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Issue 9 - 2019/2020
March 2019

District 42 Toastmasters Monthly Dispatch

Welcome to the ninth edition of the District 42 Monthly Dispatch for the 2019/2020 Toastmasters year. Explore the articles below to learn more about your District.

In this issue:
  • District 42 Spring Conference - Connect With Our Speakers
  • Dues are Due - March 31
  • District Incentives
  • District 42 Spring Conference - Get Connected
  • Club Contests - Reminder Deadline to Complete March 14, 2020
  • Area and Division Contests
  • Circle of Gold
  • Step Up to... Area Director or District Manager
  • Area Director Transition
  • District 42 Spring Conference - Dance the Night Away
  • Round Two of Leadership Training in District 42
  • Attend a Toastmasters Event Near You
  • Promote Your Event!
  • Top 10 Clubs With Highest Education Awards per July 1 Base Membership
  • And the Award Goes to....
  • Happy Anniversary!
  • The Leader Letter
District 42 Spring Conference
Connect With Our Speakers
We are pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the D42 2020 Conference.


Marshall Ennis
What connects the dots? Stories. Marshall will show you how to craft your story to give a Strong Impression - a story that engages people and inspires them to action. 

Angela Detmold
Angela will leave you with inspiration to leverage the skills you’re learning in Toastmasters to accomplish your personal and professional goals.

Donald Lee
Donald will entertain and inspire you to master your fear as you “connect the dots” on your journey to creating the very best “you”!

Visit the  Conference Website  for more information.
Dues are Due - March 31
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 358,000 memberships over 16,800 clubs in 143 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 .
District Incentives
Membership Retention | Renew by March 31
We all know that retaining members can be difficult.  This incentive is designed to recognize those clubs who retain a high proportion of their membership.  The incentive is awarded twice a year (April and October), and is based on dues renewals. There are two levels to the incentive:  
  • Achieve 70% or higher, your club receives a Certificate of Recognition
  • Achieve 90% or higher, your club receives a Certificate of Recognition + a Document Briefcase

How is the award achieved?  The District calculates the club’s membership retention based on the month-end membership numbers for September and March and the starting numbers for October or April depending on which period the incentive is being calculated.

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. 

Home and Away | Ends March 31

  • Two members from another club and their Toastmasters banner visit your club
  • Two members from your club and your Toastmasters banner visit their club
  • Post photos on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter and tag #d42homeandaway
  • Prize: New Toastmasters banner or equivalent!!!
  • March 1 - March 31, 2020
District 42 Spring Conference
Get Connected
Fully Connected tickets get you in on ALL the fun ALL weekend long – meals, contests, entertainment, District business, and more. Your best value for this event!

Are you Connecting the Dots? 
In the real world, the dots are what you need to connect people and ideas.
At the D42 2020 Conference, you’ll have unparalleled opportunities to connect the dots with old friends and new members.
Come and apply the skills you learned in Toastmasters to connect your dots.  

The D42 2020 Conference is at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge. This is Lethbridge’s premier hotel and conference centre. Everything you need for an exciting and enjoyable conference is provided in this elegant and modern facility.
Book your accommodation early and take advantage of the special Toastmasters room discount. Call 403-328-1123 to make your reservation using code 71333.

Come to D42 2020 Conference and get connected. 

Register  TODAY
Club Contests - Reminder
Deadline to Complete March 14, 2020
During the Spring, clubs across District 42 conduct the following speech contests:
  • International Speech Contest
  • Humourous Speech Contest
Resources are Available
For information about running a contest, see the  new Speech Contest Rulebook International Speech Contest Kit , and  Humourous Speech Contest Kit .
Visit  for speech contest scripts and other contest resources.
If you have any questions, please contact our District 42 Chief Judge, Lynette Theriault and District 42 Contest Chair, Cheryl Dust at .

