District 64 honours individual members each year for their service to members, clubs and the District. These awards are presented annually and the nomination deadline is in April annually, with the exception of the Toastmaster of the Year with a nomination deadline of June 30th annually.

  1. Allan Shaw Memorial Award - mentoring
  2. Eric Stuhlmueller Memorial Award - District leadership
  3. George Craigie Memorial Award - club-level work
  4. Jack Gillespie Builder's Award - membership and club building
  5. Les Staats Award - dedication to Toastmasters
  6. KW Pin - 10 years+ continuous membership in multiple clubs
  7. Toastmaster of the Year - outstanding service and participation

Allan Shaw Memorial Award

This award for mentoring recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to and an excellence in mentoring fellow Toastmasters. The award committee is comprised of the President of Allan's home club (Skyliners #831) and the 6 Division Governors. It is presented annually at the Spring Convention and is based on the following criteria:

  1. The individual's diligent work to provide and support the orientation of new members through the explanation of meeting roles and other fundamentals of the Toastmasters program.
  2. The individual's assistance and encouragement to new members in the development of their first few manual speeches.
  3. The individual's demonstrated efforts to encourage new members to serve on club committees, seek club officer positions during elections, or participate in other leadership activities within the club.
  4. The individual's support and inspiration of new members to participate in the many opportunities that exist beyond club borders within the Toastmasters organization.
  5. The individual's ongoing commitment to providing the support and encouragement to the activities, pursuits and challenges of his/her fellow Toastmasters that best symbolizes the work of Allan Shaw.

Recipient List

2015 - 2016 Liz Jonasson
2014 - 2015 Irene Toews
2013 - 2014 Debb Solvason
2012 - 2013 Dallas Bagby
2011 - 2012 Hilda Vandenbyllaardt
2010 - 2011 Brian Stimpson
2009 - 2010 Sharon Golin
2008 - 2009 Beverly Wood
2007 - 2008 Eveline Beriault
2006 - 2007 Norma Spence
2005 - 2006 Thecla Athayde
2004 - 2005 Diane Boulay
2003 - 2004 Tannis Gordon
2002 - 2003 Bev Doern
2001 - 2002 Don Eppler
2000 - 2001 Richard McCallum
1999 - 2000 Rudi Peters
1998 - 1999 Elaine Stewart
1997 - 1998 Jules Legal

Eric Stuhlmueller Memorial Award

This award was established by District 64 Toastmasters to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, dedicated and inspirational leadership at the District level over many years. The award is presented annually at the Spring Convention and is based on the following criteria:

  1. The individual's continuous membership in good standing in the Toastmasters organization.
  2. The individual's demonstrated effectiveness as a public speaker and communicator at Toastmasters events.
  3. The individual's commitment to develop and encourage other Toastmasters to strive to become leaders.
  4. The individual's attainment or working toward the Distinguished Toastmaster Designation.
  5. The individual's commitment and dedication to the highest ideals and principles of the Toastmasters organization.
  6. The individual's inspiration of others to carry out Eric Stuhlmueller's theme as International President to "Belong, Participate and Succeed".

Recipient List

2015 - 2016 Catriona Younger
2014 - 2015 Scott Winning
2013 - 2014 Heidi McIlwain
2012 - 2013 Rachel Elders
2011 - 2012 Dorian Guerard
2010 - 2011 James Tepper
2009 - 2010 Dallas Bagby
2008 - 2009 Marian Kremers
2007 - 2008 Donald Willcox
2006 - 2007 Joanne McDowall
2005 - 2006 Harry Hobbs
2004 - 2005 Bev Phillips
2003 - 2004 Robert McDowall
2002 - 2003 Bill Gordon
2001 - 2002 Ken Perrett
2000 - 2001 Val Brown
1999 - 2000 Sherri Wood
1998 - 1999 Mel Nott
1997 - 1998 Bert Angus
1996 - 1997 Don Dunand
1995 - 1996 Richard McCallum
1994 - 1995 Al Shaw
1993 - 1994 Barbara Main
1992 - 1993 Joe Masi
1991 - 1992 Gordon McIlroy & Arnold Michelson
1990 - 1991 Shelley Walker
1989 - 1990 Wayne Sweeney
1988 - 1989 Jack Gillespie
1987 - 1988 Fred Bieber

George Craigie Memorial Award

Recognizing members who don't normally enjoy recognition, but whose contributions have focused on their home club, through the encouragement of membership growth and retention, while continuing to contribute to the District wherever possible. The award is presented annually at the Spring Convention and is based on the following criteria:

  1. The individual's efforts to encourage and/or sponsor new members in his or her own club.
  2. The individual's regular attendance and participation in club meetings.
  3. The individual's participation in club programs such as Speechcraft and Youth Leadership which fosters healthy membership growth, participation in the Success/Leadership modules which encourages member retention through opportunities to learn.
  4. The individual's long-standing service to his or her home club.

