Toastmasters Open House Week (Jan 14 – 21)

“Light a fire under your career and leadership skills”

 

What is a District-Wide Open House?

It is a week when Toastmasters clubs across District 42 hold an open house to promote their club and build their membership. The event will be advertised as Toastmasters Open House Week, with the tagline Light a fire under your career and leadership skills“. 

 

Reason for Participating

Clubs in our District are strongly encouraged to participate in this event by holding an open house during their club meeting time, between Jan. 14 to 21, because the District will work to promote this event widely (via Google ads, YouTube, Facebook, etc.), encouraging people from across Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan to check out a participating Toastmasters club in their area during the specified week.

 

How to Participate

If your club is interested in participating in this district-wide event, please send an email to the Club Growth Team at clubgrowthteam@d42tm.org, no later than Friday Dec 18. Once we have confirmed your club’s interest in holding an open house, we will do the following:

  • Promote participating clubs in advertisements about the open house event
  • Provide promotional material to post around your community and use during your open house
  • Email a “How to Hold and Open House” quick reference guide to help you plan a successful event
  • Email a “Toastmasters Branded Open House” Poster
  • Provide guidance and support as you prepare for your big event

 

Looking for Volunteers

Our goal is to hold a successful membership building event, but to be successful we need helpers. If your club is not hosting an open house during Jan. 15 and 21, and you are interested in being part of this big event, please send an email to clubgrowthteam@d42tm.org.

Toastmasters in the News!

On the weekend of November 11, 2017, Toastmasters from Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan met in Medicine Hat for the final District 42 conference and the local newspaper took notice!

Toastmasters appeared in the Medicine Hat news with an interview of Public Relations Manager Ryan Rupchan explaining Toastmasters and promoting the three day conference.

See full article at Toastmasters in Medicine Hat this Weekend

The following day reporter Jeremy Appel came to experience the fun and excitement of a Toastmasters speech contest. He interviewed first and second place contestants Alistair and Justice about their experience.

See full article at Talking their Way to Victory

District 42 Toastmaster Russ Dantu Featured in the Costco Connection

District 42 Toastmaster Russ Dantu is featured in the January/February 2018 edition of the Costco Connection. In the article Russ talks about 20 year Toastmaster career and how he got started in the trade show industry.

Russ’s manager encouraged him to join a couple of organizations that would help him learn to talk and network with people better which would help him in the sales industry. It not only helped him but after 20 years Russ claims Toastmasters “is the most cost-effecctive program to increase your communication and leadership skills out there, and defintely helps with your self-confidence”

In addition to developing his communications skills Toasmasters has paved path for Russ to become a professional speaker running sessions on customer service and presentation skills. “As a business owner I have closed more deals because I am so much more confident when presenting to customers”

See the full article at: Costco Connection

Remembrance At Fall Conference

During our District 42 Fall Conference, Nov 10-12, 2017 in Medicine Hat, we have an opportunity to get together as a community of Toastmasters.  To honour the weekend of remembrance together, we will be holding two special events on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

 

Remembrance Day

 

Every year on November 11, we pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 118,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.

 

At the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month during our Fall Conference we will pause to remember and honour the men and women who have served and who continue to serve.  We will take part of our weekend together to pause and remember all those men and women. Past District Governor Mona Cooley will be our Toastmaster and MC for our service which will include a wreath presentation.

 

Military Mess Dinner – Saturday Evening

 

This year, in place of the District Director’s Ball, we will be having a District Director’s Military Mess Dinner. Messes are integral to military life and serve a vital role in fostering morale and building esprit de corps among personnel.

 

A Mess Dinner is a formal military dinner held on special occasions, and it is a central event in the life of the Mess; it is here that members of a unit and their guests meet for fellowship and hospitality. It is important that those entering the Mess or enjoying its hospitality should know and comply with its traditions and customs, which centre on courtesy and respect.

 

There are many traditions that can happen at military mess dinner.  Our mess dinner will be unique as we will be practicing our normal Toastmasters Traditions of presenting the “Of the Year” Awards and recognizing our fellow members.

