The newsletter of the Telecommunicators Toastmasters Club
Club 2158 District 42 Division D Area 28
Issue 1: The Past – November, 2009
Telegram Wins Award for D42 Conference Highlights
D42 Newsletter of the Year
Congratulations to Jay Atienza, editor of
The Telegram for the 2008/09
Toastmasters year. For the third time in five
years, The Telegram has won District 42
Newsletter of the Year.
Atienza served as editor for the Telegram for
2008/09, producing three issues while
serving as Public Relations Officer for the
Karen Tober (second from right, pictured with last
club. The issues featured Toastmasters year’s D42 District Executive) accepts the District 42
news, member profiles and upcoming Newsletter of the Year on behalf of Jay Atienza of
events, combined in a colorful layout. Telecommunicators Toastmasters.
But it’s more than that. It’s the personal
touch that really makes The Telegram a hit.
There are articles on members, entertaining
articles like the Toastmasters horoscope,
highlights on Toastmasters activities and
finally, the fun that the members have at the
Jay Atienza has served as a longtime
member of Telecommunicators, having
served as President and achieved Advanced
Communicator Gold. Jay’s wife, Aurora, is
a member of the Dawn Breakers
Toastmasters. Immediate Past Area D28 Governor Vivian Lee (Left),
pictured with (L to R) Karen Tober, Rhys Davies and
Congratulations, Jay, on this outstanding Jim Guloien, holding up the hardware from the Fall
achievement in District 42! Conference. Well done, team!
Inside The Telegram
Jim Guloien: Triple Crown: Total Package
Toastmaster Telecommunicators Excel Toastmasters: A Contest
Rewards at Division Contest! for All Members
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Editor’s Note: Page 2 Toastmasters Rewards: Pages 3/4
What’s My Reward: Page 6 Announcements: Page 8
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Rhys Davies, DTM
It is a pleasure to serve as editor of The its members. As a five-year member of
Telegram in 2009/10. With the this club, I have seen the growth in
excellence that past editors have many of the members.
displayed, I’ll have a lot to live up to.
The Telegram has won four Division and The most important thing I want to
three District awards for newsletter for highlight about the Telecommunicators
the past five years. Club is the warm and friendly
atmosphere to be found at every
Having won newsletter awards in the meeting. In my past five years as
past, I look forward to a new challenge editor, I have made many great friends.
with The Telegram.
This year a lot of great things have
This year, I’ve focused on past, present happened in the club. Jay Atienza won
and future formats for the newsletter as the District 42 award for best
a means of reinventing our look. This newsletter. Karen Tober won the
means different variations on the Division D award for Toastmaster of the
layouts. I thought about these formats year. Finally, Jim Guloien, our longest
with the changes that have taken place serving Toastmaster, achieved
with the Toastmasters organization and Distinguished Toastmaster.
technology, as well as our city.
I look forward to seeing more great
However, I’ll also focus on the things things this year. With next spring’s
that have made The Telegram a great District Convention coming to
newsletter. That means putting the Edmonton, it will be another great
members first and focusing on the opportunity for our members to grow as
things that interest you the readers. Toastmasters. In the meantime, I look
forward to showcasing you the
I also think that the Telecommunicators members.
Club has a strong reputation of building
Gateway to the Future: District 42 Spring Convention
April 30, May 1 and 2, 2010, Edmonton, Alberta
Next spring, Edmonton will be hosting the Spring Convention at the Radisson Hotel at 4440
Gateway Boulevard. This convention will include Keynote Speaker Chris Molineux, District Officer
elections and the International Speech Contest. This is an opportunity to meet Toastmasters from
across Alberta and Saskatchewan, and grow as members. If you register before November 30, 2009,
the cost is only $200. For more details, please visit the convention website.
Publisher: Myra Abstreiter Contributors:
Editor: Rhys Davies Vic Juorio
email@example.com Jim Guloien
Proofreaders: Karen Tober, Craig Trent Kowalczuk
Loewen Vivian Lee (pictures)
Next Issue: January, 2010
Credits: Page One, Telegram Masthead. Hotel MacDonald, 1939, courtesy of Edmonton Archives.
