Langley Toastmasters is first to 10 DCP this year! AND there’s more …

Greatness is happening in Division G! We have THREE clubs to celebrate!

Please help us congratulate Langley Toastmasters 2743, in Division G, Area 63! After attending Club Officer Training at the ACT event last Saturday, they received their final point to reach all 10 Distinguished Club Goals. With a healthy membership to date of 34 members, Langley Toastmasters is set to be Distinguished as soon as the April 1st renewals are counted at World Headquarters.

YAY! 

We have something else to celebrate. Out of 38 clubs on the planet, 2 clubs in District 21 keep reaching all 10 DCP points and having the membership levels to be Presidents Distinguished year after year. They’ve created a Club Culture of what Margaret Page calls “Documented Changes in People”. For the past 13 years of Mike Raffety’s tracking, here are the 38 clubs (click link). Please reach out and congratulate our own Division G, Area 62 clubs:

2651 Cloverdale Club
8742 Good News Toastmasters Club

Remember, our “Rising Tide” floats all boats. We’re here to help each other and keep Toastmasters sustainable in our wee corners of British Columbia. DO reach out not only to congratulate the clubs you see succeeding, but also to pick their brains on what’s possible for your club! We have much we can learn from each others’ successes! SHARE your brilliance! Help us all build an Amazing Adventure, and hopefully Share the Adventure with more potential future members.

Carol Carter DTM

 

 

Your 2017-2018 District 21 Director

Webinar Wednesdays: Your Toastmasters Public Relations Toolbox Webinar Recording

D21 Toastmasters has commenced a new feature entitled Webinar Wednesdays. Our first webinar focused on public relations tools, strategies & ideas clubs can use to market & promote their club and attract guests.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the live version. If you weren’t able to participate, here is a link to a recording of the webinar.

Also here is a link to the Speaker’s Notes for the prerecorded video portion.

Stay tuned for more webinars as part of our Webinar Wednesdays series. 

Quality Club Webinar

Has your Toastmasters club allowed you to meet all your initial goals for joining?  If so, has it continued to meet your evolving goals since then? A quality club should be able to do that.  If you’re interested in knowing if your club is a quality club or how to make it a quality club, check out the YouTube Quality Club Webinar.

Pathways Guides Will be Coming to Your Club Soon!

LATEST PATHWAYS NEWS

We have our official notice.  Pathways is to roll out for Region 1 in March 2018.  We have our Pathways Guides!!  They have all been notified and have received their kits.  They will soon begin their training, and then will be scheduling site visits to every club.  Pathways is an option for all Toastmasters who joined prior to the March launch.  You will be able to continue with your current training plan for 2 years after all regions launch Pathways (expected to take you to at least June 30, 2020).  The bonus for all current members is they can work on both the current system and Pathways and take advantage of both programs.  There is an added bonus for any member, who is a member of more than one club prior to our launch; they will be able to receive a second free path (a USD $20 savings).  It’s an exciting time for us all, although it might be a bit scary as we find our way along this new path.  If you have any concerns or questions, please take advantage of the planned Pathways Guides visits.

To see who your club’s Pathways Guide is, check the attached. 

Please support these dedicated Pathways Guides when they call.  It will be an incredibly rewarding experience for all our members, new and old.

 

Call for presenters

Call For Conference Educational Session Presenters

Call For Conference Educational Session Presenters

Call for presentersSpring is around the corner [okay, it is a big corner!] and your District Conference 2018 Team is actively working on maintaining the high standard of Toastmasters conferences that the Okanagan is known for.

If your New Year’s resolutions include delivering a presentation at a District level conference, well then have we got an opportunity for you!

Are you interested in offering a workshop or cracker barrel session at the Spring 2018 Conference?

Do you have a creative and inspiring workshop in communication, leadership, toastmasters or personal development to share? Do you have other creative or valuable topics that you would like to present?

Join the Education Team at the District 21 Conference, in Kelowna on April 20-22, 2018.

Please note that our workshops will be 45 min sessions and Cracker Barrel will be 15 min sessions. As presenters, you can earn credit towards your education goals and expand your horizons.

We are also seeking Workshop Hosts to introduce Speakers.

Come join our Education Team and don’t miss this opportunity for a fun adventure.

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for these roles?

Pass it on!  Spread the word!  Send this to people you know that would make great presenters or hosts!  And, let us know!

Contact the Education Chair, Rae Stonehouse raestonehouse@shaw.ca or 250-451-6564.

Imagine the Possibilities … Create Your Path!

Click here to download the 2018 District 21 Education Session Presentation Proposal Form.

Note:  Last Submission Date: February 10, 2018

A decision has not yet been reached by the committee as to whether Cracker Barrel sessions will be held or not.

