Mary Heary Invitational Tall Tales Speech Contest - 2013


Fellow Toastmasters......

  • Have you ever been squeezed by an orange so that the orange could enjoy a fresh glass of people juice?
  • Have you ever hung upside down in your closet to know what it feels like to be a bat?
  • Have you ever been walking down the street only to be abducted by aliens?

If you have answered yes to any or all of the above, tell us about it.

Glen Abbey Toastmasters is pleased to be holding the Mary Heary Tall Tales contest on April 24, 2013. It’s all about the tallest tale you have. Why bore people with facts when you can tell the story we really want to hear.

There is still time to volunteer for a speech, or a role as a judge or timekeeper. Come one, come all and tell us about the most extraordinary event you have ever encountered.

To volunteer for a role, please contact Neeta Sharma and I will add you to my list.Thanks but now I have to go so that I can prepare for a dance competition with my hedgehog.

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2013 International Speech and Evaluation Contest

Congratulations Tony and Neeta!

UPDATE - March 5, 2013 -Our very own Club members Neeta Sharma and Tony Corrie competed at the Area 52 International Speech and Evaluation Contest on Monday March 4th.  Congratulations to Tony for placing 2nd in the International Speech Contest and to Neeta for placing 3rd in the Evaluation Contest out of all the speakers from the Toastmasters Clubs in the Oakville area.  Way to go Glen Abbey!!!

Congratulations to all the participants and winners of the Glen Abbey Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation Contest held on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.  Thanks for everyone's participation in helping put this contest together, including:  contest chairs, judges, timers, counters, sergeant at arms, greeters and guests.

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2013 United Nations Dinner Meeting

Our club has such a diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, we thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about those cultures and to celebrate the diversity we enjoy here at GATM.

Members came dressed as leaders, representatives, and characters of their country of choice (many in national dress) and provided a 2 minute informational greeting from their country. 

Dinner was excellent, and after dinner we had an impromptu visit from Bonnie Prince Charlie - bringing greetings from his mother - the Queen.  We also heard speeches re Canada's commitment (or lack of) to the Kyoto accord, the International Year of Quinoa, and the International Year of Water Co-operation.

Looking forward to next year's UN Dinner.


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2012 Christmas Cheer Meeting


Time for a little festive cheer as we get ready for the holidays.  We're having a fun potluck meeting with a special fun theme called Can It Go In The Box?

When:  Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:  in our regular meeting room at Sheridan College.

What Is Can It Go In The Box?

Have you ever seen or experienced something that ticks you off or annoys you just a little? Like people who talk loudly on the Go Train, or men who wear socks with sandals, or sports personalities that always use the same clichés, or Madonna, or people who say "like" and "totally", or Sudbury because ....... well it's Sudbury.  Have we got a game for you!

How Does It Work?

At our Christmas Cheer Meeting, every Toastmaster is asked to speak about at least 2 'THINGS' (people, places, articles, anything) for 2 minutes.  Your goal is to convince the rest of the members that your ‘THING’ absolutely should go in the box and disappear from this earth forever.  You'll need to use humour, exaggeration and drama to convince the crowd.

Host for the game - Tony Corrie, will help with his comments and questions.  Once your justification has been presented, fellow toastmasters may ask questions too - so be ready to think on your feet.  Once the questions are done, there will be a vote taken as to whether your ‘THING’  goes in the box or not.

Now, maybe your ‘THING’ gets voted into the box or not - this is meant to be lighthearted fun - just like those crazy motions you hear during the business sessions.  But of course there will be token prizes and bragging rights for best "In The Box Persuaders".

Where Did This Idea Come From?

The concept is based on a British TV show call Room 101, and if you are interested - go check out how the pros do it.

And About The Potluck....

The potluck sign up sheet will be passed around at the November 28 and December 5 meetings so you can bring your favourite foods to share (savoury appetizers, healthy greens or sweets).

Please remember, we have extended the hours for this meeting from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. We will have three regularly scheduled speeches / evaluations on this day. We will not have a point of view, education speech, table topics, or business session. And we will likely go to the pub afterwards.


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2012 Open House - Nov 14


We would love to have you join us at our 2012 Open House.  Over 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries benefit from the Toastmasters program. 

So come check us out.  Here are a few things that you might like to know before you come:


Let us know you're coming.

Email us at to let us know your coming - or just drop in.


Got questions? 

Use the same email - - and give us your phone number.  We'll phone you back within 24 hours, usually sooner.



Get full directions - meeting location, map, and parking. We look forward to seeing you!

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Area Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests

Glen Abbey Toastmasters hosted the Area 52 Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

What a great night we had! Almost 50 Toastmasters from around Oakville came out to cheer on the contestants from Oakville area Toastmasters clubs including:  First Oakville, Glen Abbey, Mighty Oaks, and Trafalgar.  Next up for the winners, the Division Contest

Thanks to all the contestants and particpants who helped make this a great contest.

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