Solani Bvuma in Succeed magazine

Transformers Toastmasters member Solani Bvuma appeared in Succeed with this Spotlight interview.

And the winner is ......

Yesterday Transformers Toastmasters held their annual Humorous Speech Contest. We were entertained with 3 great speeches that raised many a laugh and giggle. Our contestants were - in order of speaking: Ruth Taylor, Mary Byrne and Jim Powell.

Ruth asked the question whether choice always means more. She provided a picture of the luxury of childhood where everything is decided by some one else and the contrasted this with the dilemma of adulthood with its endless choices.

Mary spoke about herself in her speech entitled: What's in a name? Being a Mary among many Mary she was called by her surname, Joyce. Simple in Ireland but not so in South Africa where everyone assumes it’s a first name only. So she marries Byrne (pronounced Burn for the unenlightened) only to find her name problems continue. She had us stitches with some of the thoughts people have about names.

Jim transported us through a series of motorcycle accidents from the 1960's to 2008 and 'chicks' and concluded the twain never shall meet – not in his life anyway.

The worthy winner of our Club contest is: Mary Byrne. Congratulation!

Mary will represent the Club at the Area H3 Humorous Speech Contest on 20th September at Bytes Toastmasters Club in Midrand (in combination with the Area H5 contest). The winner of the Area Contests will participate in the Division H contest on 29th September at the Wendywood Sports Centre.

Transformers promotes to Ellen Forbes Trust

"The Ellen Foundation is a Non Profit Organisation, currently running a Youth Self Improvement Program. We have 15 young women, between the ages of 18 – 29, who would like to join Toastmasters, to gain experience in public speaking": read the email from Heidi Forbes, Managing Director, Heidi Forbes (Pty) Ltd and Founder and Managing Director, The Ellen Forbes Foundation.

It was an invitation to promote Toastmasters to these your people on last Saturday afternoon (28th August). We immediately accepted the invitation and invited Heidi to come along with her members to our club meeting. Two delightful and confident your ladies joined us on 16th August. Mary Byrne, Club President, and I met with an enthusiastic group of young people – one young man present – on Saturday to present the Toastmasters Programmes and deliver a demonstration speech. One of the ladies who had joined our meeting as a guest was able to stand up and tell her peers how something she had experienced at our meeting had revolutionised a speech she was required to give a few days later.

We look forward to welcoming these young people as guests and hopefully as members soon.

World Championship of Public Speaking

On 14th August the World Championship of Public Speaking took place at the International Toastmasters Convention held in Palm Springs, California. District winners from around the world participated in nine semifinal speech contests nine contestants each in the first days of the convention.

Transformers Toastmasters Club member Ryan Ebedes came a magnificent 3rd place in his semifinal contest.

The 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking is David Henderson of District 55, San Antonio, Texas.

The second place went to Robert Mackenzie of District 1, Los Angeles, California (seen on the right in the picture below) and third place went to Linus Chang of District 73, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia ( seen on the left in the picture below).