Toastmasters District 86 Hosts International Director Ross Mackay


Hatch Toastmasters


Nissan Toastmasters

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, April 10th, 2016—Distinguished Toastmaster Ross Mackay, International Director Region 6 Toastmasters International and Accredited Speaker was the special guest of District 86 Toastmasters at the spring conference. The event was held April 22-24th, 2016 at the Hilton Meadowvale, in Mississauga.

During his visit, Mackay presented two Mississauga based companies with Toastmasters Corporate Recognition Awards, Hatch and Nissan Canada.

Toastmasters International recognizes both Nissan Canada and Hatch for enhancing employee engagement through continuing support of Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership Education Program.

Member News April - 2016

Club Succession Plan – Questionnaire to measure a Toastmasters learned skill by Conrad Rodrigues

The Chairman and CEO of a company called one of his employees into the office. "Ryan," he said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off in the mail room, soon you were promoted to a sales position, and next you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Within one year, you were promoted to vice-chairman."
"Now it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?"
"Thanks," said Ryan and began to leave.
"Thanks?" the CEO replied. "Is that all you can say?"
"I suppose not," Ryan said. "Thanks, Dad."

Is this how you would see a successor to a leadership role?

Have you identified your successor? If you did, then what were the criteria for that appointment? Is that person qualified, competent, have the integrity, the confidence, does the person inspire and have the ability to motivate others.
This Succession Plan is offering to invest in the development of our members to become stronger and confident leaders so that they are ready to transition seamlessly into leadership roles.

Let’s examine the benefits of a succession plan to the club:

Succession planning will motivate you, the members to understand the potential paths available and the development you need to get you there. This leads to improved retention, morale, and commitment of the membership at large.

Since Succession Planning is built with the strategic plan in mind, it gives us the opportunity to identify ourselves and create specific training and developmental opportunities based on those specific needs before the time when those needs become urgent.

Succession planning is an opportunity to build on the diverse intellectual abilities and specialized skills in the club because it will identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities of each employee as well as individual developmental interests.

And finally, Succession Planning allows you to gain confidence in your own abilities based on your own development to become a great leader.

We will do a succession plan in four stages (i) identify the competencies (ii) assess yourself. This will be done using a clear measurement* (iii) you will create development plans (iv)Finally, you will measure, monitor and revise the development plans, if required.

We learn Toastmaster leadership skills during the Leadership stream as we perform roles within the Toastmasters club.
Ray Blunt who is a leadership and business scholar says: It takes leaders to grow other leaders.

For the clear measurement* aspect of the succession plan we have designed a questionnaire where we are trying to solicit responses from leaders as to how they knew that they learn a particular skill.

This survey will focus only on the measurement aspect* of a core competency and its associated skill.

If you are excited and would like to participate then you can by completing a survey/questionnaire. Send an email to requesting to participate.

In participating, I guarantee you will see yourself in a brighter and better light while contributing to a future that will shine on a future leader.

New Distinguished Toastmasters

Spring 2016 DTM Group

District 86 new DTM's

Left to right- Mary Lynn McPherson, Sharon D'Souza, Grace Rasmussen, Kris Schinke (missing Lisa Blackburn)


Thoughts from the recipients:

Thanks to my Black Walnut colleagues who, over the years, inspired and sharpened my speaking and leadership skills through their evaluations and modelling. I’m a Toastmasters advocate through my work as a governance and organizational health consulting work. Achieving DTM hasn’t been an effort, it’s been a privilege.
Mary Lynn McPherson

I started my Toastmasters journey in Edmonton a few years ago and I was hooked after my first meeting. I was fortunate to join a business group of very tenured and accomplished members who mentored me and I immediately knew I wanted to set my goal on becoming a DTM. It did not take me long to gain speaking confidence, especially making impromptu talks at work and work functions. No one believed me when I told them I was never a good speaker before Toastmasters. After moving to Toronto it took me 3 years to get back to Toastmasters and when I found a club near my office, I realized how rusty I was. With only my ALS to go, I brushed up on my lost skills and set my sights on DTM. I never hesitate to recommend Toastmasters to so many people I know. There is no where else one can take a weekly personal improvement class almost free! I was proud to earn my MBA 12 years ago and just as proud to earn my DTM!
Kris Schinke




Spring 2016 District 86 Evaluation & International Speech Contests

SpeechContestWinners 2016

The District Contests were held at the Spring Conference April 22-24, 2016.

