This Wall of Fame showcases those members of our District who have been recognized by Toastmasters International, as well as those who have been recognized by our own District 99 (and 42 prior to 2016). The following notations outline the ‘Pride’ of our District, those who have made significant contributions to the District, and those who have demonstrated excellence in many of the cornerstones of Communication and Leadership.
A Brief History
The first Toastmasters club established in what is now District 42 was the Wascana Club #577 in Regina in March 1948. Following that, Twin Rivers Club #667 was chartered in Calgary in December 1948. Several years went by before the Saskatoon Club #450 was founded in March 1952.
Edmonton launched its first club, Northern Lights Club #489, in March 1953. Soon after that new clubs began to sprout, such as, Prince Albert Club #1318 in October 1953 and Camrose Club #1432 in December 1953.
At that time, the above mentioned clubs were all under the jurisdiction of District 20, the North Dakota and Manitoba area. At a conference held in Moorehead, Minnesota on April 25, 1953, a resolution was adopted to divide the District in two – one in Canada, the other in the United States. This was subsequently ratified at the International Convention, on July 1, 1954.
George R. Tatlock of Winnipeg became the first District Governor of then District 42. The District at that time consisted of 17 clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Club growth continued. On July 1, 1959, the District was divided again, with District 64 being created to encompass Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. A. Ernie Pallister, of Calgary, was elected the first District Governor District 42, consisting of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Bow Valley Club #1494, “Y” Club #2478, Chinook Club #1448, Foothills Club #3078 and Plains Club #3144, were added to the roster of prestigious clubs.
From this nucleus, District 42 grew to over 300 clubs, consisting of nearly 4,200 members. District 42 was proud to be recognized throughout the world for its energy, enthusiasm and excellence.
In 2015 it was determined that District 42 should again be reorganized into two district to allow for a more efficient and manageable size. The split was formalized at the Spring 2016 Convention in Red Deer, Alberta and on July 1, 2016, District 99 was created encompassing the Central and Northern portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Our shared history with District 42 remains a source of pride and those individuals that helped build our previous District are now also honoured on our District 99 Wall of Fame.
Past District Governors
|District 42 – prior to 2016|
|1954-55 George Tatlock||1955-56 Elwood Gorrie|
|1956-57 Byron (Barnet) Jones||1957-58 George Cameron|
|1958-59 Berk McGibbon||1959-60 A. Ernie Pallister|
|1960-61 Roy V. Maber||1961-62 Cec J. Primeau|
|1962-63 Peter Podmaroff||1963-64 Steven Varro|
|1964-65 Robert D. Kerr||1965-66 Bruce Godwin ATM|
|1966-67 Al B. Ripley||1967-68 Harold C. Bickel ATM|
|1968-69 Ron M. Chapman DTM||1969-70 Harry G. Shuttleworth DTM|
|1970-71 Eugene Thompson DTM||1971-72 Al Fahlman DTM|
|1972-73 Robert L.Jones ATM||1973-74 Fred G. Lawson DTM*|
|1974-75 John Koyko DTM||1975-76 Russ A. Holmberg DTM|
|1976-77 Jim Thompson ATM*||1977-78 Neil Wilkinson DTM*|
|1978-79 Al Munroe DTM*||1979-80 Peter Kossowan DTM**|
|1980-81 Irene B. Murray DTM||1981-82 Rick Sydor DTM*|
|1982-83 Everett W. Ritson DTM**||1983-84 W. Peter Francis DTM*|
|1984-85 Ken Tanner DTM***||1985-86 Helgi Goodman DTM**|
|1986-87 Melodye Kunnas ATM***||1987-88 Carol Blair DTM*|
|1988-89 Majeed Mustapha DTM*||1989-90 Clif Skrypnyk DTM|
|1990-91 Elizabeth Pasieka DTM**||1991-92 David Fulton DTM*|
|1992-93 Dona Wheaton DTM||1993-94 Flo Mawson DTM*|
|1994-95 Buffy da Silva, DTM||1995-96 Larry Andrews, DTM|
|1995-96 Larry Andrews, DTM||1996-97 Tim Lambert, ATM|
|1997-98 Brad Korbo, DTM*||1998-99 Danie Hardie, DTM|
|1999-2000 Linda Hawk, DTM||2000-01 Karen Egge, DTM*|
|2001-02 Drew Kirk, DTM||2002-03 Jacquie Schnider, DTM|
|2003-04 Barry Matthews, DTM||2004-05 Mavis Oberding, DTM|
|2005-06 Troy Wruck, DTM||2006-07 Mona Cooley, DTM*|
|2007-08 Larry Verbitsky, DTM||2008-09 Joan McAulay, DTM*|
|2009-10 Tim Hubick, DTM||2010-11 Greg Gazin, DTM|
|2011-12 Chuck Leblanc, DTM*|| 2012-13 Chuck Leblanc, DTM**
(Don Francis, DTM, July-Sept)
|2013-14 Keith Lee, DTM**||2014-15 Doris Henn, DTM*|
|2015-16 Marg Faryna, DTM|
| Past District 99 Directors
After District Reformation (2016)
Toastmasters International Recognition status achieved
* Distinguished District
** Select Distinguished District
*** President’s Distinguished District
International Officers from District 42
|Don Paape DTM|
|1969-70 Third Vice President||1970-71 Second Vice President|
|1971-72 Senior Vice President||1972-73 International President|
|1973-74 Past International President|
|Neil Wilkinson DTM|
|1990-91 Third Vice-President||1991-92 Second Vice-President|
|1992-93 Senior Vice-President||1993-94 International President|
|1994-95 Past International President|
International Directors from District 42
|1964-66 A Ernie Pallister||1978-80 Neil Wilkinson DTM|
|1986-88 Ken Tanner DTM||1990-92 Carol Blair DTM|
|1994-96 Dona Wheaton DTM||2000-02 Danie Hardie, DTM|
|2002-04 Linda Hawk, DTM||2010-12 Jacquie Schnider, DTM|