Ever since we lost our Fall Conference, there has been a very noticeable void in the District's social calendar between September and December. No worries, the District's Toastmasters are very social people and will always find a party. This is what happens at every single Open House that is hosted by my home club, Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters. This is how HOIST - Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters - was born.
As Area D83 Director, I decided to host a truly Interclub meeting with all 4 clubs from Area 83. The goal was to have an event where Toastmasters within Area 83 could meet, listen to great speeches, and network. Our success was measured by having an event where all clubs were represented on the agenda and all Toastmasters enjoyed themselves in a productive environment. One barrier we successfully removed was having individuals pay an admission fee. This was done be the generous donations from clubs. All in all, the Toastmasters and guests that did come, enjoyed the speakers, food, and especially the Games.
Every club participated and better yet, all 4 clubs sponsored the event to keep admission free with great food, drinks, and prizes. Krista Rowan, expertly delivered the appropriate theme, Community. Furthermore, I'd like to acknowledge the off-the-day participants:
Krista Rowan, President Glen Abbey Toastmasters - Toastmaster/ MC
Doug Flowers, President, Horizons Toastmasters - TableTopics Master
Zach Gray, President, SAA
Sasha-Li Chinloy, Area 83 Keynote Speaker,
Alisha Braund, Glen Abbey Toastmasters Speaker & Madonna fan
Shobith Johnson, Own the Moment Toastmasters, Speaker
Rosanne Garrido, Keeping-Everyone-Fed-and-Happy-Master
Elvis Gregov, FunMaster, Name that Tune
Peter Day, AudioMaster
Special shout-out goes to Sheridan Trafalgar Toastmasters. This club was the second-most represented club, behind only the host club. This is especially big since the event was hosted during Reading Week at Sheridan College.
While we had fancy equipment and great speeches and interactive games, the success of the event is, without question, because of the great people at this Toastmasters event. Elvis Gregov's, "Name That Tune" got everyone energized and competitive. We had 3 guests come to this event and 2 returned the very next Thursday at Own the Moment to join. This may very well become an annual event.
Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACS ALB
Area D83, Area Director, Own the Moment Toastmasters, IPP
November 1, 2019