A New Club Could Mean a Stylish New Jacket for YOU! (UPDATED)

Imagine that very first club you discovered and joined, that place where you gained encouragement, helpful feedback and mentoring through your early speeches, never existed. What would your life be like today? Look how far you’ve come from that first day you walked through the door and experienced your first meeting.

We are searching for new club ideas and opportunities to share the transformation Toastmasters provides to more people in more corners of our District. Do you have a brilliant idea for a new club? Maybe it’s a

  • community club where there’s an ideal space or central location;
  • advanced club that can help members in your Area or Division accelerate their personal or professional growth;
  • specialty club that could serve a niche market or help members achieve a specific goal; or
  • corporate club in a company with 250+ employees

Send your club idea RIGHT AWAY to our Club Extension Chair, Gene Vickers. If your club is fully chartered before end of day February 28th (just extended to the ides of March! – March 15th), you will become the proud owner of one of these stylish, Toastmasters branded core jackets!

Not sure you can charter a club in time? After March 15th, if your club charters before June 15th, you will receive a swanky Toastmasters Hooded Long Sleeve T-Shirt (They are sweeeeet!)

So … what’s your size?

Warmly and with great anticipation,

Carol Carter, DTM

Your District 21 Director 2017 – 2018

Anniversary Celebrations

 Anniversary Celebrations in June

Thunderbird  (Victoria) – 71st

Kelowna  (Kelowna) – 59th

Kalamalka  (Vernon) – 35th

Speakers Corner  (Victoria) –31st

Harbour City  (Nanaimo) – 28th

Macdonald Detttwiler & Assoc  (Richmond) – 25th

White Rock Evening Edition  (White Rock) – 24th

The Rock Christian (Surrey) – 24th

Rise and Shine  (Abbotsford) – 24th

Surrey Civic Speechmeisters  (Surrey) – 24th

Richmond Friendly  (Richmond) – 23rd

Kelowna AM  (Kelowna) – 22nd

Trestle  (Victoria) – 22nd

Pacific Rim  (Ucluelet) – 22nd

Sentinel Speakers  (Castlegar) – 22nd

Leading Edge  (Richmond) – 22nd

Toast of the City  (Abbotsford) – 21st

Snowpeaks  (Chilliwack) – 16th

Walnut Grove  (Langley) – 14th

Midnight Madness  (Langley) – 14th

Kelowna City Hall  (Kelowna) – 13th

Energized Communicators  (Surrey) – 13th

Night Hawks  (Victoria) – 12th

The Professional Edge  (Surrey) – 9th

Hi Noon  (Vernon) – 7th

GenoJabbers  (Victoria) – 7th

Chosin Chatters  (Victoria) – 6th

Sage Richmond  (Richmond) – 5th

Royal Roads  (Victoria) – 5th

BC Ferries  (Richmond) – 5th

Spotlight Speakers  (Richmond) – 4th

West Coast  (Esquimalt) – 4th

Spontaneous Speakers  (Surrey) – 2nd

Anniversary Celebrations in May

Surrey Club 2590 (Surrey)49th

Langley Toastmasters 2743  (Langley)39th

Comp-Talk (Richmond)31st

Armstrong Toastmasters Club 2645 (Armstrong)29th

Enterprising (Nanaimo)27th

White Rock (Surrey)26th

Early Edition (Surrey)24th

Richmond Dragon Masters (Richmond)24th

New City (Surrey)23rd

Cloverdale  (Surrey)23rd

Discovery  (Campbell River)16th

Salt Spring  (Salt Spring Island)13th

Revenue Ramblers (Victoria)13th

Uptown Rollers  (Victoria)6th

Prospera Prose  (Abbotsford)4th

Silverbridge  (Duncan)3rd

Costmasters  (Surrey)1st

Anniversary Celebrations in April

Victoria Beaver Toastmasters Club #790 (Victoria) – 62nd

Saanich Peninsula (Sidney) – 38th

TRU (Kamloops) – 38th

Norvic (Victoria) – 34th            

Richmond (Richmond) – 32nd                     

Global Speakers (Richmond) – 23rd

Chamber Sunrisers (Nanaimo) – 20th

Master Motivators (Victoria) – 17th

Good News (Surrey) – 17th

North Delta Power Talkers (Delta) – 18th

Campbell River (Campbell River) – 12th

Sooke Harbour (Sooke) – 7th

Fraser Heights Cornerstone (Surrey) – 7th

Thompson Valley Advanced (Kamloops) – 6th

Finding Vino (Surrey) – 3rd    

Boeing Canada-AeroInfo (Richmond) – 2nd

Talking Heads (Victoria) – 1st

Downtown Express (Kelowna) – 1st

If your Club is celebrating a big event next month, we’d love to  highlight your club with a group photo and/or a short blurb!

