The executive committee of a Toastmasters club consists of seven elected club officers, the Immediate Past President, and a Mentoring Co-Ordinator. However, in Waverly Communicators, we are fortunate to also have non executive members who are equally invested in the management of the club’s administrative affairs bringing our numbers up to a solid 10.
Meet the club officers of Waverley Communicators 2016-2017:
The President is the CEO of the club and is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the club. The President chairs the committee meetings; provides helpful, supportive leadership; and is the club’s representative at District and International level.
Eduard Kutas – Vice President Education
The VPE is responsible for planning, organising and directing club meetings and programmes; scheduling speeches and roles; and monitoring member progress.
Andrea Akosi – Vice President Membership
The VPM ensures individual member retention; makes guests feel welcome and provides them with the information they need to join.
The VPPR publicises the club and its activities to members and to the outside world; updates the blog; promotes club events; and safeguards the Toastmasters brand.
I joined Waverley Communication in 2014 on the recommendation of my boss at the time after I shared my discomforts with public speaking. Toastmasters allows me to have a dedicated time for practicing my public speaking in a structured and friendly environment.
The Treasurer manages the club’s funds and bank account; submits members’ dues to TMI headquarters; and keeps up-to-date records of the club’s finances.
I joined Waverley Communicators in December 2012 as I was looking for a way to practice my speaking skills in a friendly environment where I could get good, constructive feedback. Toastmasters has provided all of this and more. One of the advantages of membership is being part of a world-wide organisation which provides access to an impressive range of resources designed to support every member on their Toastmasters journey, at whatever speed they decide to complete it! Life outside Waverley Communicators revolves around work, family, sailing holidays and the occasional playing of my guitar.
The Secretary manages the club’s records and files; takes the minutes at committee meetings; and has custody of the club’s charter, constitution and byelaws.
Looking for a new interest to pursue I went to the first meeting of Waverley Communicators and joined that night. The club is a great forum to develop your speaking skills: it is the safest place to make mistakes! This is because the atmosphere is always supportive and encouraging.Over time my confidence to speak has increased together with my proficiency.
When I joined I never thought I would host a meeting, let alone be a mentor to other members, but now I enjoy these opportunities to help others and keep developing myself. Being on Committee is the latest challenge on this journey.
David MacFarlane – Sargent At Arms
The SAA is responsible for the management of the club’s property, meeting room preparation and hospitality.
I have been a member of Waverley Communicators for about two and a half years. I enjoy taking on a variety of roles to try and develop a broad range of speaking skills. I am working through the CC manual just now and think that the members of Waverley Communicators give excellent support and encouragement.
Sarah Noonan – Mentoring Co-Ordinator
The Mentoring Co-Ordinator is a non-executive member of the committee and is responsible for matching mentors with mentees and managing the club’s mentoring process.
Joining Waverley Communicators is one of the best decisions I have made. Not only has my public speaking confidence improved, but I have made some great friends and memories.The advice and help that I have received is invaluable.