By Charity Matimbe, St Dominics Chishawasha
Talking about Toastmasters Society, what came to my mind and that of many students who hear about it is a club for elite students. For me this was true at first glimpse because of the huge amounts paid for as monthly subscriptions, however this changed.
Toastmasters Society International moulds an individual into a distinguished individual from a mindset of ‘lay person.’ At my school, St Dominics Chishawasha, society members pass through a gruesome formal interview.
The society holds meetings that range from formal to informal. The most enjoyed is the formal meeting. This is where exciting impromptu speeches are delivered. The impromptus help us to improve our communication skills through the evaluations conducted. Some added advantages to these impromptus are the skills of public speaking, time and stage management when one carries out a presentation.
Another session of the club are the table topics. In table topics we discuss on different aspects of life such as grooming, etiquette and deportment. They are done to enlighten each other on making good choices. Sometimes we attend joint sessions with other schools. Joint sessions are a way of sharing ideas on how to run and improve the society and also to help the surrounding societies. They foster unity between schools and promote interaction between members.
Toastmasters Society International is also a platform of charity work. Annually Toastmasters visit Mashambanzou CHBC together with the Youth Against AIDS club to donate some commodities, assist in any way we can. Early December last year, we visited Chichester a Home for the ageing Roman Catholic Sisters, in conjunction with the Gavel and Cheerleaders.
Toastmasters also helped less privileged students with uniforms and donated stationary for children at St Peter Claver Secondary School, a neighbouring school.
The club aspires to increase the number of children they cater for. To sustain these activities, society members are expected to bring monthly subscriptions. Subscriptions then automatically become the society’s capital to help boost fund raising activities for example currently the society is working on hosting an annual club fair and fun day to raise funds for the Mashambanzou CHBC. This brings in business aspect and management of profits to society members.
Conclusively, with our motto being, “Where Leaders Are Made,” Toastmasters Society International is the art of speaking, listening, thinking and charity work.