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

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

Introducing 2017-2018 Leadership Nominees

Hello Toastmasters,

Please see below the report from the District 21 Leadership Committee with the names of nominated candidates for District 21 leadership positions for 2017-2018.

These names will be put forward for election at the District 21 Council Annual Meeting on April 22nd at the Spring Conference in Surrey.

I would like to thank all the members of the committee for their diligent work over the past few months.

Alan Warburton, District 21 Director 2016-2017


District 21 Leadership Committee Report for 2017-2018 Term

~ submitted by May Soo-Tvieta, DTM, PDG

The District Leadership Committee consists of 8 members. They are:

  • May Soo-Tveita, DTM, Past District Governor, Chair
  • Jamie MacDonald, DTM, Past Division Governor
  • Moya Webb, DTM, Past Division Director
  • Wendy Chernoff, DTM, Past Area Governor
  • Fred Jones, DTM, Past Area Governor
  • Wendy Arthurs, DTM, Past Division Governor
  • Veronica Armstrong, DTM, Past Area Governor
  • Lorraine Theron, ACG, CL, Past Area Governor

I would like to thank them for their diligence, integrity and service.

The process for selecting suitable candidates for nomination was as follows:

  1. Suitable questions with a leadership, experience and performance content were formulated.
  2. Committee members selected questions which were then asked of candidates. For each position, candidates received the same questions.
  3. Each candidate was interviewed for 30 minutes (Club Growth Director, Quality Club Director and District Director) and for 20 minutes (Division Director) by the committee, after which the committee reviewed each individual response. The committee discussed and reviewed each candidate’s suitability for the position sought.
  4. After each interview session, committee members voted on the candidate to be put forward in nomination for each position.
  5. Each candidate was then advised of the committee’s decision.

It is my honour and privilege, as chair of the District Leadership Committee, to present to you the nominations for the positions on the District Executive Council for the 2017 -2018 Toastmasters Year.

For District Team

  • District Director:                   John Sherber
  • Program Quality Director:  Michael Bown
  • Club Growth Director:         Joe Guenette

For Division Directors

  • Division A:  Jennifer Oakes
  • Division B:  Nils Erzinger
  • Division C:  Ryan Henderson
  • Division E:  Yuhan Chen
  • Division F:  Leah Cheyne
  • Division G:  Jen Li
  • Division K:  Jennifer Mlazgar
  • Division L:  Denis Lessard

This completes the report.

Thank you, everyone, for your dedication and support of District 21.


May Soo-Tvieta, DTM, PDG

District 21 Leadership Committee Chair

Seeking Pathways Guides

Hello District 21 members,

  • Are you at least a Competent Communicator?
  • Are you an experienced presenter?
  • Are you excited about the impending arrival of the Pathways Learning Experience?

Would you like to be a Pathways Guide?

  • Can you commit to a 6-month appointment?
  • Could you visit up to 10 clubs to present the new program and follow up with virtual communications?
  • Could you be available to answer questions from assigned clubs and members or refer the questions to World HQ staff and then respond back to the clubs?
  • Would you like to use the Pathways Guide appointment as credit towards achieving your DTM?

Note:  this is a one time opportunity and is equal to

serving for 12 months as a District Officer.

If all of the above looks intriguing to you, please email me at to request an application form or refer to the Pathways section of the TI website.

Applications should be sent to me by March 31.

P.S. Learn more at “The Possibilities of Pathways



David Hobson – District 21 Chief Ambassador, Pathways Learning Experience

Raising the Bar

It’s Official!

As you can see, the Government of BC has proclaimed that February is Toastmasters Month in British Columbia.

This is a very proud time for all Toastmasters in our province and it is also an excellent time to share the many benefits of the Toastmasters program with family, friends and colleagues.

Across District 21, many clubs are celebrating Toastmasters Month with Open Houses—the perfect time to invite guests to your meetings and give your club the opportunity to win the Talk up Toastmasters Award, which runs from February 1 to March 31.




Alan Warburton, DTM, Director District 21, 2016 – 17

Club Officer Training UPDATE

How are we doing on our mid-year training?

We are flying through February and mid-year CLUB OFFICER TRAINING (COT) is ongoing, with some really strong numbers chalked up and makeup sessions slated in the next few weeks.

Last summer, our first District Officer Training saw a smashing 100% turnout: 50 out of 50! Area and Division leaders truly understand that training is the foundation of a successful Toastmasters program. With such an awesome turnout, the sky is the limit for our Club Officer Training (COT) sessions.

It’s the journey, not the destination

The feedback from the recent COT sessions has really been positive, from across the district. Having Ireland’s amazing Ted Corcoran there to inspire us was a definite bonus!

