Speakathon – 1st April 2015

On March 29, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

We are holding a "Speakathon' at the meeting on 1st April. This is where we concentrate on speeches and omit the usual sections of our meetings such as the Table Topics, Book/Film Review, Comment etc. This allows the Toastmasters the opportunity to deliver their speeches perhaps earlier than they otherwise might have been able to.

As a large club, speaking slots are at a premium as we aim to deliver what the members want, being variety and an opportunity for all to speak at each meeting.

If you are planning on visiting our club then the meeting on 1st April will be a speech fest to behold.

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


2015 – Southern Division Speech Conference

On March 22, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

The Southern Division Conference was held on 21st March and our club was admirably represented by Phoebe Greening in two contests and Phoebe placed a close second in the Speech Evaluation Contest but blitzed the opposition in the Table Topics Contest placing first! Well done Phoebe we are so proud of you!

By way of explanation - Pat was automatically disqualified from competing in the Humorous Speech Contest at this conference because he has nominated for the Southern Division Director's role for 2015 - 2016 Toastmaster's year and so could not continue to represent our club at the Southern Division Contest...but he has promised he will be back!

The Southern Division Conference was huge success and congratulations to all winners who will now represent both their club and our division at the District Convention at Maroochydore RSL on May 1st -3rd 2015....see you there!

My best wishes to all

Pat Kennelly DTM
Club President


Taylor Tall Tales Speech Contest

On March 1, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

We held this annual contest on 25th February and what a night it was. The contest is held in memory of Doug Taylor a club member who passed away. He had an extraordinary talent for telling 'tall stories'.

We had six external judges visit the club on the night who decided on the placings.

Seven members competed and all gave excellent and diverse speeches. Congratulations to all for entering and special congratulations go to Shane for placing first with Pat and Jacquie close on his heels.

Now we have the next twelve months, to dream up another great Tall Tale.

Pat Kennelly DTM


Tall Tales Club Contest

On February 8, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

February is always an exciting month when we hold our Taylor Tall Tales Contest in honour and memory of Doug Taylor one of our deceased members who would tell the most outrageous Tall Tales which left all of us wondering 'What on earth just happened?'. We will have external judges come and adjudicate the contest and it will be a very exciting night for all. If you are thinking of visiting our club then Wednesday 25th February would be a special night for you to choose.

See you there!

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


2015 – The Year Ahead

On January 24, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Welcome back to all members after our Christmas break. This is a perfect time for all members to re-visit their Toastmasters goals and set some new and exciting goals for the remainder of our current year.

I spoke with Charlie Starrett, a past District 69 Governor, who told me that he always set a goal of achieving a new level in Toastmasters each year. He found that both challenging and very rewarding.

Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here.

I wish you all the very best for 2015.

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


AREA 34 Conference 2014

On November 21, 2014, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

The Area34 Conference was held on 16th November 2014 at the Nerang Bi-Centennial Hall.  Southport Toastmasters Club was represented in the four speaking  contests by: Catharine Hutchison in the International Speech Contest; Phoebe Greening in the Evaluation and Table Topics Contests and Pat Kennelly in the Humorous Contest.

We are pleased to announce that we won three of those four contests being the Evaluation, Table Topics and Humorous.  We congratulate our members on an excellent effort.

The winners will represent Area34 and our club at the Southern Division Conference on 21st March 2015 at Nerang Bi-Centennial Hall.  We wish them all the very best luck.


Happy 90th Birthday Toastmasters International

On October 10, 2014, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

This October marks the 90th anniversary of Toastmasters International

Over nine decades, Toastmasters has evolved from a small network of clubs in Southern California to more
than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries, with membership exceeding 313,000.

Members of the first group of clubs pioneered the same basic principles we still recognise today: Practice how to speak, keep meetings well organised and on time, welcome new members enthusiastically and provide constructive feedback.

Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters, noted that people “learn in moments of enjoyment.”
Although 90 years have passed, members around the globe still have fun while learning and building their
skills. From Stockholm to Singapore, and Cleveland to Shanghai, members continue to learn from each
other, while forging friendships in the process.

Why not join us at Southport Toastmasters and have fun while you learn new speaking and leadership skills.


Southport Toastmasters – Speech Contests

On September 14, 2014, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Each year four contests are held in our club namely: Table Topics, Evaluation, Humorous and International Speech contests. These contests are evaluated by a panel of independent experts who decide on the first second and third 'place getters'. The winners then move on to the area conference where they represent our club and compete against the winners from the other four clubs in our area. We are in Area 34 of the Southern Division.

I would like to congratulate not only the winners but all those who entered the contests and challenged themselves to do better.

Our winners were: Phoebe Greening who won the Table Topics and Evaluation Contests. Catharine Hutchison who won the International Speech Contest and Pat Kennelly who won the Humorous Contest. Good luck to you all at the next level of contests.

Pat Kennelly - President


World Champions of Public Speaking

Each year, the Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the International Speech Contest, the final speech contest which crowns the World Champion of Public Speaking.

A panel of experienced Toastmasters judges evaluate nine contestants from different parts of the world, all of whom have advanced to the finals following a year-long process of elimination through club, area, district and semifinal competitions.

Criteria used in judging includes speech content, organization, voice quality and gestures.

This year,2014 the World Champion is Dananjaya Hettiarachchi of Sri Lanka. Congratulations from Southport Toastmasters!


Toastmasters International Convention 2014

On August 22, 2014, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Malaysia, First Asian Host For Toastmasters International World Convention

With sheer determination and strong commitment, Malaysia has successfully secured the Toastmasters International World Convention, due to be held in 2014. First to be conducted out of North America, the winning bid is a combined effort of Dr. John Lau, (who is also one of MyCEB’s appointed “Kesatria”), Toastmasters Club Malaysia and supported by MyCEB.

After an extensive selection process, Toastmasters International has decided to hold its World Convention 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which marks the first time that such event will be held outside North America.

With more than 30 percent of its global members now residing outside North America and the strongest membership growth in Southeast Asia, the selection of Kuala Lumpur as the Convention’s host truly reflects the global nature of the organisation as well as its evolving membership.

The Convention is scheduled to be held from 20th – 23rd August 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) and is expected to bring together 2,000 delegates and RM32.5 million in economic impact to the country.

Malaysia’s success in the bidding process is due to various reasons which include the country’s reputation as an international travel destination that is rich in culture with a strong value for money proposition. The country also has a remarkable history in hosting international business events which scored record-breaking attendances.

Dr. John Lau Pang Heng, a member of the Kuching Connections Toastmasters Club, Kuching Mandarin Toastmasters Club and Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club in Penang said, “For many of us, members of Toastmasters in Asia, this announcement is indeed a welcoming one. Malaysia is a multiracial country where English, Bahasa Malaysia and various other languages are widely spoken. In a way, the decision to bring the conference to Malaysia is a wise one considering that Toastmasters champions spoken words. I look forward to welcoming the delegates to Kuala Lumpur for the 2014 conference and we promise you that we will do everything that we can to ensure its success”. Dr. John has also been installed as International President of Toastmasters International, the first Malaysian to hold the highest elected post in the global network.
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