Toastmasters clubs don’t run themselves. Each club has an active committee of club officers making sure the club provides maximum speaking and leadership opportunities for its members. Club Officer Training, twice a year, is an essential part of the Toastmasters programme.
In Division S, Club Officer Training (COT) used to be a singular affair, each Area holding its own training in its own time, at its own venue.
Last year Division S Director , Eoin McDunphy and his 3 Area Directors – Edwyn Newman (Area 30), Edmund McKay (Area 60) and Max Ridder- Patrick (Area 43) held a Division-wide COT1 for the first time. It was such a success they decided to do it again at COT2 on 6 February in Edinburgh, in the plush offices of State Street Bank.
There was a varied agenda with presentations:
Using the EasySpeak (D71) Website (Max Ridder-Patrick, AD 43), The Revitalized Education Program (REP) (James McGinty, REP Ambassador for Area 60), Evaluations and Contests, (Max Ridder-Patrick and Laura Bruce (former Div S Evaluation Champion), Key Dates For Club Officers (Moira Beaton, District 71 Administration Manager), Why I’m Still A Toastmaster! (Edwyn Newman, AD 30), Becoming An Area Director (Max Ridder-Patrick).
and interactive group sessions:
Running High-Quality Contests (Edwyn Newman), Growing Club Membership/Struggling Clubs (Edmund McKay AD 60)
There were presentations:
Moira Beaton presented Andy Brown (Dundee TM) with his DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) badge – a fantastic achievement and the result of delivering 40 speeches and undertaking many leadership projects, including serving as Area 43 Governor. Moira also presented Peter Cranston (Aberdeen Toastmasters) in absentia with his DTM badge. Again, another worthy achievement.
Attendance from the 3 Areas was good and spirits were high. Hopefully, everyone learned something new to pass on to their members, and had the opportunity to meet other Toastmasters from the rest of Scotland, fostering relations between clubs in Division S.
Photographs courtesy of David Calder (Haymarket Toastmasters), Rachael Mfofao (Waverley Communicators) and Inverness Toastmasters.