A Record-Setting Year

Congratulations District 21 Clubs!

Today is the last day of the 2016-2017 Toastmasters year and we continue to have more District 21 clubs moving to the Distinguished level!

Here are the results up to yesterday, June 29:

  • 72 of our 152 clubs are distinguished
  • That’s 47.37% of our clubs—the highest level since the district split in 2014
  • This is an increase of 6% over 2014-2015 and an increase of 10% over 2016-2017 – a new standard for our district!!
  • Currently, we are ranked in 49th place in the world in Distinguished Clubs (out of 103 districts).

This is a remarkable achievement and we should all be very proud of our efforts.

Congratulations to ALL our distinguished clubs for your outstanding efforts this year!!







Alan Warburton

District 21 Director 2016-2017

One Day, Two Very Different Experiences  

On May 4th Michael Bown and I attended two fantastic events on the Lower Mainland. Both of these events were unique and engaging. Program Quality is about much more than just getting the distinguished club award each year, it is also about fellowship, new ideas and variety.  The two clubs below are strong examples of quality.

Spending the afternoon with Kwantlen Toastmasters the quality of their fellowship was clear.  They constantly look at unique ways of growing the club and spirit within it. Attending the student orientation we had the opportunity to sit with the leaders and hear their ideas how to keep recruiting new members and attend different functions. One look at the Facebook group also makes it clear they participate in banner raids, public events, joint meetings and speech-a-thons.  This club is determined and is constantly looking at ways to innovate resulting in family like culture within the club and a binder full of great memories.

In the evening Alan Warburton, Michael and I attended a demonstration meeting for “Funny Bone” a new humourous advanced club in Langley. This was the first coming together of a new group that meets in a barn turned into a comedy club feel. Funny Bone was able to incorporate a comedy theme to the meeting by adding in various meeting segments such as improv and stand up. To ensure they still worked the educational program the meetings featured prepared speeches along with oral and written evaluations. This is truly a club thinking outside the box.

These groups both represent quality in two very different approaches. The great thing is they mirror many clubs in the district.  How is your club adding to fellowship, innovation and variety?  Encourage each club to run a moments of truth, discover where your club is excelling and serving the members best and where you can focus your attention.

All the best,

John Sherber DTM

District 21 Program Quality Director, 2016-2017  

Just Five Weeks to Go

Hi District 21 Members,

In June, 2016, we set a very bold goal of D21 achieving distinguished status for 2016-2017. Although we have enjoyed an excellent year, it looks as though our goal is a step too far. We have chartered some new clubs (we even have excellent possibilities of four more new clubs before June 30) but we have also lost some clubs, which means we are not able to reach the number of new clubs that is required.

However, many of our clubs have done exceptionally well this year and enjoyed great success. At this point we already have 37 clubs that have achieved the impressive level of distinguished or higher. It would be outstanding if we could finish the year, on June 30th, with 45% of our clubs being distinguished. This means a total of 68 clubs – 31 to go!

Can you help your club to be distinguished? Can you complete an educational award? Can you bring one or more guests to your club meetings? What do your club members need to do to cross the line and take pride in being designated as … a distinguished club!!

If your club is already distinguished, are you and your club able to support another club to enjoy the same success that you have achieved?

Let’s work together to achieve the level of 45% of our clubs being distinguished – this would be the first time it has happened since the restructuring to the new District 21.

Just 5 weeks to go! Together we can make it happen!




Alan Warburton DTM

District 21 Director,  2016-2017

Two days to go!

With just TWO DAYS TO GO until the deadline, ELEVEN District 21 clubs have already qualified for the “Talk up Toastmasters” award:

  • Niteshifters   (Div. A)
  • Rise and Shine   (Div. B)
  • Island Excellence  (Div. C)
  • White Rock Club   (Div. F)
  • Spontaneous Speakers (Div. F)
  • Surrey Club   (Div. F)
  • Taxmasters (Div. F)
  • Chilliwack TM   (Div. G)
  • Kelowna Club  (Div. K)
  • Kelowna AM   (Div. K)
  • UBCO (Div K)

Each of these clubs will receive a beautiful ribbon for their club banner from Toastmasters International PLUS10% discount on their next order to TI.

