Why Attend the Fall Conference – Video Contest

Win a Toastmasters Branded, limited edition Selfie-Stick with your 1-2 minute video!

SelfieStick1Do you remember your first District conference? What is it that keeps you coming back to conferences?

Share your 1 – 2 minute testimonial by midnight, October 15th, and you could win a tool to help you capture even more memories at our District 21 Fall Conference!

Here’s how:

1. Think of what you would say to someone who is thinking of attending our upcoming Fall Conference and asks you why they should register.
2. Film yourself in a 1 – 2 minute (short and impactful) video clip.
3. Before midnight on October 15th, upload that clip to youtube or another video sharing site and share the link on our District 21 facebook page or you can upload your video directly to our District 21 facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bctoastmasters

Our conference committee will award the Selfie-Stick at our District 21 Fall Conference on Saturday, November 14th. YOU could be taking video and photos, capturing more great memories at that conference!

Hurry and upload your video NOW! Enter more than one! Share your memories with other members of District 21 and help them take their next step in their Toastmasters journey.

What My Club Did Last Summer

UPDATE: Article submissions are now CLOSED. Thank you for your creative and fun “What My Club Did last Summer” articles! We will be posting some of the best AND announcing the 3 winning clubs on our shiny new District 21 website VERY soon! Stay tuned!

When clubs get together during the Summer, they have greater success all year round. Instead of “taking a break” many of our clubs in District 21 get a little creative with their Summer meetings. We’d like to encourage all clubs to give Summer meetings a try and to make them fun and inventive in 2016.

We will post the best of the best ideas on our shiny new website when it is created!

The top 3 clubs that do the most fun and inventive Summer meeting/get-together will receive “Breaking the Ice Since 1924” Toastmasters 90th Anniversary window decals for your entire team based on your membership level at August 31st (See photo of swanky decal below).

Team members already have these classy pieces of SWAG? They make lovely awards, gifts, incentives for joining your team … the possibilities are endless …

Send your “What My Club Did Last Summer” short article (photos or videos will make it even better) to your PQD, before midnight on September 15th.


“The simple fact is that we grow, or learn, or work better, when we enjoy what we are doing …”

~ Ralph Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International

Passport Program Winners 2015

This year’s District 21 Passport Program was focused on getting members to connect and:

  • help other clubs by taking on roles or bringing potential new members ideal for that club
  • exchange ideas
  • boost the quality of the Toastmasters Program in ALL our clubs

Feedback from those who participated was tremendous! It looks like we will be doing this program again in the new Toastmasters year. This time we’ll start earlier. I hope more Toastmasters from more clubs choose to participate in the 2015-2016 version!90AnniversaryDecal

90AnniversaryDecalEvery member who emailed their passport before midnight, June 30th will receive the coveted 90th Anniversary Static Cling Window Decal.

Oooooh! Aaaaaah!

Three industrious members earned the top 3 prizes this year. Please join me in congratulating:

3rd Place Winner of the Lectern BannerLetty Louie

2nd Place Winner of $75 of Toastmasters international Gift Certificates: Catherine Laird

And … (drumroll please)

1st Place Winner of one full registration to the Fall 2015 District 21 Conference: Joanne Bell


You will be contacted by me to arrange delivery of your well earned prize!

For those who missed the deadline, it always pays to enter what you have. Our third place winner entered with fewer than 10 points. Watch for details this Fall for this year’s Passport Program. Be sure to download and start using your Passport right away!

~ Carol Carter, your District 21 LGM

D21 District Council Meeting Minutes May 2015

Here are the minutes (unapproved) from the D21 Spring 2015 District Council meetings:

D21 Business Meeting Minutes, May 9, 2015

Minutes from Spring 2015 DECM May 8, 2015

Club Campaign Challenge Winners

Wondering “How do we bring new guests into our club?” Tired of the same old Open Houses? Here’s some NEW ideas to inspire your team!Club Campaign Challenge

Club_Campaign_ChallengeSeveral clubs rose to the challenge to promote their club to their community in a fun, unique, attention-getting way. They stretched outside the box and held some amazing events! A few of those clubs actually submitted their event information for consideration in the Club Campaign Challenge. Those entries were judged on …

  • Uniqueness of idea – 30%
  • # of guests their promotion brought to their club – 30%
  • % of those guests who became members – 30%
  • the FUN factor! – 10%

Here are the winners, and some creative and inspiring ideas you can use to promote your club to your community.

3rd Place and winner of the Lectern Banner – Finding Vino

Finding Vino took the Open House concept to a whole new level. As you read and watch what they did, think of how you can freshen up the same-old-same-old and turn open houses into packed events. Rather than submitting a write up, their team filmed a quick video for you to watch. CLICK the image below to watch the video.

FindingVinoCCCFor more information, contact the Finding Vino team through their website at http://findingvinotoastmasters.com

2nd Place and winner of $50 Gift Certificate at Toastmasters International – Ambassadors Tsawassen Toastmasters

Inspired by PRO Edward Yuen’s presentation on how everyone in a club is a VP of PR, Ambassadors took PR to a whole new level. They rallied their team with their “Everyone’s a VP PR” initiative, rewarding members with entries into a special draw each week for Massive chocolate bars and a $10 Gift Certificate for the local pub “The Rose & Crown”, who offered to sponsor their team.

ANY promotional activity counted – articles and press releases in the local paper, tweets, facebook postings, flyers put in strategic locations, personal emails, one-to-one conversations – members shared how they had promoted the club between meetings. The promotion was fun, interesting and habit forming.

Now their entire team knows it’s their duty to reach out to their community and promote the Toastmasters opportunity. Many guests came. Their efforts are still producing results and several guests have became members (5 during the Club Campaign Challenge period). This promotion is highly unique, and ABSOLUTELY FUN!


For more information, contact Ambassadors Tsawwassen Toastmasters through their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TsawwassenTM or website http://4666.toastmastersclubs.org/

1st Place and winner of $100 Gift Certificate at Toastmasters International – Penticton Club #2392

Enlisting the help of local new publications and the local TV station, Penticton Club #2392 turned a small event at the local Farmer’s Market into a steady stream of guests, many of which have become members. A challenge closing time, they had gained 18 new members!! They gave speeches in the market each hour and invited the public to participate in some fun, friendly Table Topics. Members rallied around participants to clap and cheer.

This takes reaching out to your community to a whole new level through leveraging!


For more information, you can contact this club through their website at: http://2392.toastmastersclubs.org/

Are you inspired by what’s possible for your club? You don’t need a contest to try a new club promotion idea. Think outside the box, consider the talent on your team and the type of people you want to attract. People want to belong to group that is fun, interesting and provides an opportunity for them to grow and succeed. They are looking for you; they just don’t know it yet!

~ Carol Carter, District 21 LGM 2014-2015

Change your colours

Change Your Colours was a concept dreamed up by 2013-2014 District 21 LGET, Gene Vickers to get teams more engaged in the Distinguished Club Program. It worked but was difficult to maintain the constantly changing spreadsheets. Mike Carr caught Gene’s vision and turned it into a web program that fully integrates with the Toastmasters International Club Status Dashboard.

Explore the DCP Change your Colours Online Tool at http://code.pachogrande.com

  • Discover new ways to use the tool to motivate your team
  • Connect with other clubs who share the same challenges
  • Watch your colours change as your club meets the goals you set in your team’s Club Success Plan.


~Carol Carter, your District 21 LGM