Hello, District 86 Members 2022-2023, here is the June 2022 edition with information to help you and your club grow
District Director
Program Quality Director
Club Growth Director
Public Relations Manager
Gavel Club/ YLP Chair
Alignment Chair
Education Outreach Chair
Incoming Club Growth Director
Incoming Public Relations Manager
Calendar of Events
District Leadership Team
Club Anniversaries
Club Officers Training
Leadership Trio-Elect 2022-2023
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It can at times be hard to keep all the dates and commitments straight. Here is an outline of what happens through the District for the period of June 1 - July 31, 2022:
Toastmasters Leadership Institute
 - Club Officers Training
Date: June 04, 2022
Time: 8.30 AM - 1.30 PM

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Toastmasters Leadership Institute
 - Club Officers Training
Date: June 11, 2022
Time: 8.30 AM - 1.30 PM

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Final month - Member and Club Success
Date: June 08, 2022
Time: 12.00 PM - 12.30 PM


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Final month - Member and Club Success
Date: June 08, 2022
Time: 6.00 PM - 6.45 PM


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District Director
Myrna Barthe, DTM

Transition -- A Toastmasters Tradition
Make it easy, create a plan

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Program Quality Director
Deridor Collier, DTM

Congratulations, diligently working through another Toastmaster year!
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Club Growth Director
Brahm Memone, DTM

Learn how we together can "Beat the Clock"
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Public Relations Manager
Nancy Movrin, DTM

This year was one of growth and learning
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Gavel Club/YLP Chair
Amparo Cifuentes, DTM

Give kids the gift of Toastmasters
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Alignment Chair
Bill Kirby, DTM

Aligned or not Aligned, that is the question
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Education Outreach Chair
John Constant, DTM

Is your club ready to go to hybrid meetings
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Incoming Club Growth Director, 2022-2023
Jayapriya Muthukumar, DTM

Do you have what it takes to sponsor a club
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Incoming Public Relations Manager 2022-2023
Emily Nichols, PM5, EH5, VC4

How does your club look online?
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Do you want to help collect articles for the Newsletter next year?
Aspiring and Newly Elected Club Officers
Each year Toastmasters International encourages you to attend Club Officer training. In addition to learning from seasoned Toastmasters, you are provided with resources and tools to support your role and responsibilities. Participating in Toastmaster Leadership Institute Club Officer Training is vital to help you support club members. Plus, your club will achieve a Distinguished Club goal when 4 or more Club Officers attend training in Phase 1 and 2.
Club Officers Training - Phase 1
Date: June 04, 2022
Time: 8.30 AM - 1.30 PM

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Club Officers Training - Phase 2
Date: June 11, 2022
Time: 8.30 AM - 1.30 PM

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Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, District Director-Elect 2022-2023

Nancy Movrin, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director-Elect 2022-2023

Jayapriya Muthukumar, DTM
District 86, Club Growth Director-Elect 2022-2023

Do you have articles to share with the district members and club to help us get even better? Please contact us through our email box
Program Quality Teams
Are you looking for support, have questions, or are you seeking solutions

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Are you thinking about leadership
Are you looking for leadership development opportunities?
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Pinning your club on Pinterest
Is Pinterest Effective Social Media for Toastmasters Clubs?
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Where to next
Are we there yet? ...or even more so, are you there yet?
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Do you want to promote a club, area, or division event? 

If you want to promote an upcoming event please feel free to do it here in the District Newsletter

Toastmasters International Convention
We are all Storytellers

Nashville / Hybrid | August 17-20, 2022

There are three ways for you to participate
Online               Onsite               Volunteer  
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Here are some blogs that could help you make your club even more successful. If you have a blog that you think would be helpful, please contact us
Blog Coordinator>>
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Introductions came first, sharing Melanie’s story of losing her sight in her youth

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Toastmasters Spirit
Toastmasters' spirit is something we should all strive for at every meeting or event
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Engage with your audience with simple sketches

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Post videos on Facebook
Use Facebook Video Posts to connect more deeply with your audience
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Marketing your Club
Supplement your club's marketing efforts with tips, goals, and links to marketing tools all in one place
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Cont'd DD Myrna Barthe, DTM - Transition........A ToastmastersTradition

