Celebrate a milestone with the Toastmasters
The thunderous crackle of a hammer hitting a sound block officially marked the start of the 500th West Rand Toastmaster Reunion on April 15.
The Discovery Bowling Club was filled with current and former members who all came together to mark this momentous occasion. A fitting theme for the evening was Midas Touch, reflecting the infamous King Midas who is remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn anything he touched into gold.
The evening was a resounding success. Normal meeting procedures were followed, but the joy of seeing new and old faces at this particular meeting made it a night to remember.
With 500 meetings in their rearview mirror, the Toastmasters of West Rand are speeding their way to success. Their current president, Thato Majela, explained that he joined the club in late 2016. He dreamed of becoming a speaker, but his shyness and lack of self-confidence held him back. After his former employer recommended Toastmasters International, he joined a club and never looked back.
âToastmasters teaches you communication and leadership skills. What makes Toastmasters unique is that you learn in a fun and safe environment where people are there to encourage each other to do well, âThato explained, adding that this method has been used since 1924.
In hopes of attracting younger members, Toastmasters clubs have implemented a Youth Leadership Program specifically designed to help teach teens the same skills as adult speakers.
Looking forward to what might be the 1,000th meeting, Thato said he was confident the club will stay true to its values ââof integrity, service, excellence and respect. Where they can change is by becoming more digitally savvy and keeping up with the rapidly changing technological world.
In the middle of the meeting, attendees were able to enjoy the snacks on offer while basking in the decorations put on by former club president Lynette Harris. The success of the 500th meeting ended with the awarding of the best contributor awards to Max Kaan and the best table subject to Nthatisi Vilakazi.