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 3.7.3 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
2017/2018 that means it would have to be submitted by June 30, 2018.

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

i. This means that either they were in attendance or submitted a proxy for a
member to act on their behalf. 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
term1 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 sixmonth
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

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.

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

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Get into the new world of the professional speech performed by one of the most experienced speakers in the industry Russ Dantu.


Wednesday, July 11th, from 12 pm to 1 pm.


Transformers Toastmasters Club, Calgary Technologies Inc, 3553, 31st St NW.  Boardroom 2/3




Why is the Open House so important?

Why should you use video and photo to promote your club or district?


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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!


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”


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!


Register here:

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.



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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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Winter Club Officer Training

Lead the Way... District 42 Club Leadership Training

Twice a year, the District provides leadership training for club officers.  Join us for Round 2 Club Officer Training between Dec 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.  You will have an opportunity to meet, interact with and learn from leaders from around the District.

Attending a Club Officer Training session is a requirement for your Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).  A minimum of 4 club officers must attend training in both Round 1 (Jun 1-Aug 31) and Round 2 (Dec 1-Feb 28) to achieve the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Goal #9.  Distinguished Clubs attend training – they see the value and the benefits and learn what it takes to run a successful club, where members are growing and achieving their goals.

Don’t just meet the minimum, strive for excellence!  Clubs that achieve all 7 club officers trained in one round will be recognized with a club banner ribbon (club must have achieved at least 4 officers trained in previous Round)

Training is open to all members, it is a great opportunity for future club leaders to see what club leadership is all about!

Attend a training day, time, location that works for you!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mormon Church
7017 California Blvd NE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces
1709 8th Ave NE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
   6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nexen Conference Center
667 7 St SW
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
  9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Our Saviour
8831 Fairmount Drive SE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Broadway United Church
105 Broadway Ave
Regina, SK
Please register online here!
  1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bow Valley College
345 6 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
Click Here to find more training and
events scheduled around the District
  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nordbridge Seniors Centre
1904 13 Ave North Lethbridge
Lethbridge, AB
Please register online here!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Neil Balkwell Civic Arts Centre
2420 Elphinstone Street
Regina, SK
Please register online here!

Quote from 2017/2018 Program Quality Director, Catherine Secundiak DTM

What can you expect at leadership training?

I have attended training earlier in the year, what can I learn from attending training for a second time?

Likely the first time you attended the training you probably didn’t know what your year was going to look like. Now that you have had a chance to work your club success plan and tried some different leadership techniques you will be able to meet with other club officers to see what they are doing and learn from each other’s successes.

What can we see different at this club officer training?

Members from across our district have been developing their facilitation and training skills to provide you education sessions that are engaging for adult learning.  You won’t see presenters reading slides, you will see facilitators encouraging participants to share their experiences so we all can learn from each other. You will see some of the best facilitators from around the district, learn different facilitation techniques, so you can help teach and develop members in your club.

I’ve never attended a training session before, what can I expect?

You will learn more about how to be an effective leader, how to conduct your officer role to the best of your ability and you will meet other club leaders from around the District to help you work through challenges you are facing.

Will we hear more about the new Pathways Educational Program?

Yes, we will get a glimpse of the new Pathways Educational Program and you’ll have a chance to ask questions. You will meet the people who will be guiding and supporting you when the program becomes available in District 42 (expected Spring 2018).

What should I bring with me?

  • Pen and paper (to take lots of notes)
  • Club Leadership Handbook
  • Club Success Plan
  • Questions and challenges to discuss with other leaders
  • Business cards (to network)
  • An open-mind and a positive attitude


Club leader quotes

Quotes from club leaders from past training events.

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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

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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

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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!


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