D42 2020 Conference Cancelled

2020 Conference Cancelled

“Our positive energy and encouraging attitude are more contagious than Covid-19.” 

Jocelyn Hastie | District 42 Director

We are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet face to face at the D42 2020 Conference scheduled May 1-3 in Lethbridge. Toastmasters International has directed that Area, Division and District events on or prior to June 1, 2020, can no longer be conducted in person.

If you registered online to attend this Conference, please watch your email over the next couple of weeks, as we will be refunding your full registration amount via an e-transfer from District 42. 

If you registered for a room in the hotel and you have not already received a cancellation email from them, please contact the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge directly at 403-328-1123. 

The District Council Meeting will take place online and is scheduled for May 2, 2020, at 10 am. Watch your usual communication channels for updates.

Further to Toastmaster International’s directive, the D42 District Executive Committee is meeting on March 29, 2020, to determine whether to conduct or cancel Speech Contests for the remaining 2019–2020 contest cycle. Your Area and Division Directors are voting on this motion. If you have strong opinions, please let them know.

Your positive energy and understanding are greatly appreciated during these uncertain times.


D42 2020 Conference Planning Team  

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Global Directive May Move Contests Online

Zoom Online Meeting

Breaking News from Toastmasters International!

On March 14, 2020, Toastmasters International distributed an email directing all Districts that the TI Board made the following decisions regarding current and upcoming District events.

Effective immediately:

  • Area, Division, and/or District events can no longer be conducted in person, on or prior to June 1, 2020.
  • As an alternative, we encourage Areas, Divisions, and Districts to host events online to help clubs and members through this difficult time.

Further to TI’s directive, the D42 District Executive Committee is meeting on March 29, 2020 to determine whether to conduct or cancel Speech Contests for the 2019–2020 contest cycle. Your Area and Division Directors will be voting on this motion. If you have strong opinions, please let them know.

District 42 Provides Online Resources

For those clubs who choose to meet online, District 42 is funding virtual platforms (Zoom). Further, training in the use of those platforms is available.

  • If you have your own or corporate Video conferencing resources, and are comfortable using them, please proceed.
  • If your club or Area requires access to District resources, please send an email to onlineclub@d42tm.org
      • Your online meeting or Area Contest will be scheduled on D42 paid accounts.

We trust these are temporary measures, as we come together to all do our bit to help our health services fight. From hand-washing to social distancing, it is important we work together to flatten the curve and spread of covid-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move towards conducting more online meetings (a Level 4 elective on all Pathways) and continue to grow our relationships and clubs.

Do not hesitate to contact us at info@d42tm.org with any questions or concerns.

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Meetups for D42 Toastmaster Clubs

Meetup for D42 Toastmasters


Add your club to one of the hottest internet services for community engagement and to connect with guests and potential members. 

District 42 is funding a new pro meetup account. Yes, please join the other Toastmasters clubs that are adding Meetup to their membership toolbox to grow and maintain a healthy club.

Check out:  https://www.meetup.com/pro/toastmasters-in-alberta-saskatchewan

To add your club meeting as an event send an email request to meetup@d42tm.org

Give the details of your club meeting, your club website, and include the name and email address of the person who will monitor and be your club event host.

Please send any questions to: meetup@d42tm.org

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Happy Anniversary! D42 Clubs Celebrating Anniversaries in March

