The Beginning

David Nicholas and Lesley Amm joined South Perth Sayers Toastmasters in March, 1995. They liked Toastmasters but weren't happy with the atmosphere of the then Fremantle Toastmasters Club, so they decided to start a new club in Fremantle. It met on Victoria Quay on the Fremantle wharf on the second Wednesday evening of April, 1995, so when it chartered in November, 1995, the members named it Victoria Quay (VQ).

Early years

The club was immediately very successful. This was due to three main elements:

  • The Officers studied TMI's Manuals and adopted the principles and practices they found there
  • Internally, a policy of mutual support was adopted with no competitive awards for best speaker, best evaluator etc
  • Externally, the Club devised a Club Success Plan to be the top club in District 73.

The Top Club in District 73

1996/1997, its first full year since Charter, Victoria Quay won the District's Top Club Competition.

1997/1998, Victoria Quay was Top Club again, the first Club to win back to back awards.

1998/1999, the Club did it again, and became the first and only club to win the award three times.

The Distinguished Club Program begins

In 1999/2000 TMI changed its club awards system from points based to Goals. There are now 10 possible Goals, with the highest Club award of President's Distinguished Club for 9 Goals achieved, along with membership of 20 or more.

1999/2000, Victoria Quay was the first Club in District 73 to reach President's Distinguished with 10 Goals and the only Club in Western Australia.

2000/2001, Victoria Quay became the first club amongst about 8,500 through the world to reach President's Distinguished. Due to the way TMI registers the Goal for Club Returns, the earliest possible date any club can reach 9 Goals and President's Distinguished is the end of October. Victoria Quay made it on October 31, with three clubs in California, Oregon and the Phillipines close behind with 8 Goals.  Of course Victoria Quay achieved all 10 Goals at the earliest possible time.

2001/2002, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2001 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2002/2003
, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2002 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2003/2004, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2003 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2004/2005, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2004 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2005/2006, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2005 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2006/2007, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2006 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2007/2008, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2007 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment.

2008/2009, Victoria Quay  again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2008 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment, which this year was on Feb 21, when the Club Officer Training registrations were published.

2009/2010, Victoria Quay  again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2009 and 10 Goals at the earliest possible moment, which this year was on Feb 20, 2010 when the Club Officer Training registrations were published.  This year we were joined at the top by Canning Vale, a club founded by our distinguished member Mark Richards and his partner Robyn.

2010/2011, Victoria Quay  again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2010.  At  February 1, 2011, we were the only Club in District 73 with 9 Goals but  Canning Vale joined us on the full 10 Goals when the Club Officer Training registrations were lodged in late February.

2011/2012, Victoria Quay  again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2011, the first year for District 17 in Western Australia.  Then when  the Club Officer Training registrations were lodged in late February we were the only club to have reached all 10 Goals.

2012/2013, Victoria Quay  again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2012.  Then when  the Club Officer Training registrations were lodged in late February we reached reached all 10 Goals - and congratulations to Canning Vale who did so as well.  We have now achieved President's Distinguished Club with all 10 Goals 13 times.

2013/2014, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2013. Of course we reached reached all 10 Goals when the Club Officer Training registrations were lodged in late February. We have now achieved President's Distinguished Club with all 10 Goals 14 times.

2014/2015, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2014, the only club to do so. When the Club Officer Training registrations were lodged in late February we again reached 10 Goals.  Canning Vale did so at the same time.  We have now achieved President's Distinguished Club with all 10 Goals 15 times.

2015/2016, Victoria Quay again reached 9 Goals at the earliest possible moment, at the end of October, 2015, the only club to do so. We are waiting for the Club Officer Training registrations to be lodged in late February for our 10th Goal.

Distinguished Toastmasters

Club members are encouraged to pursue personal excellence through Toastmasters awards. The highest award possible is DTM - Distinguished Toastmaster. Our two Founders led the way in the Club and District 73, with Lesley Amm  the first in District 73 to receive the award through the current system. Some members have achieved more than 1 DTM Award.