Area and Division Contests
Join us at any or all of these marvelous events!
Click on the links below for more information or to register:
March 26, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 20, 2020

March 17, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020

Area B16

March 15, 2020

Area B24

Area C03

March 23, 2020

Area C17

Area C21

Area C22

March 21, 2020

Area D02 & D12

March 20, 2020

March 23, 2020

Area E19
March 24, 2020

March 17, 2020

March 19, 2020

Area F05

Area F14

Area F20

March 24, 2020

March 14, 2020

April 4, 8:00am - 1:00 p.m.
Alberta Health Services Atrium -
Southport Tower
10301 Southport Lane SW, Calgary, AB

Division B (Part of Division B Day)
April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (TBC)
1530 Broadway Avenue, Regina, SK

April 16, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Knox United Church
504 - 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB
April 18, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Details to follow

April 9, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge
11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary, AB

April 4, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuxedo Park Community Hall
209 - 29 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB
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. 
Division C - Humorous
March 31, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Mid Town Co-Op, 2 floor
1130 - 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Division C - International
April 2, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Mid Town Co-Op, 2 floor
1130 - 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

April 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shawnessy Library
333 Shawville Boulevard SE, Calgary, AB

Division E (April 4)
April 4, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Crowfoot Co-Op
35 Crowfoot Way NW , Calgary, AB
Division E (April 6)
April 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Crowfoot Co-Op
35 Crowfoot Way NW, Calgary, AB

March 29, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

District 42 (April 24)
April 24, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Crowfoo t Co-Op

District 42 (April 25)
April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Crowfoot Co-Op
35 Crowfoot Way NW , Calgary , AB
Step Up to… Area Director or District Manager
Have you considered moving beyond your club to take on the role of Area Director? Area Directors are still needed for the 2020/2021 Toastmaster year (Jul 1 - Jun 30). 

Deadline for nomination forms is March 31, 2020.

Are you eager to step up? For more information, visit Step Up to Leadership or email

What is involved in the role of Area Director?

The Area Director is the direct liaison between the district and the clubs and is responsible for leading the area by serving the needs of the clubs. 

  • They must first know the needs of the club by conducting club visits (at least twice a year) and organizing Area Council meetings (at least twice a year). 
  • The Area Director motivates and assists the clubs to become Distinguished and is responsible for holding Area Speech Contests.
  • The Area Director receives support from their Division Director through mentoring and attending Division Council meetings (at least twice a year) as well as District sponsored training events in May, Sep & Jan and monthly All Leader Calls
  • Area Directors report progress of their area clubs to the District leaders through reports presented at Division Council Meetings and Area Director Visit reports submitted through Toastmasters International. 

What other roles are available in the District?

In addition to Area Director, there are three other District Leader Service roles available for appointment each year:

  • Public Relations Manager - As the public relations manager, you are responsible for coordinating publicity efforts in the district. By establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the district and its members, as well as between the district and the public, you work to increase awareness of Toastmasters through all available media. 
  • Administration Manager - As the administration manager, you are responsible for maintaining the historical records of the district, recording and distributing meeting minutes, and otherwise maintaining accurate, timely records of district business. 
  • Finance Manager - As the finance manager, you are tasked with the fiscal oversight and management of the district. The finance manager works closely with the district director, program quality director, and club growth director to ensure that the district is making cost-effective decisions—within policy—that result in effective fiscal management. The finance manager should have knowledge of accounting and be acquainted with the handling of financial matters. 

Serving as a District Officer is a requirement to achieving the Distinguished Toastmaster award. Any of the positions listed above qualify when served for a full one year term but don’t just do it for the credit, do it for what’s in it for you!

Hear from past District Leaders to find out more about what YOU may get from your experience with District Leadership:
Nicole Guyett, DTM
Area Director 2017-2018
Administration Manager 2018-2019
What interested you in District Leadership?

“I love organization and the role I chose was a good way to get involved at an entry level to learn and understand how a District works. I hoped to put my organization skills to good use for the Team. I wanted to work with good supportive people so I could learn to be a better me. A better me, helps others to do the same.”

How has this experience impacted other areas of your life?

“It was very educational, I learned a few new skills that helped me in the real world, and I gained valuable insight into what my journey would look like when I was ready to go the distance.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“Just do it. You can never learn everything from the sidelines. To do is to take the step forward knowing you are going to better yourself. It may be a little, could be a whole lot, but it's still self-improvement. Go back to your "Why", why did you join Toastmasters? If it was because you wanted to learn and grow, then this is the perfect opportunity in the most supportive environment possible! Just do it, you won't regret it.”
Devan MacPherson, DTM
Area Director 2012-2013
Division Director 2014-2015
What interested you in District Leadership?

“The ability to make a difference outside of my club and to be a leader of leaders.”