Wascana Toastmasters
Congratulations to our clubs celebrating anniversaries this month!
See charter date listed beside club name.
Wascana Club | March 1, 1948
Oldest Club in the District!
Meets Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 104
Knox Metropolitan Church
2340 Victoria Avenue | Regina, SK
Tuesday Nooners Club | March 1, 1965
Meets Tuesdays 11:55 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Q Haute Cuisine
100 La Caille Place SW, Calgary, AB
Palliser Toastmasters | March 1, 1978
Meets Wednesdays at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bankers Hall East – 21 Floor
855 – 2 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Wild Oats Club | March 1, 1981
Meets Mondays (except holidays)
12:05 – 1:00 p.m.
Knox Metropolitan Church
2340 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Meets Thursdays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Suncor Energy Centre
West Tower, 17 floor, Conference Room E
150 – 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Sundial Club | March 1, 1985
Meets Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Knox United Church, Choir Room (2 Floor Annex)
506 – 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Club 13 Toastmasters Club | March 1, 1986
Meets Wednesdays 5:20 p.m.
2025 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Speakmasters Club | March 1, 1989
Meets Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Executive Council Chambers | MacEwan Student Centre (MacHall)
University of Calgary | Calgary, AB
Bottom Line Club | March 1, 1992
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
Conference Center, Harry Hays Building
220 – 4 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Valley Echo Club | March 1, 1993
Meets Mondays (except holidays) 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cochrane Toyota
8 River Heights Drive, Cochrane, AB
Ace of Clubs | March 1, 1993
Meets Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
Room 50-148 Brookfield Place
225 – 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
FCC Stubble Jumpers Club | March 1, 1999
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
Farm Credit Canada – FCC Lecture Theatre
1800 Hamilton Street, Regina, SK
Current Speakers Club | March 1, 2000
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
141 – 50 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Sunny South Speakers | March 29, 2002
Meets Wednesdays 6:50 – 8:15p.m.
Coaldale Public Library (McCain Art Gallery)
2014 – 18 Street, Coaldale, AB
March 30, 2005
Meets Wednesdays 12:05 p.m.
Creative City Centre, 2 Floor (next to Capitol Restaurant)
1843 Hamitlon Street, Regina, SK
Meets Tuesdays 12:00 – 12:55 p.m.
6 Floor – Calgary House
550 – 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Meets Tuesdays 5:29 – 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, Idea Lab (Room 3-20A), 3 Floor
800 – 3 Street SE, Calgary, AB
Toastmasters 10101 | March 23, 2009
Meets Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.
10101 Southport Road SW, Calgary, AB
Simply Speaking | March 28, 2013
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
SAIT Campus, Aldred CB 412
1301 – 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
March 31, 2015
Meets Tuesdays 12:05 – 12:55 p.m.
Labour Market Services Boardroom
1955 Broad Street, Regina, SK
Sproule Toastmasters | March 3, 2016
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 12:00 p.m.
Sproule Associates Limited
Sun Life Plaza North Tower
#900, 140 – 4 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
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Step Up to … Division Director or District Executive

Step Up To District Leadership


Every year, District 42 looks for members to step up and lead our District. Have you thought about taking your skills to the next level? Are you ready?  Now’s the time! Time to stretch yourself and consider serving as a District Leader on the 2020-2021 District Executive Committee.  Nominations are now open for Division Directors (6 positions), Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director and District Director!  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.

Serving as a District Officer is a requirement to achieving the Distinguished Toastmaster award. Any of the positions listed above qualify when served for a full one year term but don’t just do it for the credit, do it for what’s in it for you!


Hear from past Division and District Executive Leaders to find out more about what YOU may get from your experience with District Leadership:

D42 Step Up To LeadershipCarolyn Kaldy, DTM

District Director 2016-2017

What interested you in District Leadership?

I have benefited from the Toastmasters program for many years and even though I had already served on the district team as area governor, division governor, district contest chair and district conference co-chair – I wanted to show my gratitude again by serving as District 42 Director 2016-2017.

Secondly, while reading Tom Rath’s book “Wellbeing”, on understanding of what makes life worthwhile, he discusses “five universal, interconnected elements that shape our lives”, one of which is Community Wellbeing. Being part of the Toastmasters community in District leadership helped make my life more meaningful.

What surprised you most about your time in District Leadership?

“The experience of different district leadership role validated that leadership is fluid and changes based on the team you have and your role/responsibilities.

Every position resulted in different leadership learnings, however, three consistent learnings through all levels were (1) the power of teamwork, (2) the importance of time management, and (3) and how to prioritize not just within Toastmasters but with all aspects of your life.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“Remember your first meeting? Think back to all that you have learning and gained by being a club member.

So like many things in life, you do not know what the benefits will be until you experience it so take a leap of faith and (as the Nike slogan goes) – Just Do It!”

Gimalle Crawford, DTM, TC5

Area Governor – 2006/2007 & Division A Director 2018/2019

How are you a different Toastmaster because of this experience?

