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District 42 Toastmasters

Monthly Dispatch

April 2024

Greetings, Toastmasters of District 42!

As we sail through the inspiring waters of April 2024, we are thrilled to wrap up our contest season with the upcoming Division Contests! This season has been filled with eloquence, wit, and sheer talent from our members, and we can't wait to see the culmination of this journey at the District Finals in Regina.

Secure your spot at the conference - registration is officially open! Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with fellow Toastmasters, learn from incredible speakers, and celebrate our shared passion for communication and leadership.

For those who may have missed out on Road to Regina 1, 2, and 3, fear not! The final installment promises to be even more special. Join us as we delve deeper into mastering our roles and expanding our horizons as Toastmasters.

Mark your calendars, polish your speeches, and get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of District 42. The District Finals in Regina will not only be a showcase of talent but a celebration of our Toastmasters family.

Let's make April a month to remember as we build towards the crescendo of the District Finals. Together, we'll continue to inspire, empower, and grow as Toastmasters!

Register for the Conference: Visit our CONFERENCE WEBSITE to secure your spot.

Volunteer for Contests: Contact Chuck LeBlanc (District Chief Judge) to explore behind-the-scenes roles.

NEW!!! AROUND THE DISTRICT Tell us about your club and events that you are planning or that you had. Let us promote your club's success stories.

Send your comments to Vesna Ivkovic - D42 Dispatch Designer

Upcoming Events

See what's happening in April 2024.

In this issue:

  • District Director's Message
  • District Events
  • D42 Hybrid Conference 2024
  • Reports
  • Blog
  • Around The District (NEW)
  • Did You Know
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • TI Club Awards & Incentives
  • PR Guidelines & Publication Rules
  • Educational Awards
  • Club Anniversaries
  • Newly Chartered Clubs


Encouraging members to take on leadership roles

Eugene Sicat, DTM 

District 42 District Director

Encouraging members to take on leadership roles Leadership is a multifaceted responsibility that extends beyond simply directing a team's actions; it involves nurturing and developing the potential leaders within that team. Identifying individuals with leadership capacity can be challenging, but by implementing a comprehensive orientation program, organizations can equip prospective leaders with the essential skills and knowledge needed for effective leadership.

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Division Contests Dates

Division A - April 6th - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - More Info HERE

Division B - April 13th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - More Info HERE

Division C - April 6th - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - More Info HERE

Division D - April 6th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - More Info HERE

Division E - April 17th - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - More Info HERE

Division F - April 13th - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - More Info HERE

Road to Regina - Paving The Way

Debbie Walker,

Conference 2024 Education Chair 

We are in the home stretch for the “Road to Regina – Paving the Way” series and the final installment will take place on April 13th at 10 am Saskatchewan time/10 am Alberta time.


Joining us is the 2023 World Champion of Public Speaking, Dr. Jocelyn Tyson, and we are thrilled to have her speak to us!


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If you missed previous episodes, they can be found here:

I look forward to seeing you at the last stop on the “Road to Regina!”



Deadlines for the best rates are fast approaching!

Register now for the District 42 Hybrid Toastmasters Conference in Regina to take advantage of the best conference rate, as well as get the discounted hotel room rate. This event promises to be an unforgettable experience, filled with inspiring sessions and networking opportunities.

The agenda and information on our dynamic speakers including the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking Ed Tate, is on the D42 Conference Website.

To register, go to the Events calendar on the D42 website or click on the following LINK.


The regular registration rate ends on April 7th.

Calling All Generous Souls! 

Leanne Woodhouse

D42 Conference Chair

As we gear up for the District 42 Conference, we’re on the hunt for fabulous raffle prizes and delightful surprises. Whether you’re a seasoned Toastmaster, a business owner, or simply someone with a heart of gold, here’s your chance to make a difference!

Why Donate? Here’s the Scoop:

  1. Showcase Your Brand: Got branded goodies from your business or workplace? Share the love! Donating your company’s swag—be it snazzy pens, mugs or keychains—puts your brand in the spotlight. It’s like a mini marketing boost, and who doesn’t love that?
  2. Clear Out Those Closets: We all have that closet—the one where white elephant gifts, quirky trinkets, and “what-was-I-thinking” items gather dust. Well, it’s time to set them free! Your old lava lamp, that neon fanny pack, or the inflatable unicorn floatie—yes, they’re all welcome.

