Club News March - 2016

Recruitment Can Be Fun!

The Woodstock Toastmasters participated in the Community Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Cowan Park in Woodstock on Sunday, March 20th. Several of our members were in attendance and available to assist with questions. Valerie Durston from the Tillsonburg Toastmasters was also there to help out!
We had a lot of people stop by our table. Some people had heard about Toastmasters and wanted further information on becoming potential members, others did not know of our organization and were curious to learn more. Two people from this event stopped in as guests at our regular scheduled meeting the next night!
We even captured a picture of Woodstock Mayor, Trevor Birtch at our table! It was certainly well worth the effort to participate in an event such as this.

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Grand Rivers Toastmasters 30th Anniversary Celebration

We are thrilled to invite you to our club’s is 30th Anniversary Party.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Friday April 8th 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Venue: Grand Valley Golf Course
Address: 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S3
Tickets: $35/ticket + cash bar + prizes

Keynote Speaker Rob Nickel
We are pleased to present our keynote speaker Rob Nickel, former Grand River Toastmaster. He also appeared on Oprah and the Dr Phil Show!

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To order tickets Contact Brant Danard at 519-620-1855 or email

Trillium Toastmasters 40th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday | April 1st | 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:30 pm | call to order 7:00pm
Venue: Ancila's Restaurant
Address: 6905 Millcreek Drive | Mississauga
Tickets: $35/ticket | cash bar | Order tickets online at eventbrite

The evening will be filled with food, fun, speeches and prizes!

Are you a current member, former member, or friend of Trillium? No matter how your life intersected with Trillium Toastmasters, we invite you to join us in celebration of this milestone year.

Cocktails will be at 6:30pm and call to order at 7pm. A detailed agenda is being planned, but there will be food! There will be fun! And there will be prizes!

There might even be some speeches.

Guests are welcomed. We look forward to seeing you there!

Random fun fact: We share the same "birthday" as Apple Computers! (Apple Inc. was founded on April 1st, 1976!)

Questions? Contact Nicole at 416-886-5904 or vpe@trilliumtoastmasters.org

Trillium 40th anniversary flyer

Les Toastmasters Volubiles Open House

Premier club Toastmasters francophone de Kitchener-Waterloo

Porte ouverte mars 2016

Contact: Suzanne Dansereau by email: or call: 519.589.8805

District 86 Treasurers - Club Membership Dues Are Due!

Treasurers - You are performing a vital supporting role in helping your club achieve its club mission, DCP goals, and success plans.  For those clubs submitting membership dues semi-annually - it is time start planning to submit dues to Toastmasters International.
  • Community Clubs – please start collecting dues in February from individual members.
  • Corporate Clubs – please also begin processing membership payments now. We know it can sometimes take several weeks in large corporations to get approval / process payments.
The final due date for payments is March 31, 2017.
  • However - to save yourself time and anguish (and be a District 86 Hero), it is much better to pay the dues in early March before the Toastmasters International’s systems get incredibly busy
  • To pay dues, log into Club Central and follow the instructions
  • Please remind your club members in writing and at your next club meeting that dues are due now to you - so you can pay them by March to Toastmasters International
  • All clubs MUST submit a minimum of eight (8) memberships to remain in good standing
  • All clubs MUST have three (3) of the eight (8) members be renewing members

What does the status mean?

  • Verified complete – mm/dd/yyyy: Minimum payments have been made.  Your club is in good standing.  The payments must be post-marked by the deadline for your club to score the DCP goal #10.
  • Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met: Less than 8 payments have been made.  Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
  • Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met: Less than 3 renewals have been made.  Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
  • Renewals not here – No payments have been made.   Your club will NOT be in good standing if the minimum payments are not made within the grace period (one month).  If a club is not in good standing for two periods, the club will be suspended automatically
Thank you for your support and contribution to the success of your club and District 86.
District 86 Finance Manager - financemanager@toastmasters86.org
 

Area News February - 2016

Niagara Clubs Joint Open House Event

Toastmasters is all about self-improvement of your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills.
A great professional development option!
Niagara has 10 clubs throughout the region, meeting in:

St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold, and Grimsby
Which one is right for you?

