area winners 2013Two Oceans Toastmasters is proud to have had two members once again rise above the crowd this year and stand out as exceptional communicators in the International Speech and Evaluations contest.

Local business owner Francois Roux was crowned Best Speaker in the Area (Southern Suburbs) in April and went on to take third place at the Division Contest (Western Cape) in May. Fellow member and wild life photographer, Lorne Sulcas, not only took the honours as the Best Evaluator in the Area, he then went on to be placed First in the Western Cape and after that third place in Southern Africa.

Francois wowed the club with his moving speech ‘Joe The Obstacle Jumper,’ about his grandfather persevering against all odds. His speech on facing life’s obstacles and then ‘jumping’ them, saw him hurdle through the Area Contest in late April and land on the Western Cape Division Contest stage in May. There, he battled it out against the best of the best in the province and was thrilled to be placed in the top three speakers of 2013. This is the second year in a row that a Two Oceans member made it this far in the International Speech Contest. Last year Kay Price-Lindsay went on to represent Southern Africa in the semi-finals in Orlando, where she was placed joint 10th in the world.

Annalien Verwey (Division Governer) with Division Champion Lorne SulcasLorne Sulcas, a Clovelly resident and long time toastmaster, proved what it means to be a competent communicator, with a string of eloquent and outstanding evaluations of demo speeches. The evaluations part of Toastmasters is for members to learn how to give constructive and honest feedback. It is a huge part of the leadership skills that members work on to help grow their people and management skills. Lorne is one of the club’s best evaluators and this year made history by being the first member to ever be crowned the Best Evaluator in the Western Cape. He then took to the national stage in late May in Johannesburg and was placed third in Southern Africa – no small feat!

Two Oceans Toastmasters is open to guests should they wish to find out more about what Toastmasters can offer them. It is free to visit the club and meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Fish Hoek Civic Center at 7pm. Toastmasters is designed to support you 100% through your process of growing and learning to be the best communicator & leader you can be. There is no pressure at Two Oceans put on members to participate until they are ready to. Sometimes just watching is enough to start overcoming any fears you may have.

Photographs courtesy of Francois Roussouw

Verity Price

Two Oceans Toastmasters

Cape Town, June 2013