What Can You Donate? 🎈

  • Branded Merchandise: Pens, notebooks, water bottles, or anything with your logo.
  • Unused Gifts: That quirky mug Aunt Mildred gave you that you haven’t used yet? Perfect!
  • Unique Finds: Vintage board games, books, funky socks, or a framed motivational quote.
  • Experiences: Maybe you can offer a personalized workshop, a coaching session, or a homemade craft item.

To contribute, drop a message to Leanne Woodhouse at with details about your donation.

Club Banner Parade Photo Request

Vesna Ivkovic

D42 Webmaster

As we prepare for the upcoming District 42 Hybrid Conference, on May 3-5, 2024 in Regina, we are excited to announce the return of the Club Banner Parade. You can see last year's Club Banner Parade HERE.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the vibrant diversity of our clubs and celebrate our community together.

To ensure your club is represented in this special event, we kindly request that you send in your club's photo for the Club Banner Parade.

Please email your high-resolution club photo to Vesna Ivkovic, our District Webmaster, HERE

The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2024.

🌟 Shine Bright at D42’s Got Talent Show! 🌟

Leanne Woodhouse

D42 Conference Chair

Calling all performers, dancers, singers, poets, magicians, and creative souls! 🎤🎭✨

Are you ready to dazzle the audience and leave them in awe? The D42’s Got Talent Show at the upcoming D42 Hybrid Conference in Regina, SK is your moment to shine! Whether you’re a seasoned stage veteran or a first-time performer, this is your chance to captivate hearts, inspire minds, and create memories that will echo through Toastmasters' history.

Why should you sign up? Let me tell you:

  1. Unleash Your Creativity: Step onto (change to into) the spotlight and showcase your unique talents. Whether it’s belting out a soulful melody, weaving laughter with your comedy, reciting heartfelt poetry, or performing mind-bending magic tricks, the stage is yours to own.
  2. Toastmasters Community Celebration: Be part of an unforgettable experience where you’ll not only entertain but also inspire fellow Toastmasters. Our community is diverse and your talent will resonate with everyone—from seasoned speakers to fresh faces.
  3. Be Part of Toastmasters History: As we celebrate Toastmasters’ 100th anniversary, your performance will become part of the legacy. Imagine sharing stories about the time you wowed the crowd at the D42 Talent Show!


The spotlight awaits you. Create memories, make friends, and elevate your personal and professional journey. Who knows? You might just discover hidden talents you never knew existed. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and let your brilliance light up the stage.

Register for the Talent Show HERE

Remember, D42’s Got Talent Show, where leaders are made and stars are born!



Congratulations to Pathways Adoption Achievement

Daisy Wei, DTM

D42 Program Quality Director

District 42 has made significant strides in increasing Pathways Enrollment for the 2023-2024 period. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our District leaders, Club Officers, and volunteers who have diligently promoted and mentored the Pathways program.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to all those involved for their contributions and commitment to supporting our members’ personal development in communication and leadership.


Pathways Engaged by March 2024

Pathways Engaged by

April 2023



















District Overall



We aim to have all members enrolled in the Pathways program and actively engaged in their continuous growth. To facilitate this, District 42 offers Monthly Pathways Orientation, which you can sign up for on the D42 Event Calendar. Please mark your calendars for the following orientation dates:

  • Apr 15: Please register HERE
  • May 23: Please register HERE
  • June 13:Please register HERE


Thank you for your continued support and participation in our Pathways program initiatives. Together, we can empower each member to reach their full potential.

Club Growth Director’s Report

Debbie Stearns, BBA, DTM

District 42 Club Growth Director 2023-24

March 31 marks a significant deadline for Toastmasters clubs across District 42 as it signals the last day for renewals to qualify for the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) point. As of the time of this writing, an encouraging 72.6% of the clubs within the district have already completed their renewals. However, if your club hasn't submitted its renewal yet, there's no need to panic. Clubs still have the opportunity to get into good standing until September 30.

