Delivering A Winning Speech

Delivering A Winning Speech

Join us at Glen Abbey Toastmasters as we kick off our 30th year by welcoming the 2021 3rd Place Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking – Roger Caesar.

He’ll be speaking on Delivering A Winning Speech.

Roger has competed and become a semifinalist at the Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking 4 times. In 2021, he won 3rd place. He is also the Founder of Empire Coaching and Owner of Caesar Transport.

Date: September 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm

If you’d like to join, please let us know you’ll be coming.

Our World + 30 Years

Our World + 30 Years

An incredibly fun evening tonight as we celebrated two important things:

Theme: Our World

The theme tonight chosen by Chair Reema Duggal focused on what makes Glen Abbey Toastmasters so special. The culture, the respect, and the diversity of our global experiences that we share with each other every single week. Members were asked come to the meeting dressed in their home country’s traditional dress and share what makes the country they were born in so special. And they did.

With a twist, spurred on by Table Topics Master Gordon Vuong – we held a bilingual Table topics. Members spoke their answers in their native tongue and in English. Really inspiring to hear speakers in many languages tonight – followed by English translations. And then Toastmaster Krista Rowan shared her own language that she spoke with her mother! And finally, General Evaluator Loye Fagbemi spoke about the language his hat speaks (marital status) based on what side it is folded on.

30 Years

It was 30 years ago today that Glen Abbey Toastmasters had their first meeting at Glen Abbey Community Center. The club chartered shortly thereafter. We spoke about the great things that Glen Abbey Toastmasters does for people.

  • Kathy Bullock spoke about her Pathways project to write 8 blog posts in a month – and what she learned.
  • Jeethan Tellis spoke about his Toastmasters Journey from his first meeting to today as GATM Vice President Education.


While it was 30 years since our first meeting, the plan is to celebrate at our Charter Party later in May/June. Hopefully it will be in person!

GATM Speech Contests

GATM Speech Contests

Glen Abbey Toastmasters will be hosting the Club level Table Topics and International Speech Contests in December 2021

Table Topics Speech Contest

Table Topics are 1-2 minutes long.  They are impromptu speeches given on a topic that the speaker has no prior knowledge of. The contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, and District level.

The Table Topics Contest will be held on December 1, 2021

International Speech Contest

International speeches should be original speeches of 5-7 minutes. They can be given on any subject, and can be serious, funny, or inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level, and as it goes all the way to the International level, it is the most important of all the Toastmaster contests, and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided! In order to be a contestant in this contest, a Toastmaster must have completed at least 6 speeches from the Competent Communicator or Pathways Program.

The International Speech Contest will be held on December 15, 2021

We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing Glen Abbey Toastmasters compete!

How To Run The International Speech Contest

International speeches should be original speeches of 5-7 minutes. They can be given on any subject, and can be serious, funny, or inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level, and as it goes all the way to the International level, it is the most important of all the Toastmaster contests, and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided! In order to be a contestant in this contest, a Toastmaster must have completed at least 6 speeches from the Competent Communicator or Pathways Program.

Check out past World Championship winners of International Speech Contests:

Running an International Speech Contest is an exciting and rewarding experience.  Here are the resources you need to run the contest:

GATM Speech Contest Kit

Workplan —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Speech Contest Workplan includes the following: 

  • Schedule
  • Participant Roster – Contestants, Judges, Volunteers
  • Forms Received List
  • Speaker Order Ballots

GATM Contest Emails —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM emails document includes sample emails to be sent to:

  • Participants – Recruiting
  • Contestants
  • Timers
  • Sergeant At Arms
  • Judges
  • Ballot Counters

GATM Contest Scripts —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM International Speech Contest Scripts include the:

  • Contest Chair’s Script
  • Chief Judge’s Script (coming soon)

GATM Agenda / Program —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Speech Contest Agenda is the program for the night.  One program covers both the International and Evaluation contests because they are typically held on the same night.

TMI International Speech Contest Kit – Rules and Forms

Many of the resources for the contest can be found in the members area (login required) of the Toastmasters International site. 
The International Speech Contest Kit – from Toastmasters International includes the following:

  • Speech Contest Rulebooks
  • Speech Contestant Profile
  • Speakers Certification of Eligibility and Originality
  • Judge’s Certification of Eligibility and Code of Ethics
  • Judge’s Guides and Ballots
  • Tiebreaking Judge’s Guides and Ballot
  • Time Record Sheets and Instructions
  • Counters’ Tally Sheets
  • Results Form
  • Notification of Contest Winner
  • Speech Contest Certificates
It’s Fall Again & It’s Raining Gold

It’s Fall Again & It’s Raining Gold

It’s Fall again. What a beautiful season – especially the warm weather and beautiful colors.

