Claire Lacy for Melbourne

Claire Lacy has won the Western Division International Contest

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Claire Lacy

Claire Lacy from Victoria Quay is the Western Division representative for the District 73 final in Melbourne in May this year.

Claire spoke on “Never let your brain retire”. She opened dramatically with “Beep beep beep beep…..” and then told of the death of Doris at 67, who had given up on life, and whose brain had shrunk. Use it or lose it, she told us dramatically. She followed this with stories of her grandfather who had sunk into depression and was ready to die, but recovered and lived for another happy 10 years. And then there was Doris, at 70 enrolling for another degree at University, energetic and vibrant. It was an excellent International quality speech because Claire applied the lessons of these three people to everybody in the audience – use it or lose it. Never let our brains retire. Live Life!

Claire told Chief Judge Mike Helm that she had been a member of Toastmasters for just 12 months. She was very grateful for the opportunities she had received at Victoria Quay, and particularly for the intense coaching for this speech she had received from Glenis and David Nicholas.


Judith Allan

Mark Richards
Mark Richards

Two Contests were held – the International and the Evaluation. The Contests were hosted by Swan and Morning Star and held in the Midland Community Centre. The whole afternoon was brilliantly organised by W16 Area Governor Judith Allen on behalf of Western Division Governor Mark Richards.

Introducing the Contests Mark told us of the great success Western Division is enjoying this year. We have 4 new Clubs so far – WA Governors, Touch of Gold in Kalgoorlie, Cannington Communicators and Canning Vale. As well two Western Division Clubs are among the top 3 in the Distinguished Club Program in District 73 – Victoria Quay and Gateway. He urged us to keep up the good work and to enjoy the contests.

The Evaluation Results

Tania Park Evaluation 1st

Charles Fisher Evaluation 2nd

First was the Evaluation Contest with test speaker Wayne Brown. It was won by Tania Park from Jetty and second was Charles Fisher from Western Founders.



The International Results

Claire Lacey International 1st

James Park International 2nd

After the break for afternoon tea we enjoyed the International. First of course was Claire Lacey from Victoria Quay and second James Park from Jetty.


  1. Avatar for Mark Richards Mark Richards on March 30, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations Claire you were fantastic. Good luck in the District 73 Final held in Lilydale, Victoria as you represent Vic Quay. I know you will make us all proud. YOU GO GIRL !!!!

    Mark Richards.

  2. Avatar for Tony Obrzut Tony Obrzut on March 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Well done Claire, you are an inspiration to us all. And your message really touched me. If I had a brain, I wouldn’t let it retire!

    Melbourne is lucky to have you go over there and show them how it’s done. I’m sure that with all of your grace and skill you will be able to open their eyes and teach them an important lesson.

  3. Avatar for Craig Hansom Craig Hansom on April 6, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations Claire! We knew you could do it.

  4. Avatar for Rachael Fisher Rachael Fisher on May 26, 2008 at 4:54 am


    I found this article whist searching for you, this is fantastic, I am so proud of you! Please contact me! 🙂

    Rachael (Oxford, England)

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