June 17, 2016

Directions to the GYTM Potluck Picnic


Every summer, Goodyear Toastmasters hosts a potluck picnic at the Etobicoke Yacht Club. Here is all of the information you need to get there, plus what you should bring.

On Humber Bay Park Road W, travel to the club situated near the end of the road. You will pass the Mimico Yacht club on your right. Don't go into this one. Continue on the road until you get to the main gates of the Etobicoke Yacht club. It will be on your right also.

If the gate is closed, buzz the attendant with the intercom. Indicate you are there for Dave Danbrook's party.

When you enter the gate, parking is on immediately on your left. The BBQ area is to the left of the club house building.

If the parking area is full, you can also park in the area in front of the main gate.

Note that the picnic will go as planned rain or shine. There is a large covered area in case it is raining.

Notes about the potluck:

a. Bring a sweater or a jacket for later in the evening as it sometimes gets chilly along the water.
b. Family, pets are more than welcome. There is a small play structure for kids at the picnic area
c. Wine/Beer is allowed.
d. Start time is 6:30. Please arrive early around 6:00 if you are bringing BBQ items.
e. Washrooms are located in the clubhouse near to the picnic area.
f. Picnic runs rain or shine.
g. If you bug Dave enough, he will show you his Boat.
h. Guests are welcome - please bring a potluck item as well.

In case you need further directions, here is the link on how to get there directly from the Etobicoke Yacht Club's website.



June 5, 2015

GYTM Annual Potluck Picnic of 2015

GYTM Annual Potluck Picnic of 2015
Attention Goodyear Toastmasters!

The annual potluck picnic of 2015 is approaching and scheduled for June 11, 2015, hosted at the Etobicoke Yacht Club.

For help and directions getting there please check out this link.



Notes about the potluck:

a. Bring a sweater or a jacket for later in the evening as it sometimes gets chilly along the water.
b. Family, pets are more than welcome. There is a small play structure for kids at the picnic area
c. Wine/Beer is allowed.
d. Start time is 6:30. Please arrive early around 6:00 if you are bringing BBQ items.
e. Washrooms are located in the clubhouse near to the picnic area.
f. Picnic runs rain or shine.
g. If you bug Dave enough, he will show you his Boat.
h. Gulzar will take a group photo after dinner.

GYTM Annual Potluck Picnic of 2015

On Humber Bay Park Road W, travel to the club situated near the end of the road. You will pass the Mimico Yacht club on your right. Don't go into this one.

Continue on the road until you get to the main gates of the Etobicoke Yacht club. It will be on your right also.

If the gate is closed, buzz the attendant with the intercom. Indicate you are there for Dave Danbrook's party.

When you enter the gate, parking is on immediately on your left. The BBQ area is to the left of the club house building.

If the parking area is full, you can also park in the area in front of the main gate.

Note that the picnic will go as planned rain or shine. There is a large covered area in case it is raining.

This picnic is always a lot of fun. There will be photo opportunities, speeches from our outgoing and incoming president, plus lots of good food and drinks.

Come check out and enjoy the GYTM annual potluck picnic of 2015.

November 25, 2014

How to Use the FreeToastHost File Manager

The FreeToastHost File Manager for Toastmasters websites can be a little bit confusing the first time you use it, so here are some easy step-by-step instructions on how to upload and manage your files. If you have any confusion, please leave a comment below and we will do our best to help you.

Please note, this guide is written by Goodyear Toastmasters, a local club in Toronto. We did not design the FreeToastHost system or have any affiliation with it, other than being users ourselves.

1. Login to the website as a site admin.


If you do not have your club's login information, you will need to obtain it from your club's webmaster. Once you are logged in, enter the 'File Manager,' located within the drop down menu at the top.

How to Use the FreeToastHost File Manager

2. Upload your files.


Press the "Select File to Upload" button and choose whichever files you want to add to the club website.

3. Organize your uploaded files with folders.

How to Use the FreeToastHost File Manager

This is not straightforward, so here's how folders work on FreeToastHost. Folders are created via the uploaded file name. Whatever comes before the colon will become the folder. Take for example, the following:

a) Guest Kit: Welcome Letter
b) Guest Kit Welcome Letter

In the above, version (a) will be placed in a folder called 'Guest Kit.' The file name will simply be 'Welcome Letter.' In version (b), you will create a file called 'Guest Kit Welcome Letter' that is not contained within a folder.

Do you want to have multiple files within the same folder? Then give them the same name before the colon.

4. Make your uploads public or private.

How to Use the FreeToastHost File Manager
Public means that anyone who visits your FreeToastHost website can download the file. Private means you need to be logged in as a member to download. Public downloads can be accessed via the main menu on your club website and private downloads are accessed under a separate link on the "Members Only" menu.

To choose whether you want your upload to be public or private, simply click the lock icon to toggle it as one or the other. It's that easy.

We hope all of this helps. As mentioned at the beginning, please let us know if you have any questions.

If you looking to join a great Toronto Toastmasters club, then come check out Goodyear Toastmasters, located on the west end of the city near Mississauga.

- Jonathan Holowka

July 7, 2013

TOASTMASTERS YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM



Posted by Leila Bates, GYTM Sponsored Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Coordinator and Facilitator; Fall 2012, Spring 2013.





Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. - Toastmasters International
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Youth Leadership Program
Purpose of the Youth Leadership
The Youth Leadership Participants
The Youth Leadership Sponsors
How Youth Leadership Works
How to Start a Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program is an 8 week program designed for youth to develop the skills they require to give presentations within school and the community.  
The program develops is designed for youth between the ages of 10 - 17 years old.  It is through the Youth Leadership Program that the youth are able to develop confidence to speak in front of their peers, they develop social relationship skills, debate skills, impromptu speaking skills, how to relate and communicate with others within a team atmosphere, and many skills that each person needs to communicate effectively in today's world.

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Think of the successful leaders you know.

They probably have one trait in common – the ability to communicate effectively. Kids need the Youth Leadership program so they can grow to meet the challenges of adulthood and leadership successfully. Sponsored and conducted by Toastmasters International and its local clubs, Youth Leadership helps young people build their communication and leadership skills so they may become tomorrow's leaders in business, industry and the community.

GYTMs Youth Leaders at Graduation Day; Spring 2013 (missing from the photo is Aidan, Ashley, Christopher and Arshad.)


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Purpose of the Program

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The program's unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it's a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills, and individual needs. Participants learn to:
  1. Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience.
  2. Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.
  3. Listen carefully to others' ideas.
  4. Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.
  5. Participate in - and even lead - group discussion or meetings.

    Participants increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun. Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience!


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    The Participants

    Each Youth Leadership program group is limited to 15 to 20 people, with a maximum of 25. That way, each person receives individual attention and has the opportunity to get practical experience. Participants for the program are selected by the sponsoring Toastmasters club or by a cooperating organization (such as their school). The program is not an award to honor those who already have become leaders. It’s designed for the  much larger group who are still working on communication skills. Participants are selected for what they can become, not for what they already have done. Often teenagers want the course as a supplement to their high school education, or to prepare for college.

    GYTM YLP Spring 2013 -Youth Leaders photo above: (from left to right): Arshad (bottom left), Aistis, Sophia, Hanaan, Aanchal, Ashley (middle left), Aidan, Christopher, Joris, David, Daniel, Yoan, Jordan, Alisha

    The Youth chose their own program motto: " The Speakers of  The Future."

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    How it Works

    The program is presented in eight sessions during or after school, or on weekends. Each session usually lasts one to two hours. Activities taking place in the sessions include the following:
    1. Evaluation of present speaking ability
    2. Discussion of chairmanship principles
    3. Presentation of speeches
    4. Impromptu talks
    5. Group evaluation
    6. Discussion of speech organization
    7. Discussion and practice in listening
    8. Discussion of gestures in speaking
    9. Discussion of voice and vocabulary
    10. Exercise in chairmanship
    There is usually no cost to participants for tuition or materials. The materials used in the program are produced by Toastmasters International and are provided by the sponsoring Toastmasters club, which orders them from Toastmasters World Headquarters for a small fee.

    Generally, meetings follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting. There is an announced agenda and participants learn and practice parliamentary procedure during each meeting. Lecturing is minimal, but discussion is held during each session. Participants, working from a handbook, select officers who preside over the meetings. The remaining class members are assigned other duties on a rotating basis, so everyone is actively involved. Participants also deliver short impromptu and prepared speeches. In every meeting, participants learn to apply the principles of listening, thinking and speaking.


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    How to Start a Program

    Youth Leadership may be conducted for scout troops, 4-H clubs, church youth groups and many other organizations, and for young people in the community. However, all programs must be presented by a Toastmasters club, following the guidelines in the Youth Leadership Coordinator's Guide(Item 802). Clubs may order coordinator's guides and Youth Leadership Participant’s Notebooks (Item 805) from World Headquarters.
    Clubs conduct the program on a voluntary basis. Find a nearby club that may want to conduct a program for your organization.
    If you need to order materials, contact the Member Services Department at 949-858-8255 or visit the online store.
    Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Continuing Education

    *** Contact Leila Bates, GYTM Youth Leadership Program Coordinator (2012, 2013)  at Leila.Toastmasters@gmail.com


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    The Goodyear Toastmasters Sponsored Youth Leadership Program Activists

    Fall 2012 
    Leila Bates: YLP Coordinator & Facilitator
    Sharmila Sharma: YLP Assistant
    Salpy Kevrakian: YLP Assistant

    Spring 2013
    Leila Bates: YLP Coordinator & Facilitator
    Naomi Reid: YLP Assistant


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    The Goodyear Toastmasters Sponsored Youth Leadership Program Testimonial from a parent





    May 14, 2013

    New Club Projector: Epson EX5210

    Goodyear Toastmasters has recently purchased a brand new Epson EX5210 projector which can be used by any club member to assist them with their speech, lesson, viewpoint, debate or other presentation when using visual aids.

    epson-ex5210


    This incredible new projector has some great features which give it a competitive edge over the old one.
    • 1024 x 748 screen resolution.
    • An HDMI connection port for advanced technical presentations.
    • Easy to use plug & play setup requiring little to no preparation when hooking up to your laptop.
    • Built in LOUD speakers ensuring your audio presentations are heard throughout the room.
    • Can present with a USB stick only (no need to bring your laptop!)
      • The projector can ONLY play image files such as .jpg off of a USB stick. It will be unable to play your PowerPoint or video presentation unless you bring a laptop. To do a USB presentation ensure all of your slides are in .jpg format in a folder that is easy to access on your USB stick.
    • Two remotes which allow you to control your presentation from a distance.
    • A built in laser pointer on one of the remotes.

    To use the projector in your presentation please arrange with your Sergeant at Arms and meeting Chair and/or Toastmaster prior to the meeting.

    If you have any questions please leave them in a comment on this post and we will gladly answer them for you.