We had a great meeting titled: It’s Fall Again & It’s Raining Gold

Chairperson Bahareh Tehrani asked us all to speak about the special activities, recipes or traditions that we love in Fall.

It was a great meeting sharing wonderful Fall memories. And we voted in another great new member – Zina!

VP Public Relations Resources

VP PR Roles Information

GATM Website

GATM Social Media


Toastmasters International Brand Guidelines

Music Meeting 2021

Music Meeting 2021

What a great meeting on June 23, 2021. In honor of World Music Day on June 21, Chairperson Joan Teri encouraged us to share all our stories about music and what it does to our souls, ears, and more.  

Many Glen Abbey Toastmasters shared what music means to them and especially how during COVID – music brought joy and happiness.

Table Topics included a playlist of songs with famous dances, and a number of Toastmasters showed off their dance moves. The list:

  • The Time Warp
  • Jerusalema
  • Macarena
  • YMCA
  • Bad Romance
  • Gangnam Style
  • Jai Ho
  • Wavin’ Flag

Do you know the dances to these songs?

Congratulations 2021/2022 Club Officers

Congratulations 2021/2022 Club Officers

Glen Abbey Toastmasters recently held their annual Club Officer elections.

Congratulations to the following Toastmasters for being elected to serve the club.

  • President – Connor Grist
  • VP Education – Jeethan Tellis
  • VP Membership – Roger Cogle
  • VP Public Relations – Lili Wang
  • Treasurer – Shan Lodhi
  • Secretary – Chris Zhou
  • Sergeant At Arms – Joan Teri
  • Past President – Bahareh Tehrani

The entire club is looking forward to another great year led by this talented and committed group of Toastmasters.

Adventures in Food Meeting 2021

Adventures in Food Meeting 2021

What a delectable (word of the day) night we had! Our meeting Chair Gordon Vuong sent this email to all of us five days before the meeting:

What is an Adventure in Food?

They say “variety is the spice of life”. 

I say the BEST way to get variety in life is through the literal spices, textures, flavours of yummy food! You can learn a lot about a country, its people, traditions, and culture through its food. Since we cannot really travel now, we can still go on a CULINARY ADVENTURE! 

I encourage you to support your local restaurants and order take out from a new place. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, experiment and cook a new recipe you’ve never made before. Not so adventurous? That’s okay, tell us all about your favorite comfort food that gives you warm fuzzy memories when you eat it.

Please come ready to share stories of your own adventures in food!   

Bon Appétit!
Your food obsessed Chair 

Of course the whole club jumped in to participate – because of course we all love to eat!

Great meeting theme Mr. Chair!

President’s Distinguished Club – 2020/2021

President’s Distinguished Club – 2020/2021

Glen Abbey Toastmasters is proud to have earned President’s Distinguished Club status for the 22nd year in a row.

What is President’s Distinguished Club status?

It is the highest level Toastmasters Club can achieve in a given year based on the Distinguished Club Program scorecard

What is the Distinguished Club Program?

The Distinguished Club Program includes 10 goals that every Toastmasters club in the world strives to achieve each year. The 10 goals are grouped into four areas:

  • Education: How many members completed various Toastmasters Pathways Education Levels
  • Membership: How many new, dual, and reinstating members were brought into the club
  • Training: How many Club Officers attend twice yearly Club Officer Training
  • Administration: Whether our club submitted dues / renewals on time twice yearly

Understanding The Scoreboard

Glen Abbey Toastmasters achieved 10 goals. Each checkmark on the right counts for one goal / one point.

Why Does It Matter?

Achieving President’s Distinguished status means:

  • Our club is strong – and has been for a long time
  • Our members are engaged – and make meetings interesting and memorable
  • We have a great mix of experienced and new members
  • Our members are achieving their education goals through a great program and strong club mentorship
  • Our Club Officers are committed to helping you on your Toastmasters journey.

If you’d like to become a great public speaker – visit our club any time.

Earth Day Meeting 2021

Earth Day Meeting 2021

GATM celebrated Earth Day 2021 with a special Earth Day themed meeting.

The Toast to Planet Earth set the stage for our appreciation of the planet.

GATM Toastmasters spoke of how Earth Day impacts them and the many things they do to help the planet. During Table Topics, many spoke of the actions they take in their daily lives – from:

  • eating more plant based diets
  • how they are reducing, reusing, and recycling
  • how they have helped in reforestation
  • what they do for climate change, and
  • how they reduce waste when out

Also there were two great speeches on Different Abilities and Communication Styles!

