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District 42 Toastmasters

Monthly Dispatch

March 2023


Hello D42,Greetings!

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

March is when spring officially begins and many people turn their clocks forward for daylight savings time. Unofficially we might still have some leftover snow.

Now that Leadership training is done, it's time to enjoy the contest season. Starting from the club, going through the Area and the Division, it will all culminate at the District Hybrid Conference. Are you challenging yourself by competing or supporting our district leaders by helping organize the contests?

District 42 has started monthly Orientation to Pathways meetings for new members. If your club doesn't have a mentorship program, it might be a good place for them to start.

I want to challenge you, creative souls in our District to participate in the PR Contest. We are waiting for your submissions.

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

Upcoming Events

See what's happening in March 2023.

In this issue:

  • Message from District Director
  • District News
  • Blog
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Upcoming District Events
  • Did You Know
  • PR Guidelines & Publication Rules
  • District 42 PR Contest
  • Education Awards & Club Incentives
  • Club Anniversaries


March - Month of Madness

Bev LeBlanc, DTM District Director, D42 2022-2023

March is a month of renewal, growth, and change. As the winter months come to a close, the days become longer (YAHOO!) and the air becomes warmer (sometimes). Spring is on the horizon and with it comes the promise of new beginnings and fresh starts-tulips break ground and the smell of newly-mowed lawn is in the air.

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District News and Notes

Mary Schoendorfer, DTM, D42 Administration Manager 2022-2023


Encourage any new Toastmasters to take the Pathways Orientation program. The next session will be on March 22nd; register at this LINK 

Contest season is upon us. Take note of the following dates for the spring contest round (International Speech and Evaluation contests). A club can have their contests in any format the club chooses.

Keep these dates front of mind:

  • The club contest deadline is: March 11 (schedule now)
  • The area contests deadline is: March 25 (contact your Area Director to help)
  • The division contests deadline is: April 8 (contact your Division Director via your Area


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

Membership Renewal - Daisy Wei, DTM Club Growth Director -District 42

It’s time to renew your Toastmasters membership (before March 31st, 2023). 

You may renew your membership for 6 months or 12 months. The benefits of renewing your membership for 12 months: 

  • Save the hassle of expense reports if your corporation paid your membership 
  • The club may give members $2-$10 off for the annual membership 
  • Reduce workload for the club treasurer 
  • Maintain a higher membership retention rate


Member Self-Pay is almost here! 

In the coming days, club officers will receive an email detailing how to enable Self-Pay for your club. If you allow Self-Pay, your members will receive an email explaining how to access the feature and pay their dues through My Home.  

Status of Club Officer Training - Eugene Sicat,D42 PQD

Congratulations to the exceptional, extraordinary, and excellent work from the following clubs who had 7 out of 7 officers trained.

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Talk up Toastmasters Award - Daisy Wei, DTM Club Growth Director -District 42

Can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31? Accomplish this goal and you’ll qualify to receive a Talk Up Toastmasters award

Program Dates: February 1 – March 31

Toastmasters love to connect, so take advantage of it. The Talk Up Toastmasters membership program is the chance to encourage your members to invite guests to a special meeting where prospective members can learn about Toastmasters' many benefits.

Then add five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31, and you’ll receive a special Talk up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your club’s banner.

Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)


Shine the Light: Stories of Inspiration and Success

Chuck LeBlanc, DTM Division D Director

SHINE THE LIGHT Stories of Inspiration and Success In District 42 we believe that every member has a story to tell. Stories which can bring hope to other members who might be stuck, and inspiration to clubs which may be languishing.

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Upcoming Motion Regarding Contests - Eugene Sicat,D42 PQD

For some years now, we have been continuing to hold our Fall Contest even though TI advised, on July 1, 2018, the cancellation of the Fall Conference. Since then, we have seen increased pressure and stress on leaders organizing and holding contests. This occurs at the Club, Area, Division, and District levels.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder - Stacey Kaminski, D42 Public Relations Manager

Creating Content Online

Cramped for time? Consider allotting 2-3 hours one day a week/bi-weekly/monthly, dedicated to creating and scheduling posts. Most social media sites allow you to schedule a post for a later date; this allows you to free up time in your schedule, so you do not have to commit time every day.

