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In Touch – Jan 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Leadership Training in Kuala Lumpur

I hope everyone has safely recovered from the Christmas and New Year festivities and is ready to face the coming year. I know that your Leadership Trios certainly hit the road running with two days of intensive training in Kuala Lumpur on the 14th & 15thof January.

This was the first time that Region 12 Leadership teams have had the opportunity to participate in Mid-Year training and by all reports it was highly successful. The training was conducted at the Grand Millennium Hotel for the three Regions in our part of the world, Regions 12, 13 & 14. Leaders from China, India, Japan, The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand gathered together to share their experiences, discuss their challenges and develop their skills.

We were fortunate to have our Executive Director Dan Rex from World Headquarters to lead the training team which consisted of Region Advisors Sue Haynes, John Bosco Abraham and Joseph Gomez and International Directors Gea Ban Peng, Keith Ostergard and yours truly. Judging by the feedback so far the two days were not only a great opportunity to learn but a wonderful opportunity to network. A special vote of thanks must go to Past District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong for a wonderful job of co-ordinating the venue, arranging the entertainment and promoting the camaraderie which we all enjoyed.

Speaking of entertainment, members would have been amazed to see the likes of Dan Rex, John Kay, Denis McCord and Mark Richards, supported by a huge cast of enthusiastic (albeit not professional) singers at a last night Karaoke which went on until the small hours of the morning. Organised by Ritchie it was a great example of the bonding that took place and added a truly international flavour to the whole event.

Shopping Up a Storm

There was another noticeable event as well. Our Region Advisor Sue Haynes achieved a newly instigated Presidential Shopping Award for her effort in buying 12 pairs of shoes during the few days she was in KL. I am sure this is a record that will stand the test of time, at least until Sue goes on another shopping spree. I should mention here that Sue earned her shopping time by leading much of the training sessions and doing a wonderful job.

News From the Board

February sees the Board meet in Portland Oregon in the middle of the month, where the temperature at the moment is 2 degrees, a little cooler than Kuala Lumpur. With club officer training, Division Conferences and the push for members to achieve their personal goals for this Toastmasters year it will be a hectic 5 months ahead.

It is also that time of the year when the search for the leaders of our district for the forthcoming year takes place. Whether at club, Area, Division or District level has you considered taking on a leadership role? Our organisation is a leadership and communication organisation.

Are you neglecting one aspect of what Toastmasters has to offer?

Please consider the possibility of taking on a leadership role; you’ll be glad you did.

Natural Disasters

Finally in closing I would be remiss if I did not extend to those members in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, who suffered or were affected by the recent floods, my hope is that better days are to come and to offer whatever support the organisation can reasonably provide. If your club has lost material as a result of the inundation please advise your District so that World Headquarters may be advised as soon as possible. Manuals etc can be replaced, members are irreplaceable.

Stay in touch.

Mike Storkey DTM PDG

International Director
Region 12

In Touch – Dec 2010

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Remember the Member

This is the first of a regular update you will be receiving to keep you in the loop with what your International Director has been doing in his bid to “Remember the Member”.

Whilst I must apologise for the delay in getting in touch, my only excuse is that there has been so much to learn, as a “new kid on the block” so to speak, that time has just got away. Having said that I promise it won’t happen again.

Choosing a Region Advisor

Since the International Convention in Palm Springs in August, your Board has been involved with interviewing next year’s applicants for Region Adviser, the results of which will be announced after the February Board meeting in Portland, Oregon. The successful candidates will take up their new posts in March 2011.

The survey for International Officers, 2nd Vice, SeniorVice-President and President-Elect has been sent to Districts and the results will be available in February. International Director candidates will be surveyed shortly and those results will be announced later. This Toastmaster year, delegates will be electing Directors for odd numbered Regions. These elections will take place at the International Convention in Las Vegas in August 2011. Hope to see many of you there; the Convention has to be experienced to be believed!

Toastmasters Rebranding

During the past three months the board has been working on “re-branding” and the culmination of their efforts will be released in Las Vegas next year. Also occupying the Board has been the preparation for the first Mid Year Training for the District trios which will take place in January and February. Regions 12, 13 & 14 leadership teams will meet in Kuala Lumpur in mid January for their training, and we are fortunate to have Dan Rex from World Head Quarters to assist in the training. More on this event next month.

Board Discussions

There have been other issues which have been brought to the Board’s attention over the past month. The Contest Rule book revision, which was quickly addressed; the distressing twin disasters in New Zealand with the Christchurch earth quake and the mining disaster. I am sure every member in Region 12 extends their sympathy to those directly affected and to all the members of District 72 in these testing times.

New District in Region 12

Region 12 will welcome a new District into its midst next year. At the District 73 Annual Conference in Perth next May, a new District will come into being. District 73 will re-align, with clubs in Western Australia forming one district and those in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania forming another. I am sure we all congratulate the current District 73 members on the growth they have achieved to make the new District a reality.

Communications Functional Soon

With regard to the Region Newsletter and Website, we hope to have both these Communication tools functional shortly. I am indebted to Sue Haynes our current Region Adviser and to Joycelyn Brent, a stalwart of District 69, for their efforts in getting these under way. Remember they will only be successful if everyone contributes, so please ensure that they reflect our members’ experiences and views by being a part of them both.

In closing I wish you all the very best for the festive season and the coming New Year. Strive to be the best Toastmaster you can be and I promise to always “Remember the Member”.

Mike Storkey

International Director 2010-2012