David Brinsdon, 2 July 2018
Another Toastmaster year has come to an end, Newbury Speakers achieves the ‘Select Distinguished’ award and a new committee has been elected to take over running of the club.
The past year (July 17 to June 18) has been a busy one for the club. We have had a number of members achieve communication and leadership awards, appeared on Kennet radio, ran a free public speaking workshop and introduced ‘Pathways’ into the club, which offers more diversity in the educational paths that we have on offer. The club has also had success in various speaking competitions with two of our members representing the club at Division level. Additionally, to support our members we have commenced ‘Speech Surgeries’, where members can share ideas on upcoming speeches and hone their speech writing skills.
The club is run by its members on a volunteer basis, which is why, as President, I have been incredibly grateful for the contribution from each person who has served on the committee. Without their help we would not be able to continue the long running successful standing of the club.
I am particularly excited for the new committee which sees some new faces, fresh enthusiasm and bright ideas coming forward. We have also introduced a couple of new roles to support the running of the club. We now have a ‘Social’ lead to ensure there are opportunities for members to meet up outside of the usual club meetings.
The next year will also see an extra push on mentoring our members as additional support to the various resources on offer to all.