District 42 Opportunities

District 42 Leadership committed to “Leave no club and no member behind.”  

Are you looking for a project for Pathways or a High Performance Leadership (HPL) project or a project for completing your DTM? Explore the many opportunities available to help you achieve your goals as you acquire valuable leadership skills. Make a difference as you help share the load, contribute expertise and time, and connect to build community.

Work With the District Executive Team

Connecting the Dots – 2020 Spring Conference Team

  • Registration Chair
  • Sponsorship Chair

Contact Spring Conference Chair –Spring Conference Chair – Susan Cramer

Marketing Committee

Assistant Area Directors

  • Contact your Area Director or Division Director for opportunities, or email DLC@d42tm.org

Logistics Manager

  • Selects meeting locations and organizes the room
  • Ensures the atmosphere is conducive to successful events, such as business meetings, speech contests, and training.
  • Sets up necessary equipment
  • Assists district leaders with meeting arrangements
  • Distributes program materials
  • Keeps track of district property, and addresses disruptions during events.
  • A track record of organization and diplomacy are a must for this role. 

District Incentives Coordinator

  • Track member awards and organize ribbons for distribution

Club Coach

  • As club advisor, your responsibility is not to run the club but to let it know its options and guide it toward excellence.
  • Learn more

Moments of Truth Facilitators

  • Help clubs work through their Moments of Truth (MOT)
  • “Moments of Truth” discusses the standards necessary to create positive impressions about club service and provided a club evaluation exercise.

Contact D42 Moments of Truth Coordinator – Saya Sanyal

Join Our PR Team

Are you ready to join a team where your voice is heard, and you have the opportunity to work with creative and fun projects on a regular basis? The Public Relations Team is seeking members with special skills, who are willing to help with our communications team this term.

  • Graphic Artists 
  • Media Relations Coordinator – Work with PRM on Press Releases and Media Followup
  • Social Media Coordinators – FB, Instagram, LinkedIn

Contact the Public Relations Manager, Marcy Field – MField@d42tm.org

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District 42 Leadership Team 2019-2020

Welcome to District 42. Click HERE to see a video message from Jocelyn Hastie, DTM,District Director 2019-2020

We are delighted to announce the members of our 2019-2020 District 42 Leadership Team.

Ray L McPhee, CC, CL – Division A Director

Camille Gibney, DL1 – Division B Director

Dana Cusi, ACB, ALB – Division C Director

Rayanne Rodier, VC1 – Division D Director

Saya Sanyal, IP2 – Division E Director

Katrina Aburrow, PM2 – Division F Director

Watch for the appointed Area Directors in the next Dispatch.

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The Club Coach Program

Being a Club Coach fulfils a requirement to earn your Advanced Leader Silver award.

  • You do not need to have reached any specific level in Toastmasters or given a specific number of speeches to be a coach.
  • You cannot coach a club of which you are a member.
  • The club coach relationship will last for at least a year and many coaches find themselves staying and joining the club when the year is over.
  • You are there to advise a club; make suggestions on ways they can improve. You are not there to do the work for the members and leaders.
  • Your objective is to rebuild a club by helping them reach the Distinguished Club Program goals, including membership number goals.
  • Club Coaches are appointed by the District Club Growth Director.
  • Two Club Coaches may be appointed for any Club with 12 or fewer paid members.
  • A Club Coach may not be a member of the “At Risk” Club at the time of his or her appointment.
  • The Club Coach will receive a distinctive pin upon his or her appointment and further recognition upon successful completion of the program.
  • A Club Coach is successful if the Club becomes Distinguished during the Coach’s appointment. Successful Club Coaches receive credit toward the Advanced Leader Silver designation.
  • The term for a Club Coach can be extended one year beyond the year of appointment, upon request.

Be a Club C-O-A-C-H!

Learn more 

To discuss the opportunity, please email Christina Kruis, Club Growth Director – CKruis@d42tm.org

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Highlights from the 2018 International Convention

Members of District 42 travelled to Chicago Illinois to attend the Toastmasters 2018 International Convention… including:

  • District Director, Catherine Secundiak, DTM
  • Program Quality Director, Dunstant Taylor, DTM
  • Club Growth Director, Christina Kruis, DTM
  • District Speech Contestant, Russ Dantu, DTM
  • Past International Director, Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID
  • Past District Director, Carolyn Kaldy, DTM
  • Club Extension Chair, Ryan Rupchan, ACB, ALS (First-Timer)
  • Club 13 Treasurer, Mathew Ratch, DTM (First-Timer)

Here are a few of the highlights:

District Leadership Training (Aug 20-21)

District Leaders attend training with the rest of the 106 Districts from around the world.

District Leaders receive certificates of recognition for completing District Leader Training.

Catherine, Dunstant and Christina attended two days of leadership training.  Topics included:

  • How to connect, collaborate and work as an effective team – Try out the Work Styles Assessment Scoring Form to find out your work style.  You may be able to guess but just in case you can’t, Catherine is primarily an Owl, Dunstant is primarily a Peacock and Christina is primarily a Dove.
  • ValueSelling – we were taught a simple sales process (ValueSelling Framework) and how to use Open, Probe and Confirm questions to manage the dialogue with a prospect – Click Here to request a free book!  Click Here to find out more about the framework.
  • How to set District Goals and manage District Finances.
  • We worked as District teams but also worked with our District counterparts to learn leader tools and share best practices.

International Convention (Aug 22-25)

Day 1: Board Briefing, Leadership Panel, Educationals, First-Timers Event, Opening Ceremonies

Board Briefing Notes (unofficial, subject to errors and ommissions) – official minutes will be posted within a month here.

CEO, Dan Rex, informs us at the Board Briefing that service standards have been unacceptable but are now returning to normal levels.

  • Pathways adoption around the world is 42% (52% in District 42)
  • Slow growth in membership over the past 2 years (2.1% in 2017, 1.4% in 2018)
  • Some pain in fulfilling orders due to outsourcing, but it is getting better now.  Customer service calls are now within normal standards.
  • Sally Newell Cohen (COO) is leaving Toastmasters International.  She had attended the District 42 2018 Spring Conference virtually with George Marshall… Sally will be dearly missed.
  • Future International Conventions will be 2019 in Denver, Colorado; 2020 in Paris, France; 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee; 2022 in San Antonia, Texas.
  • Addendum of Standard Club Options will be updated to allow for other currencies and separating club dues from international dues.
  • A Global advertising test will be conducted in California and Florida in early 2019.
  • Detailed Communication Plan is now developed for District Public Relations Managers and the Marketing Plan will be updated for Club Growth Directors.  There are plans to automate and put online the District Success Plan (no date provided).
  • The Distinguished Club Program will be updated, for July 1, 2020, to include membership satisfaction and member retention.  There will be a fourth level of recognition beyond “President’s Distinguished” called “Smedley Distinguished”.

More highlights…

District Leaders attend the Board Briefing

First Timers – Ryan Rupchan and Mathew Ratch from Regina

District Director, Catherine Secundiak, was honoured to carry the flag of Mali during the Opening Ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies – 106 countries represented

Day 2: Hall of Fame, Educationals, Speech Contest Semi-Finals

Hall of Fame

District 42 achieves the “Excellence in Program Quality” award for outstanding achievement in Distinguished Clubs. Catherine Secundiak accepts the award from International President, Balraj Arunasalam.

Celebrating the educational achievements of members from around the world.  Recognition of Distinguished Districts, Presidential Citation Winners (congratulations to George Marshall, who attended our 2018 Spring Conference, for receiving a Presidential Citation award, joining our very own Carolyn Kaldy who is a past recipient), and Excellence in Program Quality and Club Growth.  Click Here to read more about the Excellence in Program Quality Award.

Speech Contest Semi-Finals

Russ Dantu – intense and captivating performance!

