Black Swan July 2013

Black Swan
July 2013

The Newsletter of Toastmasters District 17

Editors: Judith Allan & Lynne Brighton

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This is the first editorial from our new editors

I’m sure it will be significant, sparkling and entertaining.


Vicky Post, DTM

Black Swan Editors

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Immediate Past District Governor Report

What a year District 17 has had. The District has exceeded all expectations and goals set by Toastmasters International.


I look forward to sharing the District results with you all in the July edition of the Black Swan.



Ross Wilkinson, DTM
District 17 Governor 2012/13

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 District Governor’s Report

Welcome to the new Toastmaster Year. I am humbled and inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of our members and leaders. Congratulations to all members who have taken on a club officer or district officer role. Your service to District 17 will have a positive impact on the lives of our members, in the growth of our clubs, areas and divisions, and contribute to the expansion and success of District 17.

The 2012/2013 Toastmaster Year.

We have emerged from our most successful year yet. The District’s President’s Distinguished Status was the culmination of hard work, perseverance and commitment from the District 17 leaders and members. Congratulations to Immediate Past District Governor Ross Wilkinson for boldly leading the District to achieve this success.

Pascale Amberville-ColbyWe were both privileged and honoured to have our International President John Lau attend our Jewel In The Crown District Conference in May.

The 2013/2014 Toastmaster Year.

The year ahead will require an equal commitment and perseverance to maintain the success and growth of District 17. I am proud to be serving alongside a very driven and dedicated team of district officers and club officers.


There are four vital areas and goals which will be the main focus of this year:

I have been humbled and inspired by the commitment of our members, our club officers and our district officers.

We have an exciting, successful and rewarding year ahead for all of our members.



Pascale Amberville-Colby DTM
District 17 District Governor 2013-2014

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Marvellous Membership Winners

At the beginning of my term as District Lieutenant Governor Marketing I wanted to implement a challenging contest to our clubs which would serve two purposes. One was to give clubs a reason to strive for new members and to submit renewals in on time and the other was recognise the clubs who are looking after their members and guests with a ribbon to proudly display on their club banner. I believe The Marvellous Membership Award has achieved these two intentions.

To earn this award clubs needed to achieve both new member goals in the Distinguished Club Program and submit member renewals before the due date at both renewal periods. To make this even a little more challenging I only gave clubs until April 30, 2013 to achieve these criteria.  

For each of the two member goals in the Distinguished Club Program clubs need to add four (4) new members. In addition, clubs must have twenty (20) renewals submitted and paid to Toastmasters International on or before October 1st and twenty (20) renewals submitted and paid to Toastmasters International on or before April 1st   This means clubs need to be diligent in collecting renewals from their members and paying the correct amount to Toastmasters International – ON TIME!

This year we had seven very worthy recipients of this inaugural award.

They are:

  • Stirling
  • Victoria Quay
  • City of Perth
  • Young Guns
  • Project Managers
  • Gourmet Guns N Roses
  • Canning Vale

 The clubs achieving this award were presented their ribbons at the opening ceremony of our Jewel in the Crown Convention by International President of Toastmasters, John Lau.

I know this was achieved by diligent work from each club’s executive and on behalf of the entire district, I congratulate these clubs. If you visit one of these clubs, be sure to look at their banner for the new burgundy ribbon that is unique and indicates this is a special club.



Robyn Richards, DTM
LGET District 17 2013-14

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I feel sure Jean will be very honoured that her home club achieved this once again with 17 members attending all or some sessions of The Jewel in the Crown Convention at the Kings.

Mark  Robyn

Mark & Robyn Richards, DTM

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