Having fun at Shoreline Toastmasters - Photo by John Hicks

About Shoreline Toastmasters

Toastmasters Shoreline Club Establishment

In 1993 Toastmasters John Priddy and Geoff Oliver from the Christchurch Toastmasters Club joined Area Governor Carl Horn to start a new club in the south-east suburbs. On 22 February 1993 they ran a demonstration meeting which was so stimulating and enjoyable and that two guests joined on the night. After the second meeting the club had 16 members and by the 4th, the required 20 to charter the club.

Chartering Shoreline Toastmasters

A charter dinner was held at Newberry Lodge on 18 June 1993. Les Willis was charter president and Carl Horn the club mentor. The other members were Colleen Bardsley, Ian Beal, David Clarkson, Dawn Cullen-Smith, John Dingwall, Pauline Giles, Lindsey James, Cara Johnston, Rosalie Johnston, Tim Kerr, Penny Lusby, Liam Pawson, Ann Pearce, Margaret Roulston, Helen Stockwell, Eric Van Toor, Garth Weaver, Neville Whyte and Richard Williamson. At the present time 2008 the club has 40 members and three of the original Charter members David Clarkson, Lindsey James and Helen Peate still belong.

Choosing our club name

The name Shoreline was chosen because the club rooms are in the Mt Pleasant Yacht Club on the southern shore of the Avon – Heathcote Estuary near Sumner beach in Christchurch. The view is of water and mountains and the rooms receive the last of the sun.

Club Success - Where Leaders Are Made

Sponsoring New Clubs

Shoreline has sponsored and been involved in mentoring five new Toastmasters clubs in Christchurch. They are University of Canterbury (Carl Horn & Helen Peate), Canterbury Connoisseurs (Helen Peate), Boaters (David Clarkson), Northside (David Templeman & Val Gane), and Ace (Trisha Browne). Leigh Street was also involved in starting two new clubs in London.

Club Coaches

Leigh Street & David Templeman were successful in rejuvenating Riccarton Club. 

Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Courses

Shoreline has run four Speechcraft courses for Telecom Directory Services and two Youth Leadership courses in schools.

Newsletter - The Shoreline Voice

Mary Black was the first editor of the club newsletter (1993). Tim Kerr was editor for the next two years. Helen Peate took over in the 1997 – 2000 period and during this time “The Shoreline Voice” won the District 72 Award for the best Club newsletter three times and in 2000 was awarded a Top Ten Newsletter in the World Award by Toastmasters International.

Past Club Presidents

  • 1993-1994 Les Willis
  • 1994-1995 Helen Peate
  • 1995-1996 John Dingwall
  • 1996-1997 Margaret Howie
  • 1997-1998 David Clarkson
  • 1998-1999 Val Gane
  • 1999-2000 Hilary Baxter
  • 2000-2001 David Templeman
  • 2001-2002 Leslie Thomson
  • 2002-2003 Jan Williamson
  • 2003-2004 Nick Early
  • 2004-2005 Robert Cumming
  • 2005-2006 Trisha Browne
  • 2006-2007 Leigh Street
  • 2007-2008 Lesley Thomson
  • 2008-2009 Rod Twist
  • 2009-2010 Lloyd Bathurst
  • 2010-2011 Tom Fuller
  • 2011-2012 Francis Johnson
  • 2012-2013 Renata Marhevka
  • 2013-2014 Andrew Oxenburgh
  • 2014-2015 Carolyn Skerrett
  • 2015-2016 Stephen East
  • 2016-2017 Adrienne Malis
  • 2017-2018 Michael Shand
  • 2018-2019 Helen Peate
  • 2019-2020 Simon Mortimer

Successful Shoreline Toastmasters

Distinguished Toastmasters in Shoreline

• Helen Peate DTM “1998”

• David Clarkson DTM “2002”

• Leigh Street DTM “2012”

• David Templeman DTM “2013”

Professional speakers

• David Clarkson

• Steve Gurney - former member

• John Davey - former member

• David Templeman – 2004/2007

District Officers

• David Clarkson - Area Governor, President Distinguished Area Governor

• Helen Peate - Area Governor, Select Distinguished Area Governor

• Trisha Browne – Area Governor, Distinguished Area Governor

• Lesley Thomson - Area Governor

• Leigh Street – Area Governor, Select DistinguishedArea Governor

• David Templeman – Area Governor, Select Distinguished Area Governor

• Trisha Browne and Leigh Street were District Training Officers

• Celina Templeman – Area Governor 2013/2014

• David Templeman - Division Governor 2013/2014



Shoreline members have had considerable success in Speech contests.

David Templeman has won two Division International and three Evaluation contests and been placed in the Humorous contest. He was the International Speech Champion of NZ representing New Zealand in USA in 2004. In 2010, he was the Evaluation Champion of NZ.

David Clarkson has won Division International, Table Topics (x4) and Evaluation Contests and was runner-up in the 2001 District International, 2005 Evaluation and 2009 Table Topics contests and winner of the 2003 and 2005 District Table topics contests.

Bob Gordon won the Division and became the Humorous Speech Champion of NZ in 2007.

Colleen Mills as a member of Shoreline was runner up at a NZ Evaluation contest and won four Division Evaluation contest awards. She also won the NZ Humorous Speech Title and one Division Humorous Speech Title won the Table Topics Division contest and NZ TT Competition

Helen Peate won the Humourous Speech Contest at Division level and competed in the NZ Humourous Speech Contest in 2012.

Leigh Ball, Darren Mora, Nick Early & John Hicks have also reached Division level contests.•

Tom Fuller came third in the NZ 2010 Table Topics contest.


Other Awards

  • Helen Peate - Area Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (1994)
  • David Templeman – Area Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (2000)
  • David Templeman – Division Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (2000)
  • Andrew Oxenburgh – Area Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (2012)
  • Leigh Street – Division Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year (2013)

Club Mission & Regional Toastmasters Structure

Club Mission

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters Organizational Structure

Toastmasters International is a huge organization, broken into many subregions so that every club and every club member is able to receive the support and leadership training that Toastmasters is famous for facilitating.

Region 12 - Oceania

There are 14 regions throughout the world, with ten based in the Americas, and the remaining four covering the rest of the world.  For a map of the world's districts on the District 72 site - click here.

District 72 - New Zealand

With more than 270 clubs throughout New Zealand, there is a lot of support provided through the Toastmasters District 72 - the umbrella district for all of New Zealand's Toastmasters Clubs.  

Division G - Canterbury

We are in Division G.

Area G1 - Part of Christchurch

We are in Area G1 along with our sister clubs: Christchurch Club, Sunrise Club, Everest Club, Victoria Toastmasters Club & Dollan House Toastmasters.

Club 9360 - Shoreline Toastmasters Club

We are club number 9360

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