Archive for December 2020

District Director’s Note

Are you Grateful and Resolute? As we near the end of a challenging year as Toastmasters I want to congratulate each and everyone of you for continuing investing in yourself and being flexible and agile as we moved to online meetings, which gave us new learnings and opportunities. What are you grateful for? I am…

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Note from the Editor

We have all heard the saying-in fact, it’s been driven into our minds of late: “These are unprecedented times.” One thing that has held strong this year is the positivity of the Toastmasters community, no matter how uncertain things may have been. The Toastmaster’s community spirit has shown no sign of fading, no matter what…

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Amazing heroes finding their whY with James Chiumia, Division Y Director

“Growth comes from being honest first with yourself in private. There is nothing more inspiring than an authentic person who does what they say. They inspire trust.” James Chiumia-Division Y Director If you’ve ever faced a significant crisis in your life you’ll have experienced the power of living into yourself to tap reserves of energy,…

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Uncertain times, a certain Conference- Lekgotla La District 74

2020 has been a year like no other and changed a lot of what was deemed normal.  It found us finalizing preparations to attend the 2020 RoyalCon and the International Convention scheduled in Paris, we were familiarising ourselves with some basic French ‘Bonjour’, ‘Merci beaucoup’…plans had to be quickly adjusted, and drastically so! District 74…

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Paying it forward with Mentorship without Borders

Ever since my Toastmasters journey started over 5 years ago, I have had access to experienced members which accelerated my success in and outside of this organisation. However, I realized later in this journey that I was one of the few privileged. Not everyone had a mentor. Others sought one, but weren’t as lucky as…

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Mentor/Mentee – Nerisa Shiri and Nwabisa Maseti

When I joined the Breakfast Club Toastmasters in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2020, I was so excited because I knew exactly why I had joined Toastmasters, but I soon realized that I was ignorance on fire when I attempted to prepare for speeches. I then was told I could get a mentor to…

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Mentor/Mentee – Clara Malunga and Tamalawaka C. Makawa

I have immensely enjoyed my relationship with my mentee, Tamalawaka, over the past few months. It has been so rewarding mentoring her because I have learnt so much from her in return. I have had to read a lot about Toastmasters so that I can deal with her questions. Everything we know we have learnt…

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Clash of the champions

On Saturday 28 November, the United Toastmasters Club held its 6th ever meeting. The club which is currently comprised of 10 countries but is still growing came up with a unique theme: Champion Speakers, where all the prepared speakers in the meeting were current or previous Toastmasters District Champions from around the world! Our very…

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Social Event – Accelerator of The Month Award

Division A is thrilled to close the year 2020 on a high note with yet another Accelerator of The Month Award winner! Distinguished Toastmasters Frans Nortje, President of Scientia Toastmasters Club, is our December 2020 Accelerator of the Month! DTM Frans registered Pathways Effective Coaching levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 in one month, November 2020. This is his second Path after completing his Presentation…

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Social Event – ‘Tis the season to be jolly and to give!

A sense of joy and gratitude filled the air at the year-end meeting of Two Oceans Toastmasters Club in Fish Hoek, Cape Town. We have made it through the most difficult year ever. For this we are grateful.  It is in this spirit that the theme of our year-end meeting was “Pay it Forward”.  We were…

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Social Event – Get comfortable with a microphone

Using a microphone is a skill every great speaker should possess, that is why Pinnacle Toastmasters from Durban, South Africa, dedicated their meeting to learning this skill. Members and guests joining in person and via Zoom were entertained and informed. Those present at the meeting learnt the importance of a microphone sound test and the…

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TLI January 2021 Calendar

DATE TIME TITLE CONTACT DETAILS Sat 9 09:00-13:00 Club Officer Training mdumth@gmail.com Tue 12 17:30-18:30 Navigating Pathways – for New Members and those who need a refresher anke.stow@gmail.com Tue 12 18:00-19:00 TLI Training Masterclass: How to stay motivated in the current climate tli@toastmasters74.org Thur 14 18:00-19:00 Pathways Masterclass mdumth@gmail.com Sat16 18:00-20:00 PR for Success Masterclass…

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District Director’s Note

Why get involved with starting a new club? This is your opportunity to grow. Thinking of starting your own business? Wanting to grow your business? Wanting to develop your leadership skills and lead a team? Starting a new club will help you develop these skills. So now is the time to develop or hone those…

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Note from the Editor

Admittedly, things are changing on a daily or even hourly basis. Today’s realities are quite different from what they were yesterday and vastly different from just last week. It takes a dynamic leader to be flexible, adaptive and willing to make prompt difficult choices. This edition’s cover star, Melissa Awu, new Division D Director is…

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Developing Dynamic Leaders with Division D Director, Melissa Awu

I am just a little girl from a township in Port Elizabeth. My mother believed in me first and I finally believed in myself. Today, I grab all opportunities with both hands. I try to make a small difference in the world. Melissa Awu-Division D Director A dynamic leader is someone who sees challenges and…

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In loving memory of Brian Moore

Here are more articles on this topic: District Director’s Note Note from the Editor Emissary – Esther Mutimhodyo Emissary – Mercia Tshuma Take the lead – Register for Early Bird Club Officer Training Developing Dynamic Leaders with Division D Director, Melissa Awu

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New Member Moment – Arsenio Jorge

I am Arsenio Jorge from Maputo Toastmasters Club in Maputo, Mozambique. I want to master the art of public speaking. I see Toastmasters as a platform to better my speaking skills. I see the amazing work it has done to other members and how astonishing it is to see them deliver speeches confidently. I aspire…

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Emissary – Mercia Tshuma

Around the world in 220 days!!Imagine going around the world in just 220 days, yes, it’s possible!! No passport or visas required. Did you know that there are 220 clubs in District74! It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic brought about many complexities. Whilst other borders were closing tight, our virtual borders swung wide…

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Emissary – Esther Mutimhodyo

I am Esther from Old Mutual Club in Harare. To date, I have visited 4 clubs and have benefited by receiving feedback from people not familiar with me as I get a different perspective. My knowledge on Toastmasters roles has also increased as well. I am learning how to improve on my own speeches from…

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