Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648 Holds Fall Open House

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Algoma Toastmasters had a successful Open House utilizing their regular scheduled meeting time and location. Although only 2 guests attended, one has since joined the club and the other has attended 2 subsequent meetings with intentions to join! Given that conversation rate, Algoma Toastmasters is incredibly proud of the success of this event.

Wanting to give guests the complete Toastmasters meeting experience, a full agenda was planned with inclusion of all the typical meeting roles. The Word of the Day – ‘Actualize’ was chosen by the executive in advance, allowing the regular members to incorporate the theme into their roles easily and also providing a theme for the night. Table Topics were based around inspirational quotes one could use to ‘Actualize’ their potential! The planning process was led by V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 – who used this event to complete his High Performance Leadership project.

For speeches, 2 educational presentations were given from members of the executive, first an overview of the benefits of Toastmasters membership by President Matthew Lance, CC, CL, IP1. Next our V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 delivered a deep dive into the Pathways Program. Finally, we had an example of a typical speech given by one of our newest club members, Kelly Legault. All of the speeches and roles were trialed at the previous weeks’ meeting. This allowed our speakers to get valuable feedback from their fellow Toastmasters before the day of the event. We were quite happy with the extra preparation we took for this event, as it ensured smooth sailing and a professional presentation for our guests.

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by Maggie Gasparett

Is West Nipissing Ready For A Toastmasters Club?

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Colleen Charland, DTM PM4
North Bay & Area Toastmasters

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Speak to Inspire TM Pizza Picnic

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What a fantastic day we had at Chingacousy Park on Aug 21st at noon. This is our club's 3rd annual picnic in the park and this year we had a bonus gift certificate ($50 Pizza party gift certificate) from District 86 for recieving 5 new members in May and June. Congratulations everyone for your hard work. Not only was the weather amazing we had members from our area's clubs attend and many other visitors. Thank you everyone for the delicious food and speeches. Our club knows how to put on a celebration with so many education awards. 

  • Cal Lockhart was presented with his DTM pin and ACG award
  • Phil Coakley recieved his ACG pin
  • Gerry Phillips received his CC pin and presented his ice breaker speech called 'In The Beginning'
  • Tuula Redditt received her MS level4 certificate
  • Adebanjo Owoaje received his LD Level 1 certificate
  • Our club was also presented with our home od Area Director Ribbon by Firdaus Walele our Area Director

Keep up the great work and we have an amazing start to becoming distinguished again after a Presidents Distinguished Year.

Your Truly Tuula Redditt DTM, MS 4
STI Toastmasters VP Membership 2019-2020

Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters Celebrates

Special Event – Friday July 12, 2019


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.

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

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

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.
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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

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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.

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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
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