By now all District 86 clubs should have elected their new slate of officers for the term 2022-2023 and entered them in Club Central at Toastmasters International.
June is typically the month where the incoming and the outgoing club executive officers meet to review the current year and plan for the new year. 
Create a transition calendar and checklist - This will ensure roles and responsibilities are made clear for both incoming and outgoing leadership members and keep everyone accountable.
Outgoing Club Officers should create a Transition Plan for an effective club transition to help set up their successors for a productive year ahead.  It is not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather a starting point

  1. Club Officers discuss how the year went, what the challenges were, what activities and actions were successful / not successful,
  2. Outgoing Club Officers can discuss what they would have done differently if they could start over.  Also, what do you wish you would have known at the start.

Club Success Plan – was the outgoing club officers able to accomplish everything they set out to do?  Is there any unfinished business to be carried over?  What worked and what adjustments were necessary to keep the club on track?
Finance – Review the current budget, for example, are there any outstanding expenses that need to be carried forward?  The incoming club officers should jointly create a new budget for the upcoming year.  Expenses incurred this year may not be the same next year.
The success of a club and its members depend on how well you and your fellow club officers execute your responsibilities. By providing leadership and support, you can foster a positive environment that’s conducive to members’ personal and professional growth, allowing them to achieve their Toastmasters education program goals. You will find many helpful resources to assist club officers by clicking on the link below

Myrna Barthe, DTM 
District 86 Director, 2021-2022
Cont'd PQD Deridor Collier, DTM

Congratulations, diligently working through another Toastmaster year!
Spring is in the air, think about your goals for the next Toastmaster year which starts July 1st. Will your new chapter build on your Toastmasters achievements and/or embrace new opportunities leveraging Pathways? It is time for leadership development as a Club Officer role or Area Director? No prior experience is required as Toastmasters International, and District 86 provide resources, training, and support.
Toastmasters’ International website and dashboard are available, except for the Online Store which should be available June 6th, 2022. Please check to ensure:

June is a fabulous time to celebrate members and club achievements. Host a recognition event and invite family, friends, and well-wishers to celebrate with you and learn more about Toastmasters.
District 86 recognizes and celebrates your achievements:
  • 75 clubs achieving 5 or more Distinguished Club Points.
  • 1109 completed Pathway levels.
  • 109 Triple Crowns achieved.
  • 7 Distinguished Toastmaster awards achieved.

Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director

Cont'd Program Quality Team Sessions and Support

The Toastmaster year ends on June 30th, 2022. Are you looking for support with the Toastmasters program or have questions and seeking solutions? Please contact the Program Quality Team, we are here to support you.

Need a refresher on approving or submitting a member’s completed path?

Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director, 2021 - 2022

Cont'd CGD Brahm Memone, DTM - Beat the Clock

Program Dates: May 1 – June 30
Toastmasters are taught to run meetings on time, finish speeches on time and reach membership goals on time. In that spirit, Beat the Clock is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—on time and with record numbers!  Make it your club’s goal to earn the Beat the Clock award and encourage every member to take part. Clubs adding five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 receive a Beat the Clock ribbon to display on the club’s banner. Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than June 30. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward Beat the Clock credit. 

Additionally District 86 incentive is as follows:
If you add the above five mentioned members the District will award the club with a $75 gift certificate that can be redeemed at the Toastmasters International Store.

As a special incentive, if you add only 2 members during the Beat The Clock award period, the club will be awarded a $25 gift certificate.

Brahm Memone, DTM
District 86, Club Growth Director, 2021-2022

Cont'd PRM, Nancy Movrin, DTM

This year was one of growth and learning, of navigating a different public relations space than seen previously.  We accomplished a great deal this year, and should all be proud of how far we have progressed towards achieving our PR goals.
Thanks to your dedication and your pride in your clubs.  In each club and each contest I visited, I heard beautiful stories, was touched by accomplishments and witnessed deeper learning.  No matter your Toastmasters role now is the time to pause, reflect and celebrate everyone’s successes, and appreciate that it takes an amazing group of people to ensure every member is supported in their “pathway” to success.
As we head into the new Toastmasters year, I hope you have the chance to recharge and renew your commitment to your learning journey.  To the members of the District Public Relations team, thank you for all you have contributed to the District, to the committee, and most importantly, to our members.  We are better off as a result of your efforts.
To our incoming VP Public Relations, I wish you great success and hope you take the time to embrace the PR world and the learning that comes with it. 
To our current VP Public Relations, who are moving on to other club opportunities, thank you for your hard work to ensure our clubs are front and center in the social world.
And to all members, thank you for entrusting the District Public Relations team with promoting the Toastmasters brand.  This is not a responsibility we took lightly. Thank you for being the most important partner in our promotional efforts.  I know we all look forward with optimism and excitement to what we will achieve together as we head into the new Toastmasters year. 