There were three rounds throughout the day, covering 10 speech contests.  Our District 42 Speech Contestant, Russ Dantu, was in Round 3 (starting at 8:00 pm local time) in Contest #9.  The competition was fierce in this round and all of District 42 was out to support Russ, including Toastmasters viewing parties happening back home in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  We are very proud of Russ for placing third in his semi-final.  He was in the zone, on top of his game, he left it all out there.  Way to go Russ!

MVP and other members, in Calgary, cheering on Russ.

District 42, in Chicago, cheering on Russ.

Russ Dantu contestant questions.

Winners of semi-final #9.

Day 3: Candidates Showcase, Educationals, Golden Gavel, Accredited Speakers

Candidates Showcase

On Sunday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 22, Your District Executive Leadership Team interviewed 18 candidates for the offices of 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and International Directors for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14.  Each Candidate participated in the Candidates Showcase the morning of August 24, by responding to a series of questions for 6 min.  Very strong candidates this year, everyone did an amazing job with their extreme table topics, the pressure must have been enormous!

Golden Gavel recipient – Keith Ferrazzi

Golden Gavel Recipient, Keith Ferrazzi, presents on Co-Elevation.

Keith Ferrazzi receives the Golden Gavel award from International President, Balraj Arunasalam

Keith is an inspiration to all those who meet him.  He emotionally shared with the audience that his late father was a Toastmaster and he would have been so proud of this honour.  He introduced the concept of co-elevating, contracting with each other to help all of us reach higher.  You can read more about this concept here.  It makes me think of the “Circle of Gold” groups around our district; how we work together in a way that elevates everyone in the group.

Accredited Speakers

2018 Accredited Speakers

Want to become a professional speaker?  Learn more about the Accredited Speaker program here.  On Friday, we watched 9 contestants go for their Accredited Speaker designation.  Six individuals join our very own Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS as an Accredited Speaker (AS):  Valda Boyd Ford #81, Terry Watson #80, Tamara Hamilton #79, Maurice DiMino #78, Greg Wood #77, Edwin W. Ettinghausen #76.

Day 4: Annual Business Meeting, Region Gatherings, World Championship of Public Speaking, President’s Inauguration Reception and Dance

Annual Business Meeting

The races for office were all pretty close.  In particular, the office for 2nd Vice President.  After 4 ballots, Margaret Page, from British Columbia, came out on top, and will/may be our International President in the future.  Much of Margaret’s success can be attributed to her Campaign Manager, our very own Jacquie Schnider, DTM, PID.

Jacquie Schnider (left), Margaret Page, Russ Dantu

Running a campaign takes a lot of work and having a team beside you, lead by your Campaign Manager, is essential.  It is great to know that we have expertise in our District to help anyone reach the highest office in Toastmasters International.

We enthusiastically support our Golden leader, Lark Doley, as International President.

International President, Lark Doley

Catherine Secundiak had a chance to talk with Lark Doley earlier in the year and she shared what she wanted the Districts to focus on this year:

  • Club Excellence – focus on the District Mission (We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence) but inparticular on supporting our existing clubs by strengthening the Area Directors and building club-to-club support and relationships.
  • Awareness, Participation and Engagement – Public Relation Managers have been underutilized in the past.  Strengthen the Public Relations teams this year.
  • Teams – Focus on running the district with teams, including finding assistants for Area and Division Directors.
    • F – Future – Develop leaders for the future
    • O – Opportunities – Provide opportunities to learn and grow
    • C – Challenges – Work together to overcome challenges
    • U – Unity of Purpose – One shared vision for the District
    • S – Strategy – Have a plan

World Championship of Public Speaking

1st Place – Ramona J. Smith (centre)
2nd Place – Sherrie Su (right)
3rd Place – Anita Fain Taylor

Toastmasters International made history, the first time ever the top three positions in the competition were won by women!  The contest was amazing!

Members in Regina watched the contest live on demand!

Congratulations to the 30,000 plus members who competed in the International Speech contest last year.  We are looking forward to another successful competition this year.  You could be the next World Champion of Public Speaking!

