Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters Celebrates

Special Event – Friday July 12, 2019

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This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending a special event at Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters (I was invited by Roger Caesar :). The evening included the club officer induction ceremony, and keynote speaker, Joel Dawson Business Consultant, (bottom left), also former world champion semi-finalist (close friend of Rogers), who came all the way from Louisiana and gave a resounding speech that emotionally moved the audience.

Joel Dawson Business Consultant, brought a surprise with him. He presented Elham Paripour (bottom right) with her DTM Medal, the highest honour you can receive in Toastmasters. Thank you Joel for teaching us that when you raise the level of yourself, you raise the level of your life. Thank you for allowing us to share in Elham Paripour celebration. And thank you for living out the true meaning of being a friend!

What an amazing evening, there was incredible energy in the room, it was an honour to be amongst a group of Advanced Toastmasters who are truly Champions, and know how to have Fun!!

Susan Chhina, Div. B, Area 33 Director

OTM Oakville Toastmasters Open House & 2nd Charter Anniversary Celebration

OTM Oakville Toastmasters Open House
Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters held a very successful multi-purpose meeting event on June 20th, at St Simon’s Anglican Church (McKay Hall), 1450 Litchfield Road, Oakville, ON L6H 5P4. It was billed as End of Year (EOY) Open House & 2nd Charter Anniversary Celebration. Attendance included a total of 55 participants (19 Club Members, 27 Guests, and 9 children). 

The planning started more than a couple of months ago, under the watchful direction of President Sasha-Li Chinloy (Incoming Area 83 Director) & Team. Most Club Members were on deck, either during the planning, implementation and execution of our extravaganza event. This very much contributed to enhance the friendship and team spirit that permeate throughout our members, who are coming from diverse background and professional affiliation. It is expected that the incoming Club Executives will be conducting a Lessons Learned Exercise to further improve on an already successful event and experience.

MEETING AGENDA
The Meeting Agenda had all the aspects of a regular meeting, namely Prepared Speeches, Table Topics (where a trio of children participated), and Evaluation sections. In addition, there were recognition for new Members (10 since May 1st); recognition for Members who achieved Educational Awards, and recognition for Club Executives 2017-2018 for having a perfect 7 out of 7 training record during the summer and winter sessions.
The Speech Section included 3 Speakers, at different juncture of their Toastmasters Journey:
• Novice Toastmaster Jolanta Gromadzki: How I enriched My Life.
• Guest Speaker Annie Bai, DTM: The Winner is …
• Josephine Mballa, completing CC: How Can I Help You?
Games and Entertainment Chair Jenny Ngo kept all participants busy with two games, where even the children can participate! The first game is to guess the number of stars in a jar. The second game is to throw dart arrow to the bullseye. The winner is the one with the dart landing nearest the bullseye.
Food & Beverage Chairs Rosanne Garrido and Jolanta Gromadzki sustained us during the 2-hour plus event. Three items greatly enhanced the appeal and success of the Special Event:
• HLN Cogeco Video Presentation - Elora Taylor and Elvis Gregov
• Professional sound equipment - VP PR Peter Day
• Beautiful stage, with projection screen and lighting

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS
The June 20th Special Event met multiple objectives:
• Open House Showcasing Typical Meeting to Potential Members
• Recognition of New Members
• Recognition of Members Successes
• Recognition of Past Club Executives
• Celebration of President’s Distinguished Status
• Transition Phase and Handover to Incoming Executives

LOOKING AHEAD
The Incoming Club Executives have their work cut out for them. OTM Oakville Toastmasters have achieved President’s Distinguished Club status two years in a row, since chartering on April 11, 2017. They need to have a strategic plan that maps out the drive towards continued club excellence, service to the Club and its Members so that OTM continues to inspire and motivate Toastmasters in the community.
For further information on OTM, visit www.oakvilletoastmasters.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
OTM Oakville Toastmasters Open House & 2nd Charter Anniversary Celebration was a highly successful event. Kudos to Organising Committee, led by President Sasha-Li. The hard work started a couple of months ago payed off handsomely. OTM exceeded what we aimed for in terms of Key Success Factors (KSF).
The Blue Ribbon Guest List included amongst others Representatives from Ottawa - Nancy Buchan-Terrell, Constituency Assistant, representing John Oliver, Oakville MP; from Oakville - Dr. Natalia Lishchyna, Town of Oakville Ward 6 Councillor, representing herself as well as Town of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, and Tom Adams, PEng, Councillor for Town of Oakville Ward 6, and Halton Region. It is worth noting that Dr. Lishchyna was at our Club Inaugural Launch Meeting on February 9, 2017, and she was with Nancy Buchan-Terrell at our Club Charter Party on June 22, 2017.