  • Lesley Amm: Feb 1999
  • David Nicholas: Apr 1999, Feb 2000, Apr 2003, Aug 2005, Mar 2008, Apr 2011, Jun 2013, Jan 2014, Mar 2014, Mar 2015
  • Glenis Nicholas: Aug 1999, Jul 2007
  • Peter Nichols: Dec 1999
  • Jenny Mills: Jun 2002
  • Alan Smith: Nov 2002, Jul 2008
  • Lisa Cluett: Feb 2004
  • Betty Hart: Nov 2005
  • Mark Richards: Apr 2008, Apr 2009, Jan 2012
  • Peter Law: Apr 2012
  • Colin Hughes: Jul 2015

Lesley Amm Lesley Amm
David Nicholas David Nicholas
Glenis Nicholas Glenis Nicholas
Peter Nichols Peter Nichols
Jenny Mills Jenny Mills
 
Alan Smith Alan Smith
Lisa Cluett Lisa Cluett
Betty Hart Betty Hart
Mark Richards Mark Richards
Peter Law Peter Law
Colin Hughes Colin Hughes

Sponsoring New Clubs

By 1998 Victoria Quay was bursting at the seams with enthusiastic members, pursuing personal excellence through speeches from the CTM and Advanced Manuals. It was difficult to fit everybody into the program, so we set about founding a new club in Fremantle. There was definitely an opportunity because Fremantle Toastmasters closed down in 1997. Victoria Quay adopted a proposition from David Nicholas to found a second Fremantle Club.

Gateway Toastmasters, October 1998

David Nicholas ran a Speechcraft course for six weeks. in July and August, 1998 with help from Peter Nichols and Jan Ford. At the last meeting, the group decided to continue on, and recruit more members. The Club quickly got to Charter strength. Victoria Quay was the Sponsor Club, Peter Nichols and Jan Ford were Founders, and David Nicholas and Glenn Wright were Mentors.

Western Founders, April 1999

David and Glenis Nicholas worked for over a year to establish this Advanced Club, the first in Western Australia. At Charter it had members from 12 different clubs in Perth. Victoria Quay and Gateway were Sponsor Clubs, David Nicholas and Glenis Nicholas were Founders, and Alan Smith was Mentor.

Mandjar, July 1999

David Nicholas encouraged two members who lived in Mandurah, 50 kms south of Fremantle, and attended Victoria Quay and Gateway each week, to set up a local club in their home town. A Demonstration Meeting was run in April, 1999. David Nicholas and Peter Nichols visited the club for alternate meetings and it grew steadily to charter strength. Victoria Quay and Gateway were Sponsor Clubs, David Nicholas and Carol Grainger from Victoria Quay were Founders, and Sonja Davalos and Liz Sheridan from Gateway were Mentors.

Durack, July 1999

Kevin Siu, the then District 73 Lieutenant Governor Education & Training, suggested to David Nicholas in April 1999 that a Club could be set up at SKM Consulting Engineers in Perth, along the same lines as the Club he had established at SKM in Melbourne. Kevin gave David an introduction to a key person at SKM. He ran a Demonstration Meeting at SKM in May, 1999 and the club grew rapidly. Victoria Quay and St Georges, a breakfast club in Perth, were the Sponsor Clubs, David Nicholas and Peter Nichols from Western Founders, Gateway and Victoria Quay were Sponsors, and Hugh Cunningham, first from Victoria Quay but then from Gateway and Brian Natta from St Georges were Mentors.

Terrace, March 2000

Durack was so successful that the membership very rapidly climbed over 30. With fortnightly meetings, which ran from 7 am to 8.15 am, it was difficult for members to progress throught their CTM program. So David Nicholas suggested to Durack that it should sponsor a new club meeting in the same venue on a different morning. There was a lot of apprehension amongst Officers and members that this might split the club, but a special Executive meeting attended by 17 club members and chaired by President Gil Alexander adopted the proposal. A Demonstration Meeting was run on January 28, 2000 and the Club chartered on March 4, 2000. Durack and Western Founders were the Sponsor Clubs, David Nicholas and Mee Chan Wong from Western Founders were the Founders and Jenny Mills from Victoria Quay and Western Founders and Mike Clarke from Western Founders and St Georges were the Mentors.

