For the Sheer Joy of It

Written by Michael Worsfold

Michael Worsfold - Toastmasters - Sheer Joy of ItMost people join Toastmasters to gain confidence and skill in speaking. Maybe they’ve got some speaking event coming up or a project they want to lead. Some join for the community.

Confidence and skill are usually the focus at first. Then something magical happens. People keep coming for the fun of it. For the sheer joyfulness of the experience. They love
speaking and encouraging others to grow.

It’s fitness in that way. At first, the exercise is hard. It’s painful. But you do it because you are motivated by the end result. Then you reach a point where it’s fun. You need it. You love it.

Sometimes people discover a part of themselves they didn’t know was there. Like being a
storyteller or a comedian. I discovered that I could write poetry and songs. I sometimes sing my songs as stories…as my speech assignments.

That’s a lesson I learned early. Use Toastmasters to further your personal goals.

Soon you’ll be coming to the meetings for the sheer joy of it!

The New Retirement Project

Contributed by Michael Worsfold

When I joined Toastmasters in 2014, I was a retired management consultant, still doing coaching, mostly with business people. My motivation for joining was to expand my local community and grow my ability to speak about my coaching work in public. I used my speeches to clarify my thinking and practice communicating parts of what I was doing. I also learned to get out of my comfort zone by doing humorous speeches and learning to tell stories.

I never expected that five years later Toastmasters would be the incubator for a new venture I call The New Retirement Project.

The New Retirement Project and the New Retirement blog are about exploring new perspectives and new strategies for well-being in retirement; finding order, meaning, purpose and adventure.

Read more about the project in an eight-part series beginning here. 

District 96? Division H? What Does That Mean?

Agenda_May3_MyKindOfTown_Elections“Welcome to MorningSTARS Toastmasters Club 1248 of Area 73, Division H, District 96, Region 1 of Toastmasters International.”

The above is the welcome and intro for many meeting chairs and it appears across the top of our agendas. But what does it mean?

Here is the breakdown:

Club 1248
1248 is the number assigned to our club when the organization was chartered through Toastmasters International. Club 1248 is located in . . .

Club 1248 is located in . . .

Area 73
Toastmasters clubs are grouped into AREAS consisting of 4 to 6 clubs max. Area 73 encompasses the three (soon to be 4) clubs on the lower Sunshine Coast: Morningstars, Sunshine, Beachcombers and Coastmasters (soon!).

Area 73 is part of

Division H
AREAS are organized into DIVISIONS. There are four areas in Division H (69, 72, 72 & 76). Division H includes the Sunshine Coast, Squamish, Whistler and North Vancouver.

Division H is grouped into . . .

District 96
DIVISIONS are grouped together to form DISTRICTS.  There are 9 Divisions (B, D, H, J, L, M, N, S & T) in District 96, and there are two Districts in BC (96 & 21).

District 96 is in . . .

Region 1
DISTRICTS are organized into groups called REGIONS, the largest administrative grouping. There are seven districts in Region 1 (2, 9, 15, 21, 26, & 96) which stretches from “Nebraska to Alaska.”


Region 1 of District 96 of Toastmasters International