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101 Artistic Toastmasters

Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Throughout history the visionary artist has expressed the essence of the human experience. Early human paintings found on cave walls depicted man’s strife, struggle and survival, told and passed on the story. Our forms of artistic expression evolved with us. Thanks to technology we have the ability to capture these artistic expressions and share them with others.

Each artist tells his or her own unique story reflecting his or her culture and life experience. If we read the writings of Homer, Woolf, Shakespeare, study the paintings of Raphael, Da Vinci, and Picasso or observe the sculptures of Donatello, Michelangelo, or Rodin we are exposed to the creative essence of those artists.

For centuries, the power of the written word has proved to be something incontrovertibly sublime. The written word has saved lives, circulated powerful ideas, preserved traditions and memories, and so much more.

101 Artistic Toastmasters showcases the multi-cultural, multi-diverse and multi-dimensional individuals who each joined the global Toastmasters International family.

This compilation is intended to assist you to recognise and release your inner artist and to ignite the human spirit within, to express and share your true essence with the world. Join us to discover the artists behind the Toastmaster name badge. We hope you enjoy 101 Artistic Toastmasters.

 101 Artistic Toastmasters will be available at the 2014 Toastmasters International Convention in KL at a 25% discount. ’101 Artistic Toastmasters’ comprises 500 full colour pages [incl. cover], 400 colour photographs, weighs just under 1.5Kg [3.3 pounds], and measures 21cm square. Inside pages are 118 gsm gloss paper and the covers 300 gsm gloss paper making this a true high quality, coffee table publication.





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


Editor’s Word

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Greetings fellow Toastmasters and readers,

Hello from your new Corroboree editor.  From now Corroboree will have a new look and feel.  Our intention is to bring it out more frequently (and yes, I confess we’ve had a slow start getting out of the blocks on this first one) and to develop a more contemporary and accessible style.

The new format is intended to improve communication between our District Leadership team and members of Clubs across our vast geography.  It will also have the advantage of making it easier for members to go directly to items of interest and to make it easier to circulate directly to the people who matter: that’s you, fellow Toastmaster and reader.

What this means is that each monthly we’ll have a headline from our District Governor featuring important highlights.  And rather than your having to download and scroll through pages and pages of information we’ll provide links to items of interest submitted by Club across the district.

Please keep your contributions rolling in.  Guidelines about formatting can be found of the District 69 website here:

We encourage all Clubs to submit photos and articles of interest about your achievements, activities and goals.  Like everything we do in Toastmasters the success of this venture is dependent upon the quality of our collective effort and our collaboration.

One of my good friends always says, ‘Things don’t just happen.  Things happen just.’  (E. James Rohn)


Pamela Greet ATMS

How Can Twitter Help Your Club?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Interview with Lisa Lange, President Riverside Toastmasters Club on using Twitter for your club.

Could you please explain for those people who genuinely have no idea about Twitter, how you use it, how set it up and what followers/ following means (ie not stalking!)

Twitter is a communication tool used for quick, to the point messaging.  You have 140 characters in which to get your message across.

To set up Twitter all you need is a valid email address.  Visit for easy to follow steps in setting up your account.

You don’t need to be at your PC/Laptop to access Twitter (although there are great desktop tools for when you are).  There’s many mobile apps to make ‘Tweeting’ more convenient and these are generally as user friendly as sms.  Once your account is set up you can ‘find people’ to follow and people can ‘follow’ you.  Following is similar to choosing friends on Facebook and once you’re following someone all of their Tweets will appear on your timeline (page), likewise if someone chooses to follow you then you appear on their timeline.

Twitter has some privacy options that can be selected in the setup process and you don’t have to let everyone see what you’re Tweeting about. In fact if you’d like to keep you whole timeline private (just between you and some select followers) then that is possible too.  Just remember that anything you put out there (anywhere on the internet) is there forever.

How has Twitter worked for you as a networking tool?

Twitter has been an easy way to keep in touch with business contacts on a casual basis.  Instead of having to physically go out and have a meeting with people I can maintain contact on a regular basis at a time that suits me.  When working if I come across an interesting article that might be of interest to my Twitter friends I can post it easily and get an instant response.  This will often prompt discussions (more interaction) strengthening those relationships. Although Social Networking can’t ever replace the benefits of building relationships face to face it certainly helps enhance and strengthen those relationships and works well as part of an overall marketing plan.

How have you set it up and used it?

It’s important to remember that nobody is going to want to keep following you if all you are doing is trying to sell them something. You should share some of your personality so people can get to know more about you as a person – with “business” stuff thrown in every so often. Always remember though that what you put out there stays there forever! A friend of mine once told me that she would never put anything on a social networking site that she wouldn’t want her mother to see. Likewise I’m always conscious of personal safety and refrain from using the names of family members or giving out too many details of future plans etc.

How did you manage to tap in to your network and develop strong business leads?

Being genuine and open to helping other people (not just what’s in it for me) has proven to give great results in all types of networking. When completing a job for some Twitter clients or contacts I’ve often received immediate online recommendations that have led to new contacts and more business. Being able to offer my services and spot an opportunity in conversations was invaluable. I’ve recently sold my business and client base but still have many strong contacts through the “Twitterverse” that will be of benefit to me no matter what my future endeavours are.

I’m hoping to replicate the success of using Twitter for business/networking purposes and build similar connections for our Toastmasters Club.  It’s not just about attracting new members it’s building a support network and sharing information with like-minded people.

Any further information?

When I forwarded our new Twitter info to the club I attached this article that answers a lot of Twitter questions for those unfamiliar with it:

Will you keep in touch on progress?

Will definitely let you know how we go and I’d be very interested to hear success stories/tips from other clubs also.  I’ve used Twitter in business and found it to be a fantastic networking tool while managing to get some strong business leads as well.  Hoping this rubs off for our club.

Charlie Starrett
District 69 Lieutenant-Governor Marketing 2010-11