Contest Winner Announcement

 

Our Spring Conference on April 27-29 2018 was filled with fantastic speech competitions. On Friday night we had the Evaluation chaired by Clinton Springer and on Sunday morning we had the International Speech Contest chaired by Jose Alejandro Vivar (2017 District International Speech Winner). The competition was fierce and every competitor did an amazing job. The room was filled to capacity for each contest and the energy in the room was infectious.

A big thank you goes to the Contestant Chair Nancy Parkhill, the Judges Chair Dragana Vulpic-Bork, and our Chief Judge Deborah McGrath for coordinating the contestants, judges, and all the volunteers. A big thank you also goes to all the ballot counters, timers, judges, and SAAs who helped.

The winners of the contests were:

Evaluation:
1st: Ross Cunningham, Division S | 2nd: Roger Caesar, Division B | 3rd: Greg Lewis, Division L 

Evaluation Contest 2018

International Speech:
1st: Roger Caesar, Division B | 2nd: Jonathan Richardson, Division M | 3rd: Ross Cunningham, Division S

International Speech contest 2018

Distinguished Toastmasters Award Recipients

Distinguished toastmasters

Congratulations on all those who achieved their Distinguished Toastmaster Award from the 2017 Fall Conference to the 2018 Spring Conference. There were 24 people who earned their medal during this time. The medals were presented at the Friday DTM Dinner. Each recipient then celebrated their achievement with the High 5 line.

 Albert Chang  Leona Wilson
 Carl J. Naus  Lorna Miller
 Cher Cunningham  Mary Lou Di Paolo
 Daniel Canelea  Michael Proudlock
 David Jeremiah Speicher  Michael Whitehead
 Dennis J. Bartel  Mikael Gatje
 Diana L. Parker  Patricia Burness
 Diane P. Gordon  Richard Kitney
 George How Pak Hing  Satinder Chane
 Gloria Carol Schimmel  Sue Faludi
 Jean E. McAllister  Suzette L. Leeming
 Karim Premji  Tracy Chan

Progressive Toastmasters Spring OPEN HOUSE

Forrest Willet TUESDAY May 29TH!

Progressive Toastmasters in Waterloo, Ontario are pleased to invite our fellow Toastmasters, friends and supporters to our spring Open House on Tuesday May 29th from 7-9 pm.
We have a fantastic keynote speaker presenting at this open house - he is so great that we needed to move our open house to a BIGGER location!
We are so pleased to present our Keynote Speaker Forrest Willet, author of the book "Baseballs Don't Bounce". He was the keynote at the District 86 2017 Fall Conference.

His inspirational and emotional presentation brought the room to tears!

Forest Willett

If you missed that presentation or you just want to hear him again, be sure to NOT miss this event!

  • We invite you to enjoy an evening of information about Toastmasters and how the newly revised program can help you in your career, confidence and life.
  • Listen and be truly inspired by our Key Note Speaker, Forrest Willet
  • Network and meet great people!
  • Enter To Win the 50/50 draw!

When: Tuesday May 29 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Doors Open 6:30 pm
Where: Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty Ltd. 508 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, ON

Light Refreshments will be served
Donations accepted in lieu of admission in support of  The Waterloo Regional Mental Health Association

Please join us for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

Go To Eventbrite Progressive Toastmasters to register your attendance

OPS North Bay Toastmasters Reaches Out to Encourage New Members

OPS TM1BIt was a first for the Ontario government building at 200 First Ave West in North Bay!
On March 22, 2018 OPS North Bay Toastmasters delivered a jam-packed lunch ‘n learn to Ontario Public Service colleagues working in locations across the city.

The event that took place at 200 First Ave West provided an overview of Toastmasters, took attendees through a typical meeting by explaining key meeting roles, demonstrated Table Topics, presented the new Toastmaster Education Program, and featured the Toastmasters videos “Getting Ahead with Toastmasters” and “Five Reasons you Should Join Toastmasters”. Our President Pat Devereaux acted as Toastmaster.

OPS TM2We were very honoured to have as our guest speaker, Stephen Korski, Manager of Research and Development for Redpath, from North Bay and Area Toastmasters who spoke about his Toastmasters journey.
Stephen played a critical mentoring role for OPS North Bay Toastmasters when we chartered in October 2012.