Page Eight: Artist’s Sketch, Better Transit for Edmonton, 1964, courtesy D. L. MacDonald.
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Toastmasters Rewards: Endless
By Jim Guloien
Submitted June, 2009
June is a very busy time for (4) either sponsored or mentored a new
Toastmasters. It is the end the club or coached an ailing club back to
Toastmaster year, which means many health.
Toastmasters the world over are busily
completing their speeches to submit for Having the Forward Thinkers reach
credit towards a designation. Distinguished status completes the
Toastmasters International World fourth and only outstanding
Headquarters is inundated with award requirement for me, so I will soon be
submissions and is busily calculating applying for the Advanced Leader Silver
final Distinguished Club Plan (DCP) award, the highest designation on the
points which determine whether a club leadership education stream. Having
has made Distinguished, Select achieved the top designation on the
Distinguished, or President’s communication stream, the Advanced
Distinguished status. Toastmaster Gold (now called the
Advanced Communicator Gold) a couple
I too am looking forward to the end of of years ago, I am now also eligible for
this Toastmasters year, for the Forward the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
Thinkers Club, the club that I was award, the highest designation within
assigned to be a coach for some 18 Toastmasters. For me this is the
months ago, will be making its DCP culmination of a 21-year journey. But
submission. When I joined the club it you know, although the award is
had eight registered members, but only important to me, what I really wanted to
two members who attended regularly. talk about is some of the many rewards
In six months we managed to get the one receives through the Toastmasters
membership up to 10 regularly program.
attending members, but this was only a
net growth of two members, so last Let’s look again at each of the
June we did not qualify for DCP status requirements of the Advanced Leader
(you must have at least 20 members or Silver.
a net growth of five members). Within
the last couple of weeks, we signed our F1RST, you need to have achieved both
15th member (net growth of five!) and your Competent Communicator and
achieved enough DCP points to reach Competent Leader designations. That
the highest DCP status: President’s means you have mastered the basics of
Distinguished! Achieving DCP status speech presentation and are competent
this year was important, for in each of the club meeting duties. This
Toastmasters International only gives a is capped off by presenting two
club coach two years to get the club to programs from the Successful Club
Distinguished status in order for their Series and the Leadership Excellence
work to be considered successful and Series. You also have served as a club
count towards an Advanced Leader officer for at least six months, and have
Silver designation. attended Club Officer training. This is a
highly important role, for it is the club
To achieve the Advanced Leader Silver executive that ultimately determines the
designation one has to: success of the club. Having served in
every Club Officer role at one time or
(1) have an Advanced Leader Bronze or another in my 21 years with
the Old CL designation; Toastmasters, I can certify that there
(2) have served as a District Officer; are no small roles on the Club
(3) have completed the High Executive. You are all a part of a team,
Performance Leadership program, and working together for the betterment of
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the club. Certainly there is no more month project. To be honest, it seemed
noble an undertaking at the club level. overwhelming to begin with, yet through
Your reward is not only a strong and a lot of effort, together we were able to
healthy club, but this is a great training pull off a fantastic Convention which I
ground for working as part of a team think had the best education
and leading a team of volunteers. You component of any Convention in recent
will learn leadership skills here that you history. I worked on two teams, my
can apply when working within the own Education Committee which I
business environment and within your chaired, and an overseeing Convention
community. Committee of which I was a member.
Working on both teams was truly a
The 2ECOND requirement is to serve a positive experience, and thanks to my
complete term (one TM year) as a guidance committee I learned what
District Officer, such as an Area elements worked well and what
Governor, Division Governor, District elements could be improved upon. I
Governor, District PR Officer, etc. I learned a tremendous amount about
chose to serve as an Area Governor, leadership as a result. But also, there
which I found so rewarding that I served is the reward of knowing that we put
in this role three times. An Area together a very professional Convention
Governor manages the four to six clubs that Toastmasters of District 42 enjoyed
in his/her Area by providing and hopefully learned a lot from.
information, assistance, and
encouragement to the clubs. Just as The 4OURTH requirement of the
there are individuals at different stages Advanced Leader Silver is to either
in their development within the sponsor / mentor a new club or coach
Toastmasters programs, clubs are also a troubled club back to success.
at varying degrees of Toastmasters Initially I tried to sponsor a new club by
maturity. New clubs often require helping form a club for the Alberta
guidance and support. Established Motor Association (AMA).
clubs can be a great resource to the new Unfortunately after nine months of
clubs, but can also learn from the new effort, we still hadn’t reached the 20
clubs. The magic of the Area Governor members we needed to charter and with
role is to get the communication flowing only 300 employees at the south side
between the clubs in the Area so that branch to draw upon (no external
they can help each other strengthen Toastmasters were permitted by the
their respective clubs. So really it’s AMA), we eventually realized that we
about helping clubs to become stronger, were not going to succeed. Despite the
which in turn helps them to better serve failure in chartering a new club, it was
their members in achieving their a rewarding experience. Through this
communication and leadership experience we were able to expose new
potential. How cool is that? people to the Toastmasters program and
over nine months I witnessed some
The TH3RD requirement is to complete fantastic progress in their public
the High Performance Leadership speaking skills. Many of those who
(HPL) program. In my mind HPL is the attended went on to join other
best leadership education program Toastmaster clubs and so would
Toastmasters has to offer. With the continue to develop their
HPL, you manage a team to accomplish communication skills. Bringing people
a project that you have selected to work into the Toastmasters organization and
on. The HPL program guides you witnessing the benefit they receive from
through the process. With the help of a the program is its own reward. I then
guidance committee, you carefully plan went on to coach the Forward Thinkers
out and review your project. I had been Club, which was very near closing its
asked to head the Education Committee doors. I would like to claim that I did
for the 2008 District 42 Spring great things to bring this club back to
Convention, so I chose this as my HPL health, but really it has been very easy.
project. It was a highly rewarding 10- Basically, all that was needed was to
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keep the doors open, to meet regularly, Tober has witnessed, it has upon young
provide relief for the small group of lives, not to mention the growth I have
committed members who were burning seen in Karen herself over the past year
themselves out, and to do some (skilled editor for Prairie Horizons
advertising to bring new members in the Newsletter, Youth Leadership presenter
door. Growth in the club has been a and Team Leader of the Northern
long time coming, some 18 months, but Alberta Youth Leadership Program - you
highly rewarding. As I think of the go, girl!). I could go on and on about
number of individuals who have the many rewards of Toastmasters, so
benefited from being a perhaps I will simply end with this… In
Telecommunicator over the past 21 this time of awards in the Toastmasters
years, and I see that the Forward program, give some thought to some of
Thinkers club has the same potential the intangible benefits you and others
for improving people’s lives, I realize have received as a result of the
that this is a reward in itself. program. Think of the time you served
on the Club Executive, helped out at a
So I could go on and tell you about club event such as a contest or a BBQ,
many more rewarding experiences with or even when you provided an
Toastmasters. I could tell you about my evaluation to someone who really
training presentations at the appreciated the feedback. I think you
Toastmasters Leadership Institute. Or I will agree with me that the rewards of
could tell you about Youth Leadership Toastmasters are endless.
and the tremendous impact, as Karen
Triple Crown: Telecommunicators Excel at
Division D Contest
Jim Guloien achieves 2nd Place, Karen Tober, Jay Atienza win “Of the Year” Awards
The Division D Contest was a showcase (2) Karen Tober had a stellar year in
for members of members of 2008/09, serving as Editor for
Telecommunicators. The contest was District 42’s Prairie Horizons
held on the morning of Saturday newsletter, and kicking off her
October 24, and the Telecommunicators campaign for Youth Leadership,
Club was well-represented. which she is currently serving as co-
ordinator in the Edmonton area.
