All Toastmasters districts share the same mission: “We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.” My focus this year will be just that, to lead the initiatives for building new clubs and support ALL clubs in achieving excellence.
Times are changing very fast. The pandemic crisis has created tremendous social and cultural confusion, and during this ensuing chaos, most of the clubs haven’t achieved what they were capable of achieving.
My focus will be to change that perspective to one of being inspired, where my team of highly dedicated Toastmasters will ensure that we serve and support all the members of the district.
My promise to every member of the District is “World-Class Excellence & Service, where no member is left behind.”
I have proved that every club can succeed if the club members are willing to succeed individually. I know for a fact that individual success and team success are intertwined.
If the CGD team can help one member, then we can help each club. If we help each club then we have supported and served every club in the District.
As a Coach at Mi Speak Toastmasters in 2020, I was awarded the Club Coach of the Year. In 2020/21 as the Club President, I lead the club of two active members to be ranked globally at number 4, with 115 education awards and 53 members. There is always a silver lining in any crisis. We just need to look in the right places with the right MindFrame.
The CGD team will train everyone on how to leverage Technology, have quality meetings and open houses and special events to drive unprecedented outcomes at the club level.
Secondly, we are going to focus on as many Toastmasters as possible in achieving their DTMs by giving them opportunities to either sponsor clubs, mentor clubs and most importantly to coach those clubs with 12 or fewer members.
We are going to hold regular online training for all officers and members of the District. I have already conducted a pilot training for how to drive up membership very successfully in June 2021.
As stated in my election speech, “Don’t Vote for me if you want the status quo.” Well, you voted me in and I’m going to keep my side of the bargain. Let’s all fasten our seat belts. We are ready to take off. Are YOU READY to keep your side of the bargain!!??
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Youth Leadership Program / Gavel Clubs
In light of COVID-19, District 86 is encouraging youth leadership programs to convert to online meetings to protect the safety and well-being of participants.
The Youth Leadership Program is one of the options in a Toastmasters club’s toolkit for building membership. While it may have a longer lead time than other options, the YLP is a great way to introduce new potential members to the benefits of Toastmasters.
The YLP is an eight week program that meets once per week for one- to two-hours per session. It is designed to help develop public speaking and leadership skills for those ineligible to attend Toastmasters Clubs. Many of these programs are run for those aged between 12 and under eighteen years of age, but many are targeted at older adolescents. The program is run by a Toastmasters member on a volunteer basis from a local Toastmasters club.
The program is based on the belief that everyone has the potential to become a good communicator and leader – but this potential needs to be developed.The program helps participants through practical experience, the example of others and guidance from the program’s facilitators. Meetings generally follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting, with an announced agenda that includes practice in parliamentary procedure, prepared and impromptu speeches and the selection of presiding officers. In every meeting, participants learn to apply the principles of listening, thinking and speaking.
Participants learn to:
- Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to speak before an audience
- Organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
- Listen carefully to others’ ideas
- Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking andleadership skills
- Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings
Through the eight-session program, participants will increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun, reinforcing that Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience. Participants will learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
If you are delivering or planning on delivering a YLP, send the information to the YLP Chair, Amparo Cifuentes, DTM. This information is intended for answering inquiries and tracking the number of YLP’s.
Toastmasters interested in starting a Youth Leadership Program can run one of the eight week programs in conjunction with their club. Toastmasters may be the Coordinator of the program, attending each session, supporting the participants, and giving presentations. Or, you may wish to provide support to another Toastmaster, either attending the entire program, or joining for one or two sessions to give presentations, or to offer feedback to participants.
The Coordinator has an assistant who conducts discussions and substitutes for the Coordinator, should he or she be unable to attend a meeting.
As a Coordinator, your efforts will be recognized as one of the requirements for achieving your DTM in the Pathways program.
Want to be a coordinator? You must complete level one of any path in the Pathways program before you are eligible. Read the Youth Leadership Program Workbook and Youth Leadership Coordinator’s Guide to learn more.
Click the link to download the fillable version of the YLP Flyer. YLP Template
Toastmasters planning to sponsor and run a Youth Leadership Program should contact their club leadership to receive resources and advice on running such a program and to have their program recognized appropriately. The sponsoring club should designate one of its members to be the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the program. Please be sure to promote the location, dates and times the program will be running, along with your club information. Please also notify the Club Growth team to update this web page.
If you are an established teacher, social worker, or other community leader, who is interested in enhancing your existing program, and are interested in partnering with a local Toastmasters club to sponsor a Youth Leadership Program, please reach out to a nearby club that may want to conduct a program for your organization.
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it is a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized skills and individual needs.
If you are a parent or guardian who believes public speaking is an important skill, please reach out to one of the Toastmasters clubs in your area and let them know you are interested in attending their club as an adult who is interested in finding out more about how Toastmasters meetings work. You can easily search for a club in your area using the Find a Club website.
Please note: Participants in YLPs are selected for what they can become, not for what they already have done. The program is not an award to honor those who have already become leaders either inside or outside of the school. It is for young people who have not yet developed the ability to express themselves. Often teenagers want the course as a supplement to their high school education, or to prepare for college.
The duration of each of the eight sessions and the age range of the youth who may participate in any particular program will be set by the sponsoring Toastmasters club. Participants are selected by the sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as a school). Also, in order to give each youth an adequate opportunity to participate, the sponsoring Toastmasters club will set the maximum number of participants for its program. Generally, the programs run with approximately 15-20 people.
Toastmasters believes that economic means should not limit the opportunity for youths (and others ineligible for Toastmasters Clubs) to participate and therefore the program is sponsored by the Club or other sponsoring organization, and is offered at no cost to participants.
Are you conducting OR have you conducted, a Youth Leadership Program? If yes, please let the Club Growth team know – we want to recognize you for your energy, your hard work, and most of all, your willingness to give back. We want to congratulate you in your development of your practical skills like leadership, teamwork, time management, and especially your coaching skills. Youth aren’t the only people who appreciate how amazing your contribution has been. Here’s just a few of the most recent successes we salute: District 86 YLP Programs 2021-2022
Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, or other circumstances. Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, Gavel clubs use club officer titles and education manuals. However, gavel club members are referred to as “gaveliers”. Gavel clubs also provide Toastmasters members and clubs with an excellent opportunity for community service
To form a Gavel club, a group must meet one of the following requirements:
- Must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club
- Must include members who are under 18
To start a Gavel club, all groups must adhere to the following:
Must have the approval or endorsement of its host institution
Must use the program, procedures, materials and services of Toastmasters International
Must apply to Toastmasters International for a Certificate of Affiliation
For more information about Gavel clubs, please contact email@example.com.
*Note: Gavel clubs have limited access to the leadership track awards and materials, cannot participate in Toastmasters area and district speech contests, and do not enjoy many privileges and benefits that come with full membership in Toastmasters.
Please click on this link for the list of Youth Gavel Clubs we know in our Province and their respective Counsellors and Coordinators, for further information.
The clubs are holding waiting lists since the demand for the program is extremely high: Youth Gavel Clubs in Ontario