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District 42 Toastmasters

Monthly Dispatch

January 2023

Hello D42,

Happy New Year fellow Toastmasters!!!

Welcome to the January issue of District 42’s Monthly Dispatch for the 22/23 Toastmasters year.  

Did you enjoy the Holidays with your loved ones? I hope you had an enjoyable time, partied some, recharged a bit, and maybe even get some sunshine somewhere.

Now it's time to get back to your Toastmasters goals. Leadership training is coming up, did you register yet? Contest season will be here before you know it. Are you planning to challenge yourself and compete, or maybe help organize the contest?

There are so many things happening in our District, that can help you on your Toastmasters journey either leadership or communication. Take advantage and learn from our seasoned members. Check out the Event Calendar on the D42 website for upcoming events.

Send us some of your club's December holiday event photos and we will publish them on our Social Media.

Have a great 2023 year.

Would you like to read about anything specific in the future? We look forward to your feedback. Send your comments to Vesna Ivkovic - D42 Dispatch Designer

Upcoming Events

See what's happening in January 2023.

In this issue:

  • Message from District Director
  • Blog
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • District News
  • Upcoming District Events
  • Did You Know
  • PR Guidelines & Publication Rules
  • Education Awards
  • Club Anniversaries


Holiday Greetings - Bev LeBlanc, DTM, D42 District Director

Holiday Greetings Dear fellow Toastmasters, As we approach the end of another year, it is a time to reflect on all that we have achieved and to look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead.

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Leadership Is About Behavior, Not Titles - Eugene Sicat, D42 PQD

I read this article last year and have been thinking about it since then. I wanted to know if I ever fall into the category of being a leader for the title. I never really knew the difference during my early years in leadership at work, but I think I fell more into that category during those years (not easy for me to admit).

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Are You District 42's Next Webmaster?

If this is not you, check out these other opportunities.

Contact your District 42 Director Bev LeBlanc


The Speechcraft program - Daisy Wei, District 42 CGD

The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. It can be offered as an integral part of your club meeting or as a seminar-style program presented outside the club. It can be conducted in four, six, or eight sessions. It is one of the effective ways to attract new members. District 42 provides a $50 incentive to clubs that organize a Speechcraft program in 2022-2023. Please get in touch with Club Growth Director Daisy Wei if your club has arranged a Speechcraft program.  

Congratulation to the clubs who have completed Speechcraft or Communication Workshops. They have attracted new members to join.  

There are more resources available about Speechcraft here: Toastmasters International -resource-library  

New District 42's Public Relations Manager - Stacey Kaminski

Dear fellow D42 Toastmasters,

Meet our new Public Relations Manager (PRM) Stacey Kaminski!!!

Stacey Kaminski is currently the 2022-2023 President of the Civil Speakers Toastmasters Club. She has been a member of Civil Speakers since the club chartered in 2014 and has served on the executive committee most years since she joined.

She has spent several years as VP of Public Relations for our Club and won District 42 Public Relations of the Year award for the 2018 – 2019 Toastmasters year and the 2021 recipient of the Everett Ritson Mentorship award.

This will be her first opportunity to work outside the club and she is looking forward to learning and growing within the Public Relations Manager role for District 42.

Welcome to the D42 Leadership Team, Stacey.


Upcoming events & Club Initiatives - Eugene Sicat, D42 PQD

We are grateful for doing what you do to make our district outstanding. Upcoming events and initiatives: Leadership Training: We have the Leadership training scheduled in our district, and you can check our Events Calendar ( link) for the details and registration.

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What’s Coming for Members!

Mary Schoendorfer, DTM, D42 Administration Manager 2022-2023

There has been an update that has changed the look of the District Event calendar slightly. You can see more dates on a page now, and hovering your mouse over the event will display a small window of the details. Clicking the registration link in that small window will take you straight to the registration page.

Heads up for contests! A club can have their contests in any format the club chooses.

Keep these dates front of mind:

  • The club contest must be completed by: March 11 (schedule now)
  • Area contests must be completed by: March 25 (contact your Area Director to help)
  • Division contests must be completed by: April 8 (contact your Division Director via your Area


  • District contests will be shown at the Conference at the end of April.

Membership renewals are due by March 31.

Any contest scheduled after March 31 must ensure contestants and contest officials are renewed and members of a club on good standing.


Did You Know: New Year’s Edition - Twila Tayfel, D42 Dispatch Editor

January 1st is the start of the calendar year in the Gregorian or New Style calendar which first became used in 1582 AD when it was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back about 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians celebrated a 12-day festival known as Akitu. During this festival, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to return objects they had borrowed and to pay their debts. Those who kept their promises were bestowed favours by the gods while those who did not keep their word would fall out of the gods’ favour (a place no Babylonian wanted to be)

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Learn More About Guidelines and Publication Rules

In the New Year, District 42 will start a PR Contest. Stay tuned for more information...



Congratulations to all of our Educational Award recipients! Many awards were submitted for the last month. Click below to see the full list of awards.

Educational Awards


CONGRATULATIONS to the following clubs celebrating an anniversary this month!

Spoken Word Toastmasters Club | January 19, 2004

Division E, Area 6

Meets Tuesdays at 6:15 pm

WAAMtastic Toastmasters Club | January 20, 2010

Division F, Area 26

Meets Wednesdays at 5:45 pm

Quarry Park Toastmasters Club | January 19, 2011

Division D, Area 8

Meets Wednesdays at 11:55 am


Healthy Living Toastmasters Club | January 23, 2014

Division A, Area 10

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday at  6:30 pm

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