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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
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MCBC Toastmasters Club Election Results 2017

Fellow Toastmasters of the MCBC Club.

Congratulations to the new Executive Team voted yesterday.  These people will take over leadership of the club from 1 July, after a month of transition.

Role Existing New
President James Hippolite Ruth Malo
Vice President – Education Jane Crosbie Jane Crosbie
Vice President – Memberships Barry Shaw Amit Sharma
Vice President – Public Relations Ruth Malo Melanie Alican
Secretary Warren Christie Barry Shaw
Treasurer Barry Shaw Manju Malik
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Patrick Mariner
Immediate Past President Warren Christie James Hippolite

Thank you to all who put their hands up (including those who were not chosen this time).  Your 1-minute, impromptu campaign speeches were most informative and instructive!  I look forward to following Ruth’s leadership and seeing what the next 12 months has in store for us as a club.

We are well on our track to achieving all 10 goals of the Distinguished Club Programme.

Goals to Achieve Goal To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2  Achieved
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4  Achieved
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1  Achieved
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 0 1 AC needed
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1  Achieved
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 1  Achieved
Membership
7 New members 4 4  Achieved
8 More new members 4 3 1 New Member needed
Training
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6  Achieved
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
Administration
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2  Achieved

How to make a great marriage

Toastmasters Speech – Competent Communicator Manual

Project 2 – Organize your speech

Delivered: 29 August

Select your topic

  • How to make a great marriage

Make an outline

  • Poor
  • Improving
  • Good
  • Great

Develop the opening

  • Dave Meurer — ‘A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.’
  • Where-ever you are on the spectrum of marriages, there is hope that you can move up the scale. Even if it’s great, you can still “sharpen the saw”.

Draft the body

Who am I to talk on this topic?

  • Married 22 years
  • Been a participant or instructor on various marriage enrichment courses.
  • Knows what works (and what doesn’t). More about that later.

Where-ever you are on the spectrum of marriages, there is hope that you can move up the scale. Even if it’s great, you can still “sharpen the saw”.

Imagine a spectrum, from poor to great. (Use hands)

(I won’t do a “Patrick Jane” and attempt to Mentalise you by observing where your eyes are looking right now.)

I have grouped the various courses of which I have either been a participant or instructor, into three Toolboxes for improving your marriage:

  • Fundamentals
    1. Relating Between the Sexes (Pre-Marriage)
      Dean Sherman from YWAM taught me that I need to be a whole person first, before I inflict myself upon another. Don’t bring my baggage into the marriage, and deal with it first.
    2. The Marriage Course (Alpha)
      The Marriage Course taught me to treat my wife as equal but different. The 5 Love Languages, for instance was great at explaining why sometimes it would appear that we were “talking past each other.”

      • Conflict Resolution
      •  The 5 Love Languages
    3.  Get a Hobby!
      No one person could or should fulfil your every desire. It’s unhealthy. Better to have some friends for a “time-out” occasionally. For instance, my wife can go with her friends to see Chick Flicks, so I don’t have to!
  • Parenting
    1. Growing Kids God’s Way
      A controversial series, which believes in discipline, but taught me the inverse triangle of responsibility.
    2. The Parenting Toolbox series
      Ian and Mary Grant are just great.1.Toolbox for Toddlers

      2.Pre-schoolers

      3.Primary age

      4.Teenage

    3. Preparing for Adolescence
      Necessary because you want your children to be strong-minded, independent & confident but also respectful, caring and engaged. Doctor Dobson’s 20 week course is fantastic.
  • Advanced
    1. Boundaries: When to say yes, when to say no to take control of your life.
      When your Yes means Yes and your No means No, then you can really say no to the good, in order to concentrate on the best. Learning to prioritise.
    2. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul
      We were created equal, but different. Find out how to harness a man’s innate desire to lead and be respected into positive areas of growth.1.Let’s face it: the greatest hindrance to a great marriage is a passive husband.

      2.Women want a man who will take appropriate initiative.

