Brampton Gavel Club Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

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On Saturday, December 2 the Brampton Gavel Club (Club No. 2888888) celebrated its fifth anniversary as an affiliate of Toastmasters International. The celebration was attended by approximately fifty club members (Gaveliers), parents, and a few special guests. A fun time was had everyone in attendance!

The meeting was filled with many festivities. For example, Brampton City Councillor for Wards 2 & 6, Doug Whillans and several members of the Fletcher’s Meadow Community Group were on hand to send their sincere congratulations for this remarkable accomplishment. Malcolm Jones, the founder of the Brampton Gavel Club, helped give an oral history of the club’s early beginnings and tremendous growth. The Gaveliers were later treated to a wonderful keynote speech by Neil Dunsmore who spoke to them about his three sons and encouraged everyone to live a life worth talking about. Following a fantastic potluck, the several Gavelier’s shared their hidden talents, which included: card magic, drawing / painting, and music (playing the drums and recorder, as well as caroling).

The Brampton Gavel Club was established on Saturday, September 8, 2012 and officially became an affiliate of Toastmaster International on November 30, 2012. As previously noted, it was founded by Malcolm Jones with the support of Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters Club. Since its humble beginnings, the Gavel Club has provided youth – ages ten to seventeen – a safe and supportive environment to enhance their communication and leadership skills through the use of Toastmasters education material. In fact, the only significant difference between a Toastmasters club and the Brampton Gavel Club is the age of its members.

Today, the Brampton Gavel Club has become an integral part of the Fletcher’s Meadow community in Brampton. Indeed, I had the honour of receiving the Fletcher’s Meadow Community Group’s 2017 Community Spirit Award for my four plus years of service as a Counsellor of the Gavel Club. It has been an absolute blessing to have the opportunity to help youth develop and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Some parents cannot believe the difference the Gavel Club has made within the lives of their children. These Gaveliers are truly amazing and could certainly give many adult Toastmasters a run for their money in speech contests if they were allowed to compete.

The Brampton Gavel Club – which meets every Saturday morning from 10:15am to 12:15pm at Fortinos Supermarket (35 Worthington Ave., Brampton) – currently has thirty-eight active members who are always eager to complete speeches, as well as learn from special guest speakers. That being said, if you have a story or lesson you want to share please feel free to reach out to me via email (see below). Even better, if you want to have a more significant impact on youth than just doing a speech, lesson, or YLP, consider starting your own Gavel Club. There is currently a dire need for a third Gavel Club in Brampton, which is evident by the fact that there are over SIXTY young people waiting to join the Brampton Gavel Club (yes, that is not a typo)! Youth deserve the gift of Toastmasters, too! If you would like more information about Gavel Clubs please feel free to read Muktha Tumkur’s, ACG, ALB, blog post “What on Earth is a Gavel Club?” or visit https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/how-to-start-a-new-club/gavel-clubs.

Ryan Belluz, OCT, ACB, ALB
Counsellor
Brampton Gavel Club
bramptongavelclub@outlook.com
http://www.bramptongavelclub.com/

A Canadian Christmas Miracle!

The Miracle Chinese English Toastmasters Club is already a leader since it is the first Chinese English Bilingual Toastmasters Club in Canada! Bilingual clubs are not new to Toastmasters. There are several other bilingual clubs in Canada and the US such as French and Spanish clubs. Tracy Zhang, ACG, ALB, is the innovative founding member of the Miracle Chinese English Toastmasters Club who had the foresight to see that there was a large demand for a Chinese English bilingual Club. The analytical and detail oriented Zhang works at SNC Lavalin Nuclear as a Senior Safety Analyst. Zhang noted, “It is a privilege to be able to express yourself and listen to others. This will make it much more effective to find the common ground and cooperate at work or at home. Seven years Toastmaster training has helped me tremendously in the area of communication and leadership. The new Miracle Chinese English Toastmaster club will help more people in the Chinese community have the opportunity to access the privilege.”
Zhang has been wonderfully supported with another club sponsor, Bin Ren,her club mentors, Xiaopin Jin and Tiffany Chen and her own mentor, Mark Hayes, DTM.
I had the benefit of being able to attend the first launch meeting for Miracle Chinese English Toastmasters Club a few weeks ago. I was so happy to have been there to see the amount of energy that the prospective members brought to the meeting. I was really pleased to see how these prospective new members were very eager to speak and delivered powerful speeches and Table Topics in both Chinese and English. Their eagerness to speak was as though there were years of pent up speeches inside all of these budding Toastmasters. I also noticed a lot of smiles and laughing throughout the night because everyone was having a good time in the supportive and comfortable environment. It made me think that there may be a lot of opportunities to form more bilingual clubs to meet demand. Bilingual clubs are another option for those people who have English as their second language or people who have English as first language to practice public speaking in the second language such as Chinese. If you too can foresee a need for a bilingual club we would be happy to share more information with you about the Miracle experience.
In the meantime, the Miracle Chinese English Toastmasters Club is almost at 20 members and the Miracle continues to grow. With the pending December holidays, we anticipate that the Club will charter in January, in time for the Chinese New Year, which begins February 16. This will mean that the Club will be born under the sign of the Rooster. The Chinese Zodiac notes that the Roosters “…are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Roosters are very confident in themselves." Sounds like the quintessential Toastmasters to me! If you would like to be a part of incredible Canadian Toastmasters history, please join us and contact George How Pak Hing, Vice President, Membership at ghow08@gmail.com for more information.
Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters Open House Event

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters is hosting an Open House on November 7th in Thornbury. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and learning.

