Great Contest In All Its Glory

March 19, 2018 … the Division B Evaluation and International Speech Contest was held at Maple Leaf Foods.

What a contest! An extraordinary evening filled with laughter, fun, seasoned speakers, so many dignitaries including our District Trio, great venue, and awesome food. A wonderful networking event for Division B Toastmasters.

A great start with SAA, Dennis Bartel doing a headstand. Contest Chairs Yoshi Perera (Brampton Club President) and Patricia Williams (2016 Humorous Speech Contest Winner) were wonderfully engaging and made the evening a lot of fun. Contestants delivered inspirational and motivational speeches. The Evaluators each brought their unique style and did not make it easy for the judges.
This contest will not only be remembered for all of its glory but also for how the lights unexpectedly went off when the winner was announced. The contestants and audience were true Toastmasters, switching on cellphone lights to help successfully finish the evening!

I was very proud to have had the opportunity to organize an event of this magnitude as my HPL project. When I started planning the contest, I never imagined what a great experience it would be with the chance to lead a team of volunteers from different clubs to deliver a successful contest and have loads of fun!

Maheeza MohamadA big thank you to Maheeza Mohamed, (shown to the left) Division B Director, for her leadership, encouragement, and support. Thank you to all the District Leaders who attended and helped, everyone on my guidance and action committee, to the many volunteers who took roles to help make it a success … could not have done it without you!!

I wish the Contest Winner for both Contests, Roger Caesar, all the very best and look forward to cheering him on at the District contest.

Marisa Fernandez, ACB, ALB
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Brampton Talks Toastmasters – 2017-18 Club Treasurer

Area 55 (Niagara Falls and Welland) Evaluation and International Speech Contests

Area 55 Eval Speech Contest

On Wednesday March 7, 2018, Honeymoon City Toastmasters Club opened its arms to warmly host the Area’s Contests in Niagara Falls. Rose City Toastmasters Club’s President, Greg Lewis, DTM, walked off with the hardware for both contests, and advances to the March 22 Division L Contests!

Our second place winners were Lou Anne Reddon, ACB, ALB from the Honeymoon City Club for the Evaluation Contest, and Joanne Gray, ACS, ALB from the Rose City Club for the International Contest.

Thank you to the huge community of volunteers who made the Contests such a success!

Eve McDonald, ACG, ALB

Area 55 Director

Silent Auction Gift Basket Challenge

Seeking Member, Corporate and Club Donations For Our Silent Auction

To help defer costs and have some fun I’ve put out a challenge to all Toastmasters in the District to form Division teams fill their baskets, boxes, or containers with items and creativity to be auctioned off at the District Conference Division Challenge. 

Corporate sponsors will have Recognition at the Conference.

We are accepting silent auction items of almost any description, not limited to the following items…but we hope to spark ideas and your generosity:
Silent Auction Sample2

  • Gift cards (movie, dinner..)
  • Spa package (massage, pedicure..)
  • Travel voucher (hotel, train… )
  • Food bundles (coffee, sweets..)
  • Unique experience (events, theatre..)
  • Art & Home Decor (own creation or re-gifted..)
  • Re-gifted items (new items..)
  • Services (car wash, hair cut..)
  • Speech training (workshop, training..)

Division Challenge

Game plan: One to two items from each club, put like items together you may have more than one container, baskets, etc.
Division directors please have your baskets ready by the March DEC meeting  

  • Individual donations will be recognized at the Conference for their donations
  • To make a donation please coordinate with your Area or Division Director. Suggest presenting your club donation at your Area and Division contests
  • For Corporate donations please contact me, or fellow Toastmaster who shared this opportunity with you

Please include contact information:
With name and email, Division and Director or Individuals name contact & Division.
For Corporate, business name and contact information.
We would like to recognize our contributors for their generosity.

How Does A Silent Auction Work?

  • Tables at the Spring Conference will have tables with items in two groups.
  • Print your name and bid on the list in front of item being auctioned off. (A minimum bid and/or suggested cost of item with description will be displayed)
  • One group will be auctioned off before the business meeting on Saturday. (This gives members to purchase items who are attending Option1 of the conference)
  • The 2nd group of items will be auctioned off at the end of the conference on Sunday.
  • Register your name and contact at the Silent Auction desk (for committee to contact you if your bid won)
  • Pick up and payment of highest bidder can be made before you leave the conference before the business meeting or following conference on Sunday

Eva Britton
Silent Auction Chair
District 86 Spring Conference

District 86 Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contests Toastmasters

Brampton, Ontario, October 15, 2017 by Alvin Abawan

Edited by Lee Fraser

It was an entertaining evening where contestants made the club members, students, professors and guests laugh in the Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contest!

There were five Toastmasters Club competing in the Area B-35 Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contest. These were Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Bruins Davis Toastmasters and Tangri Toastmasters.

Both contestants from DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, a newly chartered and brand new Toastmasters Club, won the Area B-35 Contests held at Sheridan Davis Campus on October 15, 2017.

Millie Leng, President of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Humorous Speech Contest and Lee Fraser, Vice President of Public Relation of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, competed for Table Topic Speech Contest. Both are Charter Members of DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, which chartered in June 21, 2017.

Both Millie and Lee were participating in their first ever contest. Both contestants seized first place and will compete in the District 86 Division B Contests held at Region of Peel Headquarters.

The Mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, been invited to attend to the District 86 Division B Contest and with over 400 Toastmasters members. We invite you to join in the fun, as well as support and cheer both contestants from District 86 Division B Area 35!

