For­mer Whit­sun­day res­i­dent takes on new role with Toast­mas­ters

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MIKE Storkey has been elected as the sec­ond vice pres­i­dent of global ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional – and he will be­come the in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent in four years.

Mr Storkey has been a ded­i­cated Toast­mas­ter for the past 23 years and a mem­ber of his home club, Whit­sun­day Toast­mas­ters in Cannonvale, since 1990.

A long term Whit­sun­day res­i­dent, Mr Storkey moved to Townsville in Oc­to­ber last year for work com­mit­ments but re­mains an ac­tive mem­ber of Whit­sun­day Toast­mas­ters.

He was re­cently elected to the oneyear term at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 82nd an­nual in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion in the United States.

As an elected mem­ber of the Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional board of di­rec­tors, he will be in­ducted as the in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent in four years, be­com­ing the sec­ond Aus­tralian in the his­tory of Toast­mas­ters to hold the po­si­tion.

“Toast­mas­ters has helped me un­der­stand the value of help­ing oth­ers, team work and cre­at­ing a vi­sion in or­der to reach a com­mon goal,” Mr Storkey said.

“I am hon­oured to use th­ese skills to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion grow and en­hance its bright fu­ture.”

As a busi­ness trainer and coach, Mr Storkey co-founded Storkey’s Team in 2005.

The com­pany aims to help small busi­ness own­ers de­velop strate­gic plans and trains mem­bers of lo­cal govern­ment bod­ies through­out Queens­land.

He also hosts sem­i­nars on change man­age­ment, team build­ing and lead­er­ship for Queens­land re­gional coun­cils.

Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional is a non­profit ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion that teaches pub­lic speak­ing and lead­er­ship skills through a world­wide net­work.

There are 167 Toast­mas­ter clubs in Queens­land.

GREAT ACHIEVE­MENT: Past Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Mike Storkey has been elected as the sec­ond vice pres­i­dent of non-profit global ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional.

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