Want to take actions for Earth Day this year? Check out the Earth Day Take Action page

District 86 Toastmasters 2020-2021 Conference

District 86 Toastmasters 2020-2021 Conference

District 86 is hosting it’s Spring Conference from April 10 to April 16, 2021. Over the course of the week, there will be 15 workshops, contests, the business meeting, and lots of fun events.

The conference is online and FREE this year. It is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn new ideas, strategies, and techniques to help your clubs, areas, and divisions succeed.
  • Connect face to face and network with like-minded Toastmasters from across Ontario
  • Spur your personal growth, thinking, creativity, and planning from outstanding workshops
  • Be Inspired by Distinguished Toastmasters and District Award Winners who are recognized for achieving their goals 
  • Be Amazed by fabulous contest speakers, motivated presenters, and selfless volunteers
  • Renew Friendships by coming home for a TM Conference – an annual gathering of new & old friends
  • Re-Energize your passion and regain your focus for your own Toastmasters journey
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton Declares April Toastmasters Month

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton Declares April Toastmasters Month

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is proclaiming April as Toastmasters Month for the Town of Oakville.  This is a great honour for all Toastmasters clubs in Oakville including:

  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
  • Wood Oakville Toastmasters
  • Horizon Toastmasters
  • Sheridan Toastmasters Trafalgar
  • Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters
  • First Oakville Toastmasters
  • Callisto Toastmasters
  • Burloak Toastmasters
  • Trafalgar Toastmasters
  • SUEZ Water Toastmasters

The Mayor’s Proclamation:

Spring Is Just Around The Corner Meeting 2021

Spring Is Just Around The Corner Meeting 2021

GATM welcomed spring on March 17th 2021 with a session theme “Spring is just around the corner!” and springy backgrounds. 

Hello Spring from Glen Abbey Toastmasters!

Valentines Day Meeting 2021

Valentines Day Meeting 2021

Everything was coming up hearts at the February 11th Valentines Day themed meeting at Glen Abbey Toastmasters.

Chair Gordon Vuong led the theme by sharing: This week, there are three big holidays that celebrate love – Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and Chinese Lunar New Year. The meeting theme was The Love You Give.

And he challenged everyone to wear red or have red in their backgrounds. Of course Glen Abbey Toastmasters delivered. Great meeting!

Congratulations Zehra Raza and Krista Rowan!

Congratulations Zehra Raza and Krista Rowan!

Winners At The 2021 Area 83 International Speech Contest

We’re thrilled for two Glen Abbey Toastmasters: Zehra Reza and Krista Rowan. They placed first and second in the Area 83 International Speech contest which was held online on February 26, 2021.

This means that they will both move up to compete with contestants from other areas in  the Division D contest on Feb 20th 2021. Congratulations to both of them from the GATM family!

About the International Speech Contest

International speeches should be original speeches of 5-7 minutes. They can be given on any subject, and can be serious, funny, or inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level, and as it goes all the way to the International level, it is the most important of all the Toastmaster contests, and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided! In order to be a contestant in this contest, a Toastmaster must have completed at least 6 speeches from the Competent Communicator or Pathways Program.

Meeting Handbook: Introduction

The Glen Abbey Toastmasters Handook is designed to guide you in understanding the information you require to participate confidently in all Club meetings.

In order for you to excel at the meeting roles with confidence:

  • we have provided guided scripts for you to learn the roles.
  • however, it is important that you add your stamp, your personality, and your style to each role – rather than just memorizing the scripts below.
  • it is also important that you look at the timing of each role, and stay within the time allotted.  this will keep the entire meeting on time.

Excel in your Toastmasters experience and realize that you are now a member of an outstanding, dedicated group of individuals that will support you in your communication and leadership goals. Our club is very committed to creating a fun and comfortable learning environment to help you grow in your speaking skills. Be proud that you are an integral part of the Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club.


The Chairperson is the most important function of the meeting. The Chairperson is like the conductor. Your job is to ensure all is in harmony and the meeting flows smoothly.

Two Weeks Prior To The Meeting

  • Develop your theme for the meeting
  • Discuss with the Toastmaster for the evening ideas to make the theme / meeting great.

One Week Prior To The Meeting

  • Send out the meeting theme / roster (based on the roster developed by the VP Education)
    • Ask Speakers to confirm with the Chair and the Toastmaster
    • Ask Evaluators to confirm with the Chair and General Evaluator
    • Ask everyone else to confirm with the Chair
  • Review your parliamentary procedures
  • Confirm all assignments preferably by Sunday (3 days before the meeting)
  • Prepare the agenda for the meeting by Wednesday


The meeting is two hours long. 
It is the responsibility of the Chair to keep the meeting on time.

