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

Toastmasters Proposal A and B New Information

Good Day Fellow Toastmasters,


Here are some updates from the Town Hall Meeting the District Trio attend on Tuesday evening.


Proposal A: If this proposal is passed it would only allow for the option to allow individual members to pay directly to Toastmasters International. This means that the clubs would still have the option through their own Addendum of Standard Club Options available through Club Central. This would have to be a voting change my majority of the club membership.


Proposal B: Toastmasters International does not have any plans to change the process for collecting dues within the next couple of years. They are looking for the ability to investigate the possibility of having when the dues are paid and do not want to spend time and resources in a possibly solution if the members does not want this. There would be great consultation prior to any changes. They want to ensure that what every if any final option is chosen is in the best interest


Respectfully Submitted


John Bauer, DTM

District Director 2017/2018

District 42 Leadership Opportunities

Are you looking to take your leadership skills to the next level?  Do you want to gain valuable leadership experience to put on your resume? Interested in developing new skills you don’t get to in your day J.O.B.? Do you have a passion for the Toastmasters Program?  Do you want to EMPOWER others and make this the BEST YEAR EVER in District 42?  Then we want you to join the District team!!

Please review the available positions below (more to come) and email the District Trio with your interest.  We’ll respond, have a chat about your gifts and talents, get you in touch with experienced Toastmasters who have been in this position before and see what role will best get you to the next level of leadership.

Email: DistrictTrio@d42tm.org


Training Program Chair

Ensures district leaders have resources, materials and information they need to conduct high quality and consistent club officer training across the District.  Prepares and evaluates trainers and coordinates the district training schedule.


Mentoring Program Chair

Ensures that clubs have materials and information they need to create a formal member mentoring program.  Facilitate leadership mentoring opportunities throughout the district.


Member Experience Chair

Ensure members are being heard and having the “best ever” experience in Toastmasters.  This includes collecting feedback and evaluations from members and clubs on how well the district is serving their needs.


Recognition Administration Chair

Develops and executes program for recognizing member and club accomplishments.  Oversees awards program at district conventions.


Chief Judge

Serves as Chief Judge at Spring and Fall District Speech Contests. Conduct training for judges and advise on judging issues and questions.


Contest Chair

Serves as Contest Chair at Spring and Fall District Speech Contests. Ensures that clubs have materials and information they need to conduct contests. Conduct training on how to conduct a speech contest and advise on contest issues and questions.

Spring Convention Chair

The Convention Chair is the overseer of the convention. The Convention Chair (along with the Program Quality Director) has overall responsibility for coordinating the convention.  You lead a team of committee which may include:

  • Program Chair – The Program Chair works closely with the Facilities Chair to ensure that the agenda runs smoothly and in a timely manner. This is very important for the success of the convention.
  • Facilities Chair – Conventions fall under the responsibility of the Program Quality Director while the District Director chooses the convention facilities recommended by the PQD. Once the District Director has signed the contract with the representative from the convention center and has made financial arrangements to pay for the food and other costs the Facilities Chair steps in to meet with hotel staff in planning the event.
  • Educational Chair – The Educational Chair is responsible for the educational program of the convention, including break-out and general sessions. This person identifies, contacts and schedules the break-out and general session educational presenters and works with the Volunteer Coordinator to find introducers who will assist the Educational Chair in introducing the presenters, working with them to make their presentations successful, making sure that rooms have the equipment and supplies they need and presenting them with token gifts at the completion of their sessions.
  • Publicity Chair – The Publicity Chair is responsible for getting the word out about the convention to the membership and other parties of interest. This would include initial promotion at the preceding convention.  The person in this position would work closely with the Registration Chair to create a flyer to send out to the membership.  All committee members should participate in choosing a theme and creating a symbol or logo to represent that theme.
  • Registration Chair – The Registration Chair handles convention registration, distributes convention information to attendees and collects money from them.
  • Volunteer Coordinator – The purpose of the Volunteer Coordinator is to identify and recruit Toastmaster members to serve as volunteers during the convention and to recommend them to committee chairs and District Leadership for convention tasks. The Volunteer Coordinator may also help the Contest Chair and Chief Judge in identifying volunteers for the contest.
  • Friday Night Social Chair – This person is responsible for the kickoff event of the convention. The activities that are selected for this social event set the tone for the convention. This should not be a daunting task, but rather an exciting event to plan. The purpose of the Friday Night Social is to promote getting to know other Toastmasters within District 42 and TO HAVE FUN!!

Division Assistants

Assistant Division Director Program Quality

  • Promote members’ achievement of education awards (for example, by sending congratulatory notes to award winners)
  • Support area directors in enhancing club quality (for example, by presenting Moments of Truth (Item 290) at club meetings)
  • Ensure area directors visit each club in their areas at least twice a year and submit an Area Director’s Club Visit Report
  • Encourage areas to meet their Distinguished goals (for example, by sending gift certificates for the Toastmasters online store to areas that become Distinguished)
  • Coordinate and conduct division speech contests (for example, by creating a program for the contest)

Assistant Division Director Club Growth

  • Help area directors ensure club dues are submitted on time (for example, by contacting area directors as the deadlines approach)
  • Help maintain 20 or more members in each club (for example, by sharing best practices of other areas)
  • Assist area directors with member retention programs (for example, by promoting district events to broaden the member experience)
  • Help area directors to strengthen weak clubs (for example, by directing area directors to club coach candidates outside their areas)
  • Promote club growth (for example, by identifying leads in the community)

Club Coach / Club Mentor

What is a Club Coach?

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.

Being a Club Coach will fulfill 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. However, 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. Club Coaches are appointed by the District Club Growth Director.

Click Here for more information on Club Coach benefits and duties.


What is a Club Mentor?

A mentor is someone who shares his or her expertise and knowledge with one or more people who have less experience.

Mentoring a new Toastmasters club is similar in many ways to mentoring a single person.  Mentors are the advisors and tutors for new clubs and have a great effect on the degree to which a new club succeeds.

New club mentors are experienced members who may join the newly chartered club and provide support and guidance through the new club’s first six months to one year


Click Here for more information on Club Mentor benefits and duties.


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