Pulling Together in October

This month’s focus is on teamwork. You’ve sent your club dues in to Toastmasters International (THANK YOU!!! 141 clubs are in good standing and another 7 are working hard to get there), you’ve created your Club Success Plan, you’ve had your club Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests, maybe twisted a few arms of potential contestants to enter, and are now cheering them on at Area or Division contest levels. September has been busy and October will fly by before you know it.

Below this video are a few quick pieces to help you and your team make the most of these Autumn days in Toastmasters:

  • The Treasure Hunt Adventure – for your team to celebrate each and every contribution and achievement of your members, that help your club succeed. Maps and Treasure Chests are headed your way through your Area Director. Booty is being earned by you right now and will show up after the end of each month … in surprising ways and places! Stay tuned!
  • The Passport Program – for you to explore other clubs, go to other contests, participate, take on roles outside your regular club and jot down ideas, share what makes other clubs unique and come up with suggestions your club, other clubs, and our District teams can use to make future member experiences even better! A rising tide floats ALL boats!
  • Create a “Tag Line” for Your Club – Read the linked article for two key questions to ask your team members, then scheme together on what Unique Learning Opportunity your club provides for your Ideal Future Member. Put together a catchy “Tag Line” and send to PR Manager Ashwani Kumar Sinha before October 31st! Not only will this help your club reach out to the right potential new fellow learners, your tag line will be added to a special advertising card we are creating for each Area to share at farmers’ markets, job fairs, libraries, and membership building opportunities in your community. Also, one lucky club will win a special prize at our Fall Conference!
  • The FINAL Fall Conference – 6 ed sessions to choose from, 2 amazing keynote speakers, a special Remembrance Day observerance, the roll out of the District Success Plan at the Business Meeting, helpful tools to grow YOU and to grow YOUR CLUB, The Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Finals, hillarious entertainment, Huggy Dougie, friends, food, and a beautiful escape to our Province’s capital city. Hurry and book your hotel room. The special hotel price of $149 (normally over $200/night) ends October 10th!
  • Earn a swanky Toastmasters Jacket! – Denis Lessard is our first jacket recipient! Once the dashboard switches to October, you will see our very first new club of the year – BCLC Kamloops!! Denis brought us the lead. This new team of fellow learners chartered before February 28th 2018. Denis gets a jacket! Bring us a lead. We’ll help get the wheels in motion to make it a reality, so you too can sport one of these comfy, stylish numbers! You’ll also enjoy the excitement and experience of creating a new club together with a new club creation team.
  • Become an Approved Club Officer Training Trainer – Give back to all District 21 teams in rewarding ways. We’re looking for existing and new potential trainers to equip, sharpen, and make our Toastmasters Club Officer Training even better.

Enjoy these Autumn learning opportunities. Celebrate your fellow learners. Explore our District. Have fun as your team pulls ideas and opportunities together, creating a grand adventure for all your members this Toastmasters year.

Warm wishes as the weather cools down,




Your District 21 Director 2017-2018


The 7 out of 7 (x2) Club Officers Trained Challenge

Is your banner hungry for a splash of purple? More than that, how would you like to point your team members to the District 21 website and see them celebrated not once, but TWICE this year? Bragging rights AND Purple – Two fun reasons to do the right thing and make sure all your Club Officers take advantage of the special training, just for them, twice per year.

Below are the clubs who have 7 out of 7 Club Officers Trained in the Summer Training Season. KUDOS to all of you!!! Make sure you keep an eye out for the Winter training sessions and ALL your Officers are trained between December 1st and February 28th.

*** SPECIAL NOTE:  PLEASE check the number of YOUR club officers trained on the Toastmasters Internatonal DashboardALL corrections MUST be in to Toastmasters International before September 30th.

From Division A (for Amazing!) in South Vancouver Island

  • #1501250 – Genojabbers
  • #4483 – The Communicators Toastmasters Club
  • #813223 – Night Hawks Club
  • #1876868 – Chosin Chatters
  • #5952 – Goldstream Toastmasters
  • #2262553 – Royal Roads Toastmasters
  • #1472411 – Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club
  • #950 – Cowichan Toastmasters Club

From Division B (for Brilliant!) in Victoria

  • #1390136 – Quorum Toastmasters

From Division C (for Caring and Commendable!) in Mid and North Island

  • #8031 – Mid Island Advanced Toastmasters Club
  • #4469753 – Island Excellence
  • #1146 – Discovery Toastmasters

From Division E (for Exceptional!) in Richmond/South Delta

  • #4666 – Ambassadors – Tsawwassen Toastmasters
  • #4142 – Richmond Friendly Toastmasters Club
  • #5488 – Richmond Toastmasters Club
  • #8790 – MacDonald Dettwiller & Assoc Toastmasters Club
  • #9868 – Global Speakers Toastmasters Club
  • #3314718 – Spotlight Speakers

From Division F (for Fun, Fabulous and Fantastic!) in Surrey/North Delta/White Rock

  • #9362 – Early Edition Toastmasters Club
  • #9516 – White Rock Evening Edition Club
  • #8344160 – Finding Vino Toastmasters Club
  • #3262351 – Toastmasters By The Sea
  • #1158953 – The Professional Edge
  • #2228252 – Kwantlen Toastmasters

From Division G (for Great! … and of course, Gorgeous) in Langley/Fraser Valley

  • #8742 – Good News Toastmasters Club
  • #2743 – Langley Toastmasters 2743
  • #2651 – Cloverdale Club
  • #845571 – Toastmentors

From Division K (for Kick ____) in South Okanagan/West Kootenays

  • #6196 – Nelson Fresh Tracks Toastmasters
  • #2796 – Kelowna Club
  • #693235 – Kelowna City Hall Toastmasters

From Division L (for Loyal, Legendary and Light-Hearted – thanks for the list Charles Lai!) in Thompson/North Okanagan/East Kootenays

  • #1938 – Overlander Club
  • #9073 – Morning Sun Club
  • #3532 – Cranbrook First Club

Please reach out and congratulate these teams! Many more of you achieved 4 or more Club Officers Trained, which lines you up to receive 1 DCP point after you do the same in the Winter round of training. Thank you for making sure your leaders receive training and support!

A friendly reminder to keep being awesome,

Carol Carter

Your District 21 Director


A New Club Could Mean a Stylish New Jacket for YOU!

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, you will become the proud owner of one of these stylish, Toastmasters branded core jackets!

So … what’s your size?

Warmly and with great anticipation,

Carol Carter, DTM

Your District 21 Director 2017 – 2018

Smedley Award

International Convention


The COP (Club Outreach Program) & Trophy, is a fun, membership building contest initiated to help D21 Toastmasters Clubs to grow their clubs. Every club is eligible to participate and to win!


THE COP AWARD Or The Club Outreach Program Award

Welcome to September – Storming Together!

Welcome to one of the best (and craziest) months of the Toastmasters year!

You may have been vacationing, relaxing, or herding young children around. You might have been fighting the fires burnng around the Province, or housing displaced friends and relatives. Some have changed jobs, life situations, or houses. Still other of you have just come back from International Convention in Vancouver … and are trying to figure out how to put what you’ve learned into action.

Take courage! You are in good company, and you are exactly where you need to be.

Please read through the helpful articles linked on the September District 21 Newsletter in your email inbox. You’ll learn more about:

  • The COP Award July 1st – April 1st. Winning club will be announced at the Spring Conference April 20 – 22 in Kelowna, BC … and you will WANT to be there! More about that conference to be announced in November.
  • The Smedley Award – August 1 – September 30. There’s still time to add those 5 members!
  • Hilights from the International Convention last month
  • Finding Your Club’s Unique Learning Opportunity
  • The Pathways Photo Contest
  • Our new team members
  • Opportunities in our District

Also look back at last month’s article for helpful information on your club contests.

Check the www.d21fallconference.ca site for more information on our LAST EVER District 21 Fall Conference.

Hosting a special event in your club? Hoping to attract people in the community? Do reach out to your Area Director for help getting the PR out in as many low or no cost ways possible.

Your District 21 Passport is coming soon! Your Area Director will have your set of Passports for your team in the next two weeks. DO make sure you enter all your new members at Toastmasters International as soon as possible, so your team receives the right number of passports.