Nancy Movrin, DTM
District 86, Public Relations Manager, 2021-2022

Cont'd - Emily Nichols

Your guests go through a buying process before they ever reach out to your club. Maybe they find you through District 86 Find a club, visit your website to check out the vibe, browse your socials, and THEN decide to DM, email, or call. So, what impression are you giving those prospective buyers, aka guests?
Vice presidents of public relations, this is what we’ll cover in your June training sessions. We’ll talk about your role, responsibilities, and the resources available, so you can promote your club while protecting the Toastmasters brand. We’ll talk about how to do it effectively (which strategies work?) and efficiently (you can’t be everywhere online!)
The training isn’t just for VP Public Relations. Members interested in marketing, sales, and PR – you’re invited too. Come along and join us.
Imagine, your club has guests every week. They enjoy themselves and return, becoming members and bringing friends. Let’s make that a reality.

See you at club officer training.
Emily Nichols, PM5, EH5, VC4
District 86, Incoming Public Relations Manager, 2022-2023

Cont'd Amparo Cifuentes  - Give Kids the gift of Toastmasters!

Why not start a Youth Gavel Club? If you are inspired to give youth under 18 the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Toastmasters educational program and continue your leadership development through one of the most rewarding growth experiences in your Toastmasters journey, contact and ask for the materials to get a Gavel Club started, or visit Toastmasters International – Gavel Clubs for more information!

Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, or other circumstances. Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, Gavel clubs also use club officer titles and Legacy program education manuals; its members are referred to as “gaveliers”. Gavel clubs provide Toastmasters members like you and your clubs with an excellent opportunity for truly impactful community service.

Questions? Please contact and be inspired to give kids the life-changing Gift of Toastmasters!

Amparo Cifuentes, DTM
District 86, Gavel Club / YLP Chair, 2021-2022
Cont'd - John Constant, DTM - Is it time to go Hybrid?
Your club may be thinking now, what next?  Do we remain online?  Do we go back to in-person meetings?  Do we alternate between in-person meetings and online meetings, or do you go Hybrid with members online and in-person attending?  Chances are whatever your club decides, you may not please everyone.   Before you even consider going hybrid, you must do due diligence and investigate what you need. 
In a nutshell, you need:
  • Wifi
  • Camera(s)
  • Viewing screen(s)
  • Audio (microphone(s) in
  • Audio out – speaker(s)
  • Zoom or another platform of choice
  • Cables/power bars
  • Equipment storage
  • TIME – to set up, test, and takedown for every meeting
  • Zoom master/timer to interact with online members and guests
  • And….  Everything else that might pop up.
The biggest factor is funds.  If your club doesn’t have funds to get equipment and can’t get free equipment, you’re not going hybrid.  Costs for all this can vary.  Yes, your venue can provide all this free of charge. Yay!  Our members can donate enough equipment to get by. Thank you! Or, you have to buy some or all of these things.  Budgets can range from $0 to $5000. Seriously.  A quality projector and screen aren’t cheap – but…. Used is cheaper.  Your club needs to spend the time cost out each component and then decide when the final numbers come in – do we go Hybrid? 

You can check out this article on the District website for insight and links to Hybrid resources:

If we go hybrid, how much will our dues be?  Your members will decide what is best for your club now via a proper club vote.  As stated previously, you may not please everyone, but your club must decide by vote with quorum what is best for your club going forward.  PLEASE DO check the District website, Toastmasters International: ( and other clubs for best practices.  Even though each club must decide what is best for them,  your fellow Toastmasters are here to help where we can.

