Monthly Archives: May 2015

New 2015/16 Committee for City of London Toastmasters club

Following the officer elections on Tuesday 19th May; I’m delighted to announce the new committee that will be supporting the City of London Toastmasters (CoLT) club effective from 1st July 2015; helping all our guests and members to make the most of their public speaking journey.

It’s a farewell – to the current committee!! But a new set of fresh faces to keep the CoLT the best club in London! A note of thanks to David Charles, Isaya Taingwa, Mahir Hamurcu, Monika Bochra and Tom Hunt that held key roles in the 2014/15 committee and will now be involved in other opportunities.

Paul Rocks  Club President
I have been a member of City Speakers for several years now. I’ve completed the competent communicator, competent leader and the advanced communicator Bronze aware. I now want to use the skills I’ve learned here want to help other people the same way toastmasters has helped me over the years. 
Rachel De CesaroLeigh Clark

Vice President of Education
Challenge motivates me and I’m thankful to Toastmaster for providing me that, either by delivering speeches, by taking a role or as a committee member. As VPE shared role, I hope to get members involved and excited about completing their CC manuals! I’m counting on you for that! 

I’ve been a member of City of London Toastmasters for over a year and is close to completing my Competent Communicator award.  I’m keen to help ensure CoLT remains a popular club and to encourage all its members to make the most of development opportunities that exist both within the club and in the wider Toastmasters organisation.

Leanne Wenham Vice President of Membership
I joined Toastmasters over two years ago and it has made such a difference to my public speaking skills; I can’t recommend it highly enough. When I’m not at the computer working on my next speech you might find me exploring one of London’s many eateries or running in my local park.
Dimos Mouskovias Vice President Mentoring
I have been a member of City Of London Speakers for a number of years now and can honestly say that the benefits gained have improved my life both professionally and socially.

By day I work as an IT specialist for a City Law firm and by night I enjoy ‘treading the boards’ of a local Amateur Dramataics Society I belong to, which I should add would not be possible had Toastmasters not provided me the confidence and skills to present myself on stage.

Christine Harris Club Treasurer
I have been a member of City of London Toastmasters for more than 4 years and have benefitted enormously from Toastmasters.  I have gone from avoiding speaking in public at all costs, to putting myself forward to give presentations, speaking at conferences and applying for a job I never thought I’d get. Who knows what Toastmasters will help me to do next!
Tom O’Toole Sergeant at Arms
I am a projects manager for a construction company. I enjoy all things construction and I am passionate about food, health, fitness and yoga outside of work. I love toastmasters and I am excited to be part of the committee for the coming year!
Ga Lok Chung Immediate Past President

It’s been an immense pleasure being President this year, getting to all the members not only in my own club, but also building relationships with clubs across London.

It will be another exciting year ahead of workshops, dinners and of course speeches. Signing off;

Ga Lok Chung, Departing City of London Toastmasters club President

More Ice-breakers

Congratulations to Christoph and Marcelo who started their Toastmaster Journey, completing their Icebreakers tonight.


Our awards winners from the meeting this evening:
Best Table Topic: Jessica
Best Evaluator: Leanne
Best Speaker: Marcelo

Well done and see you all at the next meeting, Tuesday 2nd June


District 91 Spring Conference

 Over the weekend (9th -10th May) District 91 held it’s annual Spring Conference and we saw the first International Speech contest at Evaluation Contest awards for this new District. Held at the 5 star Grange Hotel in Tower Hill, just a short walk from our own Toastmasters venue (St Botolph’s Church).


There has been a lot of change and excitement over the past year. Due to the growth and popularity of Toastmasters across the UK particularly in London, a brand new District was created to cover UK South. Known as District 91 and effective since July 2014, this provided greater opportunities for people to take part, learn and continue being empowered to develop their communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

So it was important for the first District 91 Spring Conference to go off with a bang; it certainly didn’t disappoint, featuring contests, workshops, dinner, dancing and good times to catch with old friends and meet new acquaintances.

dinner picture

The contests in the Spring Conference are for speech and evaluations; all of the contestants have battled through their Club, Area and Division contests over the past 3 months to get these finals – the winner of the Speech contest going on to represent UK South at the Finals being held in Las Vegas this year.

The calibre was incredible and plenty of inspiring thoughts. Congratulations to Jeremy Robinson (NZICA Bank Speakers) who won the Speech Contest and Alex De Jong (North Avon Speakers) who won the evaluation contest.

Coming up is the Autumn Conference in Swindon from 7-8th November and will feature the table topics and humorous speech contests. More information and details to book will be available soon – so keep an eye out.

Ga Lok Chung – Club President