Happy New Year

The District 21 CGD (Club Growth Director) wants to see you grow and be successful.

Yes, we need Coaches … and there are clubs that want those coaches.

Please send him your name to be added to the coaching staff for District 21.

Yes, there is a time limit to get a document bag for the coaches which is December 31, 2017.

However, once again Joe is being a nice guy. He has just announced to the District Director that the end date for coaches to get their names in will be January 31, 2018.

This will allow TI (Toastmasters International) to register the names that Joe is waiting on right now.

So … get on that list today. Become distinguished and receive that important credit for you Advanced Leader Silver Award.

Apply today.

Send your name in to Joe Guenette.

d21cgd@telus.net or call him at 250- 815 – 0083

D21 Toastmasters Channel

D21 Youtube Channel Relaunch

Did you know that YouTube is the third largest search engine on the internet, after Google & Bing?

You might very well be asking, “so what?”

As leaders of Toastmaster clubs, we need to be actively recruiting guests to visit our clubs so that we can convert them to members. New members are the lifeblood of any club.

The all time best way to attract guests to your club is to have your fellow members invite their friends, family and work colleagues to visit a club meeting and ‘check it out.’ The personal touch still works.

Arguably, the next best way is leveraging the reach of the internet to share your message.

People in your communities are searching the internet for solutions to their shyness, fear of public speaking, lack of self-confidence and a desire to improve their communication & leadership skills.

Social media can be a great way to share the celebrations and successes of your club.

YouTube, spans the gap between social media and the search engines.

Video is the latest ‘hot item’ and is in reach of the average person. Most people can capture high quality video easily on their smart phone and upload it to their YouTube account.

YouTube allows the insertion of key words and descriptions of your uploaded videos that get featured in the search engine results.

As your D21 Webmaster & your Public Relations Manager, I have taken on the challenge of raising the visibility of our district’s clubs and our members. My goal is to have the D21 YouTube Channel to be the best of all the Districts and have our videos come up first in the search engine results. This in turn will increase the visibility of our clubs, so that when someone is checking out Toastmasters in your community, your club info will be presented.

Here is how that is going to happen… I have reorganized the D21 YouTube Channel to feature highly focused Playlists. Playlists are collections of videos, based on a common theme.

At this time, there are more than sixty videos featured in the following Playlists: Membership Building, D21 Toastmasters Members Speeches, Communication Skill Development, TM speeches from around the world, World Champion of Public Speaking videos and Public Relations. More are in development.

This is your opportunity to share a video from your club meeting or perhaps an Area, Division or District event.

All you need to do is upload your video to YouTube and then e-mail me with the url i.e. the weblink. Please include details of the video. Example: who is featured in the video, the nature of the event, the date and the club name. This is your opportunity to share your success stories and your celebrations.

Our D21 Toastmasters channel can be reached at https://www.youtube.com/user/TMDistrict21

Please subscribe to the channel so you can keep up-to-date on new videos being posted.

And Toastmasters are social. Don’t forget to Like & Share, the love.

In addition, if you know of a good video that hasn’t been included in our collection, just pass the url on to me. Rae Stonehouse raestonehouse@shaw.ca

Thanks for your time and future assistance.

See you in the movies!

Rae Stonehouse DTM PDG

Webmaster & Public Relations Manager (17-18)

 

Merry Christmas from D21 Toastmasters!

Merry Christmas D21

Merry Christmas D21,

Merry Christmas from D21 Toastmasters!To my fellow Members in District 21 and around the Toastmasters world, who read our articles daily, my wish for you at this time of year is for success.

Success for you personally, for your clubs and for your Divisions, in this amazing life-altering, leadership building and communication changing way of life that we all love so dearly and hold closely to our hearts, called Toastmasters.

May you have all your goals you have set for the year be achieved and your dreams come true. Toastmasters can help make dreams come true!

As your D21 Club Growth Director, I am tasked with ensuring that our district grows new clubs throughout the year and that our existing clubs remain healthy. Together we can be successful in achieving that goal.

I wish you success when you go out into your communities to start new clubs, in knowing that you will share the feelings of joy, companionship for your fellow members and to have the excitement of watching a brand-new Toastmaster give their first speech in a club environment … that you built.

The District Team is not going to come in and say “we’ll take it from here!” This is your Baby however, we are here to help with the babysitting if that’s needed. We have many resources to help you in your success as a sponsor. Remember, there is a beautiful Jacket just for you if you sponsor a club by the end of February 2017.

If you haven’t already started a club you won’t know that feeling. Fortunately, I have and I can attest that it is the next best thing to seeing your own child brought into this world. Just think for a minute, you have created something which people who you don’t know are going to be a part of. That’s kind of scary, but scary in a good way.

