Issue 10 - 2017/2018
April 2018
District 42 Toastmasters Monthly Dispatch

Welcome to the tenth edition of the District 42 Monthly Dispatch for the 2017/2018 Toastmasters year. Explore the articles below here, or visit for the latest edition.
In this issue:
  • Pathways Education Program
  • Spring Convention
  • Spring Division Speech Contests
  • Circle of Gold
  • District Leadership Opportunities
  • Dues Are Due!
  • District Incentives
  • Order TM Materials Through District
  • Attend a Toastmasters Event Near You!
  • Promote Your Event!
  • And The Award Goes To...
  • Happy Anniversary
  • The Leader Letter
Get Ready for Pathways…
March Madness - Pathways Style
By Chuck LeBlanc, DTM, Pathways Chief Ambassador
College Basketball fans in the United States are currently enjoying what is called “March Madness”,   the time of year when the NCAA crowns its basketball champion. It’s an exciting time of anticipation and suspense.

District 42 is experiencing its own version of March Madness with preparations for the launch of the Toastmasters Pathways Learning experience. Ambassadors and Guides have been visiting clubs to help champion the Pathways roll-out, encouraging members learn as much as then can before Pathways arrives. 

Pathways is scheduled to roll-out in District 42 on May 3, 2018
THIS IS A DATE CHANGE! It’s about a week later than anticipated due to the Toastmaster World Headquarters relocation to Denver Colorado.
5 things you can do to get ready for Pathways:

1. Create or update your Toastmasters Profile.
One of the most important steps you can take to make sure of a smooth transition to Pathways is to make sure your Toastmasters International Profile is current. 

2. View the Pathways Videos on the Toastmasters Website
The Toastmasters International website has a wealth of information
About the Pathways Learning Experience. Take a few minutes to review the information and watch informative videos. Check it out by visiting the link below.

3. Check out the Pathways FAQs
Members have questions about Pathways. Toastmasters has provided answers for the most frequently asked questions. You can find the answers to many of your questions by clicking the link below.

4. Sample your first project.
Can’t wait to get started? You can complete the new Ice Breaker project from the link below!

5. Attend the District 42 Spring Convention
The Pathways Learning Experience will be front and centre at this year’s District 42 Convention themed “Pathways to Your Success”. One of the highlights is a panel discussion featuring leaders who have been involved with Pathways from the start. It’s a perfect opportunity to get a look behind the scenes and learn from someone who is currently enrolled in Pathways.

Join District 42 members as we prepare for the Introduction of an exciting new chapter in our Toastmasters journey. Our version of March Madness ends on May 3, so Suit up and get into the game.
Spring Convention is your "Pathway to Success"
Apr 27, 28, 29, 2018 at Glenmore Inn, Calgary, AB
Top 10 + 1 Benefits – Value to YOU
 when you attend the Spring Convention
1.     Meet GORD GILLES, News Talk 770 Radio, formally a reporter of Global TV (D42 C&L Recipient)
2.     Networking Ice Breaker & SURVIVOR games
3.     Meet the District Election Candidates
4.     Meet FREDDI DOGTEROM, DTM, AS, Professional Keynote Speaker
5.     Educational Sessions: with 4 Astounding Speakers
6.     Visit Real World Showcase
7.     District International Speech Contest
8.     District 42 Business Meeting
9.     Saturday Black-tie Gala & Dancing with LIVE BAND Metrobeats
10. District Evaluation Contest

 A Broadcast Panel: Featuring International Pathways Ambassadors
Friday highlights:

  • First Timers meet our District Team
  • Networking Ice Breaker & SURVIVOR games
  • Meet the District Election Candidates
  • Meet D42 C&L Recipient, Gord Gilles, News Talk 770 radio, formally a reporter of Global TV

Saturday highlights:
  • Keynote Speaker: Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS
  • Educational Sessions: with 4 Astounding Speakers
  • Visit Real World Showcase
  • District International Speech Contest
  • District Awards and Recognition
  • District 42 Business Meeting
  • Saturday Black-tie Gala & Dancing with LIVE BAND Metrobeats
Sunday highlights:

  • District Evaluation Contest
  • Broadcast Panel: Featuring International Pathways Ambassadors
Ongoing Evenings: “The Fork in the Road” Hospitality
Full registration meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast & lunch, Gala dinner, and Sunday breakfast

To register follow Convention links on
Full Convention Registration $240.00
Or attend part of the Convention –options on Eventbrite

Hotel Information:  
Glenmore Inn is offering room rate $110/per night until March 26 th – ask for D42 discount
What’s holding you back? Questions or concerns?
Join the volunteer team?
please email to:
Watch! Convention Weekly Updates on D42 Facebook

Hotel Information:  Glenmore Inn is offering a special room rate – ask for the D42 promo discount.

Keynote Speaker
Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS

The road to the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation is long, arduous, never straight and cannot be completed alone. Freddi D is one of only 10 Canadians, and one of only 12 women in the world to achieve Accredited Speaker designation. You will be inspired as she dazzles us with her stories of polar bears and her passion for doing things “just a little bit differently!” Freddi says it took 10 years to become an overnight success. Get prepared to climb your own personal mountain!

