At our meeting on 13th May 2015, we held the annual Club election of the Club Officers who have pledged to build on the past successes of our Southport Toastmasters Club for the upcoming year.

The Toastmasters year runs from 1st July this year to 30th June the following following year [just the same as the fiscal year in Australia].

Your committee members elected for the 2015/2016 Toastmasters year are:

  • President: Ros Schwarz
  • VPE: Maurine Enderlin
  • VPM: Lucie Sramkova
  • VPPR: Paula Campbell
  • Secretary: Blake Wade
  • Treasurer: Nick Banion
  • SAA: David MartinAll members need to support the committee who have volunteered to give up their time to strive to maintain the impetus of our club success and I urge all members to continue to try to achieve their own goals which coincidentally helps our Club achieve the Distinguished Club Program goal we need.

    Welcome to our Executive team.

    My best regards,

    Pat Kennelly DTM


At the District 69 Toastmasters Convention in May, our member Pat Kennelly was elected to the role of Southern Division Director for the Toastmasters year 2015/2016.

The recent decision by Toastmasters International to revise the designations of the District Officers means that the Southern Division Governor will now be known as the Southern Division Director.

Good Luck to all for the upcoming Toastmasters year and let's kick some serious Toastmasters goals!

Pat Kennelly DTM


Congratulations Phoebe

On May 18, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Congratulations to Phoebe who competed at the highest level for Table Topics at the Toastmasters D69 Convention and having represented Club, Area34 and Southern Division, Phoebe placed a very creditable third place in this very competitive contest. Well done Phoebe we are proud of you.

Pat Kennelly DTM


I would like to offer congratulations to Nev Williams on behalf of all the club members, on achieving his Competent Communicator [CC] award.   This is given for completing the CC manual of ten speech projects which helps Toastmasters build on the strengths they already have and hones those areas that need attention.

Well done Nev we are looking forward to hearing from you again soon.

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


Toastmasters – Figuratively Speaking!

On April 18, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

What an exhilarating meeting we had on 15th April. The theme chosen by Jacquie our Toastmaster for the evening was 'Figures of Speech' and all members took the theme to heart and we had so much fun with the topic. Great choice.

Congratulations to Tiara on her ICEBREAKER speech 'Off The Beaten Track' well done on delivering a humorous look into one part of your life.....we can't wait for the next speech!

Congratulations also to Leigh on his 7 minute impromptu speech.  He has just added another 'string to his bow'!

See you all at the next meeting on 22nd April

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


Our Toastmasters Club Continues to Grow

On April 12, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Our club is growing faster than any other club in the Southern Division.  We have reached the magical number of fifty enthusiastic members.  Congratulations to all.  We do have some members away but the meetings continue to be positive, fun and educational at all times.

Congratulations to Blake and Josh W. who gave their ICEBREAKER speeches on Wednesday evening, both moving forward now into their Toastmasters journeys.

Looking forward to more fun and catching up with you all next week.

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


Toastmasters – Club Officer Elections

On April 3, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

Our club Officer elections will be held at the regular club meeting on 13th May 2015.

All Club Members are eligible to stand as a committee member, providing they are 'paid-up' members. If there is more than one nomination for a particular role then a vote by the members in attendance will be taken.

It is a very rewarding leadership role to undertake so I would urge you all to consider nominating for the position of your choice.

See you at the elections.

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


What A Night!

On April 3, 2015, in Member Article, by Pat Kennelly

We had our extra meeting on the 1st April and yes, there was a lot of 'fooling' around! We had two ICEBREAKER speeches from Tricia and Matthew.......well done to you both and a mixture of speeches from our newer and more experienced Toastmasters. An excellent mix of informative and humorous deliveries. In all we had eight speeches instead of our regular four. It was just like having two meetings in one........super value all round.

Great night and definitely to be repeated!

Pat Kennelly DTM - President


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