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Are You District 42's Next Webmaster or a TechTeam Chair volunteer?

District 42 is currently without a Tech Team chair or a webmaster. If you are tech-savvy and would like to serve the District in one of these roles, please contact District 42 Director Bev LeBlanc. More details about these roles can be found HERE


D42 Hybrid Conference 2023 - Michelle Ryerson, DTM, D42 2023 Conference Chair

D42 Hybrid Conference, April 28-30, 2023, Calgary AB

The District 42 Hybrid Conference team is busy behind the scenes exploring ways to Unlock their Potential and planning our first hybrid event where we connect and celebrate Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike who have Maximized their Potential.

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Judges and Toastmasters Needed for D42 Contest

Alisen Dopf, D42 Contest Chair

This spring, D42 is hosting the International Speech Contest. The winner will go on to compete at Toastmasters International. This contest will be online, but will only be shown at the Conference. Winners will also be announced at the Conference. In order to produce the best contest possible, all Divisions need to send qualified judges.

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Did You Know - Twila Tayfel, D42 Dispatch Editor

The Better Speaker Series

Did you know that Toastmasters International has a series of resources titled “The Better Speaker Series”. There are 10 topics in the series.

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Learn More About Guidelines and Publication Rules


District 42 PR Contest


We are inviting all the creative District 42 members to submit their favourite Social Media Posts for the chance to promote their clubs and win a prize at the end of the contest. Click on the link below for more information on how to participate.

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!

Verbal Gainz Toastmasters Club | March 11, 2020

Division E, Area 19

Meets Mondays 7:30-8:45 pm

Queen City Toasters Toastmasters Club | March 31, 2015

Division B, Area 4

Meets Tuesdays at 10:55 am

Simply Speaking | March 28, 2013

Division E, Area 28

Meets Thursdays at 12 pm


After Five Toastmasters Club | March 2, 2010

Division C, Area 21

Meets Tuesdays 5:29-6:30 pm

Ignite Health | March 23, 2009

Division A, Area 10

Meets Wednesdays 8-9 am 

Calgary Talking Toastmasters | March 1, 2007

Division C, Area 11

Meets Tuesdays 12:00-12:55 pm


Downtowners Toastmasters Club Regina | March 30, 2005

Division B, Area 9

Meets Wednesdays 12:05-1 pm


Sunny South Speakers Club | March 29, 2002

Division D, Area 12

Meets Wednesdays 6:50-8:15 pm 

Current Speakers Club | March 1, 2000

Division A, Area 1

Meets Thursdays from 12-1 pm


FCC Stubble Jumpers Club | March 1, 1999

Division B, Area 9

Meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month


Ace of Clubs| March 1, 1993

Division A, Area 15

Meets Thursdays at 12 pm

Valley Echo Toastmasters Club| March 1, 1993

Division E, Area 13

Meets Mondays 7-8:30 pm


Bottom Line Club | March 1, 1992

Division C, Area 21

Meets Thursdays at 12 pm

Club 13 Toastmasters Club | March 1, 1986

Division B, Area 9

Meets Wednesdays 5:15 pm

Sundial Toastmasters Club | March 1, 1985

Division C, Area 3

Meets Tuesdays at 12 pm

Twin Towers Toastmasters Club| March 1, 1982

Division C, Area 11

Meets Thursdays at 12 pm

Wild Oats Club | March 1, 1981

Division B, Area 9

Meets Mondays 12:05-12:55 pm

Palliser Toastmasters | March 1, 1978

Division C, Area 22

Meets Wednesdays 12-1 pm

Tuesday Nooners Toastmasters| March 1, 1965

Division F, Area 26

Meets Tuesdays at 12 pm

Wascana Toastmasters Club| March 1, 1948

Division B, Area 4

Meets Tuesdays at 7 pm

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