Summary of Toastmaster Presidency 2017

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Contests

20 August 2016 – Club Humorous Speech

Participants: Nora Ah Poe, Tina Brockway, Jane Crosbie, James Hippolite, Barry Shaw, Florence David, Lynette Wall, Jane Crosbie, Ross Middleton

3rd: Barry

2nd: James

1st: Tina

3 September 2016 – Club Table Topics

Participants: Fiona Hippolite, Lynette Wall, Ruth Malo, Melanie Alican, Elliot Ikilei, Ashlyn Hart, Ross Middleton

3rd place: Elliot

2nd place: Fiona

1st place: Ruth

11 February 2017 – International Speech

Participants: James Hippolite, Ross Middleton, Molino Garcia, Jonas Kuhn

1st: James.  James went on to place 3rd in the Area contest.

11 February 2017 – Club Evaluations

Participants: Ashlyn Hart, Patrick Mariner, Lynette Wall, Molino Garcia, James Hippolite

1st James: James did not place in the Area contest.


Conferences

Turning Tides – Wellington – 12-14 May 2017

  • Keynote speaker: 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia.
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: voting on new national Executive
  • International Speech Contest: hearing the best of the best.
  • Dinner & Dance

Hold on to Your Dreams – Invercargill – 18-20 November 2016

  • Keynote Speakers: Mike Alsop, John Parsons
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: deciding to split the country into 2 districts.
  • Dinner & Dance

Awards

Competent Communicator (6)

  • James Hippolite
  • Barry Shaw
  • Fiona Hippolite
  • Molino Garcia
  • Florence David
  • Steve Lamb

Advanced Communicator (2)

  • James Hippolite (ACB)
  • Jane Crosbie (ACB)

Competent Leader (3)

  • Fiona Hippolite
  • James Hippolite
  • Ruth Malo

Welcomes

10 new members:

July 2016 Ashlyn Hart
Steve Lamb
March 2017 Amit Sharma
April 2017 John Chen
Manju Malik
May 2017 Desiree Crosby
Eva Hutchison
June 2017 Manu John
Sonia Ng
John Barben

Farewells

  • Iliganoa (Nora) Ah Poe
  • Tina Brockway
  • Jane Carswell
  • Florence David
  • Manohar David
  • Min Hu
  • Steve Lamb
  • Christine MacDonald
  • Trish Stack
  • Fritz Tuaa
  • Joe Tuilua
  • Lynette Wall

New Executive

Role Start 2016 End 2017 New
President James Hippolite James Ruth Malo
VP Education Tina Brockway Jane Crosbie Jane
VP PR Melanie Alican Ruth Melanie
VP Memberships Barry Shaw Barry Amit Sharma
Treasurer Barry Barry Manju Malik
Secretary Christine MacDonald Warren Christie Barry
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Molino Patrick Marriner

Distinguished Club Programme

How did we achieve it?

Goals to Achieve    Goal    To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 2
Membership
7 New members 4 4
8 More new members 4 6
Training
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
Administration
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2

Jeremiah: Make No Excuses

Sunday Service

  • 16 July 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Jeremiah: Make No Excuses

Overview of Jeremiah:

  • A young priest
  • Called to be a prophet
  • Given a message for Israel & the nations
  • About the consequences of their sin
  • Invading army Babylon would destroy the city
  • Message of justice: warning, uprooting & tearing down, judgement
  • Book written by a guy Baruch
  • A collection of sermons, poems & essays from Jeremiah
  • Also stories about Jeremiah

Differences between priests and prophets

Feature Priest Prophet
Job description Prescribed Unpredictable
The audience Individuals Nations
The message Welcome Unwelcome
Support From the offerings Unknown

 

The answers to all our excuses

The excuse The promise
The task is too tough God has chosen you!
I don’t have what it takes God always equips those he calls!
The time is not right God with us!
A dangerous message God rescues and God prevails!
Let’s talk about it… God’s power through obedience!

 

Has God called you?

  • Then He will fulfil his purposes in you
  • He will equip you
  • He will enable you
  • He will protect you
  • He will Accompany you

Are you obeying His commands?

  • Then He is with you to protect you.

Are you obedient to what He asks you?

  • Then He will accomplish His purposes, no matter how people react.

 

 

Terrifying, But Awesome…

Sunday Service

  • 9 July 2017
  • All in service
  • Jaime Spurdle (former children’s pastor here)
  • Terrifying, But Awesome…
  • Worship!

Romans 12:1

  • And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.

What should we give to Him?

