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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.

Public Speaking fosters self-confidence

Northern Outlook: Public Speaking Fosters Self Confidence

When Simon Tucker joined Toastmasters before a master of ceremonies role at a wedding, he did not imagine staying more than six months. He is now seeing long-term gains and is helping to grow the organisation.

While the role at the wedding was not daunting, he didn't want to make a fool of himself in front of 120 people, so he joined Toastmasters in North Canterbury. "I wanted to gain a bit of experience as quickly as I could, and I have been with them ever since".

The North Canterbury Club celebrated its 21st anniversary on 7 April, with some original members returning for the occasion - including District Governor and former Rangiora Toastmaster Ellie Young. Rangiora Toastmasters coach Debra Taylor-Hayhurst said she was proud of how far the organisation had come, as a year ago it was struggling. This month, it signed up its 21st member.

Taylor-Hayhurst was presented with her Distinguished Toastmaster Award by Young. Taylor-Hayhurst said while many people join to improve their public speaking, the underlying benefits include building self-confidence.

Article: Emily Spink, Northern Outlook. More media under media.

G-Whizz: Division G Newsletter

The April 2014 edition of G-Whizz - the Division G newsletter - has just been released. You can download your copy here.

More Division G News on the Division G newspage.

Miss Universe NZ Otago meet Dunedin Toastmasters

On Tuesday 15 April 2014 a group of Dunedin Toastmasters met with twenty Miss Universe NZ Otago Contestants to help them with interviewing and public speaking skills.

Picture: Miss Universe NZ contestants and Dunedin Toastmasters. Picture from Paulette Boyes, Division C Governor
Picture: Miss Universe NZ contestants and Dunedin Toastmasters. Picture from Paulette Boyes, Division C Governor

With the aid of basic skills from Leanne Ellis and Sarah Bond, the young ladies were asked to answer questions incorporating the skill set previously demonstrated. The toastmaster evaluators provided a short summary including commendations and recommendations at the end. Although time was short, a definite transformation and retention of information was noticeable with all contestants.

The Miss Universe NZ finals will be held on 10 May 2014.

Mission Briefing

*** Secret Protocol Communiquee ***

From: The Man with the Golden Tongue
Location: Christchurch Convention HQ
To: all Field Agents (aka Convention attendees)

Target is approaching fast. Familiarise yourself with the updated parameters in your mission briefing. Remember: you have a license to learn.

Further intelligence reports here.

*** Communiquee ends ***

District Convention and your Club votes

Not too long now before the District Convention in Christchurch. If you have not yet registered: there is still time to do so, but hurry! More details on the District Convention page.

Don't forget that if you are carrying your Club votes, you will need to fill in a proxy form. The forms, plus instructions, can as usual be found on the District Meeting papers page (May 2014 - papers for both meetings - bottom of the list). Should you have any questions regarding the proxies, please don't hesitate to contact our District Parliamentarian.

If you are a Club president or Club vice-president Education, then please read this letter from our District Parliamentarian which contains important information. Please read this regardless whether you are attending the Convention or not.

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.

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:

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