Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Be the best that you can be": Southern Division Conference & speech contests 2017 - Report by Ursula Beatty VPPR

"Be the best that you can be" was the theme for this years Southern Division conference. What a great theme!  chosen by Teresa Blake the current Southern Division director.

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

With over 100 in attendance, it was a great success and for our club member Julie Anne Cantwell, it was also a personal success as she brought home the 1st prize trophy for the Humorous contest. Congratulations and very well  done Julie Anne!

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.

To cheer on  Julie Anne at the conference, fellow club members Sarafina Zubovic - VP Education; Christine Lennon - President; Ursula Beatty - VP Public relations.

What exactly is the TM Southern Division and how many divisions are there in district 69?
I'm so glad you asked: 
Area 24 contains 5 clubs including Helensvale daybreak TM club.  
Southern Division contains 5 Areas including Area 24.  
District 69 contains 7 divisions, including  Southern Division.  
District 69 covers all of Queensland, the Northern Territory, PNG and Northern NSW.

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.

Pathways Program:
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

 Evaluation Contest
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 participants: John Fowler (Area 24), Alison Cleaver, Chris Roberts, Phoebe Dray and Lucie Sramkova.

 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.

Humorous contest participants: Adrian Sim, Julie Anne Cantwell, Aidan Raimondo, Penny Brady and Linda Stevens.

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.

Table Topics contest winners: John Fowler 2nd, Alison Cleaver 1st and Melissa Fernandez 3rd.

International contest participants: Nathan Clark, Novie Jay Onor, Billy Jaz, Hazel Tree and Robert Carnes.
International Contest TM, Jan Vecchio and TMI International president, Mike Storkey congratulate winners of the International contest: Robert Carnes 2nd, Billy Jaz 1st and Nathan Clark 3rd.

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.

Can Toastmasters conferences help you to Be the best you can be''? If you would like to comment on this article or  would like to congratulate Julie Anne or one of the other participants? Feel free to click on the comments button to leave your comments below

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