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In 2018 the Toastmasters Club based at the Mariswe Bryanston offices achieved President’s “Distinguished Status”, the highest accolade in the international Toastmasters community. The award is based on the club achieving all 10 annual goals set by Toastmasters International.

The Toastmasters mission is to empower people to become more effective communicators and leaders through its network of 16 400 clubs in 141 countries.

Enias Chingwe, past President and Vice President for education at the Mariswe-based Club, says the 10 annual goals aim to ensure that clubs continually strive to support members in their leadership and public speaking growth.

“Six of the goals are based on club members meeting educational targets,” he explains. “Two are membership goals, and one requires four or more club officers to undergo training twice a year. The 10th goal is based on administration.

“It has been a rewarding year for our members, who worked hard to achieve the pinnacle of achievement in Toastmasters,” says Enias. “To move from the worst club in our area to the best in a mere 12 months is no mean feat. All our members are very committed to their own and the club’s development.”

“You have transformed lives with your hard work and commitment,” said Linda Chimanikire, Toastmasters District Quality Chairman, in announcing the achievement. “You deserve to be proud of yourselves and your club members.”

Our Toastmasters Club was launched in 2010 for employees and opened its doors to become a Community Club two years later.