A Busy Week..

Last week was a very busy time for your Division Governor. I had the opportunity to visit two clubs and attend the final COT for the division. There is so much excellence throughout this division and I hope you will enjoy reading a bit about the super goings-on.

2013-08-13 21.41.47Canterbury Communicators
Canterbury Communicators meets on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month and must be the only club that meets sans shoes! That’s a bit of a challenge to a shoe girl like me, but knowing this in advance ensures you wear socks without holes J. Meetings are held in The Manor Barn Centre for Peace and Personal Development and it is a gorgeous environment for a speakers club. We heard speeches about the perils of too much sugar in your diet, an icebreaker from a body language genius and an informative presentation about how the pension system works in this country that asked us to think about how we’re going to pay for our 2013-08-13 19.11.41retirement. After a quick break we had a fun table topics session about dance. I got a topic about Morris dancing! Canterbury Communicators are a warm, friendly group and it was a joy to spend the evening with them.

Here is a picture of a goat, because Richard keeps some and they are utterly gorgeous.

Brighton & Hove
This club is quite large and there was a great buzz in the room as it filled. There were a number of guests and they all joined in for the warm-up and topics as well! A fantasy theme developed during the evening, starting with the warm-up: favourite movie world that you would like to go to (mine was Thunderbirds – tropical island, cool gadgets, what more is there?) and a table topics session based on a series of photographs of a lovely woman and someone in a gorilla suit… maybe you had to be there, but it was funny, take my word for it! Lots of people stayed to socialise in the hotel bar afterwards and they are clearly a very vibrant club with lots of chat and laughter. Brighton & Hove Speakers 2013-08-14 18.56.53Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Imperial Hotel, Hove.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of Brighton & Hove Speakers, I guess I’ll just have to visit them again later in the year. I did get a photo of the bathing boxes though, because no matter how long I live in the UK I will always be a tourist *smile*

2013-08-17 16.22.16Area 55 COT     
My week of Toastmasters was rounded off with Area 55 COT, held in Battle on Saturday. It was my first visit to Battle so the tourist in me came out for a little while. John Webber, winner of the district evaluation contest in May this year held an evaluation workshop which, thanks to traffic I missed unfortunately, but I’m told it was a really valuable session. There were a number of very new members at the workshop and they commented how useful they found it. I think their minds were slightly blown as well, so much information! Meg generously provided a light lunch and we held the COT in the afternoon. I gave a 2013-08-17 14.53.59presentation on the DCP program and we unravelled the acronym maze that is Toastmasters International. This link should open the PowerPoint presentation I used. If it doesn’t work or you can’t access it, please email me and I will send it to you. Meg helped us to see how we can eat the elephant, one bite at a time, and before we know it all our clubs will be President’s Distinguished. Once again, attendees were very generous and said they found the session very worthwhile.

The first round of Club Officer Training is now over and I’ve seen a lot of really quality training. Our club officers are now ready and equipped for leading their clubs and they know that if they need any assistance, their Area and Division Governors are available to help anytime.

The next big event in the Division is the Humorously Speaking workshop on the 15th of September. See the Workshop link above and let me know if you’d like to reserve a place. It should be a fabulous day!

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