Toasting the Queen

Found this and thought it would be appropriate for any Toastmaster conference or other event with a formal dinner.

Toasting the Queen

Proper procedures for giving a toast.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada. On formal occasions, particularly formal dinners, it is customary to toast Her Majesty at a suitable point in the proceedings.

The following is the usual procedure:

  1. After the entre has been cleared and before dessert has been served, the host or the toastmaster rises and asks for the attention of those present so that they may join in a toast to Her Majesty, the Queen. He/She asks the guests to rise. Once all have risen the toastmaster raises his/her glass and says:
    “The Queen, La Reine”
    without any other words and without music.
  2. Those present respond:
    “The Queen, La Reine”
    drink the toast and sit. It is not appropriate to click glasses.
  3. Members of the Royal Family do not participate in nor respond to the toast.
  4. Generally any beverage may be used for the loyal toast with the exception of cocktails. However, it is preferred to drink the toast with wine or water.
  5. The Loyal Toast is always the first one to be proposed. No other toasts should be proposed until the loyal toast has been made.

Occasionally, the Loyal Toast may be made at another point in the programme; however, in all circumstances the Loyal Toast should be the first proposed.

Spring Conference 2018

So many exciting things happening: Accredited Speaker Bob Hooey and International Director Mary Morrison will add to the great education sessions, delicious food and networking, amazing speakers and evaluators, fun and exciting contests and District officer elections.  Register now for great rates and remember to help your club create a basket for the silent auction.  There is also going to be a special celebration Saturday night that you won’t want to miss.   Visit our spring conference website

The Power of Mentoring – What We Learned!

Our founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, shared that mentoring was one of the two keys to the success of the Toastmasters program. Thank you to all who came out in snowy, treacherous conditions to participate in “The Power of Mentoring” events in your corner of the District. While this was meant to be an event you could invite your career focused connections to, it turned out to be great learning for our own Toastmasters as well!

When you hear the word “Mentoring”, what thoughts cross your mind?

  • How strong are your mentoring skills?
  • How well do you feel YOU are being mentored?
  • Did you know that it’s the mentee, NOT the mentor, that drives the mentoring relationship?

Jim’s slides have been sent to all participants directly. If you would like a copy, please connect with me (click on my image at bottom of article).

We also promised a follow up video on being a mentor plus other pieces to help you in your mentor-mentee relationship. Whether you are a mentor, a mentee or both, here are some helpful tips, plus a downloadable handout (CLICK HERE to download) to set up or continue your mentoring relationships in a way that sets both up for the greatest success.

Thanks again, Jim Mclaughin! Your words of wsdom will continue to change lives for many years to come!

Also, Jim made a very special offer starting March 6th. It will allow you to:

  • Create a clear vision of where you want to go (then you can reach out for the mentoring you need)
  • Tap into three sources of power that often go overlooked and could be sabotaging your success

As this is not a Toastmasters offer but one Jim is making on his own, feel free to contact Jim directly for details (please see his contact information in the video).

Carol Carter DTM

I hope this information adds to your amazing Toastmasters Adventure this year, and your life’s adventures for many years to come.




Your 2017 – 2018 District 21 Director