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Hello, District 86 Members 2021-22, here is the March edition with information to help you and your club grow
District Director
Program Quality Director
Club Growth Director
Public Relations Manager
Finance manager
Alignment Chair
Club Extension Chair
Calendar of Events
District Leadership Team
Spring Conference
Keynote Speakers for the Conference
Club Anniversaries


 
HIGHLIGHTS
District Conference
Registration for District Conference
Club Membership Renewal Incentives
District 86 Contest Calendar
ARTICLES
Combatting Reduced Membership
The point of the point is not the point
Blog, Blog, Blog
Spring Conference
Assessing your clubs' online presence
Anyone else but me
Posting on Meetup
Program Quality Team Support
BLOGS
Social media, what problem are you solving?
Search Engine Optimization for your club

Servant first - Listening
How to write blogs for TM Clubs
5 things you can do to support your club
Facing your fears
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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 Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2022:
(for Area and Division contests see Contest Calendar)
IT HAPPENS IN MARCH AND APRIL (no start date)
Division Council Meeting
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Club Open Houses

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Talk Up Toastmasters
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Area Director 2nd visit
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Collect membership dues
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Club Officers prepare for Bussiness meeting
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IT HAPPENS IN MARCH AND APRIL
Final Four Member and Club Success
Date: Mar 16, 2022

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How to write a speech in 15 minutes
Date: Mar 28, 2022
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Submit applications for TalkUp Toastmasters
Date: Mar 31, 2022
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Final Three - Member and Club Success
Date: April 13 Evening, 2022
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District TableTopics Contest
Date: Apr 22, 2022
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Area Director; Enhance, Ignite, Empower
Date: Mar 19, 2022
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The deadline to submit membership dues
Date: Mar 31, 2022
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Final Three - Member and Club Success
Date: April 13 Afternoon, 2022
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District Spring Conference
Date: April 22-24, 2022
Read more >>        Register>>


District International Speech Contest
Date: Apr 23, 2022
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District Director
Myrna Barthe, DTM

If Wiarton Willie can step out of his comfort zone, just imagine what you can do
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Email >>
Program Quality Director
Deridor Collier, DTM

Together we are making great strides in supporting our members

Read More >>
Email >>
Club Growth Director
Brahm Memone, DTM

Have you ever thought about becoming a Club Mentor?
Read More >>          Email >>
Public Relations Manager
Nancy Movrin, DTM

District 86 Toastmasters' Public Relations strategies are better than ever!
Read More >>          Email >>
Finance Manager
Randy Moore, DTM

Have you ever thought about what the club is allowed to own?

Read More >>          Email >>
Alignment Chair
Bill Kirby, DTM

Who in their right mind wants to be the District Alignment Chair?
You can do it if you put your mind to it


Read more>>          Email>>
Club Extension Chair
Stephanie Lam
What do you know about sponsoring a club?

Read More >>          Email >>
Conference Chair
Jacklyn Payne, DTM 

Are you ready for the conference "New chapter New beginnings?"
Read more>>          Register>>




District 86
Spring Conference, 2022

Date: April 22-2r, 2022 Virtual
Date April 24, 2022 Hybrid
CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Keynote Speakers
International Speech Contest
TableTopics Contest
Workshops
Banner Parade
DTM Recognition
Dance Performance
First Timers Meet and Greet
C&L Award and Luncheon
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Lark Doley, DTM
2018-2019 International President

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Margaret Zanel
Strategy & Leadership Wentworth Strategy Group Inc
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Jennifer Jones
2021-2022 President-Elect Rotary International

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REGISTRATION AND PRICE
Option 1
3 days of virtual - $15
Option 2
2 days of virtual and
1 day in-person/Hilton Meadowvale
Mississauga Ontario - $105
Register here>>

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AWARD FROM DISTRICT 86 

Club Membership Renewal Challenge Incentive: 
If your club renews 80% or better of Membership Base by April 1, Receive a $25 TI Gift Certificate (Item# 6634) (Receive an additional $50 Gift Certificate for 100% renewals of member base – Total of $75) 

Here is the calendar for the upcoming Speech Contests submitted for inclusion on the District Calendar for March 1 - April 30, 2022.
Take the opportunity to support other Toastmasters as they compete or why not reach out and volunteer to help out.
If your Division is not in the list below reach out to your Division Director for the time and date
Division T Contest
Date: Mar 04, 2022