You get to see these babies grow before your eyes. You can evaluate their speeches, mentor them along their path to their own successes and know that a little part of you will be with them for the rest of their lives. It’s a great feeling knowing that your name will be in their vocabulary for years to come. What an honor it is to be their guiding light.

We are fast approaching that time of year where many clubs start to slow down a bit for the holiday season but at the same time this is a critical time of year to bring in some help. Santa Claus has his elves, I have my Club Coaches. However, I still need more coaches.

It is my belief that every club should have an opportunity to be successful.  District 21 coaches can and will help you to reach the success that you so deserve. I’m not going to taint this message with stats or numbers, I’m just going to say we need helpers and for the clubs who are struggling with members of 12 or lower, give yourself a Christmas present and ask Santa Joe for a coach.

If you become a coach by the end of December this year the District still has that Coaches Document bag that you will receive and if you are successful in helping a club achieve charter strength, by April 1, 2017 renewals you will receive a Toastmasters Power Bank at the Spring Conference as recognition for your hard work.

I’ll close with wishing everyone a merry festive season, however you celebrate. Then for the new year, I will issue you a challenge of helping grow our District, sharing the value of the Toastmasters experience and helping make your dreams and those of many others, come true.

 

D21 Club Growth Director (17-18)Merry Christmas from Santa Joe!

Joe Guenette DTM

Aka ‘Santa Joe’

D21 Final Fall Conference Photo Library

Want to see photos from the final District 21 fall conference?  Click here

D21 2017 (Last) Fall Contest Winners

Warren Kindellan Funny Bones Club #6606120, Division G, winning with his speech “Why Am I Still Single?”.  Second place Muyang (Mike) Zhong, and Third place Hersh Kalles.  Pictured above from left to right are District Director Carol Carter, International First Vice President Deepak Menom, Warrend Kindellan and Program Quality Director Shawn Gold.

Table Topics Contest winner Gisele Plourde Trestle Toastmasters Club 7340, Division B.  Second place Mohammed Yasir Ali Khan, and Third place Hersh Kalles.  Pictured above from left to right are Club Growth Director Joe Guenette, International First Vice President Deepak Menom, Gisele Plourde, District Director Carol Carter and Program Quality Director Shawn Gold.

District 21 Humorous Speech Contestants

Div. A       6676 – Muyang (Mike) Zhong – 2nd Place
Div. B 1104308 – Alexis Santacruz
Div. C 4469753 – Hersh Kalles – 3rd Place
Div. E        4142 – Sal Baloo
Div. F 1158953 – Gary Drouillard
Div. G 6606120 – Warren Kindellan – 1st Place
Div. K        5300 – Gary Johnston
Div. L        1929 – Heidi Thompson

District 21 Table Topics Contestants

Div. A 1821018 – Shawn O’Hara
Div. B        7340 – Gisele Plourde – 1st Place
Div. C 4469753 – Hersh Kalles – 3rd Place
Div. E        4666 – Barb Westlake
Div. F        7173 – Martin Presse
Div. G  845571 – April Kennedy
Div. K        5300 – Gary Johnston
Div. L        3929 – Mohammad Yasir Ali Khan – 2nd Place

Results by Division

Division A Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
A 2 6676 NiteShifters Toastmasters Club Mike Zhong 1st
A 5 3248959 Silverbridge Toastmasters Chuck Thompson 2nd
A 3 4671 Master Motivators Club Darren Marr 3rd
A 4 2262553 Royal Roads Toastmasters Derrick Johnson
A 1 38 First Canadian Toastmasters Club Jordan Weide
Division A Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
A 3 1821018 Uptown Rollers Shawn O’Hara 1st
A 1 38 First Canadian Toastmasters Club Jordan Weide 2nd
A 5 3248959 Silverbridge Toastmasters Ian Morrison 3rd
A 2 6676 NiteShifters Toastmasters Club Mike Zhong
A 4 1472411 Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club Suzanne Viau

Division B Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
B 10 396 Thunderbird Zac White
B 10 790 Victoria Beaver Gerie Turner
B 11 1882 Oak Bay Mary Wallace
B 11 2997355 Coast Master Craig Hickie 2nd
B 12 1104308 Toastmart Alexis Santacruz 1st
B 12 7340 Trestle Gisele Plourde
B 13 6136285 Seymore Synergy Bashar Dari 3rd
B 13 1390136 Quorum Jeff Van Den Driesen

Division B Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
B 10 396 Thunderbird Kathi Thompson
B 10 790 Victoria Beaver Evelyn Woodward
B 11 2997355 Coast Master Craig Hickie
B 11 1882 Oak Bay Keenan Liss 2nd
B 12 1201 Belmont Babblers Sarah Alshamaily 3rd
B 12 7340 Trestle Gisele Plourde 1st
B 13 4435422 The Persuaders Cliff Quinn
B 13 1390136 Quorum Bashar Dari

