Monday, January 8, 2018

Best of 2017 - Meeting # 756

Report by Ursula Beatty

Our final meeting for the year was held on Wed 13th Dec, 2017.

I was the Toastmaster for the meeting and the intro of members question: "My most memorable moment so far this year...", gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past year, both in Toastmasters (see photos and notes below) and in our personal  lives.

As part of her speech, Julie Anne Cantwell gave us a mini workshop and demo on "How to Juggle" - using 3 colourful chiffon scarves. This proved challenging for some and very easy for others: Nicole and Tom were natural Jugglers - and a great skill to have in their busy work and home life! This was a very entertaining and fun way to  finish the meeting and the TM year. 

Here are some of the memorable  TM moments for the year. (See the individual blogs for more details.)

We had many memorable (and not so memorable!)  themes, questions and speeches at our weekly TM meetings, which provided lots of laughs as well as being thought provoking and educational. 
The milestones and TM events outside the club were probably the most memorable for me as VPPR.

We  started a club Facebook page in the middle of 2017, and very soon, we had  some 5 star recommendations. Well done HDB TM club members! HDB Facebook page or click on the link in the sidebar.

January 2017 - Southern Division Leadership training: Ian Garvie, Nick O'Donnell, Sarafina Zubovic, Hannah Castellijn, Christine Lennon, Julie Anne Cantwell, Ursula Beatty and Matasha Nuss. 2017 Southern Division Leadership training

March 2017 Southern Division Conference and speech contests:  Sarafina Zubovic, Christine Lennon, Julie Anne Cantwell (Winner of the Humorous contest.) and Ursula Beatty.
I particularly enjoyed being the contest Chair for the evaluation contest and interviewing the contestants afterwards. 2017 Southern Division Conference and Speech contests

May 2017 District 69 Annual conference and speech contests at Chinchilla, QLD.  
At the Gala  Dinner: Ursula Beatty, Julie Anne Cantwell, Christine Lennon and Sarafina Zubovic.
Julie Anne competed in the Humorous contest the following day and did herself, the club and the Southern division proud. 2017 District 69 annual convention

The Art of speech craft - June 2017. An  Art workshop for our TM members with artist and TM, Rivella Lewis. Rivella gives Christine Lennon some pointers for her seascape work of art. The Art of speech craft - Art workshop

 Committee changeover meeting - June 2017. Outgoing Area Director, Thomas Craft inducts the incoming Committee for 2017-2018: Julie Anne Cantwell (President), Mark Butler (SAA), Ursula Beatty (VPPR), Hannah Castellijn (VPM) and Paul Kirkland (VPE). Missing from photo Aimee Simpson (Treasurer) and  Nicole Kelly (Secretary). 2017 Committee changeover meeting

Club Officer training - June 2017. Sarafina Zubovic (Area 24 Director), Ursula Beatty (VPPR), Mark Butler (SAA) and Julie Anne Cantwell (President). 2017 SD Club officer training - Round 1

 Club speech contest - September 2017. Daniel Black, Sarafina Zubovic, Hannah Castellijn, Julie Anne Cantwell, Ian Garvie and Ursula Beatty. 2017 HDB club speech contests   

Meeting Theme: Pets.- September 2017.  Aimee Simpson and other club  members with special guest, Oliver "Ollie" Pidgeon. Ollie was so impressed, he wrote a special guest report for our blog.
Meeting Theme: Pets - September 2017

Meeting Theme: Oktoberfest.- October 2017. TM Visitor, Alicia Curtis from Gaelic TM in Sydney, helps to liven up our meeting with her presence and a fabulous selfie.

Meeting theme: Parties.-October 2017. We were privileged to have  Mike Storkey (TMI  Immediate past president), visit our early morning October.  L to R: Tom O Sullivan, Julie Anne Cantwell, Mike Storkey, Ken Lee (Kneeling), Ian Garvie, Christine Lennon and Daniel Black.

