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2013-2014 District Executive

Welcome to Toastmasters District 72!

If you are not, as yet, a Toastmaster then let us tell you a little about the organisation. We focus on enabling people to become competent at communication and leadership through a self-paced, tried and true programme designed to ensure growth.

Today, membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs that make up the global network of meeting locations. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.

If you are a Toastmaster then welcome to the 2013/2014 "Remember the Member" Toastmasters year! On behalf of the leadership team we trust that you have set your goals and are looking forward to achieving them. There are some exciting promotions for members and Clubs this year. To check them out click here.

Upcoming District Convention

Christchurch, May 2014
Cristchurch May 2014 Convention logo

What do you, Geoff Trotter and George Yen have in common? Exactly: you will all be in Christchurch in May 2014 for the District Convention. To review your mission briefing please visit the District Convention page.

Three Kings Toastmasters' Indian Night Huge Success

On 3 April, Three Kings Toastmasters organised a free Indian-themed community event. Cliff, the Three Kings Toastmasters president, reports.

Wow - what a night! The room was packed for our Indian Themed meeting on Thursday - over 100 people attended. The stage was adorned with beautiful Indian prints and saris; the lectern decorated with a studded and sequinned banner; and the Indian flag was displayed proudly beside our Club banner. We were dazzled at the start with mesmerizing dances from Sheela's nephew Abhishek Ravi. This young fellow is talented. Cliff delighted the Indian guests with a greeting in Hindi and the meeting rollicked along, masterfully emceed by Kevin.

Continue reading on the Division A Newspage
    Abhishek Ravi 

The Spirit of Success!

The Spirit of Success 5-speech certificate is awarded to any District 72 Toastmaster who has completed the first 5 assignments in the Competent Communicator manual.

The Spirit of Success Advanced Manual certificate is awarded to any District 72 Toastmaster who has completed all 5 assignments in any Advanced Manual.

Moving forward and acknowledging the theme "Remember the Member" launched by 2013-2014 District Governor Ellie Young and her team, each month those who have been awarded a Spirit of Success 5-speech certificate or a Spirit of Success Advanced Manual certificate will be recognised.

The March 2014 recipients of the Spirit of Success award are listed here.

City Early Start 5th Birthday Celebration

City Early Start 5th Birthday Celebration

On 19 March, City Early Start Toastmasters from Tauranga celebrated their 5th Birthday. Congratulations City Early Start! For pictures and more, head over to the Division D Newspage.

The Great Debate v2.0

It's back! The hugely successful event that not only challenges your individual debating skills, but also your Club's ability to work as a team!

Organise a team of Clubmembers to participate in this battle of wit, cunning and skill. Can your Club dethrone the High Noon Bankers Toastmasters as Great Debate Champions? Registrations are now open!

The Great Debate v2.0, 24 May, kickoff at 12:00, Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

Flyer here: DOC, PDF
Debate rules here: DOC PDF
Debating structure: DOC PDF
Debating scoresheet: DOC PDF
More information:

Division E Flyer Contest

Activate your creative juices and show the world what you can do! Your assignment is simple: design a flyer that promotes Toastmasters in general and Division E specifically.

You can be as creative and imaginative as you want, as long as the flyer:
  • can be printed on A5-sized paper;
  • is printed on the front and back (that is, both sides);
  • contains the current official Toastmasters logo;
  • refers to the New Zealand Toastmasters website (;
  • contains the "0800 PEOPLE" number; and
  • mentions the purpose of Toastmaster clubs.
We are looking for different flyers targeted to members of the public by emphasising that Toastmasters will help them by gaining and improving their:
  • confidence;
  • leadership skills;
  • communication skills; and
  • organisational skills.
For organisations the emphasis should be on how Toastmasters can help their employees become better:
  • communicators;
  • managers; and
  • presenters.
There are three categories being judged:
  • Community Flyer (for distribution to members of the public)
  • Organisation Flyer (for distribution to businesses)
  • Youth Flyer (for specific target to the younger age group for a youth gavel club)
Please feel free to submit concept outlines, with wording, if you are not artistically inclined as we can organise design if you provide a really good concept. The deadline for emailing your flyer(s) to is Thursday 10 April 2014. The leading designs will be presented at the Division E Conference on Saturday 12 April 2014 (1 - 5 pm) at the Royal Society of New Zealand Conference Centre at 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon.

So get cracking now and unleash your creativity on flyers that will stimulate members of the public to become members of your Toastmaster club!

Pass the baton

Division J Baton handover from Wainuiomata to Porirua
The Division J Baton moves again: passing the baton from Wainuiomata Toastmasters to Porirua Central Toastmasters.

More about the Pass the Baton challenge here.

Engage, Enlighten, Evolve

The Division E Conference is happening on 12 April 2014. Be Engaged by the speakers in the Division final of the International Speech Contest. Let the best evaluators in the Division enlighten you about the art of evaluation. Evolve into the Toastmaster you want to be.

As a bonus, be among the first to know who will represent Division E at the District finals in Christchurch in May.

For your registration form and more information, download the Conference flyer or visit

Division D Conference April 2014

The April 2014 Division D Conference will take place at Parksyde Older Persons Community Centre, 7-9 Tarewa Place, Rotorua. This Conference includes the Division finals of the International Speech and Evaluation Contests. For more information please contact the Division D Governor or download the registration form (DOC, PDF).

More Division D News on the Division D page.

Division D Baton

Division D is a geographically challenged Division to get the "Pass the Baton" around. Started in Hawke's Bay, the Baton is anticipated to make it's way to Gisborne before moving over to the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo.

D2 Area Governor Ian handing over the Division D Baton to Hastings Toastmaster Jeannie
Picture: D2 Area Governor Ian handing over the Division D Baton to Hastings Toastmaster Jeannie

More Division D News on the Division D News page.

Christchurch will heat you up

The International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest is in full swing! Most Clubs have finished their Contests by now. March is the time for Area Contests, the Division contests follow in April.

You want to be in Christchurch on 9, 10 and 11 May to witness the apotheosis of this exciting series of events.

To heat things up even further, how about a new microwave? Anyone registering for the May Convention in Christchurch before the end of March 2014 will not only receive a $30 discount on the registration fee, they will also automatically go into a draw to win a brand new SMEG MICROWAVE SA37X valued at $649.00 (kindly donated by Applico -

Full details on the Convention page.

Christchurch - we might be shaken, but we still will warm you up!

Dale Hartle Award 2014

The nomination period for the 2013/2014 Dale Hartle Award is now open, and will remain open until midnight, Sunday 13 April 2014.

All the information on the Dale Hartle Award, previous winners, how to enter and what the criteria are, can be found on the Dale Hartle Award page. Good luck!

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