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.

Division News - January 2016

Reflections on Past D86 Toastmaster Events by Margaret Waechter

Area & Division Speech Contests - (Oct. 2nd and Oct. 16th, 2015)

It was autumn and Toastmaster Clubs all around the district were busy, gathering their top-notch presenters to compete in their Area and Division speech contests. Despite the low attendance at Area 61 and Division W speech contests, the audience thoroughly enjoyed these presentations and the fellowship during intermission. It’s disappointing that fellow Toastmasters slough off supporting those speakers participating in contests. When I compete, I draw energy from the audience and in some cases, the size does matter! You’d be surprised the number of speech ideas and new delivery techniques that I “pick up” when attending other Toastmaster events!

Division Club Officer Training – Round 2 - (Jan. 15th, 2016)

A great refresher for your Club Officer role AND a strategic move to entice “wannabe Club Officers” to hear what’s involved by serving in this capacity. It supplements what the potential new club officer hears straight from “the horse’s mouth”. Division W team did a good job in promoting this training event. The 2 presentations were insightful and entertaining; however, I felt not enough time was allocated to the Officer training sessions…more time (than 30 minutes) needed to network with fellow officers on what is working for them, what’s not working for them and any “new ideas” that have been implemented for the good of their club.

D86 Business Mtg at Conference - (Nov. 14th, 2015)

A GREAT improvement over the Spring 2015 business meeting!!! The entire format was well orchestrated and professionally managed. Kudos to all who prepared for this session of the Fall Conference. I certainly won’t begrudge attending future business meetings, so long as they continue with this style/format.

D86 Fall Conference in Blue Mountain - (Nov. 13-15th, 2015)

I admire those Toastmasters who put so much blood, sweat and tears into organizing and executing an event as encompassing as our District Conferences. If you found yourself grumbling about anything – volunteer your services next time. It is at these conferences that Toastmasters have an opportunity to SPEAK, LEAD and GROW. Where else can you network with others in a friendly, energetic and safe environment? Exchange ideas and gather tips or ideas for future presentations? Possibly glean solutions from others who have shared your Toastmaster challenges both inside the club or personally. This is where it all comes together – sharing….listening……implementing.

Judges Training Workshop – Division W - Oct. 24th, 2015

How does a club cultivate judges for future contests? How does a Toastmaster become proficient when judging speech contests? Is enough encouragement given to club members to develop these judging skills? When a Judges Training Workshop is announced in your Division, I urge you to participate in this type of workshop. Perhaps you’ve already attended a training session – years ago; so once is enough? Each time that I’ve attended, I picked up another facet of judging that, for some reason, flew in one ear and out the other at a previous training! Remember – judges are anonymous (should be) to the contestants and all comments/results are confidential. So what’s stopping you from stepping forward to offer your judging experience and skills at the next speech conference? Anchor your learnings by

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

Club News January - 2016

Snapd Caledon Visits Bolton Banter Toastmasters Open House

Once again Bolton Banter Taostmasters is in the news. This is fantastic publicicty for the city of Bolton and Bolton Banter Toastmasters.

Check out the article in snapd Bolton.

The Welcoming Club by Jennifer Aucoin

As VP of Education for Brant Toastmasters, and a graduate of the Disabilities Studies program at Ryerson, I often present workshops on inclusion and accommodations for people with disabilities.

It has been said that you have 7 seconds to create a first impression. Our clubs make a good impression in many ways. We may have a greeter, we have welcome packets, and a plethora of introductory information on our websites, magazines, print and social media. Our district 86 clubs can consider themselves some of the most welcoming and comfortable clubs for visitors & new members.

There may be one more area where our clubs can become even more welcoming. Our clubs can be even more inclusive by working to make Toastmasters more welcoming for people with disabilities. Did you know that Toastmasters has large print manuals, and some of our clubs are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is even more that we can do. Some of our visitors and members may be sensitive to scents. In our smaller rooms, the smell can be overpowering. Clubs can consider noting on their meeting information that they adhere to scent free environment. Some people may be uncomfortable with extended eye contact. This can be easily ignored during parts of the meeting that are not evaluated. If the member is being evaluated, then this can be excluded from the evaluation.

