Karratha Toastmasters Club – The Most Remote?

​Why would I choose to visit Karratha Toastmasters Club, the most remote toastmasters club in the world?


​In July, I accepted the role of Toastmasters C3 Area Director within District 17.  One of my clubs is a little remote though.  It's in Karratha - 1,500 kilometres North of Perth, where ​I live.

In July, I accepted the role of Toastmasters C3 Area Director within District 17.  One of my clubs is a little remote though.  It's in Karratha - 1,500 kilometres from Perth, where ​I live.


​​Toastmasters can be a very enriching experience, and ​​it's nice to be able to give back. Today's blog is my story of giving back, by agreeing to visit Karratha Toastmasters Club. Check this out now!

​Toastmasters can be a very enriching experience, and ​​it's nice to be able to give back.  Today's blog is my story of giving back, by agreeing to visit Karratha Toastmasters Club. Check this out now!

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Flight for my visit to Karratha Toastmasters Club

​I've always loved flying.  There is something magical about flying with a few hundred people at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet.  Looking out through the window, it doesn't seem possible that the Australian Outback is spilling out beneath us.

​The landscape changes dramatically during the 1-hour 50-minute flight.  Moving from the thriving metropolis of Perth, with a population of around 2 million people, to the rugged and rocky landscape of Karratha, with a population of around 20 thousand people.  In between these two extremes points is the Australian Outback - desolate, ever changing and quite beautiful.

​Check out the video at the top of this page to see a quick version of the flight from Perth to Karratha.

Check out the video at the top of this page to see a quick version of the flight from Perth to Karratha.

​Why does Karratha exists

​​Karratha is located approximately 1,500 kilometres (950 miles) north of Perth and 850 kilometres (530 miles) southwest of Broome, on the North West Coastal Highway.

​​​Due to iron-ore industry growth and the need for a new regional centre caused by a shortage of land in Dampier, Karratha came into being in 1968.

​Since then, Karratha has developed due to iron ore operations, sea-salt mining, ammonia export operations and the North West Shelf Natural Gas Project, Australia's largest natural resource development.

Since then, Karratha has developed due to iron ore operations, sea-salt mining, ammonia export operations and the North West Shelf Natural Gas Project, Australia's largest natural resource development.

​Sunday workshop - for Karratha Toastmasters Club

​​On Sunday I ran an Impromptu Speaking workshop for Karratha Toastmasters club members and guests.   I have this workshop for two reasons.  Firstly, club members don't have much access to District Training, and so it was a great opportunity to help build their public speaking knowledge.  Secondly, it was a chance to market the club to potential visitors.  The session included ​sections​:

​On Sunday I ran an Impromptu Speaking workshop for Karratha Toastmasters club members and guests.   I have this workshop for two reasons.  Firstly, club members don't have much access to District Training, and so it was a great opportunity to help build their public speaking knowledge.  Secondly, it was a chance to market the club to potential visitors.  The session included ​sections​:
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    ​Visualisation
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    ​Key questions
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    Sensory descriptions
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    ​Brainstorming
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    Structure
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    Mindset

Monday Adventures in Karratha

First thing this morning I hired a car and decided to go exploring.  My hosts Jacinta and Lizeth had been very generous in their knowledge, sharing an excellent itinerary with me.

​The day began with a visit to the Woodside Visitor Centre.  The centre ​gave an impressive and clear demonstration of how Australia's largest natural resource development, the North West Shelf Natural Gas Project came into being and how it operated today.  ​

​Gas is piped from the ocean bed onto shore 130 kilometres away.  Here it is processed and converted to its liquid form - LNG (Liquid Natural Gas).  In this way, it takes up 600 times less space and is then piped to Perth and shipped ​to Japan.

​I also visited Hearson's Cove and Deep Gorge​.  Deep Gorge is one of the most prolific Aboriginal rock art sites in Australia

I also visited Hearson's Cove and Deep Gorge​.  Deep Gorge is one of the most prolific Aboriginal rock art sites in Australia

Tuesday Adventures in Karratha

​I went to Cossack Tuesday morning, where Western Australia’s pearling industry began.  I then moved onto Wickham and Point Sampson.  Point Sampson is a popular holiday destination for the nearby towns.

I went to Cossack Tuesday morning, where Western Australia’s pearling industry began.  I then moved onto Wickham and Point Sampson.  Point Sampson is a popular holiday destination for the nearby towns.

​What is Karratha Toastmasters Club like for a visitor?

Tuesday evening I attended the Karratha Toastmasters Club meeting.  ​

​Karratha Toastmasters Club is blessed to have passionate and knowledgeable members. The determination and enthusiasm they showed to grow their club and sharing their knowledge with others in Karratha and surrounding areas is great to see.

​Karratha Toastmasters Club President (​Jacinta) is very friendly, accommodating and encouraging.  Their Vice President of Education (Lizeth DelaHoz Ruiz) ​came second in the International Speech contest in the whole of WA. She was up against members from 82 clubs (when the competition started), that's around 1,500 members​.

​She's not alone either. I have previously seen other members from Karratha Toastmasters Club competing at a very high level across the District (WA).

​​We had a great time in a fun and relaxed learning environment.  I told members of Karratha Toastmasters Club about the new Pathways education system and ran a Club Officer Training.  At the same time, I was able to see some great speakers and evaluators relishing the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with others in the room.

​I can't wait to come back again in a few months to see ​how Karratha Toastmaster club is growing and see new members benefitting from the knowledge of their current members.

​I greatly appreciated the hospitality everyone showed me while visiting the club.  ​​I loved their passion and energy.

I arrived a stranger, and we left as friends.  Thank you!​

I greatly appreciated the hospitality everyone showed me while visiting the club.  ​​I loved their passion and energy.

​Want to know more information about Karratha Toastmasters Club?

​Check out the Karratha Toastmasters Club Facebook Group Page here​

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Martin J O'Connor
 

In 2015, Martin was the District 17 Toastmasters Table Topics Champion and came third in 2014. He was in the District 17 final of the Humorous competition in 2015 and is in the District 17 final of the Evaluation competition in 2017. He is very proud to be a founding member of Competitive Speakers Perth Toastmasters club.