On A Point – Toastmasters Southern Africa – District Newsletter
Dear Members of District 74,
Passion! I am now sitting at home doing the final touches to this On a Point newsletter and the time on my laptop shows that it is 23:57! Such commitment would not be possible if I did not have a passion for Personal Development and Toastmasters!
According to John C Maxwell, ‘Passion gives you an advantage over others because one person with passion is greater then ninety-nine people who are just interested!”
Travel with me accross Southern Africa and experience the passion of Toastmaster members from our District 74.
Gerson Veundja Kamatuka, DTM – On A Point Editor
The dictionary definition of PASSION is “a strong and barely controllable emotion.”
I don’t think the dictionary definition does real passion any justice, any justice at all.
There is no doubt that PASSION is an incredibly strong, and sometimes uncontrollable emotion, imagine falling in love without passion, imagine not having any passion in your relationship and imagine not being passionate about the things you enjoy doing.
I see friends & family waking up at 5 am to go for a run or a cycle, and I wonder why ……. they’re passionate!!! I hear people saying they don’t need a holiday because they are passionate about the work they do. I love my job, I have worked at the same company for about 30 years, my passion for helping my clients succeed, is why I do it.
I’m passionate about my family, and I love my partner with a great deal of passion. I’m also passionate about being a leader, helping other people grow and develop the skills that will help them be successful & passionate about what it is they do.
I encourage you to find what it is that you are really passionate about, whether its here at Toastmasters or not. When you find it you will do all you can to make it a success. when you do anything with passion, the results are so much better.
Nikki Quinn, DTM – Club Growth Director
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion! – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is an author and inspirational speaker and a personal favourite of mine. This is one of my favourite quotes of his and often gets me thinking of my Toastmasters Journey.
I started my journey just over 25 years and I am often heard telling people that I am still a member of Toastmasters, not because I am a slow learner but because I have a passion for helping people improve their lives through the Toastmastersâ Programmes.
What I put into my Toastmasterâs journey never feels like hard work and is seldom stressful and that is because it is one of my passions. There is no doubt that I am a better person, in a better mood and definitely more knowledgeable after every Toastmasters meeting.
Many years ago, Stanley Sabela from Sandton Toastmasters said âgoing to Toastmasters meetings is like doing a mini MBA because you always learn somethingâ. Those words have often echoed in my head on my way to a meeting, looking forward to what I am going to learn. I am so grateful to Stanley for giving me ânew eyesâ when looking at Toastmasters.
Look at your next meeting with new eyes and either re-ignite your passion or increase your passion for your Toastmaster Journey.
Merryl Jubber, DTM – PR Manager
Want to grow your passion for leadership?
Ever wanted to learn more about Toastmasters and it’s structures? Want to grow your passion for leadership? Here’s an opportunity for you to be part of a ground-breaking leadership mentorship program where you will learn more about Toastmasters and how you can get the most out of it.
This program will be delivered over 4 months by some of our finest leaders across our District 74 and will involve training, mentorship and practical work.
If you are interested in growing your passion for Toastmasters and more so as a leader, please email me on email@example.com by Friday December 1.
Karen Levy-Strauss, DTM – Program Coordinator.
Reignite your passion for leadership
It seems like yesterday when we started a new Toastmasters year. Today we are fast approaching mid-year and some of our excitement and optimism waned by the realities of our roles. The beauty about Toastmasters is that we are an eternally positive and suppotive community and we won’t let you lose your passion.
Members of District 74, I would like to extend an invitation to you to join fellow leaders as we reflect and review the first six months of your Toastmasters year and reignite your passion for leadership. I promise, you will leave the venue more certain to achieve the goals you set for yourself this year. Save the date for an event near you.
I am looking forward to meeting you at your event.
Frank Tsuro – Program Quality Director
Be Passionate about Table Topics!
I left Toastmasters for years, because I was terrified of table topics.
I wasted time, and missed out on opportunities!
My Top Ten Tips to take the pressure off:
Practice on your friends at home.
Pretend that you are responding to a friend.
Breathe deeply before you start speaking.
Change the subject.
Have a story in mind.
Make up a story.
You donât have to answer the question directly.
Thereâs no right or wrong. Talk about anything. Say âI have no idea. But I am passionate aboutâ¦â Repeat the question (buys you time). You donât have to make a speech, unless itâs a competition.
You are having a conversation.
Sally Bosch, CC – Secretary: Highway Toastmasters Club
Clubs with Passionate Members!
As Steve Jobs once said âPeople with passion can change the worldâ, I will say, âmembers with passion can change the clubâ.
In the month of September we had two Club Fitness Rewards, Treasurerâs Excellence and Smedley Award. Well done to those passionate members who contributed to their clubs receiving these rewards.
Congratulations to the following Clubs that achieved the Treasurerâs Excellence Award. They paid semi annual dues for 20+ members by the 20th September:
Golden Gavel Advanced Club
Grant Thornton Botswana
Old Mutual Harare
Pretoria 2000 Club
Pretoria Ladies Toastmasters
Rosebank Breakfast Club
The Grove Club
Winelands Toastmasters Club
Congratulations to the following Clubs that achieved the Smedley Award. These clubs added 5+ new, dual or reinstated members between 1st August and 30th September 2017:
Bank of Namibia
MBSA Toastmasters Club
Rosebank Toastmasters Club
Table View Toastmasters Club
The Social Network Toastmasters
Transformers Toastmasters Club
Zivai Matondo, CC, ALB – Club Fitness Rewards Coordinator
A Passion for Toastmasters!
