Reach For The Stars

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Congratulations to the 69 members who participated and submitted their reach for the stars cards for 2016-2017.
Recognition will be distributed starting at TLI May 27.

Check out the winners below

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When An Area Comes Together

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Usually, when area clubs come together, it’s for a contest. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to have area clubs come together to collaborate rather than compete? Area 31 held their annual joint meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. Historically, this has been a joint meeting of the two community clubs, but this year, for the first time, all four area clubs came together for a meeting. And what a meeting it was!

There were four speakers and four evaluators – one from each of the clubs. The clubs shared the meeting roles. There was a debate about whether students should be allowed cell phones in the classroom. Table topics was modified ever so slightly to ensure that every person in the room had a chance to speak. And at the insistence of everyone present, even our Table Topics Master, Ron Kosciolek, had a turn. There was lots of laughter, great food and an extraordinary opportunity for toastmasters to provide a positive and supportive environment for everyone in the area.

If you’d like to have this amazing experience for yourselves, talk to your area director and bring your clubs together. You’ll be glad you did!

Sue Hopcroft
Area Director, Area 31

Toastmasters District 86 Spring Conference Contests

Having been a Toastmaster on and off for over ten years, I had attended some Area and Division speech contestants, but had never been to a District 86 Conference until April 2017. Therefore, the highlight of the Spring Conference for me was the District International Speech Contest, which was held on April 29, 2017. Roger Caesar, ACS, ALB chaired the Speech Contest. Roger was the District 86 International Speech Contest Champ in 2015 and 2016! There were ten incredibly polished speakers. I have never seen so many high caliber speakers on a stage in my life! All of their speeches were impactful with strong messages. Each of the speeches was orchestrated for amazing delivery with perfect vocal variety, gestures, comfortable use of the stage and of course the speech preparation itself (opening, body, close, call to action). It was a very strong competition and meticulously organized. It would have been really difficult to be a judge. I hope to one day be on the District 86 Conference stage competing in a speech contest…. The winners of the International Speech Contest were:

1st Place – Jose Vivar
2nd Place – Ross Mackay
3rd Place – Neil Dunsmore

The District Evaluation Contest was held on April 30 and was chaired by Brian Brennan, DTM. I noticed that many of the conference attendees were madly taking notes about effective evaluation techniques we were learning! I wished I could have performance reviews from these very effective evaluators! The winners of the District Evaluation Speech Contest were:

1st Place – Kwesi Millington
2nd Place – Andrew Mertens
3rd Place – John Constant

Kudos and thank you for all of the judges in both contests!

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

District 86 Spring Conference 2017 Business Meeting Results

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I was a First Timer at the Spring Conference 2017 and wanted to take everything in. I also attended the Business meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017. My work requires me to run a lot of committee meetings where I use Robert’s Rules of Order. Therefore, I appreciated that Toastmasters’ business meetings does use these Rules to ensure the meetings are efficient and follow an Agenda.

The following fantastic team of new leaders will be in place beginning on July 1, 2017:

Lisa des Vignes, ACB, ALB – Division A Director
Maheeza Mohamed, ACB, ALB – Division B Director
Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB – Division C Director
Kyla Werrett, DTM – Division D Director
Myrna Barthe, DTM – Division L Director
Patricia Burness, ACS, ALB – Division M Director (not in picture)
Natalie Champagne, CC, ALB – Division N Director
Clifford Graham, ACS, ALB – Division S Director
Satinder Chane, ACB, ALB - Division T Director
Chris Brown, ACS, ALB – Division W Director

Congratulations to all of you!

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

My First District 86 Spring Conference – Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALS

I have been a Toastmaster almost ten years and I have always loved and embraced the Education Program. I find every aspect of my club involvement to be educational and supportive. I quickly took on a leadership opportunity. April 2017 I attended my first District 86 Spring Conference. The large selection of outstanding workshops added to my personal growth by sparking new ideas and creativity. I attended workshops which helped me to develop and fine tune my career strategies as well as I learned of techniques to help my Club, the Area, the Division and of course the District all succeed.

The contests were amazing! The speakers and evaluators were high caliber and therefore, inspiring. One day, I would love to be able to speak like these contest winners. The countless volunteers who ran the workshops themselves were solid, confident speakers. Everyone was so professional, so willing to learn more, to improve and to collaborate. I was in Toastmasters heaven!

Every second of the Conference offered excellent face-to-face networking opportunities. I built positive relationships with other like-minded Toastmasters throughout Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario. I had the chance to meet many Toastmasters who I have only communicated with by email. I met key people who can help me in my Toastmasters strategy and met others who can serve as informal mentors for me. For the networking reason alone I will commit to attending every Conference because it will help me to keep connections with my network.

Finally, I was so inspired by the new Distinguished Toastmasters Recognition Dinner and the District Award Winners who were recognized for achieving their goals. I found the DTM dinner so symbolic and special. What amazing achievements and I couldn’t help but feel motivated and energized.