Enjoy September Storming with your team! Together, you are building  brilliant adventure for all your fellow learners.

Thanks for all you do,

Carol Carter, DTM

Your District 21 Director 2017-2018

The Adventure Begins! ~ Helping your team “Launch Well”

Huge Kudos to all clubs who achieved Distinguished or higher as of June 30th! For those who were short just a few members or that one education credit, a new year has just begun. It’s YOUR year. What kind of Toastmasters’ year would you like to have?
Our new District team has been collaborating and conspiring to make this your best Toastmasters’ Adventure yet! Here are the first items on the Treasure Map, with more adventures to be revealed each month.

  1. Club Officer Training (now known as District 21’s ACT Events) are 2/3 of the way finished. Are all 7 of your Club Officers Trained and feeling confident about the year ahead? To encourage you (and to add a little peer pressure) we’re awarding a LIMITED EDITION, shiny, purple ribbon to all clubs that have all 7 officer trained at BOTH the Summer and Winter training events. It’s the D21 7 out of 7 (x2) Club Officers Trained 2017-2018 ribbon, and it comes with two rounds of Club Kudos! Yes, we want to celebrate your brilliance across the District, for getting all your team equipped for the journey ahead. See our events calendar or talk to your Area or Division Director, or Program Quality Director Shawn Gold to find out about more training opportunities before the August 31st deadline.
  2. Club Outreach Program (COP) Award – July 1st – March 31st – Your club is already entered! We hope to find more people, just like you, who need the Toastmasters Program, but don’t know it’s for them … yet. All brand new, first time Toastmasters who join your club between July 1st and march 31st AND RENEW for April 1st, 2018, will count toward your club’s entry. The first ever COP Award will be presented by Club Growth Director Joe Guenette at the Spring Conference, along with a keeper Scroll Plaque. Be the first club to ever receive this very special, HUGE,  new District 21 award, just for helping change more lives, like yours.
  3. Smedley Award Contest From Toastmasters InternationalAugust 1st – September 30th – Add 5 new or reinstated (must have left for one entire dues period) members to your team in these two months and receive a shiny new ribbon AND 10% Off a Group Order from Toastmasters International! Given our dollar, this could mean a fair chunk of change saved by your club! It’s like finding buried treasure …
  4. Toasti-Topics – Each week – Watch interviews of our members, a different member each episode, sharing their Toastmasters leadership and communication lessons learned. Great information for newer Toastmasters (and even more seasoned ones). This will be shared with Toastmasters both locally and around the planet! Know someone we could interview? Maybe you?  Connect with Ashwani Sinha

Are you going to the International Convention in Vancouver? Or the LAST EVER D21 Fall Conference in BC’s Capital of Victoria? These are rare adventures-in-waiting, creating memories and friends you’ll treasure your entire life!

Speaking of treasure … Here’s a sneek peek at a few more treasures to look forward to this Fall (make sure you read our District 21 Newsletters)!

  • The D21 2017-2018 Passport Program – September 1st – April 22nd
  • Train-the-Trainer events in each geographical region of District 21
  • Special “Just-in-Time” training all year, both in person and online, for Area Directors and their Assistants. Want to be on the team? Some Area and DIvision Directors are still looking for Assistants to learn, grow and serve with! Contact your Division Director, or me (Carol Carter) for more information
  • Unbury Your Treasure – Discover your club’s own Unique Learning Opportunity and share it with your community in fun, surprising ways
  • Share Your Story … more info to come!
  • The Rising Tide Challenge … more info to come!

If you or your team would like to create a special educational or outreach opportunity for the members and fellow clubs of Dstrict 21, or if you have an interesting New Club idea that might fit in your Area, please connect with our team at letters@d21toastmasters.ca

Our goal this year, besides helping make your club and our whole District wildly successful, is to ensure we have Healthy Happy Members. We know this means we need Healthy, Happy Clubs, who are supported by Healthy Happy Leaders. To do this, we need your brilliance, your energy, and your desire to make the most out of this year for you and for all members whose lives you touch along the way. Together, we WILL make this trip around the sun a Worthy Toastmasters Adventure! 

Ready to set sail?

A warm and hearty “Ahoy”!

Carol Carter

Your District 21 Director