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Hello, District 86 Members 2022-2023, here is the May edition with information to help you and your club grow
District Director
Program Quality Director
Club Growth Director
Public Relations Manager
Finance Manager
Calendar of Events
District Leadership Team
Club Anniversaries
HIGHLIGHTS
Toastmasters.org Service Interruptions
Members Making A Difference
Becoming an Area Director
Leadership Trio-Elect 2022-2023
ARTICLES
Program Quality Team Sessions and Support
Podcast for Pathways
When called upon to lead
Recalling the District 86 Conference 2022
Social Engagement

 
BLOGS
Roadmap for online meetings
Celebrating women in leadership
Climbing the Corporate (Club) Ladder
New Videos for Club Elections
Create Meeting Spice
110 Speaking Skills
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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 May 1 - June 30, 2022:
 
IT HAPPENS IN MAY AND JUNE
Final two - Member and Club Success
Date: May 18, 2022

Time: 12.00 PM - 12.30 PM

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Final two - Member and Club Success
Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 6.00 PM - 6.45 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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Club Officers Training, TLI - Round 1
Date: June 04, 2022
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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Club Officers Training, TLI - Round 2
Date: June 11, 2022
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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District Director
Myrna Barthe, DTM

I hope you enjoyed our virtual/hybrid 2022 Spring Conference
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Program Quality Director
Deridor Collier, DTM

Through May and June, reflect on your growth and celebrate your achievements!
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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

Let us make these last two months our finest
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Finance Manager
Randy Moore, DTM

What your club may want to buy for hybrid meetings
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Do you have a message you want to share with the District?

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https://toastmasters.org
Planned Service Interruptions, May-2022

Toastmasters is currently preparing for the May launch of the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, which will serve as a foundation for the overall digital strategy that supports the online experience. This platform will soon lead to exciting new opportunities, including the ability for members to directly pay their dues online.

To support the launch of ERP, we will need to temporarily suspend some online and back-office transactions, as well as website availability. Below is a timeline of our anticipated service interruptions, as well as how they may impact the Toastmasters community.

Important Dates to Note
Members Making a Difference
 - Exceptional clubs are made up of outstanding members who use the skills that they learned at Toastmasters, to better the lives of others outside of Toastmasters.

Did one of your Toastmaster colleagues make a difference using their communication and leadership skills outside of Toastmasters?

Every year, across our district, members are making a difference with their amazing volunteer efforts in their communities, using their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of others in a significant and notable way outside of their regular Toastmasters duties.

That's why we created the Members Making A Difference (MMAD) Award!

Now is the time to look to your membership and see who you can nominate for this notable award.  Any member can nominate another.  Know of more than one member in your club who is making a difference?  Nominate them all!  Members can also self-nominate. Watch for more details in next month’s newsletter.

Celebrate your members whose work and dedication are making a difference in their community!
Are you on the fence about being an Area Director?          Don't be!

Being an Area Director is a supportive leadership role that brings the club members a bigger picture of what Toastmasters is and can be in their lives
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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

 
Program Quality Team Sessions and Support
Are you looking for support, the PQD-team is here to help you
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Recalling the District 86 Conference 2022
District 86 held its first-ever hybrid conference a fitting start to a New Chapter
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Podcast for Pathways
Are you looking to do a Podcast as your Pathways project
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Social engagement
Engagement is an action someone takes on your platform
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When called upon to lead
Are you ready to serve when called upon to do so?
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Do you have a message you want to share with the District?

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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

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Toastmasters International Conventions
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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Roadmap for online meetings
Share this simple-to-follow guide with members to deliver good online meetings
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New Videos for Club Elections
Watch these videos to learn how to smoothly run your club elections
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Celebrating women in leadership
Did you miss some or all of the inspiring conversation on International Women’s Day
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Create Meeting Spice
From Quiz Masters to Mystery Greeters, discover how to use non-traditional roles
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Climbing the Corporate (Club) Ladder
It’s a great time to recommend Toastmasters within the workplace.
Read More>>
110 Speaking Skills
Dive into the details of how to effectively combine your strongest characteristics
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Cont'd DD Myrna Barthe, DTM