OPS TM3We were delighted that our Area Director, Colleen Charland and other members of North Bay and Area Toastmasters came out to support the event!


The lunch ‘n learn was sponsored by Laila Krieg representing the OPS Provincial Interministerial Council, Northern Region. Laila spoke about how participating in Toastmasters helps develop OPS Leader-Manager Skills and supports Ontario Public Service Competencies.
OPS manager Coralee Deschamps gave a testimonial about how valuable Toastmasters has been for her staff.
All in all, it was a successful and very enjoyable event!


OPS TM4If you live in the North Bay area or are just visiting why don’t you consider attending one of our meetings? We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday, noon to 1pm, Library Boardroom, 2nd floor, 447 McKeown Ave. and even though we’re a corporate Toastmasters club and we love hosting visitors from other clubs!

by Sandy Bell-Murray
blog post submitted May 11, 2018
sbellmurray@gmail.com

Cementation Toastmasters Club Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Cementation Toastmasters

Cementation Toastmasters Club (Division N Area 2 North Bay) Celebrates 10 Years and 500th Meeting April 12th, 2018

The members of Cementation Toastmasters were joined by guests from The North Bay Toastmasters and our Area Director (Colleen Charland) to celebrate our 500th meeting. The club was officially formed October 1st, 2007 by 28 founding members. The founding Club President (Lois Henderson) sent a recorded video message from her new home in Manitoba and we shared many happy stories about the past 10 years.

We thanked our corporate sponsor and company President/CEO Roy Slack for his continued support and we look forward to the new Pathways Programme.

We ordered a special cake to celebrate 10 years of the club, the 500th meeting and 20 years of Cementation Canada.

Cheers to the next 10 years of Cementation Toastmasters. Club President 2017-18 – John Cooney

Establishing Your Why

Why do the people do the things they do? Its because there is a reason. This idea came from me the other day after someone said “establish your why”.

Welcome Toastmaster readers....

Establishing your why is important. It gives you a reason to keep on going or maybe that decision to try something new.

My name is Shelly and I have been a Toastmaster since January 2016. I decided to join Toastmasters because I wanted to improve my communicating skills and I love talking!!

Toastmasters has given me the ability to become a more confident person and I have slowly applied what I have learned in my life. Fellowship with a great group of people, a better understanding of people and a great team work environment has been an added benefit of being a Toastmaster.

Working hard has always helped me find my way. I think we need that or at least I do. To have a purpose and even making/checking off lists. WORK IS DEFINITELY PART OF MY WHY!! As a Toastmaster I am here to work on my goals. I joined because I wanted to work on my public speaking. I didn’t realize that it would change my world.. Recently I was told by a fellow Toastmaster that “ we have one mouth and two ears and we need to listen twice as much”.... that has always been a challenge for me. What challenge you say? Thinking before I speak. I get excited most times and not think before I speak. Has Toastmasters helped with that? Yes it has but it has been a slow process in other aspects of my life. A saying by lots of people” keep it simple” and that is another goal I am working on.

Establishing your why is an important question in life. Its what keep you going. Having a goal and even if the plan changes the goal should not. That’s why establishing your why is important!!

Establishing my why? I need to work to make money, pay my bills, Toastmasters is a necessity so I can keep working on my communicating skills through listening/speaking. Fellowship with past, present and future people in my life.

Establishing your why is an important question one should ask themselves in starting a new venture!!

Establishing your why whether just to inspire yourself to become a better well rounded person is a last thought to leave you fellow Toastmaster readers.

