Public Relations

District 86 Public Relations

matthewPublic Relations Manager - Matthew Ogbulafor, ACS, ALB

Press Release - Matthew Ogbulafor ACS, ALB, a member of Rogers Park Toastmasters and Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters in Brampton, was appointed by Cathy Herschell DTM, 2017-2018 District Director, District 86. The Toastmasters District Leadership manual describes the Public Relations Manager as "responsible for coordinating publicity efforts in the district. By establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the district and its members, as well as between the district and the public, you work to increase awareness of Toastmasters through all available media." Ogbulafor will develop a comprehensive communication for the 63 areas in 10 divisions in the district. The plan will in part, motivate members to get and stayed involved, contribute to the website blog, monthly newsletter, and social media sites.

In response to, "Why do you want to be a district officer?" Ogbulafor wrote, "I want to serve as a district officer because I believe in helping others grow and succeed in life in general and in Toastmasters International in particular. I have the desire to build new clubs and rejuvenate existing clubs. I feel that the "harvest is large but the laborers are few". I believe in action being louder than words and that action can be conveyed positively to produce value and results." He is now appointing coordinators and committee chairs. Ogbulafor will oversee the monthly newsletter sent to all members, press releases, the speakers bureau, training of club vice presidents public relations, social media, and the district website.

Ogbulafor, a Toastmasters member since 2009 has taken on leadership roles at the club and district level. At Rogers Park Toastmasters, he was the sergeant at arms from 2011 to 2013, vice president membership 2013-2014, and president in 2014-2015. His experience on the District Executive includes area director 2016-2017 and meetup coordinator 2016-2017. As Rogers Park president, the club achieved Presidents Distinguished in 2014-2015. Ogbulafor achieved his Advanced Communicator Silver on May 24, 2016 and his Advanced Leader Bronze November 2, 2015.

The Public Relations Manager is a member of the 2017-2018 District Executive Committee, which will ensure the district and its leaders are working toward achieving the mission of the district.

Public Relations Goals in Toastmasters

Public Relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their public. The goals of Public Relations in Toastmasters include:

  Generate positive awareness of the Toastmasters brand
for the purpose of attracting and retaining members to the clubs in District 86.

  Keep the public and members informed about club or district 86 activities
through effective communication channels and media relations.  District 86 Facebook    District 86 LinkedIn    District 86 YouTube    District 86 Twitter





I am responsible for managing our District Social Media space, as well as working with local media outlets to share the Toastmasters brand and message.  I look forward to working with my fellow Toastmasters to grow our brand and create a buzz within the communities that we serve.




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Your Club’s Web Presence

Increase your Club Presence with Meetup


Meetup Coordinator - Matthew Ogbulafor ACS, ALB

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Every club has the opportunity to have a presence on Meet Up!  All VPPR's are encouraged to participate by developing and managing a page for their club. Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

For those clubs that already have their own account, this will be additional exposure.  

Learn how to set up your club click here .

Check Your Web Presence

Is it easy to find your club? Is your club’s next meeting advertised well?  Did you check what Internet search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others return if you type your club’s name, or simply Toastmasters in <Your City>? 

Is your club listed on the Toastmasters International website?
Many people use this page to locate a nearest club. Will they find yours? 

Does your club have a Facebook page?

Do you offer your club members a Facebook group?

How many members of your club are on Linkedin? 
Does your club have a page on Linkedin?

Does your club have a web site and its own domain name?

Is your club presented on Google Maps? 
You can list it there for free as an educational organization:

Do you have a Free Toast Host account for your club?

Do you have an Easy-speak account for your club?

If you have a small budget to advertise your club, or all clubs in your area or division, consider Meetup:

Many people looking for local events through Eventbright

Is your club listed on Yellowpages?

Do you promote your club through Pinterest?

Craigslist has a page for local events. 
You can put your club meetings there for free:

Kijiji has a page for local events too, and it’s also free


Speakers Bureau

SpeakersBureau2Speakers Bureau Coordinator - Kevin Cahill

Stretch Your Limits!

You have become comfortable speaking in front of your club but you didn't join Toastmasters to be comfortable. You joined to stretch your limits.

Now you can do this. Become part of our speakers bureau and take the opportunity to serve your community by speaking in front of community service clubs, student groups, safety associations and more.

This year we are going to work on developing opportunities for people to speak in front of larger groups and non-Toastmasters groups.  The idea is to try to generate such opportunities (initially) with community organizations such as Kinsmen, Optimists, Rotary etc. and use those opportunities to spread beyond that base.  

