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.

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.
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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.

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!


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