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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Announcing 2014-2015 Southport Toastmasters Executive Committee

I am pleased to announce the following Club Members were elected to the committee for the 2014-2015 Toastmaster year.

President: Pat Kennelly
Vice President Education (VPE): Ros Schwarz
Vice President Membership (VPM): Michelle Nardi
Vice President Public Relations (VPPR): Jayson Mair
Secretary: Catharine Hutchinson
Treasurer: Bronwen Rowles
Sergeant At Arms (SAA): Josh Caldwell

We wish the new Executive Committee a productive and fun year ahead and also wish to thank the outgoing Committee for all their hard work and dedication over the past year.


Mark Hunter Our club at Southport was visited by a very special guest.  We were lucky that Mark Hunter, the 2009 World Champion of Public Speaking, decided to visit us.

During our meeting, Mark did a presentation of how to give excellent evaluation for other speakers, which we all found very helpful.  Mark also provided the General Evaluation for the evening, giving amazing insight and feedback that all Southport members were able to learn from.

We hope Mark will come back and visit us again soon.

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Toastmasters Reveals New Brand to Southport Members

On September 16, 2011, in Member Article, by vpprtoast

New Toastmasters LogoGOLD COAST, QLD, AUSTRALIA – For the first time in 70 years, Toastmasters International, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to teaching communication and leadership skills, has updated its brand. With a more contemporary globe logo and accompanying visual identity system, local Toastmasters clubs now have  updated and consistent resources to conduct and promote their programs.

 The refreshed branding is an exciting step for the Toastmasters clubs in Toastmasters District 69.

“We are welcoming the change in the brand for Toastmasters International.  Hopefully the changes will refresh Toastmasters as a great opportunity to further your confidence through public speaking,” says Pat Kennelly, Club President for Southport Toastmasters.

Today’s Toastmasters members are culturally and ethnically diverse; they represent all ages and professions and meet in communities and corporations in 116 countries. The updated brand reflects the organization’s evolution as a leading provider of communication, public speaking and leadership skills development

"The Toastmasters brand – and the basic principles we stand for – has been around for nearly 87 years, and we expect it will be around for many years to come,” says Michael Notaro, ToastmastersInternational President. “Updating the brand is really about making it more relevant for today’s current and future members around the globe."

The brand refresh does not affect or alter the organization’s core education programs of communication and leadership skill-building; rather, it provides potential members with a clearer picture of what to expect when visiting any club in the world. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, members gain leadership skills.  “The combination of strengthening one’s competence in communication and leadership skills – thereby gaining the confidence to lead – is what differentiates Toastmasters International from other skill-building programs,” Notaro says.

For more information about the brand refresh, please visit:

 About District 69

District 69 comprises more than 200 corporate and community clubs in Queensland, Northern Territory, and Papua New Guinea. To learn more about District 69 please visit:

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About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 300,000 members in 20,000 clubs in 122 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit