President’s Distinguished Club

Congratulations to all of us!!!

I am proud to confirm that Waverley Communicators has achieved President’s Distinguished Club Status in Toastmasters International’s Distinguished Club Program (DCP) during 2012/13, the highest accolade available.

Through the DCP, there are 10 goals that are set for each club to achieve over the Toastmaster year, including members’ accomplishments, numbers of new members, paying renewals on time, submitting required club reporting on time, and so forth.

Achieving 5 or 6 of these goals gives a club Distinguished Club status, 7 or 8 is Select Distinguished Status, and 9 or 10 is President’s Distinguished Club status.

We achieved 9 out of 10, and again, well done to all of us!

Thanks in particular to those members that have met particular development milestones during this past Toastmasters’ year. They include the following:

  • Members who completed their CC manual: Paul Bailey; Graeme Buck; Stephen Dix and most recently Kevin Miller;
  • Members who completed their CL manual: Stephen Dix and Brian Duffy;
  • Members who achieved a new Advanced Communication level: Finlay Cooke (now with Haymarket Toastmasters);
  •  And thanks to the committee members who attended the Club Officer Training.

Waverley Communicators is a special club with a wealth of talent and lots of keen and supportive members.

Our achievement this year I believe is a reflection of our combined personal and group efforts.

It has been another great year for the club, building on the hard work and commitment of past members and committees.

I look forward to seeing the club continue to grow and evolve in the forthcoming year under the stewardship of the new committee.

Post written by Brian Duffy, Immediate Past President

Club Officer Training 2012

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Five members of the club committee attended a 4 hour club officer training session in Glasgow yesterday. They were Brian Duffy, President; Stephen Dix VPE; Ritchie Brown VPM; David Dick Treasurer; and Moira Beaton VPPR.

Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor and Waverley Communicators member produced a magnificent birthday cake during the break  for my birthday which was the day before. 

It was a feather-light sponge, layered with whipped cream and topped with kiwis, lychees, peaches and strawberries.  Thank you Kevin!

The training was organised by Southside Speakers in Glasgow and facilitated by Kevin as Area Governor.

All over the world, club officers meet twice yearly for training. 

It’s a good chance to also exchange ideas and information, catch up on Area and District news and meet fellow officers.

I had intended to take a group photograph of the Waverley Communicators team but in my excitement, I forgot.

So, here is a photograph of me cutting the cake with Area 30 club officers milling around in the background trying to pretend they are not really interested in the cake but after the break, there wasn’t a crumb left.

As I cut the cake and blew out the candles, everyone sang Happy Birthday.

This was recorded by Chris Copeland of Glasgow Toastmasters who has promised to send me the recording.  But, don’t worry, I won’t upload it in another blog post.

After the training, Brian kindly gave Ritchie, David and me a lift back to Edinburgh.

A torrential downpour met us on the M8 and lightning, crackling directly overhead, followed the car for several miles.

We were all very relived to reach Edinburgh where we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine.