Open House Announcement

On Saturday, June 16th, professional speaker, author, and past Toastmasters International Director, Gary Mull, will be presenting “Be An Exceptional Presenter – 5 Key Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills”, at 2:30 pm, at Westfield Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe Street, OH. Gary is the author of “Set Your Sails For Success”, and co-author of “Speaking of Success” with authors including Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, and Jack Canfield.

In this one-hour presentation, Gary will share techniques to overcome nervousness, connect with any audience, use verbal and non-verbal communication skills, eliminate filler words and distractions, and achieve a commanding executive presence. Whether you give sales presentations, engineering briefings, executive summaries, or large group speeches, you will benefit from this valuable information.

This is also a unique opportunity to see how Toastmasters can help you develop better speaking, listening and leadership skills, sponsored by District 28 Toastmasters. There will be experienced Toastmaster members in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

Registration and social time will start at 2:00 pm, and presentation beginning promptly at 2:30 pm. Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. There is limited seating; RSVPs are appreciated.

For more information, please contact Heather Lane at 419-350-7510, or e-mail

TLIs – Summer 2012

The Toastmaster Leadership Institute (TLI) for Canada will be on Thursday, July 19, 2012. A make-up session will also be available in Dearborn on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

District 28 clubs with less than four officers trained average 2.8 DCP* points.
Clubs with more than four officers trained average 6.8 DCP* points.

This training is valuable, but District 28 gives you a great education and a meal on our dime.


Thursday, July 19, 2012
Union Gas Boardroom
555 Riverview Dr.
Chatham, ON, Canada, N7M 5M1 
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Dinner: 5:45pm
Opening Session: 6:15pm
Done by: 9:20pm



Wednesday, August 1, 2012
University of Michigan Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Dinner: 5:30pm
Opening Session: 6:00pm
Done by: 9:05pm

* The Distinguished Club Program is a measurement of club quality

Membership Contest: February and March 2012

From Guest to Member Contest

February thru March 30

This membership contest is designed to introduce more people to the benefits of becoming a Toastmaster, and encourage them to join your club. Everyone wins because the new member benefits by growing both personally and professionally, and the club grows in number and becomes healthier. Don’t forget your Open Houses.

Contest Details

Members Prize: Free ticket to the International Speech Contest on Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • Bring a guest to your meeting and have them join.
  • Your name is placed into a drawing for each of your guests who join
  • Your name can only be drawn once
  • There will be three winners for this contest.
  • Each club president or VP of membership must forward the names of their club members who brought in new members, to Susan Stillman at the address below by April 4, 2012.
Clubs Prize: Free Club Banner For every four new members added to a club during the contest period, with the exception of newly chartered clubs because they are continuing to add members, a club is eligible to have its name entered once in a drawing for a new club banner. For example, a club with 4 new members – 1 entry, 8 new members – 2 entries, etc. One winner only! Questions? Contact Susan Stillman, LGM at

Darren LaCroix to Visit District 28!


If you said Darren LaCroix, 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, you’d be right. You are cordially invited to attend an AWESOME District sponsored FREE Event! If you have never heard a World Champion Speaker, the time is NOW for you to take advantage of this great opportunity. The First 50 District 28 members to RSVP will have guaranteed food! Please RSVP by Monday, March 5 at 3:00 pm to It is important to RSVP so we know how much food we will need to order. Who: Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking. What: 2 of Darren’s programs offered for FREE in one special evening!!!!!! 1. Speak outside of Toastmasters for Fun, Profit and Club Building – from 6:00 – 7:15 pm 2. Learn How to Own the Stage from a World Champion Coach – from 7:35 – 8:50 pm When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 5:30 – 9:30 pm Where: University of Michigan in Dearborn 4901 Evergreen Road Social Sciences Building, Room 1500 Dearborn, Michigan Why: Because we value you! Take advantage of these types of opportunities for self-growth. You will also have an opportunity to purchase products from Darren–bring your checkbooks and/or credit cards! A special thank you goes out to District 10 Governor, Dave Wiley for offering to share Darren with us. Darren will be doing a special Humor 101 Event for District 10 on Thursday, March 8 in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Thank you also to District 62 Governor, Lisa Waalkes, for sharing this event and helping to make it a success.

Loss of a Toastmaster

One of our Toastmaster family members, Martin Lasser, passed away over the weekend.  He was a member of Rochester TM and Optimistic Orators, and a frequent speech contestant.  Further details concerning funeral arrangements will be communicated as they become available.