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Division E Contest
Date: Mar 12, 2022
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Division S Contest
Date: Mar 05, 2022
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Division L Contest
Date: Mar 13, 2022
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District 86 TableTopics Contest
Date: Apr 22, 2022

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District 86 International Speech Contest
Date: Apr 23, 2022
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For more Area and Division Contests
Read more>>          Resource>>
Combatting Reduced Membership
Toastmasters Clubs worldwide are experiencing maintaining membership
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Assessing your club's online presence
Have you assessed your club's web and social media presence lately
Read More>>
The point of the point is not the point!
Are we so focused on the DCP points that we miss the point 

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Anyone else but me!
Are you afraid of taking on a leadership role, I got news for you most leaders are.
Read More>>
Blog, Blog, Blog
Blogging, what's in it for you? 

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Posting on Meetup
How do you use Meetup for your club?
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Spring Conference
Join us at the District 86 Spring Conference April 22-24, 2022

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Program Quality Team Support
See what the PQD-team is doing to support you and your club
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Milton Escarpment Toastmasters
Milton Escarpment Toastmasters are celebrating their second anniversary. To read more and to register click on the link below.
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Your Special Event
Do you want the world or at least District 86, to know about your special event? Why not write about it or share a link to your event - remember to follow Toastmasters branding guidelines if you want your event picture posted. If your invitation is shared with us before the 20th, we will do what we can to share your news
Email>>
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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Social Media, what problems are you solving?
Three tips for more focused Social Media Messaging.
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How to write blog posts for TM Clubs
Are you stuck writing a blog post
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Search Engine Optimization for your club
Why Search Engine Optimization is important for your club's Online Visibility
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5 things you can do to support your club
Five easy things you can do right now to support your club

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Servant first - Listening
Exploring the benefits of "Servant Leadership"


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Facing your fears
Facing our Fears and Taking the Next Step – Living a Courageous Life is Moving Forward However Slowly
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Cont'd DD Myrna Barthe, DTM

On February 2nd seven groundhogs were put to the test….an early spring or six more weeks of winter.  Of those seven there was one who stepped out of his comfort zone and bravely showed that you can make a difference.  While all the other groundhogs timidly made a feeble effort and mumbled ‘six more weeks of winter, our Wiarton Willie, a first-timer, following in the paw prints of his illustrious predecessor Albino Wiarton Willie, took up the challenge and predicted an early Spring!   

As Toastmasters we empathize with Wiarton Willie as we face challenges every day that we strive for and do overcome.  We step out of our comfort zone on a regular basis when we prepare our speeches, take on meeting roles, work on committees, and help our fellow Toastmasters achieve their goals. 

Division Contests are now in progress, with the winners advancing to the District level that will play out at the Spring Conference in April. 

By renewing our memberships before the end of March we are showing our commitment to our clubs and especially ourselves in continuing our Toastmaster’s journey.  

Just think…..if a furry little rodent can step out of his comfort zone and predict an early Spring one day a year…..just imagine what you can do with 365 days to work with. 

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

Did you know that District 86 is making great strides in supporting members!

Thanks to You for developing through the Toastmasters Program and reflecting your achievements to Toastmasters International:

·       Distinguished Toastmaster awards achieved.

·       79 Triple Crowns achieved.

·       848 completed Pathway levels.

·       59 clubs have achieved 5 or more Distinguished Club Points.

·       114 clubs have had 4 or more Club Officers attend Club Officer training to support you.

See District 86 Program Quality Awards, Incentives, and Recognition: 2021–2022 for incentives you can earn by June 30th, 2022.

How are you progressing with your goal to achieve to complete 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 levels in your Path this year? Get recognition from Toastmasters for completed Path level. Contact your VP Education for help approving and submitting your completed path levels.

Spring is around the corner, continue to have fun creative-themed meetings to add levity, that sparkle that draws in members and guests. Challenge your members to give more speeches, hold speakathons, and special events to engage them.

Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director

Program Quality Team Sessions and Support

The Program Quality Team is encouraging everyone to register and attend upcoming events to support your success.

Have questions, join us at the Final Four Member and Club Success session.

Learn from Morag Matheson DTM, First Vice President of Toastmasters International about leadership. She is leading the session Area Director: Enhance, Ignite and Empower on March 19th, 2022.