Area 24 Contest - October 2017. Tom O'Sullivan, Ursula Beatty, Christine Lennon, Julie Anne Cantwell,  Daniel Black, Hannah Castellijn and Sarafina Zubovic (Area 24 Director) 2017 Area 24 Conference and speech contests

 Contestants and place getters at the Area 24 contests (The Toastmasters Games). Ursula Beatty - 2nd in Evaluations; Julie Anne Cantwell -Winner of International and 3rd in Humorous contests, Hannah Castellijn - 3rd in International and Daniel Black - 2nd in Humorous contest. 

December 2017 - Club Officer training, round 2. with some changes to the committee for 2018. Christine Lennon, Matasha Nuss (Incoming VPPR), Sarafina Zubovic (Area 24 Director), Ursula Beatty (Incoming President)  and Tom O'Sullivan (SAA) 

Dec 2017 - Christmas party / end of year get together at the Oxenford Tavern "The Ox", with some members and guests. L to R: Sarafina, Ken, Nicole, Murray, Christine, Zen, Julie Anne, Jude, Daisy, Naomi, Paul, Matasha and Daniel.

This was also a  farewell party for Julie Anne, who relocates and starts a new job in Brisbane in January. Best wishes Julie Anne.

I look forward to sharing more great memories with you in 2018.
 Happy New Year!

2017 Helensvale Daybreak TM club Christmas Party at the Ox Tavern.

Report by Ursula Beatty.

Dec 2017 - Christmas party & end of year get together  at the Oxenford Tavern-  "The Ox", with some members and guests. L to R: Sarafina, Ken, Nicole, Murray, Christine, Zen, Julie Anne, Jude, Daisy, Naomi, Paul, Matasha and Daniel. 

This was also a  farewell party for Julie Anne, who relocates and starts a new job in Brisbane in January. Best wishes Julie Anne, and thank you for all your contributions to the club since you have been a member.

Vale - Joan Small. March 2017

Report by Ursula Beatty.

Vale Joan Small. In March 2017, we sadly had to say goodbye to one of our longstanding and valued TM members. She was 73 years old.
Joan was an active member of Helensvale Daybreak club and Be Change advanced TM club. She  always had an upbeat vibrant personality and speaking voice. Unfortunately, she was  diagnosed with ALS (a form of Motor Neuron Disease) in mid 2016, loosing the  ability to speak, relying solely on technology -  "Text to speech" on her mobile phone and emails, until she eventually lost the ability to type. It was very sad to see her go through this rapid decline. Although she lost the ability to communicate verbally, she still had a sharp mind and could communicate using gestures, which I was very impressed with! 

A mother of 3 sons and grandmother to 9 much loved grandchildren,  Joan was a former teacher and business owner and later became a successful author,  poet and ghost writer. 

Joan served as President of this club in 2015-2016 and held various other leadership roles including VPPR and webmaster, during the course of her membership of TM. She also  mentored/ coached many Toastmasters and members of the writing and poetry clubs that she  belonged to. 

Many of the current and past members of Toastmasters attended her funeral, which was a lovely celebration of her life with her family and her  many friends and associates. I was very pleased to be able to do an  impromptu speech at her funeral, as a friend and fellow Toastmaster. RIP Joan. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

D69 Southern Division Club officer training Dec 2017

Report by Ursula Beatty
HDB members enjoying the Club officer training at The Robina Community Centre:
Christine Lennon, Matasha Nuss (Incoming VPPR for 2018), Sarafina Zubovic (Area Director 2017-2018); Ursula Beatty (Outgoing VPPR and Incoming President 2018)  and Tom O'Sullivan (Sergeant at arms) 

It was very worthwhile attending the D69 southern division club officer training (COT) on Monday evening (December 4th) at the Robina community centre. We were all very grateful that the forecasted storms and torrential rain didn't  really eventuate. Plus, the M1 motorway, normally pretty congested during the afternoon/early evening, was a breeze with traffic flowing freely all the way from Brisbane. The venue was great too with plenty of parking.

