District Citation Application Deadline January 1, 2020

The District Citation has been created to recognize outstanding or unique contributions which further the Toastmaster spirit and ideals, and which are not otherwise recognized through the existing District and International programs.

Who is Eligible

Any District 42 Toastmaster in good standing in a club of good standing, excluding any current or Past Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director or District Director/ Governors. Members campaigning/nominated for the aforementioned positions for the term beginning the upcoming July 1 are also excluded.

How to Submit

Nominations, using the District 42 Citation Nomination Form, along with supporting documentation are to be submitted to the chair of the Past District Governors and Directors Committee, Catherine Secundiak (csecundiak@d42tm.org) no later than January 1.
Written nominations can be submitted by any Toastmaster in good standing in a Club of good standing in the District. Each nomination must be endorsed by at least three District 42 Toastmasters in good standing.

Selection and Presentation

Recipients will be selected annually by the Past District Governors and Directors Committee. The District Citation(s) will be presented at the annual Spring Conference by the chair of the Past District Governors and Directors Committee.
Note: To maintain the standard of excellence for this award, the Past District Governors and Directors Committee may choose NOT to present this award in any given year.
A list of Past District 42 Citation Winners can be found here: District 42 Hall of Fame.
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Division Club Leadership Training – Save the Dates!

D42 Leadership Training
Congratulations to Division B and Division D who held Leadership Training on Saturday. November 16, 2019.
The training session held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Alberta Health Services, focused on building and developing your career.
Further training is already planned for January and February to aid you in becoming a better leader in your club, your area and your life.
January 11, 2020, 8:00 am – 5:00pm
January 18, 2020, 12:00 – 5:00 pm (To be confirmed)
1530 Broadway Avenue, Regina, SK
January 20, 2020, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
February 12, 2020, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
February 13, 2020, 5:00 – 9:00 pm (TBC)
1530 Broadway Avenue, Regina, SK
February 29, 2020, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Alberta Health Services, 10101 Southport Road SW, Calgary, AB
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Speakers Call – D42 Conference 2020

D42 Speaker Call

About the Conference

This year’s conference is all about connecting the dots. Think of the dots as the skills we learn as a Toastmaster and the connections as the application of those skills in our work, family and social lives. We join Toastmasters for more than the communication and leadership skills. That “more” happens when we make these connections and become a more complete person.
Location: Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge, 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB
When: Friday, May 1 through Sunday May 3, 2020
Questions: Contact Susan Cramer, Conference Chair at SpringChair@d42tm.org

About the Speaking

Speakers are not limited to members of District 42 Toastmasters or the Toastmasters organization.

There are 4 speaking opportunities available across the 3 days, each 30-45 minutes in length. Our expectation is your content presented will include audience participation in some fun, interactive way.

There is no compensation (meals, expenses or money) for your speaking. However, we can share any post-event survey feedback from our audience for your speaking performance and offer you a space at the back of the room to sell product for one hour before and one hour after your performance.

About the Application Process

We are accepting applications until February 2, 2020.  Once acceptance closes, the Program team will evaluate applications and recommend those to perform. You can expect them to contact you if they need more information, when you are selected or to notify you the process is complete.

Thank you for taking the time to apply.

Connecting the dots…

Susan Cramer, DTM
D42 2020 Conference Chair

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We Remember Our Friend, Josephine Choy, DTM

Josephine Choy, DTM

District 42 Finance Manager, Circle of Gold Coordinator, Distinguished Toastmaster

It is with great sadness we inform you that our dear friend, Josephine passed away on Thursday November 28th, 2019 at the Agape Hospice. She had been suffering with terminal and inoperable cancer for the last couple months. She demonstrated incredible courage and was a favourite of many hospital staff.

Josephine’s daughters, Barbara and Rebecca, were by her side during the past few weeks. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We are grateful for Josephine’s leadership in District 42. She willingly shared her inspirational thoughts, photos and words of motivation. She positively impacted hundreds of people in the way she gave and encouraged others. We appreciate her helpful, constructive evaluations, her constant support and artistic photography at many Toastmasters events including speech contests. She was a talented gardener and always generous with her garden harvest. 

We invite you to remember Josephine’s positive energy and optimistic spirit.