West End, January 2002

Rhonda Broad, from Banyandah Club, contacted David Nicholas about starting a Club where she worked, at Transport. A Demonstration Meeting was first held at Fremantle Transport in February, 2001. Then two further Demonstration Meetings were held - the first at the Murray Street headquarters of Transport in Perth in July, 2001, and the second at the East Perth Terminal, in August 2001. David Nicholas and Jeff Oliver worked at setting up a new Club in these two locations, with help from Kaye Hastings and Gigi Boudville. In January, 2002 the Club chartered in a quite unique way. There is one Club which meets weekly at two different locations. Murray Street meets on Tuesday lunchtimes and Trackside (East Perth) on Wednesday mornings. David and Jeff were the Founders. Kaye (at Murray Street) and Gigi (at Trackside) are the Mentors. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Western Founders.

Trackside, May 2002

Cliff Boer and Lisa Cluett from Victoria Quay joined Trackside and it chartered in May, 2002 with Founders David Nicholas and Cliff Boer, and Mentor Lisa Cluett. The Sponsors were again Victoria Quay and Western Founders.

Subiaco Early Birds, September 2002

Meechan Wong, from Western Founders, worked in association with David Nicholas over a long period to get approval to set up a Toastmasters Club at Princess Margaret Hospital. When finally the official approval came, the club was quickly formed. Meechan and David were the Sponsors, with Judy Recher as Mentor. The Sponsor Clubs were again Victoria Quay and Western Founders.

Corporate Express, June 2006

Howard Steinberg was a former District 74 Governor in South Africa and an International Director. When he migrated to Perth he met David and later when he was working for Corporate Express in Kewdale, he saw the opportunity for a new Club at the business. He introduced David to the CEO, Heidi Moore-Halliday, who invited him to address a meeting of her managers. Subsequently there was a very successful Demonstration Meeting and the new club chartered very quickly, with Heidi as one of the members. David and Howard were the Sponsors, while Glenis Nicholas and Pascale Amberville-Colby were the Mentors. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Western Founders.

Amity, September 2006

Betty Hart took a job teaching in Albany.  She set about organising an Albany Club with help from David and Glenis Nicholas who went down to Albany for the Demonstration Meeting and later for the Charter Dinner.  Betty and Lynda t'Hart  were the Sponsors. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Foothills.

WA Governors, November 2007

David Nicholas saw the possibility of a leadership group being formed to energise the formation of new clubs in WA. With the support of District Governor, Mike Helm, he organised a Demonstration Meeting held at Michael Malone's home in Mt Lawley on October 18th, 2007. The 20 members were quickly signed up and the Advanced Club was chartered on November 24th. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Western Founders and the Founders were David Nicholas and Mike Helm. The Mentors are Alan Smith and Mark Richards, both from Victoria Quay.

Canning Vale, March 2008

Mark Richards was spurred on by his wife Robyn to have a club near their home.  They worked hard and  the Club was chartered on March 19th. The Sponsor Club was Victoria Quay. The Founders were Mark Richards and Robyn Richards.

Ngarlundu Wangka, April 2008

David Nicholas had an enquiry from an indigenous leader and together with Mike Helm he put together the membership group.  The Club was chartered on April 6th. The Sponsor Club were Victoria Quay and Central Communicators. The Founders were David Nicholas and Mike Helm. The Mentor was Sarah Stokoe.

Marketers, June 2008

David Nicholas and Mike Helm saw the possibility of a further advanced club, focussing on marketing issues. With the support of Akamai CEO, Tri Suseno, he put together the membership group and the Advanced Club was chartered on June 30th. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and WA Governors and the Founders were David Nicholas and Tri Suseno. The Mentors are Mike Helm and Mark Richards.

Netmasters, June 2008

David Nicholas  saw the possibility of a further advanced club, focussing on the possibility of extending into an online version. With the support of Iinet CEO, Michael Malone, he put together the membership group and a second Advanced Club was chartered on June 30th. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and WA Governors and the Founders were David Nicholas and Michael Malone. The Mentors are Leonor Ragan and Diana Veitch.

