District 42 Contestants Shine in COG

On May 20, 2020, six District International Speech contestants practiced their speeches in an online Circle of Gold. It was the first time that all six Divisions were together in one session.

Each contestant practiced their speech and heard feedback from a stellar feedback team of twelve led by Nandini. It was a night of sharing insights, suggestions, laughter and fellowship. Circle of Gold is really about friends helping friends succeed.

Some of the comments made at the end of the evening were:

  • “There was no way I would have got this far without Circle of Gold.”
  • “Tonight I heard ideas that will make my speech even stronger.”
  • “I learned tonight to be playful and have fun.”
  • “The bar has been raised! All the participants learned from the speakers and feedback.”
  • “How amazing it is to be learning and growing —with my competitors who are now friends.”

May all six District contestants speak straight from their hearts to yours. That is the gift of gold!

District 42 International Speech contest is on May 30 at 1 pm. See the Event calendar for details.

Online Circle of Gold for District 42 International Speech contestants

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Division E COG Online Rocks

Fellowship & Learning Online!

On May 1 2020, we held our first Division E COG online! Nine contestants practiced their speeches. They received helpful, insightful, and encouraging feedback from a stellar team led by Nandini. Afterwards contestants shared their experiences.

“This was like a masterclass in speaking.”

“I had heard of COG but now I have experienced it. This is amazing.”

Our tech team volunteers, Marvin, Ruby, and Geetha made everything seem easy. We started with a plenary session. Then contestants moved into two zoom breakout rooms for speech practice. We even had a breakout room for the evaluation contestants to write their notes. Two timers, Lina and Mary, kept us on track.

Darlene and Iris facilitated the meetings in the two rooms. With their welcoming manner, they set the tone for a safe place to practice and grow.  Many thanks to our feedback team: Nandini, Russ, Kelly, Harvey, Randy, Jennifer, Katrina and Saya.

Though we didn’t have our usual COG snacks, we did have learning, laughter and fellowship. Division E COG online really did rock!

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D42 Goes Virtual – Online Toastmasters Meetings

Congratulations to the many District 42 Toastmasters Clubs now meeting online! The virtual experience is building momentum.
The opportunity exists to visit any of the following D42 clubs from the comfort of your home and we encourage you to do so, especially, if your club is currently not meeting.
Please contact the club directly to obtain the necessary information to log into the meeting.
You are able to send an email to obtain the information by clicking on the Club Contact’s name.
If your Club is online and is not listed below, please contact prm@d42tm.org to be included on the list.
Please check District 42 Online Event Resources and D42 Online Meetings Facebook group to find online best practices.

D42 ONLINE CLUBS

Club/Area/Division Name

Day

Start Time

End Time

Contact

LIV Ad-Libs Toastmasters

Monday

11:30

13:15

Ali Samadi

CMA Toastmasters

Monday

11:50

13:15

Abraham George

Bow Valley Toastmasters Club

Monday

18:00

20:00

Wendie Swirski

Coulee Commentators

Monday

18:30

21:00

Kimiko Epp

Airdrie Discovery Toastmasters

Monday

19:00

21:00

Tera Grocholski

Airdrie Discovery Toastmasters

Monday

19:00

21:00

Robert Rodgers

Calgary Advanced Toastmasters

Monday

19:00

20:45

Marvin Henry

FAC Toastmasters

Monday

19:00

20:45

Marina Gabor

Golden Gavel Toastmasters

Monday

19:00

20:30

Saya Sanyal

Vibrant Speakers

Monday

19:00

21:00

Aamar Maqsood

Plains Toastmasters club

Monday

19:15

20:45

Jill Watson

Spring Forward NW Toastmasters

Monday

19:30

21:15

Jey Kumar

Verbal Gainz Toastmasters Club

Monday

19:30

20:30

Christian Carello

Westhills Club

Monday

20:00

22:00

Lauren Diederichs

High River Toastmasters

Monday

16:30

21:00

Matt Fox

Twin Rivers 667 Toastmasters Club

Monday

17:45

20:00

Michelle Lund

Rivertown Criers

Monday

19:00

20:00

Brenda Patterson 

Calgary Morning

Tuesday

7:00

8:00

Dick Myers

Absolutely Fabulous Toastmasters

Tuesday

12:00

13:30

Iris Talbot

Calgary Talking Toastmasters

Tuesday

12:00

13:00

Princeton Lau

Literally Speaking

Tuesday

12:00

13:00

Harvey Taphorn

PLC Communicators

Tuesday

12:00

13:00

Bob Rodgers

Tuesday Nooners

Tuesday

12:00

13:00

Doug Walker

Calgary Speakeasy

Tuesday

12:05

13:55

Greg Gordon

Fluor Communicators

Tuesday

12:05

13:00

Irma Goosen

AfterFive Toastmaster

Tuesday

18:00

20:00

Johnson Zavier

Circle T Toastmasters

Tuesday

18:30

20:00

Ryan O’Reilly

Spoken Word Toastmasters

Tuesday

18:30

20:00

Shadna Rana

Igniters Toastmasters Club

Tuesday

18:45

21:00

Ksenija Crnogorac

Glenmore RSVP

Tuesday

19:00

20:30

Carol Dyte

Inspired Toastmasters

Tuesday

19:00

21:00

Laura Chambers

Wascana Club

Tuesday

19:00

21:00

Cyndie Knorr

Calgary Pace Setters Toastmasters

Tuesday

19:00

21:00

Vesna Ivkovic

Verve

Wednesday

7:30

8:30

Dick Myers

Lightning Strikes Toastmasters

Wednesday

11:30

13:15

Gimalle Crawford

Speak Upside Toastmasters

Wednesday

11:30

13:15

Glenn Malcolm

Westenders Toastmasters Club

Wednesday

11:30

13:15

Emma Glover

Centennial Toastmasters

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Al Gibson

Downtowners Toastmasters

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

David Bartolf

Fluor Communicators

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Irma Goosen

Pile O Bones Toastmasters

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Kjeld Gattinger

Refined Speakers

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Marjerie Salisse

Toast of the Town Toastmasters

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Joanne Smith

Transformers Toastmasters Club

Wednesday

12:00

13:00

Valerie Erikson

Fish Creek Bravehearts

Wednesday

18:30

20:00

Rayanne Rodier

SAIT Sayers Toastmasters Club

Wednesday

17:00

19:15

Robert Rodgers

ShawMasters Toastmasters Club

Wednesday

17:15

18:30

Jennifer D’ Amico

Club 13 Toastmasters

Wednesday

17:15

18:30

Brad Smart

WAAMtastic Club

Wednesday

17:45

19:45

Fernando Tome

3500 Foot Toastmaster

Wednesday

18:30

20:30

Grant Hanna

Talk of the Hill Toastmasters

Wednesday

18:30

20:30

Katrina Aburrow

Bedstone Olympics Club Meeting

Wednesday

19:30

21:30

Maria Eugenia Gutierrez

Dynamically Speaking Toastmasters

Thursday

7:00

8:00

Freddi Dogterom

Burnt Toastmasters Club Meeting

Thursday

11:30

13:30

Dave MacDougall

CanOrators

Thursday

11:30

13:30

Carolyn Kaldy

Fifth Avenue Place

Thursday

11:30

13:30

Lorraine Marshall

Ace of Clubs Toastmaster

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Princeton Lau

Bottom Line Toastmasters Club

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Dee Wharton

Burnt Toastmasters

Thursday

12:00

13:00

 

Current Speakers 

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Stephanie Northcott

FCC Stubble Jumpers (every 2nd)

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Laurel Wingert

Calgary Emerson Toastmasters Club

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Roberto Bayardo

Simply Speaking

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Kris Rooneem

Station 29

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Trinda Bowes

UR Toastmasters

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Yongxuan (Sophia) He

Water’s Edge Toastmasters Club

Thursday

12:00

13:00

Meghan Norman

Stantalkers Club

Thursday

12:05

1:15

Gerri Fraser

CREB Talkers Toastmasters

Thursday

16:30

18:00

Kimberly Detmold

Foothills Toastmasters

Thursday

18:00

20:00

 

Chinook Toastmasters Club

Thursday

18:30

20:20

Niloo Ardalani

Cranston Communicators

Thursday

19:00

21:00

Susan Brown

MVP Advanced

Thursday

19:00

21:00

Valerie Erikson

Big Rock Toastmasters

Thursday

19:00

20:30

Tim Plett

High Riser Toastmasters

Thursday

19:00

20:15

Sheela Das

Mountain Mumblers 

Thursday

19:00

20:30

Lara Seward-Guenette

Speedy Creek Toastmasters

Thursday

19:00

20:30

Bula Ghosh

To The Point Toastmasters Club

Thursday

19:15

20:45

Nirmal Sahar

Speakers Edge Toastmasters Club

Saturday

9:30

11:30

Rasmi A. Mantilla

Bedstone Olympics Club Meeting

Saturday

10:00

12:00

Maria Eugenia Gutierrez

Weekend Wordmasters

Saturday

10:00

11:30

Laurel Wingert

Bottom Line Toastmasters Club

Saturday

14:00

15:00

Dee Wharton

Speech Hub Toastmasters Club

Sunday

11:30

13:15

Lorraine S

Twin Rivers 667 Toastmasters Club

Sunday

18:00

19:00

Michelle Lund

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Circle of Gold Online!

It was fun to meet face to face in the past. COVID-19 won’t stop us. It will be fun to meet again online.

