Archive for May 2021

Your legacy will forever be embedded in us

To our District Director Merryl Jubber, DTM. You were ever ready to support all initiatives. In March for International Women’s Day, on the request of the club sponsor, Zivai Matondo DTM, you graced our club launch as our Guest Speaker and challenged us as “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” to…

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So long Merryl

It was great knowing you. You leave a legacy that we will particularly remember, of ‘selling the sizzle.’ Edmore Gamundani, DTM TLI Chairman, 2020/2021 Here are more articles on this topic: Remembering a Leader Extraordinaire We will greatly miss you Merryl We have all felt the loss I have lost a friend Goodnight Merryl You…

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I will remember you

I Will remember you! We Will remember you! Death stings! And really leaves us with thoughts… did we love enough to care enough to show enough and be …enough? Our hearts bleed. We lost a friend, a sister and a leader.  Thank you for serving from a place of generosity of heart. I Will remember…

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Ask me about Toastmasters

DTM Merryl, If I could turn back the hands of time, I would wind it down to the first time I met you, by the entrance of Deloitte and Touche offices in Harare, Zimbabwe. I was still new in Toastmasters and it was my first time to attend Club Officer Training. When you saw me…

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I can still hear you promoting the sizzle of the sale

I first met Merryl when I was appointed as an Area Governor in 1995.  I was invited to find out how Toastmasters can be a social event and also an occasion for learning and growth. This was way before “Where Leaders Are Made” became the Toastmasters motto. JRA (used to stand for Johannesburg Regional Accountants) was an…

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Goodbye South African Rose

How do you say “goodbye” to one of the Toastmasters you most admire? I met Merryl years ago, in the late 90’s, when she joined a somewhat insignificant and struggling club I belonged to, JRA Toastmasters. Within a short time Merryl became the Club President. It was the beginning of what I can best describe…

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Memories of Merryl

I met Merryl many years ago, around 1995/6, through Morningside Toastmasters and we became friendly. At that time, I was newly single and living in a townhouse in Buccleuch, and she was a single mom living in a flat just off Joe Slovo Drive on the border of Yeoville and Doornfontein, with her young son,…

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We are all just walking each other home

“We’re all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass  I was a freshly minted Toastmaster in 1995. The club, JRA, Old Eds, Houghton. The president of the club: Merryl Jubber. When I was first introduced to Merryl I was immediately drawn to her. She was supremely confident, somewhat imposing, yet surprisingly gentle. It was Merryl…

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One day we will hug again

In the 90’s, I was on the District Council and Cabinet, living in the Cape, Division D. Then on a Cabinet meeting in Johannesburg I visited a few clubs. One club had a Halloween theme, one member was responsible for all the decor, witches hats and all the usual stuff and had gone to a…

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Note from the Editor

What does ‘leading where you are’ mean to you? To me it means that I can continue to learn, grow and lead differently. Over the last year I have learnt that I can get the job done from the comfort of my home and make virtual connections while in my comfy socks. That is just…

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COVER STORY – Verity pays the Price and wins the prize

Verity Price, from ToastED Toastmasters Club in Division D is the new District 74 International Public Speaking Champion for 2021/2022. Together with six other finalists, they were the last ones standing among hundreds of speakers who competed in this year’s International Speech Contest from club to district level. In an exclusive interview with her, soon…

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Thank you District 74

District 74, thank you for being part of OUR Iconic Royal Lekgotla. We are indeed People Making History, Taking Steps into the unknown and Striving for Progress. From the Lakgotla La District 74 team Here are more articles on this topic: COVER STORY – Verity pays the Price and wins the prize Semi finalist Granny…

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Thank you to the Super Heroes

Thank you to the Super Heroes Behind the Scenes – The Division Chief Judges! Service is tough and sometimes asks us to show up in spaces that make us uncomfortable.  Toastmasters is a place where regardless of whether you have a personal relationship with someone or not, people show up and support you regardless. As…

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Second place winner Tawanda Mubvumbi

The thought of public speaking petrified me, so I wanted to change that. I bought some books on public speaking but did not see a marked improvement. My wife encouraged me to attend a Toastmasters meeting. I have never looked back since. Toastmasters gave me an opportunity to speak about things close to my heart…

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Third place winner Sbongile Moloi

I was attending a leadership conference and I was taken in by how the different speakers spoke with confidence, enthusiasm and managed to capture my attention throughout the conference. This made me realize that I wanted what they have and I signed up for Toastmasters to groom me into becoming an eloquent public speaker. My…

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Finalist Thabani Mtsi

I don’t know if I can pinpoint the exact ‘how’ because there were several contributing factors. The first is that my mother is a teacher and I think she instilled in me a passion for adding value to people’s lives through knowledge transfer. The second is that I grew up idolizing pastors at church because…

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Finalist Ruramai Sithole

I have always wanted to speak from as early as I can remember but I was lacking in confidence. I couldn’t see how I could ever muster the confidence to do so. I was terrified of speaking and avoided it all costs. My life-changing moment occurred when I relocated to Namibia for my internship back…

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Finalist Siphosenkosi Kadzutu

It all started when my French teacher, Mademoiselle Pedzisa, invited me to join the Debate Club in Form 2 at Prince Edward School. I started watching videos so that I can become a better speaker. When I was in Form 3, I stumbled on a speech by Mohammed Qahtani. That’s the year I attempted Public…

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Semi finalist Kopano Kwapeng

I am from Good to Great Speakers Club, Division A.  I have been a Toastmaster since August 2020. Honestly, I can’t trace it back to a particular time. However I grew up being a very outspoken child, so I believe I grew the confidence and competence over time as I got opportunities to develop the…

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Semi finalist Matimu Marcus Manganyi

I had always yearned to speak to a large audience yet I did not know how, until Garth Thomson delivered a Table-Topic to a team of interns that I was part of. Ever since that day, in November 2016, my passion and love for public speaking manifested itself in the form of participation in every…

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