Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Make a difference - 2018 Area 34 conference

Report by Ursula Beatty
Everyone  did Make a Difference at this years Area 34 conference and speech contests,  held at the  Helensvale Community centre, in Helensvale. Well attended (50 +) by members and guests  of Helensvale Daybreak, Southport Toastmasters, Club Runaway 2000, Southport Endeavour and Griffith Guild Toastmasters clubs. 

The contests were a great success (See results below) and so was the  mostly environmentally friendly  catering - I'm pleased to report, we managed to achieve the goal of zero disposable cups, plates, cutlery and single use water bottles. Well done team Area 34 for making this difference! 

The TEDx style Educational and guest speakers Carolyn Shaw and Elaina Massey were amazing and very enthusiastically received.  (see Video links below) So many attendees indicated they are  keen to  start using their TM Communication and leadership skills to make a difference in the world by sharing  ideas and topics they are passionate about via  TEDx style talks.  How inspiring is that! Well done to all. (For more details, see below).

Theme for the 2018 Area 34 conference: Make a difference. and make a difference we did!

Proud sponsor: Club Helensvale AKA The Helensvale Bowls Club, 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale.
Club Helensvale is your place to be on the Gold Coast for dining, free live music, competition lawn bowls and barefoot bowls. Awarded Bowls club Australia Best bowls club in 2016.   Thanks Club Helensvale for your generous support! Also to the Gold Coast City Council for printing all the conference  booklets.
This made a difference to our costs, allowing us to  keep the entrance fee to $10.00. 

Speech contests results at a glance:
Evaluation Contest: 1st place: Hannah Castellijn; 2nd Place - Viv Capes; 3rd: Brett Ruehland
Humorous contest: 1st place: Pat Kennelly; 2nd Place: Tom O'Sullivan; 3rd: Shane Kardos
Table Topics Contest: 1st Place: Alex Wells; 2nd Place: Scotty Gregory;  
International contest: 1st Place: Brett O'Bree; 2nd Place Hannah Castellijn; 3rd: Ben Cox

Area 34 director, Conference chair (Convenor)  and MC, Ursula Beatty..

Above: Test speaker for the Evaluation contest: Christine Cobden from Upper Coomera TM club and below: with Laura Langford (Southport TM), the Evaluation Contest Toastmaster
to view the video of Christine's speech "Kid with a kid":   click Christine Cobden - Kid with a Kid 

Evaluation contest participants:  Shane Kardos (Southport Endeavour), Hannah Castelijn (Helensvale Daybreak), Brett Ruehland (Griffith Guild), Sandeye Walpola (Club Runaway 2000), Viv Capes (Southport) and Laura Langford (Southport), Evaluation contest toastmaster.

Evaluation contest place getters: Brett Ruehland (3rd); Viv Capes (2nd), Hannah Castelijn (1st Place) with Evaluation contest Toastmaster Laura Langford. 

 Humorous contest Toastmasters Taryn Mansfield (far right) assisted by Emily Valiontis (Southort Endeavour) and the Humorous contest participants: Shane Kardos (Souport Endeavour), Pat Kennelly (Southport), and Tom O'Sullivan (Helensvale Daybreak)   
Humorous contest Toastmasters Emily Valiontis and Taryn Mansfield (Southport Endeavour) and Area 34 Director,  Ursula Beatty congratulate the Humorous contest placegetters: Shane Kardos (3rd Place); Tom O'Sullivan (2nd Place) and Pat Kennelly (1st Place).

Educational: Talk like TED
As a huge fan of the educational and inspirational online videos of TED and TEDx talks,  I was surprised to learn many people who saw the flyers for the conference wondered who or what is TED?
TED stands for  Technology, Entertainment and Design. The talks originally focused on  sharing  new ideas or ideas worth spreading in these three fields. However, these days TED talks are for any idea worth spreading ( in any field).
Talks are generally no longer than 18min.Usually the talks are given in front of a live audience;  recorded and then accessible by anyone online. TEDx are independently  run TED conferences. 'X' also stands for the multiplier effect of these short, very well prepared and  compelling talks. Something all Toastmaster members can aspire to, with the skills we learn and practice at each meeting and particularly those participating in Speech contests..  

