Club News August - 2016

The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT) Celebrate Distinguished Club Status for the First Time!

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TNT is Dynamite! After striving to attain this goal since chartering four years ago – this year, we did it! TNT recently held a Distinguished Celebration on Thursday, August 4th, 2016. We were thrilled to have current and past Division M supporters celebrating with us! Division M Director – Dragana Vulpic-Bork, ACS, ALB, Area 14 Director – Tammy Hall, CC, ALB, Immediate Past Division M Director – Al Steele, DTM and Past Division M Governor – Leizyl Sobrinho, ACS ALS. 

Thank you to our members! This outstanding accomplishment would not have been possible without your enthusiasm, dedication and desire to participate.
Thank you to our supporters! We truly appreciate the guidance and support from our Club Mentors, Area 14 and Division M Directors, D86, and our neighbouring Clubs.

Tania Ferus, CC, ALB
President / VP Education
The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT)

Reach For the Stars

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Announcing Reach for the Stars 2016-2017

Complete activities & get your stars initialled. Complete 5 or more different activities and submit by April 29, 2017. Be recognized for your achievements and win prizes.

Recognizing and encouraging members to participate in activities outside of their clubs and help across the district. Learn more and increase the quality of the Toastmasters program across District 86.

How It Works

Starts September 24, 2016 – ends April 29, 2017

Cards will be distributed by the area directors at their area speech contests, or can be downloaded (see below).

Complete different activities and get your stars initialled by the club president or the organizing district officer. Collect a minimum of 5 different stars and submit your card to the Program Quality Director – Cathy Herschell in person at the Spring Conference, April 27-29 2017. Or scan and email a PDF file with details to: programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org

Choose from 18 activities between club, area, division, or district level. Some are more challenging than others.

Recognition

  • Everyone that submits a completed card will be recognized on the Wall of Stars on the district 86 blog.
  • Members collecting 5 different or more stars will be recognized at TLI and or division training events in June 2017 and presented with a token of appreciation Toastmasters pin to be presented by the district.
  • Members collecting 10 or more different stars will also receive $50.00 in Toastmasters International gift certificates.

Rules

Simple and easy to follow:

  • One-time credit per star
  • Visiting club’s officer, area or division directors to initial card
  • Name must be on website for club coach, sponsor or mentor by April 1st
  • Name on conference registration list before cut-off option 1,2 or full only
  • Name on TLI or Division round 2 training registration list
  • Conference committee chair to sign card for committee members
  • Link to media story to be supplied with application
  • Successful club lead to be initially by CGD

Good Luck!

 Reach for the stars postcard Reach for the stars list

 Download the PDF here>>>

 

Contact : Cathy Herschell , Program Quality Director - District 86

Hot off the Press!

On August 16th Division C Hosted an Exceptionally Successful Lunch Hour Club Officer Training!
It was amazing training session with great turn-out! Among highlights of the event were:

1. Overall event attracted about 35 people, including a representative from the emerging club in Area 42, CitiGroup!
2. Almost 25 Club Officers trained in an hour!
3. Great Keynote – RK – delivered an exceptionally inspirational speech!

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It is our view that Lunch Hour Officer Training has particular appeal to those officers in Corporate Clubs who are not able to make it out to regular COT events. It offers opportunities to these officers to make some
important connections with Toastmasters from outside their club.

Join us for more Lunch Club Officer Training sessions!
Organized by Anton Adashkevich, Area 42 Director & Andy Mayhew, former Area 42 Director

Anton Adashkevich, CL
Area 42 Director
Cell: 416-930-0362
e-mail: anton.adashkevich@gmail.com

Division C Hosting a Lunch Hour Club Officer Training for All Divisions

Fabulous News !!! Division C is hosting a Lunch Hour Club Officer Training for All Divisions. This is a great opportunity if you or your club executive team have missed the earlier Club Officer Training (COT). Please cascade it to your Area Directors and ask they it to respective club's executive team.

Ensure that your club officers are properly trained! Trained officers mean stronger clubs!

· Club Officer Training provides valuable training and advice.
· The training provides one of the goals in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
· It is a requirement for recognition as Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).
Club Officer Training (COT) Hosted by Division C for All Divisions

Date: Tuesday, August 16th
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EST)
Venue: Canada Revenue Agency Toronto West TSO
5800 Hurontario Street, 2nd Floor
Mississauga, ON L5R 4B4
Registration Fee: Free
Register via e-mail: anton.adashkevich@gmail.com or mccullmayhew@gmail.com
Registration Deadline: End of Day on Monday, August 15th
Agenda:
· Registration : 11:45 – 12:05 PM
· Presentation: 12:05 – 12:25 PM
· Workshops: 12:25 – 1:15 PM

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call us:
· Anton Adashkevich, Area 42 Director @ 416-930-0362 and anton.adashkevich@gmail.com or
· Andy Mayhew, former Area 42 Director @ 416-508-3143 and mccullmayhew@gmail.com
Look forward to seeing you at the event!