    3. The Bible: Beginner’s Instructions Before Leaving Earth
      Read the Instruction Manual from the Manufacturer.

The Conclusion

When I married my wife, she was a Quality Manager for a large computer company. Her mantra was “process of continual improvement.” This means, you can always improve. In our marriage, this has translated into attending a course together every year. Whether it’s marriage, or parenting or simply further our education, it’s an opportunity for us to continue to grow closer together. Because the world pulls you apart. Whether it’s work or kids or friends or other interests (although there’s nothing wrong with pursuing your personal hobbies), there’s always something pulling us in different directions. That’s why it’s vitally important to be intentional to spend time together enjoying each other’s company. Because eventually, the kids will leave, work will cease, but you’ll (hopefully) still be together. By building foundations early, you won’t be caught in the trap of looking at each other in 20 years’ time and realising you’ve marriage a stranger.

Actual Discourse

For Against
It’s an alternative point of view from naturalistic materialism, which brings comfort to many Christianity is too narrow a focus for our pluralistic society.
There is a spiritual hunger, not satisfied in any other way. Conflict with use of time/resources.   Spark shouldn’t be in this business.
Act as conscience (of the company) Harden up
Useful for therapy (improve employee life) We’ve already got HR & EAP
Better to have an opinion and move on, then to wallow in unbelief & inaction. Couldn’t we just exclude the Christianity aspect?
Another method of communication and community within the company.
Aligned, on the same page
Values-based directional counselling has great value.
Good exposure to alternative view increases tolerance. Bad experiences decreases tolerance.

What Would Chaplaincy Offer?

  • Basic Life Principles
    • Boundaries
    • Marriage Course
  • Personal, private confessional (active listening)
  • Directive counselling (talking)
  • Social community
  • Potential measurement: Brand value

Thoughts outlining how I think my session will go

Introduction

  • When I previously introduced myself as “Chaplain,” that was an aspirational role.
  • I am a trained student of the Bible.

Does Spark Need a Chaplaincy?

For Against
(Assuming Chaplaincy implies Christianity) It’s an alternative point of view from naturalistic materialism, which brings comfort to many. (Assuming Chaplaincy implies Christianity) It’s too narrow a focus for a pluralistic society.
Other religions are tolerant of Christian services in an (admittedly post-) Christian society. Only atheists appear intolerant of Christianity in any form. In which case, just stay away! It’s all mumbo-jumbo and I don’t want any resources diverted into such an unscientific endeavour.
I see case after case of spiritual hunger in the workplace that is being unfulfilled. I want to help. Those people can go elsewhere.   Spark shouldn’t be in the business of fulfilling spiritual hunger.
There are some basic life principles that people are not being taught, which will improve their lives (and make their work life more tolerable). Harden up? Such as what?
The Boundaries Course has helped me.
The Marriage Course has helped me.
The Alpha Course has helped me.

#sparkInnovation14 Part 2

Saturday Afternoon:

  • The seventh session: “The Art and Science of Story Telling”
    • Hook, “What’s in it for me (the audience)?” & 3 points (with evidences) and the kick (closing the deal).
    • Discussion around: choose appropriate level for your audience, story-telling in a tweet (it can be done); brevity vs. detail; journalism “inverted pyramid” of information: who-what-where-when (the “why” comes later).
  • The eighth session: “Human Extinction: What’s going to cause it, and should we bother to prevent it?” Is it better for the planet to let it happen to us? How much do we value future generations, in that we are willing to change today?
    • Asteroid Strike, Rouge A.I., Ebola (virus/black plague), Zombie apocalypse, Nuclear War, Alien Invasion, Global Warming.
    • Population control: agree or disagree? (I was the sole dissenter. My reasoning being that the Chinese example is too draconian. It should be a heart decision.)
    • Humanly speaking, there is no denying that we are growing our population within finite resources to breaking point.
    • There is a competing philosophy: that the Creation was made for Man, not Man for the Creation; meaning: we are to be good stewards of the environment, but not limited by it.
    • Spiritually speaking: there is hope, if we will change our hearts and agree to work for the Greater Good (The Golden Rule).
    • (There were some militant humanists in the room, in that my right to survive outweighs anybody else’s, to the point where I am justified in any action in order to ensure the survival of me and my kind.)