UWA, June 2008

Leo Schuler, a lecturer at the University of WA, had been a member of Toastmasters in New Zealand.  He wanted to be able to attend a Club at UWA.  His enquiry came through to David Nicholas who worked with Leo in the early part of 2008.  The Club was chartered on June 30th. The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and WA Governors and the Founders were David Nicholas and Leo Schuler. The Mentors are Leonor Ragan and Matt Carroll.

Ovatalkers, May 2009

A former Toastmaster from Victoria transferred to Arup, an international engineering firm in West Perth.  In February, 2009, he contacted David Nicholas who went with Mike Helm to meet the CEO, Rob Davies.  David conducted a Demonstration Meeting.  The club was charted in May 2009.  The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and WA Governors and the Founders were David Nicholas and Alan Smith.  The Mentors are Narayanan Rajaraman and Gladys Lavell.

Roetoric, May 2009

The HR supervisor at Connell Wagner, an engineering firm in Central Perth, contacted World Headquarters and the enquiry came through to David Nicholas.  In February, 2009, David  went with Mike Helm to discuss the formation of a club.  David conducted a Demonstration Meeting in March.  The club was charted in May 2009.  The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Western Founders and the Founders were David Nicholas and Mike Helm.  The Mentor is Pascale Amberville-Colby from Victoria Quay.

Toast2FS, June 2010

Natasha Gardiner, the Training Manager for Financial Services at Bankwest in Central Perth, contacted David Nicholas off the toastmasterswa website.  In February, 2010, David  went with Gawain Simpson and Kristin McIntosh to discuss the formation of a club.  David conducted a Demonstration Meeting in March.  The club was charted in June 2010.  The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Durack and the Founders were David Nicholas and Gawain Simpson.  The Mentors are Kristin McIntosh from Durack and Peter Jordan from Canning Vale.

TEEM, June 2010

Gawain Simpson, the Innercity Division Governor, organised a training session with Cliff Boer, former Victoria Quay member, in September, 2009.  David Nicholas publicised it through WA and over 50 Toastmasters enjoyed a scintillating Saturday session with Cliff.  David publicised this on toastmasterswa and Damian Chong, the District 73 District Governor, requested a repeat training session at the District 73 Council Meeting held in Perth in November.  After this Cliff suggested we set about forming a club for interested Toastmasters.  A demonstration meeting was held at the Fremantle Bowling Club in March, 2010 and the club chartered in June.  The Sponsor Clubs were Victoria Quay and Sandgropers and the Founders were David Nicholas and Gawain Simpson.  The Mentors are Bill Hewitt from Kalamunda and Peter McDonnell from Stirling.

Armadale, September 2010

Betty Hart  founded Amity Toastmasters in Albany in September 2006.  The club was very active and successful for some years but when Betty shifted back to Perth in early 2010, the club failed.  David Nicholas discussed this situation with Peter Law, the Victoria Quay President and they formed a project to transfer the club to Armadale where Peter lived.  David and Peter were appointed Club Coaches in July 2010 and set about transforming the membership.  A Demonstration Meeting was held on 28 September at the Old Post Office in Armadale, but the meetings were subsequently shifted to the Armadale Primary School in Carraadine Road.  The membership grew steadily so that by June 2011 the Armadale Club achieved President's Distinguished Club and David and Peter were credited with Club Coach success.  This enabled Peter to be awarded his first DTM in April 2012.

Desperados, October 2010

Victoria Quay member Richard Strickland is the CEO of the State Government Department of of Education Services in Osborne Park.  At a regular Symposium of DES (as his Department is known)  Richard   enlisted the help of Mike Helm DTM, a former District Governor to explain the benefits of Toastmasters to professionals.  Staff were very interested in what Toastmasters had to offer and accepted Mike’s invitation to attend a sample meeting which was held on 10th September with the help of other experienced toastmasters.  There was a very enthusiastic response and the club chartered on October 27th.

Gourmet Guns n Roses, June 2012

Greg Madden, the Area C1 Governor enlisted help from David Nicholas to start a new Gourmet Club in Subiaco.  Greg belonged to Young Guns as well as Victoria Quay.  David worked with Greg and Young Guns member Anita Adhitya in mutual High Performance Leadership projects.  A Demonstration Meeting was held on May 23.  The club grew rapidly and was chartered on June 1st.  The Founders of course were Greg Madden and Anita Adhita.

