Archive for June 2021

Note from the Editor

In the end, we editors just pass through. We all know that you, the readers, are the real carriers of the flame. Alan Rusbridger If you’re reading this, then it means we got to publish and I’m sitting back after one of our long editions. Besides our regular pillars, today’s edition features District 74’s outgoing…

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Thank you fellow Toastmasters…Until we meet again

Fellow Toastmasters, As I reflect on the year that has been, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside you. Thank you for embracing the team and for allowing us to grow and learn as Toastmasters and leaders. Going into the term, I knew that it would be a different year and indeed it was.…

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District Director – Exceeding expectations because every member matters

Njabulo Thela, DTM – District 74 Director elect Here are more articles on this topic: Division D – Developing dynamic leaders through collaborations Administration Managers – True happiness is serving others Division B – All set to continue creating opportunities Program Quality Directors – Change is the end result of all true learning New Member…

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Program Quality Directors – Change is the end result of all true learning

If anything is to go by, the ‘Exceeding expectations’ movement is one of the highlights I am looking forward to celebrating. As Program Quality Director (PQD), my role is no different to a corporate’s Head of Learning and Development. In Toastmasters, I look after all aspects of education and training for all members. We are…

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Club Growth Directors – Growing the District, one club at a time

It has been an absolute honour to serve the esteemed members of District 74 as the Club Growth Director. Due to Covid 19 we had to change course and do things differently, utilising digital platforms. One of my great moments was witnessing members quickly transform into digital natives and holding effective online meetings and events. Another…

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Public Relations Managers – Enhancing brand visibility

My highlight for the year was definitely meeting and getting to know all the members across Southern Africa as we, together, let the world know about Toastmasters in our communities. You welcomed us with open arms and allowed us to learn and grow in service to you. It’s been such an amazing opportunity to attend your club…

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Administration Managers – True happiness is serving others

I have a bittersweet feeling now that the year has drawn to a close. On the one hand, I look forward to having more relaxed Sundays, but on the other hand I feel like I could have done even more, to contribute to the success of the District. The year 2020/2021 was a significant year…

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Finance Managers – Money makes the world go round

What an exciting year it has been! Nothing was predictable and as Cabinet, we sailed quite often through uncharted waters. Every month the budget needed to be adopted. My highlights included working together with Cabinet and Directorate members whom I found inspiring and motivating. Thanks to Covid 19 and zoom, I had the chance to…

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Logistics Manager – Leaders win through superior logistics

My name is Vuyi Vuthela and I am proud to be serving District 74 as Logistics Manager in 2021/2022. My role involves selecting meeting locations, organising the rooms and ensuring that the atmosphere is conducive to successful events, such as business meetings, speech contests and training. I am responsible for setting up the necessary equipment,…

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Immediate Past District Director – Together we can do so much

As this Toastmasters year closes, I’m challenged to articulate exactly how I’m feeling. There has been much turmoil, emotion & sadness. Amongst all this, I continued to have learning opportunities, some of them outside of District 74, with International leaders and aspiring International leaders. My home club, Carpe Diem, continued to support my learning and I…

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Division A – Time to steadily advance after accelerated growth

Starting and finishing our term of service online, under the Covid-19 pandemic, presented mixed opportunities. On the challenging side, we were confronted with an avalanche of leadership challenges. We started our term as a team of strangers serving as Division leaders; the lockdown regulations and concerns about our health and safety kept us physically away…

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Division B – All set to continue creating opportunities

Mauritius and Madagascar are finally joining the wider network of Toastmasters. It has been over 20 years in the making. My team and I feel an immense priviledge in leading our new Division B as it unleashes the full potential of being a Toastmaster for our members. I am looking forward to creating as many opportunities…

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Division D – Developing dynamic leaders through collaborations

“Wow, what an amazing eight months! I honour the late Merryl Jubber, DTM, for opening this door for me. I had no idea what growth opportunities lay ahead. It got crazy at times, I had to hit the ground running but I had the support of great people around me! I feel I have given my…

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Division E – Energised to make a difference

Where can I start, I guess it’s only at the beginning. I took this role not really knowing what I was getting myself into. However, I took it anyway because I trust the process and I was riding on other people’s belief in me. I didn’t have a crystal ball to forsee what would unfold…

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Division H – Together we can work and achieve

I am responsible for Division H, which covers all Toastmasters clubs in Dainfern, Fourways, Lonehill, Rivonia, Woodmead, Bryanston and Morningside plus an online expat club. I am looking forward to working with my committed team of Area Directors, Club Officers and members in achieving their goals and attaining excellence in their own lives by building…

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Division I – Inspiring incredible growth by making a difference together

I’m most looking forward to collaborating & working with my amazing, diverse team of six Area Directors and five Coordinators in serving the Toastmasters members with enthusiasm and excellence. In so doing we will be assisting our Clubs, Areas, Division and District to achieve their missions and goals. I’m excited about applying the knowledge and…

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Division L – Team work made the dream work

As the Toastmasters year draws to a close, I am feeling as ‘fired up’ now as when I started my term as Division L Director. We will be handing over a strong and successful baton to the incoming team. “Teamwork makes the Dream Work’.   I am grateful for the leadership opportunity.  It is wonderful seeing…

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Division M – Leading members from within

Here are more articles on this topic: Administration Managers – True happiness is serving others Public Relations Managers – Enhancing brand visibility Program Quality Directors – Change is the end result of all true learning Division E – Energised to make a difference Mentor/Mentee – Rob Douglas and Nomaswazi Tinus District Director – Exceeding expectations…

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Division P – Empowering leaders to achieve success

I feel grateful for the opportunity to have served Division P These are my highlights Inspired in person by meeting all my amazing fellow Division Directors and Cabinet   Coaching Crest Connect from closed in May 2019 to President Distinguished in April 2020 with a supportive team of Tastmasters Successful and inspiring COTi feedback COTii…

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