While it’s important to have 4 officers out of 7 attend the sessions, nine clubs actually achieved “7 out of 7” ribbons for their club banners.

CONGRATULATIONS on a 100% turnout to:

  • Div. A – Master Motivators
  • Div. B – Thunderbird
  • Div. C – Island Excellence
  • Div. E – Richmond TM
  • Div. E – Rich-Del
  • Div. F – Finding Vino
  • Div. F –  Speakers Advantage
  • Div. G – Toastmentors
  • Div. K – TM’s

Last summer there were 26 ribbons given out. Could it be the weather? Here is the attendance breakdown per division to date, for mid-year COT:

  • Div. A – 57
  • Div. B – 79
  • Div. C – 44
  • Div. E – 35
  • Div. F – 68
  • Div. G – 42
  • Div. K – 41
  • Div. L – 43

CHECK THIS OUT: Toastmasters “District Central” dashboards provide key club stats on clubs around the world. Look for the Training (TRN) columns that show both COT sessions for the year (9a & 9b). 

Huge THANKS to our division and area leaders, along with the many Toastmasters who gave training sessions or took part in planning the events. Your commitment permeated our training sessions with TM core values: Integrity Respect, Service and Excellence.

Our D21 total thus far? We’ve trained 402 members—that’s 38% of 1050, the total number of club officers in D21.

Note that these numbers don’t include all of our 13 remote clubs, which continue to grow with support and guidance from a dedicated group of D21 members.

There’s still time to reach 60% trained!

Makeup COT sessions in February will surely boost these numbers. Let’s shoot for 60% or more! Please check the D21 Events Calendar for a time and place that works for you.

All the best,

John Sherber, DTM, Club Quality Director, District 21

Talk Up Toastmasters this winter

You could WIN $150 for your club from District 21

Here’s an amazing membership building incentive for February and March! It combines two separate incentives into one great offer to help clubs grow their membership and Distinguished Club status:

1) Toastmasters International Talk Up Toastmasters Program, Feb. 1 – Mar.31

Toastmasters love to connect with others.  Let’s leverage that gift to grow our membership this winter. The annual Talk Up Toastmasters program encourages you to invite guests to any club meeting where they can learn about Toastmasters’ many benefits.

Add FIVE new members between February 1 and March 31, and your club receives a beautiful Talk up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your banner.

Please note: Applications and payments for new members who join during this time must be received at World Headquarters or online, no later than March 31. Qualifying clubs also earn 10% off their next club order (good for six months from the date of issue and not valid with any other offer).

2) BONUS District 21 Prize Draw for Qualifying Clubs

ALL District 21 Toastmaster Clubs that qualify for the Talk Up Toastmasters award will automatically be entered into a special District 21 prize draw. There will be FIVE winning clubs and each will receive $150 in coupons for the TI Store.

For the past two years, NINE clubs have qualified for the Talk Up Toastmasters award. This year we are looking for at least TWENTY clubs to enter the draw!

  • Is your club ready to take this 2-for-1 challenge?
  • Do you want to earn rewards for building your club membership?
  • Are you game to secure your DCP membership qualifying requirement before the next dues renewal deadline on March 31st?

RIGHT NOW is a great time to get busy and Talk Up Toastmasters!


Yours in Service,

Michael Bown, DTM

Club Growth Director, District 21

Toastmaster Pirates Ahoy

Fellow Toastmasters,

Inspirational. Eleven days of travel meeting amazing members across District 21.  For me personally, this has been a short period of rapid growth as a communicator and leader and I sincerely hope you have had found the same during Ted Corcoran’s visit to District 21.


Let’s keep the excitement going in every single club. Area 54 Director Leah Cheyne made a fantastic suggestion to have a “pirate month” where everyone conducts banner raids. What a fun way to visit other clubs, learn new ideas, and support other clubs in their growth.  Coupling this with Toastmasters month in February breeds a great learning environment for every single member.

Banner Raids are straight forward:

  • Work with your club members to plan a “raid” on another club. At least five members must go to get the other club’s banner (Consider letting them know ahead of time to allow the opportunity for your club members to take on meeting roles as well).
  • As long as five members of your club show up you can take the raided club’s banner back to your club.
  • The club you raided needs to come back to your club with five members in order to claim their banner back, or ten members to take their banner AND get yours.

Moving forward as a team we will make each member’s experience better which helps all of us gain and retain even more members in our clubs.  Hope you are all fired up and ready to go directly to the Hall of Fame in August. You deserve to walk across the stage in our province.

Yours in Service,


Michael Bown, DTM

Club Growth Director, District 21 2016-2017

For more info: February is Banner Raid Month!