Are you stuck and need a little more help writing speeches? Join Lou Mulligan on March 28th, 2022, learn How to write a speech in 15 minutes.

Visit the PQD Resource page for other upcoming events.

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

District 86 Spring Conference 2022 – April 22nd to 24th, 2022

Have you registered yet for the District 86 Conference “New Chapter, New Beginnings?
Join us at District 86 Spring Conference April 22 to 24th, for an exciting and engaging conference! This is a hybrid conference providing a wonderful opportunity to meet again in person. New to Toastmasters, Spring Conference is another way to learn more.

Play the Spring Conference promotional video at your club for members to learn more. 

This Spring Conference is packed and promise to have something for everyone. Do you want to improve your skills in leadership, know how to make a sales pitch to media, how to power up your voice, Find out what the future holds and accessibility, learn from keynote speakers and 8 available workshops

We have lined up 3 fantastic Keynote Speakers for the conference

  • Lark Doley DTM 2018-2019 President of Toastmasters International. 
  • Margaret Zanel, Founder & Partner, Strategy and leadership, Wentworth Strategy Group Inc. 
  • Jennifer Jones 2021-2022 President-Elect Rotary International.

Cheer on the contestants at the International Speech and TableTopics™ Contest and witness who will be the next District International Speech champion
Winners of the International Speech and Table Topics contests and DTM award recipients attending the Spring Conference using the hybrid (option 2) will be presented with their respective trophy and DTM medal at the Hilton Hotel. 
 
Join us at our own conference, register now, and attend
Meet online for the 3 days or come out in person on Sunday 24, April to reconnect and dine with friends, as well as meet new ones. Don’t miss the C&L Award presentation and Installation ceremony. We have lots in store for you Register Now! start a new Chapter and make this a conference to remember! 
 
Option 1: Virtual (April 22nd to 24th). Cost - $15.00. 
Option 2: Hybrid (virtual attendance April 22nd & 23rd, in person on April 24th at the Hilton Hotel Meadowvale). Cost - $105.00. 
 
Use District 86 Spring Conference to share images on your social media, LinkedIn, and websites to raise awareness of the Spring Conference. Visit District 86 Spring Conference and register to attend. The Hilton Hotel has a special rate for Toastmasters. 

Jacklyn Payne, DTM
District 86, Conference Chair, 2021 - 2022
Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director, 2021 - 2022

Cont'd CGD Brahm Memone, DTM

CLUB MENTOR PROGRAM 

Are you working towards your DTM? 

Club sponsorship is one of the requirements to obtain your DTM Designation. You may also want to consider being a club mentor.

What is a Club Mentor? 

A mentor is a person who shares their knowledge and expertise with one or more people who have less experience. 

Mentoring a new Toastmasters club is similar in many ways to mentoring a single person. Mentors are the advisors and tutors for new clubs and have a great effect on the degree to which a new club succeeds. 

Benefits for Mentors 

New clubs are not the only beneficiaries of the mentoring relationship. A mentor is responsible for: 

  •  Sharing their expertise 
  •  Developing their capacity to translate values and strategies into productive actions   
  • Proving themselves as a valuable leader 
  •  Investing in the future of Toastmasters 
  •  Obtaining fresh perspectives 
  •  Building teamwork skills 
  •  Applying leadership skills in new situations 
  •  Earning credit toward the Distinguished Toastmaster award 

To find out more about the club mentoring program attend the next workshop on club mentoring on March 8th. 

Register here>>

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

Cont'd PRM, Nancy Movrin, DTM

District 86 Toastmasters’ Public Relations strategies are better than ever!

Since the launch of the revised website in July 2021, the website keeps improving and has more recently received record views. It continues to grow with article submissions from blog authors, and by the interest from website visitors. If you haven’t set it, take a look at two of our new website features: the Web-push and the accessibility menu.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to District Webmaster, Matthew Ogbulafor, for his continual improvement to the District website.

New blog articles are uploaded each month;  many are how-to resources. The past newsletters reside on this page, and we have a podcast! Many thanks to Jean McAllister, DTM, PDD for submitting her podcast about exploring the benefits of “Servant Leadership”, with Ted Corcoran, DTM, PIP. https://toastmasters86.org/blogs/

The PR team is working attentively every day to make regular updates to all of our PR assets, and provide the best information to our followers. Thank you team, and thank you to all social media users for keeping us active and relevant.