Radio host -The Morning News - 770 CHQR
Gord Gillies is best known for his varied and diverse 25 year career with Global News in Calgary. His work as a journalist and a story teller have set him up perfectly for his new home on the radio. Gord joined The Morning News on 770 CHQR in August of 2017.Gillies began his career in journalism as a copy boy at the Toronto Star in 1981. During that time he graduated from the Radio and Broadcasting Arts program at Humber College in Toronto. He has worked in a number of newsrooms across the country including CBC, CTV and Global. Covering the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary remains a highlight in his career, and he believes covering the devastating floods in southern Alberta in 2013 is among his most important work.Upon arriving at Global in 1991, Gillies had the opportunity to work alongside the late Ed Whalen where he marveled at his dedication to work and the community. In 2013, Gillies and the Global News Calgary team brought home the RTDNA award for Canada’s Best Newscast. In 2017, Gord was honoured to receive a  Lifetime achievement award from the RTDNA  for his career in broadcasting and service in the community.
Full registration: $240
A la carte registration options available
Register here:
Spring Speech Contests on Now
International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contests
Contests are a great way to advance your communication and leadership skills, either as a competitor, contest official or a speech contest organizer!
Contests are also a great opportunity to showcase Toastmasters.  Invite friends, family, co-workers out to enjoy the Division contests to see the best speakers and evaluators compete for the Division title. 
Division A (SW Calgary Clubs)
Sat, April 7 - Event Details

Division D (SE Calgary & Southern Alberta Clubs)
Sat, April 14 - Event Details
Division B
(Southern Saskatchewan Clubs)
Sat, April 14 - Event Details

Division E (NW Calgary Clubs)
Fri, April 13 - Event Details
Division C
(Downtown Calgary Clubs)
Wed, April 11 - Event Details

Division F (NE Calgary Clubs)
Sat, April 7 - Event Details
Winners of the Division advance to compete at the District contest (held during District 42 Spring Convention, Apr 27-29, 2018 in Calgary). For the International Speech Contest only, winners of the District advance to compete at the World Championship of Public Speaking (held during the International Convention, Aug 22-25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois).
If you have any questions, please contact our District 42 Chief Judge, Carol Dyte and District 42 Contest Chair, Bev LeBlanc at
Reminder: Requirements
Eligibility Requirements: For members to be eligible to compete in the contests, their dues must be paid and their club must be in "good standing" (i.e., minimum of eight paid club members).
Evaluation Contestant Notes Sheet (Item 1177) . The Evaluation Contestant Notes Sheet must be used at all club-, area-, and division- contest levels.  
Circle of Gold
Circle of Gold
Circle of Gold can help YOU get to the next level of competition while also developing your evaluation skills and meeting new Toastmasters!
Circle of Gold is a peer mentoring group that helps participants become better speakers, evaluators and leaders. It works at every level of expertise and every phase of developing a speech. 
Visit for more information plus dates and times of upcoming Circles of Gold.
Club Membership Dues Are Due!
Please Renew
Thank you for your ongoing membership with Toastmasters International, a dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development educational program that has more than 352,000 memberships over 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.  
Please renew your membership today to continue your journey towards greater self-confidence and personal growth. Ensure your club officers submit the club membership dues prior to April 1
Club Officers can enter your club renewals NOW, through Club Central . To check the status of your club's renewal, click HERE .
What happens if your club does not submit dues on time?
If by April 1, your club does not meet the minimum paid requirement (8 members) and/or members' dues are not submitted on time, the club will not be considered in “good standing”. Members of a club NOT in good standing, are NOT eligible to compete in the International Speech and Evaluation contests.
Don’t delay, submit dues today!!
District Leadership Opportunities
Leadership Opportunity
Be a Club Coach or Mentor/Sponsor a New Club

Are you looking to complete your Advanced Leader Silver?  If the answer is ‘yes’, then consider being a club coach, sponsor or mentor.

The Club Growth Team, is actively recruiting for Club Coaches are appointed to clubs that have 12 or fewer paid members. They play an important role in assisting clubs grow their membership and build stronger clubs. For more information about this leadership opportunity, check out “Who is a club coach?”

Be a club coach today! There are a number of opportunities within the District.  If you are interested in helping a club, please contact your District 42 Coaches, Mentors and Sponsors Officer, Shadna Rana, by email at .
2018/2019 – Nominated District 42 Candidates

Congratulations to the members listed here for being nominated for 2018-2019 District Leadership. These candidates have been nominated by the District Leadership Committee.
To learn more about each candidate click on their biography at and do not forget to attend the candidate showcase on Friday April 27, 2018 during the Spring Convention. Each one of these members will be seeking your vote at the District 42 Council Meeting on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Any additional candidates not on this list may still campaign, participate in the candidate showcase, and run from the floor at the district business meeting

If you are still interested in running for any of the District Leadership Positions, reach out to the District Leadership Committee at
District Incentives
You may be close to earning, or have already earned, a District Incentive!
You can register your accomplishment online now! CLICK HERE to see the details of incentives available, and CLICK HERE to register and be recognised for your accomplishments.
Talk Up Toastmasters |
Ends March 31

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.
Club Member Retention Award Renew by April 1
Receive recognition for retaining members! 
  • Clubs who retain 70% or more of their Club Membership during the April 1 dues renewal will receive a certificate of recognition. 
  • Clubs who retain 90% or more of their Club Membership during the April 1 dues renewal period will earn a Toastmasters gift from the online store (up to $15 USD)
District 42 has created a number of awards to celebrate our successes. The best way to learn about the available incentives is to visit the incentives page on the web site:

Why should you care about District Incentives?

These awards celebrate and symbolize the great achievements of your members and your clubs. Those achievements are evidence of the effort you expend, the sacrifices you make and the learning experiences you have had. Set your sites on one or more District Incentives today!
If you have questions about District 42 incentives, I invite you to connect with me.
Shelley Goldbeck, DTM
Incentives Chair
Order Club Materials Through the District
Save Shipping Costs for Yourself and Your Club!
Order from the Toastmasters International Shop Through the District
This year District 42 is allowing clubs and members to place an order alongside the District orders. This will allow the clubs or individual members to save on some of the shipping costs, as the District will cover all Customs-Brokerage and shipping costs from Toastmasters International.

Clubs and Members are responsible for paying the costs of products in Canadian dollars.

CLICK HERE to see the detailed procedures for placing an order through the district, or visit

District Orders will potentially be placed on the 20th day of the month from January through May 2018, pending the amount of the entire order.
Attend a Toastmasters Event Near You!
There is more than just Contests and Conventions taking place in our Toastmasters Community...

Check out our  Event Calendar on the  District 42 website regularly for information about upcoming events around the District!

Don't forget to register! Online registration is now available for most events. 
March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Knox-Metropolitan United Church
2340 Victoria Avenue | Regina, SK
April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Promote Your Event!
Did you know...

You can fill out the form  here and email it to  to be included on the District 42 Event Calendar and to receive a Registration Link.

The District 42 Event Calendar is a central place to promote your event.  A registration survey can be created for any event. A link will be provided which allows your attendees to register in advance. Event organizers will receive a link to a summary of registration data, and regular downloads of the detailed registration responses.

Please note that we can post special events for your club, but we cannot post individual club meetings.
And the Award Goes To....
Educational Award Recipients 

Congratulations to all of our Educational Award recipients from the month of January!

47 a wards were submitted during the eighth month of the Toastmasters year. Click on this table to see the list of awardees.

Each month, ribbons for individual member educational achievements are sent out from the District to the club president. These ribbons are to be presented to club members during a club meeting. The District has had to order more educational achievement ribbons. The order is currently on back order causing a delay in distributing ribbons for achievements earned in January. We will send out the ribbons as soon as we receive them. Thank you for your patience.
Happy Anniversary!
Congratulations to fourteen of our clubs celebrating anniversaries this month!  See charter date listed beside club name.
April 8, 2005 | Meets Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
Community Hall Building
4940 39 Ave SW | Calgary, AB

PLC Communicators | April 1, 2012
Meets Tuesday @ 12:00 PM
Reserve Dining Room, Cafeteria
Peter Lougheed Center, 3500-26 Ave NE
Calgary, AB

Everyone Belongs | April 12, 2012
Meets Thursday @ 1:00 PM
Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary | 4631 Richardson Way SW | Calgary, AB

April 26, 2016 | Meets Thursday @ 7:00 PM
Weyburn Public Library
45 Bison Ave | Weyburn, SK

The Toasties | April 17, 2017
Meets Thursday @ 12:00 PM
Offices of Critical Mass, Suite 300
1011 - 9th Ave SE | Calgary, AB

Cranston Communicators | April 22, 2017
Meets Thursday @ 7:30 pm
Cranston Resident's Association
11 Cranarch Rd SE | Calgary, AB

Zedi Masters | April 26, 2017
Meets Thursday @ 11:30 am
Zedi Solutions | 902 11th ave SW | Calgary, AB
Coulee Commentators Club | April 1, 1964
Meets Mondays @ 7:00 p.m.
Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre
(West Community Room)
1904 13th Avenue N | Lethbridge, AB

Communicator Club | April 1, 1978
Meets Wednesday 12:05 p.m.
Sasktel | 2121 Sask Dr
Regina, SK

April 1, 1979
Meets Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre.
917 Centre Ave NE | Calgary, AB

Lunch ala Toast Club | April 1, 1995
Meets Bi-weekly Wednesday at 12:00 pm
Walter Scott Building | 209-3085 Albert St
Regina, SK

April 15, 2002
Meets Every 2nd Tuesday at 12:00 pm
Deloitte LLP, Bankers Court
700 850 - 2nd St SW | Calgary, AB

Nex To Speak Club | April 16, 2003
Meets Thursdays at 12:00 pm
Nexen CNOOC Inc, Nexen Lobby Reception
801 7th Ave SW | Calgary, AB
The Leader Letter
The Leader Letter is a monthly email sent to all Club Officers and District Leaders from Toastmasters International. The email contains information and reminders that keep all leaders up to date. 
Click Here for the most recent issue. 
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