District 42 Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan

* 2019-2020 District 42 Finance Manager

* 2018-2019 Division C, Circle of Gold Coordinator

* 2017-2019 Demonstration Meetings

* 2017-2019 Youth Leadership Program Coordinator

* 2015-2019 Speech Contest Judge

* 2017-2018 Division A1 Area Director

* 2016-2017 MVP Advanced Club Treasurer

* 2015-2017 3500 Foot Club Treasurer

* 2015-2016 Heritage Go-Getters Club President

Friends and family are invited to her Memorial Service being held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday December 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Josephine’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

If friends and family so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588, http://www.agapehospice.ca/ahfunding.html

A tree will be planted in living memory of Josephine Choy. McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Step Up To Leadership

District Leadership Deadlines 2020
Every year, District 42 looks for servant leaders to step up and lead our District. Have you thought about taking your skills to the next level? Are you ready?  It’s your time! Time to stretch yourself and consider serving as a District Leader on the 2020-2021 District Executive Committee.  Nominations are now open!  The District leadership term begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021.  For all nominations and nomination questions, please e-mail DLC@d42tm.org.
STEP 1: Decide How to Serve
Review the document District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities (PDF) from Toastmasters International to decide how you wish to serve your fellow Toastmasters. It gives you an overview of each district officer role. The document District Leader Competencies (PDF) describes the expected skills, knowledge, and characteristics of district officers.  Take a look at your personal and professional development goals and see which role serves YOU best.
Not quite ready yet?  Contact your Club President, Area Director or Division Director and let them know you are interested!  There are club roles, Pathways projects, area, division and district projects that you can assist with to help you get ready!  Click here for a few opportunities to get you started!
STEP 2: Get Nominated
After you select an office, it’s time to get nominated. You can nominate any active Toastmaster in good standing in our district – including yourself. Yes, you may definitely nominate yourself and the process is simple. Just fill out the District Leader Nominating Form and submit to the District Leadership Committee (DLC@d42tm.org) before the deadline for the coming year.
The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the 2020-21 District term July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 for the following elected positions:
  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Division Directors:
  • Calgary AB – A, C, E, F
  • Southern AB – D
  • Southern SK – B
Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run (nomination forms) is February 29, 2020.
Election of Officers will take place at the District Council meeting at the Spring Convention May 2nd, 2020, in Lethbridge, AB.
The following positions are appointed by the District Director and open for nomination for the District term July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021:
  • Administration Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Area Directors (approximately 28 positions available in various locations near you across Southern AB and Southern SK)
Deadline for nomination forms is March 31, 2020.
These Officers will be appointed by the District Director in May, 2020.
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WANTED: Youth Leadership Program Coordinators 2020

Youth Leadership Program

Toastmasters deliver the Youth Leadership Program in a workshop format consisting of one to two-hour sessions over six weeks to enable young people under the age of 18 to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. District 42 is fortunate to work with the Calgary Public Library to deliver these programs throughout our community.

Fall 2019 saw 5 successful sessions completed at:

  • Central Library
  • Crowfoot Library
  • Seton Library
  • Shawnessy Library
  • Chinatown

Interest in the program continues to grow with waiting lists forming at several of the venues. To meet the need and expand the program, we are currently seeking additional coordinators. We need Youth Leadership Coordinators for January 4, 5 and 15 starts with a six week commitment.

The Program

The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. In the workshop, participants learn valuable skills including:

  • Evaluating their own speaking ability
  • Preparing and giving speeches
  • Giving impromptu talks
  • Controlling their voice, vocabulary and gestures
  • Giving constructive feedback and more

The Benefits

Stepping into this role fulfills a major step in the Pathways System and vital for those trying to complete DTM by June 30th. This is second to the fulfillment you receive by changing a small group of young people future by providing them a hand up, when hyou teach them the Toastmasters’ skills you benefit from.

With Coordinators fresh from the program, mentorship opportunities exist for the next couple of months. Additionally, preference is given to those previously involved in Youth Leadership. This allows enables us to maintain a high quality of the program delivery.

The Team

Team focus is important.
1) To combat volunteer burn out.
2) In case a Coordinator is unavailable, the young people experience consistency with other team members.
3) The program requires three (3) regulars plus a guest speaker to successfully facilitate the meeting.

  • Coordinator works with Chair Person and Table Topic Master
  • Coordinator works with evaluations and volunteers / cheerleads
  • Recorder / floater

YLP Coordinator Training

Saturday, November 2, 2019

1-4 PM

Fish Creek Library – 11161 Bonaventure Dr SE


For additional information, contact

Adam MacDonald (403-808-3795, adamma@telus.net) or

Christina Kruis, DTM (403-771-4884, ckruis@d42tm.org)

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Announcing Club Fitness Awards

Club Fitness Awards

Toastmasters District 42’s Program Quality Director, Christina Kruis, is please to annouce the The CLUB FITNESS AWARD.