  • Heart – to love what He loves
  • Eyes – to see and follow Him
  • Ears – to hear and understand Him
  • Mouth – to speak praise to Him and speak for Him to others
  • Hands – to do His work and express His creativity.
  • Feet – to take His Word and stand on injustice

Here I am!

  • Take me…
  • Use me…

Romans 7:21-24

  • It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
  • I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
  • I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope.  Is there no one who can do anything for me?
  • The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.

Matthew 5:29-30

  • If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away.
  • It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Hebrews 12:1

  • …we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go.

 


James says:

  • Sounds like a great introduction to a potential Christian version of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Letting go of the addictions which hold us back.
  • Great teaching from Jaime today.
  • Hard work making it relevant to young and old in the “All In” service today.
  • Excellent attempt, showing 2 videos:
    • People Are Awesome, at the start; and
    • Pandas Are Cute, in the middle.

 

 

Temptation

Sunday Service

  • 2 July 2017
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Temptation

Temptation is

  • A trial in which we have a free choice:
  • Of being faithful to God
  • Or unfaithful to God

What Temptation Does:

  • Hurts us; and
  • Hurts others

e.g.

Gluttony

  • Hurts our own body
  • Hurts our family

Lying

  • Damages our integrity
  • Damages our relationship with others

James 1:13-17

  • And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”
  • God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
  • Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions.  And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
  • So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens.  He does not change like shifting shadows.

Progression:

  • Our own desires: us!
  • Temptation <== This is the key battlefield. Win here.
  • Entices us
  • Drags us away
  • Sinful actions
  • Sin grows
  • Death

Jesus did 2 things:

  1. Resisted the devil
  2. Used the Bible

 

NZ Baptist Missionary Society

Sunday Service

  • 11 June 2017
  • Pastor Martin Campbell (from Belfast)
  • Missions

Whakapapa

  • Born & raised during The Troubles
  • Moved to London, to work in an oncology unit.
  • Met Joyce in Glasgow.
  • Married 1993.
  • Alasdair born 1996.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 1997.
  • Moved to NZ 2007.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 2010.
  • Moved to NZ 2013.
  • Strangely at home in an airport.
  • Missionary kids have a 3rd culture.  They fit into a lot of places, but never really feel at home anywhere.

Eastwest College

  • Established 1966
  • Gordonton

Trees as models:

  • Christian diversity: One trunk with a broad spectrum.
  • Christian churches: Mutual support with other trees
  • Holding up the fruit bearer: The supports aren’t bearing fruit, but they are necessary to enable the fruit bearing trees.  Supporters enable missionaries.
  • Growing in hard places: A tree can establish, even in rock.  Like Afghanistan.  Needs patience, perseverance; weather the winder.

Isaiah 25:4 & Hosea 14:4-8

Mark 4

  • The parable of the mustard seed.

Jonah 4

  • Mission is the awakening of the conscience
  • And the conscience informed by the Holy Spirit.
  • It is not right for us Christians to be angry about our lack of covering (our government leaving our Christian Heritage) when there is a world that needs the gospel.

Jonah’s understanding of God

  • …is focused on his own (or his people’s) prosperity – a conflict with God was inevitable.
  • …a sense of righteousness superior to God’s righteousness – a conflict with God was inevitable.

Don’t make our children the centre of our universe

  • Make God the centre.
  • Our true legacy should be to model this to our children.
  • Else, they will not know True North. They will think they are the centre of the universe.

 

 

3 Pillars: Pentecost

Sunday Service

  • 4 June 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Three Pillars (significant events in the life of a Christian)
  • Pillar 1: Transfiguration
  • Pillar 2: Ascension
  • Pillar 3: Pentecost

The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2

  • The people came running: there was a spectacle
  • The wind came from heaven
  • The flames came from a single source and landed separately on them

Top 9 things about Pentecost

9. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter

8. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2

7. Pentecost comes 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ

6. Pentecost is also known as “The Birthday of the Church”

5. Pentecost fulfils Jesus promise to send the “counsellor” & “spirit of truth” in in John 16:5-15

4. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the gospel after Jesus ascension: some 3,000 people were baptised

3. In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the colour red, which symbolises the Holy Spirit.

2. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason. The celebration observes God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus.