Thank you,
Anton Adashkevich, CL
Area 42 Director
Cell: 416-930-0362
e-mail: anton.adashkevich@gmail.com

2015-16 ‘Go Outside Your Club’ Contest Winners

1st place – Karim Premji, DTM ($50 Gift Certificates TI store)
Fluid Communicators & Leaders
http://www.toastmasters86.org/blog/member-news/648-member-news-june-2016

39 points

2nd place – Margaret Waechter (Clearview Tumbler)
Talk of the Town
http://www.toastmasters86.org/blog/member-news/648-member-news-june-2016

19 points

3rd place – Anne Dockeray (Leather Business Card Holder)
Maple Leaf Toastmasters
http://www.toastmasters86.org/blog/member-news/678-member-news-july-2016

14 points


Thank you for participating and sharing your experience on the District 86 Website blog!

Club Growth Committee 2016-2017 – Meet the Team

Glynis Dsouza

Glynis D’souza, DTM – Club Growth Director
Glynis has been a toastmaster for six years and is still enjoying her journey in speaking and leading. She served as club President and VP Ed, then went on to Area Director and now serves on the District Trio as Club Growth Director for 2016-2017. She has a passion for working with youth and has coordinated two YLPs. She enjoys empowering others to grow and lead. She is committed to growing new clubs and retaining existing ones and is thrilled to be working with such an accomplished team of Toastmasters, the crème de la crème of the district! 

Randie JacobsRandie Jacobs, DTM, PDG - Marketing Strategy Advisor
Randie Jacobs is a past Regional Advisor for Region 6. She has a passion for marketing Toastmasters. According to Randie, success comes through thinking strategically and taking bold moves.

 

 

 

Avis BrodieAvis Brodie, DTM – Club Retention Advisor
Avis joined Toastmasters meeting in April 2005. One month later she was elected VP membership and has been on a leadership path ever since! Besides serving in club officer roles including 5 terms as president in 3 clubs, she’s served as marketing ambassador, revitalized education ambassador, club sponsor, club mentor and Club Coach, earning our District’s “Club Coach of the Year” award. Avis achieved her first Distinguished Toastmaster Award in 2008 and her second DTM in 2013, she is working on her third DTM. Avis served as an Area Governor in District 60. Elected as Lt Governor Marketing in 2009, Lt Governor Education in 2010, and District Governor 86 in 2011, Avis was recognized by Toastmasters international with the Excellence In Marketing award and the Excellence in Education award. In 2016 Avis was recognized with the District 86 Douglas Barclay award for her contribution and service to D86, as well as promotion of Toastmasters to the outside community. Avis has a heart for service and a vision of helping each member improve through the Toastmasters program. 

Jacklyn PayneJacklyn Payne, DTM - Club Extension Chair
As club Extension chair for 2016-2017, I am responsible to grow new Clubs by Providing leads, tracking leads, and turning these Leads into actual clubs. I will be working closely with the Club Growth Director, Division & Area Directors to ensure all Divisions get equal attention to expand their club base. The needs of each Division will be assessed based on their geographic location and proximity to other clubs. Division and Areas Directors will connect us with seasoned Toastmasters to share their knowledge and experiences at Demo Meetings, as we bring the new clubs to Charter. Looking forward to serve District 86 to increase our numbers and visibility by helping Communities and Corporations improve their communication and leadership skills.

Kristina JohnstonKristina Johnston, DTM – Club Coach Chair
Kristina Johnston joined Port Credit Toastmasters in the Fall of 2011. During her time in Toastmasters she has held various roles including VP-Membership, VP-Education, Club President, Area Governor, and Division Director. She has also had several roles on the conference committees. Kristina has been fortunate enough to have received her DTM in Fall 2015, Port Credit Toastmaster of the Year 2012-2013, Club President of the Year, Area Governor of the Year and to have been the Club Coach for First Burlington Toastmasters. This year Kristina is continuing to grow as a Toastmaster and will be the Club Coach Chair and the Spring 2017 Conference Chair. Kristina thrives on helping others to grow and is looking forward to an exciting year. For Club Coaching, her target is to have fewer clubs at the end of the year that need coaches than there are currently. 

Sharon DsouzaSharon D’souza, DTM – Club Coach Sponsor Mentor Coordinator
Sharon D’Souza has been a member of Meadowvale Toastmasters for about 9 years. She is the past President of Meadowvale Toastmasters during which time the Club grew phenomenally in membership, past Area 45 Governor during which time Area 45 achieved President’s Distinguished Status. Sharon is also an active participant in youth leadership programs. She has coached Air Cadets from Blackforest Squadron 800 in their effective speaking and debate competitions for the past two years and continues to be involved in the 2016-2017 training year. As a Club Sponsor/ Mentor Coordinator, Sharon aims (i) to match potential candidates with new club leads and (ii) to train and assist potential candidates to achieve their dream of sponsoring/mentoring a new club and moving ahead towards their DTM designation. 

