Contest Season is Upon Us!

As we embark upon the contest season, we have to step out of our comfort zones and learn the intricacies of hosting an online contest.  This journey will be rich with excitement and maybe hold a little trepidation. To help support you on this journey, we formed a Zoom Contest Team.  If you require Zoom support or have questions, please …

Learn and Grow

Tanya Hall, DTMProgram Quality Director Do you recall the day you learned to tie your own shoes? You were getting ready for kindergarten and the prerequisite was to be able to tie your shoes. Countless hours of practice went into it: “Over, under, pull it tight, Make a bow, Pull it through to do it right,” and then one day …

Christmas Party

District 61 will host a virtual holiday party on Friday, 2020-12-18. Of course, the theme will be Christmas!! It will be a celebration of the excitement, traditional folklore and good will of the season, and will not be religious in nature. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! What is there to enjoy at a virtual Christmas party? Well, …

Musings on Toastmasters and Self-expression

Mel Dodd-MoherVP PR Stittsville Toastmasters Club I joined Toastmasters in May of this year – a newbie by all definitions. My motives for joining were similar to many others: I lacked the confidence speaking in front of groups, I was very passive in communicating my needs, and the thought of answering an impromptu question in a meeting made me want …

Help Comes to Those Who ASK!

Kimberly Dueck, DTMDistrict Director Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, possibly in over your head when you are serving in a leadership position? So much work but how to get it all done? Am I even capable of doing this role? I’ve been in that position many times. It’s the joy of growth…it’s rarely comfortable! While leadership can be uncomfortable, one …

Autumn Celebration 2020 Recap

Simon Parcher, DTMAutumn Celebration Chair District 61 held its Autumn Celebration on 2020-10-17 where we recognized our members for major achievements in 2019-2020 and enjoyed quality workshops and keynote presentations. It was an exciting blend of entertainment, education and member recognition. Over 300 members registered for the event and at any one time there were 200 plus in attendance. Music …

Membership Building

By Dudley Balan John F Kennedy said “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” This is a great motivational and inspiring phrase to engage a population into contributing to the development of a country, but I challenge you to think of the recruitment for your club in the same …

PAUSE – Craig Senior, DTM

Craig Senior, DTM In contest season, we often hear well-intentioned encouragement “use more pauses” and “pause longer” and the compliment “I really liked your use of pauses!” Sometimes, pausing more and longer is not enough, “I always… enjoy the… aroma of… a beautiful spring… day. It makes me… feel as fresh… as a… daisy!” By this time, people are wondering …

Finding a Chairperson for District Conference 2022

As the planning for the 2021 Annual Conference is under way, we are looking for a Conference Chair for the 2022 Conference. If you are thinking it is time to stretch your wings, develop teams, create vision and build something fabulous, please submit your proposal to me by 2020-12-01. PQD@TMD61.com

Personal Growth

By Charmaine Emanuel RalphACB, ALB, V.P. Transport Canada Toastmasters Club I want you to imagine yourself as a baby chick inside an eggshell. You have been comfortable and warm for a long time. Your Mom has given you all the nutrients you need to grow. You see no need to leave your shell, because you have all you need to …