Boroondara Toastmaster’s will be undergoing a Leadership change soon (on 19th June 14)

Leadership Change – coming soon!

Hi everyone,
Boroondara Toastmaster’s will be undergoing a Leadership change soon (on 19th June 14) -this happens once per year, to give the current executive a break.  Changing leadership also allows new members an opportunity to build new leadership skills, if that is what they are interested in.
The new Boroondara Toastmaster’s Executive Leadership Team will be comprised as follows (from 19-…June-14 onwards):
-President – Justin G
VPPR – Justin G  (role open if interested!)
-VPE (Vice President Education) – Kelly D
-VPM (Vice President Membership) – David N
-Treasurer – Sruthi
-SAA (Sergeant at Arms) –Greg L.
-Past President – Sruthi
If anyone has an interest in the unfilled positions,  please let the leadership team know straight away!
Thanks, Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club.


Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club – now on Meetup


Hi Fellow Toastmasters,

The club is looking at the new social Meeting tool called “Meetup“.  If you have time, why not have a look.  We have heard from other  clubs this is a highly successful tool for bringing in new members.  Also, why not join up Meetup at the same time, it is a great way to receive updates on our meetings.  It works well for iPhone too, if you have one.

Just in case you can’t find how to get to our Meetup, follow this Link.


Boroondara ToastMasters.

Great Division contest results



Dear fellow Toastmasters,

You will recall Graham’s speech entitled “Food for Thought” about chickens that he won out club humorous speech contest back in August last year. Well yesterday he won the Ranges Division Humorous speech contest with that speech!

And for good measure, Graham also managed to win the Ranges Division Table Topics speech contest.

Graham will now compete in both these competitions at the 2014 District Convention for the right to be the District champion! You can see him compete by attending the convention.

Congratulations are also extended to fellow Boroondara Toastmasters Club members Justin (Table Topics and Evaluation), Belinda  (Evaluation) and Noel (International) who all represented the club with distinction at the contest. Justin placed third in the Table Topics Contest.



Area R34 Governor

Boroondara Toastmaster’s now on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club now has presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.  This should help with future marketing activity for the club.  Our new Web Site is hosted using WordPress and can publish content directly to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter at the same time as making updates to our WordPress Web Site.





Boroondara Toastmasters Club.


Area Humorous and Table Topics Competition – Oct 17.

Coming up soon, Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club will be hosting the Area Humorous and Table Topics Competitions,  held in our venue.   The date is :  Thursday October 17.

Contestants may wish to refer to our Contest area at:


Boroondara Toastmasters.

Video’s now on our web site!

Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club has decided to post select video’s of members presenting speeches at our club (with permission of course).  Please let us know what you think.

At each meeting, members may optionally have their speeches recorded for later review, which can be a great tool for improving speech delivery.

Please refer to the Video’s Page

Kind regards

Boroondara Toastmasters.

Some interesting articles from The Leader Letter – Sept. 13.

I came across this information in the “The Leader Letter” magazine and thought you may be interested (From September 2013):

Digital Publishing

This month the organization will release its first edition of the Toastmaster digital magazine. Members around the globe will have instant access to monthly editions of the Toastmaster via an app that is downloadable on tablets and mobile devices. The digital version is enhanced with multimedia interactivity, videos, links and more. Members will still receive the print edition unless they choose to opt out. For more information, please visit

Congratulations to the World Champion of Public Speaking!

The title of 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking was awarded to Presiyan Vasilev from Chicago, Illinois, with his winning speech, “Changed by a Tire.” Watch highlights from Mr. Vasilev’s speech. Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, Kingi Biddle from Rotorua, New Zealand, with his speech, “The Sitting Place” and Shurooq AlBanna from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her speech, “Finding the Pearl.” See the list of finalists at

Toastmasters Convention Video Highlights

If you were unable to attend the convention last month, visit to purchase on-demand videos and DVDs of the Golden Gavel Dinner, the World Championship of Public Speaking, and the International Speech Contest Semifinals (on demand only). On-demand videos can be viewed on any device with Internet access, including your smartphone.


Boroondara Toastmasters.

History booklet for Boroondara Toasmasters club – 15year celebration

A Brief History of Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club

A history booklet has been put together for the Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club, covering the past 15 years. Please refer to the following links:


Boroondara Toastmaster’s Club.

A Toast To Club on 15th Anniversary – Progress Leader.

The following article was recently published in the Progress Leader:


Progress Leader
9 Jul 2013

A CLUB that gives people the confidence to get up and speak their mind has celebrated its 15th anniversary. Boroondara Toastmasters Club recently celebrated its birthday with special talks from Burwood State Liberal MP Graham Watt and Kooyong Federal… read more…



Boroondara Toastmasters.