Speech Evaluation

Article based on interview by Val Adolph


Noel Bentley DTM, is known in his two clubs, White Rock Toastmasters and Professional Edge as a consummate speech evaluator. Here he shares some of his thoughts on that valuable Toastmaster skill – Speech Evaluation.


Every single Toastmaster is more than capable of evaluating a speech. No-one should say, or be allowed to say “I’m not good enough to evaluate yet”. Even if you are not experienced give yourself permission to evaluate someone’s speech. Look at it this way – they are asking for your help to improve. Do you really want to turn down a request for help? They are waiting for you to do just that – to help them. Even the newest Toastmaster can find something good in a speech and something that might be improved.



Decide how you will structure your evaluation BEFORE you stand up to present it. The speaker and the audience want to hear your feedback, not watch you assemble your points while standing at the lectern.

Structure is such an important part of an evaluation. You shouldn’t be trying to figure out how to put your thoughts together as you’re standing up to present them.

Find a structure you can work with – there are lots of them, find one you can work with comfortably. Make yourself a template from it to use each time you evaluate. Many people like the sandwich method (a good point, a suggestion for improvement, and what you liked best.) Others adapt this to a 3-2-1 method (three good things, two ideas for improvement, one great point). There are many more structures to choose from and most have enthusiastic advocates. Try different ways to see which works best for you. The only right way is the way that helps you give the strongest and most supportive evaluation.


Get familiar with the different types of evaluation – how an Ice Breaker evaluation differs from, say, an evaluation of a speech being prepared for a contest. Different speakers have different levels of needs for encouragement and for being spurred on to greater efforts. It’s not helpful to simply guess what the needs are, it’s important to talk with the speaker ahead of time and to ask them.

A ‘before talk’ is very helpful to discover precisely what a speaker needs or is looking for. An ‘after talk’ to give greater depth and a more personal understanding of your evaluation helps too. It’s not only about having listened well, it’s about communication.

The evaluation is based on the needs of the speaker; the evaluator tries to deliver whatever is needed at the time. Sometimes you need to add in a challenge. For instance, if a speaker makes the same mistake each time they speak it’s good to give them a challenge to address that issue.

Higher levels of analysis are needed when you are evaluating a speech that is being prepared for a contest, so you may be providing more suggestions for improvement than usual. Still, it’s important to remember that encouragement is part of the package too.

Evaluation is all about listening. If the speaker indicates that you have nailed the evaluation, then they know you were listening very deeply. It shows that you have taken an interest in the speaker and you care about his progress.

The more you evaluate the more you see its many facets. A strong evaluator:

  •       builds the speaker’s self-esteem as well as motivating and counselling the speaker.
  •       uses concrete examples to illustrates  the points made
  •      makes it clear by using phrases like “it seemed to me…” that this is just one person’s opinion.

Every Toastmaster has a suggestion for improvement for even the best speech, World Champions included. We all have unique insights and perceptions. Offered constructively these can help another Toastmaster along their path.

The Story of the Goose

When geese fly in formation, they create their own unique form of teamwork. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in their ‘V’, the whole flock adds at least 71% more flying range than if each bird flew on its own. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the ‘V’, and another goose flies point.

When a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with their companion and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with the group.


Last Month’s Contest Winner

In October, we wanted to discover the ‘Funniest Speech Title’. Drum roll please!

AND the winner is…

Entered by Maureen McBeath of ToastMentors club,

“I’m not Overweight, I’m Under Height”.

Don’t miss the opportunity to win our December contest…  Tap into your creative-thinking with this month’s challenge: It’s a game of Scattergories: given the category of ‘Leadership’ and the initial letter “I” (i as in icicle) how many relevant words can you generate?

(Scattergories is a game where each player fills out a category list ‘with answers that begin with the same letter.’   For example, given the category of ‘Leadership’, and the initial letter “L”, your answers could include relevant words such as Logical, Lively, etc.)  If no other player matches your answers, you score points.

“In the event of a tie for any potential Winning Entry, we may award two winning entries, consider Relevance/Creativity/Originality as a tiebreaker, or ask a tie breaking Judge to apply the same Judging Criteria to determine the winner.

Send entries to  letters@d21toastmasters.ca. The deadline for entries is December 23 2016.

The winner will be announced in the January newsletter and will win a $10 Starbucks card.

Do enjoy a creative challenge?  We’d love to hear from you if you have fun ideas for future Bee Lucky contests.  We are particularly interested in contests that are Toastmaster-related and have clearly defined goals with minimal potential for judging bias, so we can easily determine winning entries.