And the Winners are... Division L Contests Recap

Division L Humorous Speech Contest

Humorous Speech Contest - Friday November 4, 2016 
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Humorous Speech Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM

3rd Place Winner Mo Carter

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

2nd Place Winner Mark Mullins


Division L Table Topics Contest

Table Topics Contest - Friday November 4, 2016
Held at Bishop Tonnos High School, 100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Table Topics Contest names in the picture above are as follows (left to right):

Club Growth Director District 86 Glynis D'souza, DTM
Program Quality Director District 86 Cathy Herschell, DTM 
District Director, District 86 Vitaliy Fursov, DTM

Humourous Speech Contest chair Tony Bratschitsch, DTM
Division L Director Veronica Taylor, DTM
Table Topics Chair John DeMarco

2nd Place Winner Paula Berketo

3rd Place Winner Neil Brodie

1st Place Winner Greg Lewis

An Experiment in Learning From One Another

Area 31 Club Ambassador Program

Ambassador Visit

When I started my club visits in Area 31 in July, I heard again and again, “we want to work with the other clubs.” And, that’s just what we’re going to do!

In that spirit of getting to know one another and learn from each other, we had a brainstorming session at our first area council meeting and came up with the Area 31 Club Ambassador Program. Over the next few months, each of the area clubs will send one or two representatives to each of the other clubs. During their visits, each Ambassador will take on the role of speaker, evaluator or general evaluator. They’ll also make a report to the club they’re visiting as well as their home club of what was done a little differently, what they liked and what new ideas they’ll be taking back home with them. And, perhaps more importantly, they’ll have fun and make some new friends.

Gloria Whittaker (pictured), President of City of Brampton Toastmasters, was the first Area 31 Club Ambassador to visit Hershaw Toastmasters.

Want to try it yourselves? I’d be happy to share the details with you. Just email me at

Sue Hopcroft
Area Director, Area 31

Hot off the Press!

On August 16th Division C Hosted an Exceptionally Successful Lunch Hour Club Officer Training!
It was amazing training session with great turn-out! Among highlights of the event were:

1. Overall event attracted about 35 people, including a representative from the emerging club in Area 42, CitiGroup!
2. Almost 25 Club Officers trained in an hour!
3. Great Keynote – RK – delivered an exceptionally inspirational speech!

Div C COT Aug 16 1

It is our view that Lunch Hour Officer Training has particular appeal to those officers in Corporate Clubs who are not able to make it out to regular COT events. It offers opportunities to these officers to make some
important connections with Toastmasters from outside their club.

Join us for more Lunch Club Officer Training sessions!
Organized by Anton Adashkevich, Area 42 Director & Andy Mayhew, former Area 42 Director

Anton Adashkevich, CL
Area 42 Director
Cell: 416-930-0362

Area and Division News April - 2016

April Fools Day - 2016

We all know to be weary that we’ll be tricked on this day. I was the victim of a prank at work as the day began. My staff knowing I had to leave at noon to prepare for the Division W contest planned the perfect prank. Down one manager, 3 supervisors called in sick, their staff started hounding me to get them their work, then IT came over and said a workstation was down and I needed to find desk. All this before 10 o’clock break. The supervisors and their staff, over 50 people were in on the joke, know I can get the job done, but wanted to see how I could handle myself under that much stress! The supervisors were in the building but only their teams knew. They all jumped into my pod and yelled surprised, we’re here! I looked at them and said you got me…as I walked through the building, everyone stood up and cheered and laughed at me saying I was such a good sport!

Then being the victim of a prank, I was asked to participate in another, that one completely backfired, hence why I don’t do joke master at Toastmaster club meetings!

I left at noon, proceeded to get the remaining items for the division contest. Arrived in Fergus, set everything up. The venue was beautiful. Everything was prepared. For those who know me, I’m all about being prepared and having order, so when things are out of order, I’m not at my best!

Well the April Fool’s gods kept themselves busy with me that day. We were ready to begin but our test speaker had not arrived, everyone looked at me to make a decision; I had to flip the contests. I apologized. The room was full. We had over 93 people at the contest last night. It was wonderful seeing Toastmasters their with their family, friends and new guests. I wanted to have everything go perfectly, but I’m learning to live under the premise that not everything can be 100% perfect.

Eric McGinnis said some wonderful remarks about the loss of Blake Kurisko, Area 66’s Director. Everyone seemed to enjoy the break and the food. The caliber of the contestants was impeccable!

Our contest chairs – Kelley McIntyre and Clarice Crocker did a great job. All my volunteers did amazing. Without their help, I could never have had such a successful event. Overall it was an amazing night!

Toastmasters are one big happy family, one I’m so happy to be a part of in Division W.


Our winners representing W at District 86 in Mississauga on April 22nd will be: Glenn Oxford for Evaluation and Chris OBrien for international.

So much is coming up in Division W: Thursday April 7th Cambridge is having its 43 anniversary open house, Friday April 8th Grand River Toastmasters is having its 30th anniversary, on April 15th Diversecity is having its 5th anniversary and on April 27th, Les Volubiles is having its Open House with Kitchener MPP Daiene Vernile.

