Club Officer Training Statistics

Our stats are in for the first round of Club Officer training. We got 110 of the 196 Officers trained. Although a lot of clubs had the minimum trained I would like to see the majority if not all trained. It is an essential part of being a club officer. I always learn something new when I go to training and not just about the role I am undertaking, but across the board.

Central Division Toastmasters - District 69

The Division has conducted 4 training days over the past 3 weekends.

We held 2 days on the Sunshine Coast, 1 in Maryborough and a final day in Rockhampton.

Club officer training is an essential part of being a member of a club executive.  It does not matter how many times you have done your role, there is always something new to learn.  These sessions are full of great information about your role as well as all the other club officer roles.

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Change over meetings a great success

Our wonderful Division PRM is currently working on a new website for the Division for the upcoming Toastmasters year. I have just written a blog on it as a test. Can’t wait to launch this site in readiness for the new TM year.

Central Division Toastmasters - District 69

It is change over season again and the clubs of the Division are busy swearing in their new executives.

It is an exciting time of the year where all the members celebrate the successes of the year.  Some clubs have a regular meeting with a some food while other clubs have a dinner meeting.

Have a look at all the photos of the change over meetings from across the Division.

Mercury’s Motivators had a dinner meeting

19399990_433341417038805_1642975202494280481_n.jpgBundaberg Simply Speakers change over ceremony was conducted by outgoing Area 10 director Doreen Davis.

19397086_433040100402270_287259055064359215_nGlasshouse Country Toastmasters Clubs had incoming Area 22 Director Tracey Head conduct the ceremony.

19399535_432565473783066_7149770859501703560_n.jpgIncoming Area 42 Director Sarah Lawson inducts the new Maroochydore Toastmasters executive.

19366062_432119723827641_5013737526513117379_n.jpgIncoming Area 22 Director Tracey Head conducts the executive officers change over ceremony at Caloundra Toastmasters

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My first badge

After logging into Base Camp I activated my path and went through the preliminary stages of the Ice Breaker speech and this is where I received my very first Pathways badge.

Badges and awards are a major focus in Pathways.  Toastmasters International has identified that sooner someone is awarded with recognition the better they feel.

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It has been a factor in the past that the first level of recognition is either after completing 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator or 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manuals.  This had led to many members leaving Toastmasters without completing even their first award.  Awarding people sooner will cement them as members of this wonderful organisation and keep them going through their awards.

 

I for one am happy to have received my first badge in Pathways even though it is just an activation of my first path.

A new path

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Pathways in the new education program Toastmasters is rolling out.  The program replaces the existing education program of a communication track and a leadership track.  It has the ability to combine both tracks together or allow you to focus on just the areas you are interested in.  

I have been in Toastmasters for nearly 3 years and I am due to complete my DTM award when the new year ticks over.  I am also incoming Division Director for the next 12 months.

I was given the chance to start Pathways early as a member of an advanced club based out of the U.S. that meets monthly as a brick and mortar club but allow virtual attendance.  As out District is still in the line up for our rollout date I jumped at the opportunity to get a head start…why?

Not because I want to be the first, but because I want to be prepared to help others during their journey through Pathways.  As a person who is up to date with technology I knew that I would not struggle with the new online based portal, but I know that there will be others in my Division and District who will or believe they will.

Getting that head start on Pathways gives me the chance to learn the system thoroughly and I will be able to offer advice when sought out.  I am not an Ambassador or Guide in Pathways and I am happy to leave the training up to those wonderful volunteers.  I am however an enthusiastic advocate for the new program.

Once my application was approved and I ponied up my money I was online as a member of this club.  The 5am meeting time will be quite an interesting experience, but it is only once per month and I do have the advantage of coffee and not needing to leave my study.

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I did do the online survey and the resulting path recommended to me was “Effective Coaching”.  I had a sneaky suspicion it would be from all the research I had already done.  

I signed up for that path and I was presented with my first module.  Level 1 ‘The Ice Breaker”.  I love hearing Ice Breaker speeches.  They are just so inviting and give us all in insight on the person who delivers them.

I am incoming President of one of my clubs this year, so I plan on delivering my Pathways Ice Breaker at the changeover meeting next week.  What a great way to start my journey.  It will also allow the evaluator of my speech a sneak preview of what’s to come.

I will enjoy this journey.