District 86 Program Quality

Cathy Herschell DTMProgram Quality Director District 86 - Cathy Herschell DTM

I look forward to an amazing year as the Program Quality Director. I know that a healthy club means healthy members – meeting members needs to reach their goals and holding quality fun meetings.

The Distinguished Club Program is the framework of our recognition program and properly trained leaders are important to the overall success for members, clubs, areas, divisions and the district to reach our goals.

Have you completed your success plan for the upcoming year?

What is your personal goal for this year - 10 Speeches? Will your club complete 10 DCP goals? Attract 10 new members?

The power of 10 will be my focus for the year- supporting 10 divisions to help all clubs reach distinguished in 10 months to achieve distinguished district by May.

ReachForTheStars BlogModuleAnnouncing Reach for the Stars - recognition program. Complete activities & get your stars initialled. Complete 5 or more different activities and submit by April 29, 2017. Be recognized for your achievements and win prizes.

Recognizing and encouraging members to participate in activities outside of their clubs and help across the district. Learn more and increase the quality of the Toastmasters program across District 86. 

The power of teamwork will help us to reach our goals, please contact me if I can help you.

Cathy - programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org

District 86 - Area and Division Success Planning

Cover 1490 2016 07 06 13.33.53Area and Division teams develop their success plans based on the needs and goals of the members they serve.  The Area and Division Success Plans evaluate current situations, establish specific goals, and develop strategies to achieve success. 

The Toastmasters International document "District Recognition Program" (available on this page) includes templates for District, Division, and Area success plans. 

revision 3/2016

Area--Division-Success-Planning-1Also available on this page is the webinar presentation prepared and delivered by Mike Proudlock, DTM last year's PQD on September 30, 2015 on "Area Success Planning", which includes examples of how an Area Success Plan/Division Success Plan templates could be completed.  

pdfArea Division Success Planning.pdf 

pdfDistrict Recognition Program.pdf

District 86 - Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program - running from July 1 to June 30 - that consists of 10 goals all Toastmaster's clubs strive to achieve. The 10 goals are grouped into four areas:  Education, Membership, Training, and Administration.  Based on the number of goals achieved, clubs may be recognized as Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished Club.

Learn more about:

Click on the District 86 Dashboard image on the left to go to the District 86 Dashboard on the Toastmasters International site.  From there, you can drill down to find your club, area, or division performance.

TIPS To Stay Focused

How to Keep Members Engaged and Committed to their Toastmasters Communication & Leadership Goals. Tips from Lance Miller 2005 World Champion Public Speaking, James Clear and LGET.




VP Education - Resources

2016 - 2017 Club Planning  Calendar

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Help plan your club meetings,contests and events using this weekly planner. Complete with dates for club level contests.

Click on the image to download your own club spreasheet.


Mentoring New Toastmasters - A How To Guide

Pages from Mentoring New MembersA great resource for every club. Mentoring and Coaching “is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring.

Mentoring can be a very positive experience for the Mentee, the Mentor, and the Toastmasters Club. When effectively implemented new members gain the support they need to understand the culture of the Toastmasters Club they have just joined and to set realistic, achievable goals aligned with the reasons/ purpose they had when joining the club and ultimately to reach these goals.

When a Mentoring Program is implemented in an effective manner, new members are likely to feel welcome, be more engaged in the club, become active earlier and stay with the club for longer periods of time. This in turn contributes to a healthier club with more engaged members and lower turnover. Click on the image to view and download.

Easy Speak

easy-speak.orgEasy-Speak is a meeting management software program written by a Toastmaster for Toastmasters designed to minimize human effort in the administration of the club and maximize the data available to run the club effectively.

Contact District 86 Easy Speak Chair  - if you are interested in learning more about the product.  He is a very knowledgeable about the software and how it can help your club and make the entire meeting management process for VPE's easier and more productive.

The Art Of Effective Evaluation - Workshop Presentation

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Fillable 6th Speech Certificate 2016-2017

Sixth Speech Certificate Front 2016 20176Speech Certificate 2015 2016backAll clubs are encouraged to congratulate members and recognize their achievement in giving the 6th speech in the Competent Communicator (CC) manual. They are over half way done!  6th speech certificates are provided by the Program Quality Director District 86, to area directors. On the back are printed the advanced manuals with an outline of the projects in each manual.  Members are encouraged to think ahead about their education goal after completing the CC manual. There are many choices!  Your VPE will want to know which 2 advanced manuals to order when submitting your CC education achievement.
The 6th speech certificates are available from your area director. 

New this year - French version available for download here>> 

Please contact me if you need more. Cathy - programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org

Toastmasters Speech Contests

Quality speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.

2016/2017 Speech Contest Rulebook

Be sure to read the new rule book. Download it here. This is the authority for all contests and changes are made every year. This years changes are marked with ♦. NOTE  Form #1177 is the Official note sheet for the contestants to use in the evauation contest. There is a new results form #1168 in the speech kit.

District 86 International Speech and Evaluation Contest dates: Club January 1- February 4, / Area February 5- March 4 / Division March 5- April 8 - click here for all dates.

