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.

Christmas Meeting 2020

Christmas Meeting 2020

Occasion and special events are always an opportunity for GATM members to be creative, have fun and celebrate our wonderful culture!

In our online 2020 Christmas party, we played “Would you rather …” questions and answers, danced, stretched together and talked about 2020 highlights in our lives and what we were looking forward to in 2021. 

Not only did we have fun before the Holidays, but also we learned more about each other.

This is how the GATM family celebrated Christmas and welcomed 2021!

Halloween Meeting 2020

Halloween Meeting 2020

We celebrated Halloween at GlenAbbey Toastmasters like never before!

Unlike other years that we had an in-person celebration for Halloween, we met online for this year. However, that did not stop us from wearing costumes and having fun.

We changed our names to scary ones and told terrifying stories! This was one of the most memorable halloween celebrations at GATM!

District 86 Membership Leadership Award

District 86 Membership Leadership Award

Glen Abbey Toastmasters won the Membership Leadership at the District level in 2019/2020!

The Membership Leadership Award is given to the club with the highest number of points in the Membership Leadership category – clubs who have successfully grown their membership base.

In 2019/2020,18 new members have joined our club despite the challenges that all the clubs because of the pandemic.

Congratulations to GlenAbbey Toastmasters and the 2019/2020 executive team!

Halloween 2019

Halloween 2019

We had our Halloween improv meeting on October 30, 2019! Everyone looked great in their costumes, and we had a lot of fun with the Improv.

Gift Baskets for Toastmasters

Gift Baskets for Toastmasters

Congratulations to the first place winner of the baskets: Bernardo Torres. Also congratulations to the other winners.

District Champion Roger Caesar visits Glen Abbey Toastmasters

District Champion Roger Caesar visits Glen Abbey Toastmasters

On May 8th, 2019, Glen Abbey Toastmasters had the pleasure of welcoming guest speaker Roger Caesar to our club. 

Roger Caesar is a 4-time District 86 Speech Champion, a 3-time international award winning speaker and a 3 time semi finalist at the World Championships of Public Speaking. He is also a motivational speaker who helps others to develop their speaking skills and maximize their greatness. In 2018, he was the recipient of the City of Brampton Volunteer Award for helping start up entrepreneurs.

Roger wowed our club with his inspirational message in a speech titled “Didn’t See it Coming!”. He talked about the personal struggles he has gone through, and how we all need to look past the “small picture” failures and focus on the “big picture” – what we truly want out of our lives – in order to keep pushing forward and succeeding.

Congratulations 2019/2020 Club Officers

President – Krista Rowan
VP Education – Rose Ford
VP Membership – Muraad Shah
VP Public Relations – Tamur Shah
Treasurer – Janet Newcombe
Secretary – Bahareh Tehrani
Sergeant At Arms – Zehra Raza
Past President – Gordon Vuong

2019 Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest

On April 24th, the club organised the Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest. It was a great chance for participants to use creative ways to add some fun and exaggerations to their stories.  We had three contestants and one winner!

– Krista Rowan
– Gordon Vuong
– Bahareh Tehrani

And the winner was: Krista Rowan

Krista will be competing against the best tall tale-tellers from Toastmasters clubs in the Oakville area. Congratulations Krista!



2018 Humorous Speech Contest


Glen Abbey will be hosting it’s Club Humorous Speech Contest on November 21st, 2018.

What is A Humorous Speech? 

Humorous Speeches are 5 to 7 minutes long.  They should be thematic in nature (having an opening, body, and close), contain original content, use clean humour, and not be a series of one liners. Vocal variety, gestures, and speech content all play a part in a successful humorous speech. They should be substantially original. Any quoted material must be identified during the presentation.

What is the Judging Criteria?

Content (55%) Delivery (30%) Language (15%)
Speech Development Voice Appropriateness
Effectiveness Manner Correctness
Speech Value    
Audience Response    


2018 International Speech & Evaluation Contests

Area 83 International Speech Contest & Evaluation Contest 2018 was held on February 21, 2018, and was hosted by our very own Glen Abbey Toastmasters Club. We are excited to announce that our members did very well in the contest. Congratulations Mikael Gatje who placed second in both the Evaluation and International contests, and Zehra Raza who placed third in the Evaluation contest. The Chair for the Evaluation was Sean Connor, who did a great job at running the contest and bringing energy to the evening.

Congratulations to all the winners, listed below.


1st Place: Esmy Jensen (Trafalgar Toastmasters)
2nd Place: Mikael Gatje (Glen Abbey Toastmasters)
3rd Place: Silke Lambert (Horizons Toastmasters)

Speaking Winners 2018


1st Place: Renata Noronha (Trafalgar Toastmasters)
2nd Place: Mikael Gatje (Glen Abbey Toastmasters)
3rd Place: Zehra Raza (Glen Abbey Toastmasters)

Evaluation Winners 2018