During The Meeting

The Sargeant At Arms will introduce you.

[After being introduced by the Sargeant At Arms, the Chairperson comes to the lectern and takes the gavel from the Sargeant At Arms to indicate he/she is in control].


Thank you Toastmaster………………………………….

Good Evening fellow Toastmasters and Guests.  Welcome to Glen Abbey Toastmasters weekly meeting. We have a great meeting in store for you. So sit back, relax and have fun.


The theme tonight is ……………………………explain theme………………………………………

Spend 2-3 minutes providing a great opening for the meeting, speaking about your theme and why it matters to the people attending this evening.

Introduction of Officers

I’d like to introduce our officers for the meeting tonight. As I call the names of the officers, please rise and remain standing. Would the rest of the audience kindly hold their applause until I have completed all the introductions.

  • The Toastmaster this evening is: …………
  • The General Evaluator is: …………
  • The Toast will be given by:
  • The Table Topics Master is: …………
  • The Secretary is: …………
  • The Sergeant-At-Arms is: ……………
  • The Parliamentarian is:…………………..
  • The Timekeeper is: …………
  • The Grammarian is: …………
  • The Quizmaster is: …………
  • And I am your Chair this evening……………………

Fellow Toastmasters and Guests, these are the officers for tonight’s meeting: [Lead applause]

Introduction of Guests

We have ……………………..guests this evening, and we’d like to introduce you to everyone now.

  • Toastmaster ……………………. would you like to introduce your guest?
  • Toastmaster ……………………. would you like to introduce your guest?
  • Toastmaster ……………………. would you like to introduce your guest?
  • Toastmaster ……………………. would you like to introduce your guest?
  • Toastmaster ……………………. would you like to introduce your guest?

[After each guest has been introduced lead applause, welcome them, and say…]

At the end of the meeting, you’ll be given the opportunity to say a few words about you impressions / experience about this meeting tonight. Enjoy


It’s now time for the Toast.  Toastmastaster ………………………, would you kindly like to give the toast.
Thank you Toastmaster ………………………………………….[Lead applause]

Introduction of Grammarian

Toastmaster ………………………….., could you kindly stand up and explain your role as Grammarian this evening
[ Grammarian Role ]
Thank you Toastmaster ……………………………………… [lead applause]


Toastmaster………………………………………………………………, could you kindly stand up and explain your role as Quizmaster this evening.
[ Quizmaster Role ]
Thank you Toastmaster…………………………………………………..[lead applause]

Table Topics

Now we come to the fun part of our evening – Table Topics.  And to conduct that session, I would like to introduce our Table Topics Master this evening  Toastmaster………………………….[lead applause]

Thank you Toastmaster ……………………………..for the wonderful Table Topics session. [lead applause]

Education Session

[If there is an educational session, introduce the person and their topic.  At the end , thank them].

Business Session

I would now like to start the Business session [Bang gavel].

Option 1.     If you are dispensing with the reading of the minutes, indicate this and confirm that they have been distributed to all members.  

Option 2.     Could the secretary please read the minutes of the last meeting.

Are there any errors or omissions in the minutes?
[Listen to all comments and ask the secretary to make the necessary corrections]
If there are no comments then I would like to declare the minutes approved as read (or corrected, as the case may be). [Bang the gavel].

Is there any business arising from the minutes?  Is there any other unfinished business to discuss? [Address each one accordingly]

Do we have any Officers’ reports?

Do we have any Committee reports? [Standing and Special committees]

Do we have any Ambassador reports?

(Optional) During the Share your Greatness segment, I would like to invite one Toastmaster to share how Toastmasters has helped improve his/her life outside the Club.

New Business Session

Now we are going to start our New Business session. May I ask the Timekeeper to turn on the red light and ring the bell after ………. minutes (usually 10 minutes but it may vary depending on schedule).

Is there any item of new business to be tabled at this meeting?
[This is where a new motion may be tabled. See parliamentary procedures on motion rules and regulations on the following pages. Also have your Robert’s Rules book handy and do call upon your parliamentarian when in doubt.
Ensure that all items/motions brought up for discussion is properly disposed of.
Usually this session ends when the Timekeepers gives the red light. Otherwise, you may want to say:].
Having no further items of business, if there are no objections, I will now declare the business session closed. [Bang gavel]

Parliamentarian Report

Could the Parliamentarian please give his/her report. [At the end of the report, thank the parliamentarian and lead applause]


Now I would like to Recess for …… minutes. May I ask the Timekeeper to turn of the red light and ring the bell with the time is up?