(1) Jim Guloien continued his run with Her efforts were rewarded with
the Humorous Speech Contest, Division D Toastmaster of the
citing his musings with service at Year.
technical support call centres. Jim
ordered his timing lights from (3) Finally, Jay Atienza continued the
Toastmasters International, tradition of excellence with The
complete with a lengthy manual. Telegram newsletter, winning the
When he found the lights defective, fourth Division D newsletter award
his calls to customer service took in five years. Jay subsequently won
him on a wild goose chase. Jim’s the District 42 Newsletter award.
presentation wowed the audience of
60 Toastmasters, good for second Congratulations to Jim, Karen and Jay
place in Division D. Well done, Jim. on their outstanding achievements.
Get Ready to Surf With Toastmasters!
Toastmasters offers a lot of websites of interest to members. Check them out:
Edmonton/Northern Alberta: http://edmontontm.wordpress.com
District 42: www.d42tm.org (Check out the new look)
Toastmasters International: www.toastmasters.org
Members Website: www.toastmasters.org/members
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What’s My Reward?
By Vic Juorio
When I think of Toastmasters the first worthwhile and the experience is
thing that comes to mind is the word priceless.
rewards. While an award is something
given or received in return for service or Volunteering on the executive in the
merit, a reward is a deeper, longer capacity of VP Membership, VP
lasting gain derived from the service. Education and President has taught me
valuable leadership skills. There are
My life as a Toastmaster has been fairly many challenges involved in motivating
short – only spanning three years, an organization built completely on the
however, I can already see that the volunteer work of its members. We have
rewards from Toastmasters will last a many committed members who are
lifetime. Over these three years I have willing to help out above and beyond
transformed from a quiet individual into the call of duty – it is all part of the
a confident person capable of speaking journey of a Toastmaster. When we
publicly and providing leadership. begin the journey, we need guidance
and nurturing. As we mature, we are
The rewards of Toastmasters don’t able to give back to the members. My
always come in the form of trophies, but favourite part is watching new members
are based on growth and personal grow and flourish. The greatest reward
development. A member since February as an executive is watching new
2006, I have discovered that members prosper. A side-effect of this is
membership does have its privileges. I’m learning leadership and management
not talking about American Express; I’m skills. Greg Gazin, The Gadget Guy
talking about the Telecommunicators (and D42 LGET), often compares the
Toastmasters club. skills we learn in Toastmasters to a
Masters in Business Administration.
Thanks to the supportive environment For those members who have yet to
and the help of all the members who are venture onto the executive team, I
there for the same reasons, I have been strongly encourage you to get involved.
able to develop my speaking and These rewards are waiting to be seized.
leadership skills. The voice inside of
me is coming out and the world is While you might not think so, what you
hearing who I am. The greatest reward learn in Toastmasters often carries over
that Toastmasters has offered me, in into your personal life. The art of
one word, is confidence. Of course you communication is a skill you can
get out of Toastmasters what you put practise with anyone. Whether you’re at
into it. Simply put, it takes work to work, having a BBQ with friends or
develop public speaking skills. If you having dinner with family, there are
aren’t able to make the time always opportunities. Seize these
commitment, your journey will be moments as they are just waiting to be
longer. Regardless of how long it takes plucked. You’ll never know where things
you, what’s important is that you make will take you until you try them out.
the journey and grow. The rewards are Toastmasters. What rewards will it
bring to you?
Congratulations to Jim Guloien on Achieving DTM!
Jim Guloien, an original charter member of the Telecommunicators, has reached the summit. Jim
has achieved his Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation! DTM is the highest educational
award offered by Toastmasters, awarded upon completion of Communication and Leadership Track
requirements. Jim tells his experience about the Leadership Track on page three.
