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Summer Break–New Executive Committee

Hello out there,

FOTM is on summer break, but the executive committee is busy behind the scenes to pass along their roles to prepare the incoming executive to make 2014-2015 season the best yet!

Stay tuned!

Eleanor Hayward, Outgoing VP PR & Brampston Gushway, Incoming VP PR

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Division L Member and Club Success Workshops

I hope you enjoyed the May 24 Weekend with family and friends. 

Spring is an invigorating season representing renewal and growth.  The May 24 Workshops and Training are part of each Toastmaster’s and each Toastmaster Club’s growth and learning. 
You will be inspired!  You will learn and laugh.   I look forward to seeing you there.

What?   Time for club executives to begin their Club Success Planning
             Training for incoming executive roles
             Workshops on Evaluation,
                                   Making club meetings FUN using Improv,
                                   Organizing a Speech Contest
                                   The Member’s Journey
When?  May 24, 2014  8:30 to 12:30
Where?  Bishop Tonnos High School
             100 Panabaker Drive, Ancaster

Who?    all Toastmasters and especially incoming executive members
Cost?  $10.00 includes, venue, parking, continental breakfast and lots of learning
Register please at  so we know how much food to order
Thanks,  See you there.  
Carol Todd-Skuce, Division L Governor

Toastmaster Magazine–Advanced Manuals

Dear Toastmasters,

Just wanted to share with you some information.

For those who has already completed their CC manual and looking for further challenge the TOASTMASTER magazine (November 2013 issue) recommends the advanced manuals in the following order:



Olga Gappasova, FOTM Member

TLI Training May 31st & District 86 April Newsletter

The Toastmaster Leadership Institute (TLI) is the district’s training session for newly elected club officers but all club members are welcomed to sign up. Besides the training for officers being provided by some of the best instructors in our district, there will be 20 different workshops to choose from, as well.

Recently, many non-Toastmasters have also attended our TLIs. Our last couple of TLIs have had tremendous turnouts of almost 300 people. There will be great training, hot food and fantastic networking opportunities!

Register early in advance by May 27, 2014 on eventbrite at the D86 website or email Lorna Miller, CC, ALB – Reg. Chair

~Tony Bratschitsch, DTM
District 86 Governor
Find also the District 86 Newsletter April 2014 Vol 5 for download here, which was put together by Tuula Redditt (Check out her photo on page 8 wearing a Toastmasters Super Hero Costume!) with 18 pages of contributions featuring conference news, events and more from a lot of members in our district.
~Eleanor Hayward VP PR

Election & Tall Tales Contest

Hello Fellow Toastmasters,
Last Thursday night we held our annual FOTM Election, and I’m pleased to announce your new Executive for the 2014-2015 TM season:
Incoming President – Adrian Scott
Incoming VP Education – Donald Knowles
Incoming VP Membership – Aman Kapur
Incoming VP Public Relations – Brampston Gushway
Incoming Secretary – Beatrice Ten Thye
Incoming Treasurer – Jennifer Chung
Incoming Sergeant at Arms – Nick Becker
We have some great leadership to look forward to next year.  Congratulations to all of you and to everyone who ran for election.  Whether you won or not, you are giving back to this club and your support is very much appreciated.
Another drum roll please!!!!!
We also held our Tall Tales Contest last Thursday night.  There were 7 participants who did not fail to give us some pretty crazy stories!  Adrian Scott came in Third Place with his entertaining tale about his time on the CBLB swat team.  (Next time you see Adrian, ask him to demonstrate his rappelling technique for you.)  Claudia Connor came in Second Place with her funny story about how luck led her and her husband to Mickey and Minnie Mouse outfits and tickets to see the Rolling Stones!!  And Deborah Bartucci came in First Place with her hilarious tale of roller blading on the deck of a cruise ship, and finishing with an impressive landing in the ocean!  Congratulations to all contestants and especially to our 3 winners. 
Claudia and Deborah will be going on to the Area Tall Tales Contest held Monday May 26th, hosted   by Trafalgar Toastmasters in the Oakville Public Library on Navy Street.  Adrian will be on stand-by should Claudia or Deborah not be unable to attend.   Please note: the Area Tall Tales Contest will start at 7:15pmPlease come out and cheer on Deborah and Claudia at the Area contest on May 26th.
Heather Cunningham, CL
First Oakville Toastmasters

Division L Evaluation and International Speech Contests

Friday March 21, 2014
Bishop Tonos High School, Ancaster, ON

Carol was there first, as expected, scoping out the venue. My daughter Reilly and I came along next.
We changed the chairs a bit and then started bringing in the food, supplies, and beverages.
The Evaluation Chair was in next and started to set up shop. Pretty soon we were awash in people arriving. There was a very nice buzz as people met and greeted.

The contest Sergeant At Arms, Mary Helwig-Hall, is a sometime school teacher and her outside voice was much practiced. I think everyone in the room reverted back to being in primary school and did exactly what they were told to do, when they were told to do it.
And down to business we went. Carol Todd-Skuce gave her welcomes, introduced Carolyn Hoxie who gave her welcomes, and introduced Tony, who rounded out the dignitary introductions.

Tim Bartol, the Contest Chair introduced Glen Abbey’s Reema Duggal as Chief Judge. Reema was her usual clear, succinct, and precise self. The contestants were warmed up and we were ready to go.