We have a series of workshops planned for the next few months, including the Fri. Night Live with the PR sessions on March 11: Sell the Benefits; April 8, Start a Podcast; and May 13 & June 10 (TBA). 

Please remember to follow us on all of our social media outlets. Tell your friends about us! Keep on posting, connecting, and sharing at:

If you have questions, please email publicrelationsmanager@toastmasters86.org, or contact a member of our dedicated PR team. We are interested in your PR ideas and look forward to hearing from you!

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

Cont'd Randy Moore

What assets can a club own? 

As clubs start to transition to hybrid, you will probably start thinking about buying some equipment which raises the question of what we as toastmasters are allowed to purchase regarding equipment and what type of assets are we not allowed to purchase. You may be surprised to learn that there are certain things you're not allowed to buy for a toastmasters club. 

To find the answers to these questions we need to look to the governing documents of toastmasters, especially protocol 8.1. Here is what protocol 8.1 says: 

Protocol 8.1: Club and District Assets 

  • Clubs and Districts may only own assets necessary to facilitate the Toastmasters program. Clubs and Districts are administered by volunteers who primarily use their own personal equipment. District assets are the property of Toastmasters International as described in Article III, Section (b) of the District Administrative Bylaws. 
  • Authorized assets include, but are not limited to, to bank accounts; electronic equipment; and incidental items used to conduct meetings, club, or District business, such as office supplies, lecterns, banners, timing lights, audiovisual equipment, and educational materials. Districts may rent or lease storage space to store District assets only. 
  • Assets not authorized for clubs and Districts—whether rented, leased, purchased, or donated—include, but are not limited to, motor vehicles, office space, real property, furniture, and phones. 
  • Each District and club must maintain a written list of its assets and a written procedure to account for and smoothly transfer the assets to the following administration. A copy of each District’s list must be signed by the Immediate Past and current District Directors and submitted to World Headquarters by August 31 of each year. 

As you can see from protocol 8.1 there is nothing stopping you from buying computer equipment, camera equipment, and anything else electronic except for a cell phone to help you transition to a hybrid. As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter you should seriously consider buying a high-quality webcam that produces clear picture quality.  Laptop webcams don't produce a very clear picture quality that you would want when going hybrid. 

Some of the things that we shouldn't buy though or furniture and things like vehicles, but I gather most clubs don't have the kind of money to try to buy a car or truck anyway.  How many members would it require to buy a vehicle?!  I want to be part of that club! 

Randy Moore, DTM
District 86, Finance Manager, 2021-2022

Cont'd Stephanie Lam

What is a Club Sponsor?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – Simon Sinek 

Being a Club Sponsor in 2020 for UofG Toastmasters was one of the most valuable growth experiences in my career, which helped me realize that anyone is capable of becoming a leader.   

I benefited from the Toastmasters program throughout my PhD at the University of Guelph and have always wanted to share the same opportunity with other students at the university. What was initially a small idea (to charter a new UofG Toastmasters club) I had been brewing, came to life after speaking with past District leaders about how to charter a new club. I was encouraged to be a Club Sponsor in collaboration with Vitaliy Fursov, my Toastmasters mentor. 

What is a Club Sponsor exactly? A Club Sponsor helps bring the community together and establish weekly meetings until the club reaches 20 members. As simple as it sounds, it was not an easy feat. “I doubt I can do this but I’ll try” was my initial thought. However, with immense support from the relentless toastmaster community, each week we held thrilling meetings and I shared my vision with 25-30 guests every week. I realized that I could lead, and my words were bringing people together and inspiring them to join and realize the benefits of toastmasters in their lives. Incredibly, we reached 22 members within 2 months and achieved President’s Distinguished Status within 6 months.   

What do you get out of being a Club Sponsor? There are countless benefits from being a Club Sponsor. My favourite is that you’ve started a program and built a “safe house” for individuals to upskill themselves; this safe house will continue to produce better communicators and leaders which will be supported years beyond you. If that is not a good enough reason to start a club, I’m not sure what is! 

If this sparked your interest to sponsor a club, please contact me and I will support you as well. 

Stephanie Lam 
District 86, Club Extension Chair, 2021-2022 

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Cont'd, Alignment

You could have been anything! 

We have always been told, “You can be anything you want if you put your mind to it”.   

