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District 42 Toastmasters

Monthly Dispatch

June 2024

Dear District 42 Toastmasters,

As we wrap up the 2023-2024 season, we extend a warm welcome to June! It's been a year filled with growth, learning, and incredible achievements, and we're thrilled to share the final dispatch with you.

New Executive Leaders: If you've stepped into a new role within your club or are eager to enhance your leadership skills, don't miss out on our upcoming Leadership Training sessions. Register now to kickstart your journey towards success!

Summer Vibes: As the sun shines brighter and the days get longer, take some time to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge. Whether you're planning a getaway or staying close to home, make the most of this season and enjoy every moment.

Gratitude: A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed articles and insights throughout the year. Your dedication and passion have enriched our community and inspired fellow Toastmasters on their journey to excellence.

Your Voice Matters: Have a topic in mind for future dispatches? Want to showcase your club's achievements or recognize outstanding members? We're here to amplify your voices and share your stories. Let us know what you'd like to see in the upcoming editions!

As we bid farewell to this season, let's celebrate the milestones we've achieved together and look forward to the adventures that await us in the next. Here's to a summer filled with growth, connection, and endless possibilities!

Please send your feedback to Vesna Ivkovic - D42 Dispatch Designer.

Warm regards,

The District 42 Toastmasters Dispatch Team 🌟

Upcoming Events

See what's happening in June 2024.

In this issue:

  • District Director's Message
  • District Events
  • Newly Elected District Leadership Team
  • District 42 Contest Winners
  • Reports
  • Blog
  • Around The District
  • Did You Know
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • PR Guidelines & Publication Rules
  • Educational Awards
  • Club Anniversaries
  • Newly Chartered Clubs


Recognition and appreciation of our members' contributions

Eugene Sicat, DTM 

District 42 District Director

Recognition of people’s efforts and accomplishments is crucial and should never be overlooked or underestimated. Many individuals go to great lengths to support others, often making significant sacrifices in their personal, professional, and family lives to help others reach their goals. 

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Helping Clubs Succeed

Michelle Ryerson, DTM

D42 Administration Manager 2023-2024 


Wow! Where does the time go???  It is hard to believe that we are beginning to wrap up our 2023-24 Toastmasters season together. Below is the 30-60-90 plan to help clubs stay informed on what needs to be accomplished in the next few months. However, I do encourage you to continue to keep an eye on the District Calendar for any changes or updates.


Your 30-60-90 days Plan snapshot


June 2024:

  • June 30 - Beat the Clock Program Ends – TI incentive
  • Plan and submit Summer meeting dates
  • District Leadership training for incoming Division and Area Directors
  • Club Officer Training for the incoming Club Officers


The District calendar is available for you to continue to be updated with District events. If your club is celebrating an upcoming special event (ie: Open house, anniversary) you would like to post on the District calendar, simply fill out the "Submit New Event Form".

Upcoming Townhall Meeting Regarding Contests

Meeting facilitator: Daisy Wei, DTM

Objective: Provide context, gather info, and hear feedback from members regarding Online contests that D42 will hold each year.

Background information:

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors decided that beginning with the 2024-2025 speech contest cycle, there will no longer be exceptions granted to the Speech Contest Rulebook to allow for online or hybrid contests. This means that all contests past the club level must be conducted fully in person and adhere to the Speech Contest Rulebook, 2. Eligibility, C.11, which currently states: 

Each contestant must be physically present to compete beyond the club level. Participation by audio, video, or other remote technology is not permitted beyond the club level. (Exceptions: participants in the International Speech Contest Region Quarterfinals and Video Speech Contest.) 

This will offer a more consistent experience for contestants while supporting judges in clear, accurate, and unbiased judging. Additionally, District resources that may have been focused on hybrid contests can be allocated to building clubs and supporting club success. 

To provide members with the option to practice competitive speaking in an online setting, a new contest type will be added. The Online Speech Contest will be a contest type similar to Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics, and Tall Tales that can be selected by Districts. This contest type will be conducted fully online, will follow the rules of the International Speech Contest (insofar as practical), and will not proceed past the District level.

To help prepare for the town hall meeting, please fill out the Townhall Member SURVEY. The survey contains 5 questions.