Ursula Beatty thanks Carolyn Shaw for her inspirational TEDx style educational on Talk like TED - how to give a TEDx style talk. Click on Carolyn Shaw's TEDx style educational - Talk like TED  to view the video.

Participants of the table topics contest: Scotty Gregory (Helensvale), Viv Capes (Southport), Grant Stevens (Southport Endeavour), Alex Wells (Griffith Guild) with Table Topics Toastmaster, Valerie Sutton (Club Runaway2000)

Area Director Ursula Beatty and Contest toastmaster Valerie Sutton congratulate the Table topics placegetters: Scotty Gregory (2nd Place) and Alex Wells (1st Place).

Guest Speaker Elaina Massey did a wonderful TEDx style talk "Children are out future" :  CLick on Elaina Massey - Children are our future to view the video.

Winner of the Southport Endeavour achievement award: Shane Kardos with  Area director & MC, Ursula Beatty 

International Contest participants: Brett O'Bree (Southport), Hannah Castelijn (Helensvale) and Ben Cox (Southport Endeavour) with International contest toastmaster, Sarafina Zubovic (Helensvale daybreak).
International contest toastmaster Sarafina Zubovic with Place getters: Brett O' Bree (1st Place), Hannah Castelijn (2nd Place) and Ben Cox (3rd Place)

Thanks to the many people who were involved in the organising and running of this event including the following: 

 Thanks to Chief  Judge, Francesca Thorn and all the Judges: Yvonne Selleck , SD Director (Also for providing the delicious baked goods for morning Tea), Teresa Brake, Marianne Geevers (also Parliamentarian), Alison Cleavers, Garry Euston, Garry Jardine with  Area 34 Director, Ursula Beatty.

Thanks to 'Mr Hawaii' Garry Jardine for joining me in  bringing some  Hawaiian flavour to the conference. He recons a Hawaiian clothing theme would have made a difference! 

Thanks to Tom O'Sullivan for assisting with sponsorship and doing the conference booklet. And Maureen Plowman (Catering Assistant) and Viv Capes who did a wonderful job organising the catering. Thanks also to the CafĂ© Divine at Hopewell who gave Viv a loan of cutlery for the occasion. We also provided a  large container of filtered drinking water  and some glasses.  And to those attendees who chose to make a difference by bringing their own water bottles and cups, bless you! 
The Helensvale community centre should also be congratulated for retaining its supply of crockery for use by hirers in the kitchen, providing extra cups and plates. It would be great if all of the community centres did this to allow the hirers to cut down on disposable plates/cups etc. A water filter would also be a fabulous addition to provide water refills!
            Thanks to Rod Dixon for the Sound/Av and also for printing all the certificates. And to Janet Douglas for conference Treasurer and registrations. Rod, Janet, Francesca and Emily are mentors and organisers for the Southport Endeavour Toastmasters club - they do an amazing selfless job.

Well done to all those who attended and especially to the contestants for giving us the main reason for organising these annual conferences. Best wishes to the winners of each contest and particularly Hannah from Helensvale Daybreak who will be going on to represent Area 34 at the Southern Division conference on 16th March 2019. 
Thank you to everyone who made a difference to the success of the A34 conference.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Invitation to the 2018 Area 34 Conference

Make a difference at this years 2018 Area 34 conference on November 3rd, 2018 at the Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive. Opposite the Helensvale Bowls Club (Club Helensvale), who are one of our generous sponsors for this year. 

What amazing  value! Only $10.00 pp, which includes lunch, morning tea , the opportunity to see the four speech contests, cheer on your fellow club contestants and net work with other members and guest of Area 34. Plus an added bonus: The chance to think about how you could make a difference using your TM communication and leadership skills with an inspiring  educational talk on (how to) Talk like TED (TED style talks) with Caroline Shaw DTM and a TED style talk Children are our future with Elaina Massie. See below for further information. 
But be quick. Registrations and payment must be in by Friday 26th October, 2018.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Contact Ursula on 0419 549 260 if you need additional information.

