WAâ€™s first new Toastmasters club for 2010/2011
A new club has been chartered in WA â€“ the first new club in WA this Toastmaster year â€¦ and the first northern suburbs new club since 1994.
The club has been established in the State government Department of Education Services, commonly known as DES. So what better name than DESperados!!!
The origin of the club was a DES staff symposium on 26th August 2010. DES CEO Richard Strickland, an enthusiastic Toastmaster at Victoria Quay club who has seen the benefits of Toastmasters first hand, asked staff member Past District Governor Mike Helm to chair the staff symposium and also to give a short presentation about Toastmasters. Staff were very interested in what Toastmasters had to offer and accepted Mikeâ€™s invitation to attend a sample meeting which was held on 10th September.
Fifteen staff members attended the sample meeting plus external Toastmasters leaders Inner City Division Governor Kristin McIntosh and District Public Relations Officer Pascale Amberville-Colby.
It was agreed to hold fortnightly meetings where enthusiasm has remained high. The knowledge and competence of the new members is of an exceptionally high standard and they have a thirst for developing their skills further. This demand has been met to some extent by introducing an array of guest speakers to the meetings â€“ Toastmasters leaders Pascale Amberville-Colby and Perth Area Governor Peter McDonnell, the new clubâ€™s mentors; Kristin McIntosh, past Perth Division Governor Bill Hewitt and Inner City Area Governor Gerry Prewett.
The formalities for starting the new club were completed, and an excellent group of club officers elected, at the fourth meeting on 22nd October. The club currently has 21 first time members and rising, almost a third of the total DES staff.
The new clubâ€™s sponsors are Richard Strickland who has generously offered resources to assist the new club, and Mike Helm who will provide the benefit of his experience in Toastmasters.
Keep an eye on DESperados club! Its members are sure to feature strongly in future speech contests and leadership activities.