Hello from Vancouver!

Final thoughts on the Toastmasters International Convention / pensée finale de la Convention International de Toastmasters

Posted by Ronald Servant on Sunday, August 27, 2017

A quick update from the convention.

Posted by Ronald Servant on Friday, August 25, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Monday, August 21, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Monday, August 21, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Monday, August 21, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Monday, August 21, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Posted by Ronald Servant on Saturday, August 19, 2017

We were treated to a traditional Pacific Northwest Coast Native dance

Posted by Brian McDonald on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

World Championship of Public Speaking Live Streaming – Ottawa

There will be a World Championship of Public Speaking Live Streaming event(s) during the International Convention:

Date: 2017-08-26
Time: 09:00 EST
Location: Biagio’s Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON  K2B 6R8

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, Toastmasters in Ottawa-Gatineau have the opportunity to view the World Championship of Public Speaking via delayed STREAM without leaving the region.

In August, the winners of the 2017 Toastmasters District contests will compete in the International Speech Contest Semi-finals. The winner from each semifinal contest will advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking, which takes place Friday, August 25 in Vancouver, B.C. at 20:00 PST. Due to time zone differences we are presenting the championship on Saturday, August 26 at 09:00 EST in Ottawa.

Saturday morning, the event starts with coffee and networking at 08:30 at Biagio’s Italian Kitchen, followed by the championship viewing at 09:00 and a buffet brunch immediately afterwards. The event is organized by members of Visioneers Advanced and Advanced Speakers Toastmasters Clubs.

Network and enjoy the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking with fellow District 61 Toastmasters.

Tickets are $23.00 per person, taxes and gratuities included. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are non-refundable but are transferable. Payment can be by eTransfer or cash.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, Email: TM61Events@gmail.com

Brochure

An example from 2015:

Welcome to the new District 61 website!

Welcome to Release #1

It is with great pleasure that I now launch this new website entirely made with WordPress!

You will notice that not everything is there yet. I know. That’s why I’m leaving the old website online for the time being so you can retrieve all the documents that are not here yet. And since I’m Agile, I will not wait for a big-bang release at the end. I will add new things as I go and I will do that in an order meant to bring more value to you, as early and as often as possible.

What we have so far…

The News page

This is where you will find this post. Anything worth mentioning would be added here. Think of this as a feed where your District officers will share their ideas, and incentives, and documents worth sharing.

The Contact-Us page

We can now contact our District officers easily, directly from the website. If you use a smart phone to browse this page, you can click on the phone number to directly dial.

The Calendar page

Probably the biggest benefit so far. You can display as a monthly calendar or as a list of events. You can search for events by date or by keyword. We now have a Google Maps widget to help you visualize where the venue is, plus a link to Google Maps so you can calculate your itinerary. You can also export individual events to iCal or Google Calendar or export all the events in a single month!

What’s next?

Now the coolest thing is that by the end of July, any District Officer will have the permission to create events! If you are a Club Officer, just ask your Area Director or Division Director and they will be able to add your event to the District Calendar!

Also one of our top priority: sharing documents. Our District leaders often have documents to transmit to you. We will make sure they are able to post them here, themselves. The idea is that your Webmaster should not be a bottleneck.

The power in your hands

We believe in our leaders and we should trust them. It’s OK to make mistakes. No worries, the website is backed-up daily and there is a built-in versioning system in WordPress. I will be there to fix mistakes, if any, and coach people on how to use WordPress to achieve their goals. It’s easy to learn. And if this works well, we may even extend the access to Club Officers! We’ll see 😉

I will keep you posted as I add new items to the website.

Thank you all,

Pierre LeBlanc, District Webmaster