I hope you enjoyed our virtual/hybrid 2022 Spring Conference.  Thanks to the Conference Committee we were treated to great workshops, fabulous keynote and guest speakers, and recognized a non-Toastmaster for her service to her community showing communication and leadership.  Even so, the main purpose of holding our Conference was to elect our District Officers for 2022-2023.  Their term of office will run from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

It is my privilege to present to you your elected District Officers for 2022-2023

TITLE NAME
District Director Deridor Collier, DTM
Program Quality Director Nancy Movrin, DTM
Club Growth Director Jayapriya Muthukumar, DTM
Division C Director Cheryl Rankin, DL1
Division D Director Marc Desormeaux, VC1
Division E Director Bhushan Rele, DTM
Division F Director Sharon D’Souza, DTM
Division L Director Gillian Sheldon, DTM
Division S Director Jimmy Chien, CC
Division T Director Carolyn Anne (CJ) Janzen, EH4
Division W Director Tejwant Sethi, IP5
Please join me in congratulating the incoming District Officers
 
Should you wish to make a difference in our District, why not apply for an Area Director position?  The forms can be found here - https://toastmasters86.org/area-director-application-form/ .  Send your completed forms for consideration to our District Director Elect, Deridor Collier at dcolliertm@gmail.com
Myrna Barthe, DTM 
District 86 Director, 2021-2022
Cont'd PQD Deridor Collier, DTM

May and June are the final months of this Toastmaster year. Reflect on your growth and celebrate your achievements!

Do you have a level or Path to complete by June 30th? Speak with your VP Education and schedule time to deliver your speeches.
Embrace your development through the education program. Are you on level one and need a little help? Reach out to your Vice President Education for support.
Hats off to you! Your development and success collectively resulted in:
  • 75 clubs achieving 5 or more Distinguished Club Points.
  • 1075 completed Pathway levels.
  • 104 Triple Crowns achieved.
  • 7 Distinguished Toastmaster awards achieved.
Keep growing with Toastmasters whether your club is online, hybrid, or in person!
Members and Club Officers, please see District 86 Program Quality Awards, Incentives, and Recognition: 2021–2022 for incentives you can earn by June 30th, 2022. Your support to members is reflected in their achievements as you submit their completed Pathway levels.


Club Officers
The Club Officer election is coming up. Please prepare to conduct your club election in May and immediately have the current President or Secretary submit the elected Club Officer's information to Toastmasters International via Club Central. Submitting Club Officer information before June 30th, 2022 contributes towards your club’s Distinguished Club goal next year.
Encourage the newly elected Club Officers to register and attend District 86 Toastmasters International Leadership Institute (TLI / Club Officer Training (COT). It provides them with information about their roles and responsibilities, tools, and resources to support members and the club. They will learn from seasoned Toastmasters and connect with peers.

Toastmasters Leadership Institute – June 4th, 2022.
Toastmasters Leadership Institute – June 11th, 2022.

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.

Haven’t selected a path, use these resources to get started with level one. Need a refresher on approving or submitting a member’s completed path?

Visit the PQD Resource page for upcoming events.
 
Deridor Collier, DTM
District 86, Program Quality Director, 2021 - 2022

Cont'd  Recalling the District 86 Spring Conference 2022

Congratulations to Ross Cunningham, winner of the District 86 table Topics contest and Annie Bai, winner of the District 86 International Speech Contest.

We wish Annie Bai the very best in representing District 86 at the Region Quarter Finals!
District 86 held its first-ever hybrid conference thanks to the Spring Conference Committee and members. The workshop presenters delivered very informative and highly engaging presentations. Table Topics and International Speech contests were phenomenal. Lark Doley DTM, 2018 – 2019 President Toastmasters International was here to support and encourage members virtually and in person. She encouraged members to begin writing their New Chapter in their Toastmaster journey. 


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.

3Rs: Retention. Renewal. Reinstate

Earlier this month, we held a special event at the Coaches Corner on April 8th titled

3Rs: Retention. Renewal. Reinstate. 

International President-Elect DTM Matt Kinsey presented a keynote on 

"Why are you worried about retention?"

The presentation by DTM Matt Kinsey was very well received. I thoroughly recommend that you watch the recording. Link below.

