Cast Your Vote: Annual Business Meeting

ClubProxy module2017 700W 

Attention Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary,

Cast Your Vote

2017 Toastmasters International Convention- Vancouver Canada August 23-26, 2017

Your club has an important vote to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors to the 2017–2018 Board of Directors as well as vote on Proposals A through G: (see them here>>)

Amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International. Please plan to attend on Saturday, August 26, at 1 p.m. in Ballroom AB at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn and understand the roles, attributes and responsibilities, please review the Leadership Roles.  As provided in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article X, Section 1, a Toastmasters club in good standing is entitled to two votes at the Annual Business Meeting. To make your club’s vote count, assign your proxy and cast your votes in one of three ways:

1. Send a delegate from the club who is attending the Annual Business Meeting to carry your club votes.

2. Designate the 2017–2018 district director to act as your club proxy. The district director, program quality director and club growth director will be attending. If (and only if) the district director is not in attendance, the next senior district officer attending the Annual Business Meeting will act as your club proxy.

3. Designate an active member from another club to act as your club proxy.

NOTE: The club president or secretary must assign the club votes. If the votes are not assigned, they cannot be cast. Votes must be assigned even if you are assigning the votes to yourself. To assign the club votes, go to, log in, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Club Proxy.

More information and resources here>>.

If you have any questions or need help please contact me.

Cathy Herschell, DTM
District 86 Director


Karim Premji DTM Receives Presidential Citation Award

Amazing News, District 86!

Karim Premji2016-2017 International President, Mike Storkey, DTM has informed us that member of District 86, Karim Premji, DTM has been selected to receive the Presidential Citation, which will be presented to Karim at the 86th International Convention in Vancouver, BC. This award is presented in recognition of Karim's outstanding achievements in representing the goals and ideals of Toastmasters International and is one of Toastmasters' highest honors.

Please help me congratulate Karim on his outstanding contributions and dedication to Toastmasters International.


Presentation of Awards at the Div A COT on Jun 13th to Karim Premji, DTM For His Outstanding Achievements

awards KarimPremji

5 awards were presented to Karim Premji, DTM at the Div A COT on Jun 13th. This included the Douglas Barclay Award, a very special recognition from Toastmasters International which Cathy Herschell arranged and recognition from Division A Director.

Douglas Barclay Award Trophy & Plaque 2016-2017
District 86
Toastmasters International
Douglas Barclay Award
Presented to Karim Premji, DTM

Awarded annually to an active Toastmaster for their contribution and continued service within Toastmasters District 86 as well as promotion of Toastmasters to the outside community.

Toastmasters Letter:
Dear Toastmaster Premji:
We think you are phenomenal!
Please accept this plaque and our gratitude for your outstanding service to Toastmasters.
We appreciate all of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the organization.
You truly are the epitome of the Toastmasters Promise and Core Values.
Thank you for everything you do.
We look forward to sharing many more years with you.

Best regards,
Michelle Faucher
Education Service
Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International
Presented to Karim Premji For Remarkable Services and Dedication to Toastmasters May 2017

Mike Storkey, International President  

Daniel Rex Chief Executive Officer

Outstanding Toastmaster Pin

Triple Crown Pin

Region of Peel Open House

PicMonkey Collage

The theme was “Gratitude” and featured two amazing speakers: Region of Peel member and 2016 Humorous District winner, Patricia Williams, and Keynote speaker, Elaine Barnes. 

Patricia spoke about her journey and the benefits of Toastmasters and how it not only helped her to win the Humorous Speech Contest but also helped her confidence (both at work and in her everyday life) and has inspired her to ‘want’ to do her best. Also, a member of the Region of Peel’s Executive Leadership Team, Janette Smith, gave greetings to attendees.

Elaine Barnes spoke of the benefits of Toastmasters within the correctional institutions as well as her struggles while working within corrections facilities. It was an eye opener for many as Elaine described the daily lifestyle of an inmate and volunteers.

There were some laughs and questions and all seemed to enjoy the event. After the event, attendees had a meet and greet with the speakers while enjoying great food as well as stopping by the information desk. There were magazines as well as various informational items about Toastmasters.

The event attracted over 50 people. It was a great turnout with great food and provided for a greatopportunity for many staff and visitors to learn about Toastmasters.