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Total Package Toastmasters
By Trent Kowalczuk
Are you the "Total Package"? If so, participating in the contest who is
Telecommunicators Toastmasters Club trying to complete a role will be given
2158 is looking for you! priority over another club member who
has already completed that role during
Our club has just launched an the contest timeframe.
EXCITING, NEW CONTEST where you
can win fabulous prizes, improve your 6. Once a club member has
speaking skills, and help your club volunteered to Toastmaster a meeting,
achieve milestones. that member will be contacted to fill or
change roles for that meeting.
All participants will receive a prize, with
your level of involvement determining 7. In the event that more than one
the size of that prize, and you really do member completes all of the roles at the
not have to do anything other than same meeting, the member who has
show off your credentials for being the served as Toastmaster the most times
"Total Package Toastmaster". Here is a over the duration of the contest will be
quick overview of the rules. crowned as "The Total Package
Toastmaster." In the event that this
1. The winner will be the first does not break the tie, the member who
contestant to complete each of the has filled the speaker role the most
following club roles at a regularly times over the duration of the contest
scheduled Telecommunicators will be deemed the winner. Therefore,
Toastmasters meeting: Toastmaster, while you are waiting to serve in a role
Sergeant-at-Arms, Grammarian, Ah that you still require, you may find it
Counter, Timer/Jokemaster, General beneficial to fill an additional TM or
Evaluator, Table Topic Master, Table speaker role if there is an opening.
Topic Evaluator, Speaker, Speaker
Evaluator, and Leader Evaluator in any 8. A results board will be created and
order. posted at our meetings to allow
members to track their own progress
2. For a role to be eligible, it must be and keep an eye on the competition.
signed up for at least one week in
advance. This means by the end of our 9. All decisions delivered by the
Wednesday's meeting for the following 'Contest Chairman' (Trent Kowalczuk)
Wednesday. will be final and binding. (As this is a
first time contest, the contest chairman
3. Only one role can be filled per will work in collaboration with the club
meeting. If it is necessary to fill executive on reaching most decisions
multiple roles, you must select which and dealing with any conflicts that
one will be applied to the contest. might arise.)
4. If you are scheduled to be a speaker Feel free to ask any question of the
evaluator and the speaker cancels, you contest chairman or any member of the
will have to re-sign up for that role to club executive and we will be glad to
complete it. A role must be completed provide further details as issues
to qualify for the contest. surface.
5. Meeting roles will be filled on a first DON'T DELAY, SIGN UP TODAY!!!
come first served basis. A club member
Count yourself in: If you have a story or picture to contribute for the January 2010 issue of The
Telegram, please send it to Editor Rhys Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Announcements and Contact Information
Artist's conception of how a co-ordinated highway and rapid transit bridge might be built across
the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton (D. L. MacDonald, Better Transit for Edmonton).
Happy Holidays: The Telecommunicators will
be hosting their holiday celebration in
December. Stay tuned for further details.
A New Look for D42: District 42 has a new
layout for the website. Visit www.d42tm.org
for all the latest information.
Around Town: Visit the Edmonton and
Northern Alberta Toastmasters blog at
information on events taking place in the
Way to Go Jay: Jay Atienza shows the District Congratulations: To the Telecommunicators
42 Newsletter of the Year award, after receiving Toastmasters executive for having all seven
it from last year’s Prairie Horizons editor, Karen club officers trained at Summer Club Officer
Tober. Well done, Jay! Training.
Club #2158, Area 28, Division D, District 42
Meets Wednesdays, 12:05 p.m. on the 30th Floor, TELUS House (South Tower), Edmonton, AB.
Telecommunicators Executive Beyond the Club (Your Leaders):
Myra Abstreiter, President Area 28 Governor: Norm Chenard
Jay Atienza, VP Education email@example.com
Leah Ho, VP Membership
Rhys Davies, VP Public Relations Division D Governor: Lilia Witzke
Erika Ewen, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Handa, Treasurer District 42 Governor: Tim Hubick
Alexandria Sassoon, Sergeant-at-Arms email@example.com
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