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Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Hedda Pike ACG/ALB  Eastern Division Governor 2014/15

Hedda Pike ACG/ALB
Eastern Division Governor 2014/15

The first Toastmasters meeting was held in1924. Now Toastmaster’s has 260 000 members, over 13 000 Clubs in 110 countries.

Ralph Smedley our founder said, “Toastmasters is a non profit international organization that operates Clubs worldwide, helping people in their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.  The programs are designed to help men & women learn the art of speaking, listening and thinking.”

 But in fact Toastmasters is so much more than that.  Smedley also said “Clubs should be a place where you receive the personal touch, are caring and good fun”.

I was born in Europe, but found myself in an English boarding school at age, five and a half.  After that things just became more frightening and confusing.  I sustained a huge amount of rejection and  negativity as a child.  When I was 16, I came home from boarding school at Christmas time and 2 months later my mother and her new husband, were gone. They went back, to Europe to live, but left me in Australia.  So I was chucked into the deep end, my life was sink or swim.

People say to me you don’t have a problem with public speaking…. little do they know!  My personality had become totally introverted.  I  become defensive, pushy and abrasive.  I was a very insecure person. On top of it all I found that I had Asperger’s and that made for some serious additional difficulties!

Why have I told you all this?  Because one day I  realized how much Toastmasters has done for me. My biggest issues – self esteem and confidence, were answered by Toastmasters. We all want acceptance, to fit in, be liked, have respect, and recognition. I had played around the peripheries of Toastmasters for years, all over the world. But once I decided to get serious, things really changed for me.  No psycho analysis, no pressure, but a lot of acceptance and help.  Toastmasters is a place where you improve at your own rate, in your own time.

Can I take you with me on this journey?  Don’t miss this opportunity, I implore you!    It will be more fun and take you higher than you ever expected and truly help you to realize your genuine potential.

Hedda Pike ACG/ALB

Eastern Division Governor 2014/15

Marketing Your Club

Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Joe Abbott ACB, ALB. Lt Governor Marketing

Joe Abbott ACB, ALB. Lt Governor Marketing

As this is my first article for the Corroboree I start with a thank you for the support I received at District Convention. I look forward to supporting you and representing District 69 during this Toastmasters year.

At the year end I hope to say we have done a great job in providing Toastmasters in our Clubs the best possible experience.  By this means we will improve member retention and make Toastmasters a fun experience in a warm, friendly, and supportive environment that encourages enjoyable learning. I encourage you all to get going and support your club and make this year your most successful ever. I am here to support you along with DG Ian Pinker, LGET Christine Lennon, and the team of Club Coach Muriel Smith, Sister Club Coordinator Jenny Abbott, New Club Chairman Tania Rooney and Corporate Club Chairman Barry Fuller. There are many other members of the District Team to help also, so I encourage you to get in touch with any member whenever you need our support.

For your club to be successful it needs to be healthy. I encourage you to use the Moments of Truth [part of the Success Club Series] as your guide to delivering quality service and an outstanding member experience. Please remember that the Clubs add and retain members, not the District. The District provides the resources, tools, and encouragement to assist the clubs in this effort.

Finally, let us work together to be the very best we can, set your member goals and your club goals that inspire you and your Club to reach your full potential through leadership and communication.

Joe Abbott ACB/ALB

Lt. Governor Marketing 2014-15

Education and Training

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Report June 2014

Very soon another action packed Toastmasters year comes to an end.  I hope the dedicated work of all members comes to fruition for them personally or for their club. We have a little time left to 30 June. Yes, the clock is ticking and there are challenges yet to be achieved. These CAN can be met, in some cases with very little effort. Let’s put our shoulders to the wheel!

District is still short of the mark in being Distinguished but little surprises every day bring us closer to this achievement.  This is also true for many Clubs and Areas within District.

Membership is an issue holding Clubs back from being Distinguished. This is a shame given the hard work that goes into achieving the other goals.  Between 12 and 15 clubs have the goals but fall one member short, so please look seriously at prompting any regular guests to be become members.

A smaller number of clubs have the members but not the required five plus goals to be Distinguished.  If this is the case with your club please ensure that all members who have completed Educational goals have had them submitted to Toastmasters International. Get stuck in and make these submissions in the next few days to avoid lack of recognition if a computer crashes, or someone falls ill.  (It does happen…we are Toastmasters, not superhumans.)

Not to overstate the case, do dedicate your attention to gaining that extra member or two, or completing and submitting that outstanding Educational goal. We can be Distinguished.

It has been a challenging, informative and interesting year for D69. If  Elizabeth Browning’s quote “Light tomorrow with today” holds true, our experience of this past year will ensure a bright year ahead.

To the valued members who have mentored, assisted, volunteered for various roles or just listened along the way, thank you for being part of the team.  To Marilyn Freeman and Chris Lennon, it has been an absolute pleasure being part of the Trio, thanks.