Shelly Grant (1603 club secretary)

ShellyGrant

A Family Without Boundaries

Jeanie Lai blog

Do you know you have an extended family all over the world? Yes, you do! Toastmasters is a family without boundaries, and when you visit another country – of course, you have to visit your family over there!
And that is exactly what I did on my last trip to Hong Kong. It was great to connect with my (real) family, but I also dropped by a local Toastmasters club, TGIT – Thank God It’s Toastmasters Club, which is Hong Kong’s first advanced club. The theme of the meeting was “Masterchef” and, as promised, the meeting served up a delectable assortment of speeches. For example, I learned how to make a perfect cup of chai tea, and why steak should always, always be paired with potatoes. The advanced speeches were all from the Persuasive Speaking manual (under the traditional education program), which perfectly suited my palate because I have plans to work on that manual this year.
This visit resulted in a fun record of “firsts” for me: my first Toastmasters meeting outside Canada, my first visit to an advanced club, and, most delightfully, my first experience with a wine and cheese reception before a Toastmasters meeting. (Now, that’s food for thought!) I loved the congenial atmosphere of TGIT and I was greeted so warmly that I felt right at home with this new family.
The next time you travel, I encourage you to go see your extended Toastmasters family! This welcoming, worldwide family is a perk of being a Toastmasters member, so definitely go see them when you have the chance!

Jeanie Lai, ACB, ALB
Sheridan Park Toastmasters

Speech Marathon – Sneakers not required!

CST members

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters hosted a very special early morning meeting event a “Speech Marathon!” The theme of the meeting was “Life is a Marathon, not a Sprint.”

Lights, Camera, Action! The speaking event began, resulting in an exciting action packed morning, filled with fun as eight diverse speakers took to the stage from first timers to advanced speakers. The room was silent and a hush fell over the room as each speaker stepped forward to the lectern in an act of courage to take on their fear of public speaking! It’s a testament to how well Toastmasters works in a very supportive environment.

Ramindar Kaur delivered her ice breaker on Life without Limits and inspired us with her courage and her journey chronicling various episodes of her life, weaving personal heartfelt stories with valuable life lessons. The audience was inspired with hope, faith, self-acceptance, attitude and courage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Paul Dubal took on the role of a Public official fielding a controversial topic “Glen Abbey Golf Course Development,” speaking to a ‘hostile’ audience. The speech took an exciting turn of events with members taking their roles seriously, challenging Paul as he skillfully acknowledged each argument. We have the makings of a politician in Paul, perhaps the next Prime Minister? Move over Justin Trudeau!

Lolo Franscisco introduced the “Big Red Jolly Bee,” a fast food store, the pride, joy and heritage of the Philippines that gives “McDonalds” a run for its market share. It was very entertaining and had the audience salivating over the menus. Just you wait, Iolo informed us the next location is opening right here in Mississauga.

Loubna Nejjari inspired the audience with her road map to success with four key points: Believe you can succeed, vaccinate yourself against fear (and do it anyway), Go first class and think like a leader! All of us left inspired by her quote by Derek Bok “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Karen Mewa Ramcharan read us a story by Nick Vujick from his book “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.” Karen took us on a journey of hope and courage with a core message, that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome!

Chelsea Zheng showed us how her lessons learned from a sprained ankle and the kindness of strangers can make a difference. Her smile, vivid imagery and personal stories had the audience hanging on to her every word.

Hamedeh Razavi enthralled us all the way to Persia with beautiful pictures of Iran, the land of Pearls, Perfume, Spices, Silver and Mystery. Together we discovered Iran's breathtaking landscapes, ancient monuments, dazzlingly beautiful mosques and magnificent imperial palaces from Shiraz to Tehran, Isfahan to Kashan, by way of Persepolis and Yazd. We learned about Cyrus the Great, the first King of Persia, an Eastern monarch that issued a charter considered to be the oldest known declaration of human rights.

Usama Mubashir unveiled a surprise slide show with pictures and food and music and together we wished our president Paul Dubal au revoir on his journey to Abu Dhabi in the Middle-East with a famous quote "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Paul may you enjoy every step!”

The outstanding speeches received advanced evaluations from Anna Malinowska, Swamy Maheswarn, Hanson Diao, Connie Yuen, Iona Rodricks and Byron Qu.

Fun and camaraderie filled the room! Our speakers in this speech marathon event showed us the strength and determination needed in the journey to become better communicators by one of the most outstanding Toastmaster clubs in District 86! Together we blazed new trails!

Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Mississauga Central Library
from 9.15 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Respectfully submitted,

Iona Rodricks, DTM
D86 Pathways Guide 2017-2018
Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters / District 86 / Division D / Area 85 / Club 01120086

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