Contributed by Neil Booth:
One of the key learning tools in Toastmasters is challenging ourselves. This means stepping outside of our comfort zone in our speeches — but stepping up to participate in weekend workshops.
This past Saturday, members from all three Sunshine Coast Toastmasters showed up and participated in a four-hour workshop at Garden Hotel in Gibsons. Hosted by Area Director Sheila Cameron, District 96 District Program Quality Director Lydia Burchell and District 96 Kerry Deschamps, the workshop offered intensive training on how to judge a contest, evaluations and changes coming to District 96 and the Toastmasters organization.
The hidden benefit in the workshop was spending an afternoon with fellow Toastmasters where we aren’t rushing about, focused on our roles or upcoming speeches. We were just faces in an audience who mixed and mingled during the interactive workshop during breaks and lunch.
One of the highlights for me was when two of our own were recognized for there outstanding achievements and service to Toastmasters.
Kerry Deschamps District 96 Director was on hand to officially present our own Katherine Scott with the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Kerry explained that this is the highest award given by Toastmasters and made sure that we understood the level of achievement, and commitment to Toastmasters that it takes to achieve this distinction, serving in leadership roles, mentoring and other roles. Kerry then turned over the job of pinning on the medal to fellow DTM, District Program Quality Director Lydia Burchell — a very dear friend of Katherine’s.
Congratulations, Katherine Scott . . . Distinguished Toastmaster!
Area Director Sheila Cameron presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Weegee Sachtjen, in recognition of outstanding support of Toastmaster’s International’s communication and leadership programs. We all know that Weegee does a lot but here is a list of some of the things Sheila mentioned:
– VPPR: two clubs
– visits and helps third club with promotion
– participates in all club meetings
– greets guests, welcomes them with a name tag and assures them their part will be easy and comfortable.
– continually furthering personal growth on both communication and leadership tracks
– bakes and shares cookies
– amazing social media and poster promotion for Fall in Love With Toastmasters Open House month
– continued newsletter, website, social media promotion for two clubs
– knows and respects her own limits
– sets a beautiful example for others to follow (modelling leadership)
– hosts executive meetings at her home
– offers monthly tech support for learning new TV visual aid
Sheila’s message was clearly heartfelt and she wrapped up by saying “You have truly gone above and beyond in your participation for the benefit of our Area Toastmasters this year.”
Congratulations and a great big thank you Weegee!