District Leaders attending included amongst others (a) Dennis Bartel, DTM, Past PRM, Samaa El-Sayed, ACS, ALB, Incoming PRM, (b) Mina Yoon, ACS, ALB, Division C Director; Linda Rossi, DTM, Incoming Division D Director; Hilgay Beckles, DTM, Incoming Division E Director; John Constant, DTM, Past Division L Governor, Brahm Memone, DTM, Past Division Governor, and (c) many Past, Present, and Incoming Area Directors (AD): George How Pak Hing, DTM, Past Area 35 AD; Karen Hilliard, ACB, ALB, Past Area A36 AD; John Wang, DTM, Past Area 43 AD; Annie Bai, DTM, Past Area 46 AD; Richard Lewis, DTM, Past Area 81 AD; Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACB, ALB, Incoming Area 83 AD; Albert Chang, DTM, Past Area 87 AD; Ping Ge, ACS, ALB, Area 88 AD; Katia Miropolskaia, ACS, ALB, Incoming Area 103 AD.

We acknowledge the tremendous support of our fellow Toastmasters from the many Clubs (Brampton Talks, Clarkson, Confidently Speaking, Great Minds Advanced, Miracle Chinese English Bilingual, Mississauga Sales & Marketing, Port Credit, 7120 Speakers Corner, Speakwell, Wood, etc.), and non-Toastmasters that came in huge numbers to our Special Event.

George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters Founder & IPP
June 22, 2019

World Vision Speechcrafters

WorldVision Speechcrafters

Our 8 week speechcraft session ended Tuesday at World Vision with a celebration of food and fantastic speeches by Olusola Adeosun from Brampton Talks and Cal Lockhart from Speak to inspire Toastmasters. What an inspiring group of speechcrafters receiving their certificates by management. Congratulations! Thank you to all the Toastmasters who volunteered their time to help out from Speak to Inspire members Cal Lockhart, Firdaus Walele, Novlette Evans, Tuula Redditt and Tobista Michaels, Brampton Talks member Olusola Adeosun, Brampton Alpha member Pauline Bourne, One World member Martina De Ruyte and Tangri Toastmasters member Satish Prabhu. We couldn't have done it without your help. Well done everyone.

Our Speechcrafters who graduated were:
Ermira Simeqi, Esther Waweru, Jennifer Miller, Joanne Legin, Sandra Torres, Marcellin Danhoundo and Maya Thomas

Congratulations everyone for inspiring us all with your wonderful stories. The evaluations we received afterwards were extremely positive and World Vision is lucky to have you all working with such a warm group of people. Thank you for sharing your stories. Take advantage of furthering your skills now at One World Toastmasters Club. 

Candu Toastmasters Open House

Putting Our Best Foot Forward

On Friday, May 28th, members of Candu Toastmasters, joined by members from both Hatch and Woods Toastmasters Clubs, welcomed former Toastmasters International President Pat Johnson DTM to our Corporate Headquarters.  Nuclear Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development, Francesca Ottoni offered opening remarks which lead naturally into Pat Johnson's presentation where she discussed professional development and transferrable skills in the Corporate environment. Also attending the event were the incoming District Trio, Jackelyn Payne DTM, Jocelyn Vezina DTM and Clifford Graham DTM and several former Candu Toastmasters members.

CanduToastmasters OpenHouse

Speechcraft at Progressive TM Club

A Positive Growth Experience

Progressive Toastmasters regularly hosts Speechcraft (SC) twice a year. We have found that the right time to do this is around October-November and March-April. What has worked for Progressive Toastmasters is Facebook advertising for Speechcraft. We also purchased a ‘square’ to sign a guest up quickly to the SC program and to renew memberships. If a SC participant comes in while a program is underway, we don’t turn them away. As we’re following Pathways, we have them start wherever they join in the workshop. Always allow a 4-week marketing campaign; but be prepared, people will only commit in the last week before the start date.


As Toastmasters International has not finalized the update to the Speechcraft manual to reflect Pathways, we modified the Speechcraft program slightly to make sure it incorporates the components of Pathways speech projects for Level 1. By doing this, a non-member participant [who decides to join Toastmasters] OR a new member [wishing to jump-start their learning] can continue their Toastmasters journey. We have found the 6-week program always works best😊; having tried the 4wk -- it was too tight; and, 8wk was too long.


What we have done is keep all aspects of the Speechcraft manual plus adding in two additional educational speeches so that we have 5 over the 6-week period. The slight changes we have made to the Speechcraft program are the participant speeches. As the SC participant or new member must start on Pathways right away, it makes sense for them to start Level 1 under their chosen Pathways.


Note – Level 1 speech projects are the SAME for ALL Pathways. We replaced the first three speeches of the Competent Communicator manual with the first three speech projects of Pathways: the Ice Breaker; followed by two Presentations & feedback + 1 Evaluation. We include an educational presentation on the Pathways logging in and explain how the program works. This modification to the SC program has been a positive experience for our participants as they learn how to log into Pathways right away to start their journey. Now the Speechcraft participant/new member only has to complete the Research/Presentation speech to finish Pathways Level I. A more positive experience overall for both the club’s DCP program and the new member.

In summary, adding two additional education sessions and starting into Pathways right at the start has been very beneficial for everyone. 😊


Shawn Salokannel, DTM
BCOMM, DTM, Cert Adult Educ., OMDP
Club President, Progressive Toastmasters
Never Stop Learning. Never Stop Growing

Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters in the News

Toastmaster Leaders

We have great news coming from Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters (OTM)! Our intrepid VP PR, Peter Day, CC, worked his miracles to get us a spot on the Cogeco Nightly News, Monday, April 29th. OTM's SAA, Elora Taylor IP1, alongside OTM's star rookie, Elvis Gregov, DL2, is seen in the photo below on Monday's evening session.

There will be a special viewing of this segment at our End-of-Year Open House on June 20th at St Simon's Anglican Church, 1450 Litchfield Rd, Oakville (across from Sheridan). It would be great if you could join us This is another George How Pak Hing, DTM and Paulette Jervis, DL1, CC, ALB, extravaganza that promises to be a great showing of community.

Thank you for your dedication to Toastmasters! Come out and celebrate Toastmasters with us on June 20th!

Kind regards,
Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACB, ALB, 2019/2020 Area Director Candidate

OTM In The News

Memoirs from the North

Go For Bold Challenge by Colleen Charland

Inspired by OPS Toastmasters and their kick off to 2019 with Moments of Truth, North Bay and Area Toastmasters chose March 20, the first day of spring, a time of renewal and regrowth as the perfect time for Moments of Truth.

In addition to the need for more members, we decided we needed more social activities especially those that included family, friends and Toastmasters from other clubs. I went home that night wondering what social events might interest our Toastmasters and possibly attract new ones.

Low and behold within 36 hours, a “Call to Dinner” appeared in my inbox. Edwin a Mining Engineer/Estimator (PEng) for Cementation Canada North Bay, ON and VP of Education of Cementation Toastmasters invited our members to a fellowship dinner where he was the guest speaker. I’m happy to report four members with four guests attended to support and evaluate a fellow Toastmaster with his speech “Keep Your Fork the Best Is Yet To Come. Pretty impressive for a club with only ten members.

Less than a week later I received another email from the other corporate club requesting help with Pathways. I offered to do a Q&A session or a speech and was given a speaking spot. My level 4 speeches did not fit the time allocated so I signed up for my second path and broke the ice.

In the right place at the right time, good karma, or divine intervention? I'm not sure but I’m going for BOLD! and more inter club events.

Colleen Charland DTM
North Bay and Area Toastmasters

Speechcraft at Waterloo Silver Tongue

During one of our exec meeting’s, the executive was facing two challenges. We were looking for ideas on how to grow our membership. We also identified that the current membership was not progressing well on presenting prepared speeches. It was identified that we should offer a Speechcraft program which also included any of our current membership participating. The result exceeded all our expectations.

I called the Speechcraft program “Toastmasters on Steroids”. Not only did we attract new members, our current membership embraced the program and accelerated their own development. In the span of 6 weeks, several of our members presented 3 speeches. Prior to Speechcraft, we were averaging members presenting a speech about every 3 months! Some had been members for some time and had yet to do their Ice Breaker.

One of the issues we had in running the Speechcraft program was that most of our club’s membership base were fairly new. To assist with the mentoring, we brought in mentors from other clubs to assist with the program. Each participant was provided an experienced Toastmaster mentor. These mentors assisted in speech development, evaluations and in providing the education sessions. The result was a very successful Speechcraft program which ended with an Open House/Graduation Night. We had so many guests attend this event that we needed more chairs!

Based on how successful our first Speechcraft program was, it was decided to run a second program starting in January 2019. We promoted this Speechcraft at our Open House Graduation and on social media. We were able to attract a high number of participants, most of which have become members. One of the most impressive parts of Speechcraft was seeing the progression in speech presentations through the program. At the first graduation, we had the participants present a speech on “what they had learned” through the program. It was not intended as a sales pitch, but after hearing the testimonials, we did attract a large interest in our upcoming January Speechcraft.

The first Speechcraft was offered in lieu of our regular meetings. As not to disrupt the club’s normal meetings, the second Speechcraft was offered on alternating weeks. In addition to guests experiencing a normal club meeting, the two-week separation provided our Speechcraft participants time to prepare for their next speech project.

Since conducting Speechcraft, I have found the club fellowship seems stronger and members are more engaged. Our club’s motto was “We May Be Small In Size, But We Are Mighty In Energy”. I think we need to change our slogan as we are not small in size anymore. Speechcraft has assisted our club in growing membership and keeping the current members highly engaged in a warm, friendly and motivating environment.

Our “Small Club That Thinks Big”, is now “A Big Club That Thinks Members Come First”.


Russell Deacon, CC, PI L1
Club President, Waterloo Silver Tongue

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