We also had DTM Rob Belsby, co-founder of Soar to Excellence Toastmasters club, share how his club went from 10 members in December to 23 members in Mid-March!!

Here is the recording that I recommend you watch!! There are so many great pointers packed into this presentation, you don't want to miss it. If you attended the event, I recommend that you review the recording. Have a pen and paper ready to take notes. 

Here is the Youtube link: https://youtu.be/QA4gCpaP_tM

I'd love to hear from you if this recording can help you serve your members better. 

Let me also know how else I can serve you and the members of your club. 

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

Cont'd PRM, Nancy Movrin, DTM

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love spring’s sense of newness, reinvention, and enthusiasm.  It's about days getting longer, and optimistic, limitless horizons. Even in the beat of Spring’s temperature fluctuations, its glory is brief. Blink, and it’s humid and hot. Blink again, and the days grow shorter. 
 
A number of District events coincide with the spring season:  member renewals, the conference, and club elections to name a few.  We see members in full bloom, finishing speeches, and possibly contemplating their next contest speech as the District Table Topics and International contest winners are announced. 
 
As we approach the second last month of our Toastmasters year, the PR team continues to work hard for the District and its members. Collectively, we have learned together, grown, and blossomed.
 
I am proud and inspired by the way this team has risen and created awesome content. They did it with flexibility, tenacity, mettle – and in a caring and supportive manner to one another.  Thank you team for your enormous contributions.
 
Since last July, I have been visiting clubs across the district and am very pleased and grateful for the promotional efforts of the club's Vice Presidents of Public Relations.  VP's of PR, along with their fellow club officers, also work hard on behalf of their members, to ensure an active public relations and publicity program for their clubs. 
 
Many thanks for working together with your members these last 10 months.  Keep going; let’s make these last two months our finest hours.

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

Cont'd Randy Moore - Equipment You may want to buy for Successful Hybrid Meetings

I was asked recently what equipment is needed to pull off a successful hybrid meeting because my club has been going strong pushing forward with hybrid meetings. Week after week the meetings get better and better as we learn the ins and outs of hybrid toastmaster meetings. Our club is blessed because the meeting room that we meet at once a week happens to have a large 50-inch TV which we can connect to for our zoom members in attendance.  Not everyone has the luxury of a 50-inch TV but you'd be surprised how many people you have projectors you may be able to use. Many meeting rooms come equipped with them.

We have our lectern facing the TV with boardroom tables along each side and chairs for the members in attendance. The TV screen with zoom tends to look like another audience period

Other than a big screen to display the zoom attendees here are some items you may wish to purchase or ask members to bring from home.

  • A laptop equipped to handle zoom
    • 1 separate webcam is attached to this laptop that captures the sound as well
    • 1 Microphone if the webcam does not already capture sound
  • Another Laptop for a closer view of the speaker
    • 1 Webcam with a USB extension cable
    • 1 Stand to hold the webcam in the middle of the room to get an up-close shot of the lectern

If buying a webcam, I would recommend at least one conference camera if your club can afford it.  We purchased a Logitech Conference Cam and are very happy with it so far.  Most people have laptops these days so I would never recommend buying a laptop for your club but webcams are worth the money.

Happy Hybrid Meetings!

Randy Moore, DTM
District 86, Finance Manager, 2021-2022
What does engagement mean on Social?

Engagement is an action someone takes on your platform.  Examples include reactions (i.e. likes), comments, shares, saves, viewing a video, or clicking on a link.
To increase engagement:

1. Entertain, Educate, Encourage
Viewers don’t want a sales pitch. Connect them with content to make them smile, make them think, or better their lives in some way.

2. Keep it Short
The majority of people access social on their mobile devices. In fact, as of January 2022, a whopping 98.5% of users worldwide continue to visit Facebook from any kind of mobile device (source: Statistica)
To capture attention quickly and keep viewers connected, use short posts with engaging media.

3. Quality Matters
Viewers scroll through content quickly and will pass on mediocre posts. A simple, well-thought-out post will attract more attention than a bunch of subpar posts.

4. Images and Video
Simple photos and video posts generate higher engagement.  Smartphones today have excellent camera quality. If you are not confident shooting media, download the free images available from Toastmasters International.  Purchasing stock photography is another great option.

5. Don’t Forget Your Fans
If people comment, reply back or acknowledge it with a reaction.  Ask a club member to help you by monitoring comments and responding back. If someone posts a question, direct them to your website or have the appropriate club officer reach out. They may be your next guest!

 

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

Doing the podcast elective as your Pathways project? 
 
What podcast format are you using?

Solo Show
You are the “star” of the show; perfect if your goal is to build a reputation as being the authority on your subject.

  • Considerations: this is the most intimidating format for a beginner. You are talking to yourself for an extended period of time. Have your talking points clearly laid out, or risk sounding like you are rambling.

Co-Hosted Show
You are presenting alongside another person, whether in-person or virtually. 

  • Considerations: you and your cohost will rely on each other for the time commitment needed to record your podcast.  Layout in advance who owns the podcast (i.e., whose editing software is being used, etc.), and what is the plan if your co-host becomes unavailable in the future. 

Interview Show
You are using the value of others to bring expertise to your podcast.

  • Considerations: you are talking to your heroes. Don’t gush.  People will want to hear from your hero, not you slobbering all over them.  It takes some organizing to find, approach, and schedule guests.  Sometimes a scheduled guest might not show up, or the technology may not work to their favor during your call.

Roundtable
You invite more than one guest to discuss a specific topic.

  • Considerations: this format requires more juggling on your part in approaching and scheduling multiple guests. As above, one of the guests could be a no-show, or the technology may not work in their favor.

Documentary
You are offering a learning experience through a narration of interviews, conversations, and on-location clips.

  • Considerations: this format requires a higher level of editing skills, and time required for pre, and postproduction work.

What is your podcast about?  Curious minds want to know! Email the Public Relations Manager publicrelationsmanager@toastmasters86.org  your podcast link and let us know what has been working for you and any tips you can offer to others starting out.

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

Cont'd - When Called Upon To Lead

The Toastmasters promise says to serve when called upon to do so.

Every year about this time we are provided the opportunity to serve our clubs. This is your chance to return the favor you just received from your fellow members over the last 12 months.   More than that you are provided a valuable chance to learn through doing a variety of skills such as team building, planning, and implementation, finances, event planning chairing regular meetings, logistics, and much much more.

Why not stand for election at the club level, serve your club, grow your network, and derive well-deserved recognition for your efforts of a job well done.

See you there


Bill Kirby, DTM
District 86, Alignment Chair

Cont'd - On The Fence About Being an Area Director?  Don't Be!

An Area Director isn’t a “tell them what to do” leadership experience. It’s the opposite! 

Area Directors bring to the club members a bigger picture of what Toastmasters is and can be in their lives. This is a supportive leadership role.  Area Directors don’t lead but assist – also known as servant leadership; it’s a powerful leadership model and one that builds trust and lasting relationships.

While Leadership can mean that you make things happen, Servant leadership is about making things happen to help others achieve their goals.  Its project management and event planning – such as working with the Division Director to provide make-up officer training. It’s volunteer management and workplace training, as you assist club officers in their success goals. It's stakeholder management and management consulting.

Additional transferable skills that employers will appreciate include problem-solving, analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and adaptability. In your position as an Area Director, you will discover that the most important aspect of transferable skills is that they are yours to keep!

 An Area Director is appointed for a term of one Toastmasters program year, running from July 1 to June 30.
Looking to build on your leadership skills, grow and develop new skills, and give back to the organization that has made this all possible?  Seize every opportunity towards your leadership growth by applying to be an Area Director!

To read more about this role, take a look at these toastmasters resources:
https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/serving-clubs-through-visits-a-guide-for-area-directors
https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/District-Leadership-Handbook
To apply, go to  https://toastmasters86.org/area-director-application-form

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

Congratulations On Your Club Anniversaries!
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10 YEAR Anniversaries
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15 YEAR Anniversaries
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20 YEAR Anniversaries
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Discovery Toastmasters Club
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30 YEAR Anniversaries
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65 YEAR Anniversaries
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Kitchener-Waterloo Toastmasters Club
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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