Come out to this Open House to:

• Learn about the Toastmasters program
• Hear a high quality keynote speaker, Neil Dunsmore
• See a Toastmasters evaluation
• Try impromptu speaking in Table Topics
• Door prizes and more!
• Admission sponsored by Niagara Toastmasters Clubs

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Venue: Niagara Regional Headquarters, Campbell West Entrance
Address: 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
RSVP: Kristin or Call Kristin 289.776.9094 or Roger 905.984.1616

Unleash The Humour Inside You! Add Humour To Your Speeches & Presentations

For One Night Only – Neil Dunsmore will demonstrate simple techniques on how to be more naturally entertaining when you present!
Like Speaking - Using humour CAN be learned!!

Neil Dunsmore
Neil Dunsmore, Toastmasters District 86 Humorous Speech Contest winner. Correctional Officer & Hostage/Crisis Negotiator for 10 years in a Maximum Security Prison. Presenter of Anti-bullying Messages to Schools, Businesses & Groups Neil will demonstrate how to take real life events and craft them into Humorous presentations & speeches. This is not just educational but enlightening and just plain funny.

All That and More!

Reflections of the District 86 TLI in Mississauga - Jan 30th, 2016 

What a full program! A variety of training workshops & networking for the small cost of registration. I liked having the two Club Officer training sessions – morning & afternoon. It accommodated those Club Officers who couldn't attend for the full day and still be able to attend another “of interest” workshop – Revitalized Education Program, Youth Leadership, Club Coach, etc. Also, in the afternoon, you have the opportunity to “check out” another Club Officer position that might interest you. The only challenge that I had, was the lunch…speaking from experience – whenever I have pasta for lunch, at 2pm, the “brain fog” sets in and I want to have a snooze. I find it difficult to give my undivided attention to the presenter when my eyes want to close for a brief nap. Perhaps a soup/chili with salad and fruit & cheese trays make for a light & nourishing lunch. For the most part, I believe it was a day well spent! Glad to see a full house.

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

Club News February - 2016

Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters Invites You to Our Open House

"Stepping Up, Speaking Out and Having Fun"

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Town of Aurora - Leksand Room
Address: 100 John West Way, Aurora, ON L4G 6I1

What is an Advanced Toastmaster Club?
We are an Advanced Toastmaster Club where members have achieved their Competent Communicator Award and are looking for more in depth feedback to further improve their speaking and presentation skills.
We also welcome Toastmasters who may not have completed their CC but we are advanced speakers who could benefit from our special evaluation formats and are willing to audition for membership. We also welcome guest speakers who feel they could benefit from our thorough evaluation formats.


Ross MackaySpecial Presentation by Ross Mackay

Tips on how to make it to the International Stage:
In 1995, Mackay took 3rd place in the Toastmaster World Championship of Public Speaking.

 

 

 


Featured Speakers: Susan Armitage & Colin Ross

Susan Armitage

 

Susan Armitage: Susan Armitage, M.Div., R.M.F.T. has a masters of Divinity degree with a major in counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT). Susan is one of the newest members of the Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters club.

   

Colin Ross

 

Colin Ross: Colin is President of DTG, a UGL Company. He joined Northern Lights Toastmasters in July 2015 and is currently working his way through the Competent Communicator manual with
a goal of improving his public speaking ability and completing the manual in 2016.

 


This is a MUST SEE EVENT!!!
For more information and RSVP contact: Cindy Stradling, DTM - VP Public Relations  416-290-5227

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 1

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 1

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

elections aheadEach year the district leadership committee (DLC) chair is appointed by the district director to ensure successful district elections and long-term district success. The DLC chair appoints the committee as directed by Toastmasters International and approved by the district director.

The District Leadership Committee:

- Has equal representation from each division within the district and committee members have not served on the committee the previous year.

- Seeks out prospective candidates for elected positions for division directors, club growth director, program quality director and district director.
- Evaluates and interviews candidates.

