MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

Let’s talk of Treasurer’s Excellence

It is that time for us to ensure our members renew their commitment to Toastmasters International financially. It is time for our members pay to play! As Club Treasurer, this August, your focus should ideally be in communicating with members the need to renew their dues on time. You play a pivotal part in ensuring…

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Do you know what the Smedley Award is?

When I was tasked to write this article, I thought, yes! I am going be a famous writer for #PeopleMakingHistory as VPPRs! Then it sunk in and I was asking myself, “Do you know what a Smedley Award is?” My next and most natural reaction was, let us see what my friend google says. What…

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Know Your Members-VPM

  What does the human race like most?  I dare say that next to health and happiness comes love, TLC and recognition. We lose hundreds of Toastmasters every year and some of the main reasons are that they feel neglected, no personal Interest, not fulfilling their needs, not being appreciated, and this list is not…

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Cast Your Club Vote

As a Secretary, you can make your club’s voice be heard by the Board of Toastmasters International Directors. Please ensure that you assign your club’s proxy by 15 August. Your club has important votes to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention. Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors…

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VP Education- Set Smart Goals

Now is the time for you to understand each of your member’s plans and goals for the year, if you haven’t already done so.  As a VPE it’s your role to help each of your members achieve their educational goals. If we don’t understand the goals of each member it is difficult to plan the…

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Focus-Club Presidents

One of the most common regrets I have heard from leaders in Toastmasters year after year is “I wish I had started executing sooner.” I remember in August of my year as President, I felt I was lagging behind on some of the focus areas I shared in my first letter to you. I made the dreadful decision…

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Bleeps and Blunders

My club has a rich culture of allowing the club committee to organize our speech contest as a club committee team project. We did this every year, twice a year. The year that I was president of my club I had a fairly inexperienced committee. Contest season was fast approaching and the committee had their…

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From our District Director – Our Commitment to you

One day, in my first few weeks as a Toastmaster I had been struggling with the commitment of my fellow members in my club. I approached my Club President at the time Priscilla Chinhengo, DTM and I asked her “What reference(s) in Toastmasters could we use to solve our commitment problems.” Without much thought and…

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Leadership Opportunities – Learning by doing

The tagline is “Where leaders are made”. It is surely not as simple as “just add water”, nor is it a complex recipe of rare-earth minerals combined at high pressures and volcanic temperatures. But there is a method, and it is fool-proof (just look at me!). Some people may be born with innate tendencies that…

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Presentation Corner – Electronic Presentations

I guess more has been written and commented on the use of Power Point Presentations in the last 20 years than almost any other Presentation Tool introduced over the same period. The Reason – Simple – Microsoft Built a Tool to make Presentations simpler for us all and also added almost every Gizmo and feature…

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Mentoring Moments

Aletta Rochat once said you should accumulate as many mentors as possible, each an expert in a particular skillset excelling at. She didn’t quite say it like this, but you get the gist?! I thought it was going to be quite difficult to get surrounded by such experts ready to help you when you needed…

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Member Moment – Brandt van der Westhuizen

My name is Brandt van der Westhuizen. I moved to Namibia from New Zealand about 6 years ago with the intention of starting a new job as an English Home Language teacher for a local High School. After about 3 years I started to feel that I wanted to do something that took me away…

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