I am honored to be this year’s Division W director for such a hard working group of people who love being Toastmasters

Shawn Salokannel – Division W Director

Area News February - 2016

Niagara Clubs Joint Open House Event

Toastmasters is all about self-improvement of your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills.
A great professional development option!
Niagara has 10 clubs throughout the region, meeting in:

St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold, and Grimsby
Which one is right for you?

Come out to this Open House to:

• Learn about the Toastmasters program
• Hear a high quality keynote speaker, Neil Dunsmore
• See a Toastmasters evaluation
• Try impromptu speaking in Table Topics
• Door prizes and more!
• Admission sponsored by Niagara Toastmasters Clubs

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Venue: Niagara Regional Headquarters, Campbell West Entrance
Address: 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
RSVP: Kristin or Call Kristin 289.776.9094 or Roger 905.984.1616

Unleash The Humour Inside You! Add Humour To Your Speeches & Presentations

For One Night Only – Neil Dunsmore will demonstrate simple techniques on how to be more naturally entertaining when you present!
Like Speaking - Using humour CAN be learned!!

Neil Dunsmore
Neil Dunsmore, Toastmasters District 86 Humorous Speech Contest winner. Correctional Officer & Hostage/Crisis Negotiator for 10 years in a Maximum Security Prison. Presenter of Anti-bullying Messages to Schools, Businesses & Groups Neil will demonstrate how to take real life events and craft them into Humorous presentations & speeches. This is not just educational but enlightening and just plain funny.

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

Congratulations to The Division Fall 2015 Contest Particpants

Division ContestsCongratulations to the particpants of the nine division humorous and table topics contests! Those of you who attended these events will agree that they were indeed fun-filled! Thank you to the organizers and all those who helped with these events.

Come to Blue Mountain and cheer on the winners of each division's contest at the fall conference November 13-15 as they compete for the district titles. Time is running out before midnight November 6 (the registration deadline).

 Division  Humorous Speech   Table Topics 
A  Rowan Faludi  Mario Keriakedes   
 Gary Ford  Dennis Bartel
 Mohammed Zackria     Yvonne Horvat
D  Joe Pacak  Richard Lewis
L  Mo Carter  Joe Vanderkooi
M  Gianni D'Ambrosio  Annette Lavigne
N  Stephen Korski  George McVittie
S  Louise Dufresne  Lance Mercer
W  Sharon Sweeney  Sean Brown

District 86 Program Quality Director Mike Proudlock said when asked about why competing in speech contests is good for Toastmasters "When I think about memorable events in my own Toastmasters journey, the vast majority of them happened outside my clubs: either at Conferences or Speech Contests. Competing in a speech contest is fun, challenging, nerve-wracking, but most of all – rewarding! You learn so much about yourself and make new friends along the way."

At my club meeting last night, a member remarked that the "competition" in speech contests isn't really "against" others – it's a competition "against" yourself! How good can you be? Are you improving? What can you learn from other speakers? We're all in Toastmasters to improve our leadership and communications skills – entering a speech contest helps us do just those things!"

If you unable to attend the conference you can still attend the individual speech contests and pay at the door. Check the Fall Conference website for times and registration information.>>>

Division News November - 2015

Hello Division W Members!

Our contests are done, the conference is just around the corner! What talent we have in Division W! Can’t wait to see how we do at the conference!

What’s happening in Division W this month?

  • Please join me in celebrating the newest club to division W – Les Toastmasters Volubiles chartered October 1st. Charter Party is December 16th!
  • November we increased our numbers by 51 members – to date 70 new members since July 1st! Wonderful news! Current membership count is 520. We started in July with 584 so we are getting close to our starting numbers! I want to encourage all clubs to set a goal of 1 new member a month! Consider speech crafts, many clubs are having success with this program!
  • Moments of truth – remember all clubs should have at a minimum 1 moments of truth session every year. Good time to check in and reflect how your club is doing!
  • Have you handed your club proxy’s to someone attending this year’s club conference? If you’re a VP of Ed or President, please make sure if you’re not attending to give your signed someone who can attend the business meeting at the conference – let your voice be heard!
  • The conference is one week away! Sign up and come out. Some members from Division W are hosting workshops!
  • Remember aim to be at +5 over your membership base on July 1st or be at 20 by year’s end – aim for distinguished!
  • January 30th – Officer training is scheduled in Mississauga. Division W’s date will be set shortly, a communication to follow. Make sure at a minimum 4 officers are trained so that you can wrap up your next DCP point!
  • All clubs have a minimum of one DCP point or higher on the board – congrats! Aim for 5.
  • We are looking for club coaches to help some of our clubs – if you have experience getting members in their door – speak with me and I’ll explain how the role works!

There is a new version of an advanced club coming to Division W.
Ryan Avery has created a new advanced club formula based on evaluating speeches and table topics using the contest judging forms. There will be education sessions and round robin evaluations. I am collecting names for now of all those that may be interested so please email me directly if you’re interested in exploring this new format… like any club, we need 20 members to charter a new club!

Have a great month! Let’s cheer for Division W at the conference!

Shawn Salokannel
B. Comm. OMDP, Adult Educ, ACS, ALS
Division W Director

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