District Awards

District 72 offers a number of awards to recognise our high achievers and dedicated volunteers. To apply for any of the awards listed below, please contact the Program Quality Director at programquality.d72@toastmasters.org.nz

Jolyon Firth / Bryan Buchanan Trophy - International Speech Contest

The Bryan Buchanan Trophy is awarded to the winner of the District International Speech Contest. The cup was first awarded in 1995 following the decision to retire the Jolyon Firth Cup. Bryan had had a long association with the Prepared Speech Contest, having won it in 1974 and 1994. At the time Bryan won in 1974, the next level was entering the International Taped Speech Contest. Bryan entered and won.

In 2001, the top of the Bryan Buchanan Trophy was damaged. The Jolyon Firth Cup was added to the Bryan Buchanan base thus retaining the names of all the winners.

Maurice Heyes Cup - Most Entertaining Speech

The Maurice Heyes Cup is awarded to the contestant in the District International Speech Contest who delivered the Most Entertaining Speech. The trophy was presented by Maurice Heyes and was first awarded in 1972.

Maurice Heyes was a charter member of Hutt Valley Toastmasters Club of Lower Hutt, which chartered in July 1967. He won the Club Impromptu Speech Contest in 1968 and the Club Evaluation Speech Contest in 1971. Maurice was active in the early days of Toastmasters in New Zealand on the national scene.

Rob Hendry Trophy - Evaluation Contest

The Rob Henry Trophy is awarded to the winner of District 72 Evaluation Contest. It was first awarded in 1972. Rob Hendry was a charter member of the first Club in New Zealand, the Dunedin Club. He was one of our early leaders during the Territorial Council years and was Council President 1970-71. In 1969 Rob received the District’s first Able Toastmaster award (ATM).

Joy Ackrill Cup - Table Topics Contest

The Joy Akrill Cup is given to the winner of the annual District 72 Table Topics Contest.

Nottage Rutledge Grieve Cup - Humorous Speech Contest

The Nottage Rutledge Grieve Trophy is awarded to the winner of the District Humorous Speech Contest. It was first awarded in 1999. The name of the trophy is in recognition of the contribution and achievements of three members, David Nottage, Brett Rutledge and Robin Grieve. All three won the District International Speech Contest (in 1996, 1998, 1997), the Overseas Inter-Districts Semi-final and subsequently were in the respective finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking with David and Brett becoming the World Champion of Public Speaking in 1996 and 1998 respectively. (Overseas Districts being those Districts outside USA and Canada.) All three have also won other District 72 contests during the same period.

Dan Coomy Shield - District Convention Attendance

Dan joined Lower Waikato Club in 1973. Since then, he has been a member of six clubs. One of his greatest delights has been to produce club magazines. He won the District 72 Club Bulletin Award in 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, and for two successive years won the International Award for producing one of the Top Ten Bulletins in the World.

Dan had a dynamic personality and his talents as a leader and organiser, his commitment and enthusiasm, have been felt by the Clubs he has belonged to and by the District executive. When Dan moved to Blenheim and found no Toastmasters club there, he formed one — and became charter President in 1981. He was District Governor 1979-80.

Alf Baker Cup - Best Club Bulletin

Alf Baker Cup for the best Club bulletin. The Alf Baker Cup may be awarded each year to the Club that has produced the best Club Bulletin or newsletter. Alf Baker joined the Hastings Club in 1972 and in 1977, as editor of the club newsletter Encore, became the District’s first recipient of an International Top Ten Club Bulletin Award. The trophy was first awarded in 1993. Alf achieved the DTM award in May 1980 and was District Governor 1980-81 during which time the District achieved Distinguished District status.

Jack Duffy Memorial Rose Bowl - Community Involvement Award

Jack Duffy was a founder of the Rotorua Toastmasters Club, chartered in June 1965, and remained a member until his death. During his 20 years with Toastmasters, Jack held every position in his club and also served as Area Governor. His attendance was second to none, and his most outstanding attribute was his willingness to tackle any task, particularly when it came to assisting a new members and organising community events.

After Jack Duffy’s death, the then Area Governor, Jack Hawthorn, arranged for the Jack Duffy Rose Bowl Community Involvement Award to be presented annually, in recognition of his services to Toastmasters, as a gesture to his wife who always supported his work, and that he was then one of the longest serving members in District 72.

Dale Hartle Virtual Award - Best Club Website

The Dale Hartle Award is presented to the Toastmasters Club which has produced a website that best demonstrates an understanding of how having a web presence assists clubs to achieve their goals as well as an understanding of the technology involved. The award was first presented in 2006.

The Dale Hartle Award is named after the 2002-2012 District 72 Webmaster. Dale developed the District 72 web presence from humble beginnings into several integrated systems capable of handling the demands of a national organisation with ease. For her efforts, Dale was awarded with an International Presidential Citation (one of the highest Toastmasters’ honours) in 2005, the District 72 Don Harden Memorial Trophy for professionalism in 2003 and a special District 72 Award in 2012.

Don Harden Memorial Award for Professionalism

The Don Harden award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the Professionalism of Toastmasters. The recipient of the award is a District Officer or Field Officer awarded by the District Director at the end of their term. Don was a tireless member of the Rangitoto Toastmasters Club and did a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes for Toastmasters. Don died in a car accident in 1986 on his way to a Toastmasters function in Palmerston North. The award was first presented in 1987 by District Governor Mary Walker (1986-87).

Terry Bellamy Trophy - Division Director of the Year

The trophy is awarded to the Division Governor of the year. Terry Bellamy joined the Wellington Club in 1971. He was President of his club in 1974-75, Area Governor 1975-79 and involved in the chartering of the Paraparaumu and Johnsonville clubs. During Terry’s year as District Governor (1981-82), District 72 achieved Distinguished District status, with strong growth in new clubs and members. He personally received the Distinguished District plaque during the Toastmasters International Convention in Phoenix and also led an educational session on Team Building.

Len Jury Trophy - Area Director of the Year

This trophy is awarded to the Area Governor of the year and was first awarded in 1992 for the 1991-1992 term. Len joined Pukekura Club in 1975 and Auckland Club in 1983. As Educational VP and then as President he saw the Auckland Club become Top Club in 1985 and 1986. Len Jury was District Governor in 1989-90, International Director in 1990-92 and International President in 1997-98, the second President from outside North America.

Ken Haines Cup - Toastmaster of the Year

Ken Haines, an early member of the Hastings Toastmasters Club, donated this trophy. An active member, he was President of the club. He was District 72 Toastmaster of the Year in 1976 and 1977.

ANZAC Trophy For Service as District Director

The Anzac Trophy is presented annually to the Immediate Past District Director to acknowledge their service as District Director. It was first awarded in 1990 and the names of District Directors since 1990 are recorded on this trophy. The trophy was presented by District 69 Governor Desley Cooper DTM on behalf of the Executive and members, on the occasion of the 1990 Down Under Convention, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Anzacs on Gallipoli, and the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi. The trophy also has the inscription “The District 69 Memorial trophy 1990” which in effect recognised the last Down Under Convention held.