I signed up for Toastmasters in March this year to improve my public speaking skills. I am grateful every day for the opportunities the organisation, and my home club, Randburg Toastmasters in Johannesburg, has afforded me â it has ignited a passion for speaking I didnât realise I had.
So much so, that when I recently had to present papers at two conferences I also decided to contact the local Toastmasters clubs and see if I could deliver speeches while in town. I was graciously hosted by two very passionate clubs: A.C.T. in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town Toastmasters.
Jyoti Singh, – VPPR: Randburg Toastmasters Club
Passion for the Paths that are crossed at Convention!
One of the joys of going to an International Convention, Toastmasters or not, is meeting new people, but when you meet new people who have a connection, it’s even more joyous.
At the 86th International Convention in Vancouver, on the first day at lunch, I met two Toastmasters from Victoria, British Colombia, Raymond Ho & Darren Marr, pictured here with Keith Bowen DTM, our District Director .
Darren Marr, was a member of the club that made Toastmasters international, the FIRST club in Canada, FIrst Canadian Toastmasters.
Two things about meeting Darren, made me feel even more joyous.
Firstly, a member of First Canadian Toastmasters, Harry Olden, came to South Africa in 1950 and started our first club, Johannesburg Toastmasters club. I feel we all owe Harry, a huge thank you
Secondly, Darren talked about another man that many of the Toastmasters in Southern Africa owe a huge thank you to. Darren had the pleasure of meeting Joe Garmeson when Joe visited Canada.
I look forward to meeting other Toastmasters from around the world who have a connection to somebody in South Africa
DTM Club Growth Director
Passion for the Club Emissary Program!
Congratulations to the following people who have passion for the club emissary program and have already qualified as the Club Emissaries for 2017/18!
5TH time Club Emissaries â Maroon Badge
Annien Smith Winelands
Ian Bratt Benoni
Karen Armour Modderfontein Breakfast
4TH time Club Emissaries â Blue Badge
Njabulo Thela KPMG
3rd time Club Emissaries â Blue Badge
Ruben Juries Vodacom Cape Town
Zahndri Prinsloo Transformers
2nd time Club Emissaries â Silver Badge
Sintu Tonjeni The Breakfast Club
Audrey Mphela 4th Dimension
Kage Kgobero Eloquent Speakers
Tebogo Ramaahlo KPMG
Senate Leeuw WBS
Aldrige Vengesai Engineers
1st time Club Emissaries â Silver Badge
Elizabeth Pereira Dainfern Tigers
Garth Thomson Deloitte Siyakhuluma
Matimu Manganyi Deloitte Siyakhuluma
Rick Raubenheimer Transformers
Thando Cofu UWP
Lorraine Penduka Centurion Breakfast
Zani Smit President
Marco Jacobs Moving Forward
Mutali Nemadzivhanani Nedbank
Zoya Mabuto TSN
Nomvula Ngongoma Highway
Alfred Deredzi Diplomatic Corps
Prudence Madzadzavara Executive Club
Isabel Macaullay KPMG (ZW)
A special thank you to Annien Smith, Ian Bratt and Karen Armour. They have supported the Club Emissary program from inception. Their passion for the program is exemplary!
Please note, if you have earned a badge and received it, you keep it until you have earned a different colour badge. For example, you keep the silver badge for two years, until you earn the blue badge.
When you have passion for the Club Emissary Program, you stand to win the following annual awards, presented at the District Induction Dinner:
Club Emissary of the Year Award
The Toastmaster who submits the highest number of reports submitted
2017/18 Leader: Prudence Madzadzavara
Club Emissary Hospitality Award
The most visited club in the year.
2017/18 Leader Champions Toastmasters Club
Most Club Emissaries Award
Club with the highest number of emissaries.
2017/18 Leader (3-way tie) Deloitte Siyakhuluma, KPMG and Transformers
Top Five Club Emissaries Award
Emissaries with the highest count of reports submitted:
To keep the passion going, I plan to publish the Club Emissary Leaders board every quarter.
Njabulo Thela, DTM – Club Emissary Program Coordinator
Passionate about people, leadership and Toastmasters!
This is my Toastmasters group. There are many Toastmaster groups like this, but this one is mine.
Three (3) weeks after I strolled into my current job, I found myself in a room surrounded by a set of fascinating people from all walks of life. These individuals each with their own story to tell wanted to give me the best possible jumpstart to my new life, career and wisdom. All they wanted from me was to succeed and better my life and those around me.
I now find myself in a presidential position within the club where I ensure each and every individual that walks through that Toastmasterâs door has an even better experience than I did.
Garth Thomson, CC, ALB – President: Deloitte Siyakhuluma Toastmasters Club
Passion as an Ingredient to Success!
Have you ever wondered why some people repeatedly do something no matter how daunting it is?
It is the ingredient called âPASSIONâ that drives successful people. Passion is a key ingredient to success in your Toastmasters journey! Passion for other members, non members , leaders , projects and every challenge that comes with it.
DTM Frank Tsuro, three years ago , evaluated my CC5 project for the third time! It wasnât only painful that I was failing to move to the next project.It taught me to develop a passion of mastering every objective in the manuals! To date I have completed three CC awards because of the Passion to learn, retake and exhibit the best. Cultivate your passion ,the ingredient to success!