Toastmasters of Nanaimo and the Upper Vancouver Island
The 1st Club in Nanaimo was the Malaspina Toastmasters Club 738
who meet on April 12th, 1949. The original Area 3
was formed at
the 1951 District 21 Annual General Meeting in Nanaimo. Herb Glover of Club 738 became the
District Educational Chancellor; and rose from Lieutenant
Governor to District Governor by the 1953-1954
Nanaimo was well represented on the District Executive in the early
years of Area 3. N. Leslie Corfield
(1955-1957), DG; Ralph
D. MacColl (1957-1960), DG; and Tom C. Cosgrove (1959-1960),
Secretary/Treasurer. The District Annual General Meeting was again held
in Nanaimo on April 18, 1959.
was the Speakers Contest Winner in 1962, his speech was
Sizzle not the Steak", this his speech at Region
One. Frank went on to become Nanaimo's most famous Toastmaster;
he was Club President 1958-1959. He becoming Mayor
from 1968 to 1984, and 1987 to 1990,
and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nanaimo from 1969
He claimed that if it had not been for Toastmasters he would never have
sold any Real Estate or become a politician. In 1968
the world famous Nanaimo Bath Tub Race, in which tubs from all around
came to compete.
In 1974 another well know Nanaimo Toastmaster started
to service the District, Rudy LaBonte
DTM became the Senior Lieutenant Governor at the May Annual
General Meeting in Nanaimo. The following year he
became the District Governor, the 4th one from Nanaimo. He was awarded
the District 21 first Presidential's Citation in August 1983.
1984 was the 35th Anniversary of Malaspina Toastmasters Club,
celebration took place at the Tally-Ho Town & Country Inn on
Saturday the 19th of May. The Club President R. Harvey Drdul
CTM presented the meeting with the Rudy LaBonte Memorial Award to the
District, to be given by District 21 to the club that achieves the
greatest gain in the Club Management Plan, compared to their previous
year's points. Shirley LaBonte
dedicated the trophy to District 21 Governor Bob Larmour ATM.
Harvey Drdul received the
District 21 Outstanding Toastmaster award for the year 1980-81.
Twenty years later Lindy Edgett
DTM received the same award for 2000-01. Other
notable awards in 1994 Harvey Drdul was awarded
the Clair Ferris Award.
1995 brought the Pacific Rim Toastmasters into being, a
little history is contained in the following letter..
TOASTMASTERS CLUB 2898 (Tofino – Ucluelet)
Pacific Rim Toastmasters Club was born in 1995 and we chose
the name of the former Club that had once been in operation in our
communities. We serve the communities
surrounding Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We
hold meetings in
both towns and as dreadful as it may seem, we have to drive right by
and beautiful Long Beach, on our way
through the Pacific Rim
to get to our meetings in
the other town.
Visitors say the “roller coaster” ride over Sutton Pass
to get to our towns is daunting at night but the roads are constantly
updated and so the journey is comparatively smooth for those who drive
care and caution. We do ask visitors to
the speed limit and kindly pull off to the side to let others pass, or
wildlife. Be patient, you will arrive in
about 1.5 hours from Port
and the trip will be well worth while.
We have a very ambient group of members and although we have
a fairly small club, the meetings are fun and vibrant.
We always have a good laugh or two and
usually go home feeling better than we did when we walked out of our
schedules to attend our Toastmasters meeting.
We still have one active Charter member and boast being the
home club of 3 past Area Governors; and one current Division G Governor.
Submitted by, Maureen McKinnon, ATMS/CL, V.P. Education
All of Vancouver Island used to be in Division A, but in 1999
the Division was split in two, with Greater Victoria Area
upto the Malhat remaining as Division A and the rest of the Island
becoming Division G.
As of the end of September 2007 there are 22
clubs in Division G, from Duncan in the south to Port Hardy in the
Pictures at the left is the 2004- 2005 Executive of the
Mid Island Advanced Toastmasters Club in Nanaimo;L-R is Shirley Maxwell (1991-1992 District
Governor), Margaret Newman,
Ernie Karjala, Marty Weideman (sitting in centre), Eileen Miller, Lindy Edgett (200-2001
District Public Relations Officer), and Jeannette Vadnais.
Francoise Baroux IPDG accepted
the International Presidents Citation Award for Harvey Drdul DTM at the
International Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in August 2007,
whih Harvey will receive at the Harrison Hot Springs
Conference (Nov 2-4) from the 2007-2008
International President Chris Ford (a Canadian from Ottawa). One of the
he was nominated to receive the Presidents Citation award, was
that Harvey has been coaching, mentoring and
sponsoring toastmasters from Day One.
The following people
have contributed to the history: Harvey Drdul, Lindy Edgett and
Maureen McKinnon (c) Copyrighted Material 2007.
Information on this DVD
contains (c) Copyrighted Material of
Toastmasters International Inc. and it's Districts and Clubs; Brian
Dodd; and 3001 by Zarcom System Inc., 2007-2008