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!

Spring Forward to our D21 Conference

Spring into action…take the leap and lead

The Spring Conference is a fantastic deal…full registrations include FIVE meals, an automatic entry into a bonus draw,  internationally acclaimed speakers, intriguing education sessions a live auction, and two exciting contests, where the International Speech champion will be moving on to the World Stage.   

DON’T MISS this exciting chance to cheer on the best of the best in District 21 and enjoy an outstanding weekend full of learning and fun! 

With Division Contests and à-la-carte options on the horizon, make sure you register now to avoid disappointment.  Have you thought of getting together a ‘table of eight’?  It’s a fantastic opportunity for supporting your champions, team-building, learning, and ramping up the fun for everyone…not to mention that it’s a saving of $10 per person at the table.    

Call for Conference Volunteers

Looking for a highly rewarding leadership experience with an inspired Dream Team?  Step up now!  Contact the Conference Team to explore the opportunities.

Other ways to help the hard working Conference Team

Getting your room at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel finalized early is vital to the team…and as a bonus, offers you the most value.  Book your room NOW, at a discounted rate of $125 before it runs out!  

Spring into our Future…Take the Leap and Lead!  Click here for more details  




Are the daffodils poking up in your corner of the world? It’s a sign that Spring is coming, and with it comes the warmth and sunshine of the new D21 Spring conference.

Snap out of those winter doldrums with a bright and happy get-together of Toastmasters at the Guildford Sheraton April 21 – 23. If you’ve been looking for inspiration you’ll find it here. 

Fabulous food! The warmth of friendship, and catching up with all those other Toastmaster friends you only see a couple of times a year. Best of all you’ll be in the company of great speakers.


This is your chance to hear two of the best speakers anywhere. Jana Barnhill and Marg Hope.

Jana can only be described as a blond bombshell – she’s fun, exciting and inspiring.

Marg is our very own wise leader, an accredited speaker (not many of those in BC) and just the person to motivate us on our Toastmaster journey.

Go to the D21 website right now and register before the price goes up. Or better still, pull together a table of eight to have even more fun at a lower price.

Val Adolph DTM

Calling for Volunteers

Looking for a highly rewarding

leadership experience

with an inspired Dream Team?

Step up now!  


Contact the Conference Team 

to explore the opportunities.





 Attending the Spring Conference…what’s in it for you?

LEAP IN to the festivities and showcase your club in the Banner Parade.

LEARN from top-notch motivated presenters.

INCREASE your credibility, creativity, and expertise.

SPRING into action and become a force for change.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZON with new insights, strategies and resources.

BE INSPIRED by Distinguished Toastmasters and District Award Winners.

LEARN TO LEAD with integrity to leave a positive leadership legacy.

CONNECT with thought-leaders, mentors and like-minded Toastmasters.

BE AMAZED by fabulous International Speech and Evaluation Contest speakers.

RENEW FRIENDSHIPS and share experiences, wisdom, valuable resources and fun.

INVEST in your future. See your vision become a reality.

ENHANCE your personal and professional growth.

RE-KINDLE your passion and regain your focus in your own Toastmasters journey.

RE-ENERGIZE with a renewed sense of excitement. Bring back the buzz!!!


There is no substitute for attending a live, face-to-face professional

development conference relevant to your goals and needs. 


Are there other ways to help the hard working Conference Team?  Getting your room at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel finalized early is vital to the team…and as a bonus, offers you the most value.  Book your room NOW, at a discounted rate of $125 before it runs out!  

Spring into our Future…Take the Leap and Lead!

 Click here for more details  

Spring Speech Contests Clarification

In accordance with the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017/page 7) districts have the option of allowing the following:

  • If an area has FOUR assigned clubs or fewer, the district has the option of allowing TWO contestants from each club to compete at the area level.
  • If a division has FOUR assigned areas or fewer, the district has the option of allowing the TWO highest-placed available contestants from each area to compete at the division level.

This is to confirm that District 21 IS ALLOWING THESE OPTIONS for the Spring 2017 Contests, at both the club and area level.

However, at the division level ONLY ONE contestant moves forward to the district level.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

John Sherber DTM

D21 Program Quality Director 2016-17

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