International Convention was fun too!

Although the Educational sessions were exceptional at the Convention, we also had an opportunity to meet and learn from leaders around the world, including Past International Presidents.  It wasn’t all business, we had some fun too!

We participated in the “Sing A Long”.

Ryan Rupchan, Christina Kruis and Catherine Secundiak at the “Sing a Long”

An Irish tradition, headed up by Past International President, Ted Corcorgon, where members are invited to get on stage and sing while audience members are encouraged to join in.  It is a place to meet people, sing together, and enjoy each other’s company.  It took place every night of the Convention, usually ending around 1:00 am… and usually resulting in continued discussions well past 3:00 am (we didn’t get much sleep at Convention).

President’s Inauguration Dance – Toastmasters really know how to party!  On the last day of the Convention is a dance party, it is non-stop dancing with an amazing DJ – props included!  We’ve heard there may be a video of Catherine Secundiak and Russ Dantu rocking out on stage to AC/DC – head banging, air guitar and the works!

Join us for the 2019 Toastmasters International in Denver Colorado, home of the new Toastmasters International World Headquarters.

Toastmasters World Headquarters, located at 9127 South Jamaica St., Englewood, CO 80112 (PRNewsfoto/Toastmasters International)

The host District is now located in Region 4, the same Region District 42 is located in.  They will be looking for people from throughout the Region to help out.  If you have ever wanted to be a part of the planning committee for an International Convention, now is your shot!  Message Catherine Secundiak (csecundiak@d42tm.org) for more information.

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Clarification on District 42 President of the Year

This year we have received a number of questions regarding the process for how President of
the Year is selected, and I would like to take a couple moments and outline the process.

Firstly, the process is fully outline in the District 42 Procedures Section 3.7 and is available on
the District 42 website under Resources/ District Resources.

Section 3.7.4 outlines the Eligibility for a Club President to be eligible for the award, however
here is the eligibility criteria listed below.

a) Must have served a FULL TERM as Club President during the preceding calendar year

a. What does this mean? It means that they must have served either 6 or 12
months based on your club officer election terms

b) Meet the following criteria;

a. Achieved at least Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

i. This means that a club has to achieve at least 5 out of the 10 eligible
points in the Distinguished Club Program and met the membership
requirement in order to be considered Distinguished or higher..

b. Submitted Semi-Annual Dues x 2

i. This means that clubs dues must be received into Toastmasters
International by April 1 and October 1.

c. Submitted Club Officer List by June 30 at the end of their term

i. An example is that if you were a Club President for the Toastmaster year
2019/2020 that means it would have to be submitted by June 30, 2020.

d. Was represented by voting delegate(s) at the two District Council Meetings

i. This means that either the Club President or VP Education were in attendance at the Virtual Fall District Council Meeting AND

ii. Either the Club President or VP Education were in attendance or submitted a proxy for a
member to act on their behalf at the Spring District Council meeting at Spring Conference. The proxy holder must have been a member of the club.

e. Was represented by a voting delegate or proxy at the Toastmasters
International Annual Business meeting

i. This means that either they were in attendance or submitted a proxy for a
member to act on their behalf.

f. For clubs electing annually, the President is not serving a successive full
term in office

i. For the purposes of determining successive terms, the Club President as
listed at Toastmasters International as of September 1 of the TM year
shall be used.

g. For clubs electing semi-annually, the President is not serving a second or
more successive full term in office

i. A President of club electing semi-annually is allowed to serve two six month
terms consecutively.

 

The procedure for selecting this recipient of this award is:

a) The Chairman of the Past District Governors and Directors Committee shall send a copy
of the Nomination Form as published on the District 42 website to the past Vice
President Education and the current President on record of all eligible clubs, by August
15.

b) To nominate its Past President for this award, the club completes the Nomination Form,
attaches the necessary documentation and ensures it is delivered to the Division
Director not later than September 15.

c) The Division Director, along with such other members of the present and previous
division executive team as deemed appropriate, will review each eligible submission and
select a Division Club President of the year. The Division shall forward the club’s
Nomination Form and documentation of the division recipient to the chairman of the Past
District Governors and Directors Committee no later than September 30.

d) The Past District Governors and Directors Committee shall select on District recipient.

