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Next Meeting:
23rd May 2019

Meeting Time:
18:45 for 19:00, every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

(Mingle time from 18:30 to 19:00!)

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Meeting Place:
Tennis Pavilion
Morningside Country Club
De La Ray Road
Rivonia

If you are coming from Sandton on Rivonia road, turn left after the Engen garage into 7th Avenue, then left again into De La Ray

District: 74
Division: H
Area: 4
Club Number: 8217
Charter Date: 6/1/1991

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Committee role: Vice President of Education
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Charlotte Luzuka

Committee role: Immediate Past President / Secretary / Treasurer
Occupation:  Entrepreneur
When I first joined Toastmasters in May 2016, it was to improve my public speaking skills. That’s all I thought it was about, public speaking. Little did I know that it would change my life in so many more ways. Soon after joining, I volunteered to be VPPR, as I wanted to improve my marketing skills and to stretch my learning capabilities through Toastmasters.

What I gained was a confidence in communicating on the fly by making announcements, stepping up to help out our team to overcome obstacles and to not stress about perfection in my speeches. I learnt how to get to the essence of what message I wanted to portray and now I can make a speech in 1 minute or 15, after much practice of course, and still convey value. This is such an important lesson for someone like me who describes themselves as a storyteller.

I then took on the role of President and it really amazed me how much I grew in such a short period of time. I return as IPP to help out the new committee, but remain on the committee as Treasurer and Secretary to help out the team that helped me so immensely in my year as president.


Satram BlairWhatsApp Image 2018-07-11 at 15.18.51

Committee Role: Vice President Membership
Occupation: Counselling, Nutritional Therapist and Yoga Teacher

I’ve always enjoyed talking in front of the audience. Debates were my absolute favorite at school. When walking to the peak of the mountain, there’s always challenges. A few days before speaking in front of the audience, I get this queasy feeling in my stomach. The rise of contemplation to cancel won’t go away. The level of stress increases. My hands get sweaty before I go on stage. I feel like I want to run away. I could almost hear every beat of my heart. Overcoming fear of public speaking and anxiety has always been a major struggle for me. I had to put more effort to develop my listening, writing and critical thinking skills, including vocabulary and general speech fluency.

I needed help. The search began and Toastmaster’s was the only tool available to equip me with what I envisaged. When I joined Toastmasters the team made me feel ever so welcomed, they motivated, inspired and encouraged me immensely. I’m glad I never looked back from July 2016. I gathered there is no other particular component of leadership that is as vital, so necessary that without it, leadership cannot exist. That component is confidence.

Self confidence is the fundamental basis from which leaders grows. Running my business without without first building my confidence is like building a house on a foundation of sand. It may have a nice coat of paint, but it is ultimately shaky at best. In my business I interact with and accommodate varied personalities and traits. My clients need to be able to approach me and know that I will address their needs in a professional manner. Toastmasters improved my communication, leadership and public speaking skills. The training tremendously has a huge impact on my future investment. My role as Secretary at Morningside Toastmaster empowers me towards a fulfilled journey as I work and learn from the best team: who are tremendously supportive and together we win!


Sean YangPortrait17

Committee Role: Vice President Public Relations
Occupation: Freelance Interpreter/ Translator (English/ Mandarin)

As an interpreter/ translator, the ability of expression and delivery of thoughts with clarity is vital in my line of expertise. For that specific requirement, I believed that Toastmasters would help me immensely when close friend told me about it. Ever since I joined Toastmasters in 2007, Taiwan, the journey never ceased to open my eyes. I thought I was in for honing my communication skills, meaning giving speeches, participating in various contests. But in fact, it leads me deeper into further cultivation of leadership skills by taking officer roles and following the Leadership Program constructed by Toastmasters International.

Although I took long break from Toastmasters since 2011 for personal reasons and only picking it up again in South Africa by 2016, the thrill experience of benefiting from the journey vitalized me. When it comes to choosing which club to join, I have to say that each club has different culture of its own and one should only choose the one that he/she feels most comfortable with. For me personally, Morningside Toastmasters imposed familiar ambiance of what I always felt in my home club back in Taiwan – young professionals enthusiastic of pushing for more personal growths, supporting each other with passion and encouragement. I knew I made the right choice with Morningside Toastmasters.


Helen GreeneWhatsApp Image 2018-06-29 at 12.53.51

Committee Role: Sergent At Arms
Occupation: Development Partner at Absa

I first heard about Toastmasters many moons ago, way back when I was a trainee accountant in EY in Dublin.

My colleague mentioned that she’d like to join as a New Year’s resolution. I’d never heard of Toastmasters but it sounded interesting (and they met in a pub – access to alcohol was very appealing as a Public Speaking novice…) so I went along with her to the next meeting of Vox Populi Toastmasters. I won the Best Table Topic award at that meeting and never looked back! I later became Treasurer of the club and during my time there I made friends with the nicest, most awesome people I have ever met.

I moved to London in 2011 and joined St. Paul’s Speakers Club in the City. I was roped into being VPE at one of my first meetings there, I became President the year after and I later took the role of VPM. The meetings at St. Paul’s Speakers were super fun, creative and I had the pleasure of working with some truly inspiring leaders during my time there.

I moved to Johannesburg in 2013 and found Morningside Toastmasters. Or maybe Morningside Toastmasters found me. Either way, I can honestly say it’s the friendliest, safest, most nurturing environment that I have ever come across for public speaking. This is the place you need to be.