This Award is given to clubs that:
> Confirm all emails for their entire membership are accurate
> Present Moments of Truth and provide the date of presentation
> Submit their Club Success Plan to their Area Director and Program Quality Director (ckruis@d42tm.org)

These three tasks must be completed by October 30.

Successful clubs will receive a Toastmasters cinch pack and water bottle.
Register here once you to apply for this award.
Here’s the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/club_fitness_award_2019

Saya has offered to present a Moments of Truth workshop. Each club can send a member to learn how to effectively present this workshop to their club.  Watch the EVENTS calendar for the date and location.  Moments of Truth tells our members we are listening to them. The club executive is creating the resources, strategies and support for members to achieve their goals. What a great way to increase retention and grow our clubs.    

ALSO as announced in latest Dispatch:

AD’s that submit all their AD reports before Oct 30 will be rewarded (and DD’s that have 100% AD reports submitted will be awarded too).  You will enjoy a TMI Coffee cup with a Smedly quote to remember your success.

Recognized Area Director Award!!! 

Do it right, get recognized.  Nice concept!!!


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Breaking News: DTM Traditional Program

DTM 2020 Traditional Pgm

READ THIS NOW if you are working in the Traditional TM Program. 

Don’t Miss Out!!

Do you have accurate information about completing awards in the Traditional TM program? Please read these tips to be sure you are achieving all you can before June 2020. Plan now and be successful.  The District can help and we are excited that members are supporting each other. 

1. The deadline to submit all educational awards for the Traditional program is June 2020. You can be on both the Traditional program and the Pathways programs at the same time.

That means there are only a few more months to complete any partially completed educational awards on the Traditional Program (CC, CL, ALB etc.) or to complete your DTM. Careful planning may be required. We encourage you to complete these awards and get credit for both you and your club for the work you have done. At this time, TI suggests you submit your award application in early June even if the requirements will not be completed until June 30. They will hold and process the application once the requirements are recognized.

2. Log on to the Toastmaster International site and make sure your profile is up to date. Have you received all of the education awards you think you have completed?

Sometimes educational awards get missed or not submitted and members do not always get credit for work they have completed. We want to make sure if you have done the work – you get the credit. Please check your profile under Education Awards on the Toastmaster International site.

3. Do an analysis of everything you have completed to date on the attached Traditional program requirements. What do you need to do to complete your next educational award or your DTM for June 2020?

This analysis will help you have a clear understanding of what you would need to do to complete any educational awards such as an Advanced Leadership Bronze or an Advanced Communication Gold. Please email us at  DTM2020@d42tm.org for support.

4. If you need to be a club coach/mentor/ sponsorPlease email us at  DTM2020@d42tm.org for support.

5. If you need to complete an HPL (High Performance Leadership project) to complete your ALS- Advanced Leadership SilverPlease email us at  DTM2020@d42tm.org for support.

6. If you need to complete a Speechcraft, Youth Leadership or longer educational speech to complete your ACG- Advanced Communication gold, please email us at  DTM2020@d42tm.org for support.  We need leaders for  events, contests, training and other creative initiatives.

6. If you need to be a District Officer for a year for your Advanced Leadership Silver and your DTM – THIS IS STILL POSSIBLE.  If the member becomes a successful coach by June 30, they will receive credit for both coach and District service.  Please email us PROMPTLY at  DTM2020@d42tm.org for support.

7. We encourage you to submit your application for as many educational awards as possible to get credit for the work you have done on the Traditional program.

For example, many people have completed their Competent Communicator and their Competent Leader manuals as well as held a club executive role. Do you realize that if you attended club officer training and did two educational speeches, you are eligible for your Advanced Leadership Bronze award?

We want to see all our Toastmaster members who are currently on the Traditional program complete as many educational awards as possible and experience the success they deserve for all the hard work they have done over the years.

 Yours in Toastmasters,

Ann Nakaska, DTM

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Pathways: Go Time (The Webinar) Now On-Line

Pathways Webinar

We are no longer talking about Pathways, we are living it! Veteran and Rookie members alike are all getting deep into this Toastmasters learning experience now, and this naturally results in a number of questions. Therefore, this Pathways training session was designed to answer them – all of them!

This Pathways demo is customized to answer your questions. We don’t talk about how to do it, we show you how to do it. Let’s Go: Get out your laptop and do it yourself!

Finally, this training session has some requirements:

• All members need to have their personal device with them, to login to TM and access their own personal Pathways training program.

• All attendees must commit to becoming a Pathways Superuser and resource to their fellow club members.

Click on link below:

Pathways: Go Time (The Webinar)

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