For those who might have missed the initial deadline, it's crucial not to hesitate any longer. Renewing your club's membership not only ensures its active status but also contributes to the collective growth and success of the Toastmasters community.

Beyond the renewal deadline, another initiative, "Talk Up Toastmasters," also concluded on March 31. This campaign aimed to encourage clubs to boost their membership numbers. Notably, three clubs—Fifth Avenue Place, Connected Communicators, and Fluor Communicators—are on track to earn recognition for their efforts by gaining five or more members during this period (pending verification by Toastmasters International).

Furthermore, several other clubs have made commendable progress by recruiting between two to four new members between February 1 and March 31. Such growth is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of both existing members and club leadership.

To stay updated on the progress and achievements of clubs within District 42, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the district's website dashboard page. Here, you can access the latest information, resources, and insights to support your Toastmasters journey.

In conclusion, while March 31 may have marked the end of certain deadlines and initiatives, it also serves as a reminder of the ongoing opportunities for growth and development within the Toastmasters community. Whether it's renewing memberships, recruiting new members, or achieving milestones, every contribution counts towards building stronger, more vibrant clubs and empowering individuals to realize their full potential as communicators and leaders.

New Club - Telus Alberta Toastmasters

Debbie Stearns, BBA, DTM

District 42 Club Growth Director 2023-24

District 42 is thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the newest addition to our vibrant Toastmasters community: Telus Alberta Toastmasters. Officially chartered on March 7, 2024, this club marks the beginning of an exciting journey for its members and contributors alike.

Behind the scenes, the success of Telus Alberta Toastmasters wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and support of its sponsors, Cathy Morrell and Kelly Sapergia. Their guidance and commitment have played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the club's growth and development.

As the club embarks on this journey, it's now time to introduce the club mentors who will provide invaluable support and guidance in the coming months. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Debbie Stearns and Sabna Rose for stepping up to mentor Telus Alberta Toastmasters. Their experience, expertise, and passion for Toastmasters will undoubtedly inspire and empower the club members as they navigate their Toastmasters journey.

Mentorship is a cornerstone of the Toastmasters experience, and Debbie and Sabna's dedication to supporting the growth and success of Telus Alberta Toastmasters exemplifies the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration that defines our community.

Over the next six to twelve months, Debbie and Sabna will work closely with the club members, offering guidance, encouragement, and personalized feedback to help them develop their communication and leadership skills. Their mentorship will not only contribute to the individual growth of club members but also foster a supportive and nurturing environment within Telus Alberta Toasties.

As we celebrate the chartering of Telus Alberta Toastmasters and welcome its members into our Toastmasters family, we look forward to witnessing the club's journey unfold. With dedicated sponsors and mentors by their side, we have no doubt that Telus Alberta Toastmasters will thrive and make a meaningful impact within our community.

To the members of Telus Alberta Toastmasters: seize this opportunity to learn, grow, and unleash your potential as communicators and leaders. Your journey starts now, and we're excited to see where it takes you.

Congratulations once again to Telus Alberta Toastmasters, Cathy Morrell, Kelly Sapergia, Debbie Stearns, Sabna Rose, and all those involved in bringing this new club to life. Here's to a future filled with success, growth, and endless possibilities. Welcome to the Toastmasters family!


And The Winner Is??

Chuck LeBlanc, DTM

District Chief Judge 2023-24

It's contest time! This is the part of the Toastmaster year where we challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone and do something we're not used to doing. Whether we act as a contestant or help out as a judge or contest official, we can learn and grow in ways we don't expect.

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Road to DTMPW

Dorothy Jones. DTMPW

Road to DTMPW Along the path to Distinguished Toastmaster, we learn the value of leadership and team building. When I began my Pathways journey 4 years ago, I was unaware of the Pathways requirements for achieving a DTM designation. I had just earned my second DTM and had no interest in earning another one.

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Leading With Kindness: The Future of Empowerment

Heart of the Rockies 

Join us online April 16, 2024 at 7:00 pm

In a world yearning for connection and empathy, leading with kindness transcends being merely a strategy; it represents a fundamental shift in our approach to leadership. Heart of the Rockies Toastmasters is proud to host a panel discussion on leading with kindness on April 16th at 7 pm.

