Saluting our achievers

Toastmasters recognises achievements and as a club we celebrate our achievers. The Toastmasters journey is one from new member to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). There are branches that run in parallel to achieving DTM, one is the communication track where after every 10 project speeches the member is recognised with an educational achievement, the other is the leadership track where a specified set of leadership projects qualifies for recognition. Here are some of our achievers of the last few months.






















Celebrating the 700th meeting

On Monday, 17th August we had an evening of new beginnings and reminiscing as we celebrated our 700th meeting. This club was chartered in April 1891 as the Escom Toastmasters Club. We learned that about the time it changed to the Eskom Toastmasters Club the parent company, Eskom, saw Toastmasters as a social organisation and not a learning organisation and stopped supporting the club. The club found new premises. This club was known from its inception as being more casual that was the norm for Toastmasters clubs in the early 1980’s and so the word of the evening for our 700th meeting was chosen to be “irreverent”.

The theme of this 700th meeting was BLACK, WHITE & GOLD with a sub-theme of 007 reversed. The venue was also selected to give us the opportunity to have a good meal and socialise; the Hogshead in Illovo served to host us. Black, white and gold balloons adorned the room and matching napkins served to decorate the centre of the tables. The food was of a high standard and the service impeccable with dinner arriving spot on time. We have several brand new members who celebrated with us, s few guests, who I think we managed to suitably impress and a few visiting Toastmasters as well as a longstanding former member of our club.

The new beginnings came in the form of two Icebreaker Speeches, the first project from the first speaking manual, delivered by brand new members Tarryn and Carolyn. Both young ladies are in Public Relations and would-be authors of fiction. Their speeches were anything by fiction, they were beautifully constructed stories that highlighted a particular aspect of their lives through which we got to know quite a bit about them. An entertaining speech from one of the Advanced Speaking Manuals telling stories of the irreverent acts that occur backstage (and sometimes onstage) at the opera and an educational speech on understanding your speaking environment rounded off the formal segment of the event.

Long-time Toastmasters and club members, Keith and Shaun, shared the history highlights of the club after dinner and as the Table Topics impromptu speeches Mary, custodian of the records of the club, shared some meeting minutes with members who picked out the most surprising items to share. Through this review of our history we see that although some things change, there are issues that never go away, for example the need to change signatories on the bank account.

The Toast of the Evening was to a next 700 meeting and if the banter and fun of this event is anything to go by this club is set for continued success.












Our next meeting on Monday, 24 August is the club’s annual Humorous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking Contests. Everyone is welcome to hear well the prepared speeches, and unprepared speeches, of the contestants hoping to win at our semi-annual conference in East London in the first weekend of October.


To the Toastmasters of Transformers and to all the future guests and all visitors to the Transformers Toastmasters Club:

Like spotting Africa in the foam of a great coffee, let’s grow through making the little things count!

The 2015/2016 Toastmasters Year has officially begun! Whoop! Whoop!

I am taking up the role as President for the year and I am very excited to learn a lot more about the essence of leadership. Through leading the Club, I intend on making every effort to lead our Club to be a President’s Distinguished Club. One of the most desired titles a Club can achieve.

Our club is one of a kind and I am very proud to be associated with the Transformers Toastmasters Club. Our Club experienced magnificent success in the 2014/2015 year and I am convinced that we will achieve and exceed those successes… Like they say… Always aim higher!!

I am a keen follower of the leadership inspiration published by Robin Sharma. A recent email entitled “The Last Days of Average” immediately got my attention. In his mail, Robin endeavours to make a distinction between those who operate at average and those who have the guts and acumen to aim for ICONIC. I want to highlight two distinctions he made:

  1. “Average performers resign themselves to mediocrity, thinking that the elite are somehow smarter, faster and cut from a different cloth. I call this The Myth of Genius. Don’t buy into it. ICONIC producers have a different perception. They get that genius and legendary is not the result of divinely-orchestrated talent. Nope. It’s a lot more about focus, discipline, sacrifice, suffering, stamina and ridiculous amounts of hard work. They get that rising to world-class is never easy. But it’s always worth it.
  2. Average performers stop when they’re scared. ICONIC producers press ahead when stricken by fear, understanding that persistence is the DNA of becoming a game-changer. And that bravery is the result of practice versus a natural gift.

I like to think of myself as ICONIC, but sometimes find myself not putting in enough time to make sure I become ICONIC. So, like me, I truly hope that all of us will make the time or take the time to work on becoming ICONIC through the opportunity the Toastmasters platform offers.

The newly elected Transformers Toastmasters Club Committee has a challenging yet rewarding task ahead. One of the goals of the Committee is to serve the Club. In the same way I want to encourage the Club members to take an interest in the tasks of the Committee and support the Committee with ideas to ensure our Club meetings remain fresh and interesting.

So, let the games begin at the Transformers Toastmasters

     -   Where Leaders are made

Area H4 International prepared & Evaluation Contests and upcoming Division H Contests

The Area H4 Toastmasters, governed by the remarkable Coralie Rutherford, hosted their International & Evaluation Contest on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

It was an exceptionally well arranged and hosted evening by Club CommunIQate that ensured a seamless evening amidst the ever present load-shedding schedules. Thank you to Ricardo and his team 

The standard of the speakers, both in the International prepared and Evaluation contest was absolutely MAGNIFICENT!! Well done again to each participant that brought their A-game to the contest!















The results:

The Division H Contest is taking place on Wednesday 13 May.

Each and every member & guest from the clubs in Area H4 is invited to come and support the winners of Area H4 (see results above):
 Venue: Accenture – Building 19 – Harrowdene Office Park – Kelvin Drive
 Time: 18:30 for 18:45
 Cost: R45 p/p or R160 for group of four attendees
 Payment in cash only

Everyone is welcome at the Division Contest to hear the best speakers in the Division.