Level Submitted Before… Submitted by… Submitted to… Awarded at… Awarded by…
Club 2019/2020 District Director sends nomination forms to 2019/2020 club VP education and 2020/2021 club president for all qualifying clubs by August 15
Area Not Awarded
Division September 15, 2020 2019/2020 VP Ed

2020/2021 President

2019/2020 Division Director Fall 2020 Division Contest 2019/2020 Division Director, if present
District September 30, 2020 2019/2020 Division Director 2019/2020 District Director 2021 District Conference 2019/2020 District Director (who will be the 2020/2021 Immediate Past District Director)

If you have any questions about whether or not your club would be eligible or have a general
question about any of the OF THE YEAR awards, you can email Immediate Past District
Director Catherine Secundiak at csecundiak@d42tm.org

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Vote for the Future of D42 Contests

Make your VOTE count for the Next Steps Decision for District 42 Contests. Don’t let them fade away!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW

To abide by an August 2017 Toastmasters International decision, District 42 will no longer hold a Fall Conference. The revised Toastmasters International (TI) rules District 42 must follow are:

  • The International Speech Contest must occur, and we can add up to 3 more recognized contests each year.
  • Toastmasters International recognizes only the International, Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics and Tall Tales speech contests.
  • All District-level speech contests must occur at the Annual District Convention District 42 holds in the Spring.

Now is the time to voice your opinion on what we should do with our District-level contests for 2018 and beyond. You will find a link to a two-question survey here.  Please take a moment to count yourself in for this important decision.

Deadline to vote is coming soon.   Do it now!

Thank you.

The District 42 Convention Rotation Committee

 

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Find Your “Pathway to Success”

 

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS


The road to the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation is long, arduous, never straight and cannot be completed alone. Freddi D is one of only 10 Canadians, and one of only 12 women in the world to achieve Accredited Speaker designation. You will be inspired as she dazzles us with her stories of polar bears and her passion for doing things “just a little bit differently!” Freddi says it took 10 years to become an overnight success. Get prepared to climb your own personal mountain!

EARLY BIRD RATE OF $220 ENDS FEBRUARY 15:

Register here: d42tm.org/spring-convention

Registration Includes:

  • Friday night Networking – unwind with challenging games and meet other Toastmasters.
  • Educational Sessions designed to meet your personal and professional goals.
  • Be inspired by the International Speech Contest & District Evaluation Contest – come learn from observing proficient speakers.
  • Saturday evening Gala & Dancing!
  • On-going Hospitality/Meet & Greet.
  • Learn at the District 42 Business Meeting.
  • Find out more about Pathways Education Experience.
  • Full registration includes the following meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch & Gala dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Hotel Information: Glenmore Inn is offering a special room rate – ask for the D42 promo discount.

THIS WEEKEND YOU WILL BE INSPIRED ABOUT TOASTMASTERS.

 

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WorleyParsons Receives Toastmasters Corporate Recognition Award

From Left to Right: Antoinette McNeill , Scott Merralls, Alan Dolynny, Monique-Levesque-Pharoah, William Moysiuk, Len Grzyb, Dunstant Taylor, Lori Kalwa

On November 9 Toastmasters International representatives Monique Levesque-Pharoah and Dunstant Taylor presented the Corporate Recognition Award to WorleyParsons. WorleyParsons was recognized for their support of the Toastmasters program by providing facilities, encouragement and opportunities for employees to hone their presentation, public speaking and leadership skills.

WPTM Communicators was started in 2002 and has chapters in Calgary and Edmonton. The club meets over lunch on Thursdays and guests are always welcome to attend meetings to see what the Toastmasters program can do for them.

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