The executive committee of a Toastmasters club consists of seven elected club officers, the Immediate Past President, and a Mentoring Co-Ordinator. In Waverly Communicators, we are fortunate to cover all these roles, with a member who has even taken two: all this to manage smoothly the club’s administrative affairs.
Meet the club officers of Waverley Communicators 2018-2019:
Johanne Burns – President
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.
Prior to joining Toastmaster’s in April 2011, Johanne completed a public speaking course through the University of Edinburgh evening class and wanted to continue using the skills she had gained and increase skills and experience.
Most surprising and challenging were Table Topics. Quite a skill to give a structured speech in two minutes on unknown topic!
Fun fact: I love handbags – especially high street designer!
The VPE is responsible for planning, organising and directing club meetings and programmes; scheduling speeches and roles; and monitoring member progress.
The Immediate Past President is a non-executive member of the committee; their role is to advise the current President.
The VPM ensures individual member retention; makes guests feel welcome and provides them with the information they need to join.
As a very sociable and outgoing person and a master at small talk – it amazed many people to know I lacked confidence in presenting and speaking in a professional environment – so I decided to confront my fear – and I have not looked back. The warm and supportive environment has provided the perfect platform – and in a short few months I feel a belief in my ability building. Toastmasters also feeds the sociable me – and in my new role I hope to encourage many more people to join us.
Fun fact: I am a lifelong Elvis fan and absolutely besotted with Border Terrier dogs.
Omar Martini – Vice President Public Relations
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.
Omar heard about Toastmasters through an Italian-Australian newsletter while he was in Italy, organising their relocation to Edinburgh, and decided that it was worth a try.
I thought the atmosphere was wonderful, and the format was great not only for public speaking but also to organize speeches in general – either written or oral – and to improve one’s communication skills.
Fun fact about Omar: ‘I have been always fascinated by stories, and I am unable to say ‘no’ to any book, movie, graphic novel or whatever form the storytelling will embody in the future!’
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.
Oliver Hoskins – Secretary
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.
The SAA is responsible for the management of the club’s property, meeting room preparation and hospitality.
I joined Toastmasters in 2014 as I recognised how beneficial it was to my partner’s development both personally and professionally and she encouraged me to come along to a few meetings to see what it was like. I could see it was a friendly and yet formal atmosphere that enhanced learning in a safe environment for members. I think I have learned as much from doing the different roles at the club meetings as I have with the speeches on the pathway. It was also good fun and I have met and made friends with many interesting people from all over the world!
Fun fact : I love playing board-games and have a collection of around 200, Some games take a few minutes to play and some that can take a few days to finish.
Rachael Mfoafo – 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.