Florida Toastmasters Club
Florida Toastmasters is one of the oldest and most distinguished clubs in Southern Africa. It was chartered in 1974 and since that time it has remained in the suburb Florida, although the actual venue has changed. Currently we are what’s known as a hybrid club where some of the members meet online using Zoom conferencing software and their own laptop others meet in one of our member houses where there are projection facilities as well as cameras and microphones, so we all meet together.
Florida Toastmasters is a community club welcoming anyone who wishes to join (provided they are over 18). In the early days it was a very strict club and that caused a culture of quality to be entrenched. Nowadays although we have eliminated the sense of strictness the culture of quality remains. We are known throughout Southern Africa as a club where Toastmasters is carried out properly.
We have many visitors, even experienced toastmasters, and the usual comment when they leave is that they are so glad they visited our club because they have learned so much and have had so much fun.
Not surprisingly a club that maintains its quality standards has also produced two District Governors: Hennie Lemmer who was elected as District Governor a few years after Southern Africa became a District. Hennie was responsible for setting up many of the systems that have made us a successful district in recent years.
Tim Knights was elected District Governor few years ago, and in his tenure the district achieved the greatest educational results, the greatest number of new clubs acquired in a single year and the greatest number of clubs in total (160).
Hennie is no longer with us, but Tim is still an active member of Florida Toastmasters, still working hard helping grow the club and its members.
Florida Toastmasters has produced many champion speakers. In recent years Douglas Kruger has been District Champion in the International Speech Contest several times and has gone on to compete in America. A few years ago he was runner up in the World Championship of public speaking.
Since its early beginnings Florida Toastmasters has always been in the top 10 and usually the top three.
We have been the top club in district three times , and on one occasion we reached the level of number seven in the world.
In recent years the rating system has changed and we have consistently received the award of Presidents Distinguished Club. This means that we have greatly exceeded the normal standards of Toastmasters’ clubs, by achieving every one of the goals that have been set for all of the previous 11 years.
Florida Toastmasters is a great club, and the reason it’s so great is because of every member!