Aren’t we regularly asked in Toastmasters to  

  • go outside the club 
  • be a club officer 
  • be an Area or Division Director (or higher) 
  • Be a coach, mentor, sponsor 
  • Start a club 

And don’t we scratch our heads when we want to understand who does what in our district? 

What if I told you there is a role in toastmasters that allows you to touch all of those things as well as work on your presentation skills, planning, leadership, communication, coaching, mentoring, visioning, listening all rolled into one and everyone including the district director report to you. 

Would you be interested? 

 - YES!? 

Welcome to the role of District Alignment Chair.  

Who in their right mind wants to be the District Alignment Chair? 

 - You do! 

In this role, you get to connect with potentially every member, club, and leader in the district.  You see the future clubs in development and connect with the clubs in decline.  You receive input from the district trio and more.  For the builders in the room, you are setting the stage for success at all levels in the district. 

Seeking a balance between Toastmasters International directives, emotions, practicality, and geography. 

Why be anything when you can be everything! 

Ask me how to become the District Alignment Chair alignment@toastmasters86.org 

Lead the team that will shape the district and impacts the quality of all our Toastmaster's journey. 

Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair, 2021-2022

Posting Toastmasters information in meetup:

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE

  1. Log on to your meetup account and click on MANAGE GROUP
  2. Hit CONTACT MEMBERS and send it to all subscribers.
  3. Visit www.toastmasters.org and select RESOURCES.
  4. In the RESOURCES section, you are able to select an article, for example from the PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS section just to name one.
  5. Copy and paste the article to the message body of the meetup messaging system. You will be able to edit the articles and insert pictures/graphics in this section.
  6. Hit send!

Froilan Berroya
City Centre Toastmasters 6288

Anyone else but me!
When we make the Toastmasters promise we agree to lead when called upon to do so.
Yet when actually called upon we say, “I’m not ready”, “I don’t have time”, I’m not qualified”, Anyone else but me!
 - What we really mean is “I’m scared”
You know what? Most leaders are scared. In fact, it is healthy to be a little scared.
 - Fear can push us to greater heights.

Leaders may be born or made, but are always in the right place at the right time.
If you are being called on it is because someone sees in you a particular skill, ability or temperament that is suited to the task. All we are afraid of is the unknown or failure.

Trust that person’s insight, trust you will step up to the challenge and become far more than you imagined.
Facing that fear allows us the freedom to become a true leaders, planting the very same seed in others.
Minimizing barriers, providing vision and purpose, support and guidance, empowering and rewarding, maximizing your and others' potential and achievement.

If not you then who?
Who else but you!

Get the point?

Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair, 2021-2022

Blog, blog, blog, Yackety smackety 

Blogging: what's in it for you?
By submitting a blog post, you are helping other Toastmasters - hurrah! That's reason enough!

But just in case, I’ll throw in a couple of extra benefits:

  • You will reach a large number of people; ideal for anyone trying to make an impact.
  • You’ll gain confidence. Blogging is the introvert’s stage that lets you share your best thoughts with the world (and lets the extroverts share themselves with the rest of the world).

What should you write about?

What should you include?

  • One featured image (1200 by 683px)

What are the rules?

Boring - I know, but to get your post published:

  • Offer high-quality, valuable information (in other words, no self-promotion, no advertorials)
  • Make it relevant to Toastmasters
  • If providing researched information, Include your source, such as a credible website, or literary reference (give credit where credit is due).

Where should you send it?

What are some topics?

  • ​We love posts that give practical advice to members to help improve their speech practice, or inspirational posts to help keep members motivated.

The Content​
Do you write out your speech before you say it? Then you know how to write a blog article! But in case you're having an off day, here are some content writing tips:

  • Short-form content is awesome.  Long-form content is awesome. All content is awesome (okay, we’ve established that any length goes). 
  • Long blocks of text are difficult to read. Break up long blocks with to-the-point sentences and paragraphs. Subheadings and bullets also help make the text easier to read.
  • Include an image. Images are powerful for attracting attention. Did I mention images should be 1200 by 683px?
  • ​​​​Don't be self-promotional.
  • Before submitting your post, proofread it a few times. Read it out loud; if it sounds stilted, it won’t be easy to read.

We are all lifelong learners, and if we can share what we’ve learned along the way, we’ll all get ahead.

Looking forward to reading your next blog article!

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

The point of the point is not the point!

Are we too focused on the point and therefore missing the point?

