In conjunction with the conference, The third round of the annual speech contests took place at the Bicentennial community centre, Nerang, QLD. on Sat March 18th, 2017
Julie Anne, the mother of two daughters and a practicing Naturopath and massage therapist on the Gold Coast, has only been in our club for 1 year, so it is a great credit to her. Julie Anne is not shy however, when it comes to performing, as she also sings and plays the guitar in a group called 'The String beans'.
Julie Anne will now go on to represent the southern division at the 4th round of the contests at the District 69 conference in Chinchilla. (28th Apr - 1st May) Chinchilla is in Western QLD.
I'm so glad you asked:
Area 24 contains 5 clubs including Helensvale daybreak TM club.
What does this mean for the winners of Southern Division? They will be competing against 6 other competitors at the District 69 conference - round 4 of the speech contests.
As well as the four speech contests, we were treated to an Educational session on the Pathways program by Mark Snow; a key note address by Toastmasters International president Mike Storkey, plus morning tea and lunch.
Some of the attendees at the Conference.
Educational speaker Mark Snow DTM, Metro Division Director and Chief Pathways Ambassador gave a very informative and interesting presentation on the new TMI Pathways educational programs which will be rolled out in D69 later this year. I will include a separate blog post on this program in the coming months. It is certainly new and exciting and promises to bring Toastmasters International communication and leadership programs well and truly into the age of technology while continuing to focus on the traditional forms of communication.
The speech contests: 1. Evaluation 2. Humorous 3. Table Topics and 4. International
Test speaker: Chad Harding (pictured on right) from Metro Division gave a 7 min speech on 'The information age - are we more connected or disconnected?', which was later evaluated in a 2-3 min presentation by the 5 contestants (pictured below).
Evaluation Contest TM, Ursula Beatty, interviews contestant Alison Cleaver.
Evaluation contest TM, Ursula Beatty congratulates evaluation contest winners: Phoebe Dray - 2nd; Alison Cleaver - 1st and John Fowler 3rd.
Julie Anne Cantwell during the post humorous contest interviews with Humorous contest TM, Linda Morris (missing from photo)
Table Topics contest participants: Ian Cook, Alison Cleaver, Melisssa Fernandez, John Fowler (Area 24), Jeff Thomas and Contest TM Courtney Organ.
International contest participants: Nathan Clark, Novie Jay Onor, Billy Jaz, Hazel Tree and Robert Carnes.
Mike Storkey DTM, 2016-2017 Toastmasters International president, presents the keynote speech (left) and below with his wife, Leslie Storkey DTM.
Lesley was also one of the judges.
I certainly enjoyed the conference and wish all of the winners from Southern Division , especially Julie Anne Cantwell, all the best at the District 69 Conference, for the 4th round of the speech contests.
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