Mike Helm (2012-2014)

Mike Helm, DTM, of Perth, Western Australia, is employed by the Department of Education Services in Osborne Park. He previously held senior executive positions in the Western Australian public service and has lectured at three universities. Strategic International Services, a conference management business, is a company founded by Helm.

Earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Western Australia, Helm was a recipient of the RG Cameron Prize for Research in Education. He also was recognized for his role in leadership in the youth employment initiative, Project Employ Youth.

Helm joined Toastmasters in 2002 and is a member of six clubs. In addition to having held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization, he has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation — the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters. “Toastmasters has given me a range of leadership experiences not often available in work and community activities,” he says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Helm is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.


Mike Storkey (2010-2012)

During the International convention in 2010 Toastmasters took a giant step towards living up to the name Toastmasters International. No longer looking inwards on itself but outwards to become a truly international organisation.

The rest of the world outside continental America was organised into Regions and our Region, Region 12 came into being. Encompassing Districts 17, 69, 70, 72, 73  members in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea now have their own International director on the Board.

However the Board of Directors is elected at the International Convention by all the clubs worldwide representing the entire membership. Therefore I am not the Region 12 Director but rather the International Director from Region 12.

So what brought about this change in the organisation – a need for better administration, possibly? A need for change for change’s sake alone; I doubt it. This momentous change was brought about by the need to grow and embrace the world as a whole. It was time to take a bold new step outside.

The duties of the Board of Directors is set out below, but can best be summed up as “Strategic Planning and Policy-Making”.

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Board of Directors functions in nine major areas:

  1. Leadership…helping achieve the Mission and goals of Toastmasters International;
  2. Fulfilling obligations;
  3. Policy-making;
  4. Hiring and relating to the Executive Director;
  5. Budget and financial management;
  6. Liaison with district leaders;
  7. Linkage to the members of the organization;
  8. Recommending improvements in programs and activities; and
  9. Ensuring that policies of the organization are carried out.

When carrying out these functions the Board makes decisions reserved exclusively to it and assumes the legal responsibility for its actions.

There are three steps in policy making:

  1. The Board makes policy decisions.
    – Board policies determine what the organization will do. For example, approving the Budget is setting a policy.
  2. The Board directs the Executive Director to implement policy.
    – The Executive Director implements policy and determines what individual staff will do for the organization in carrying out policy. For example, spending within the approved budget is implementation of the policy.
  3. The Board monitors implementation of the policy.
    – The Board must monitor implementation and the outcome of policy. For example, examining financial statements is monitoring policy.

Working together with the Region Advisor (RA), Sue Haynes, I look forward to creating a lasting identity for the region under the banner of “Partners under the Southern Cross”.

However, my commitment to you all remains to “Remember the Member” and I look forward to serving the membership as a whole during my term.

I commit that I will be mindful of your challenges and suggestions and look forward to celebrating your successes.

Mike Storkey DTM

International Director
Toastmasters International