Ian Pinker DTM

Lieutenant Governor Education and Training, D69


Lieutenant Governor Marketing

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Report June 2014

There are just a few days left until the end of our Toastmaster year. Let’s finish it off with the same enthusiasm as we started our year. I hope this year has been a year of growth and learning for you and that you have achieved your goals or made progress in the right direction.

One of our goals for District 69 was Strong Clubs not more Clubs. I thank all of you for your work towards making that a reality for our District. This is not just an annual goal but a long term objective for all our members, all our Clubs and Divisions.

This year has been a huge learning curve for me. We are always learning- even after 20 years. I have been fortunate enough to be part of your District 69 Trio, a strong team. I’ve been supported by six very hard working inspirational Division Governors who have given their all for their members and their Districts. I thank each one of them.

I also want to acknowledge Coral McVean as Chief Coach, Lorraine Keelty Long Service Badges/Banners , Tarja Kelly New Member/New Club kits and Barrie Fuller New Clubs Chairman, aided by Marilyn Freeman, who worked so hard to support District 69.  Aro Kia has been a powerhouse in Papua New Guinea driven to share the benefits Toastmasters has given her. Aro has been supported by PNG members, her Division Governor and others of us here in District 69 doing what we can.

So  fellow 69ers, let’s leave our Clubs, Areas, Division and District in the best condition we possibly can. Let’s make sure that all our Club Executive lists have been submitted, all memberships have been sent in and we have done all we possibly can for our members. We will then truly be a Distinguished District.

I look forward to seeing you at our District Changeover Dinner on 28th June.

Christine Lennon DTM

Lieutenant Governor Marketing, District 69


Toastmasters International Convention, August 2014

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
MikeStorkey DTM, Second International Vice President

Mike Storkey DTM, Second International Vice President

Greetings Region 12 Toastmasters

If you haven’t already done it, it is time to seriously consider registering  for the Toastmasters International Convention from Wednesday 20 August to Saturday 23 August in Kuala Lumpur.  Why would you want to do this?

In 2014, for the FIRST time, the Toastmasters International Convention will be held outside of North America. More than 3,000 Toastmasters from across the globe will be there.  YOU could be one of them.

Toastmasters International Convention is a special experience. Be inspired by outstanding speakers and workshop presenters. See the  World Champion of Public Speaking contests. Learn about new policy directions from the Board of Directors. Participate in the election of your international governing body.  Make lasting friends with Toastmasters throughout the world.

Distance and cost prevent many Toastmasters from Region 12 from going to the annual Convention in North America. But this opportunity is right in our backyard.

For Toastmasters in Region 12 – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea – this may be your once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the International Convention. Don’t miss this opportunity – it may not come again!

Mike Helm Region 12 International Director

Mike Helm Region 12 International Director

 Now is the time to register for the Convention.  Full details are provided on the Toastmasters International website. On-line registration is easy.

Cheap airfares are still available through the registration process or from an airline of your choice. Why not sign up now for an unforgettable Toastmasters experience?

See you at the 2014 Convention in Kuala Lumpur.

Mike Storkey DTM, Second Vice President

Mike Helm DTM, Region 12 International Director



Education and Training

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Evaluation contest winners

Evaluation contest winners

District Speech Contests

The District Convention was a great success!   My role as Lt. Governor Education and Training focuses on organising the speech contests and my thanks must go to Assistant Chief Judge Christine Lennon, all the Tally Counters, Timers and Sgts at Arms for their dedication.  The standard across all contests was high and the judges had some very difficult choices to make.  Contest Chairmen all performed beautifully, carrying their roles with poise and grace.   Our Test Speaker, Shirley Childs, came all the way from Sydney to deliver an excellent speech to challenge our Evaluation contestants. Your contribution was greatly appreciated Shirley.  Members listed above, thank you. Your energy and commitment helped all the contests run smoothly.

Distinguished Clubs

 Taking account of the time left until 30 June we could be tricked into thinking that “the Toastmasters year is almost at an end”.  Looking at the challenges and work still ahead of us, this comment seems a long way off the mark.

Many clubs and their members have worked so hard this year and are so close to being Distinguished.  Please don’t waste your efforts.  DG Marilyn outlines in this issue the requirements for achieving Distinguished District. We can’t be a Distinguished District without our clubs being Distinguished.  We have 32 Clubs that are already Distinguished or more. So many clubs are nearly there:

  • 4 clubs have the goals but require one more member
  • 14 clubs need one more goal and require two or less members
  • 19 clubs have the goals and require three to five members
  • 4 clubs have the members and require two more goals

That makes 41 clubs within reach of becoming Distinguished.  YOU CAN DO IT. There are six weeks left.  How fabulous would you all feel to celebrate club members’ hard work throughout the year with the title ‘Distinguished’.