Monday, June 17, 2024, 7-9 pm, (AB & SK)

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9-11 am, (AB & SK)

Step Up for Leadership and Training Opportunities

Daisy Wei, DTM

D42 Program Quality Director

Are you ready to take your communication skills to the next level? Stepping into a leadership role within Toastmasters will help you practice meaningful communication and further develop your leadership skills. Toastmasters offers numerous opportunities to learn and practice leadership effectively. As a club officer, you can attend Club Officer Training, and if you advance to a District leader position, Division Director and Area Director Leadership Training are available.


Club Officer Training

  • New and Experienced Club Officers

Whether you're new to the Club Officer role this year or an experienced Club Officer, training is a fantastic opportunity to kick off your leadership journey or refresh your knowledge of your roles and responsibilities. Each Club Officer is required to attend training at least twice a year. This not only aids in your personal development but also helps you build a network with mentors and peer club officers.

  • Why Training Matters

When well-trained, Club Officers perform their duties more effectively, leading to better service for club members. This enhances the member experience, resulting in a quality club environment and increased member retention. Our goal for 2024-2025 is to have 99% of Club Officers trained.

  • Preparation for training

Please review your role in the  Club Leadership Handbook to prepare for your officer-specific training class. It's also beneficial to browse the sections for other club officers. Working as a team requires understanding each role, helping you all to effectively support your club. Bookmark or download the handbook for handy reference throughout your term.


Upcoming Training Sessions

  • Club Officer Training lead by Division A: Saturday, June 8, 7-9:00 pm register HERE
  • Club Officer Training lead by Division E & F: Saturday, June 15, 9 am -12:00 register HERE
  • Club Officer Training lead by Division B&D: Thursday, June 20 from 6-9:00 pm register HERE
  • Club Officer Training lead by Division C: in July

Please check the Event Calendar for more training opportunities available in July and August.


Division Director and Area Director Training

All Division Directors and Area Directors, both outgoing and incoming, are invited to attend this hybrid leadership training. Attendance is mandatory for all Division Directors and Area Directors. There are 2 training opportunities provided for district leaders.

The training focuses on

o  Building team culture.

o  Take the challenges.

o  Building strong clubs.

o  Motivate the team.

o  District Recognition Program; and

o  Utilize available resources.

Upcoming training:

Format: Hybrid meeting on Zoom and in-person

Date and Time: June 22, 2024, between 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Location: #200 – 37 Richard Way SW, Calgary Alberta, T3E 7M8

Registration for the training is required – Click HERE to register.


Embrace these opportunities to grow and lead within Toastmasters. Your participation in training not only strengthens your abilities but also enhances the experience for all club members. Step up and make a difference!

Maximizing Online Reach with Short-Form Videos: 

Leveraging TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Reels

 Stacey Kaminski, PRM

Come join us at the upcoming D42 PR Mastermind session!

Presenting: Jane Esperanueva , District 99 PRM

Maximizing Online Reach with Short-Form Videos: Leveraging TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Reels.

  • When: June 20th
  • Time: 6:30 PM

Registration is a must for participation. Seize the chance to elevate your PR expertise and network with like-minded peers! We look forward to seeing you there!

Register HERE to join the fun!


Join us in congratulating the newly elected district leadership team!


The D42 Conference featured incredible speakers, and we're excited to announce the winners.


Join the Push for Good Standing

Debbie Stearns, BBA, DTM

District 42 Club Growth Director 2023-24

Closing the Toastmasters Year with a Bang: Join the Push for Good Standing As the Toastmasters year draws to a close, with June 30 just around the corner, we find ourselves on the cusp of achieving something remarkable. We only need three more clubs to get back into good standing, and with your help, we can do it!

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An Alliance Impacting Youth

Christina Kruis, DTM

D42 Content Creator Member

This year marked a significant collaboration between District 42 Toastmasters Youth Leadership Facilitators – Marcy Field, Irma Goosen, Geetha Nicodemus, Arobo Ako, and Christina Kruis – and Rotary International Exchange students, resulting in a profound impact on youth development. 

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Making an Impact Through Volunteerism

Cheryl Dust, DTM

D42 Content Creator Member

Making a Real-World Impact Through Volunteerism My Journey to a Second DTM I decided all of the projects for my second DTM would include a volunteer organization and have an impact in the real world.

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District 42 Authors Showcase & Workshop Series

Vesna Ivkovic

D42 Webmaster/ Dispatch Designer

Dear District 42 Toastmasters,

I hope this message finds you well.

As part of my Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) project, I am excited to organize and promote the talented published authors within our district. This initiative aims to celebrate our local authors and provide valuable resources and workshops on how to start writing, publish, and promote books.

We are planning a series of events, including:

  • Workshops on Writing and Publishing: Learn from experienced authors about the journey from idea to publication.
  • Promotional Events: Showcase your published works and share your experiences with fellow Toastmasters and the broader community.

If you are a published author and would like to be part of this initiative, or if you are interested in conducting a workshop (online) or participating in an in-person promotional event, please contact Vesna Ivkovic, D42 Webmaster and Dispatch Designer.

Your participation will not only highlight your achievements but also inspire and guide aspiring writers within our community.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to working together to celebrate and promote the literary talents within District 42.

Kepler Astrologers Toastmasters (KAT) Showcase

Meghna Bhagat 

What do the numbers in my birthday have to do with my personality? Kanye West’s infamous outburst at the VMA Awards could be seen in astrology. Help! Where is my cat? Wait… what? astrology can help me find my missing cat??? 

YES! Astrology can help answer all these questions and much more.

Join us for the first Kepler Astrologers Toastmasters (KAT) Showcase on June 4, 2024, at 12:30 pm Pacific, 1:30 pm Mountain to find out how. If you haven’t already guessed, we are astrologers and astrology enthusiasts pursuing professional development. We help members polish communication skills and secure speaking opportunities in the astrology community and beyond.


In our charter year, 2022-2023, the winner of the club International Speech Contest also won a place in the Organization of Professional Astrology OPA’s Spring 2023 Conference. Since then, the winner (me) completed six (6) more speaking engagements. Especially significantly for KAT, because of the success of this experiment, OPA extended a permanent, annual speaking spot for a KAT contest winner.


This OPA opportunity inspired us to create a more astrologically focused contest, with astrological luminaries as judges. Thus, the KAT Showcase was born in our second year. In addition to selecting the OPA winner, we hope that the KAT showcase participants will be invited to speak at the organizations represented by these renowned judges.


To claim one of the six (6) showcase speaking slots our enthused members entered a preliminary contest—11 intrepid astrologers participated. Selected in a tight race by member votes, the winners will present 5–7-minute speeches. Our club sponsor, and premier astrology education institution, Kepler College is promoting the showcase to their entire community, and it is likely to attract a wide audience. A debut both for our speakers and our club!


Dear fellow District 42 Toastmasters, your support of our club has meant so much to us. We are honored to share this momentous launch with you and invite you to come to celebrate our debut with us. Don’t worry… while some parts of each presentation will be Astro-speak, you don’t have to know astrology to enjoy the showcase. Who knows maybe you’ll uncover a whole new perspective.


Register HERE, and feel free to share widely with your favorite astrology enthusiasts.


Hope to see you there!

An Evening with D42 Champs!


MVP Advanced Toastmasters

Get ready for a night of inspiration and fun at the "Tick Tock Tick Tock" event on Thursday, June 27, 2024! The MVP Advanced Toastmasters Club will host this exciting evening at Hitman's Bar, 421 12 Ave SE, inside Cowboys Casino (Free Parking!).

Doors open at 5:30 PM, with a showcase featuring top speakers and evaluators from Toastmasters District 42 starting at 7:15 PM. Stay for the lively karaoke and dancing from 8:30 PM to 10 PM!

Join us to support our District Champion, Russ Dantu.

Your $20 contribution goes directly towards covering event expenses. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness incredible speeches, enjoy great company, and contribute to a fantastic cause. Mark your calendar for a night that promises to be unforgettable! Register HERE.

Club Recognition Activities

Brian Fegan, DTM

Hello Everyone,

Our DTM project committee is eager to gain insights from you. We are curious about the unique ways your club acknowledges, celebrates, and rewards members for their exceptional contributions.

Specifically, we are interested in how you acknowledge members who:

  • Help their peers
  • Strengthen communication
  • Boost your club's visibility
  • Promote teamwork
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership
  • Take on special projects
  • Support other clubs
  • Engage in commendable activities

We aim to enrich our DTM project, which involves:

  • Reviewing the variety of rewards provided by District 42 and comparing them with incentives in other districts
  • Examining the strategies used to implement these incentives

Your input is essential for the success of our project. If your club has innovative or impactful recognition approaches, we are eager to hear them!