Thanks Club Helensvale! 
Tom O'Sullivan (President Helensvale Daybreak)  presents Ursula Beatty (Area 34 director and conference organiser) with a cheque from one of our  generous sponsors: Club Helensvale (The Helensvale Bowls Club). This will make a  significant difference to the success of our conference. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

All girl power - Introducing the 2018/2019 D69 Southern Division team

Report by Ursula Beatty. 
The TMI District 69 changeover dinner took place during the intensive leadership training weekend, held at the International Hotel Virginia (Brisbane) on the 23th & 24th June 2018.The training and dinner were well attended by incoming and outgoing division and area directors in the district.

The Southern Division all girl power team for 2018 -2019
Christiane Momberg (Area 35 Director); Cate Ware (Area 23 Director); Christine Lennon (Area 6 Director); Yvonne Selleck (Southern Division Director); Rachel Pleasant (Area 24 Director) and Helensvale Daybreak TM club President, Ursula Beatty (Area 34 Director).

Enjoying the dinner: Outgoing Southern Division Director, Gary Jardine and his wife, with the all girl power Southern Division team: Cate Ware, Christiane Momberg, Ursula Beatty, Yvonne Selleck (Southern Division Director 2018-2019) and Rachel Pleasant. 

Leslie Storky and  District Director, Shane Cooper present ribbons to the incoming 2018 - 2019  division directors . 

Outgoing District Director, Ben Mc Cormac congratulates the incoming district trio: Barbara Nielsen (Club growth director), Alana Beale and Shane Cooper (District director 2018-2019), 

 President - Helensvale Daybreak Toastmasters Club, Ursula Beatty,  proud to receive the  new district badge as Area 34 Director for 2018 - 2019. 
After the worthwhile training and enjoyable weekend, now Looking forward to the year ahead, working with the 5 clubs in this area: Helensvale Daybreak Toastmasters, Southport Toastmasters, Southport Endeavour Toastmasters, Griffith Guild Toastmasters and Club Runaway 2000 Toastmasters.

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's Official: Welcome New Executive Committee

Report by Peter Preston VPPR.
We held our official Committee Changeover at the Arundel Tavern, the Club's second time in the room for this very event.

Executive Committee (left to right): Ursula Beatty - President, Sarafina Zubovic - Area Director, Tom O'Sullivan - VPE, Hannah Castellijn - VPM, Peter Preston - VPPR, Tricia Donaldson - Secretary, Aimee Simpson - Treasurer, Jude Morris - Sergeant-at-Arms

Tom O'Sullivan, the Club's outgoing Sergeant-at-Arms and incoming Vice President Education, MC'd the evening with his usual poise and wit.

The event was well attended by members and guests, including Valerie Sutton and Marty Haynes.

You may notice the room has had an upgrade since the Club's 2016 Changeover dinner. Can you spot the differences?

(Left to right) Hannah Castellijn, Tom O'Sullivan, Nicole Kelly, Nick O'Donnell, Julie Anne Cantwell, Ursula Beatty, Sarafina Zubovic

Thank you to all who attended and made this a special night.

(Left to right, back to front) Marty Haynes, Shane and Tricia Donaldson, Hannah Castellijn, Aimee Simpson, Tom O'Sullivan, Peter Preston, Ian Garvie, Sarafina Zubovic, Jude Morris, Valerie Sutton, Ursula Beatty, Daniel Black

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Take a trip south and Go Hawaiian! For the 2018 SD conference.

Report by Ursula Beatty. 
Aloha was the greeting for the day. There were flowers everywhere! On the program, on everyone’s clothing, with Hawaiian style dresses and shirts. Also garlands of flower (leis), draped around necks or worn as  head bands. There were grass skirts too, and lots of colour, adorning attendees and scattered around the  venue.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to go too far south for this year’s Hawaiian themed, D69 Southern Division conference (plus round 3 of the speech contests). As, It was held at the Robina community centre Auditorium, in Robina on Saturday 10th March, 2018.
A good  turn out from HDB club members at the SD Conference:
Ursula Beatty (President), Daisy Morris, Jude Morris, Elaina Massey, Julie Anne Cantwell (Contestant in the International Contest), Sarafina Zubovic (Area 24 director), Tom O'Sullivan (VPE & SAA), Hannah Castellijn (VPM). Missing from photo: Chris Lennon -  Catering co-coordinator.

