Deepak Gulati - President

Responsibilities of the club President

As the person who sets the tone for the club, you are expected to provide helpful, supportive leadership for all of the club’s activities and be the first to assume responsibility for the progress and welfare of the club.

You motivate, make peace and facilitate as required. Though you must occasionally step in and make a difficult decision, rarely do so without consulting club members and other club officers. Strive to show respect for all members, even when you do not agree with them, and provide leadership for all.

 
 
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James Ahola - Vice President - Education

I joined Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills and take me to the next level and become a professional speaker. I am a sales manager for optical wholesale company. Toastmasters has definitely helped me in my ability to create speeches and produce a better quality of speech. I have become much more comfortable and effective with impromptu speaking.

Interesting Facts: Happily married for over 25 years with 3 wonderful children, proud owner of “the best dog ever”. Loves the world of sales.

Responsibilities of the Vice President - Education

As vice president education, you schedule members’ speeches, verify the completion of projects and serve as a resource for questions about the education program, speech contests and your club mentor program. You are an important source of Toastmasters knowledge for club members and it is your job to become familiar with all aspects of the Toastmasters education program.

 
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Paresh Chavda - Vice President - Membership

I visited Toastmasters from a friend's recommendation to improve my public speaking skill, and what I have found is that Toastmasters is one the best platforms that allows me to work on my public speaking and leadership skills which helps me in my day to day work life and in family life. The environment is great and amazing people are always ready to help.

Responsibilities of the Vice President - Membership

You promote the club and manage the process of bringing in guests and transforming them into members.

By initiating contact with guests, helping them feel welcome and providing them with the information they need to join, you help maintain a constant influx of new people into your club. You also attentively monitor membership levels and strategize with the rest of the executive committee about how to overcome membership challenges when they occur.

 
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Chad Large - Vice President - Public Relations

I am a software architect with a medical school. I build websites and applications. Outside of software I make durable goods from leather, wood and durable textiles. I have been happily married for over 15 years and have a strong willed daughter. I joined Toastmasters to improve my speaking and leadership skills and in a short time it has already shown improvement in other areas of my life.

Interesting Facts: I have a third degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate and teach karate and tai chi regularly.

Responsibilities of the Vice President - Public Relations

You promote the club to the local community and notify the media about the club’s existence and the benefits it provides. You promote the club, update web content and safeguard the Toastmasters brand identity. It’s your job to notify the media whenever your club does something newsworthy.

As vice president public relations, you’ll find yourself writing news releases, creating and distributing fliers and maintaining the club’s presence on the web and in the community.

 
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Alex Balaj - Secretary

I joined Brampton SpeakEasy Toastmasters in mid-March and I officially became a member by early April. Like most new members, I wanted to practice giving presentations so I could get over my nervousness. I also figured that public-speaking or even solid communication skills would be a valuable skill in most professions and social environments. Every time I participate in a meeting, whether that's through a role or as a speaker, my confidence boosts a little and I think my nervousness diminishes by a couple of notches. It's true what they say: "you get out what you put in".


Besides developing presentation skills, I think one of the most useful benefits of Toastmasters meetings is the opportunity to observe great speakers present their speeches. Not only can they be inspiring, but they also double as demonstrations of how to effectively connect with an audience.


One surprising aspect of Toastmasters (that I didn't expect when I first heard about it) is how involved the meetings are. Everyone speaks (even for only a minute) and everyone gives and receives feedback. Although the meeting structure is professional, the atmosphere is collaborative.

As the Secretary, I record the meeting minutes. If you have any questions about what happened during a previous meeting, ask me!

Responsibilities of the Secretary

You maintain all club records, manage club files, handle club correspondence and take the minutes at each club and executive committee meeting. You are also in charge of updating and distributing a roster of the current paid membership and keeping the club officer list current for Toastmasters International.

Though some clubs combine the secretary role with the treasurer, it’s best to have a dedicated secretary who can help reduce the workload of the treasurer and occasionally assist the vice president education as well.

Order supplies for the club as needed.

 
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Cyril Kopitin - Treasurer

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

You are the club’s accountant. You manage the club’s bank account, writing checks as approved by the executive committee and depositing membership dues payments and other club revenues. You are also in charge of submitting membership dues payments to World Headquarters (accompanied by the names of renewing members), filing necessary tax documents and keeping timely, accurate, up-to-date financial records for the club.

Though the treasurer’s duties are usually not the most demanding of all the club leadership positions, the consequences for members can be serious when they’re not completed accurately and on time.

 

John Ma - Sergeant at Arms

Responsibilities of the Sergeant at Arms

You keep track of the club’s physical property, such as the banner, lectern, timing device and other meeting materials. You arrive early to prepare the meeting place for members and stay late to stow all of the club’s equipment. You are also in charge of the meeting place itself, obtaining a new space when necessary and maintaining contact with the people who allow you to use the space for your club meetings.

The sergeant at arms also has a role to play during business meetings, speech contests and other special club events. For example, the sergeant at arms escorts potential new members outside of the club’s meeting place while the members vote on admitting them to the club. The sergeant at arms stands at the door while contestants compete in speech contests to ensure that the speaker is not interrupted by latecomers.

 
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David Lozowsky - Immediate Past President

I have been a member of Speakeasy since its inception in 2010. I joined Toastmasters to ameliorate my skills as a used car salesman and stand apart from others with an improved vocabulary. I’ve learned to establish rapport quickly and close more deals as a result of my club experience. My Thursday nights are dedicated to attendance at my home club where I get to see my Toastmasters family

The Immediate Past President provides guidance and serves as a resource to club officers and members. In addition to chair of the nominating committee for the new executive, he also promotes the club's efforts to become a Distinguished Club.