Recipient List

2015 - 2016 Ardythe Basham
2014 - 2015 Tara Pearce
2013 - 2014 Carol Runions
2012 - 2013 Tatyana Chshyolkova
2011 - 2012 Gerald Allen
2010 - 2011 Ivy Fraser
2009 - 2010 Mary Jambor
2008 - 2009 Liz Jonasson
2007 - 2008 Joan Gordon
2006 - 2007 Gerald Dyck
2005 - 2006 Alfred Kerperin
2004 - 2005 Mary McKee
2003 - 2004 Lucille Mahon
2002 - 2003 Del Duffield
2001 - 2002 Rob Duncan
2000 - 2001 Don Schau
1999 - 2000 Arnold Mikelson
1998 - 1999 Fred Stock
1997 - 1998 Don Fontaine
1996 - 1997 Don Eppler
1995 - 1996 Jules Legal
1994 - 1995 Donna Sillery
1993 - 1994 Pat McFadzean
1992 - 1993 Les Staats
1991 - 1992 Jennet Pidgeon

Jack Gillespie Builder's Award

The establishment of the Jack Gillespie Builder's Award was announced at the District Council meeting held on November 11, 2000, following a recommendation of the Past District Governor's Circle. Jack Gillespie served as District 64 Governor in 1982-83 and International President in 1992-93. Jack is still quite actively involved in his clubs and district.

The Jack Gillespie Builder's Award will recognize an individual member in District 64 who excels at membership and/or club building. The award will be presented annually to a Toastmaster who best meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  1. Participation as a new club sponsor or mentor; or club specialist for a club with nine or fewer members;
  2. Sponsoring 5 new members (as reported to WHQ);
  3. Opportunities to sponsor/mentor a club or gain new members may be more of a challenge in some rural clubs, so members in rural areas will be eligible to compete for the award if the member sponsors 3 new members; and has a net growth of 5 new members in their home club.

Recipient List

2015 - 2016 Ryan Sturgeon
2014 - 2015 Bonnie Taylor
2013 - 2014 Hilda Vandenbyllaardt
2012 - 2013 Tannis Gordon and Laurette Greenlay
2011 - 2012 Sherri Wood
2010 - 2011 John Sigurdson
2009 - 2010 Mary McKee
2008 - 2009 Ralph & Barb Bell
2007 - 2008 Lionel & Dorian Guerard
2006 - 2007 Dianne Boulay
2005 - 2006 Dallas Bagby
2004 - 2005 Nestor Krawec
2003 - 2004 Lucille Michaud-Kariam
2002 - 2003 Delilah Buchart
2001 - 2002 Kenora Club
2000 - 2001 Maria Kaskiw

Les Staats Award for Dedication to Toastmasters

The Les Staats Award for Dedication to Toastmasters is an award instigated in 2009 by the Winnipeg Toastmasters Club in recognition of the excellent example of Toastmasters skills in action. The Les Staats Award will be presented to any member of the Toastmasters Organization who exhibits the following attributes:

  1. Has shown a long-term commitment to Toastmasters by attending meetings regularly and fulfilling various club roles as assigned.
  2. Shows a desire to complete communication manuals, by preparing speeches to move forward with educational goals.
  3. Shows an enthusiasm about speaking, and a commitment to personal growth. Presents at meetings with professionalism and respect.
  4. Is dedicated to the club. Shows commitment by remaining a member.
  5. Offers guidance to new members.
  6. Understands the importance of training events and District events and attends these functions.
  7. Shows guests and newcomers an attitude of hospitality.
  8. Willing to take risks and stretch him/herself to a new level.
  9. Demonstrates the impact of Toastmasters on his/her life, outside of the club.
  10. Embodies the core values of Toastmasters: integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member and respect for the individual.