Madison, November 2012

David Nicholas was contacted by Jasmyn Mumme from the Business Professional Womens Association.  He worked with Jasmyn and Ross Wilkinson, the District 17 Governor and Founder of Applecross Toastmasters to set up a new club at the same venue as Applecross.  A Demonstration Meeting was held on May 23.  The club grew in enthusiasm and strength and was finally chartered on November 18th.  The Founders were David Nicholas and Ross Wilkinson and the Mentors Greg Lynn and Sandra Morton.

District, Division and Area Participation

From early on, Founders David Nicholas and Lesley Amm saw that it was important to involve the Club and members in the wider Toastmaster community.

1997/98 The Club provided three of the five Area Governors in Western Division

  • Area W10 Lesley Amm
  • Area W13 David Nicholas - President's Distinguished Area
  • Area W21 Kay McDougall - Distinguished Area

1998/99 The Club provided the Division Governor and two of the five Area Governors

  • Western Division Governor David Nicholas - President's Distinguished Division
  • Area W13 - Lesley Amm
  • Area W21 Glenis Nicholas - President's Distinguished Area

1999/00 The Club provided the Division Governor and one Area Governor

  • Western Division Governor Lesley Amm - Distinguished Division and District Governor of the Year
  • Area W21 John Baker - President's Distinguished Area

2000/01 The Club provided one Area Governor and a District Marketing Officer

  • Public Relations and Marketing Officer (Western) David Nicholas
  • Area W21 Jenny Mills - Distinguished Area

2001/02 The Club provided three Area Governors and a District Marketing Officer

  • Public Relations and Marketing Officer (Western) David Nicholas
  • Area W13 Jeff Oliver - President's Distinguished Area
  • Area W21 Alan Smith - Select Distinguished Area
  • Area W28 David Nicholas - President's Distinguished Area and District Area Governor of the year

2002/03 The Club provided one Area Governor and a District Marketing Officer

  • Public Relations and Marketing Officer (Western) David Nicholas and District Officer of the Year
  • Area W28 Lisa Cluett

2003/04 The Club provided one Area Governor and the District Lt Governor Education & Training

  • Lt Governor Education & Training David Nicholas
  • Area W13 Paul Staite

2004/05 The Club provided the Western Division Governor and the W21 Area Governor

  • Western Division Governor Lisa Cluett
  • Area W21 Betty Hart

2005/06 The Club provided the District Lt Governor Education & Training, the Western Division Governor, the W21 Area Governor and the Marketing Officer

  • Lt Governor Education & Training Lisa Cluett
  • Western Division Governor Betty Hart - President's Distinguished Division
  • Area W21 David Nicholas - President's Distinguished Area
  • Western Division Marketing Officer Pascale Amberville-Colby

2006/07 The Club provided the P10 Area Governor, the W21 Area Governor, the WA Webmaster and the WA Marketing Officer (Western Division has been split into two Divisions - Perth and Western - as a result of the work of Betty Hart.)

  • Area P10 Glenis Nicholas
  • Area W21 Mark Richards
  • WA Webmaster David Nicholas
  • WA Marketing Officer Pascale Amberville-Colby

2007/08 The Club provided the Western Division Governor, the W10 Area Governor, the WA Webmaster, the WA New Clubs Coordinator and the District 73 Parliamentarian.

  • Western Division Governor Mark Richards
  • Area W10 David Nicholas  President's Distinguished Area Governor
  • WA Webmaster David Nicholas
  • WA New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas - 12 new clubs were set up in the year
  • District 73 Parliamentarian David Nicholas

2008/09 The Club provided the District PRO, the W21 Area Governor, the WA Webmaster, the WA New Clubs Coordinator and the District 73 Parliamentarian.

  • District Public Relations Officer Mark Richards
  • W21 Area Governor Pascale Amberville-Colby
  • WA Webmaster David Nicholas
  • WA New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas - 5 new clubs were set up in the year
  • District 73 Parliamentarian David Nicholas

2009/10 The Club provided the District Lt Governor Marketing, the Western Division Governor, the W21 Area Governor, the P50 Area Governor, the the WA Webmaster and the WA New Clubs Coordinator.