 

There will be a few things that will be done differently, for example we will sit in the form of a Big E, we will have a table for the Fallen, and will have some extra toasts to show our thanks to the traditions of those who serve and have served.

 

We look forward to seeing you all at our District 42 Fall Conference in Medicine Hat, November 10-12, 2017.

 

Click Here to Register Online for Fall Conference!

 

Meet Your International Director at the Fall Conference

Monique Levesque-Pharoah, 2016-2018 International Director, Toastmasters International

When you attend a District Fall Conference or Spring Convention, you have an opportunity to get a glimpse of all the leadership opportunities Toastmasters International provides.  You get to meet and network with leaders from around our District and from the larger Toastmasters International community.

At the Fall Conference in Medicine Hat Nov 10-12, 2017, we are honoured to be hosting our 2016-2018 International Director for Region 4, Monique Levesque-Pharoah DTM.

Monique’s Journey to International Director

Monique has been a Toastmaster member with Vital Words Toastmasters since January of 1994. She is also a charter member of We Believe In Winnipeg Toastmasters which chartered in June of 2009 and is also serving as a mentor to PACE Champions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Monique served District 64 as District Governor (title is now District Director) in 2008-2009 when they became distinguished for the first in 3 consecutive years.

March of 2013 marked the beginning of Monique’s journey as Region Advisor. Monique felt blessed to be able to serve in this role until June 30, 2015.

On August 20th, 2016 Monique was elected to the Toastmasters International Board as International Director for Region 4, and she is excited to serve members from around the world in this role.

Click Here to see which leaders are serving the members of District 42 for the 2017/2018 year.

What is an International Director?

International directors are members of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, each representing one of the 14 Toastmasters regions. International directors are elected to serve a two-year term.

We are privileged to be home to two Past International Directors (PID) who continue to be active in our District:

  • Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID 2010-12
  • Dona Wheaton, DTM, PID 1994-96

What does an International Director do?

International directors support Toastmasters in and out of the boardroom as organizational fiduciaries and representatives. They are responsible for:

  • Upholding the mission of Toastmasters International and serving as its ambassadors
  • Developing organizational strategy and policies, and ensuring their implementation
  • Approving and overseeing the budget and financial matters
  • Incorporating member needs into organizational decisions
  • Handling significant member disciplinary matters

To see a full listing of the roles and responsibilities of an International Director, please visit:  https://www.toastmasters.org/about/board-of-directors/international-leadership-roles

Please make sure to introduce yourself to your 2016-2018 International Director for Region 4, Monique Levesque-Pharoah DTM at the District 42 Fall Conference in Medicine Hat, Nov 10-12, 2017.

Click Here to Register Online for Fall Conference!

 

What is a Region?

Toastmasters is an international organization that is comprised of 14 regions and several districts.  Click Here to view the Region maps.

District 42 belongs to Region 4, along with six other Districts – 6, 19, 24, 64, 78 and 99

 

 

Fall Speech Contests

Every Fall, Clubs organize the Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contests. Winners of the Club contests move onto the Area contests.

Why Participate in Speech Contests?

  • Opportunity to speak under pressure, and challenge yourself to be better.
  • Share a message that you believe in with an audience that should hear it.
  • Meet other strong speakers, and learn from their communication styles.
  • Gain experience speaking in front of large groups and unfamiliar people.

Planning Your Club Contests

Planning club contests is primarily the responsibility of the VP Education, however it is a great opportunity for members to help with planning the event that can earn them credit towards their Competent Leader manual.

The deadline to complete Club contests is September 20, 2017. Please speak with your Area Director about scheduling your event. 

Resources are Available 

For information about running a contest,

see the new Speech Contest Rulebook (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/speech-contest-rulebook),

Humorous Speech Contest Kit (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/humorous-speech-contest),

and Table Topics Speech Contest Kit (https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/table-topics-speech-contest).

Visit https://d42tm.org/district-resources/ for Speech Contest Scripts and other contest resources.

Upcoming Contest Preparation Events…

If you have any questions, please contact our District 42 Chief Judge, Carol Dyte or Program Quality Director, Catherine Secundiak at contests@d42tm.org

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