Achieving Excellence Posts

Mentor/Mentee – Nirasha Sampson

I am Nirasha Sampson from Umgeni Water Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa. Since 2016, I have had the opportunity to be mentored by the District’s finest leaders who include Division P Director Joanne Schmitt, the Area P2 Director Evelyn Alessandri, and two coaches Harry Thompson and Nicki Varty. What makes my journey easier is that my…

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Emissary of the Month

OCTOBER 2020   Total Number of Emissaries 52 Emissary Hospitality Award Golden Gavel Advanced Emissary of the Month Tsholofelo Mohale Club with the most Emissaries WBS Top 5 Emissary Submissions   Tsholofelo Mohale   Basudha Modak   Herman Kalula   Busisiwe Nteyi   Eriva Nanyonjo   The 2020/2021 objective is to encourage members to visit…

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Social Event – Kloof Business Club celebrates 5th anniversary

Kloof Toastmasters Business Club celebrated its 5th birthday on 6 November 2020. In 2015 it was launched in a record breaking time of 20 days. The launch team was led by Margy Sneeden, supported by Paul Jensen, Harry Thompson, Alison Lilly, Bruce Page, Viv Boddy and Joanne Schmitt. The club is 30 members strong and growing.…

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Social Event – Celebrating Distinguished Toastmasters at Golden Gavel Advanced Toastmasters Club

One of our meetings before Covid-19 On Monday, 19 October 2020, 31 years after its charter, Golden Gavel Advanced Toastmasters recognised and celebrated Distinguished Toastmasters and invited DTMs from around the country, including long-standing members in District 74 such as Tom Horne (1974), Ian Bratt (1981), Tim Knights (1984), Glenis Whitehead (1990), our current District…

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TLI November 15th-November 30th Calendar

DATE TIME TITLE CONTACT DETAILS Mon, 16 18:00-20:00 Mentoring without Borders andretsuro@gmail.com Thur, 19 18:00-19:30 Division Y PR Masterclass anke.stow@gmail.com Sat, 21 18:00-20:00 Judging Workshop anke.stow@gmail.com Tue, 24 19:00-20:00 Area Success Masterclass tli@toastmasters74.org Sat, 28 14:00-15:00 Speaker To Trainer Workshop – Become a TLI Accredited Trainer swakoptm@gmail.com Sun, 29 19:00-20:00 Applying Toastmasters Skills in the…

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District Director’s Note

Happiness is receiving a gift on an ordinary day!! I woke up on Friday, the 23rd of October to an email from the International President, Richard Peck DTM, informing me that, as a member who has paid their October renewals I was entitled to a FREE path of my choosing. I was ecstatic! I have…

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Note from the Editor

Toastmasters International reached an important milestone on the 22nd of October 2020 as we celebrated its 96th anniversary. What made the occasion more memorable for all members is that every paid up member got a free path of choice from the 11 Pathways options. As people, it is common for some to celebrate the birthdays…

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District 74 Open House Monthly Event

Great news for potential members…… I am pleased to announce the launch of District Open House Monthly Event! No doubt the current renewal period has been one of the most challenging in our history, predominantly due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. In our quest to help clubs rebuild their membership, we will be…

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New Member Moment – Denice Stainbank

My name is Denice Stainbank from Crest Connect Club in Hillcrest, Durban, South Africa and I have been really enjoying my Toastmasters’ journey since joining in February/March this year. I have really grown in my public speaking and have been able to co-host a retreat, transformation dialogues with an audience of intellects all over South…

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New Member Moment – Vimbayi Mahiya

They say, “Perception is like painting a scenery but it’s not the scenery itself.” True to this statement, I imagined that Toastmasters was just but about a public speaking organisation that presented platforms for members to perfect their speaking skills. However, since joining L’amour Toastmasters Club in Harare, Zimbabwe there has been much enlightenment about the…

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Mentor/Mentee – Tsitsi Mpofu and Regai G. Gwande

One good mentor can be more informative than a college education and more valuable than a decade’s income – S Stepheson. You will agree with me that mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. They see more talent and ability within you, than you see…

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Mentor/Mentee – Joanne Schmitt and Sithu Ngcobo

I’m Sithu Ngcobo, a new member of Kloof Toastmasters Business Club, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. After visiting a number of clubs, I finally made the decision to join Toastmasters. It’s been one of the best decisions I ever made. My job involves a lot of public speaking. Through Toastmasters I’ve become a more confident…

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Mentor/Mentee – Rizwana BhadurKhan

If you had told me 2 years ago that I would be standing in front of a crowd delivering speeches and actively taking the forefront in Toastmasters roles, connected to individuals beyond borders and not being afraid to be outside my comfort zone, I would have sealed it as the best joke of all time.…

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Social Event – Challengers Club and Centurion Breakfast Club come together

Thanks to Zoom that has created porous borders between Zimbabwe and South African Toastmasters’ members to meet and share perspectives on enjoying the benefits of public speaking, networking and transformative communication. Our recent joint meeting had an attendance of 21 diverse members. We had three prepared speeches and a humorous and thought-provoking Tabletopics session. Takudzwa…

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Social Event – Old Mutual Club members excel

Still fumbling about in the dark? Enroll on Pathways, a phenomenal tool that makes your Toastmasters journey a worthy and quintessential personal development experience. We are thrilled to celebrate four of our members who have chosen a path and excelled. Toastmasters Esther Mutimhodyo and Debra Maraire completed level 5 and 4 respectively, of Dynamic Leadership,…

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The TLI November Calendar

DATE TIME TITLE CONTACT DETAILS Mon, 2 18:00-20:00 Mentoring without Borders andretsuro@gmail.com Tue, 3 18:00-19:00 Starting New Clubs pr@toastmasters74.org Wed, 4 18:00-19:00 CGD Masterclass 4 marketing@toastmasters74.org Thur, 5 18:00-19:30 Moments of Truth mdumth@gmail.com Sat, 7 09:00-11:00 Secretary Skills – Masterclass anke.stow@gmail.com Tue, 10 19:00-20:00 Area Success Masterclass tli@toastmasters74.org Sat, 14 18:00-19:30 Perfecting your pitch and…

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District Director’s Note

If it is not fun then it is not Toastmasters! -Dr Ralph Smedley I would like to propose a Toast from District 74 to the founder of our amazing organisation, Toastmasters International, Dr Ralph Smedley. On the 22nd of October, our organisation celebrates its 96th anniversary! Can you imagine how many lives Dr Ralph Smedley’s…

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