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A toast on your June club anniversary

Congratulations to the listed clubs who are celebrating a special milestone in their journey towards developing proficient communicators and leaders: Here are more articles on this topic: Social Event – Village Toastmasters hosts IP Peck Social Event – Mbabane Toastmasters host a speakathon A toast on your June club anniversary A toast on your June club anniversary…

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A toast on your June club anniversary

Congratulations to the listed clubs who are celebrating a special milestone in their journey towards developing proficient communicators and leaders: Here are more articles on this topic: Social Event – Village Toastmasters hosts IP Peck Social Event – Mbabane Toastmasters host a speakathon A toast on your June club anniversary A toast on your June club anniversary…

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New Club – Modikwa Toastmasters

Please join us in welcoming Modikwa Toastmasters to the District 74 family. This closed corporate club is based at Modikwa Platinum Mine, along the border between Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, South Africa. Even during challenging times, the executives at Modikwa have seen value in investing in the Toastmasters corporate programme as a cost-effective way to…

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New club – Two Rivers Toastmasters

Please join us in welcoming Two Rivers Toastmasters to the District 74 family. This closed corporate club is based at Two Rivers Mine, along the border in Steelpoort, Limpopo province, South Africa. Even during challenging times, the executives at Two Rivers have seen value in investing in the Toastmasters corporate programme as a cost-effective way…

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New Member Moment – Otillia Maposa

I am Otillia Maposa, a member of Engineers Toastmasters Club in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am an Actuarial specialist. My line of work revolves around explaining complex technical and statistical details to a diverse audience and this requires strong oral communication skills. I find Toastmasters to be an excellent space where there is relevant training in…

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New Member Moment – Simisosenkosi Sibanda

As my dream of living the Fit & Fabulous life in my Forties approached, I wanted to evolve, redirect and reinvent the brand Simisosenkosi. I rewarded myself with joining the Evolving Ladies Toastmasters Club. This was in a bid to re-emerge as a strong and confident counsellor, leader and speaker and I felt that Toastmasters…

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Mentor/Mentee – Nozuko Mkhetane and Nobantu Lebona

My name is Nobantu Lebona, I joined Toastmasters to improve my leadership skills and develop confidence in articulating my thoughts in the journey of life. Upon joining Mbabane Toastmasters in ESwatini, I was informed that as part of the journey I was to pick a mentor. I was spoilt for choice as everyone looked efficient…

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Mentor/Mentee – Zivai Matondo and Future Moyo

My name is Future Moyo from Dream Achievers Toastmasters Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I joined Toastmasters in 2016 and DTM Zivai Matondo has been my mentor since then. One thing I admire about DTM Zivai is her approach to goal setting and achieving. She sets goals and follows through till she achieves them and I…

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Mentor/Mentee – Balaseng Majabane and Omaatla Leepo

I met my mentor DTM Baleseng Bobo Majabane in 2018, when I first joined Gaborone Toastmasters Club in Botswana. There was something unique about him that made me to trust him and allow him to help me in my Toastmasters journey. I am an introvert who never willingly participated in any anything at school. My…

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Emissary – Frank Tsuro

It was lovely to visit Engineers Toastmasters in Harare and experience the event with the likes of 2020 District Champion Kay Terera and leader extraordinaire Linda Chimanikire. It was a beautiful Africa Day celebration where I even met our Administrator of the Year, our editor Martha Mpakula who challenged me to pen this article.  Engineers…

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Social Event – Dear Mama

KPMG Toastmasters Club situated in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province in South Africa, hosted a meeting with the theme ‘Dear Mama’ where members/guests that joined this meeting expressed their fondest moments with their mums or guardians.   It was quite an emotional meeting with inspirational/motivational speeches that took us back to our childhood and also reminded us that…

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Social Event – Mbabane Toastmasters host a speakathon

On Monday, May 24, 2021 Mbabane Toastmasters Club from ESwatini hosted a memorable online speakathon event. Guests attended the event from Singapore, UK, India, Botswana and South Africa. The theme of the day was ‘Speaking with Confidence’ and indeed all the speakers presented their wondrous speeches with confidence and enthusiasm. It was indeed a successful…

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Social Event – Village Toastmasters hosts IP Peck

What a phenomenal hybrid meeting it was with the International President of Toastmasters International joining us on his virtual world tour to our very own Village Toastmasters.  With a wonderful 40 attendees from all over the world joining us in celebrating 40 years of service; it was definitely one for the books.  DTM Richard E.…

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Note from the Editor

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. Shannon Alder I never imagined that I would be publishing this newsletter one day without Merryl’s usual column, but here we are today, sharing stories about her instead. In tribute. Good people…

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We will honour your legacy

Dear Merryl Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Toastmasters International. Thank you for always showing up. Thank you for the many lives you touched and the hearts you have ignited. Your untimely departure has devasted us. It comforts us to know that you are no longer in pain. The gulf you left can never…

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Still striving for progress…Until we meet again

Dear Merryl, I first got to truly interact with you as an Area Director in the previous Toastmasters year and was grateful for the advice you gave to me during a challenging part in my leadership journey. It was also a great pleasure to meet you at the TLI Indaba in November 2019.  Not one to mince…

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Firm in action, Kind at heart

Merryl is around us, forever, as she can’t leave us. My close association with Merryl started last year from the beginning of my term as the Region Advisor. Till recently, we discussed the specific status of the District, goals, success plan, conflicts and many other important elements. Merryl was always very clear in what she…

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Merryl was for everyone!

 From the newest Toastmaster to the most experienced, she had time for everyone! She had the energy for you. If you wanted something, even if she did not have it, she would tap into her rich network to get you what you wanted.  I will remember her for her tenacity! She would stop at nothing…

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We will greatly miss you Merryl

District 114 leaders will greatly miss Merryl. She was a rock and always ready to stand with us at the drop of a hat. Only a few weeks ago she made plans to participate in one of our District activities. Our leaders got to know her and learn from her as we spent valuable time…

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Merryl lives on through the people she touched

Dear District 74 Our heartfelt condolences are sent to you, our fellow Toastmasters. This has been a challenging year for Districts world-wide. In coming together to support each other, we learnt how small our world is. Merryl’s passing leaves a huge gap, yet she will live on through the people she touched. Our sincere sympathies…

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