Assad Kamal from Grand River Toastmasters was the test speaker and he delivered an interesting take on compartmentalizing one’s life to manage it better. He was wearing a lot of bling on his fingers so it was no surprise to find that he designed and fabricated jewelry. Very nice stuff, glad the wife wasn’t there and Reilly has no interest in that kind of thing. Show her a first edition, first state, original copy of the Wizard of Oz and I’m in serious financial trouble. I digress as usual.

The contestants were Cody Novak (#51 – Brant), Frédérique Herel (#52 – Mighty Oaks), Robert Hurst (#54 – Brock talkers), Justin O’Donnell (#57 – Just Advanced), Bill Brodie (#56 – Burlington Advanced, and Rick Lundy (#55 – Honey Moon City).
The winners were; Rick Lundy 1st, Robert Hurst 2nd, and Bill Brodie 3rd. I was a contest functionary on this one and therefore have no comments on the judging.

The International Speech Contest was started after a 10 minute break. Mary Helwig-Hall called us back to order and the Contest Chair Connor Novak welcomed everyone and introduced the Chief Judge Orest Nahacziwec, who read the rules.

The contestants were: John Demarco #54 – Access; Tony Corrie #52 – Glen Abbey; Gary Ford #56 – Mansion; Wayne Buchowski #57 – Garden City; Don Robertson #53 – Stoney Creek; Derek McGrattan #51 – Brant; and Joanne Gray #55 – Rose City in Welland.

It was an interesting competition with a wide variety of styles and topics. John was inspirationally sad as his topic was concerning a challenged individual that he worked with. Tony’s speech was entitled The F word, and it was a great hook. It wasn’t until the end of the introduction that you knew he was talking about forgiveness. It was a very inspiring speech as it gave many examples for us to try to consider our actions and move towards a more conciliatory approach. Tony was conversational as was everyone else but Derek. His speech was about being angry enough to decide to make a change. He had a very dynamic range of vocal variety but he was worked up to an angry state most of the time. It was a great performance.

Gary Ford used a lot of word play about being outside of the box and living in a box. His speech was about thinking and acting to better yourself. It could have qualified as a Humorous Speech. His vocal variety was masterful.
And the winners were: Gary 1st, Derek 2nd, and Tony 3rd. I had no qualms about the judging here.

There were closing remarks and the contest was closed only about 10 minutes over schedule, which was very well done.
It was another very good contest by Division L and most likely our last one in L as next year we could be in Division B. For more commentary on that I suggest you read Peter’s most recent blogs.

~Donald Knowles, Area 52 Governor

The Area 52 Evaluation and International Speech Contest

The time was 19:30, the date was February 26, and the place was Glen Abbey’s home location, Holy Trinity Secondary School on 6th Line in Oakville.

The venue was not the library this time but in the school’s auditorium.

This was a treat as this school had a wonderful fully featured auditorium with theatre style seating, 2 access aisles, a full stage with proscenium arch, fully curtained back drop and stage wings, and enough room for even the most rambunctious Toastmaster.

Glen Abbey had looked after everything in-house; securing the venue, printing the agenda and certificates, organizing the refreshments, and providing the chairs for the two competitions.  They also secured Lavaliere microphones with a small amplifier and speaker to aid in delivery.  They did all of this with no charge to the participants.

Reema Duggal, the Club President, welcomed everyone and then allowed Carol Todd-Skuce (Division Governor) and Donald Knowles (Area Governor) their opportunities to welcome the guests.  Then it was down to business.

Keith Rabey as Chair and Beatrice Ten-Thye as Chief Judge performed their duties well.  The big surprise was Tony Bratschitsch as the test speaker.  Tony delivered a trademark enthusiastic speech with great gestures, eye contact, and vocal variety.  He diplomatically left the conclusion a bit sketchy in order to give the evaluators something to criticize.

The evaluators, in order were; Silke Lambert from Horizon, Bradd Morgan from Trafalgar, Marion West from First Oakville, Mike Kozak from Trafalgar, and Frédérique Herel from Mighty Oaks.

The evaluations were all very good but unfortunately there was 1 time violation.  The winners were, Frédérique, Marion, and Bradd.  This was followed by a recess for refreshments.

The International Speech contest was chaired by Neeta Sharma of Glen Abbey with Carol Deeth presiding as Chief Judge.

The contestants were; Chris Czerwinski  of Mighty Oaks, Francine Landry of Trafalgar, Kim Bayley from First Oakville, Tony Corrie from Glen Abbey, and Suyon Park from Horizon filling in for Anna Meyers who cancelled due to an accident.  The speeches were all very good but there was 1 time violation.

The winners were; Tony, Kim, and Suyon.

The Contest closed at 22:00.  Everyone was satisfied with the event.  The Area Governor was very impressed as it was hands off for him.  A lot of events start off hands off but end up all hands on deck.  Glen Abbey must be commended for a very well-run contest.

Congratulations to Marion and Kim for their wonderful efforts!

Next up is the Division Contest on Friday March 21 at Bishop Tonnis Secondary School, 1100 Panabaker Drive in Ancaster.  It is up the 403 on top of the escarpment.

division INT and EVL contest flyer 2014

~Donald Knowles, Area 52 Governor