There is inherent value in publicly recognizing and acknowledging the hard work that clubs put into a vibrant membership. We often get too focused on the reward to realize the lesson or foundational element the DCP points are there to measure.

Distinguished Club Plan Points (DCP Points) are the performance indicators by which clubs are measured and recognized for achievement.

The plan is there to help us stay on track as a healthy active club. If we are falling short in areas this is not to be considered a failure, it is simply a flag that clubs need to pay attention to.

If clubs are not achieving the DCP points, then they should be looking to their practices and supports.

Need members? Talk to the VP Public Relations, Public Relations Manager, and Club Growth Director

Need education awards? Talk to the VP Education, Pathway’s chair, and Program Quality Director

Need help retaining members? Talk to the President, VP Membership, Area and Division Directors

Need help getting club officers trained? Talk to your entire executive, Area, and Division Directors and the Program Quality Director.

As we approach the end of the Toastmasters year, we see people joining multiple clubs or sandbagging education awards. These practices mask the truth of your club’s status and postpone problems that may exist. We all know that when we ignore an issue it only comes back larger and harder to manage.

Now is always the time to do what is right and needed. There is no lack of resources available to assist clubs in achieving excellence and all the recognition you can handle. Need help? Visit www.toastmasters86.org and find it. Not certain what to ask? contact your next level of support.

Be the excellent club your members deserve

Get the point?

Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair, 2021-2022

Have You Assessed Your Club’s Web and Social Presence Lately?   

1. Critically look at all existing platforms. Is your club’s image consistent across all platforms?  The overall look doesn’t have to be the same but should be similar.  A different aesthetic appearance for each asset will only confuse your audience.    

2. Have a record of all social and web assets: addresses, passwords, and who has access.  To prevent forgotten accounts, have the President, VP PR, and a member of the PR committee as keyholders. 

3. Analyze each account’s free analytics tools.  Note days and times that you had more engagement.  Investigate why: was it because you had lots to time to reply to fans that day? Was it a particular post?   

4. While checking analytics, what type of content was best received by your audience. Did videos get the most shares? Did a blog article about accepting awards prompt lots of comments?  Take these observations into consideration when planning your PR strategy moving forward. 

5. Who makes up your audience?  Depending on your platform, some analytics offer demographics, and location.  Identifying this can help define if you are on track. 

6.  If a guest does an online search of your club, what will they find?  Do you know? Is there another club that has a similar name to yours and you need to distinguish yourself further? Are there sites that were started long ago and forgotten? Depending on the platform, you may have the power to delete old accounts; use the help section of each platform to learn more.  

7. Check that your club information is current on the TI website, including contact and meeting location information (virtual, hybrid, or in-person). 

8. And repeat! These steps are most effective when completed regularly, so schedule another assessment in May or June in your team’s workflow. 

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

Combatting Reduced Club Membership 

Toastmasters Clubs worldwide are experiencing a critical challenge in terms of maintaining viable club membership. This article sheds some light on how 2 Clubs (OTM Oakville Toastmasters and Talbot Trail Toastmasters) are attempting to address the issue. Both Clubs combined their resources and hosted a Special Joint Meeting on February 17th. Some key considerations for a positive outcome: 

  • Club leadership is open to thinking outside the box. 
  • Clubs within the same development stage. 
  • Clubs meeting on the same day of the week, preferable. 
  • Clubs in different geographical locations, to eliminate poaching. 
  • Club VP Education collaboration on agenda. 
  • Clubs are open to compromise.   

The positive outcomes are indeed numerous.  

  • Reduce the need for members to take multiple roles. 
  • Comprehensive meeting agenda, variety of speakers, etc. 
  • Introduction of novel ideas for possible adoption. 
  • Both clubs can learn from each other strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Enhance the members’ experience through the temporary enlarged group. 
  • Sincerity and integrity as guiding principles. 
  • Co-advertising in social media.  
  • May encourage new guests to join. 

A joint meeting on its own will not cure the problem of low membership. It is viewed as a promising approach, amongst the available toolkit. The consensus feedbacks were positive. The temporary periodic arrangement is expected to continue, as long as they are working for both clubs.  

Acknowledgment: Ethel de la Penotiere, Talbot Trail Club Founder for her initiative and co-operation. 

George How Pak Hing, DTM 
OTM Oakville Toastmasters, Club Founder 
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017

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30 YEAR Anniversaries
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Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club
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Toastmasters District 86

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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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