Monthly Archives: February 2014

First Oakville Second

Our own Kim Bayley, representing First Oakville Toastmasters took second placeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA in the International Area contest held last night and Marion West came second in the Area 52 Evaluation Contest.

Both fought hard won battles against competitors from the other four area clubs.

The next contest comes on March 21 at 7 pm with the Lakeshore Division L at Bishop Tonnis Secondary School at 1100 Panabaker Drive in Ancaster.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The district spring conference is scheduled from April 4-6 at the Delta Meadowvale at 6750 Mississauga Road near the 401 and Erin Mills.

Despite the chill in the air (temperature were plummeting into the -20C range), the auditorium at Holy Trinity Secondary School (the new home for the Glen Abbey Toastmaster Club) saw a large crowd of warm and friendly Toastmasters and friends out to cheer on the competitors. A great night of Toastmaster contesting.


Toastmaster Learning Institute (TLI), February 17, 2014

This was not the same old mid-term club executive training, redux.

First of all the stats; 

There were over 300 Toastmasters in attendance,

40 sessions: 14 unique single sessions; 13 duplicated for easier attendance.

Club executive positions:  5 sessions,

Better clubs: 14 sessions,

Membership advancement: 8 sessions.


All sessions were chaired by advanced Toastmasters who knew the subject matter.  All sessions in the cafetorium were miked.  We could hear everything whether we wanted to or not (TIC).

Lunch was not the usual pizza with questionable availability.  It was pasta, meatballs, sauce, salads, water, ice tea and Tim Horton’s coffee.  There was enough food and water for everyone.


There was the opening key note address and the luncheon keynote by William Cassels Music to my Ears.  William’s topic was giving a speech set to music to illustrate vocal variety styling and the poetry of the words spoken in conjunction to the mood of the music.  It was fabulous and thought provoking.  There was also a wind down address.


The commitment by the District Executive to the serious process of enriching the lives of the Toastmasters present and enriching their Toastmaster experience was, again, noteworthy in its execution.  They walked the talk.  For a volunteer organization with a single year mandate this is exemplary, and pointedly unusual.


All breakout sessions were in legitimate class rooms in a comfortable, quality, high school setting.  The only grouse would be that the heat was turned up to make us comfortable so that we could concentrate on the respective message being given.  Pasta with heat after 13:00 could be a presenter’s nightmare but candy was offered to keep the brains awake.


It was not just the usual mid-term  club executive warm over but truly an education process with something for just about anyone.  If nothing presented was of value to you then you were obviously a seasoned Toastmaster and probably should have been a presenter.


Congrats to everyone involved in this. There were obviously too many to applaud singly.  This year’s D86 Executive has raised the bar very high.  It may mean that going forward this event will be the reference check.  Going forward there will need to be greater care and consideration when putting on an event such as this.  We as members should thank everyone involved because we will all be better off for their wonderful efforts!


~Donald Knowles, Area Governor

Evaluation Contest Winners

Nine First Oakville Toastmasters competed in last night’s Evaluation Contest which saw Marion West take first, Eleanor Hayward second and Mark Molder third place.IMG_0111

Our target speaker, Paul, did a great job and was very brave and gracious being evaluated by so many evaluators.

Videos from last night will be available later today (Friday) in your private DropBox folder. It might prove very helpful to view the target speaker’s video first and then watch the evaluations in order (Peter, Glenn, John, Eleanor, Marion, Elaine, Dan, Mark and Kim).

Last night’s contest and our online videos have created a virtual master class in how to conduct a superior evaluation whether it’s your first try or you’ve been doing evaluations forever 🙂

Kim Bayley Takes International Honours

Toastmaster Kim Bayley won a hard-fought win in First Oakville Toastmaster’s International Speech contest at last night’s memorable Charter Party._DSC6273-2

Videos from last night’s competition are available to all club members via their DropBox. showing Peter West’s second place finish and the excellent speeches by  Deborah Bartucci and John Smissen.

Photos from last night will be uploaded to the club’s Flickr account later today (or maybe tomorrow).

First Oakville Toastmasters meets Thursday evenings at the Quality Inn on Bronte Road in Oakville, Ontario.