- Nominates one or two candidates each for the offices of district director and program quality director and one or more candidates for the office of club growth director and all division directors.

- As directed by Toastmasters International, once a member has served on the DLC, that member is not able to be approved, elected or appointed for any of the elected positions before or after the Annual Business meeting, even if the district leader position is vacant.

- Provides a complete report of the nominated candidates at the February 27th District Executive Council Meeting.

- The committee chair notifies candidates who were not nominated and advises them of their eligibility to seek office as floor candidates.

- Additional qualified candidates may be nominated from the floor at the district’s annual meeting. The appropriate paperwork must be filed with the district leadership committee chair.

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 2

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 2

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

elections ahead skyLet the Campaign Communication begin…

- A campaign mailing is any message, unsolicited by the recipient, which promotes or publicizes a candidate.

- Communications by the district in connection with a candidate’s presentation at a district conference and internal communication among campaign team members are not considered campaign mailings. Unsolicited subscriptions to information by or about a candidate are not permitted.

- District candidates shall only send two mailings, which are only sent to club presidents, club vice presidents education, and members of the district executive committee:

- The first mailing is sent between January 1 and March 31. All candidates can request a Mailing List from the administration manager at: adminstrationmanager@toastmasters86.org

- The second mailing is sent between the announcement of the district leadership committee results and the district’s annual meeting.

- A candidate may have a website to promote his or her candidacy.

- Candidates’ websites may be linked or referenced only on the candidate’s home club site and in campaign mailings.

- A blog may be included on a candidate’s website. Automatic notices are allowed.

- A district candidate may create campaign profiles on social media for the purpose of promoting his or her campaign.

- Campaign profiles are separate from any existing social media profiles the candidate has.

- Candidates may link from existing social media profiles to their campaign profiles and campaign site.

- Candidates may distribute campaign materials at the district conference and display campaign materials only in the Candidates’ Corner at the district conference.

- At district non-election meetings, such as area and division speech contests, candidates may distribute campaign materials, display campaign materials in a Candidates’ Corner where each candidate has equal access, and be introduced as long as all candidates present are introduced.

- Candidates may not present at any district non-election meeting.

- District executive committee members shall not take any action to endorse or officially support any district officer candidate.

It Is Election Time!!! - Part 3

Who, What ,When & Why? – Part 3

by Lori Lococo, DTM, PID – District Leadership Chair

(more detailed information can be found in Protocol 9.0 of TI’s Policy and Protocol) The Leader Letter

ballotElection Day:

- The district director explains the election rules and procedures to the delegates.

- A candidate speaks on his or her own behalf. If a candidate is not present, an authorized representative may speak for the candidate. A representative speaker may not be a member of the district executive committee, a member of the nominating committee, the credentials chair, or any other meeting official.

- The DLC chair shall present its report. The chair announces the names of the committee members and reads the name and club number of each nominated candidate, in alphabetical order, for each of the offices of district director; program quality director; club growth director and division directors.

- For each office, the district director inquires whether there are additional nominations from the floor.

- Floor candidates or, in their absence, their designees state their eligibility qualifications.

- Floor candidates must be nominated by a member of the district council or their proxyholder.

- Floor candidates must sign the Officer Agreement and Release Form, which will be sent to World Headquarters by the district director.

- When nominations are complete, the district director declares the nominations for that office closed.

- The balloting for each office takes place immediately following the close of nominations for the office and then the winner is announced.

- If there is only one candidate for the office, the district director may entertain a motion to dispense with the secret ballot for the uncontested office or instruct the secretary to cast a single ballot for the candidate.

- The candidates are expected to assign one member to observe the counting of the ballots.

- Each election is completed and the winner announced before moving to the subsequent office.

- Candidates nominated for one office and not elected to the office may be nominated from the floor for subsequent offices.

- Upon adjournment of the district’s annual meeting, all election results are final.

- Results of the election are displayed in the registration area as soon as possible following adjournment of the meeting.

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

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