When: November 7, 2017
Where: L.E. Shore Library Gallery, 173 Bruce St S, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Featuring Dr. George McMaster

Growth vs Fixed Mindset:
How to create and support success in yourself and others

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters invites you to this inspirational presentation by Dr. George McMaster. Dr. McMaster will share his passion for a growth mindset and the impact it can have on personal success in all areas of our lives including relationships, education, business and athletics. Read more...

Progressive Toastmasters FALL OPEN HOUSE - TUE OCT 24TH!

This fall kicks off the countdown to Progressive Toastmaster's in Waterloo, Ontario (formerly known as Lincoln Road Toastmasters) celebration of our 5th ANNIVERSARY, which is happening June 2018!! We are planning a great year of events and invite our friends, supporters, new or past members, and fellow Toastmasters to join us along the way to celebrate!

We would LOVE to invite you to visit us at our fall open house next week!

When: Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm
Where: 170 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON, in the activities room of the Waterloo Heights Retirement Apartments
What: A fun evening of speakers, table topics and refreshments. We have a keynote speaker, Craig Dubecki, presenting a speech for us during the festivities.
As well, one of our NEWEST members will be presenting an ice breaker speech (and she has an AMAZING story to tell). We will have a fun evening and of course, will be having a chance to win the honour of the "best table topics presenter' at our open house (the designation doesn't come with a cash reward or an Oscar, but you will always have the pride in the accomplishment, we are sure!)

Please join us for a fun evening of sharing and learning and help us kick off our celebrations for our anniversary!

Check us out on Meetup!

Mount Forest Motivators 15th Anniversary Celebration

Come and Celebrate with us, the Mount Forest Motivators, 15th Anniversary 

Inviting all to share the good times and memories with ice cream sundaes!!

Date: Tues. Oct. 24
Address: 485 King St. E (Faith Baptist) Mount Forest N0G 2L2
Time: 7-9:30pm

Looking forward to seeing YOU.

Mount Forest Motivators 15th Anniversary Celebration

Come and Celebrate with us, the Mount Forest Motivators, 15th Anniversary 

Inviting all to share the good times and memories with ice cream sundaes!!

Date: Tues. Oct. 24
Address: 485 King St. E (Faith Baptist) Mount Forest N0G 2L2
Time: 7-9:30pm

Looking forward to seeing YOU.

Join Us For An Open House At Sheridan Park Toastmasters

Do you freeze when your boss asks you to lead a meeting?
Generally afraid of speaking in public?
WE CAN HELP!
Your journey to become a better speaker and leader begins here.

Venue: Erin Meadows Community Centre | Program Room 2
Address: 2800 Erin Centre Blvd | Mississauga | ON | L5M 6R5
Date: Wednesday September 20th, 2017
Time: 7:15 – 9:00 P.M.

Schedule of Events
DEMONSTRATION MEETING
This meetng will replace a regular Toastmasters meetng and will feature keynote speaker: Roger Caesar –
2015 Semifinalist: World Championship of Public Speaking.
Also short speeches, prepared speeches, and impromptu speaking along with speech evaluations.

FREE REGISTRATION AND COMPLIMENTARY PARKING
Register on eventbrite https://sheridanparkopenhouse.eventbrite.ca

Access Toastmasters Open House September 15th

Roger CaesarFeaturing Roger Caesar,Two Time Semi- finalist at the World Championships of Public Speaking.


Date: Friday September, 15th, 2017
Reception: 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Presentations: 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue: Immigrants Working Centre
Address: 182 Rebecca St.| corner of Rebecca and Ferguson Hamilton | L8R 1C1
Light Refreshments Provided

 

To Register go to: Eventbrite 

Toastmasters Club Information
ACCESS Toastmasters has been a club in good standing since 2004. We are a small but mighty group meeting every Wednesday from 7:15 pm to 8:30pm at the Immigrants Working Centre 182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON.
Our members are committed to Education, Developing Leadership Skills and Participation in Area, Division and District activities.
Our name - ACCESS- reflects our philosophy "Achieving Competent Communication and Effective Speaking Skills".
A - - - Achieving
C - - - Competent
C - - - Communication and
E - - - Effective
S - - - Speaking
S - - - Skills

For more information on this event contact:

Mary Helwig HallV.P. of Membership
Mary Helwig-Hall
mary.helwig@sympatico.ca

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

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