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Life As Area Governor…Is As You Make It

Read the following article about Florence De Silva on her term as Area 12 Governor.


Toastmasters plays role in grads securing jobs – Jun 18, 2013

Toastmasters plays role in grads securing jobs – Jun 18, 2013.

Read the latest Press Release from Toastmasters Headquarters on benefits of Toastmasters Membership to graduates. Refer this article to a University student and/or parent and invite them to attend a club meeting to see first hand the benefits Toastmasters membership offers.

Area 12 End of Term Tales & Family Day‏

Area 12 Fun Day

Dear Club Members, Families and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to Area 12’s End of Term Tales & Family Day, happening on Saturday June 29th with events beginning at 10:00 am. The day will be a collaboration of a folk tale speech contest to showcase our storytelling skills, recognition of achievements during the 2012 – 2013 term and fun and games for the entire family.

What follows is our schedule for the Fantastically Fun Family Day:
10:00 am – Arrival & Greetings
11:00 am – Folk Tales Contest & Awards Ceremony
12 noon Lunch (please walk with your food & drink)
12 – 4pm – Fun & Games
(walk with your board games and clothes for the pool / basketball / cricket)

Don’t miss out on this last chance to win an award for the 2012 – 2013 term, and fellowship with clubs in Area 12 before we transition to Areas 29 & 30.

We truly hope you will be able to join us for this day.

Please RSVP to Florence at 680-2377 or Nadia at 473-8292 by Saturday June 15, 2013.

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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Nadia at

Area 12 Executive

Announcing Club Executives for 2013 – 2014 Term & Realignment of Area 12 to Area 29

gear up

The relay races are some of the most anticipated in track and field. Successful relay teams enter the race knowing exactly what technique they will employ to achieve the desired performance i.e. a legal passing of the baton and advancing to the finish line ahead of other teams. There are three major techniques used to pass batons: the Upsweep, the Downsweep or the Push Pass.

As the 2012 – 2013 term draws to an end, and club executives prepare to handover to the incumbents for 2013 – 2014, start thinking about the activities and techniques which will ensure a smooth Club Executive transition and setup the Club and its members to perform successfully over the next 12 months. In addition to attending the 1st Round of Club Officer training in July, events such as a Handover Dinner or Club Executive Team Builder can help to develop strategies and chart the club’s path to achieving its goals.

Following the realignment of clubs throughout District 81, the clubs that comprised Area 12 will now be assigned to Areas 29 & 30 for the 2013 – 2014 term. The four clubs in Area 29 are Dynamic Speakers, MDA, Nepuyo & Tobago Professional Speakers, their club executives are as follows:

Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club
– President – Sandra Lutchman
– Vice President Education – Dianne Charles
– Vice President Membership – Petra Marcano-Felix
– Vice President Public Relations – Shimon Black
– Treasurer – Judy Oxley-Fullerton
– Secretary – Vacant
– Sergeant at Arms – Vacant

MDA Toastmasters Club
– President – Jennifer Noble
– Vice President Education – Adanna Toney
– Vice President Membership – Arlene Griffith
– Vice President Public Relations – Nichelle Dottin-John
– Treasurer – David Charlirie
– Secretary – Sparkle Charles
– Sergeant at Arms – Charon Maxime

Nepuyo Toastmasters Club
– President – Lennox Sealy
– Vice President Education – Jennifer Mc Collin
– Vice President Membership – Atiba Johnson
– Vice President Public Relations – Shelly-Ann Lovell Williams
– Treasurer – Sita Sealy
– Secretary – Merleen Shade
– Sergeant at Arms – Keith Ward

Tobago Professional Speakers Toastmasters Club
– President – Michael A.T. Stewart
– VP Education – Kori Sinanan
– VP Membership – Verne Alleyne
– VP Public Relations – Rhea George
– Treasurer – Julien Skeete
– Secretary – Lindel Marshall
– Sergeant-at-Arms – Corin Parris

Talk Tsu will now be aligned to Area 30 and their incoming executives are as follows:
Talk Tsu Toastmasters Club
– President Everyl Monsegue
– VP Education Marian Taylor
– VP Membership Maquada Williams
– VP Public Relations Antonette Brotherson
– Treasurer Leslie Brusco
– Secretary Donna Marcelin-Samuel
– Sergeant at Arms Vacant

Congratulations and here’s to a great term in 2013 – 2014.

