Goondiwindi to host Toastmasters conference

Toastmasters Rosie Pfitzener, Win Salmon and Ann Smith can't wait for the conference.

Toastmasters Rosie Pfitzener, Win Salmon and Ann Smith can't wait for the conference.

Goondiwindi will play host to Toastmasters International members this month.

Travis Nice with his trophy for winning the Area 31 Table Topics Contest in January.

Travis Nice with his trophy for winning the Area 31 Table Topics Contest in January.

Toastmasters from across South-East and South-West Queensland will be in town for the District 69 Western Division Conference. 

The theme for the conference is, “A weekend escape to the country” and is being co-hosted by Western Division Director, Carolyn Becker's home club, Lockyer Valley Toastmasters and the Goondiwindi Toastmasters Club. 

The two-day event will be at the Goondiwindi Community Centre, an ideal place for keynote sessions, break-out presentations and the four planned speech contests – international, speech evaluation, humorous and table topics. Local identity, Travis Nice will represent his club in the table topics contest, where contestants have one-to-two minutes to respond impromptu to a topic they are given as they enter the stage area.  

Conference participants will listen to, the best in the west with the winners from each of these contests qualifying to represent Western Division in Brisbane at the District 69 Conference during the long weekend in May.

Keynote speakers will include Jerome Leray from In Farm, an AgTech company focused on delivering ground breaking technology to farmers. 

Jerome's topic will be, ‘Goondiwindi, regional Australia at its best’.

Lesley Storkey will present, “A world of opportunities”.

Doctors John and Judy Hinwood of the Stress Management Institute are keen to enhance “emotional resilience” and talk about “How to hack your brain to harness stress”.

Other break-out session presenters include Melissa Gray, Insight Accounting & Finance, Goondiwindi on creating employment opportunities for young people in rural areas.

This conference will be a showcase of Toastmasters coming together for learning, fun, fellowship and networking. 

Most clubs comprise a mix of men and women from across age groups, professions, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 

Each club, including Goondiwindi, is a treasure trove as all members have their stories, lived experiences, and special knowledge and skills to share.