[At the end of  the recess, the SAA will bang the gavel to let everyone know that recess is over. The SAA will introduce the Toastmaster.]

Prepared Speeches

[At the end of the Prepared Speeches session, after the General Evaluator has given the awards.]

Thank you Toastmaster ……………………………. for enlightening us with a wonderful Prepared Speeches Session. [lead applause]

Great Toastmaster of the Evening

I would like to reward a person who has helped making this meeting great by ……………
……………………………………………………………….. [Call this person to the lectern and give him/her a ribbon.]

Guests’ Comments

[At this point, invite guests to give their comments.]

Since participation is the key to self-improvement at Toastmasters meeting, I would like to ask our guests for their comments on tonight’s meeting. [Make sure you have the guests’ names and thank each one warmly.]

Final Comments

Is there any other business to be discussed for the good of Toastmasters?

If there is no other business, I declare this meeting adjourned. The time is now ………….

Sargeant At Arms

The SAA’s responsibility is to ensure that the meeting room is well prepared and that the meeting itself starts on time with enthusiasm is under his/her jurisdiction. It is not expected that SAA carry out all the required duties on his/her own but it is essential that the required work gets done. Delegation of responsibility to committee members or any other reliable person is very important to ensure meetings run smoothly. Coordination with other members and executives is essential to doing a good job.

Advance Preparation

  • Planning ahead is the key to a successful Toastmaster meeting.
  • Ensure that you have all the materials required for the meeting (lectern, educational materials, timing light, voting forms, ribbons or certificates and trophies, etc.). The SAA is fully responsible for the administration and management of the Club property.

Pre-Meeting Activities

  • Set up Lectern, timing light and any special equipment requested.
  • Post proper signs to help guests find the meeting room.
  • Lay out education materials, name cards, guest book, brochures, etc.
  • Distribute agendas and any other handouts provided.
  • Hang up Club banner.
  • Lay out trophies on table in front of lectern and gavel on top of lectern.

When Members and Guests Arrive

  • Greet all meeting attendees and make them feel welcome
  • Request guests to sign the guestbook
  • Make temporary name cards for the guests
  • Ensure members pick up their name tags
  • Explain or get someone to explain the Toastmasters program to the guests with the help of the promotional literature provided for the guests.
  • Assign a member host to each non-Toastmaster guest for the duration of the meeting.

To Start The Meeting

  • Ensure the meeting starts on time.  If there is a delay in the meeting start – announce it to club members from the lecturn
  • Bang the gavel and welcome all members and guests to the Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club #8644 meeting
  • Introduce the Chairperson.  It is helpful to know something about the Chairperson so you can make a proper introduction – eg – time with club, roles held, other pertinent and interesting information

During The Meeting

  • Sit near the door – or assign someone – so you can ensure any late arrivals are taken care of easily and quickly without disturbing the rest of the meeting
  • Ensure extra chairs are available for the late comers
  • Collect ballots and feedback forms in a manner requested by whomever is in control of the meeting at the time.
  • Tally votes, complete awards certificates, and provide to Chairperson

After Recess / Second Half of Meeting

  • Call the meeting to order on time
  • Introduce the Toastmaster in this manner:
  • Now, to start our Prepared Speeches portion, I would like to present to you a very fine Toastmaster who will be hosting this part of the meeting.  This person …………………………………………………………………………………
  • Ladies & gentlemen, please help me welcome our toastmaster for this evening, Toastmaster ………………… [Lead applause, pass the gavel to the Toastmaster and take a seat.]

After The Meeting

  • Clean up the meeting room with the help of other members. Keep any reusable materials such as extra ballot forms, handouts, educational material, etc.
  • Pack all items neatly in the boxes in the same manner they were packed at the start of the meeting. Check if anything requires a refill for the next meeting.
  • Ensure all materials are complete and packed away properly.
  • Make a final quick tour of the premises to ensure nothing is left behind, and that the room is clean and neat. You or your delegate should be last person out of the room.


The Toast should be given to a single person, or sometimes a group. 

  • In giving praise to someone, it should be mentioned why the praise is being given. In other words, a build-up of the person being honored is necessary. 
  • The name of the person should always be given last, keeping the audience in suspense until the very last moment. 
  • If possible, toast a person who has recently done something exceptional and focus on their achievements.

To give the toast: 

  • Stand and give background information on the person [for instance, the Queen].
  • Then take your glass in your hand and say: “Will you please stand … [Wait until everyone is standing] and join me in a toast … to the Queen”.
  • The phrase “to the Queen” is repeated by everyone, and everyone drinks.

After the toast, say: “Please be seated”, and sit down.


1-3 minutes in length.