Download the Les Staats Award nomination form (PDF)

Recipient List

2014 - 2015 Nancy Klienman
2013 - 2014 Sharon Golin
2012 - 2013 Mary McKee
2011 - 2012 John Hindle
2010 - 2011 Emma Frost
2009 - 2010 Alfed Kerperin
2008 - 2009 John Melnick

KW Pin Award

The KW Pin award recognizes members who have 10 or more years of continuous membership in more than one club.

Download the KW Pin Award application form (PDF)

Toastmaster of the Year

This award is presented at the Fall Conference and recognizes a member with outstanding contributions to their club and District as well as participation in the educational programs of Toastmasters. Annual deadline is June 30th.

Download the Toastmaster of the Year nomination form (PDF)

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Membership Building Contests!

1. Talk Up Toastmasters
Program Dates: February 1 – March 31
Toastmasters love to connect, so take advantage of it. The "Talk Up Toastmasters" membership Building Contest is the opportunity to encourage your members to invite guests to a special meeting where prospective members can learn about Toastmasters' many benefits. Then add five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31, and you’ll receive a special "Talk up Toastmasters" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members with a join date between February 1 and March 31 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than March 31. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count towards “Talk Up Toastmasters” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Winning clubs should allow up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.

2. Early Membership Renewals
Dates: February 15 - March 25
All Clubs that renew their membership early (Feb 15- Mar 25) will be eligible for Prize draws: We will draw 3 Club names for a prize of $50 each

3. Retention and Membership Growth
Clubs that retain 90% of their membership, grow their membership by 5 or reach 20 members will have their names drawn for $150 or a club banner

4. Distinguished Area and Division
First Division Director with a Distinguished Division will receive a Toastmaster Briefcase; 2 Area directors to that get their Areas to be Distinguished first will receive a Briefcase

5. Buddy Club
All Buddy Club visits completed will receive a Buddy Club Ribbon. When you have completed your visit send your report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Beat the Clock

"Beat the Clock" is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—on time and with record numbers!  Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 receive a "Beat the Clock" ribbon to display on the club’s banner. Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than June 30. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Beat the Clock” credit.

Quick Tip

1. RE-Member! Invite all former members to visit your club one more time this year! Hold an Open House, special awards meeting, special speaker meeting or a "We Miss You!" meeting. Make it a special occasion (project from the CL Manual). Hold more than one special meeting if you have more members wanting to complete a project from the CL Manual.


2. To build your membership host a “Bring a Friend” day to share the benefits of Toastmasters with a co-worker or friend. Toastmasters is one of the most economical and efficient training programs in the world. Members learn at their own pace in a safe and supportive environment. Why not consider sharing the benefits with your friends and co-workers?

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The following members of District 64 have been recognized as Area Director of the Year (called Area Governor of the Year up to 2014-15)

Year Presented    
1979 Larry Washen  
1980 Sue Peckover  
1981 Dianna Derksen  
1982 Linda Briggs  
1983 Eugene Schneider  
1984 Jim Fethers  
1985 Liz Wyness  
1986 Pat Lawrence Rudi Peters
1987 Randy Penner  
1988 Ken Whatman Shelley Morris
1989    
1990 Judy Single Bob Hunter
1991 Darlene O’Brian  
1992 Edith Weger  
1993 Marg Larcombe April Neave
1994 Joanne Bunney David Young
1995 Lynne Quaye Val Brown
1996 Sherri Wood Penny Symons
1997 Jean-Marie Webb Lillian Rummery
1998 Lucy Cummings Harland Bell
1999 Manuelita Mejos Patrick Furkalo
2000 Bev Richardson Oddny Craner
2001 Dianne Boulay Harry Hobbs
2002 Carol Runions Elaine Stewart
2003 Donalda Walker Murray Smith
2004 Donna Davidson Delilah Buchart
2005 Andrew Tunny Edward Alexander
2006 Ken Hartz Raymond MacIsaac
2007 Jane Moxam  
2008 Roger Woloshyn Bill Daciw
2009 David Woodcock LeRae Rigney
2010 Dawn Kelley Wallace Greenlay
2011 Dorian Kent Ingrid Piper
2012 Raymond Dyck Sajid Khan
2013 Flora Schalla Monica Zurrin
2014 John Sigurdson Kay Shewfelt-Boyd
2015 Meaghan Buchanan Laurette Greenlay
2016 Nathan Peto Ingrid Reid
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