I (Event & Committee Chair ) would like to thank the committee members (Asha Hassan, Ben Yee, Eucharia Igwe, Anila Lalani, Rosanna Bullock and Leslie Benfield) for all of their hard work. I would also like to thank Paul Lewkowicz, Puneet Parhar, Bill Nicholson and Agnes D’Souza who volunteered their time to help with the event.

Hilary Sandiford

Region of Peel Toastmasters – Club#583417

Grimsby Toastmasters Open House June 19th

Welcome to Grimsby Toastmasters Open House Event with Featured Speaker Roger Caesar

Date: Monday June 19, 2017
Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Presentations: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue: Grimsby Secondary School - Cafeteria
Address: 5 Boulton Ave. Grimsby, ON
Featured Speaker: Roger Caesar, Two Time Semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking
Additional Guests: Greg Lewis & Charlie Kennedy - Effective Evaluation Demo
Finger Foods & Refreshments!
Grimsby TMOpenHouse


Musings of An Outgoing Executive - Lincoln Road Toastmasters

Lincoln Road Exec 2017 18 1

Incoming 2017-18 Executive, Lincoln Road Toastmasters

We asked the members of our outgoing executive to send us a few thoughts on their experiences this year being part of our club leadership team. For some of us, this was our first time on an executive and others are more seasoned.

Read about their 2016-17 year at Lincoln Road:


Anthony Wikkerink - I've been SAA for a year, and was mentored for a few months in the previous year. I really enjoyed the role. I loved helping set up and clean up the room as well as the other responsibilities. I also don't like being in the spotlight that much. Sure, the SAA introduces the meeting, but no one really talks about them much elsewhere, except during the executive meeting.

I expected a light role with few responsibilities. What I got was a role with a lot of responsibility attached to it, but I grew a lot as a Toastmaster.. The SAA doesn't have to do everything, since most of the role is delegation it’s a lot of responsibility.

I would recommend anyone who wants to learn delegation and taking responsibility. The role does not set you up to fail. All the members will pitch in and help you along the way, and you will grow.


Lizzy Stohr - I felt excited about being on the executive as the secretary. My expectations were that it was only about taking notes during the executive meetings. The reality however was that it is about keeping and maintaining all of the clubs important documents. I am happy that I was able to keep up with writing down notes while people talk. I wish I could have kept up on emailing the minutes to the rest of the executive. The thing that surprised me the most is what documents the secretary has to keep track of. Yes I would recommend someone joining the exec because it is a great way to see what happens behind the scenes of a club.


VP of Membership:

Lilliane dos Santos - I enjoyed being part of the executive team this year as VP of Membership. It was a good opportunity to work on my leadership and teamwork skills since being part of the executive team involves being able to share ideas, learn different points of views from others, and collaborating to achieve goals for the club.

I realized the expectations I set for myself were unrealistic & I had a long list of goals. I would recommend that the executive team to create a list of goals and choose a couple to focus on, and to share them with the executive team in order to gain insight and help meet them. Delegation is one of the keys to learn to achieve your goals. Instead of trying to accomplish everything on your own, it'll be less stress on yourself to ask some of your club members to help you with certain tasks. It can also give your club members an opportunity to take credit for tasks in their CL manual.

I would recommend anyone to join the executive team as an opportunity to learn more about the behind the scenes a club. It will take you out of your comfort zone by being able to accomplish tasks that you otherwise wouldn't have the chance to do.


VP of Public Relations:

Julie Tauro - This was my first year on a Toastmasters executive and it was a wonderful learning experience. I served as VP of PR, and I am the incoming President for the 2017-18 year.

I have served on other executives and Boards of Directors in the community, and every time, it has been a rich learning experience. Serving on an executive or on a committee is an excellent way to ‘get the most bang for your buck’ in terms of experience. You get to know people on a different level than just participating in weekly meetings, and gain deeper understanding and appreciation for your membership and the organization.

Participating on an executive is a wonderful way to gain leadership experience that you may not have previously had in your working or volunteering life. These are true resume and skill building opportunities., and it is a great way to have influence on the direction of your club.

This has been a great year, and we are really looking forward to an even greater year in 2017-18. With the launch of Pathways in our district, we will be challenged in new ways to grow our program and membership. We look forward to this with enthusiasm!