D69 TLI Training officer, Carolyn Shaw did a wonderful job organising this event  from the catering of a light dinner to the training program itself.
Apart from the individual sessions for each club officer role, large group sessions were held in the main hall on topics such as risk management with Christine Lennon; Introduction to Zoom video conferencing with Graham Cairns;
plus most importantly for our clubs; an informative  Q & A session with the SD pathways guides on  how to get all members ready and excited to start the new pathways educational program  which officially starts this Wednesday, though most clubs I suspect will probably wait till the new year to really get started. Bring it on! 

In regard to the 'Zoom' video conferencing, it is interesting to note that some clubs are using this as part of their normal Face to face club meeting or  in specialised online TM clubs, as well as for committee meetings ,where some or all of the participants choose to connect in this way.
The future of toastmasters using the pathways educational programs and technology such as video conferencing is certainly exciting! 

Well done Carolyn and all of the trainers and helpers. 5 stars.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Area 24 Conference: The Toastmasters games

Report by Ursula Beatty

The Toastmasters games: 'your journey to greatness'  was the theme for this years Area 24 conference and round 2 of the speech contests, held at HiRUM software solutions at Arundel on the Gold Coast on 21st October, 2017.

 Contestants and place getters from HDB at "The toastmasters games":
Ursula Beatty - 2nd place in Evaluation contest; Julie Anne Cantwell - Winner of the International contest and 3rd place in Humorous contest; Hannah Castelijn - 3rd place in  the International contest; Daniel Black - 2nd place in Humorous.

I really enjoyed the experience of competing at this level. It was a great day to connect with fellow toastmasters and coming third in the international speech competition was just a bonus.” Hannah Castelijn

HDB Members and contestants: Tom O'Sullivan, Ursula Beatty, Christine Lennon, Julie Anne Cantwell - winner of International contest, Daniel Black, Hannah Castelijn and Sarafina Zubovic

Speech contest results at a glance. 

Evaluation contest
Table Topics
1st – Linda Hardstaff
1st - Linda Hardstaff
1st – Julie Anne Cantwell
1st – Julie Schafer
2nd – Ursula Beatty
2nd - Judi Jacques
2nd – Judi Jacques
2nd – Daniel Black
3rd – Julia Schafer
3rd - Julia Schafer
3rd – Hannah Castelijn
3rd – Julie Anne Cantwell

"Ursula, Hannah, Daniel and myself competed in the Area 24 Conference speech contest. We all left with medals. We supported each other and gained so much from taking part in the competition. I will be going onto the next level in March so between now and then, I plan to work on the content of my speech and practice the delivery. The challenge of competing is both exciting and nerve wracking, however, like any speech in front of Toastmasters, the audience is interested and receptive and it is so reassuring looking out to those friendly faces. It is so valuable being involved in a contest and I recommend  it to all members.” Julie Anne Cantwell, President of HDB.

Evaluation contest test speaker: Emily Nagle (from Club Runaway 2000) delivered a  very humorous and enjoyable 5-7 min speech for the contestants to evaluate. Thank you Emily.

Evaluation contest Toastmaster, Christine Lennon with participants: Julie Schafer, Judi Jaques, Linda Hardstaff, Ursula Beatty and Hannah Castelijn.

Evaluation contest place getters: 3rd Place - Julia Schafer; 1st Place - Linda Hardstaff;  2nd Place - Ursula Beatty.

Table Topics contestants who answered the question:" It was meant to be a joke, however..."
Julie Anne Cantwell, Linda Hardstaff, Judi Jaques, Ursula Beatty and Julia Schafer

Table Topics contest toastmaster, Marty Haynes congratulates the place getters: 1st place - Linda Hardstaff, 2nd Place - Judi Jaques and  3rd place - Julia Schafer.

Conference Chair, Rachel Pleasant, thanks Guest Speaker, Neil Johnson for his keynote speech.
Neil  (Renowned Brisbane radio personality) both entertained and inspired us with stories of his own personal journey with it's  many trials and tribulations. Originally from Longreach, He has had a long and very interesting career in radio including talk back radio. He gave  some useful advice on how we can all "go for gold"  at these TM games and beyond.