ALSO, each club will be entered into a special District 21 draw at our Spring Conference, where FIVE winners will each receive $150 U.S. in coupons to be used at the TI store.

There is still time to win!

How do you win the “Talk up Toastmasters” award? Your club needs to gain FIVE NEW MEMBERS between February 1st and March 31st – it is that simple.

So many are so close!

We have MANY clubs who have gained THREE or FOUR new members – they are so close and…there’s just TWO days to go!

Good luck everyone!



Alan Warburton, District 21 Director, 2016-1017

When The Door Is Closed, Look For A Window

Submitted by Letty Louie, Area 52 Director

The Kwantlen Toastmasters meet every Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey campus. On March 1, 2017 the KPU Surrey campus was closed in preparation for the upcoming KPU Surrey Open House, making the Kwantlen Toastmasters’ usual meeting room unavailable.

As a result, the Kwantlen Toastmasters took advantage of this opportunity and visited the White Rock Evening Edition Toastmasters.

Ten Kwantlen Toastmasters surprised the Evening Edition Toastmasters during their Evaluation contest and walked away with their club banners. It was a fun and exciting night full of educational speeches, winners and surprises.


District 21 Program Quality Director John Sherber made a surprise appearance during the raid as well. This banner raid opened a window for future joint club events.

On March 22 2017, nine Evening Edition Toastmasters stormed the Kwantlen Toastmasters’ Open House at the KPU library to reclaim their club banners in style. Kwantlen and Evening Edition Toastmasters will organize more activities in future.

With its educational and entertaining values, every club should do a banner raid!

When the door is closed, remember to look for a window.



Be the Best You Can Be

Fellow Toastmaster,

Contest season is in full swing. Are you a contestant? How about a judge? A big part of contest season is bringing people together. It is always a pleasure for me to meet Toastmasters from other clubs. We are all here for our own reasons  but we are all working the same program. This is where we can find the common ground to open up conversations and get to know all those people who are new to us. 

Contests bring out our best speakers. Everyone wants to improve and to see if that elusive path of moving on will be in their future.

The International speech contest in August will be the place where Toastmasters from all over the world will send their best to compete at the International convention. Last year over 150 countries were represented. It made me proud to be part of an organization that is so diverse and world wide.

Best wishes to all the contestants.

“Be the best you can be”, and challenge yourself.

It is the “journey not the destination”.

All the best,

John Sherber DTM

District 21 Program Quality Director, 2016-2017  

What’s the Deal with the Membership Requirement?

Do you know how many members your club has? Do you know how many members your club needs in order to qualify for the distinguished club program (DCP)? Now that we are finishing up with renewals let’s focus on what we need to be a distinguished club. 

The DCP is a measurement of the health of a club. Experienced Toastmasters refer their friends to distinguished clubs, these clubs mentor their members, have strong fellowship and complete educational awards. Many clubs make it a part of their culture to be distinguished each year and become known for that level of service.

So what’s the deal with the membership requirement? Interestingly Toastmasters International recommends 20 members in a club to keep meetings at a high level of quality year round, they recognize clubs lose around 40% membership each year which means 8 new members are required in a year to keep a club of 20 at 20. This explains the 4+4 concept in the DCP.

For your club to qualify for distinguished club recognition it requires at least 5 DCP points (7 for select, 9 for presidents) with 20 members OR a net gain of 5 members. This number is from your base on July 1, 2016. So if your club had 15 or more members on July 1, 2016 you require 20 members, anything less than 15 only requires that number +5 on June 30, 2017.