There are many ways to become a more welcoming and inclusive club. Most of these are available at little or no cost, or can be created. A little outside the box thinking can go a long way to making our clubs more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

Thank you
Jennifer Aucoin, VP Education, Brant Toastmasters

Stoney Creek Celebrates 25th Anniversary

“Stoney Creek Toastmasters has celebrated an incredible milestone in November 2015, with 25 years of service to the community. The theme for the anniversary meeting was “Celebrate!”. The meeting was different than the normal Toastmasters events our club is used to as it centered around what we do and how we do it. A larger than normal break allowed for networking. We saw a huge turnout for our club that evening and we welcomed guests, both new and current members as well as some alumni. A great night had by all with very interesting speeches, table topic participation and toasts!

Stoney Creek TM

Meadowvale Toastmasters is in the News

In December 2015, the first ever Credit Valley Hospital Youth Leadership Program, run by Meadowvale Toastmasters : Aman Sangha and Ananthalakshmi Krishnaswami came to a very successful conclusion!
This was sponsored by the Trillium Health Partner Volunteer Board. At the final session Cathy Herschell and Rick Guzik joined me in acknowledging both the students and Aman and Anathalakshmi for their terrific efforts. So very proud of you!!!!
Check us out on Snapd

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Club News December - 2015

OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters Celebrates!

Congratulations to Charter Club President Eddy Day and OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters on your Charter Party December 15, 2015! It was a great event!

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Announcing Jocelyne Vezina, DTM - New REP Chief Ambassador

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Revitalized Education Program Chief Ambassador – Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

We heartily thank Justin O'Donnell, DTM for his leadership thus far in engaging us in this new education program directive from Toastmasters International.

We are excited to announce Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, as officially appointed as the new District 86 Chief Ambassador. Jocelyne has demonstrated her leadership skills as the Co-chair of the Fall 2015 Conference. She and her team of Education ambassadors will be providing constant updates to the District as the Revitalized Education Program is unrolled over the next few years. We look forward to learning when it will reach District 86! We thank Jocelyne and her team for their passion and commitment to enabling us to implement this new education program!

Janice McDonald, DTM
District 86 Director

Revitalized Education Program

In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters is revitalizing our education program. This effort aligns with the directive for a renewed focus on leadership and communication in the Board of Directors' 2010 Strategic Plan.

Read more about the Revitalized Education Program at Toastmasters International>>>

District 86 Fall 2015 Humorous & Table Topics Contest

Congratulations to Gary Ford! In front of a packed ballroom, his humorous speech "It's not my fault, it's the testosterone!" was a winner! Many Toastmasters feel the Humorous Speech contest is the most difficult of the four speech contests held in District 86 (Humorous, Table Topics, International, and Speech Evaluation), so congratulations are in order for ALL Toastmasters who participated in the contest at any level!

Congratulations to Richard Lewis! His approach to the topic "Relax" was judged the best of a very talented and accomplished group of competitors. Table Topics is challenging at the best of times; the District 86 Table Topics Championship showed how the best speakers in District 86 can give polished speeches with no preparation. It was truly inspiring!

Mike Proudlock Program Quality Director

 

Humorous Contest Fall 2015

District 86 Humorous Speech Contest - At the Fall 2015 Conference at Blue Mountains Ontario. Saturday November 14 2015.

1st place - Gary Ford , 2nd place - Sherrie Sweeney , 3rd place - Mo Carter along with Janice McDonald District 86 Director, Mike Proudlock Program Quality Director and Roger Caesar Contest Chair.

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District 86 Table Topics Contest - Sunday November 15, 2015.

1st place - Richard Lewis, 2nd place - Lance Mercer, 3rd place - Joe Vanderkooi  Contest Chair Brian Brennan

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