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organization so any speaking engagements we help you to arrange or that you do under the Toastmasters brand must be without any contractual fee but speaking in front of a larger, non-Toastmaster group is just the beginning.  These speaking opportunities will do three things:

  1. It will expose the people where you live and work to the skills people learn as a Toastmaster.
  2. It will allow you to practice your skills: as Darrin LaCroix says, "The way to become a professional speaker is 'practice practice practice'."
  3. Done well, and regularly, it will lead to contacts that can turn into professional speaking opportunities. (so long as you don't ever charge for your services while speaking under the Toastmasters name.)

  pdfSpeakers Bureau Application Form.pdf

Potential topics: The Power of Good Questions, Workplace Safety, Personal Development: a Journey, Resolving Conflicts In Manufacturing, Terrifying Experiences in Africa, Travelogues for Ireland/Pakistan

District 86 Social Media Links / Practices

District 86 Social Media sites are listed below.
Pages are administered by the Public Relations Manager unless otherwise stated.
The following pdf document provides the D86 social media guidelines / practices.  pdfD86 Social Media Practices

District 86 Facebook Facebook Page


Status: Open to Public

Simply like the page and be notified of District 86 events, achievements and news.  Promote the content of this page to your club members, friends, and communities.


District 86 FacebookFacebook Group

District86ToastmastersFacebookGroupThumbStatus: Private Group. Moderated

Request to become a member of this group, and promote your club. Tell the district what is exciting happening in your club. Post videos and photos from your meetings and events. Post links to news releases and publications about your clubs. Ask questions. Participate in discussions. Teach your club members to join this group, and to be part of the open forum discussions.  

Members of D86 request to join.

District 86 YouTubeYoutube Channel


Status: Open to Public

Subscribe to this channel to receive access to District 86 videos. Enjoy them, share them, embed them to your club’s web pages, email them to your friends and communities.


District 86 LinkedInLinkedIn Group

District86ToastmastersLinkedInThumbStatus: Private Group. Moderated

Administrator : Cathy Herschell PRM , Brian Patton

Request membership, and keep in touch with your fellow Toastmasters on Linkedin.

District 86 TwitterTwitter

District 86 Social Media Links twitter




Additional Public Relations Resources

NF TM Proclamation

Proclamation Template 

A great way to promote Toastmasters is to find out if you city / town declares proclamations. 

Click on the Image to download Sample Proclamation. Use the fact sheet to get update Toastmasters information.

docxToastmasters PROC template

See Oakville Proclamation


New flyers that you can download and customize  from Toastmasters International or by clicking on the pictures below.

Find your voice Better leader Leadership

Learn More about the Vice President Public Relations role: Club Leadership Handbook

Toastmasters International - Leadership Central:

Public Relations:

Press releases and other materials create positive awareness of the Toastmasters brand in media outlets such as newspapers, websites and broadcast stations.

Public Relations Manual- Let the World Know (Item 1140) download the manual>>

Logos, Images, and Templates:

Clubs and districts can access Toastmasters-branded marketing materials, stationery and more to increase brand recognition.

Toastmasters International- Media Center

Member Photo Release and Video Release Forms

Photo release form  video release form 
District 86 requires having members sign release forms prior to sharing their images or videos to the public. Click on the form to download.

Local Media For Your Club

Do you advertise your club meetings and events in the local newspapers, magazines, radio- and tv-stations? Find Media outlets in your city: Mondo

Business Cards For Your Club

Business Cards For Your ClubCreate club business cards indicating your meeting time and place, and distribute them to friends and colleagues along with a personal comment on how Toastmasters training has benefited you. 

Use templates below to print your cards, and give them to all members. Present a speech on how to use this card. Help your members to become aware of opportunities to introduce themselves and share their successes in different situations. Help them to design and practice their elevator speeches (theme for Tabletopics). Remind members to listen first, find the ways ways to connect with the person, and then to share their story.
Always have cards with you! Click on the image to download the template.

Join The Public Relations Team

The public relations team is seeking experienced Toastmasters members with special skills that are willing to help the District 86 communications team this term.

There are many ways that you can help including:

  • website administration
  • account management (by division)
  • Division PR representatives
  • writing articles or blog posts, editing
  • social media marketing
  • graphic design
  • media experience (print, radia or TV)
  • video or radio production

Contact Matthew Ogbulafor - Public Relations Manger District 86 for more information on how you can help.


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

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