Article – The Art of the Wedding Toast

On Saturday June 15th 2013, Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club will hold a meeting themed on writing and presenting wedding toasts. Read the article below which published ahead of that meeting in the Guardian’s Wedding Bells Magazine. Have you been asked to give a toast at an upcoming wedding? Attend our meeting and learn the skills to give a toast which will be a memorable gift for the newly weds and will create a lasting impression. RSVP Petra Marcano-Felix at 1-868-302-9745 or Nadia Portillo at 1-868-473-8292 to reserve a seat.

Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club - The Art of the Wedding Toast FULL PAGE Article in the Guardian's Wedding Bells Special Publication

Letting the World Know: Toastmasters in the Press

Thank you to Sonja Romany, Tracey Alonzo, Lisa Jessamy & the Guardian’s Special Publications Unit Team for the Toastmasters International coverage in the May/June Wedding Bells Magazine dated Saturday, May 25th 2013 (page 11) – The Art of the Wedding Toast.

Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club - The Art of the Wedding Toast Article in the Guardian's Wedding Bells Special Publication

Letting the World Know: Toastmasters in the Press

Have you seen the two page article on Toastmasters featuring Keith Ward of Nepuyo Toastmasters Club? Thanks to the Sunday Newsday and the MENtality Magazine Team for showcasing Toastmasters. The article is in the Sunday Newsday dated May 5, in the MENtality magazine pages 24-25. #WhereLeadersAreMadeTI Two Page Spread in Newsday Mentality May 5,2013

Wedding Season = Toasting Time

Wedding season is almost here. In addition to the preparation and excitement, many role players in the wedding party, circle of friends and extended family are faced with the responsibility of toasting the newly-weds.

Look out for a series of posts during the month of May on “How to Write & Give a Good Wedding Toast”.

Do you need assistance preparing a toast for an upcoming wedding in Trinidad & Tobago? Area 12 Toastmasters is here to help. Contact us at



Dynamic Speakers Speech-a-Thon


Congratulations to Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club on the success of their Speech-a-Thon. Remember the “Beat The Clock” Membership Building Campaign runs from May 1st – June 30th, 2013. Events such as a Speech-a-Thon are an excellent way to garner interest.

Tobago speakers – A growing force within the T&T Toastmasters movement


Michael A.T. Stewart, president of Tobago Professional Speakers Toastmasters Club will represent Trinidad & Tobago at the Regional Table Topics contest. Toastmasters International (TI) is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Part of the TI Educational Program involves participation in speech contests. Tobago Professional Speakers recently became a chartered TI club and is now part of a global network of clubs in 116 countries with over 280,000 members who meet to improve their speaking and leadership capabilities.

Stewart, a communications consultant, survived three rounds of Table Topics competition to earn the title T&T’s Best Improv Speaker. Table Topics is a display of extemporaneous speaking skills. Speakers deliver a 1 – 2 minute improv answer to a question. The four finalists in that segment were asked “Looks, Brains, Wealth – rank those in order of importance to you when it comes to your ideal partner. And tell us why you chose the order you did.” As hard as Table Topics may seem to most, Stewart illustrated it is not that hard when he delivered the winning response beginning with “Brains, Looks, Wealth…” Odiah Gift of Winners Club, Trinidad, placed second. She said “Brains, Wealth, Looks…” to the agreement of most of the women in the audience. The Table Topics contest culminates during the May District Conference in Guyana.

Stewart also placed third at the Area level of the International Speech contest, just barely missing out on the opportunity to compete at the National level. His prepared speech “It’s Not that Hard” in which he explored the perks vs. the pits of marriage drew a strong positive response from the audience. Jamillah David of Winners Club in Trinidad went on to cop the title of T&T’s 2013 Champion Prepared Speaker. David, though born in Trinidad, was raised in Black Rock, Tobago and is very proud of her Tobagonian heritage. Jamillah’s speech titled “Reflections of an almost 30-year old” kept the audience at the edge of their seats. In a bold move, early on, Jamillah made something of a wardrobe change during her speech, taking listeners back to the simpler time of childhood innocence and wonder. The International Speech contest leads to the 2013 World Championship of Public Speaking on August 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Since February, over 30,000 speakers in 116 countries began rounds of contests.

For now, Michael and Jamillah must prepare to face other Toastmasters from around the Caribbean at the District Conference. To get more information on the District Conference in Guyana, to locate a club, attend a meeting, or learn more about Toastmasters membership, email .