Please share your responses with me by June 14, 2024. You can reach me via email or phone.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Did You Know - Leadership Roles

Twila Tayfel

D42 Dispatch CoEditor

You’ve decided to step into a leadership role and take the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Being a club officer allows you to challenge yourself, learn new skills and make decisions that foster success and help make your Toastmasters Club the best place it can be.

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New Club Sponsor? Mentor? What’s the Difference?

Mary Schoendorfer, DTM

D42 YLP Chair

While both of these roles provide vital support for a new club and both are used towards the DTM award, they are quite different. The Sponsors help the new club get started meeting, then get the required elements completed for Toastmasters International and chartering; the new club Mentors provide the meeting support and key education that will translate into a successful club today and into the future. Both are vital to the new club! There are 2 Sponsors and 2 Mentors assigned to a new club, 4 Supporters in total. 

Here is a Mosaic Masters Toastmasters Club president's testimonial.

U-Shane Taylor is grateful to those leaders who have been the supporters for his new Toastmasters club: Mosaic Masters. In his words:

The Toastmasters support team has been a valuable resource for the Mosaic Masters Toastmasters club. They guided us through the infancy stages of the club, on our way to becoming chartered. The club was structured in such a way that we were poised for success. To date, the members of the team continue to play an integral part in our continued success. We are highly appreciative and grateful for the teams’ continued support as our members strive to develop their leadership and public speaking skills.


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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!

Bow Valley Toastmasters Club | June 01, 1954

Division A, Area 15

Meets Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Dinosaurs Toastmasters Club | June 01, 1965

Division D, Area 2

Meets every Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Airdrie Discovery Toastmasters Club | June 01, 1986

Division F, Area 5

Meets 2nd & 4th Monday 7:15 to 9:00 pm


Vibrant Speakers Club | June 01, 1986

Division F, Area 26

Meets Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Calgary Sunrise Club | June 01, 1987

Division C, Area 3

Meets Thursdays at 6:45 am


Bedstone Olympics Toastmasters Club | June  01, 1989

Division F, Area 5

Meets Wednesdays from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


CMA Club | June 01, 1993

Division C, Area 11

Meets every Monday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Glenmore R.S.V.P. Club | June 01, 1994

Division A, Area 27

Meets Tuesdays at 7:15 pm


Downtown City Speakers Club | June 01, 1997

Division D, Area 12

Meets Mondays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


UR Toastmasters | June 01, 1997

Division B, Area 24

Meets Thursday at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Fish Creek Bravehearts Club | June 01, 1998

Division D, Area 23

Meets Wednesdays  from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Speedy Creek Club | June 01, 1999

Division B, Area 4

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:30 pm


Station 29 Toastmasters - Calgary | June 01, 2000

Division D, Area 8

Meets every Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm


FAC Toastmasters | June 16, 2019

Division D, Area 8

Meets every Monday at 7:00 pm


Igniters Club | June 18, 2004

Division E, Area 6

Meets Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


StanTalkers | June 22, 2016

Division A, Area 1

Meets every Thursday at 12:05 pm


Calgary Advanced Toastmasters | June 25, 2001

Division E, Area 28

Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7 pm


Estevan Club  | June 26, 2003

Division B, Area 24

Meets Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


Calgary International Toastmasters | June 28, 2001

Division A, Area 1

Meets Tuesdays at 7:05 am


MVP Advanced | June 29, 2007

Division A, Area 27

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Liv Ad-Libs | June 29, 2009

Division F, Area 14

Meets Mondays from 12:05 pm to 1:05 pm


Speak Upside | June 29, 2015

Division C, Area 21

Meets every Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Heart of the Rockies Toastmasters | June 29, 2021

Division A, Area 1

Meets Mondays at 7:00 pm


High River Toastmasters | June 30, 2016

Division D, Area 23

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, at 6:30 pm


WPTM Communicators  | June 06, 2002

Division A, Area 10

Meets every Thursday at 12:00 pm


Big Rock Pioneer Toastmasters | June 06, 2003

Division D, Area 23

Meets 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm


CONGRATULATIONS to the newly chartered club!

ISM Voice Toastmasters | May 17, 2024

Division B, Area 9

Meets on Thursdays at

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