John Constant, DTM
District 86, Education Outreach Chair, 2021-2022

Cont'd - Thinking about leadership development opportunities?  

 Your skills and talents are the essential elements in helping members meet the challenges and opportunities of our Toastmasters community.  Why not serve your Area clubs with pride and professionalism by being an Area Director?  You can make a difference!

An Area Director is a supportive leadership role – also known as servant leadership. It’s a powerful leadership model and one that builds trust and lasting relationships.
Servant leadership is about making things happen to help others achieve their goals.

  • It’s about bringing to club members a bigger picture of what Toastmasters is and can be in their lives.
  • It's project management and event planning – such as working with your Division Director to provide make-up officer training.
  • It’s volunteer management and workplace training when you assist club officers in their success goals.
  • It's stakeholder management and management consulting.
Other transferable skills that your employer will appreciate include:
  • problem-solving,
  • analytical reasoning,
  • critical thinking, and
  • adaptability.

 Area Directors are appointed for a term of one Toastmasters program year, running from July 1 to June 30.   
Share your experience with other Toastmasters,  learn from other clubs and bring that knowledge back to help your club, meet other leaders from across the District, and earn a required credit toward the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award.
Build on your leadership skills, and grow and develop new skills by seizing every opportunity: apply to be an Area Director!
To read more about this role, take a look at these toastmasters resources!
Apply at

Nancy Movrin, DTM
District 86, Public Relations Manager, 2021-2022

Cont'd - Is Pinterest Effective Social for Toastmaster Clubs?
That was a question posed to me recently as the PRM.  While there are members who Pin about Toastmasters, I am not a Pinner. However the question made me curious, and here is what I learned: 
According to, Pinterest is growing in Canada.  9.27 million users were recorded earlier this year.
77.1 % of the audience is female, 77% of pinners are under 44 years old, and 45%–55% of users have replaced traditional print media with Pinterest.  
The platform inspires action: 84% of users report being inspired by Pins to try something new at least once a week or more often.
There are personal and business accounts on Pinterest. A business account gives you access to features such as analytics, a visual search tool, a native video player, and the ability to run Pinterest ads. Pinterest also has a scheduling tool, allowing for pre-scheduled posts.  If you invite others to join your board, they can contribute content, making it a group board. 
85% of Pinners search for visual content. Keeping your target audience in mind, tell a visual story. Pin and share engaging visual content that is educational or inspiring. Post regularly. Use keywords
As with all social, engagement is key. Interact with your board to build a loyal community. Follow those you feel would want to follow you back. Like and comment on others’ Pins. Re-Pin content. Share links to your blog and newsletter articles, and website.
Promote your platform via your other social networks.
Avoid excessive negative space in your images — images with 30% less blank space in the background are pinned the most. 
Keep videos between 30-90 seconds long.

Content needs to have a purpose. Avoid obvious self-promotion; instead, demonstrate your club’s expertise. Show users what they can learn from your pins, not how great your club is.
Pinterest can be a powerful marketing tool to supplement your current stable of social platforms. As with all social, creating unique and engaging content with regular posting can help you increase brand awareness, and build lasting relationships with your target audience.

Nancy Movrin, DTM
District 86, Public Relations Manager, 2021-2022

Cont'd - Aligned or not aligned? That is the question!

At the end of April 2021, I made the choice to put my time where my mouth was.  I had long complained about the choices the district has made concerning alignment. I called the incoming District Director and volunteered. An offer that was gladly accepted!
By October, the district council was behind us, and the previous alignment had officially been adopted by Toastmasters International. The new work could begin.

What resources do I have for the job?

  • The TI dashboard.
  • Your primary team is made up of the Division directors.
  • Club growth team
  • Social media
  • Townhalls
  • TI governing documents protocol 7
My plan was to engage as many people in the process as possible.  Broad input is valuable as there may be matters that had not been considered in the governing documents.
The goal is an even distribution of resources and a balance of strength within and between areas.
In the professional world, this would be called territory management.
The art of making sure your team has the tools, resources, and ability to succeed over the coming year.
After presenting preliminary then draft reports to DEC and District Council the final report will be due to Toastmasters International by July 15. 