This event presents a unique opportunity to engage in insightful conversations on compassionate leadership virtually. Esteemed panellists including Deacon and Health & Safety Expert Daniel Deck, former Government Associate and videographer, Cheryl Dust, DTM, and former Toastmaster International Speech World Contestant, leadership mentor, and coach, Rowena Romero will share their perspectives.

Mark your calendars and join us for an enlightening discussion on how kindness can revolutionize leadership and pave the way for a brighter and more compassionate future. For more info email Patricia Martinez.

Toasting 45 Years of Success

Fluor Communicators Toastmasters

Save the Date: May 28, 2024 11:45 am

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of excellence at Fluor Communicators Toastmasters!

Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable event filled with inspiring speeches, networking opportunities, and a chance to toast our incredible journey.

Stay tuned for more updates and exciting announcements as we get closer to the big day! Don't miss out on this milestone celebration.

Weekend Wordmasters 10th Anniversary Celebration

Weekend Wordmasters

Save the Date: June 2nd, 2024 at 10:00 am

Come celebrate with us as the club marks a decade of exciting, challenging, and fulfilling moments! All Weekend Wordmasters, former Weekend Warriors and friends are welcome to join in the festivities!


Did You Know - Resources for Toastmasters

Twila Tayfel

D42 Dispatch CoEditor

Joining Toastmasters can feel overwhelming at first with all the terms, roles, projects and so on. When I first joined Toastmasters back in 2013, I too, felt like there was so much to learn and do. With the help of the veteran members in the club, I learned my way and have continued to belong to a fantastic club!

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Judges, Contest Officials and Volunteers WANTED

Our District Contest Chair Anne James and Contest Chief Judge Chuck LeBlanc are looking for volunteers for the District contest at the D42 Hybrid Conference in Regina. If you would like to help contact Chief Judge Chuck LeBlanc or Contest Chair Anne James.


Pathway Kick-Off Award

Daisy Wei, DTM

D42 Program Quality Director

We are excited to announce a new accolade designed to recognize the dedication and commitment of our new members. The Pathway Kick-Off Award is bestowed upon those individuals who complete Pathway Level 1 within six months of joining Toastmasters.

Congratulations to all the new members who have joined Toastmasters since 2023 and have this milestone within the specified timeframe. Each recipient will be rewarded with a Toastmasters Cap as a symbol of their achievement.

Your enthusiasm and drive to excel in your Toastmasters journey are truly commendable, and we look forward to witnessing your continued growth and success within our community. Keep up the excellent work!

Find out who are the recipients of this award HERE.

April Toastmasters Month

The District 42 Leadership Team

D42 is teaming up with D99 to declare April as Toastmasters Month! For more information on the benefits of Toastmasters Month click HERE. This is your opportunity to join the buzz and get visibility for your club!

How can your club participate in Toastmasters month? Complete a minimum of one (1) event during the month of April in each of the following categories to get credit:

  • Community Events
  • Club Engagement
  • Social Media
  • District Engagement
  • Conference

Schedule your events on the calendar by clicking the following link HERE.

Every Club that participates and completes an event in each category will be recognized and receive a special ribbon for their Club's banner!

In order to be recognized, once you have completed your events, please complete and submit the following form by May 1st HERE

Let's make this celebration one for the books by showcasing the phenomenal Toastmasters of Alberta and Saskatchewan! 


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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.



CONGRATULATIONS to the following clubs celebrating an anniversary this month!

Coulee Commentators Club| April 01, 1964

Division D, Area 2

Meets Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 pm


High Riser Toastmasters Club | April 01, 1979

Division F, Area 26

Meets every Thursday 7:15-8:15 pm

Everyone Belongs | April 12, 2012

Division A, Area 10

Meets Thursdays afternoons

Cranston Communicators | April 22, 2017

Division A, Area 27

Meets every Thursday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm


CONGRATULATIONS to the newly chartered club!

TELUS Alberta Toastmasters | March 07, 2024

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1:00 PM

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