I am certainly much more aware of the depth and breadth required to be successful in the role. I understand not only “what” needs to be done, but know “why’ it needs to be done. The additional context adds to building personal confidence, competence and capability.

What surprised you most about your time in District Leadership?

“The level of support, and, to a degree, how structured the work is. There are a number of great processes in place to help guide leaders so they don’t feel lost.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“You won’t become a better Toastmaster by continually doing the same things year after year.

Chuck LeBlanc, DTM

District Governor 2010-2013



How has this experience impacted other aspects of your life?

I have become a more confident volunteer leader. I now chair the board of directors of a local not for profit. My District Leadership experience has helped me to develop strategic plans, work closely with a team, set goals and train new members of the board. I am more confident and better equipped to lead.

In hindsight, what are you most proud of from your time in District Leadership?

Being able to gather a group of like-minded volunteer leaders to create an execute a plan was an opportunity I wouldn’t pass up. When we achieved Select Distinguished District. All the hard work we did as a team was rewarded.

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

When you step outside your club into District Leadership, a whole new world opens up to you. Don’t let that world pass you by. It can change your life.


For more information about the roles and election/appointment process, please attend one of the following Online Coffee Chats on District Leadership:

Join Zoom Meeting (same link for all Coffee Chats)
Meeting ID: 614 389 929

Coffee Chat: Step Up and Lead

Feb 8, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST

30 min

For all interested future leaders

Coffee Chat: Find Your Replacement

Feb 15, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST 30 min

For existing district leaders

Coffee Chat: Step Up and Lead

Feb 22, 2020

09:30 AM MST / 10:30 AM CST

30 min

For all interested future leaders


Contact a member of the District Leadership Committee at DLC@d42tm.org.

Click Here to learn more about the District Leader Roles and Nomination Process

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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

Click on the image below to watch a video to learn more about District Leadership!
Every year, District 42 looks for 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!  Clickhere 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 following 3 forms and submit to the District Leadership Committee (DLC@d42tm.org) before the deadline for the coming year.

Elected Positions

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the District term July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 for the following elected positions:
  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Division Directors (6 positions available in various locations near you across Southern AB and Southern SK)
Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run (nomination forms) is February 29, 2020.

STEP 3: Complete an Interview with the DLC

Once you submit a nomination form, you will be contacted by members of the District Leadership Committee (DLC) to complete a qualifying interview.  The interviews of Candidates for Elected Positions will begin in March.

STEP 4: Start Campaigning for Office

We want to ensure a fair election.  Please review the Campaign Guidelines from Toastmasters International.
Election of Officers will take place at the District Council meeting at the Spring Convention May 2nd, 2020, in Lethbridge, AB.

Appointed Positions

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.

STEP 3: Complete an Interview with the DLC

Once you submit a nomination form, you will be contacted by members of the District Leadership Committee (DLC) to complete a qualifying interview.  The interviews of Candidates for Appointed Positions will begin in April.

STEP 4: Commit to Your Appointment

These Officers will be appointed by the District Director in May, 2020.  You will be required to sign a “District Officer Agreement” form and a “District Leader Commitment” form before the appointment will be submitted to Toastmasters International for your education credit.  Not completing all the requirements for the position for the full term may result in termination of the agreement and you will not receive education credit towards your District Leader service.


If you have missed one of the deadlines, still submit your nomination forms! For Elected Positions, you would be considered a “Floor Candidate” and you are still required to complete an interview with the District Leadership Committee.  For Appointed Positions, we may still have vacancies, so please submit your nomination forms and we will do our best to find the best position for you from the positions still available or you’ll be first in line for 2021-2022!


District Leadership Training will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 in various locations across Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan.  No matter what role you choose to apply for, and are elected/appointed to, there will be training, support and mentors in place to guide you along your way! Just say “Yes, I am ready” and we’ll walk along-side you through the rest!

Additional Information:

District Leader Testimonials:

Tools to Promote District Leadership:

(Area Director Information Sheet, Division Director Information Sheet, District Leader Roles presentation for your clubs)

Information Sheets for Potential Candidates:

(PDF of the presentation slides)


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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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