  • District Lt Governor Marketing Mark Richards
  • Western Division Governor David Nicholas  President's Distinguished Division Governor
  • W21 Area Governor Peter Law  President's Distinguished Area Governor
  • P50 Area Governor Pascale Amberville-Colby
  • WA Webmaster David Nicholas
  • WA New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

2010/11 The Club is providing the District Lt Governor Education & Training (West), the District Public Relations Officer, the W21 Area Governor, the WA Webmaster, the WA New Clubs Coordinator and since March the District Parliamentarian.

  • District Lt Governor Education & Training (West)Mark Richards
  • District Public Relations Officer Pascale Amberville-Colby
  • District Parliamentarian David Nicholas
  • W21 Area Governor Tim McNamara
  • WA Webmaster David Nicholas
  • WA New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

2011/12 The Club provided the  District 17 Governor, the District Webmaster, the C! Area Governor and the Southern Division New Clubs Coordinator.

  • District 17 Governor Mark Richards
  • District 17 Webmaster David Nicholas
  • Area C1 Governor Greg Madden
  • Southern Division New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

2012/13 The Club is providing two Governors, the District Webmaster and the District New Clubs Coordinator

  • Area C4 Governor David Nicholas
  • Area S32 Governor Greg Lynn
  • District 17 Webmaster David Nicholas
  • District New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

2013/14 The Club is providing one Governor, the District Webmaster and the District New Clubs Coordinator

  • Area S32 Governor David Nicholas
  • District 17 Webmaster David Nicholas
  • Southern Division New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

2014/15 The Club is providing one Governor, the District Webmaster and the District New Clubs Coordinator

  • Area S31 Governor Colin Hughes
  • District 17 Webmaster David Nicholas
  • New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas

 Social Activities

Victoria Quay runs an active social program, to balance the intense educational emphasis in the club.

Summer barbeque. We often hold a February barbeque meeting, in the open air. In 2002 it was at the Shelley Foreshore Reserve. In 2003 it was at Wireless Hill in Booragoon. In 2004 it was at member Geraldine's house and in 2005 it was at members Glenis and David's house.

Winter Social. The last meeting in June or the first in July is a Social. It used to be held at a restaurant but our current meeting site is well set up for catering, so we hold it at the Fremantle Bowling Club.

Rottnest or Dwellingup Weekend. Rottnest is a small island 15 kms off the coast at Fremantle, used exclusively for tourist accomodation. We hire a large house there and usually have about 12-15 members and families there for the weekend in September or October. In 2004 we went to Banksia Springs in Dwellingup, and again in 2005.

Christmas Social.
This is our last meeting of the year, in December, and we live it up, usually with contributions from former members.

Outstanding Speakers

Of course a club like Victoria Quay has had many fine speakers, several of whom have won competitions at Area, Division and District level.

In 2001/02, then President Cliff Boer won the District 73 International Speech Contest, but was unable to go to Miami to compete in the world final.

In 2002/03, Cliff won the District Contest again. He won the Inter District Final at Atlanta on August 19, 2003 and competed in the World Championship of Public Speaking on August 23.

In 2011/12, Peter Law won the inaugural District 17 International Speech Contest.  He competed in Orlando, Florida in mid August 2012.  He didn't make it to the final this time, but has learned a lot to help next time.

In 2013/14, Peter  won the District 17 International Speech Contest again.  He  competed at KL in Malaysis in mid August 2014.  Next time, Peter.

A Final Word about Victoria Quay Toastmasters

We believe that we have an extraordinary club. Our weekly meetings are lively and entertaining, as well as solidly grounded in the Toastmasters ethic of personal growth and improvement. We meet from 6 to 7.30 pm every Wednesday night, except for a few weeks over Christmas and the New Year. After the meeting, members and visitors share tea/coffee and biscuits for about 30-45 minutes. This regular social session after each meeting is probably the special ingredient we have which keeps us a tightly bonded group who welcome visitors to join and take part.

Visit us if you get the chance. Meeting details are on our website or you can contact David Nicholas, on 0401 011 212 or email him at davidnic@iinet.net.au