Never fear – Circle of Gold will continue to support our Division and District contestants as they prepare for the upcoming online contests. We are currently enlisting volunteers to provide the best expertise for our contestants.

What we know now:

  • Division Directors and their COG Coordinators will host COG sessions for the Division contestants.
  • District Table Topics and Evaluation contestants may attend those sessions for practice and also visit online club meetings to practice.
  • District International Speech contestants may attend an online COG session on May 20 from 6-9 pm.
  • District Humorous Speech contestants will have an online COG session in early June.

We will meet again – online!

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Secrets of Preparing for Fall Contests

Confidence comes from feeling prepared. Are you thinking about entering the Table Topics and Evaluation contests but nervous about competing? This interactive workshop will give you the tips and secrets that will help you feel more confident. See how it works as mock contestants try out the tips and listen to advice from the feedback team. The workshop will be led by Darlene Davies and the Circle of Gold Core Team and hosted by CATS. Secrets of champions – just for you.

Join us on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Brentwood COOP. See the Events page to find out more details. Note date was changed from Sept 24 to Oct 1.

COG at CATS 2017 – So much fun!

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Circle of Gold Celebrates Outstanding Year

What an outstanding year for Circle of Gold! Now there is a COG in every Division. Some of the nearly 80 volunteers in Calgary and Southern Alberta celebrated in a potluck supper and awards night in Calgary on June 23, 2018.

Russ Dantu, our District Champion, presented his winning speech and of course everyone there had to give him feedback! There were two District level Circles of Gold, one in Regina and one in Calgary for every District 42 contestant who wanted to participate. Feedback from the audience said this was an amazing contest year!

Click on image for larger photos.

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Circle of Gold is Here To Stay in Division A

A strong showing of division contestants and feedback volunteers resulted in a wonderful learning experience on March 29, 2018 in the Division A Circle of Gold at Fluor. Thank you to Fluor Communicators and MVP Advanced Toastmasters for the beautiful facility and support for this meeting.

Four International Speech contestants and one Evaluation contestant participated. Several other area winners came to offer ideas with the feedback team of over seven seasoned Toastmasters. We laughed, we cried, we danced, and we reflected on strong messages throughout the delivery of the speeches. Suggestions using the guidelines of “Content, Voice and Body” directed the feedback comments to be specific and detailed. We all witnessed advice that was thoughtful, organized and well received by speakers.

Statements about the evening include:

“Once it gets rolling, the enthusiasm is infectious, and we just can’t stop ourselves from saying something and being as helpful as we possibly can.”

“Great evening of learning and some key feedback to make my speech better…greatly appreciated.”

“I just wanted to thank you again for organizing the Circle of Gold last night and inviting me to attend.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience and it’s going to help me make my speech even better for the next level. I hope these sessions continue in the future.”

“Thank you to all the contestants and volunteers who gave of their night to be a part of improving the presentations at our Division A Contest! The cheerfully given support and high energy certainly creates better speakers, evaluators and leaders in a friendly environment. The concept of Circle of Gold provides many hidden benefits and makes our members stronger on and off the competition stage.”

“The experience is fun and worthwhile for competitors and supporters alike.”

Circle of Gold is here to stay in Division A!
By Christina Kruis, Division A Circle of Gold Coordinator

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Circle of Gold and Pathways

Wouldn’t it be great to work with a group of other keen members in a Circle of Gold to learn and understand Pathways?

Participants could focus on understanding Base Camp … or focus on a Path(s)… or support members who want to achieve their DTM’s in the traditional program before the transition period ends in June/July 2020. Or any combination of those! The beauty of Circle of Gold peer mentoring is its ability to adapt to support and meet the needs of the participants!

All it takes is a few people who want to help each other develop and hone their skills in a chosen focus area. Exciting new possibilities!

Submitted by Darlene Davies

 

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More Tips to Memorize your speech

More tips to memorize a speech was discussed at the 17 Feb 2018 Saturday Circle of Gold session. Three new contestants presented their speeches.  We learned that nothing beats the power of practice, practice and practice, of any speech.   Have you heard about the power of 21? One of our speakers’ practices the speech 21 times once she knows it is ready for delivery.

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Gold Coins for Division A

by Darlene Davies

Nearly 40 people received gold coins (chocolate) at the Circle of Gold Workshop at the Division A COT training in the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour on Feb 10, 2018.

Led by Darlene Davies and Nandini Venkatesan, the theme was learning, experiencing and sharing the power of Circle of Gold. Our guest speaker, Lina, shared her draft speech; heard suggestions from the feedback team, Nandini, and two volunteers; and then redid the opening and closing using the suggestions. What a difference! Participants enthusiastically agreed to share what they learned with a resounding Halleluiah.

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