To see your club’s base, current membership and DCP points take a look here:


District 21, I firmly believe we can do this.  Let’s continue building our club membership for success.  Call me if you need anything.








Michael Bown DTM

District 21 Club Growth Director,  2016-2017

The Captain’s Story

Readers & Debaters Toastmasters

Hosts captain of fatal BC Ferry voyage

By Alex Greer, VPPR

On the evening of 16 March (one day shy of St. Patrick`s Day) Readers and Debaters Toastmasters held its first ever book-oriented meeting with a published author as the guest speaker.

On deck was Colin Henthorne, the captain of the Queen of the North, a passenger ship which had gone down eleven years ago. Colin wrote about his ordeal in The Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain`s Story. In his twenty-minute speech, Colin recounted the tragic incident and the troubling aftermath.

There was a question period at which the audience raised issues about marine safety, the training of ship’s crews and about the BC Ferries Corporation bureaucracy.

This meeting did not always follow the usual Toastmaster agenda procedures. Colin`s speech and the question and answer period were not officially timed. Nor was there an evaluation of the speech.

After a break, there was a Table Topics period, at which participants fired questions based on the issues from the book. Most Readers and Debaters members were present. There were four guests, counting the speaker, and two were from the Coastmasters Toastmasters Club, a BC Ferries corporate club.

In summary, the meeting was a fruitful learning experience for all.

EIGHT Clubs are “TALK UP TM” Winners!

With 18 days to go to the deadline … EIGHT District 21 clubs have already qualified for the “Talk up Toastmasters” award. Amazing!!

  • Niteshifters   (Div. A)
  • Rise and Shine   (Div. B) 
  • Island Excellence   (Div. C)
  • White Rock Club   (Div. F)
  • Surrey Club   (Div. F)
  • Chilliwack TM   (Div. G)
  • Kelowna Club   (Div. K)
  • Kelowna AM   (Div. K)

Each of these clubs will receive a beautiful ribbon for their club banner from Toastmasters International plus a 10% discount on their next order to TI.

ALSO, each club will be entered into a District 21 draw where there will be FIVE winners who will each receive $150 U.S. in coupons to be used at the TI store!!

There is still time to win!

How do you win the “Talk up Toastmasters” award? Your club needs to gain FIVE new members between February 1st and March 31st – it is that simple!

So many are so close!

We have MANY clubs who have gained three or four new members – they are so close and … there are 18 days to go!!

Good luck everyone!





Alan Warburton

District 21 Director 2016-2017

Final tally shows 24 clubs win blue ribbons

Good day to all,

The final counts are in, and two dozen super-achieving clubs had all 7 of their officers trained during the 2017 Winter Club Officer Training (COT).

Kudos go out to the many members who took the time to share leadership knowledge and experience with their fellow officers.

As always, these info-packed sessions are never possible without the days of commitment from D21 division directors, who organized and led sessions in conjunction with Ted Corcoran’s special visit, and then followed up with make-up sessions in every division. That’s dedication to Toastmaster values!

But mostly, THANK YOU to each and every Toastmaster who came out to the sessions. Your clubs will all benefit from your experience.

The latest numbers show 598 officers (or 57%) attended training. That’s a substantial result for winter training, bearing in mind that summer sessions (just following elections) are usually higher.

Congratulations to the 7 out of 7’s at 2017 Winter COT

Master Motivators
Victoria DiverCity
Cowichan Toastmasters
Salt Spring Club
Coast Master
Island Excellence
Mid Island Advanced
Richmond Toastmasters
Richmond Friendly
Spotlight Speakers
Toastmasters By The Sea
Finding Vino
The Rock Christian Toastmasters
Speakers Advantage
Surrey Club
Langley Toastmasters
Abbotsford Sundown
OC Toastmasters

For detailed results, see: D21 Club performances

Please be patient! ‘7 out of 7’ ribbons are coming out to you in the next month or two.

All the best,

John Sherber, District 21 Program Quality Director, 2016-2017