Guest Speaker: Mark Hunter,  DTM and Toastmaster for 22 years. He shared with us his own inspiring journey to becoming the world champion of public speaking  in 2009. Although he reached the finals six times prior to winning, he believed his success was due to putting the time in to crafting and perfecting a winning speech, that was authentic and maintained his individuality and core values, without trying to copy what others winners have done before him.
Rachel Pleasant facilitated a lively and informative Q & A session with Mark following his speech.

International contest participants: Julie Anne Cantwell, Julia Vincent, Ian Garvie, Veronica Dunlop,  Hannah Castelijn and Judi Jaques.

International contest place getters: Judi Jaques - 2nd place; Julie Anne Cantwell - 1st place and Hannah Castelijn - 3rd place.

Humorous contest Toastmaster, Peter Jaques with participants: Daniel Black, Denise Ivory, Julia Schafer, Ian Garvie and Julie Anne Cantwell.

Conference chair, Rachel Pleasant (LHS) and contest toastmasters Peter Jaques (RHS) congratulate Humorous contest winner Julia Schafer ; Daniel Black - 2nd place and  Julie Anne Cantwell - 3rd place.
Humorous contest place getters: Julie Anne Cantwell - 3rd place; Julia Schafer  - 1st place and  Daniel Black - 2nd place.  

You cannot have a speech contest without judges!  Well done and thank you to all of the judges for giving your time and energy to judge all of the contests. Chief Judge Ian Mc Larren with Judges: ? ; Marianne Geevers, Alana Beale, Mitch Drage, Teresa Brake, and Southern Division director Garry Jardine.

Area Director Sarafina Zubovic, congratulates and thanks Rachel Pleasant for her outstanding effort in organising and running this years conference: "The Toastmasters games". Well Done Rachel and Sarafina..

Also, well done to all the contestants and in particular to the HDB contestants who took out 5 medals (1 Gold, 2 silver & 2 bronze) and 1 winning perpetual trophy!  I wish Julie Anne Cantwell all the best in the 3rd round of the speech contests to be held in March 2018, as part of the  southern Division conference

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

HDB Members doubling up at the Nerang TM speech contest - Report by Ursula Beatty

Christine Lennon, the current president of Nerang Toastmasters club organised this year’s speech contest for the Nerang toastmasters club which was held on Tuesday evening – 26th September, at the Red cross rooms in Nerang. This is the usual venue for the Nerang toastmasters Clubs bi-weekly meetings.

Some of the Helensvale Daybreak Club (HDB) members went along to assist in the running of the contest. Sarafina Zubovic, area 24 director was one of the judges, Ian Garvie was the MC or contest toastmaster, Julie Anne Cantwell, HDB club president, was tally counter and SAA. I  was timer.

Julie Anne Cantwell, Sarafina Zubovic, Ursula Beatty and Christine Lennon

What happens when two TM clubs get together to run an event?
Some people may think it was double trouble or seeing double. Why? There were 2 Ian’s: Ian Garvie and Ian Mc Larren; 2 Ursula’s, both of us assisting as timers for the evening; 2 Julia's (Julia Schafer and Julia Vincent from Nerang TM) and 1 Julie Anne. We could have had 2 Hanna’s too if our membership officer, Hannah Castelijn came along. It may sound confusing, but it just added to the light hearted, enjoyable atmosphere of the evening.

Hannah Mitchell from Robina Sunrise club gave a very inspiring and motivating speech as the test speaker for the Evaluation contest. Well done Hannah!
A very enjoyable evening had by all. Thanks for the Invite Christine.
Also, congratulations  to the place getters from Nerang Toastmasters who will go forward to the next round of the contests to compete with our club's contestants and the other clubs at the Area 24 conference on the 21st October.  See you there!

