (Active Member), Uzma Irfan (Future Steering Committee, MCBP), Madan Chauhan (Club Coordinator)


The Mississauga Youth Action Committee hosted its annual Youth Achievement Awards on May 7th, 2016 to present four very prestigious awards: Mississauga Young Citizen of the Year, Mississauga Library Jim Wilde Young Volunteer Award, TD Sponsored Community Citizenship Award and the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award.
The Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award is presented to one exceptional individual and one group of individuals who have successfully undertaken large-scale projects and initiatives. The recipients play leadership roles in their community and serve as ideal role models to others. The MCBP Gavel Club was the group recipient for this distinguished award.
Malton Community Building Project (MCBP) Gavel Club is an affiliate of Toastmasters International and has been serving the youth of Malton since June, 2014. MCBP Gavel club is aimed to equip the community’s youth with effective communication and leadership skills under the mentorship of seasoned Toastmasters. The club provides mutually supportive learning in a friendly environment to develop the members’ public speaking abilities and leadership skills through speeches, evaluations and impromptu speaking. Over the past two years, the MCBP Gavel Club has trained over 85 community youth and hosted two large-scale conferences as well.
Club members sent the following video submission for the Mayor Bonnie Crombie Youth Leadership Award and were selected among applicants from all over the city of Mississauga: Youtube

Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club Celebrates their 10th Anniversary

Congratulations Bolton Banters!!
On May 5th, 2016 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our club! Thanks to our charter members for coming out to celebrate with us and for all of our Toastmaster friends, members and guests!!! It was also a pleasure to have Mike Proudlock and his wife attend this special occasion. 

BB 10th

On the top right: we have 4 original charter members Brendan Dineen, Club founder Eric Solowka, Carol Dowell, and Val Koncan
On the bottom: we have Bolton Banters Executive Team Patricia, Brendan, Eric, Carol, Laurie, Zana, Val, Bart and Phil

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

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