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $10 (Early Bird Online) or $15 at the door
Location: Region of Peel Headquarters
10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A (Brown Building)
Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4B9


Area35 Contest
Picture 1 - First place winner Lee Fraser and Millie Leng along with Past Area 31 Director Sue Hopcroft, two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar, DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Claudia Garraway, Susanita Humphries, Rita Kissoon, Najeeb Yardam and Tim Elevazo.
Picture 2 - First place winner Millie Leng, second place winner Anil Dhawan along with
Picture 3 - DHL Toronto Toastmasters Members Karen Williams, Millie Leng, Tim Elevazo and Kim Bayley.
Picture 4 - First place winner Lee Fraser, second place winner Ron Fitzgerald, third place winner Anisha Akhtar along with two-time semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking Roger Caesar and Club Growth Director District 86 Jacklyn Payne.

Nouvellement affrétés Toastmasters remporte District 86, des secteurs B-35 Toastmasters concours

Brampton (Ontario), le 15 octobre 2017 par Alvin Abawan

Édité par Ezra Reyes

C'était une soirée divertissante où les participants ont fait rire les membres du club, les étudiants, les professeurs et les invités dans le concours de Humorous et Table Topics Speech

Il y avait cinq Toastmasters Club qui étaient en compet pour Humoristique et de Table Topics discours concour dans le district 86 Secteur B-35. Il s'agissait d'Atos Toastmasters, DHL Toronto Toastmasters, Malton Community Toastmasters, Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters et Tangri Toastmasters.

Les deux candidats de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, un tout nouveau club Toastmasters, ont remporté les concours dans le district 86 Secteurs B-35 au Sheridan Davis Campus le 15 octobre 2017.

Millie Leng, présidente du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours humoristiques et Lee Fraser, vice-présidente des relations publiques du Toronto Toastmasters Club de DHL, a concouru pour le concours de discours sur le thème de la table. Les deux sont des affrétés membres de DHL Toronto Toastmasters Club, affrétés le 21er juin 2017.

C'était le premier concours de Millie et Lee. Les deux concurrents ont pris la première place et participeront aux concours du district 86, division B Concours, tenus au quartier général de la région de Peel.

Linda Jeffrey, le Maire de Brampton a été invitée à participer la district 86 Division B concours et il y a plus de 400 membres Toastmasters. Nous vous invitons au concours du District 86 division B!

Date: Le vendredi 20 octobre 2017 à 19h00 - 22h00
Coût: 10 $ (Early Bird Online) ou 15 $ à la porte
Lieu: région de Peel Quartier général de la 10, promenade Peel Centre, suite A (bâtiment Brown)
Brampton (Ontario) L6T 4B9


Area 42 Celebration Event


Area 42 held a Special Celebration on May 16th to celebrate the significant contributions, leadership and achievement of Andy Mayhew, a prominent Toastmaster in Area 42, well known for his Signature Lunch Hour Officer Training Sessions. Representatives of all local clubs and beyond were in attendance, as well as many former and current dignitaries.
Wonderful testimonials were shared on how Andy touched the hearts and souls of everyone he worked with and shared his Toastmasters passion with.
All the best to Andy! He is a wonderful role model and example of kindness and a True Gentleman!

Thank you to CRA English and French Clubs Teams our Fabulous Event Organizers (on the left)

Andy Mayhew & Anton Adashkevich (Former and Current Area 42 Directors on the right) 

When An Area Comes Together

Joint meeting resized

Usually, when area clubs come together, it’s for a contest. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to have area clubs come together to collaborate rather than compete? Area 31 held their annual joint meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. Historically, this has been a joint meeting of the two community clubs, but this year, for the first time, all four area clubs came together for a meeting. And what a meeting it was!

There were four speakers and four evaluators – one from each of the clubs. The clubs shared the meeting roles. There was a debate about whether students should be allowed cell phones in the classroom. Table topics was modified ever so slightly to ensure that every person in the room had a chance to speak. And at the insistence of everyone present, even our Table Topics Master, Ron Kosciolek, had a turn. There was lots of laughter, great food and an extraordinary opportunity for toastmasters to provide a positive and supportive environment for everyone in the area.

If you’d like to have this amazing experience for yourselves, talk to your area director and bring your clubs together. You’ll be glad you did!

Sue Hopcroft
Area Director, Area 31

Club Officer Training Opportunity- Lunch Hour

LUNCH HOUR Club Officer Training - Mon, Feb 27 - 11:45 AM to 1 PM

Fabulous News!!! Area 42 Division C is hosting a Lunch Hour Club Officer Training.
This is a great opportunity for any club officers who may have missed earlier training.
Ensuring club officers are properly trained means stronger Toastmaster clubs!

  • Club Officer Training provides valuable training, advice, and resources.
  • Training provides one of the goals of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
  • It is a requirement for recognition as Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).

LUNCH HOUR Club Officer Training:
Date: Monday, February 27th
Time: from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (EST) Doors open at 11:30 AM to sign in
Location: Canada Revenue Agency Toronto West TSO
Address: 5800 Hurontario Street, Room 2-029, Mississauga, ON L5R 4B4

Register via e-mail:
Registration Deadline: End of day, Friday, February 24th
Seating is limited to 60 people!

BONUS: NO Registration Fee
Visitor Parking: North of the building and in the west lot.
Upon arrival, take the elevator to the 2nd floor. A Toastmaster will greet and guide you to room 2-029. Feel free to bring your lunch. Bottled water will be available.

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

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

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