District 86 Toastmasters are quite a party bunch and were dancing and celebrating until early hours of the morning on the Friday (the Galactic party) and Saturday night of the conference. After all the days activities, I was too tired to go, but will make it a plan to attend the evening celebration at the Fall conference.

The Conference was an amazing experience and it has left me with a positive frame of mind. Mark your calendars for the District 86 Fall Conference, which is being held November 10, 11, 2017 at the Kingbridge Centre, King City. Take full advantage of what the Toastmasters experience can offer by attending the next District Conference. I look forward to seeing many of you again and meeting more of you. I guarantee that you will find it re-energize your passion for improving and it will help you focus on your public speaking and leadership goals by fine-tuning your development strategy for success!

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

D86 Distinguished Toastmasters

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Congratulations to the following District 86 Toastmasters for completing their DTM designation:

Ross Cunningham | Strathroy Toastmasters Club & London TaxMasters Club
Anne Dockeray | Maple Leaf Toastmasters
Hariharan Iyer | Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters & Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Raghunath Kamath | Tangri Toastmasters
Shanthi Oommen Kuruvilla | Brampton Alpha Toastmasters
Michelle Ricard | Greater Sudbury Speakers
Conrad Rodrigues | Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Madeleine S. Sauve | Greater Sudbury Speakers
Laura Vaivada | The Court of Blarney
Tina Weidelich | Northern Lights Toastmasters Club
Kyla Werrett | Comfortably Speaking

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New Distinguished Toastmasters Receive High Fives For Their Achievement

By the time a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award is granted, a Toastmaster has presented a minimum 40 speeches between their Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze / Gold and the Advanced Leadership Silver designations plus the large volume of speaking opportunities required to complete the leadership track. By the time we receive a DTM, we have provided many Toastmaster peers with very effective evaluations. It involves taking on leadership roles at the club, area and the district level. In achieving the DTM many of us become better individuals.

The Toastmasters experience gives you so many real life exercises in which you have to learn and apply leadership skills in numerous ways along the Communication and Leadership tracks. A key takeaway from the program is learning how to work effectively with many different people on teams; an invaluable career skill because we rarely get to choose all of the people we want to work with.

Raghunath Kamath received his DTM at the District 86 2017 Spring Conference DTM Recognition Dinner held on April 28, 2017. I spoke to him after he received his DTM and he noted, “The journey of Toastmasters does not end after becoming a DTM, it actually begins at this point. It is like going on the peak and realizing the beauty of where you started from.” When I asked what lies ahead for him, he said, “I wish to use this platform to further the cause of helping members and youth to be better communicators and leaders.”

A symbolic part of the DTM recognition dinner was a gesture for the current DTMs to give a “high five” for those being recognized. It was like an inauguration, and like a flame being passed on from seasoned DTMs to those just receiving it. All of these individuals have just completed a long, challenging yet rewarding journey, however, for all of them their journey of learning, leadership and volunteering in their communities, their careers and within their Toastmasters community is just beginning!

The DTM award is the highest our Organization bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. A hearty congratulations to the following District 86 Toastmasters for completing their DTM designation:


For information about the DTM designation, please visit: https://www.toastmasters.org/education/distinguished-toastmaster

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

District 86 Officers Elect: 2017-2018

District
Director

Cathy Herschell, DTM

Cathy Herschell, DTM

Program Quality
Director

KristinaJohnston

Kristina Johnston, DTM

Club Growth
Director

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Jacklyn A. Payne, DTM

 
Division A
Director 

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Lisa des Vignes, ACB, ALB
Division B
Director

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Zeenathul Maheeza Mohamed
CC, ALB

Division C
Director

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

 
Division D
Director 

KylaWerrett

Kyla Werrett, DTM

Division L
Director 

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Division M
Director 

PatriciaBurness

Patricia Burness, ACB, ALB

 
Division N
Director

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Natalie Champagne, CC, CL

Division S
Director

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Clifford Graham, ACB, ALB

Division T
Director

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Satinder Chane, CC, ALS

 
Division W
Director

Chris Brown, ACS, ALB

Chris Brown, ACS, ALB

 

District 86 International and Evaluation Contests Results 2017

International Speech Contest

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The District 86 International Speech contest was held on Saturday April 29, 2017 during the 2017 Spring Conference at the Crowne Plaza, in Kitchener. Thousands of members across District 86 competed in their club, area, and division contests. The winners of each division competed to be the District 86 champion. Saturday's International speech contest decided who will go on to compete in the 2017 International Speech Contest Semifinals in Vancouver B.C. and a chance to be in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Over 30,000 will compete world wide, for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. 

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District Evaluation Contest

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The District 86 Evaluation contest was held April 30, 2017 in Kitchener during the 2017 Spring Conference in Kitchener with 10 contestants from each division competing.  The Evaluation Contest demonstrated the best in giving feedback, in a 2 to 3 minute speech.

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

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