Ensuring members’ education achievements are submitted correctly and on time is one sure way to boost the chances of your club becoming Distinguished.   Both the Vice President Education and the member themselves are responsible here.

Thank-you for your support – let’s finish the year strong.

District 69 Convention Contest Results

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

International Speech Contest Results

  • 1st: Elizabeth Neal (Northern)
  • 2nd: Michelle Palmer (Southern)
  • 3rd: Lila Powell (Central)

Humorous Speech Contest Results

  • 1st: Ruth Guice (Northern)
  • 2nd: Joanne McMillan (Central)
  • 3rd: Clare Horan (Metro)

Evaluation Contest Results

  • 1st: Suzanne Wacker (Metro)
  • 2nd: Sharon Kelly (Northern)
  • 3rd: Jenny Duckworth (Central)

Table Topics Contest Results

  • 1st: Shane Allen (Eastern)
  • 2nd: Michelle Palmer (Southern)
  • 3rd: Heidi Fishlock (Western)

Nomination for Eastern Division Governor – Hedda Pike

Sunday, April 27th, 2014


My Toastmasters life began in Europe and moved to Africa.  But after coming home, I was too busy picking up a new life and starting a business and let Toastmasters slide.  I came to my senses 12 years later, daahhh!!!!  What took so long…..I don’t know.  So I rejoined Toastmasters in Inverell, NSW, eight years ago and started all over again.  I have earned my ACG, ALS, and HPL.  Have served as club Secretary, Treasurer, Club Coach, Area Governor and current District 69 Secretary 2013/14.

As Division Governor I have the opportunity to encourage, help and support a team of Area Governors to grow and develop, so they in turn can assist their Clubs to achieve goals, strengthen membership and advance Toastmasters.


Hedda PikeBorn in Prague, Czech Republic, Educated in England and Australia.  Completed by correspondence, two degrees; a BA, in Humanities & English and a B.Th. in Philosophy & Ethics.  Have a Diploma in Accounting, a Certificate IV in Agriculture and am a Certified Master Cheese Maker.

Started my working life as a Nurse.  Have developed and run my own businesses in Property and Finance for about 30 years.  Now retired.

As a young person I went travelling the world.  I lived all over Europe for about 11 years and in Africa for 17 years.  In Africa, was married and widowed and returned home to Australia in 1994.

My hobbies include patchwork & quilting, other handcrafts, soap making, lead lighting, growing Bonsai and reading books.

I am a committed Christian, live in the country, and share my home with ‘Gingie’, a ginger cat, ‘Phantom’ a feral from the hay shed that Gingie brought home and a couple of gold fish and neon tetras.


  • Developed and taught a literacy course to African women.
  • Developed and taught a course in Africa on how to grow enough vegetables to support a family, on a piece of land the size of a household door. This prevented starvation.
  • Developed and taught a Cross Cultural Communications course for “ignorant white people” living in an African culture.
  • Was Secretary to a Town Council for two years and then Mayor for 9 years.
  • Developed and taught a course to train Mortgage & Finance Brokers in Brisbane/Gold Coast.
  • I’m a Toastmaster.

John Hutchins Candidature

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


John Hutchins

John Hutchins

The bio?

I joined Toastmasters in 2007 after being involved in the local Neighbourhood Watch. My interest was sparked by meeting a person who was involved in the two organisations.

Since joining Jacaranda 2000 Toastmasters Club, I have taken on several leadership roles within the Club, including Club President.

Further, I was proud to be Area 11 Governor in 2009-10, when it consisted of 8 Clubs.

Since 2008, I have attended every District 69 Convention. I believe the convention experience is one not to be missed as one becomes enriched on many levels.

The Why?

I believe that to grow, we must step outside of our comfort zone, so here goes!

PNG Division Governor

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Aro Kia, nominating for Papua New Guinea (PNG) Division Governor

Charlie Starrett and Aro Kia in recruiting mode.

Charlie Starrett and Aro Kia in recruiting mode.

I joined Toastmasters in September, 2011 and got nominated and elected as Westpac Vaigana Toastmasters Club President from September, 2011 to June, 2012.

That same year I was then nominated and elected for Area 38 Governor from July 2012 to current where my term will end June, 2014 (2 years).

The reason why I am nominating for the PNG Division Governor is the experience that I have gained in my role as the Area Governor. The skills leant have equipped me to a level where I can provide assistance and deliver guidance, coaching and mentor the upcoming new Area Governors for PNG.

The other most important reason is the contacts and relationships that I have established over the two years with the public. These relationships have turned out to be potential clubs and members; I therefore want to continue onto seen these companies chartering new clubs and the individuals signing on as members.

As PNG Toastmasters is only young and the market is growing we need someone with experience in the leadership role, who is able to make time available for the people and see them enhance their communication and leadership skills.

And I believe I can provide that leadership.