How are you a better Toastmaster because of your District Leadership experience?

“It showed me that supporting others in their journey, and pulling together tremendous people can be exceedingly rewarding, even more so than accomplishing things by yourself.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“You will not be alone. You will have training and a group of people who WANT you to succeed and want you to set you up to be successful. The idea that you have processes in place, systems to work within and that your hard work will come back to you sevenfold should be presented to those considering District Leadership.”
Bev Swan, DTM
Division Director 1999-2000
Area Director 2007-2008
What surprised you most about your time in District Leadership?

“It wasn’t difficult at all. With support of a District team, Past District leaders plus new Toastmasters wanting to grow within District 42. Rewards and recognition are available from Clubs to District level.”

In hindsight, what are you most proud of from your time in District Leadership?

“I did it! Even though I thought I could not with ALL my family and other Toastmaster responsibilities. I was able to move forward one step at a time to get through a TM year.”

What would you say to a Toastmaster who is hesitant to step up into a District Leadership role?

“I would first ask a question. What interests you in the Toastmaster circle? Grow with the Toastmasters you have known along your journey. Take a step forward to Leadership.”

Click Here to learn more about the NEXT STEPS in the Nomination and Appointment process.

Deadline for nomination forms is March 31, 2020.
Area Director Transition
Powerful and sustained change requires constant communication, not only throughout the rollout but after the major elements of the plan are in place. The more kinds of communication employed, the more effective they are. –  DeAnne Aguirre

Our future Area Directors are given information from the outgoing Area Director as a starting point. With details of where the Area finished in June 2020, new leaders can continue the journey and advance the potential of each member in those clubs. Club executive and present leaders will be very helpful in completing the important particulars for future success. This document has been created to transition with ease and encourage club leaders and Area Directors to smoothly begin a new Toastmasters year. Our District team works together and no one leader is expected to lead alone.  To access the Area Transition Document for 2020 - 2021 , please click HERE !

You can’t change the world alone – you will need some help – and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them. – William H. McRaven
District 42 Spring Conference
Dance the Night Away
Do you like to dance? Or maybe just sit back and groove with classic rock, pop, indie rock, folk and country tunes? Well, have we got the duo for you!  

Local Medicine Hat talent,  Taking August  is in the house Saturday night to cap our Gala evening. 
Multi-instrumentalist, Kelsey Porter, and lead guitarist, Daniel Hooft, will entertain with a little something for everyone.  

Bring your dancing shoes and come dance the night away with us. 

Buy  your ticket today!
Round Two of Leadership Training in District 42
Thank you to all presenters, trainers and participants who have attended leadership training since November 2019. The quality of information and enthusiasm of the audience at each session was terrific. Thank you to those who planned and organized these trainings. Clubs must check the performance reports to be sure the number of officers trained is accurate before the end of March. Changes can be edited if we need to adjust.

In some cases we had many more attendees than were registered and rooms were crowded. For future planning everyone will need to register on the EVENTS calendar survey to be permitted into the facility. We will be able to control the number of attendees to the size of the meeting room to keep everyone safe. We know trained club members invigorate clubs and start to network with other Toastmasters and can find resources for their club programs. Continue to seek opportunities to learn more and step up for leadership to challenge yourself.
Attend a Toastmasters Event Near You!
There is more than just club officer training, contests and a conference 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 Area and Division events. 
Upcoming Events:

Judge/Chief Judge Training Workshop
March 7, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Guiffre Family Library, Program Room
3223 - 14 Street SW, Calgary, AB
For details, click HERE!

All Leaders Call
March 8, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Via Zoom! District Leaders, watch your e-mails for the reminder notice

MeetUp for Toastmasters Clubs
March 10, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
To add your club meeting as an event, send an e-mail request to

All Leaders Call
April 19, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Via Zoom! District Leaders, watch your e-mails for the reminder notice

District 42 Spring Conference
May 1 - 3
"Connecting the Dots"
Sandman Signature Lodge
320 Scenic Drive, Lethbridge, AB
Registration is open, click HERE!
Success Workshop: Leadership, Part I: Characteristics of Effective Leaders
May 5, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (TBD)
Hosted by Igniters Toastmasters
Parkdale Community Association
3512 - 5 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB
For details, click HERE!

Music in Me HPL
Mary 9, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Quarry Park Theatre
180 Quarry Park Boulevard SE, Calgary, AB
For details, click HERE!