Beyond Boundaries

beyond boundariesI’d like to thank everyone at the Spring Conference for all the Beyond Boundaries nominations on the yellow, orange, and green cards. People were able to nominate anyone they felt who went Beyond their Boundaries. The nominees did not have to be present at the conference and the different colours were used for a visual display on the black background where they were displayed at the conference. People also had the option of taking some of the cards with them to present to someone not in attendance at the conference. In total, we had a total 96 different names submitted by 70 different people.

logo beyond boundariesThis was fantastic. I’d like to call out one particular person who had the most nominations-Dennis Bartel. He was nominated a total of 7 times. We had 3 people nominated 4 times, 7 people nominated 3 times, and 18 people nominated twice. It is amazing how many people were recognized for going Beyond their Boundaries. It just goes to show that we are all capable of inspiring each other to try new things on our own Toastmasters journey.

The list of people nominated are:

• Nikolina
• Lena Shaw
• Lydia Schulenberg
• Amparo Cifuentes
• Jale Fancey
• Martina Chen
• Dee Gulati
• Roger Caesar
• Cathy Herschell
• Dennis Bartel
• Mina Yoon
• Asha Hassan
• Sue Wright
• Mallika Sothinathan
• Vitaliy Fursov
• Alvita Bennett
• Gloria Whittaker
• Franka
• Leona Wilson
• Richard Lewis
• Saima Malik
• Joyce Lang
• Jim Chapman
• Len Bulmer
• Joe Piazza
• Carl Naus
• Karen Wood
• Najah Shuqair
• Sivam
• Veronica Taylor
• Kyla Werrett
• Steve Karnis

• Kevin
• Hari
• Conrad Rodrigues
• Catherine Ronchin
• Jaclyn Payne
• Kevin Cahill
• Chris Brown
• Justine Dresser
• Nancy Parkhill
• Susana Almeida
• Jena Krukowski
• John Wang
• Maheeza Mohamed
• Margaret Waechter
• Laura Vaivaia
• Meena Pandit
• Pat Bromby
• Hilary Sandford
• Bev Lewis
• Esther Song
• Brian Capstick
• Glynis D'Souza
• Tiffany Chen
• Cindy Tate
• Marlena Den Engelsman
• Yudara Weerakoon
• John DeMarco
• Candice Kirkbride
• Madeleine Sauve
• Mike McNeil
• Bhaskar Joshi
• Natalia Kolodenko

• Mikael Gatje
• Lisa de Vignes
• George Hong
• Colin MacEachern
• Annie Bai
• Susan Antoff
• Heidi Biscott
• David Parrott
• Louis Li
• Chris O'Brien
• Jennifer Aucoin
• Neila Pen
• Neil Dunsmore
• Lisa Hennessy
• Lou Mulligan
• Erica Jurus
• Satinder Chane
• Jane Harnadek
• Rose-Anne St. Jean
• Pat Bolduc
• Joanne Houston
• Myrna Barthe
• John Ribeiro


by Kristina Johnston, DTM
District 86 Club Coach Chair 
and Spring 2017 Conference Chair, District 86

Bracebridge Toastmasters

Toastmasters Club Meetings Header

Bracebridge Toastmasters

Reach your highest potential and Join Today. Serving Bracebridge and surrounding Area.


Benefits and Value of Joining Toastmasters

Clear communication
Improved leadership skills
Better time management
Greater self-confidence
Stronger team building skills
And much more...
Enhanced self-awareness
Unlimited personal growth



Riverwalk Restaurant Private Room - 1 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, On P1L 2B2 
Click here for map and directions


Meeting: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (cost $19.50 per head, incl. tax and gratuity - cash payment preferred)


Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Inluding June 6 & June 20, 2017 Launch Meetings


Toastmasters Club MeetingWe 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.

Contact Info

For more information or to Join email

Maple Toastmasters

Toastmasters Club Meetings Header

Maple Toastmasters

Reach your highest potential and Join Today. Serving the community of Maple and of the city of Vaughan.


Benefits and Value of Joining Toastmasters

Clear communication
Improved leadership skills
Better time management
Greater self-confidence
Stronger team building skills
And much more...
Enhanced self-awareness
Unlimited personal growth



2191 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A 4W2, Canada
Click here for map and directions


Meeting: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Meetings are held on Mondays


Toastmasters Club MeetingWe 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.

More Info

Invite your friend, spouse, family member, co-worker to both receive 20% OFF your memberships upon registration. Email us more more information. 

For more information or to Join email

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

join your colleagues on our social media channels:    District 86 Facebook   District 86 LinkedIn   District 86 YouTube   District 86 Twitter