  1. Pentecost is celebrated by us today!

(Some) Characteristics of the Holy Spirit (as demonstrated at Pentecost)

  • Rowdy
  • Surprising
  • A bit out of control
  • Powerful
  • Supernatural
  • Effective
  • Cross cultural
  • Transforming
  • Personal and collective

 


 

Church like this (result of Pentecost):

  • Devoted to learning (putting it into practice)
  • Sharing meals (intimate and restorative)
  • A sense of awe (observing God at work)
  • Miraculous signs and wonders (participating in His will)
  • Met & fellowshipped together (spend time, do stuff, be accountable)
  • Shared everything (e.g. kids clothing exchange)
  • Shared with those in need (more to come)
  • Worshipped together (collective prayer is powerful)
  • Met in homes (be a rebel: go against our current societal norms; be daring and vulnerable)
  • Great joy and generosity
  • Praised God
  • Enjoyed good will of the people
  • The Lord added to those who were being saved (otherwise, what is the point?)

 

Accepting the Competent Leader Award

My fellow toastmasters, it is with true gratitude that I accept this award today.

As you know, Toastmasters is a unique organisation, which, for over 90 years, has been teaching people how to give speeches and how to lead meetings.

For those who may not know, Toastmasters achieves this goal by providing a supportive environment for members to give their speeches, and to have their speeches evaluated.  In turn, all other roles during a meeting are also evaluated.  It is this environment of mutual support that enables a club to develop and grow its members.

This award recognizes that I have worked through the Competent Leadership manual.  This manual consists of 10 projects, where a variety of roles are required to be performed and evaluated.

  1. Project 1 tested my Listening Skills, by requiring me to complete basic roles necessary for the successful running of a normal club meeting.
  2. Project 2 tested my Critical Thinking, by requiring me to be able to evaluate other roles.
  3. Project 3 tested my ability to give Feedback.
  4. Project 4 tested my Time Management skills, by successfully completing a Timer role and a significant other role within a meeting, on time.
  5. Project 5 tested my ability to Plan and Implement significant roles.
  6. Project 6 tested my ability to Organize and Delegate by requiring me to help to organize a special club event.
  7. Project 7 tested my Facilitation skills, by requiring me to perform a couple of vital roles in the club meeting.
  8. Project 8 tested my Motivation, by requiring me to perform roles to assist others.
  9. Project 9 tested my Mentoring skills. I especially wish to thank my mentee, Molino Garcia, for allowing me to mentor him.  It was a privilege to be allowed to speak into another member’s life.
  10. Project 10 tested my Team Building skills, by requiring me to give back to the club.

Having now achieved this award, I have the following recommendations for others wishing to achieve it.

  1. If at all possible, you should attempt to get onto the Executive Team. This will afford you opportunities to complete certain roles.
  2. However, even if you are not on the Executive Team, you can volunteer to assist them. In this way, I was able to perform the role of Web Master, even though I wasn’t the Vice President of Public Relations.
  3. There are four competitions during the year: International Speech, Humorous Speech, Table Topics and Speech Evaluations. You should volunteer to be the convenor of one of these competitions.  This role alone will fulfil the entire Project #6.
  4. If you are only one signature away from completing a project, then ask the Vice President Education to assign you that role in the coming month. You are not imposing.  The VP Ed delights in knowing that you are interested in advancing your record.  It is impossible for the Exec Team to know in advance which roles you wish to pursue at any particular time.
  5. And lastly, of course, for every role you fulfil in your club meeting, check your manual to see whether you can get it signed off. Then find somebody to sign it off for you.

Toastmasters is a bit like university, as opposed to school.  You are provided the manual, but it is up to you to proactively manage your own project completion record.  Nobody is going to chase you up to complete your manual.  This is your prerogative.

What comes next?  After the Competent Leader award, comes the Advance Leader Bronze.  In order to achieve this level, one must:

  1. Have fulfilled an Executive Team role for a minimum of 6 months; and
  2. Completed 2 educational speeches of 10 minutes each.

The final person I wish to give heart-felt thanks to, is Warren Christie for shoulder-tapping me to join as a Charter Member of this club in July 2015.  Warren had to convince me that I needed the club, and the club needed me.  I am grateful that he persevered.

We took only 3 months to get up to the 20 members necessary, so that we were able to charter as a fully-fledged club in October 2015.

It has been said that this club is unique, in that our members are motivated to provoke one another to higher levels of achievement.  With a weekly meeting, we are able to fulfil many more roles than most other clubs more quickly.

This award recognizes that I was motivated by others here to achieve.  I am grateful to this club for the opportunities afforded me, and I hope I am an adequate role model to follow.

I have had a few outside opportunities to put into practice, the skills learned here.  I can attest that these skills work, and are appreciated by the outside world.  Personally, I have noticed family occasions in the past were lacking, because nobody was prepared to say a few words.  People do appreciate when somebody has bothered to put some words together to mark a special occasion.

Once again, thank you fellow Toastmasters.  It is a privilege to be presented this award.  I gratefully accept it.

Mr Toastmaster.

Setting the record straight.