Former Whitsunday resident new role with Toastmasters
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 one-year 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 non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network.
There are 167 Toastmaster clubs in Queensland.