What I learned
  • how to deal with conflicting inputs
  • less than respectful input
  • emotional vs practical input
  • good ideas come from unlikely sources
  • outbound communication is key to acceptance

The alignment report will be submitted with confidence and knowing that all points of view were considered.
Aligned or not aligned? You can decide. 
Want the job?

Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair

Cont'd -  Where to next?
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

If you are a parent, you have certainly heard this question from the backseat of the car a thousand times.
This is the same question that club executives are asking with respect to the Distinguished Club Plan.

This year my home club has earned 9 out of 10 points.  We are an active membership completing speech projects, taking on leadership roles, have a committed executive that hits all of the submittal deadlines.
But, a big BUT! We fell short on the membership criteria, with only 18 members.
We may still achieve President distinguished by the end of June or not.  And if we don’t are we a failure?
Certainly not!

Failure is only failure if we fail to learn and grow. We learned that even a small club can achieve the DCP measures of a good club. We learned that if more than a select few participate in the life of the club there is less burnout. We learned that we are greater than the sum of our parts, that by working together we are each lifted high than expected.

Where to next with 4 weeks to go?
Continue being welcoming. Continue working on the plan. Realize that it is not the ribbon that makes us successful it was the lessons learned on the journey. 
Where we go next is only limited by our desires, the ability is in all of us.

Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair

Cont'd - Jayapriya Muthukumar, DTM - How to become a Club Mentor/Sponsor

In Toastmasters, members have the opportunity to work toward educational goals, enhance communication skills by delivering speeches and enhance leadership skills by signing up for certain roles. The ultimate education award is Distinguished Toastmaster, which brings together both skills. The self-paced Toastmasters program proceeds in a logical sequence that helps members build skills with every speech they give or leadership role they perform.

"If an individual has served in any of the volunteer leadership positions in the organization through the various levels of Toastmaster" that individual has learned and applied amazing leadership and team-building. An inexpensive training and professional development program Would you like to Choose?
Then Become a Club Sponsor/Club Mentor A new club may have up to 2 sponsors and 2 mentors.
New Club Sponsor helps charter a new club by identifying a potential club, finding a location, recruiting members, collecting fees, and doing the charter paperwork. Check the list for what is needed

  • Finding  20 interested candidates
  • There are two kinds of clubs – Community and Corporate. (Community clubs are open to anyone, while Corporate clubs are open to a defined group because they’re created to serve a specific organization).
  • Designate and secure a meeting location for In-person meetings/or Online
  • Pay a one-time charter fee of $125
  • Decide how much to charge for new member fees and membership dues (Toastmasters International fees and dues need to be calculated in Canadian dollars. Supplementary club dues might be added to cover rental costs for your meeting space).

As you can see, the Club Sponsor gets the club started. They may have created the original idea, as well as to help develop ideas for what the club is designed to achieve for its members. The Sponsor will earn credit towards their Distinguished Toastmaster designation once the club has been chartered.  They may continue to visit and advocate for the club until it gains strength through the efforts of the club’s members and leaders.
New Club Mentor has experienced toastmasters who provide support and guidance through a new club’s first six months to one year. Mentors serve as advisors and tutors for these clubs and have a great effect on the degree to which a new club succeeds. A new club can have up to two Mentors, and Mentors may choose to join the new club. The Club Mentor steps in when the club starts and supports the club by staying with the members to help them
As a mentor, you will attend meetings, teach and empower its leaders, and mentor its members when asked to do so.  You will teach the club how to maintain a membership of at least 20 people.  This is important because every club is affected by natural attrition caused when people’s jobs, residences, or lifestyles change.

Serving a newly formed club as a Sponsor or Mentor is a unique and highly rewarding experience.  When you help start a new club you create a lifelong legacy by guiding new Toastmasters through a process to develop their own personal and leadership skills.

Jayapriya Muthukumar, DTM
District 86, Incoming Club Growth Director, 2022-2023

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65 YEAR Anniversaries
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We are sorry if we missed your anniversary please let us know and we can celebrate your clubs belated anniversary
Toastmasters District 86

District Director
Myrna Barthe, DTM (Publisher)
Program Quality Director
Deridor Collier, DTM
Club Growth Director
Brahm Memone, DTM
Administration Manager
Margaret Waechter, DTM
Public Relations Manager
Nancy Movrin, DTM (editor)
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