Evaluation Contest - Saturday April 23

 Sp 2016 Evaluation Contest collage

1st  -  Brian Brennan
2nd -  Andrew Mertens
3rd -  Glen Oxford

Contest chair - Harry Ansara,  Chief Judge - Karim Premji,  District Director - Janice McDonald

Special thank you to test speaker - Rhonda Mauer

International Speech Contest - Sunday April 24

Spring 2016 International Collage


1st -  Roger Caesar
2nd - Chris OBrien
3rd -  Steve Elliot

Contest chair - Jacques Brunet,  Chief Judge - Karim Premji,  Spring Conference Chair - Cynthia Ayres


Member Making a Difference Award M.M.A.D.

Amparo Cifuentes DTM

Amparo MMAD

Amparo Cifuentes is a proud Canadian of Colombian origin, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and of course, English. She has a degree in Advertising and more than 20 years of experience in her career as Executive Assistant.

She 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. Amparo obtained her DTM designation in April 2015.

Amparo became Area Governor for the 2013-2014 year and since that time she has had the opportunity to deliver presentations to several groups outside of her club, including several workshops throughout the District including her Loblaw office, the Leadership Council of "My Life Centre" for young women plus the 'Hit Squad' networking group 2015.

Since November 2014 she has been Chief Spanish Translation Reviewer for Toastmasters International, leading an international team to help ensure educational materials are correctly translated into Spanish.

Amparo is also Counselor for the Junior Masters Gavel club since September 2014. The club is open to youth between 10 to 17 years of age, where she works with a team of members from her adult clubs to help the kids develop their communication and leadership skills following the Toastmasters Educational program.


Club News April - 2016

Trillium Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Trillium Toastmasters Club celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 1 at Ancila’s Restaurant, where former and current members of the club mingled at the sold-out event. Opened with a toast by Paul Daniel, the club’s longest-attending member of over 30 years, the celebration also featured a keynote speech by former club president Harry Ansara. David Booth, the club’s current president, accepted a certificate of achievement from Toastmasters International on behalf of the club. A raffle draw, thanks to numerous sponsors of the event, exciting “minute to win it” games, and an anniversary cake (made by our very own Melissa Kosterman of Yellow Tulip Cake Company) rounded out the club’s memorable milestone celebration.

40th anniversary photo for blog

1) Group photo
2) Current and past presidents of Trillium (from left: Rima, Harry, Paul, Brenda, Brahm, Paul, Bruce, Geoff, Mike, Rakesh, Tim, Dave and Rocco)
3) Anniversary cake in the shape of a lectern + gavel
4) MCs: Nicole Anderson and Anil Maudhoo

30 Members By June 30th 2016

3030 JUN 2016
If you are a member of a club with less than 12 members, you probably believe that increasing membership in your club is challenging, if not impossible.
On the other hand, if you are a member of a club with 25 or more members, you will likely agree that acquiring new members is a simple and fun process! It seems that these clubs spend little effort promoting their meetings, yet the guests keep showing up!

What is the secret? 

Obviously, there is a secret. Perhaps you have already figured out that it has nothing to do with luck and very little to do with numbers. It’s all about the guests.
Consider these tips to help your club increase membership:

  1. Before launching any new member campaign, improve the quality of your meetings. Getting guests is easy! Impressing them enough so that they join the club or even want to come back for a second visit – that is the challenge!
  2. Separate duties between the VP Membership and VP Public Relations. Consider the idea, the VP Public Relations “gets the guests in the door” and the VP Membership converts them from being guests to members.
  3. Have a member create and maintain a small and simple web site for your club. It has been estimated that up to 80% of all club visitors find a club to visit through the Internet. There are many free web-hosting sites available! Learn more here>>>
  4. Be sure to notify Toastmasters International and District 86 of your new website address, so it can be added to their sites.
  5. Put your club’s web site address on all promotional materials.
  6. Provide a member’s name (typically the VP Public Relations), e-mail and phone number on your web site and encourage visitors to contact them with any questions.
  7. Ask your sergeant at arms to arrive 30 minutes before each meeting. Guests typically show up 15 to 20 minutes early. If no one is there, they might think the meeting was canceled.
  8. Ask your sergeant at arms (and other members!) to always be on the lookout for visitors. Learn how to greet guests warmly and show your fellow club members how to do the same. Assign members to the role of greeter for every meeting.
  9. Ask the greeters to “partner up” each guest with a member who will introduce them to the meeting at the beginning of it and will be able to answer any questions throughout the meeting.
  10. Educate the club members on how important it is that everyone shake hands with the guest before the meeting. This makes people feel welcome and comfortable.
  11. Always offer participation in Table Topics as an “option” to guests. Don’t ask a guest to participate in Table Topics until all the eligible members have participated.
  12. Ask guests to provide a short comment toward the end of the meeting. Consider asking them the following question: “Now, after having experienced our Toastmasters meeting, do you think participating in Toastmasters could help you to achieve your goals?”
  13. If your club has 12 or fewer members, request a club coach!