Matt di MarcoMatt di Marco, ACB CL – Special Events Chair
Matt is thrilled to be working on the 2016-2017 Growth Committee. Matt has a passion to inspire and empower toastmaster clubs to reach their potential and grow. He will be assisting club officers to plan open house and special celebration events including Charter Parties. As the Special Events Chair, Matt will work alongside other club leaders to fulfill this unique vision. 

 

 

Karim PremjiKarim Premji, DTM – Membership Renewals Advisor
Karim Premji is a Learning Master, D60/D86, 2013-2017 | Past D86 Division, Area, Toastmaster & Publicist of the Year | Past Member Making A Difference, and a 7 time DTM, 105 Education Awards. He has served every club officer role at least once. He will be designing strategies to help with Membership Renewals this year. 

 

 

Hulda Mullings Veronica HislopHulda Mullings, ACS and Veronica Hislop, DTM – Speechcraft Chairs
Hulda Mullings has been a Toastmaster for 23 years. She has held several roles on her Club's Executive, and is a Past Area Director.
Veronica Hislop is a certified life-relationship coach with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and a BA in Community Development. 

Chandra MovvaChandra Movva – YLP Coordinator
Chandra Movva is an Effective Speaking Coordinator at 845 Avro Arrow Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadet and has a passion for working with youth to develop their speaking and leadership skills. 

 

 

 

Amparo CifuentesAmparo Cifuentes, DTM – Award Recipients Coordinator
Amparo joined Toastmasters in 2010 and during that time she has taken several club officer positions including president. As a member of her first club, Chosen Voices Toastmasters, she helped organize and
then mentor Point of Tale Toastmasters, where she is currently sergeant at arms. She sponsored and helped charter Chez Nous Toastmasters, a specialty club for French speakers. She is Webmaster of those three clubs. She served as an Area Director at district level. Amparo obtained her DTM designation in April 2015. This year she will help collect and coordinate the recipients of the MMAD Award and the Communication & Leadership Award.

Spirit of 86 Awards

Spirit of 86 Awards for 2015-16

In 2015-16, four members are being awarded a Spirit of 86 Award. Janice McDonald, DTM, District Director, has selected these members for their outstanding service to District 86. Each recipient chose when they would like to receive their award - at the final District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, at the Fall Conference or at their club.

John Constant, ACB, ALS (Speakwell) and Paul P. Lynott, DTM (Advanced Speakers on the Hill) chose to accept their Spirit of 86 Award at the final DEC meeting, on Saturday, June 25th at Mohawk Park, in Brantford.

John was recognized for his dedication and service as Registration Chair for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 District Conferences. The new registration system required many hours of testing. All appreciated John’s effort, patience and dedication to helping members navigate conference registration. We enjoyed his humour as he doffed his top hat to recognize the Distinguished Toastmasters who came to his table. His highly detailed weekly reports and assistance to all other conference chairs empowered others in their search for volunteers to make each conference a success. Thank you, John, for your constant dedication to serving our members. We appreciate you!

Paul served District 86 as Club Coach Coordinator in 2012-2013 and 2015-16. His patience and dedication in finding experienced members to help clubs facing membership and other challenges was second to none! He was excited to introduce a new idea to our district of experienced members mentoring our club coaches. Paul was quick to immediately introduce a new tool for District 86 club coaches - the Club Coach Trello board. Called the Club Coach Toolbox, it was used to connect all our club coaches and offer them a space to share their ideas and tips. Thank you for the enthusiasm and service you provided many of our members, Paul. We appreciate you!

Myrna Barthe, ACS, ALS (Burlington Advanced Toastmasters, Candu Toastmasters, First Waterdown) and Shawn Salokannel, ACS, ALS (Les Toastmasters Volubiles, Lincoln Road, Waterloo Silver Tongue Club) will receive their Spirit of 86 award at the 2016 Fall Conference, November 26th at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls.

Myrna was instrumental in supporting the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Conference teams. She stepped in to coordinate the Silent Auction for the Spring Conference. We were all wowed by her wonderful hospitality and the awesome meals she fed the spring conference team. Myrna has been instrumental in promoting the conferences by supplying the district with printed materials. Her efficiency, skill and creativity has been appreciated for many years by District 86. Thank you for your unwavering support, Myrna. We appreciate you!

Shawn SalokannelShawn was the ‘go to person’ with respect to District 86 getting all our clubs on Meetup.com throughout the 2015-16 year. He worked hand in hand with Cathy Herschell, our Public Relations Manager. He was responsible for doing the research, answering our questions and running the pilot project. He worked tirelessly putting up many of the divisions himself, supporting all clubs using Meetup.com and running reports every month to follow up on our progress. Thank you, Shawn, for providing this membership building tool for our entire District, including Division T! We appreciate you!

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

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

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