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The Newmarket Toastmasters Member Profile – Kimiko

Photo of TNT member Kimiko
How long have you been a member of the Club?
Four years.

What attracted you to joining The Newmarket Toastmasters?
Learning how to communicate better was my attraction to Toastmasters.

Do you find that attending and participating in the meetings benefits you in your profession? How?
The benefits to Toastmasters is feeling more comfortable with public speaking and speaking well. Attending and participating in the meetings really helps with this objective.

Would you encourage others to join Toastmasters and why?
Yes, I would encourage others to join. Toastmasters helps people learn to listen and speak well. It’s not only for people who do a lot of presentations or public speaking but it helps with everyday communication with family, friends and co-workers. Communication is very important in learning to work and live with others.

What was your favourite meeting to date?
My favourite meetings are when we have a full room and everyone has a chance to speak. It’s a great way to learn about our members.

If you could tell me one thing about TNT that you love, what would it be?
TNT is a group that is welcoming, friendly and a lot of fun. I really enjoy Table Topics® because it’s the best way to practice impromptu speaking.

Photo of Area 14 Table Topics cake

What is your favourite role in the weekly meetings and why?
Being the Toastmaster and Table Topics® Master is interesting for different reasons. Being the Toastmaster help you lead a meeting, keep everything on time and provide comments. The Table Topics® Master lets you be creative in designing the Table Topics® for the meeting.

Any other comments?
People should attend a meeting at lease once so that they can get an idea about Toastmasters is all about!


The Newmarket Toastmasters meets for one hour every Thursday 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Newmarket Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive. Bring a lunch and be a guest at our next meeting, we would love to see you!

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TNT Meeting Thursday Jan 12/17


The Newmarket Toastmasters Member Profile – Deanna


Deanna is a Charter member of The Newmarket Toastmasters

How long have you been a member of the Club?
4 years

What attracted you to joining The Newmarket Toastmasters?
The weekly lunchtime meetings provided an interactive learning experience, meeting new people and having fun! The supportive feedback, support and recognition from club members as you progress through Toastmasters’ program is also a benefit.

Do you find that attending and participating in the meetings
benefits you in your profession? How?

Yes, I believe that the meetings have enabled me to develop self-confidence and personal growth. Toastmasters has given me the confidence to pursue additional professional development opportunities. In the past four years I have completed my Adult Education and Staff training certificate, taught Special Event Management at Humber College and lead Junior Achievement school programs.

Why would you encourage others to join Toastmasters?
I like the fact that I can work on achieving goals at my own pace. This year I received my Competent Communication and Competent Leadership certificates. I am looking forward to working on my next level of speeches. I feel that this informal opportunity is a fun way to learn and grow as an individual and as part of a group.

What was your favorite meeting to date?
I love the theme days and celebrations including Octoberfest, Mystery Murder, Tropical Day, and Carnival, Holiday themes as well as the open houses and contests.

What is your favourite joke or quote you have heard at TNT?
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends’ will leave footprints in your heart” Eleanor Roosevelt

If you could tell me one thing about TNT that you love
what would it be?

I love Table Topics. It allows everyone to be creative with and think quickly about their response. We have had a lot of fun with the weekly interactive activities.

What is your favourite role in the weekly meetings and why?
Toastmasters’ helps improve your ability to listen, speak and think more clearly. I like the Grammarian Role. You learn to avoid saying filler words including “um, ah, like and so” and instead pause in between words. I now find myself counting the number of filler words that other people use when they are speaking.

Do you have any other comments?
I have been amazed to see the transformation of many of our members who are now more comfortable and confident speaking in meetings. Several members have even gone onto regional speech competitions and have impressed audiences. I encourage others to attend a meeting to observe and learn about this opportunity that is available for all Town of Newmarket and municipal staff within York Region.


Deanna receiving her Competent Communicator award with the Executive Committee.


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Good Luck to Tania and Tammy as they compete at the Division Level!

TNT wishes Tania and Tammy all the best as they represent not only The Newmarket Toastmasters, but also Area 14 in Division M’s International Speech and Evaluation Contests!  Good luck ladies!

Division M International Speech & Evaluation Contest
Innisfil Community Church
1571 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, Ontario

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Registration & Briefings: 9:00 a.m.
Contest Starts at 9:30 a.m. SHARP

Register ahead of time on Eventbrite
Recovery Cost: $ 10.00 (contestants free)

Division M Spring Contest Flyer (magic)

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the time of year to set goals!

Whether for our own personal fulfillment or a work/professional goal, The Newmarket Toastmasters offers a Communication course that rivals courses at any College. The annual fee for The Newmarket Toastmasters is only $125.00 US the first year, and $100.00 US each year thereafter. Compare that to the cost of a College course! Less expensive does not mean less knowledge!