 Lets try to get the pose right girls! Christine, Julie Anne, Sarafina and Ursula

For our assistance running the event, we received a lovely thank you card and  gift – a nice touch of appreciation from the Nerang Toastmasters Club President Christine Lennon.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pets: Theme for Meeting No: 745. by guest reporter Oliver Pidgeon

My Name is Oliver or "Ollie". This was my 3rd visit to Helensvale Daybreak Toastmasters Club over the years that my Mom has been a member. As usual, all the members and guests warmly welcomed me.
To be honest, I had no idea I was going to Toastmasters. I was planning to go back to bed after breakfast, when I was ushered into my Mom’s car. I resisted at first, thinking I was off to the hairdresser or something. I dislike going to the hairdresser, as I come out looking and feeling  pretty bare and vulnerable.
I am told that the many dreadlocks that I have been growing for the past year "do nothing for my good looks and they need to go".  I protest: "Isn't  there a hair removal cream or something you could use instead of a radical trip to the hairdresser?"  Thankfully, Toastmasters is a much better place to go than the hairdresser! 
I loved todays theme: Pets, that the President Julie Anne chose. I consider myself a ‘cat person’ so was glad to be sitting next to a lovely lady called Aimee, who adores cats and a new guy called Ken, who also likes cats and who exclaimed that I was very big boy! That sounded funny coming from him as to me, he was a real giant!

There was a lot of hand clapping and laughter by everyone,  which at first, I found a bit noisy and nerve wracking, but then I relaxed and chilled out with this relaxed bunch of happy Toastmasters. 
Daniel wrote a big word on the whiteboard “Anthropomorphic”. Everyone had trouble with that word, so it wasn't  just me; what it meant and especially, how to pronounce it! 
It means “Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.”
Such as the way Animals are treated like they are humans. What’s so wrong with that? Cats (and dogs) love to sit on the comfy sofa and eat delicious human food and be spoken nicely to by their human owner. I like Anthropomorphic! Dressing pets up in silly outfits, well that kind of anthropomorphism is just daft. 
Seriously, do people actually use big words like this? Big words are superfluous if you ask me.

There was a range of ages and equal numbers of boys (including me!) and girls at the meeting, so it was evenly balanced in that way. I liked that. 

There were two longer  "prepared" speeches. Christine did an inspirational type speech (A project from the story telling manual) while Ian did a speech project from the special occasion manual - mastering the toast, where he spoke in praise of a club member: my Mom! That was nice.

Paul had the very important job of timing everyone. He used a small set of 'traffic lights' which looked really cool when the lights come on. The red light means your time is up. 

Nicole and Mark evaluated these speakers. Evaluating means to give feedback in Toastmasters language. But hopefully in a kind, yet honest way. It doesn’t always come out that way though, but all Toastmasters try to learn to become better at giving and receiving evaluations.

Now, over the years, I have had to listen to a lot of speeches by my Mom when she practices at home. It can be a bit tiring at times, but I have learned a great deal from it too.  For instance...
How to use vocal variety to enhance my presentation and get the desired outcome from my audience - usually just my parents. When I increase the  volume, rate and pitch of my voice, it nearly always works in getting what I want - which is usually my food!

Aimee led the impromptu speaking or table topics segment. Thankfully, she didn't call on me. Otherwise, I would have to be evaluated by my mom, Ursula, who was evaluating the table topics. She evaluates me enough at home... For instance, she says that "I have a very strong speaking voice, but that at times I can come across as way too demanding..." Whereas, I prefer to call it persuasive speaking!

It was interesting to hear some of the answers relating to the theme of Pets. Mark was very passionate about horses and that showed in his voice and with his gestures. Ken didn’t care much for Monkeys (I can’t say I blame him - Just stick with Cats Ken, I say), but he told a good story too. 
Nicole didn’t’ really agree with the statement: that Pets reduced depression or stress. She had everyone laughing with her answer, but I guess it wasn’t very funny for her when her dog did his business in her shoes and only her shoes! In my opinion, he was trying to tell you something Nicole, evaluating you perhaps, in his doggy way? (he should have gone to Toastmasters?) 

Later Sarafina evaluated the entire meeting but especially the evaluators or whomever wasn’t evaluated already. That's a very big job..

All in all a Purrfect ending to a Purrfect meeting. By the way, its a shame that you must be over 18 to join Toastmasters; otherwise, I would definitely like to join up. 

Aimee and "Ollie"