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


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