Verity Price, DTM, from Cape Town, South
Africa, won the Toastmasters’ second online World Championship of Public Speaking®
with her speech “A great Read”, a funny, profound look at
changing the way you look at life. Many clubs in the Southern Africa
region felt like winners with Verity as we experienced first-hand a
small part of the effort she put into the 100 days leading up to the finals.
Read about her journey to becoming the
2021 Champion in this fabulous article about in
the Toastmasters Magazine. What a journey?! What a
speech!? What a win!?
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3 March 2021The International Speech
contest was something out of the ordinary for everyone at the Breakfast
Club. The engaging and exciting contest
was held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four phenomenal speakers brought their A-game and blew us away with
their speeches. They were: Gideon Louw, Marc Burgess, Nerisa Shiri Mnemba
and Vuyokazi Ntsangani.
Toastmaster Vuyokazi Ntsangani took
the first prize with her speech titled: "It's just a lie", a speech
that touched hearts and really hit home for many of us. Congratulations Vuyo!
The contest was hosted by contest chair Roxanne
Rhode and judged by an expert panel of judges headed by chief judge, Cheryll
For a first time online contest, it worked
like a well-oiled machine. What else did
you expect with Zoommaster Jazzmin Hecht at the steering wheel?
The enthusiastic participation of Club
members is testimony to the supporting network in the Club. Congratulations to
all four contestants, you did us proud and are a true inspiration to the rest
Thank you and well done to each and every
one who took on a role and making it happen. Superb Club effort indeed!
The first and second place winners Vuyokazi
Ntsangani and Nerisa Mnemba will now go onto represent the Club at the Area
D3 Contest on 31 March 2021 at 6:30pm.
The Breakfast Club meets every Wednesday
at 7:15 till 9:00am. The Club’s activities were shifted to the online platform
in the 2020-21 term to maintain Covid-19 protocols.
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Meeting on 13.01.2021, Vuyo Ntsangani
The Breakfast Club had our first meeting of the year on Wednesday 13 January 2021 and, all one can say is, what an epic start?
The meeting attracted the club’s regular visitors from across the country such as DTM Stanley Sabela, Hannah Schmidt from Namibia as well as well as our friends from the United State of America, Linda and her husband Alan Mann. I saw our chat box popping up with comments from our visitors who showed enthusiasm to be there, they had nothing but good things to say about the morning.
Nicky Seymour showed off her brilliance as she was installing the new exco of the club. Her edgy approach with words provoked a sense of pride in each exco member as she called out their names and made each member feel like they were in the right room and what they are doing is important. Mel Awu who had just taken a gigantic leap from Club president to Division Director. Changes had to happen leading to a shift in the exco team and most members taking on the challenge of a new role.
Mel Awu with her ‘Toastmaster of the Morning’” hat, brought her A-game with the theme “A New Year” as she got members to share their best quotes. Josh Hyams as Table Topics reflected on the habit of new year’s resolutions and it was interesting to hear how most people just don’t believe in new year’s resolutions anymore, but Nerisa Mnemba was not afraid to stand out as she boldly shared how new year's resolutions had worked for her.
Our new president Madeleen Engelbrecht, with her relaxed demeanor, gave a rather moving speech as she encouraged her team. The essence of her speech was that if the team wins, everyone wins and that our future depends on taking small steps in the right direction. Emotions were flying - this meeting reminded us that Toastmasters is not just about a group of people getting together to speak, but it’s a family where we build each other.
The sad moment was a minute of silence in memory of our departed member who sadly passed away in December, Lynn Oliver. Lynn was a darling of our club, hence everyone had nothing but good things to remember her by. As we gave those few minutes to Lynn, deep sadness and sorrow enveloped our screens, staring at the reality that as amazing her speeches were, Lynn will never say one more word. May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.
Overall, this was an fantastic start to 2021; with a phenomenal exco team and dedicated members, The Breakfast Club is unstoppable.
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A year ago, South Africa went into
lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Since then, many aspects of
personal and professional lives have been disrupted, but Toastmasters clubs
went online very quickly to provide a sense of normalcy to our members. This
has allowed members to visit a Toastmasters Club anywhere in the world from the
comfort of our homes. The Breakfast Club
had the first virtual meeting on 25 March 2020 and during the past year, we
have had visitors from around the globe which enriched the experience for our
members. Something that would never have been possible before online meetings.
Learn how our nearly-100-year-old
organization can help improve your communication skills, while we enjoy some
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The meeting was also unusual in that we held the election for new Club Officers The newly-elected portfolio holders on the committee will serve the members of our club for the Toastmasters year starting on 1 July 2015, and they are:President: Simric YarrowVP Education: Alison BeereVP Membership: Gideon LouwVP Public Relations: Nonhlanhla ChanzaTreasurer: Sarah RossouwSecretary: Brenda TropeSergeant At Arms: Coenraad MyburghThere was a scuffle for the chocolate today!In the end Best Speaker award went to Martin Gevers for his highly entertaining "Flush in the Pan" with Noni taking best Evaluator and JP offering an excellent Table Topics performance as a 'day-old chick' - he joined as a member today.Alison Beere was Toastmaster of the day and the theme "Seagulls and Sailors" inspired Gideon Louw to some truly challenging Table Topics choices. Respect for your preparation, Gideon, and well done to those who tackled them so gamely. A special mention goes to Taahir Khalfe... for his highly entertaining account of being a pirate on the high seas — it was great to see you laughing and enjoying yourself! Your speaking confidence has already soared since your last Table Topic speech.Thanks to all who were there, and those who were not were sorely missed.
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Nathan Phillander was Toastmaster of the day and chose the theme Wonderful Winter to set an upbeat tone in spite of the weather. Thanks Nathan for your energetic and entertaining leadership, and all the best for those university exams next week.
It was a meeting of reaching goals and welcoming new members...Alison Beere completed her Competent Communicator manual with a speech entitled "Tiny Increments" to inspire everyone to embrace change. This was the big CC10 which is her first large Toastmasters milestone.
Graham Klein (visiting from Grove club) completed his Advanced Communicator Bronze with a speech from the Public Relations manual, handling a crisis situation.Acting President Sarah Rossouw outlined the various roles of club committee members in advance of next week's election.
Jill Mackay hosted a round of Table Topics, inviting guests and members to offer their opinions about winter as a time of rejuvenation, the best winter movies to snuggle up with, and load-shedding vs snow-sledding. Loads of fun there!
Our evaluators, Sarah Rossouw and Martin Gevers provided valuable insights and constructive feedback for the speakers. Avoiding rocking on the spot, keeping things personal, and looking on the bright side even in a crisis were some of their suggestions.
Thank you to new member Taahir Khalfe who took on the role of Time Keeper for the first time. Congratulations on taking a step towards become a powerful communicator to enhance your work in entrepreneurship training. We look forward to walking alongside you and cheering you on.
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