What many people do not realize is that even the large clubs can run into trouble with membership. Usually, a dip in membership is the result of a slight decline in meeting quality. Make sure you have a good product before trying to get others to buy into it and your club will be at membership capacity in no time!

Looking for more resources? Visit the District 86 How To page for answers and ideas.
Clubs achieving the milestone of having 30 members by June 30th 2016 will receive prizes from the District. Are you in for this challenge? 

Qualified Clubs
Division  Area Club # Club Name Membership on June 30
B 31 2347 Brampton Club 60
C 45 5456 Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club 56
C 45 585043 Meadowvale Toastmasters Club 54
A 23 4782 Markham Toastmasters Club 49
B 33 4778 Milton Club 48
A 21 1015141 Woodbridge Toastmasters 47
A 26 1963 Richmond Hill Toastmasters 43
B 31 5961 Hershaw Toastmasters Club 43
B 36 2245 First Oakville Toastmasters Club 43
A 21 8517 Thornhill Club 40
B 34 1460785 Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters 40
D 87 1474 Port Credit Club 38
D 81 4353901 Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters 37
A 24 1697108 Hilltop Toastmasters 36
A 26 1448795 Advanced Speakers on the Hill 36
B 35 4080 Trafalgar Club 36
B 35 8644 Glen Abbey Toastmasters 36
D 83 1337454 Creekbank Toastmasters Club 36
C 44 5139 Risky Business Club 35
A 24 698843 Golden Gavel Toastmasters 34
B 31 583417 Region of Peel Toastmasters 34
S 72 916925 London City Hall 34
S 73 2729 Forest City Toastmasters 34
C 43 2289206 7120 Speakers Corner 33
M 13 1609 Towns Of York Toastmasters Club 33
B 33 5260 Halton Hills Toastmasters 32
B 35 2380608 Horizon Toastmasters 32
D 83 5278183 Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters 32
D 84 3419 Trillium Toastmasters Club 32
D 85 4486929 Axis Communications Toastmasters 32
L 56 3301 Skyway Toastmasters Club 32
N 3 2152194 Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club 32
S 73 964201 Toast of Queens 32
A 23 640216 Unionville Toastmasters Club 31
A 24 1115199 Fluid Communicators & Leaders 31
D 83 8277 Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club 31
L 56 3074 First Burlington Toastmasters Club 31
M 13 684023 Stouffville Toastmasters Club 31
N 3 3869 Greater Sudbury Speakers 31
B 34 8267 Rogers Park Toastmasters 30
C 42 2825443 D + H Toastmasters Club 30
W 61 6234 Talk Of The Town Club 30

Member News April - 2016

Would Anyone Like To Be “Closed”?

A couple of months ago, I wrote a Linked-In article about asking questions. I wrote it in response to another article that claimed "closing skills" were most important to sales success. I feel that very few people want to be "closed" but lots of people want to be able to do what they do . . . . better.

I am writing a book titled "Asking" which includes the idea that if we can find out what people do to succeed, how they do that, why that works for them, who they succeed with and when and where, we can figure out how the product or service we offer will help them to do whatever it is they do . . . better. If we can do that, we won't have to "close" them . . . they will buy.

When I posted my article, I was surprised that the majority of the positive responses I got were from fellow Toastmasters who felt it applied to our program.

The question I love to ask potential Toastmasters is, "What would you like to get out of Toastmasters in the coming year?"

Now I am starting to think much more in depth. I want to ask:

What do you do (day to day)?

How do you do that?

Why does that work for you?

Who do you typically deal with?

When and Where do you work with these people?

People love to talk about themselves and if we truly give them a chance to talk and if we are willing to listen carefully, we will learn that there are numerous reasons for them to join Toastmasters. Then all there is to do is help them to understand how the Toastmaster program helps them achieve the things that are important to them. If we can do that, we won't have to persuade them to join, we will have to beat them off with a stick. Ask questions of your friends and acquaintances. It is the most powerful tool you have in your toolbox to get them to understand what the Toastmasters program has to offer them. No one wants to be "closed" but many people want to know how they can get better results. Get your friends and acquaintances better results today!

Submitted by
Bud Brown DTM

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