Division C Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
C 20 3620 Enterprising Gordon Bell 3rd
C 20 4697 Uplands Lunch Bunch Rosa Telegus
C 21 4469753 Island Excellence Hersh Kalles 1st
C 21 5750 Arbutus Ravi Sharma 2nd
C 22 3984 Comox Valley Jim Buchanan

Division C Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
C 20 4697 Uplands Lunch Bunch Mark Christie
C 20 7460 Harbour City Michael Kazyss 3rd
C 21 4469753 Island Excellence Hersh Kalles 1st
C 21 8031 Mid Island Advanced Kristin Nickells 2nd
C 24 714495 Campbell River Kristan Moore
C 24 714495 Campbell River Tommy Nymann

Division E Humorous 

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
E 40 867 Deltones Richard Nash
E 40 4666 Ambassadors – Tsawwassen Greg Smith
E 41 6246 Comp-Talk May Soo Tveita 2nd
E 41 4142 Richmond Friendly Sal Baloo 1st
E 42 9868 Global Speakers Charles Lai
E 42 5488 Richmond Katherine Chak
E 43 3314718 Spotlight Speakers Mike Rozen 3rd
E 43 3767 Rich-Del William Mok

Division E Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
E 40 867 Deltones Richard Nash
E 40 4666 Ambassadors – Tsawwassen Barb Westlake 1st
E 41 6246 Comp-Talk Rob An
E 41 4142 Richmond Friendly Mario Tobia
E 42 9868 Global Speakers Charles Lai
E 42 5488 Richmond Carmen Cheung
E 43 3314718 Spotlight Speakers Sal Baloo 3rd
E 43 8790 MDA Arjun Sumal 2nd

Division F Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
F 50 8178 White Rock Noel Bentley 2nd
F 51 1158953 The Professional Edge Gary Drouillard 1st
F 52 7173 Speakers Advantage Martin Presse 3rd
F 53 9200 North Delta Power Talkers Rema Nair
F 54 2590 Surrey Club Tori Kent

Division F Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
F 50 9362 Early Edition Angelika Bendrich 2nd
F 51 9429 The Rock Christian Lorraine Cauley 3rd
F 52 7173 Speakers Advantage Martin Presse 1st
F 53 5881 The Word David Simpson
F 54 5268 TaxMasters Club Phil Horn

Division G Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
G 60 965 Abbotsford Sundown David Klassen
G 60 9453 Rise And Shine Cam Taylor 3rd
G 62 2651 Cloverdale Marcus Ray 2nd
G 62 7275 Aldergrove Sacha Patouillet
G 63 9932 Midnight Madness Mike Robinson
G 63 6606120 Funny Bones Warren Kindellan 1st

Division G Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
G 60 965 Abbotsford Sundown David Klassen
G 60 9328 Snowpeaks Diana Pazdera
G 62 3439 Walnut Grove Jeanie Davis 2nd
G 62 1328523 Langley Morning  Christian Redshaw
G 63 9932 Midnight Madness Mike Robinson 3rd
G 63 845571 Toastmentors April Kennedy 1st

Division K Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
K 83 5300 Kelowna AM Gary Johnston 1st
K 82 641259 Penticton Speakers Darlene Beach 2nd
K 82 2196677 Penticton Toasties David Folstad 3rd
K 83 2796 Kelowna Club Nolan Sisett
K 80 2004846 OC Toastmasters Don Douglas
K 80 723 Kelowna Flying Solo Rae Stonehouse

Division K Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
K 83 5300 Kelowna AM Gary Johnston 1st
K 82 2392 Penticton Club Jodi Bird 2nd
K 82 7791 South Okanagan Calvin Craik 3rd
K 80 723 Kelowna Flying Solo Rae Stonehouse
K 83 2796 Kelowna Club Nolan Sisett
K 80 872 Westside Sharleen McBlain

Division L Humorous

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
L 90 1929 Vernon Sonja Peters
L 90 1929 Vernon Heidi Thompson 1st
L 92 1938 Overlander James Demens 3rd
L 91 2645 Armstrong  Pat Weninger 2nd
L 92 1454214 Thompson Valley Advanced Donna Lessard
L 91 2645 Armstrong Sheila Procter

Division L Table Topics

Division, Area, Club #, Club, Name, Place
L 90 1298198 Hi Noon Marco Longley 3rd
L 91 2645 Armstrong Sheila Procter 2nd
L 92 3929 TRU Mohammad Yasir Ali Khan 1st
L 92 9832 High Country Achievers Amy Tucker
L 90 1929 Vernon Club Heidi Thompson
L 91 6884 Monday Night Vernon Suellen McCumber