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Our newsletter is published

Hello everyone, the Toastmasters Year runs from July till June, so we’ve  now reached the end of the 2016-17 TM year !

It’s a been a busy time filled with meetings, contests and socials. We’ve published  the end of year newsletter that brings together the highlights; including photos, events and introducing your new committee that starts on 1st July 2017.

City of London Toastmasters Newsletter June 2017

Are YOU in the newsletter? New Leadership Committee and Evaluations Workshop

Three key things you need to know; and then the links

  1. The 2015-16 Newsletter is out, filled with all our award winners and photos from all of our meetings and socials, take a look and celebrate the success of all of our members.
  2. Following our committee election at the last meeting, the roles have been ratified. Lead by our new President Rachel De Cesaro, see page 3 of the newsletter for details of your new City of London Toastmasters committee
  3. Talk the Talk evaluation workshop will replace our normal meeting on Tues 5th July, so far 60 Toastmasters from across London have signed up so it should be an interesting event

Link to newsletter:

Link for more info and to register for evaluation workshop:

We look forward to seeing all of you in upcoming meetings and socials, if you have any questions, just get in touch.

Featured in latest Toastmasters International Magazine

A Happy New Year to everyone, and I’ve some great news to start us off in 2016.

City of London Toastmasters has been featured in the monthly International magazine that goes out to all 300K + members around the world. For those who receive the hard copy, it will be January 2016 edition, page 21; it’s also available on the digital edition of log onto the website.

The quick feature relates to the social aspect to Toastmasters and our brilliant trip to the Brecon Beacons earlier this year. Ana’s write up of the event:

City Speakers Conquering New Heights

(Looks like carrying those stack of magazines up the biggest peak wasn’t so silly after all, haha)

It’s not just the public speaking parts that makes clubs great, it’s the community we build to have fun. It’s down to each and everyone one of you, Past and Present members who are willing to put yourselves out there to overcome the biggest fear.  At this time of year we’ll be getting more guests than usual, so I hope to see you all telling them that City of London Toastmasters is the undisputed most Rock n’ Roll club in London!

A reminder that our next meeting is Tuesday 19th Jan, my usual messages around requesting speeches and signing up to functionary roles to get your CC and CL awards.

The committee will be actively organising more socials; lets all make 2016 an awesome year – I’ll see you at the next meeting.

Ga Lok

(snapshot of feature in link below)

Clubs Having Fun

City Speakers Conquering New Heights

A post from Ana Lesnaja on our latest club social:

Brecon Beacons Aug 2015


Five members of the City Speakers and two members of the Kings Cross Toastmasters clubs departed for Wales over the Bank Holiday weekend. Their destination was the Brecon Beacons national park, specifically the Pen y Fan peak.

At 886m above sea level Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales and together with another peak called Corn Du was formerly referred to as the ‘Arthur’s Seat.

The journey was not without its hiccups as the security levels at Heathrow have once again been heightened against the Irish Republicans, which made it difficult for Hugh to hire the mini bus. The group also had to look after Matteo, who was regretting drinking large amounts of Turkish wine the night before. Despite these setbacks we reached the Brecon Beacons national park at about 3pm and began our ascent.

The area is rich in natural beauty and free from noise pollution, which made it the perfect respite from the chaos of London life. Our walk was moderate in its level of difficulty and suitable for both beginners like Leila and Ana and seasoned hikers like Christine. It is worth noting that as you get higher above the sea level it gets progressively colder so it is a good idea to carry some warm clothes and a hat in your backpack. Unfortunately, Gio had to learn this lesson the hard way, having hiked all the way up and down in just his shorts and T-shirt.

Ga Lok was as usual the most dedicated Toastmaster and carried 7 Toastmaster magazines to the top of Pen y Fan for the group photo that he had now entered into the Toastmasters International photo competition. Our walk finished at about 7.30pm, however, our adventures did not stop there.

Having arrived at the nearby town of Abergavenny at about 9pm we discovered that most restaurants had already finished serving food and we had to do another exploration trip up and down the high street in search of our dinner. We eventually were rescued from hunger by a local Indian restaurant who supplied plenty of chicken tikka masalas and baltis to keep everyone happy.

We departed back to London the next morning. All in all, this was a great trip. A nice opportunity to get out of London, do some exercise and breathe some truly fresh air. It was also fantastic to meet the members of another Toastmasters club and to get to know everyone better.

Many thanks to the organisers Hugh and Ga Lok.


The picture, taken at the peak from left to right: Gio, Christine, Leyla, Ga Lok, Matteo, Hugh and Ana. More photos can be found on our Facebook page; our regular meetings will be continuing this year, every 1st, 3rd and if it exists 5th Tuesday at the big church next to Aldgate station (see homepage for the next meeting). Our meetings always finish with drinks at the Hoop and Grapes pub and we will be planning  even more socials with other clubs in the next few months. If you would like to find out more or even get involved in organising our events, then just have a chat to our committee members at our next meeting.

Hope you had a great Bank Holiday, Ga Lok

The 2015 CoLT Newsletter has arrived

Highlights of the fantastic year and what we will be looking forward to in the coming months.

June 2015 CoLT Newsletter

Ga Lok

Club President

May Newsletter

There’s a tear in my eye as I pen the final paragraph in this quarters newsletter.  It’s my last one as VPPR for the club, and my last contribution at the end of this committee year.  As we get ready to welcome in a new committee next month, take a read of our review of the last 3 months, and reminisce – before looking forward to the next exciting year as the best Toastmasters club in London!

City Speakers Newsletter

Ed Patmore


March Newsletter

New Year, New Newsletter.  Here’s the latest updates from the last quarter and an exciting look forward to the next.  Hope you  enjoy it.

City Speakers Newsletter

November Newsletter

Wowsers, what a quarter – lots of speaking opportunities, and lots of humour!  Enjoy our mid-year review of club progress, updates on the contests, and an interesting insight into our church:

City Speakers November Newsletter

August Newsletter

It’s time for the first newsletter of the new committee year, and boy has it been a busy few of months!  Check out all the recent happenings, profiles of your new committee, and all the information on upcoming events – including the Humorous Speech Workshop coming up on the 27th.

City Speakers Newsletter August 2013

March Newsletter!

Hi all,

The last month or 2 has been very exciting for us all at the club what with 2 of our members getting through to the Division competition in the International Speech and Evaluation contests; here’s more info on that plus a couple of other tasty nuggets of public speaking related goodness in our monthly round-up:

City Speakers Newsletter – March 2013