1171 rulebook 2016 2017    NEW results form 1168 Form 1177 Evaluation Contestant Notes

NEW - Speech Contest Eligibility Checker

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Speech Contest Eligibility Checker

Club and district officers can use the Eligibility Checker to determine if members are in good standing---and belong to a club in good standing---and thus eligible to compete in a speech contest or be a proxy. Please note, club officers can only check the eligibility of members within their own club and cannot use this tool to determine the eligibility of other members. The same type of restriction applies to district leaders: Area directors can only check the eligibility of members within their area; division directors can only check the eligibility of members within their division; and district directors can only check the eligibility of members within their district.

How to Organize a Club Contest

Pages from 2016 How to Organize a Club Contest(And not lose your mind or your cool!)  

This newly revised contest resource will help you organize any contest. Please download and use to make your club contests a resounding success! Area directors and division directors will find this resource to be extremely helpful as well.  Enjoy!

Click on the image to view and download

Revised 2016

International Speech and Evaluation Contest

The International Speech Contest is the most important of all Toastmasters Contests.  The speech is to be an original speech of 5-7 minutes.  It can be serious, funny, and inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level.  The International Speech Contest is the only one that goes all the way to the International competition level - and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided!

The Evaluation Contest is 2-3 minutes in length. A test speaker gives a speech which all the evaluation contest contestants listen to and then evaluate. The contestants are taken from the room and give 5 minutes to prepare their evaluations (using form #1177). They are called back to the room one by one according to the predetermined speaking order and deliver their evaluations. The Evaluation contest is held a t club, area , division and district level.

More information & resources about speech contests.

Download the International Speech Contest kit: 2016/2017

Download the Evaluation Contest kit: 2016/2017

Speech Contest tutorials

Area Contests Promotional Items and Program

Download fillable flyer, Eventbrite banner, or Facebook banners and use to promote your Area Contests. Upload flyer to Google Drive, Dropbox or other storage sites, and share the link on in your Area Contest information. 

Use the banners and post on club / area / division Facebook Pages along with link or contests information. 

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Click in the section # and add your area. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.

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pdfArea Contests Flyer B.pdf



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Division Contests Promotional Items and Program

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Click in the section ? and add your division. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.

pdfDivision Flyer A.pdf

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pdfDivision Contest A2.pdf (use for morning or afternoon contests can change - enjoy a ... )


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Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest

Humorous speeches are 5 to 7 minutes long.  They must be original, clean humour, and not a monologue.  Table Topics are 1-2 minutes long.  They are impromptu speeches. The Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests are held at the Club, Area, Division, and District.

Area Contest Fillable Flyer for Print and Online 



Downlaod the Area flyer and customize to your area contest information. The header image can be used on website, social media and more. 

pdfArea Flyer Template.pdf

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Tall Tales Contest

Tall Tales Speeches are 3 to 5 minutes in length. They are full of exaggerated truths and unbelievable stories.

According to Westside Toastmasters who have this great article about Tall Tales, a Tall Tale should Include the following features:  a  character with extraordinary abilities and a specific goal; a problem that is solved in a humorous way; a careful blend of exaggerated and credible details; and a  comical endingThis is an optional contest that is hosted by some Clubs and Areas - but not at the Division or District level.




D86 Toastmasters Learning Institute + Winter Club Officer Training - Round 2

Date: January 21, 2017 
Time: Registration 8:15 am, Start time 8:50 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lincoln M Alexander S.S.  3545 Morning Star Drive , Malton , Mississuaga  MAP
Contact: Cathy Herschell or   Mark Hayes

Toastmasters Learning Institutue is the largest training event of phase 2. We've added more capacity to this event as it sells out every time, but don't wait this event will sell out quickly.  The day includes 2 rounds of club officer training breakouts, club enhancement workshops, The art of evaluation workshop, From Speaker to Trainer workshop, Contests & Judges training and more. Cost recovery includes lunch and refreshments.

Agenda Janaury_21_TLI_Final_.pdf

Thank you for registering - this is event is sold out.

Ticket sales have ended please see the Division sessions listed below and register soon.


D86 Toastmasters Learning Institute - Summer Club Officer Training - Round 1

Date: May 27, 2017 
Time:  8:45 am - 4:00 pm; 
Location: 3545 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga, On, L4T 1Y3
Contact:  Mark Hayes District 86 Education chair 2016-2017

Click here to Register

Register early as this event sells out quickly.

Clubs with all 7 of 7 officers trained at this TLI will have an opportunity to win a full set of club officer pins. (all must attend the training for their role AND the club officer list must be entered for the 2017-2018 year before the training.)

Program available here>>>. Includes full day of club officer breakout training by role, educational workshops, keynote speakers and more. Light lunch included. 


When club officers are well trained to perform their duties, club members are better served. This makes the member experience more positive, which leads to increased member retention. 

A minimum of four club officers trained during each of the two training periods 

Your club achieves Goal 9 when at least four of its club officers—president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer and sergeant at arms—are trained in their responsibilities. 

Officers must attend and fully participate in two district-sponsored training sessions. Credit is not given for non-officers attending in place of elected officers, and credit is given only for one person per office. Officers must be trained for the position to which they were elected. 

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

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