Toastmasters can help you accomplish a goal for your Personal development Process for 2016.

For example- If one of your objectives is to Learn Continuously and / or Communicates Effectively – Participating in the weekly Toastmasters meeting, you would have the opportunity to improve on skills like, organization of meetings, written and oral communication and impromptu speaking. Completing your Toastmasters manual shows your progress through the program.

All this, while having fun in a supportive environment.

“Toastmasters at Work” is a unique and proven program for developing your communication and leadership skills. It provides a positive and supportive atmosphere where you have the opportunity to find your voice while getting constructive feedback from other members as you practice organizing your thoughts and presenting them clearly.

As a member of The Newmarket Toastmasters I am very pleased that “Toastmasters at Work” was included in the 2016 Learning and Development Calendar.

The Newmarket Toastmasters would like to invite you to attend a meeting. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:00 pm, @ 395 Mulock Dr. – Cane A/B rooms

Do you suffer from Glossophobia-Fear of Public Speaking?

When thinking about Public Speaking, do these symptoms describe you?

  • Freeze in front of audience
  • Mouth so dry, you think you have walked endless miles in the desert
  • Knees shaking
  • Sweating profusely
  • Heart racing
  • Intense anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Avoiding speaking opportunities

The Newmarket Toastmasters can help you overcome your fear of public speaking. The Club provides many opportunities to practice your speaking skills, including Speech projects, Leadership projects, impromptu speaking and practice, practice, practice.

I invite you to participate in Toastmasters and experience the exciting opportunities available to you- to grow, learn and recreate yourself! Toastmasters’ is where individuals are empowered to become more effective communicators and leaders. It is the place to conquer your fears, expand your boundaries, and overcome the challenges you face in your life.

Guests are welcome at every meeting. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12 pm in Cane A/B, at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock).

Check out The Newmarket Toastmasters website –

• Teena, CL
TNT Member since 2012

TNT’S Calendar of Upcoming Events!

TNT Meeting Next Week – Thursday March 26th | Cane Room at 395 Mulock

Spring is a time for renewal – renew your commitment to TNT and your fellow members and join us on Thursday.
Fataneh will be our Toastmaster-of-the-Day and will be sharing with us celebrations of New Year (Norooz)! BE THERE.

Remember to RSVP whether or not you can attend. It’s nice, it’s polite, and it’s proper work-place etiquette.

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Division M International Speech and Evaluation Contest – Saturday March 28th | Newmarket Council Chambers


Division M – International Speech and Evaluation Contest
Date: March 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Council Chambers, Town of Newmarket – 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket, L3Y 4X7
Chair: Robert Laurin, Area 11 Governor

You are strongly encouraged to come out, wave the TNT flag and attend the Division M International Speech and Evaluation Contest. It’s an marvelous opportunity to listen to some truly inspirational speeches and watch skilled evaluators at work. Continental breakfast will be available.

If you wish to attend the Division M Contest, please let me know by next Tuesday and I will register you in advance. Cost recovery will be covered by TNT.

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District 86 Spring Conference 2015 – Friday April 24th to Sunday April 26th | Richmond Hill, ON

“Cultivating a sense of adventure allows us to engage in our daily lives with a sense of resiliency, curiosity, and willingness to take risks. Welcoming surprises teaches us to become more adept at connecting with others, and to live with a deep sense of purpose. Learning to embrace life’s surprises with curiosity, grace and risk gives life more meaning and serves our larger goals. The focus of this conference will be learning to live and lead with the outlook that life is A SURPRISING ADVENTURE!”

As an extension to having Toastmasters at Work to help develop your communication and leadership skills on a weekly basis, the District 86 Spring Conference is an incredible opportunity for attending focused workshops, key note speeches and the D86 International Speech and Evaluation Contests. Winners of these contests continue on to the Toastmasters International Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

There are a few registration options available. Choose from:
• Full Conference – $349
• Option 1: Friday & Saturday – $219
• Option 2: Saturday & Sunday – $219
• Option 3: Evaluation Contest only – $50
• Option 4: International Speech Contest only – $50
Click on the link for more info:

Need help requesting training and development funding from your manager? Contact me and together we will come up with a business case to attend, even in part, this excellent leadership and communications conference.

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TNT Executive Elections – June 2015

My time as President of TNT is soon coming to a close. As a member you are tasked with voting for your Executive team for 2015-16. Start thinking with which Executive position you’d like to challenge yourself. I have found my time as Prez extremely rewarding and an excellent learning experience. Stay tuned for more information.

Remember – outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens!

Have a great weekend!
Tania :o)
TNT President 2014-15