All Leaders Call
May 10, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom! District Leaders, watch your e-mails for the reminder notice

Division A and C Leadership Training
June 13, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For details, click HERE!

All Leaders Call
June 14, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Via Zoom! District Leaders, watch your e-mails for the reminder notice
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 Area and Division events . Event details will be posted within three days of receiving your request form.
A registration survey can be created for all Area and Division related events upon request. 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.
Top 10 Clubs With Highest Education Awards per July 1 Base Membership
These clubs have been working hard and have earned many educational awards. Congratulations to the members who are experiencing the benefits of our program.

Do you know how your club is doing?
And the Award Goes to....
Educational Award Recipients 

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

99 awards  (including two DTMs!) were submitted! Click on the table to the right to see the list of awardees.
Each month, ribbons for individual member educational achievements are sent out from the District to the Club Presidents. These ribbons are to be presented to Club Members during a club meeting. 
Happy Anniversary!
Congratulations to our clubs celebrating anniversaries this month!  
See charter date listed beside club name. 
Wascana Club  | March 1, 1948
Oldest Club in the District!
Meets Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Room 104
Knox Metropolitan Church
2340 Victoria Avenue | Regina, SK  
Tuesday Nooners Club   | March 1, 1965
Meets Tuesdays 11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Q Haute Cuisine
100 La Caille Place SW, Calgary, AB
Palliser Toastmasters   | March 1, 1978
Meets Wednesdays at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Bankers Hall East - 21 Floor
855 - 2 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Wild Oats Club   | March 1, 1981
Meets Mondays (except holidays)
12:05 - 1:00 p.m.
Knox Metropolitan Church
2340 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Twin Towers Toastmasters Club   | March 1, 1982
Meets Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Suncor Energy Centre
West Tower, 17 floor, Conference Room E
150 - 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Sundial Club   | March 1, 1985
Meets Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Knox United Church, Choir Room (2 Floor Annex)
506 - 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Club 13 Toastmasters Club   | March 1, 1986
Meets Wednesdays 5:20 p.m.
2025 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Speakmasters Club   | March 1, 1989
Meets Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Executive Council Chambers | MacEwan Student Centre (MacHall)
University of Calgary | Calgary, AB
Bottom Line Club   | March 1, 1992
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
Conference Center, Harry Hays Building
220 - 4 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

Valley Echo Club  | March 1, 1993
Meets Mondays (except holidays) 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cochrane Toyota
8 River Heights Drive, Cochrane, AB

Ace of Clubs  | March 1, 1993
Meets Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Room 50-148 Brookfield Place
225 - 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
FCC Stubble Jumpers Club   | March 1, 1999
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
Farm Credit Canada - FCC Lecture Theatre
1800 Hamilton Street, Regina, SK
Current Speakers Club   | March 1, 2000
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
141 - 50 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

Sunny South Speakers  | March 29, 2002
Meets Wednesdays 6:50 - 8:15p.m.
Coaldale Public Library (McCain Art Gallery)
2014 - 18 Street, Coaldale, AB

March 30, 2005
Meets Wednesdays 12:05 p.m.
Creative City Centre, 2 Floor (next to Capitol Restaurant)
1843 Hamitlon Street, Regina, SK
Calgary Talking Toastmasters   | March 1, 2007
Meets Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:55 p.m.
6 Floor - Calgary House
550 - 6 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
After Five Toastmasters Club   | March 2, 2010
Meets Tuesdays 5:29 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, Idea Lab (Room 3-20A), 3 Floor
800 – 3 Street SE, Calgary, AB
Toastmasters 10101   | March 23, 2009
Meets Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.
10101 Southport Road SW, Calgary, AB

Simply Speaking   | March 28, 2013
Meets Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
SAIT Campus, Aldred CB 412
1301 - 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
March 31, 2015
Meets Tuesdays 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
Labour Market Services Boardroom
1955 Broad Street, Regina, SK
Sproule Toastmasters   | March 3, 2016
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 12:00 p.m.
Sproule Associates Limited
Sun Life Plaza North Tower
#900, 140 - 4 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The Leader Letter
The Leader Letter is a monthly e-mail sent to all Club Officers and District Leaders from Toastmasters International. The e-mail contains information and reminders that keep all leaders up to date. 
Click Here for the most recent issue. 
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