This year’s tropical Hawaiian theme gave SD director, Garry Jardine DTM, a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of his own collection of Hawaiian shirts. He managed to wear 4 different shirts throughout the conference. I love the look. Well done Garry!

A Yates Sandwich!
 SD  Director, Garry Jardine (AKA Mr Hawaii), and TMI Immediate past president, Mike Storkey congratulate Anne Yates on her 20 year membership and service to TM. Well done Anne.

Conference Highlights:
Apart from the speech contests, and Garry’s shirts, other highlights for me, included an informative educational speech by Mark Hunter, DTM (also 2009 world champion of public speaking and speech coach). On the Anatomy of a keynote speech. Marks keynote speech tips included:

·         Establish your credibility as a speaker on that topic.

·         Work your speech around the values of the organisation or group that you are speaking to.

·         Ensure the structure of the speech enables the audience to clearly understand and follow its logic and flow of ideas.

·         Use different mediums to cater for the different learning styles (Visual, Kinaesthetic, Auditory).

·         Use Tweetable moments:  small repeatable phrases or quotes.

·         Very important  to use  relevant stories and metaphors to connect with the audience and link to what your message is about.

·         Appropriate  transitions between ideas.

·         Use a new idea or an old idea wrapped in a new way.

Also, special Guest presenter, Neil McLean gave us useful and interesting tips on public speaking and speaking on camera. Neil is well qualified ‘to get the best out of people on camera, with a 35 year career in media, more than 5,000  television news stories to air, and 20,000 interviews under his belt.” 
Neil best tips for being a great speaker:  

·         Be yourself. Be authentic, as there are no mistakes when you speak from the heart. Let others get to know you, like you and trust you as a speaker.

·         To become a great speaker, you first need great thoughts and emotions behind it.

·         Make effective use of pauses,  as there is often  more in what you don’t say, than in what you do say. “the Power of the pause”.

I particularly enjoyed Neil’s presentation, which was all the more admirable, considering he came to Robina straight from the airport, after a  long flight from India to speak with us. Thanks Neil.
Guest presenter, Neil McLean with  Conference MC, Stephen McDowall.

Some of the HDB members enjoying the conference:
Tom O'Sullivan, Hannah Castellijn, Jude Morris, Elaina Massey, Daisy Morris, Sarafina Zubovic and Julie Anne Cantwell.

Mitch Drage, Evaluation contest Toastmaster with participants: Emily Vallientis, Alison Cleaver (1st place), Linda Hardstaff  (3rd Place), Carolyn Shaw (2nd Place),  and Jane Buckley.

Humorous contest Place getters:
1st place- Rod Smith, 2nd place- Shirley Lord, 3rd place- Jane McLennan

International contest Toastmaster, Hannah Castellijn with participants: 
Melisa Fernandez, Julie Anne Cantwell, Alison Cleaver,  Jane Buckley and Tim Whittle.

International contest Place getters:
2nd place- Melissa Fernandez, 1st place- Jane Butler and 3rd place -Alison Cleaver

Table Topic contestants:
Carolyn Shaw, Linda Hardstaff, Alisha Fernandez, Alison Cleaver and Keith Howden.

Table Topic contest place getters:
3rd Place- Keith Howden, 1st Place - Alison Cleaver, 2nd Place- Carolyn Shaw.

Well done to all of the contestants of this years contests, and Mahalo (Thank you), to everyone who contributed to making the conference such a huge success, including the organisers, catering and of course the judges.  

Best wishes to the winners of all 4 contests who go on to compete in round 4 of the contests to be held  on the 28th and 29th April at the 47th Annual District 69 conference at Ipswich. 

I look forward to seeing you there. A hui hou.

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 meeting.in 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!