Club competitions coming up

Our yearly club contests are coming up for Boroondara Toastmasters Club.  They will be held on the following dates:

  • Humorous and Table Topics – Thursday August 15
  • International and Evaluations – Thursday – September 19

If you are going to participate in the contests, a great resource to help you is found on the “Club Contests” page.  Also, you may want to refer to “tips on how to present your contest speech, go to speech tips.


Boroondara Toasmasters Club.

Boroondara Toastmasters Club – 15th Anniversary

On Thursday 20th June 2013, Boroondara Toastmasters Club celebrated its 15th year anniversary.

From its small beginning in 1998 when it first began meeting in a church in Renown Street, Burwood, the club has developed into a vibrant, friendly and supportive environment for its members to learn and develop their speaking and leadership skills which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Each meeting is filled with enthusiasm, fun and encouragement.

Besides helping new members to learn the unique skills of communication and speech presentation, to the more experienced members we encourage them to be mentors to new members, to share valuable experience. We also encourage members to achieve their potential by expanding their comfort zone and embrace the challenge of different speeches, different roles and set high-achievement goals.

The occasion was marked by the presence of two politicians:
Mr Josh Frydenberg – Federal Member for Kooyong, and
Mr Graham Watt – State Member for Burwood.
Both of these politicians presented informative and often humorous anecdotes of what it is like to be a politician.

Also presenting speeches were District International Speech Winner – Yuri Ptchelinzew; 3 members from Boroondara Toastmasters Club and 1 member from Manningham Toastmasters Club.

Our District Governor, Catherine MacGillivray, together with members from nearby Toastmasters Clubs, also came to help celebrating the special occasion.


Group photo:

Group Photo

Some VIP’s were in attendance too:

Celebrities Attending

And a beautiful cake was shared by all:

Anniversary Cake

Area R34 Contest

Santa coming to Boroondara TM Club?

Area R-34 Contest

Oh, Oh, Oh, it’s our Area R-34 Contests Winners.

International & Humorous 1st Place Winners



Boroondara Toastmasters Club celebrated its 101st Meeting on 18 February 2010.

Boroondara Toastmasters Club celebrated its 101st Meeting on 18 February 2010.


The State MP for Burwood, Mr Bob Stensholt was invited to attend the celebration. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he could not attend on that evening but had forwarded his message to us which was read to all members and guests. The Club was honoured that Bob attended our meeting on Thursday, 18 March.

Guests celebrated the milestone with us were: Margaret Addison, Teresa Barker, Bruce and Jeremy Hill, Jackie and Doug Gullick, Rod Smith, Tim Schlatt, etc.

The Club was also very privileged to have Kevin Kosky presented his Gestures and Dynamics workshop. This workshop inspired us that besides ‘words’ to express ourselves, we can also use music and gestures as a medium to pass our messages across.

The following is a very inspirational message from Bob Stensholt, State MP for Burwood.

“ Message from Bob Stensholt, State MP for Burwood On the occasion of Boroondara Toastmasters 101st Meeting Celebration”

Thank you for your invitation to be with you tonight for your celebration of your 101st meeting. That is an incredible milestone that you can be justly proud of. I am sorry I cannot be here to enjoy it with you.

As a politician I know how important it is to be able to get up on your feet and express yourself clearly. But it is not just a skill that politicians need in everyday life.

People, who are active in their community, whether it is on a school committee or a local sporting group, know they will be more effective if they can get their message across. Anyone who finds themselves at meetings needs to have the confidence to express themselves well.

Leadership and achievement are almost always based on people’s ability to communicate clearly. The best ideas in the world will go unheeded if they are not properly communicated.

Being skilled at presenting your message, knowing how to frame your views and organising your thoughts are all essential for success in so many walks of life.

The aim of Toastmasters is to develop these and other skills for anyone who wants to come along. This must be one of the great strengths of Toastmasters.

Speaking skills are really important, but they do not exist in a vacuum. Good speakers give some critical thought to what they have to say. They work out how to structure their argument so that a listener is convinced. They know they cannot ramble. They must work hard to engage an audience. The message and tone must be just right. Quite a lot of skills have to come together for success.

I must also say that one of the things I really like about Toastmasters is that you have fun, and you are meant to have fun. So while learning really valuable skills you relax and enjoy yourselves. In my book a relaxed speaker who is articulate is far more enjoyable to listen to than one who is nervous about what they are saying.

This combination of fun and skills development is a great recipe for success and it is the essence of Toastmasters. You should be proud of your community base, of the breath of your membership and of the longevity of your club.

I wish you well in your endeavours and that many more people will enjoy your next 101 meetings. “