New Beginnings 2021

New Beginnings 2021

As Toastmasters International starts a new chapter for the year 2021-2022, in our club meeting on July 14th, 2021, Glen Abbey Toastmasters shared their plans in their Toastmasters’ journey.

We are all looking forward to this new year with a commitment to doing something new and interesting.

Happy New Toastmasters Year to you all!

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?

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!

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
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!

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!

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.

2017 – 25th Anniversary Charter Party

Glen Abbey Toastmasters is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary – 1992-2017

Join us for a celebration dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Tavolo Restaurant in Oakville. 

Dinner will include:

Complimentary Cocktail
Antipasti – Mixed Greens Salad OR Caesar Salad OR Soup
Entrée – Chicken Supreme OR Tagliatelle Bolognese OR Margherita Pizza
Coffee OR Tea
Celebration Dessert

Tickets are available at all Glen Abbey Toastmasters meetings or by emailing info@glenabbeytoastmasters.org 

To current and past members – we’d love to have you join us to commemorate 25 years of learning, speaking, leadership, and great friendships.

GATM Workshop: The Art Of Effective Evaluation

The Art of Effective Evaluation is a workshop designed to help Toastmasters develop the knowledge, motivation, and skills you need to become more effective evaluators.

  • Don’t understand all the parts of an evaluation?  This workshop willl help.
  • Don’t understand how to evaluate to motivate?  This workshop will help.
  • Uncomfortable about giving an evaluation?  This workshop will help.

Over two hours, we will work through these objectives:

  • Recognize the purpose and value of effective speech evaluation
  • Discover ways we can improve our evaluations skills- individually, professionally and with Toastmasters
  • Understand how effective evaluations help everyone – the speaker, the evaluator, the audience, and the club

Presenter

  • Reema Duggal, DTM

2015 Holiday Meeting – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

December2015 Toastmasters

Glen Abbey Toastmasters will be hosting their annual Holiday meeting again this year – Chaired by Toastmaster Tony Corrie.  This year, we’re going to be doing a spin on the popular tV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway” – the ultimate impromptu speaking event.  If you’re not familiar with the program – check out these videos on YouTube

Halloween 2015

HappyHalloween District86

We held out annual Halloween themed meeting – Monster’s Ball – on October 28, 2015.  Everyone got into the spirit wearing their orange, black, purple, and masks. As always, it was lots of fun with spooky tales, haunting music, candy – and of course great speeches from great Toastmasters!.

2015 – 23rd Anniversary Charter Party

Save the Date! Wednesday June 24, 2015

Hibachi Seafood and Steakhouse Restaurant at 105 Cross Street is the venue for the Glen Abbey Toastmasters 23rd Charter Party. The formalities start at 7.00 sharp (so aim to be there for 6.45!) and it promises to be a fun filled evening full of laughter, great food and great company. What will be getting up to I hear you ask? Plenty. Our current President will be welcoming everyone to the Party at the start of a packed evening. We will have the chance to welcome and pay tribute to Presidents from prior years, and have entertainment based on the night’s theme, which is Summer Fun.

We will be acknowledging those who achieved education awards this year and helped maintain Glen Abbey’s distinguished club status. We will have fantastic entertianment and a prize raffle based on the summer theme and award the Toastmaster of The Year prize for the Toastmaster who has contributed most to the huge success Glen Abbey Toastmasters has enjoyed this year.

The order of events is as follows:

7:00pm – Welcome Toastmasters and Guests – Jocelyn Millar

7:10pm – Toast –Reema Duggal

7:15pm – Education Awards –Norkys Crespo/Chris Roode

7:25pm – Acknowledgement of Outgoing Executive – Srini Kesavan

7:35pm – Introduction of Incoming Executive – Chris Roode

7:45pm – Toastmaster of the year – Presented by Srini Kesavan

7:50 – Dinner

8:45pm – Games & Entertainment – Srini Kesavan, Marika Carter

9:10pm – Summer Fun Raffle – Jocelyn Millar, Paul Dubal

9:15 – Music & Mingle

A spectacular dinner will be followed by a sumptuous dessert and tea so bring your appetite! Don’t worry you can work off those calories on the dance floor after the formal proceedings have finished. 

Get Your Tickets Today

Tickets are available from Marika Carter and Atilla Coban at the next few meetings. Remember to give your food order when you purchase tickets. Members are only $25 and non-members $30, which represents great value, so bring your partners and friends. The more the merrier! See you there!

2014 – 22nd Anniversary Charter Party

We had a fabulous 22nd Anniversary Charter Party at O’Finns Irish Temper in Oakville

The theme for the night was Great Celebrations in celebration of another great Toastmasters year. We welcomed Presidents from prior years, and had a toast and table topics based on the night’s theme.

We acknowledged those who achieved education awards this year and helped maintain Glen Abbey’s distinguished club status. We had a guest speaker and awarded the Toastmaster of The Year prize for the Toastmaster who has contributed most to the huge success Glen Abbey Toastmasters has enjoyed this year.

A spectacular dinner was followed by a special celebration cake so bring your appetite! And then we worked off those calories on the dance floor afterwards.

2012 – 20th Anniversary Charter Party

On June 23, 2012, Glen Abbey Toastmasters held its 20th Anniversary Charter Party – and what a party it was!  We were happy to see so many current and past members (including 13 of Glen Abbey Toastmasters Past Presidents) join us to celebrate 20 years of successful toastmastering.

We had some great toasts, entertaining and humorous table topics, a warm hearted speech on being a Toastmaster, and then lots of dancing!  From Billie Jean to Jai Ho to the Chicken Dance – we did it all.  Our annual celebration was held at the Quality Suites Hotel in Oakville, and the food was outstanding including a selection of Chicken, Salmon or Roast Beef.  Wine was supplied by Glen Abbey Toastmasters.

The 20th Anniversary Charter Party was a great opportunity for current members to connect with past members and to learn about the history of our club.  A video presentation was prepared by Phyllis Inward which also provided great insite into our club history and successes. Our annual Charter party has become our way of celebrating our progress, our speakers, and our belief in Toastmasters. See the video here.

We hope to see you next year in June 2013.